Breaking News. NHS Digital announced Friday afternoon (UK time) that Sarah Wilkinson, CEO of NHS Digital since August 2017, has resigned and will be departing her post this summer. The rationale given in the release is to carry forward the work of NHS Digital after the COVID pandemic:
“As the work associated with the pandemic starts to stabilise, and planning commences for the ambitious program of transformation over the next few years, I have come to the conclusion that it would be better for a new CEO to step into the role now so that they can provide continuous leadership over the programs of that post-Covid agenda, and now is an appropriate time for me to leave the organisation. That new CEO will be able to build upon strong foundations in an organisation that knows what it can do, and I will work closely with them to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership for our programmes, products, and people.”
NHS Digital is seeking an interim CEO to transition the position from Ms. Wilkinson. The NHS Digital Board will start the open search for candidates to permanently fill the position later this year. NHS Digital provides and supervises information, data, and IT systems for the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care.
Ms. Wilkinson came to NHS Digital from the chief information officer (CIO) position at the Home Office (2015-2017) and previously from the banking sector with technology titles at Credit Suisse, HSBC, and UBS. Her board positions include NatWest Markets and King’s College London.
Certainly more to come from this!