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NHS Digital Board members

Our Board is made up of our executive directors and non-executive directors, and reports to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

The NHS Digital board is our most senior decision-making body, accountable to the public, Parliament and the Secretary of State for Health.

Our clinical leadership team members are all experienced front line health and care staff, who make sure we always get the best outcomes for patients and health and care workers.

Our executive team is a group of our most senior staff, who take responsibility for specific areas of our work.

Chair

Laura Wade-Gery

Laura Wade-Gery, Chair of NHS Digital Board
Laura is Chair of the NHS Digital Board, as well as Chair of the Talent, Remuneration and Management Committee.

Find out more about Laura Wade-Gery


Non-Executive Directors

Professor Sudhesh Kumar, OBE 

Professor Sudhesh Kumar OBE, Vice-Chair of the NHS Digital Board

On the Board of NHS Digital, Sudhesh leads big data, the research sector, clinical informatics/medtech and life sciences strategy.

Find out more about Sudhesh

Dr Marko Balabanovic

Dr Marko Balabanovic, Non-executive director, NHS Digital

Marko leads on innovation, emerging technologies, partnerships and technology transfers on the Board.

Find out more about Marko

Professor Soraya Dhillon, MBE

Professor Soraya Dhillon MBE, Non-executive director, NHS Digital

On the Board of NHS Digital, Soraya leads for clinical safety and governance, echannels and diversity and inclusion.

Find out more about Soraya

Daniel Benton

Daniel Benton, Non-executive director, NHS Digital

On the Board of NHS Digital, Daniel leads for I.T. delivery excellence, operational transformation and technology strategy.

Find out more about Daniel

Deborah Oakley

Deborah Oakley, Non-executive director, NHS Digital

Deborah Oakley is a non-executive director on the NHS Digital Board. She joined the Board on 1 July 2018 and leads on assurance and risk. She chairs the Assurance and Risk Committee (ARC).

Find out more about Deborah

Balram Veliath

Balram Veliath, Non-executive director, NHS Digital

Balram Veliath is a non-executive director on the NHS Digital Board. He joined the Board on 1 July 2018, leading on culture, values and stakeholder relations.

Find out more about Balram

John Noble CBE

John Noble, Non-executive director, NHS Digital

John Noble CBE is a non-executive director on the NHS Digital Board. He joined the Board on 1 July 2018 and leads for information and cyber security, along with chairing the Information and Cyber Security Committee (IACSC).

Find out more about John

Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre, non-executive director

Ben Goldacre is a non-executive director on the NHS Digital Board. He joined the Board on 1 April 2021. He is a doctor, researcher and author, and runs the Datalab at the University of Oxford.

Find out more about Ben

Steven Woodford

Steven Woodford , non-executive director

Steven Woodford is a non-executive director on the NHS Digital Board. He joined the Board on 1 April 2021 and is member of the Information Assurance and Cyber Security Committee.

Find out more about Steven

Patrick Eltridge

Patrick Eltridge, non-executive director

Patrick Eltridge is a non-executive director on the NHS Digital Board. He joined the Board on 1 April 2021 and is a member of the Investment Committee.

Find out more about Patrick


Executive Board members

Simon Bolton, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Simon Bolton, interim Chief Executive Officer

Simon joins the organisation from Test and Trace, where he has been Chief Information Officer (CIO) since August 2020. He was previously CIO of Jaguar Land Rover and brings deep and varied IT delivery, operations and leadership experience.

Find out more about Simon Bolton

Pete Rose, Deputy Chief Executive

NHS Digital’s Deputy Chief Executive, Pete Rose, passed away on 1 August 2021.

Carl Vincent, Chief Financial Officer

Carl Vincent, Chief Finance Officer

Executive responsibilities

  • Chief financial officer
  • Finance and commercial
  • Corporate portfolio office (benefits)

Executive sponsor: Corporate and operational development

  • Business and operational delivery
  • Finance
  • Knowledge management

Find out more about Carl

Professor Jonathan Benger, Chief Medical Officer

Professor Jonathan Benger, Executive Director of Clinical Governance and Chief Medical Officer, NHS Digital

Professor Jonathan Benger is the Acting Interim Chief Medical Officer of NHS Digital. Between May 2013 and July 2019 Jonathan was the National Clinical Director for Urgent Care at NHS England, and led reform of the ambulance services and wider emergency care system, including implementation of the NHS England review of Urgent and Emergency Care, the development of the NHS Long Term Plan and the Emergency Care Data Set.

Before 2013, Jonathan chaired the Clinical Effectiveness Committee of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and served on the College’s Council and Executive.

Find our more about Professor Jonathan Benger


Ex-officio Board members

Matthew Gould 

Matthew Gould, CEO for NHSX, ex-officio board member

Matthew is the CEO for NHSX, a new body set up to ensure that staff and patients have the technology they need. 

Find out more about Matthew


Further information

internal NHS Digital Board members expenses

Board expenses cover all travel and accommodation costs incurred and business expenses claimed during each quarter by our Board members.

Last edited: 13 August 2021 10:07 am