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Sarah Wilkinson

Chief Executive at NHS Digital
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Professional biography

Sarah Wilkinson became NHS Digital’s chief executive in August 2017. She previously worked as Chief Information Officer at the Home Office with responsibility for the delivery of all technology services for counter terrorism, the UK border, visas and immigration, and asylum and policing.

Previous positions / experience

Before joining the Home Office, Sarah spent 23 years in financial services and held chief information officer roles at Credit Suisse, UBS, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers. Her earlier career consisted of various roles in the IT and risk departments in these organisations.

Non-NHS Digital positions / awards

Sarah is a non-executive director of the Police ICT Company, a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of Kings College London, and a member of the advisory boards of the Department of Computing at Imperial College London and the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Oxford.

News articles

NHS Digital article
18 October 2019
Nearly 70 GP IT system suppliers are to be awarded contracts to supply IT systems via the new GP IT Futures framework.
NHS Digital article
12 September 2019
NHS Digital partners with University of Oxford, Microsoft and IBM for pioneering new venture.
NHS Digital article
26 June 2019
NHS Digital’s chief executive Sarah Wilkinson has been named in the top 100 most influential women in UK India relations.
NHS Digital article
23 May 2019
Top technology companies will be challenged to develop new, innovative GP IT systems to empower patients to access more health services online and through their phones, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announces today .
NHS Digital article
23 May 2019
NHS Digital has issued an invitation to tender for existing and new suppliers to deliver a new IT systems framework for primary care.
NHS Digital article
7 January 2019
NHS Digital's chief executive, Sarah Wilkinson, has welcomed the focused on digital technology in the NHS Long Term Plan published today.
NHS Digital article
3 December 2018
An exciting new alliance will bring the UK’s leading academics together with forward thinking health data specialists, to develop new ways to design and support the medical research of the future, to improve the care patients receive from the NHS.
NHS Digital article
17 October 2018
Outdated and obstructive NHS IT systems will become a thing of the past, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has said as he launches his technology vision today.
NHS Digital article
10 October 2018
A new technology innovation centre will open later today at Great Ormond Street Hospital, with backing from us and several technology companies, to transform the use of technology including artificial intelligence in healthcare and improve patient outcomes.
NHS Digital article
28 September 2018
28 September 2018: NHS Digital CEO, Sarah Wilkinson, told clinicians and senior health leaders how a ‘new wave of data’ offers huge advantages to the health and care sector, in a keynote speech at the UK Health Show this week.
NHS Digital article
26 June 2018
26 June 2018 - An initiative has been launched to ensure private healthcare data is recorded in the same way as NHS data in England, with the aim of improving consistency across the system.
NHS Digital article
9 May 2018
A statement from NHS Digital on the Memorandum of Understanding with the Home Office
NHS Digital article
15 April 2018
In relation to the Health Select Committee's report into the memorandum of understanding on data sharing between NHS Digital and the Home Office, NHS Digital's Chief Executive, Sarah Wilkinson, has issued the following statement.