Non-Executive Director of NHS Digital

Body: NHS Digital
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London and Leeds
Skills required: IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: The Assurance and Risk Committee chair is remunerated at the rate of £13,137 per annum, as is the NED responsible for chairing the Cyber Security Committee. The additional NED would be remunerated at the standard rate of £7,883 per annum.
Time Requirements: The time commitment for all the roles is two to three days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The following people have been appointed as non-executive directors of NHS Digital (previously known as the Health and Social Care Information Centre) with effect from 1 July 2018:
•Deborah Oakley – for 3 years as a non-executive director responsible for chairing the Assurance and Risk Committee
•John Noble – for 3 years as a non-executive director responsible for chairing the Information Assurance and Cyber Security Committee
•Balram Veliath – for 3 years as a non-executive director

These appointments will involve a time commitment of 2 to 3 days per month. Remuneration for the roles will be at a rate of £7,883 per annum for the non-executive director role, and £13,137 for the non-executive directors responsible for chairing the Information Assurance and Cyber Security Committee and Assurance and Risk Committee respectively.

These appointments are made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Governance for Public Appointments. The regulation of public appointments against the requirements of this code is carried out by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

These appointments are made on merit and political activity played no part in the decision process. However, in accordance with the code, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. No one has declared any political activity.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    26/02/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    13/07/2018 at 10:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is seeking to recruit 3 new Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to the NHS Digital Board, including a NED to chair the Information Assurance and Cyber Security Committee, and a NED to chair the Assurance and Risk Committee.


NHS Digital is the national provider of information, data and IT systems for health and social care in England. As a NED of the NHS Digital Board, you will be responsible for helping to ensure that NHS Digital is a successful organisation, by meeting its statutory obligations and in terms of its effectiveness as a delivery organisation and employer.


NEDs play a key role in ensuring continuous organisational improvement, overarching performance management, excellent customer focus and service delivery, scrutiny, challenge, accountability and effective corporate governance.


Ministers are seeking to appoint NEDs who bring particular skills and experience to the Board. To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Person Specification

As a Non-Executive Director, you will:

  • Provide an independent view and creative contribution at Board meetings and the Board’s sub committees, including; ensuring the long-term strategic focus, effectiveness and reputation of NHS Digital through purposeful and constructive scrutiny and challenge.
  • Support NHS Digital’s ambition to become a world leader in production of open data and the application of technology in health and care.
  • Monitor, challenge and assure the performance of NHS Digital’s Executive Management Team, in delivering; the strategic vision, organisational priorities and business plan objectives; monitoring of organisational performance, service delivery, quality and reputation; provide assurance of NHS Digital’s governance, including periodic reviews of the organisation.
  • Support the Chair and the Executive Management Team to ensure NHS Digital fully embraces and embeds an excellent customer service ethos and delivers accordingly in order to enhance and develop its credibility and reputation.
  • Help the Board define the vision, values, culture and strategy of the organisation and set a high standard for ethics and diversity and inclusion.
  • Uphold the values of NHS Digital to deliver excellence, integrity, professionalism, innovation, trustworthiness and teamwork into all aspects of its work, and ensure that the organisation promotes diversity and inclusiveness for all its staff and stakeholders.
  • Help promote good working relationships with NHS Digital’s key stakeholders and when required, act as an ambassador for NHS Digital in public fora.


As Chair of the Information Assurance and Cyber Security Committee – you will be responsible for the oversight of NHS Digital’s information governance and cyber assurance.

The committee will:

  • Review and monitor the effectiveness of the system of integrated information governance, risk management and associated internal controls.
  • Provide oversight, review and challenge of the risk environment for data and cyber.
  • Work with peers across the Information Governance and Cyber arena to ensure NHS Digital operates to world-class standards.

 As Chair of the Assurance and Risk Committee – you will be responsible for assurance of the macro risks in NHS Digital’s business including; clinical safety, financial control and operational integrity.

The Committee will:

  •  Review and monitor the effectiveness of the system of integrated governance, clinical and financial risk management and associated internal controls.
  • Ensure that there is an effective internal audit function established by management that meets international and UK public sector internal audit standards and provides appropriate independent and objective assurance, advice and insight to the Chief Executive and Board.
  • Review the work and findings of the External Auditor and take account of the implications and management responses to their work.
  • Review all risk and control related disclosure statements, in particular; signing-off NHS Digital’s Annual Governance Statement, accompanying Internal Audit statements and NHS Digital’s Annual Accounts, prior to their consideration by the Board.


Qualities required for the role of an NHS Digital Non-Executive Director

 To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.


Essential Criteria for all three roles

  • A career record of achievement, including senior leadership experience, with an ability to operate effectively on the Board of a high-profile national organisation.
  • An awareness of the key challenges faced by the public sector and the ability to bring your experience from the private or public sector to bear on these challenges, using sound judgement to guide NHS Digital’s strategic direction.
  • An understanding of corporate governance and the highest standards of personal propriety in relation to governance, accountability, risk and financial management.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to work effectively as part of a team and with a wide range of stakeholders, with a constructive style, and able to challenge management recommendations where necessary.  


And Additionally:

For the NED who will Chair the Information Assurance and Cyber Security Committee:

  • An ability to work at a high level across cyber security, information and data governance, operational risk management, assurance and internal control functions. An understanding of Government Security requirements and the controls and access considerations for the safe management of public data would also be desirable.  


For the NED who will Chair the Assurance and Risk Committee:

  • High-level financial acumen, with an in-depth understanding of integrated corporate governance, risk management, audit, assurance and internal control systems.


Additional Information

NHS Digital is the national information and technology partner for the health and care system. It is accountable to its Board and to Parliament through the Department of Health and Social Care.


Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better. Our teams of information analysis, technology and project management experts design, deliver and manage the essential technology infrastructure, data and digital services, products and standards that health and care professionals use every day to deliver services and improve patient care.


We have a statutory duty to help the health and care system drive greater value from the data and information it generates. The data and information we publish is used by commissioners to improve services, and by researchers to find new ways to prevent and treat disease. We must also ensure that the information we hold in trust for the public is always kept safe, secure and private.


We work in partnership with other national bodies and with those who use our data and services locally to deliver the best technology today while seeking to unlock the potential of tomorrow’s transformative technologies. We work with the wider health and care system to address and respond to cyber security and information governance matters.


We are the lead national delivery organisation for the technology commitments set out in the National Information Board’s strategy “Personalised Health and Care 2020”.


This brings government investment of up to £4.2bn in technology over a 5 years period to support more effective and efficient health services, and represents a major shift in the scale and complexity of the requirements that fall on NHS Digital. Following a period of careful planning, 2018 will see us accelerate the delivery of this ambitious portfolio of digital technology and data solutions, working with strategic partners to ensure we maximise uptake in health and care organisations and secure the best possible benefit from this investment.


We have a permanent establishment of around 3,000 and in addition to our Leeds headquarters; we have offices in a number of national locations including London. Board meetings are held in both London and Leeds.


Note from Noel Gordon, Chair – NHS Digital

“The non-executive Board members will have the opportunity to shape the digital strategy for the National Health Service into the next decade and help enable the transformation of health and social care in England.

It is a profoundly important mission and an exciting time to play a part in the technological revolution impacting patients, clinicians, citizens and the organisation which serve them.”

How to Apply

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to: – please quote ref: E17-67 in the subject field.


If you are unable to apply by email you may send your application by post to:

Daniel Clemence, Department of Health and Social Care, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE

Applications must be received by midday on 26 February 2018

 Please refer to the candidate information pack for additional information.

Information Pack FINAL_Extended
Monitoring form (PA)
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