Two executives appointed to replace
LONDON, UK – Britain’s Department
of Health has split the National Health Service’s IT directorship in
two, creating a pair of jobs for the role formerly held by high-profile
chief Richard Granger.
The department announced Christine Connelly as the first chief
information officer for health and named Martin Bellamy as director of
programme and systems delivery, leading NHS Connecting for Health.
The new appointments follow the departure of Granger as director general
of NHS IT in January and a review of NHS IT leadership as part of the
Health Informatics Review. The DH advertised the new posts on salaries
of up to £200,000.
NHS Chief Executive David Nicholson said he was delighted with the new
appointments and that they brought "breadth of skills and experience
that will be invaluable as we continue to roll out new and innovative
systems to help NHS staff to transform the services they provide for
The DH says Connelly is an independent consultant. Previously, she was
chief information officer at Cadbury Schweppes PLC, with direct control
of all IT operations and projects.
However, she spent more than 20 years of her career at BP PLC, where her
roles included chief of staff for gas, power and renewables, and head of
IT for both the upstream and downstream business.
Martin Bellamy has worked for the Department for Work and Pensions since
2003, where his main role was chief information officer for the Pension
He has also held the positions of group applications director in
Corporate IT and senior responsible officer for information management
in the DWP Change Programme. Before that, he worked for KPMG Consulting
in London and for Reuters.
In her new job, Connelly will lead on the DH’s information strategy and
integrating leadership across the NHS and associated bodies, including
NHS CFH and the Information Centre.
Bellamy will lead NHS CFH and focus on enhancing partnerships with and
within the NHS. Both will start work on Monday, 22 September. Gordon
Hextall is expected to remain chief operating officer at NHS CFH.