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Sarah Wilkinson

CEO, NHS Digital

Sarah Wilkinson

Speaker Bio

Sarah Wilkinson is CEO of NHS Digital, the executive body of the Department of Health which provides information, data and IT systems for health and social care nationally.

Prior to joining NHS Digital, Sarah was CIO at The Home Office, with responsibility for the delivery of technology services for the UK Border, Visas and Immigration, Asylum, Policing and Counter-Terror. Prior to that, Sarah spent 23 years in Financial Services during which she held CIO roles at Credit Suisse, UBS, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers.

Sarah is also a Non-Executive Director of NatWest Markets, the investment banking arm of The NatWest Group, a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of Kings College London and a member of the advisory board of the Department of Computing at Imperial College.

She has previously held non-executive roles on the board of the Police ICT Company, the Holmesdale Building Society and two technology start-ups.

In each of the last four years Sarah has been named within the top ten in the TechUK 50, Computer Weekly’s annual ranking of the Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in the UK IT Industry. She was named Chief Digital Officer of the year in 2017 by the CDO Club, the world’s largest community of C-suite digital and data leaders. In 2016, she was named in the CIO 100, CIO Magazine’s ranking of the most transformative and disruptive CIOs in the UK.

Sarah read Mathematics at Imperial College, holds an MBA from London Business School and a Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma, and is a CEDR-certified mediator.

She lives in Wimbledon with her husband and two teenage sons.