New non-executive directors join NHS Digital's Board

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 New non-executive directors join NHS Digital's Board

NHS Digital has announced the appointment of five new non-executive directors who have joined the leadership team.

They bring a wide range of expertise to the organisation including clinical, academic, strategic, innovative, local government, technological and digital expertise and will significantly strengthen the diversity of competences and experiences within the organisation.

The non-executive directors are:

Professor Soraya Dhillon, MBE

Soraya Dhillon is a former Clinical Academic with over 35 years' experience in academia and clinical practice, and retired as Dean of School of Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire in November 2016.

She is a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, was awarded an MBE for her contribution to Health Services in Bedfordshire and a Charter Gold Medal for Science and Practice. 

On the NHS Digital Board, Soraya leads for clinical safety and governance, e-channels and diversity and inclusion.

Professor Sudhesh Kumar

Professor Sudhesh Kumar is Dean of the Warwick Medical School and Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare at University of Warwick.

He is also a Non-Executive Director on the University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust Board and a clinical endocrinologist by background with 22 years' experience as a Consultant Physician.

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

Dr Marko Balabanovic

Marko has over 20 years' experience developing innovations in academia, corporations and start-ups in both the UK and US.

As Chief Technology Officer at Digital Catapult his role is to drive innovation by bringing together expertise from the creative, research and development fields and to ensure the organisation remains at the forefront of key trends and emerging technologies.

On NHS Digital Board, Marko leads for innovation, emerging technologies, partnerships and technology transfer.

Daniel Benton

Daniel spent most of his career at Accenture where he was global head of the Technology Strategy and Digital Strategy practices.

He has extensive experience both of setting and implementing the technology agendas for large organisations through periods of transformational change, including the implementation of advanced consumer facing technologies.

On NHS Digital Board, Daniel leads for IT delivery excellence, operational transformation and technology strategy.

Rob Tinlin

Rob has been Chief Executive of Southend-on-Sea Council since March 2005. Before that he was Chief Executive of South Northamptonshire Council for seven years.

Southend Council under Rob's leadership was awarded LGC Council of the Year in 2012 and was commended for the excellence and innovation of their services.

Find out more about the NHS Digital non executive directors and leadership team



Notes to Editors

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