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CAN Awards 2022: Recognising cyber security excellence

The awards will shine a light on the innovation and digital expertise that help protect patient care and data across the NHS.

NHS Digital is delighted to announce the shortlist for the first Cyber Associates Network (CAN) Awards to celebrate those working in cyber security.

The virtual awards ceremony is taking place on Monday 28 March at 4pm and will also shine a light on the innovation and digital expertise that help protect patient care and data across the NHS.

Here are the nominees:

Innovation in Cyber

  • Barry Richardson, NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Adam Boon, NHS Digital
  • NHS Informatics Merseyside

Cyber Newcomer of the Year

  • Tamara Birchall, NHS Arden and GEM Commissioning Support Unit
  • Ben Warwick, Birmingham Community Healthcare
  • Huw Jones, Royal Cornwall Hospital

Cyber Leader of the Year

  • Dan Jeffery, NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Paul Charnley, Cheshire and Mersey Health and Care Partnership
  • Martyn Perry, Midlands Partnership

CAN Contributor of the Year

  • Martin Price, Royal Cornwall Hospital
  • Patricia Powell, NHS Digital

Cyber Team of the Year

  • IS Specialists, Northumbria Healthcare
  • IT Security team, NHS Informatics Merseyside
  • Technical Services team, Royal Cornwall Hospital
  • TI team, NHS Digital
  • Virtual Cyber team, Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Cyber security team, NHS Arden and GEM Commissioning Support Unit
  • IT Audit and Assurance, West Midlands Ambulance Service
  • Digital Security and Compliance team, United Lincolnshire
  • Cyber team, Bradford District Care
  • Cyber security team, NHS Blood and Transplant

Individual of the Year

  • Barry Richardson, NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Bradley Hampson, Provide CIC
  • James Jassie, United Lincolnshire Hospitals
  • Audrey Hanley, Kings College Hospital
  • Tej Gudka, NHS Arden and GEM Commissioning Support Unit
  • Mark Williams, Informatics Merseyside
  • Iqbal Mahal, Birmingham Community Healthcare

As well as the categories listed above, we will also recognise the very best in cyber security with The Pete Rose Outstanding Achievement Award. This is an accolade dedicated to the memory of our Deputy CEO, Pete Rose, who sadly passed away in August 2021. The winner of the honour will be selected from the overall CAN Award shortlist.

Mark Logsdon, Chief Information Security Officer, said:

“I want to say a massive congratulations to the Cyber Associates Network Awards shortlist, and to all our nominees. We received more than 40 nominations recognising some great work in settings across the sector. I highly value the CAN community, which has grown significantly since it was established in 2019. It continues to be a place for members to share their expertise and collaborate – its work is absolutely vital.”

Phil Huggins, National Chief Information Security Officer for Health and Social Care, said:

“We introduced the CAN Awards to showcase the incredible work being done by individuals, teams and organisations to manage and improve cyber security in health and care.

“It's been a challenging couple of years, due to the pandemic, but cyber security colleagues across the system have really impressed me through their dedication and hard work while playing their part in the response. The CAN Awards recognises their passion, commitment and innovation.

Well done to everyone who made our shortlist. I'm keen that we grow the awareness of these awards amongst non-cyber colleagues so we can celebrate shortlisted cyber security colleagues across the system. ”


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Last edited: 17 March 2022 1:09 pm