Organisation and Employers Board

Members of the Board are:

Rebecca George OBE FBCS CITP, Chair

Rebecca leads Deloitte’s Public Sector practice in the UK. She is Global lead for Public Sector Health Care and Social Services. She is responsible for the work Deloitte does across the Public Sector including Health, Education, Transport, Defence, National Security, Justice and Home Affairs, and Central and Local Government. She leads Deloitte’s global health strategy implementation, capability building and business development.

Rebecca’s recent work has focussed on the health sector, specialising in clinical transformation enabled by technology. Working with central organisations and Providers, she has supported the development of clinically led strategies, business cases, funding mechanisms, procurements and implementations of health technology systems. This work was often in the context of health economy restructuring, service reconfiguration, or merging organisations.

Rebecca has worked exclusively with the Public Sector for fifteen years. She is a senior business manager with practical experience of managing businesses and improving operational efficiency. She joined Deloitte as a Partner in 2006 after spending nearly 20 years at IBM in a variety of roles including sales, business process reengineering, and HR, in the UK, EMEA and globally.

Rebecca has been involved in activities to increase the participation of Women in the IT industry since the mid-1990s. She is a VP and Trustee at the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, where she is a Fellow, and Chairs the Organisation and Employers Board. She is a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of IT.

She was honoured with an OBE in 2006 for work she did for the Government on Sustainable Communities.

Rebecca lives in Taunton and is married with two sons aged 24 and 22. Her husband gave up work as an academic in 1995 to be a house husband when they moved to the USA. He has recently qualified as a lawyer.

Adam Thilthorpe

Adam Thilthorpe is Director of Professionalism and External Affairs.

Andy Kinnear MBCS

Andy Kinnear is an experienced Chief Information Officer (CIO) in his 25th year with the NHS. He has a successful track record of delivering information & technology strategy and solutions and a wholehearted commitment to improving the health and care system.

Andy has 4 roles. Substantively he is the Director of Digital Transformation for South, Central and West CSU looking after the delivery of 200+ digital projects to NHS organisations across the South of England, He is also the Programme Director for Connecting Care, the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire interoperability programme. Connecting Care is a partnership of 17 organisations in the West Country and has successfully created a single shared record combining data from GP Practices, Community Services, Local Authorities, Acute Hospitals and

Out-of-Hours services. Connecting Care is recognised as one of the leading integrated digital care record (IDCR) programmes in the country.

In his 3rd role, Andy is also currently seconded 2 days per week as Local Delivery Advisor for NHS Digital advising them on Health and Social Care Integration and is working closely with national Health and Care agencies on the development of the integration strategy. This roadmap will seek to outline the stages to deliver fully integrated care records, an ambition laid out in the Five Year Forward View and Personalised Health and Care 2020.

Finally, in April 2016 Andy took on the role of Chair of the BCS Health & Care Executive hoping to help develop the professionalization agenda for CIO and CCIO colleagues.

Andy is a keen advocate of the benefits an integrated care records can bring at the point of care, but moreover understands and actively promotes the secondary use of this data to support the improvement of services.

Andy is a member of the national CIO network and was elected to the CIO Advisory Panel in June 2016. He works closely with colleagues on the development of the informatics profession within health and social care. He is an experienced public speaker and routinely presents at national conferences on health and care information topics.

Selwyn Castleden FBCS

Selwyn is Director of Data Strategy and IS Transformation reporting to the CTO at Sky UK. He has been a serving member on the Policy and Public Affairs Board and on the Communications Community of Expertise at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Currently, Selwyn is responsible for the delivery of data to the business community in various forms for exploitation, including its use for personalisation, “decisioning” and gaining insight by data scientists. This makes use of on premise data appliances as well as the extensive use of cloud based capabilities at petabyte scale. In IS Transformation the objective is to innovate strategically, with an emphasis on reducing the cost of change.

Prior to 2017, Selwyn managed a team of more than 200 people responsible for all the applications used to support the network, manage the network inventory, its monitoring and its performance reporting, all forming part of a modern service management umbrella. The team also manages the provisioning and assurance processes for broadband, telephony and mobile services, including the interfacing through to BT Wholesale, Openreach and other operators.

In addition, Selwyn was responsible for the internet service provider (ISP) platform and all the systems required to support provisioning on telephony switches, mediation of call data records (CDRs), number inventory and porting, provisioning emergency services and directory enquiries. Within Sky, Selwyn pioneered the use of agile approaches to development within the organisation. As an example, the original development of the provisioning system in 2006 for Sky Broadband was developed from scratch on brand new hardware and delivered into full scale production in only six months.

Yvonne Gallagher MBCS

Yvonne has had a distinguished career in technology in the private and public sec-tor. She has over 25 years’ experience leading on IT, business change, digital services and cyber and information assurance.

Four years ago Yvonne moved to the NAO where she has reviewed and advised government on digital transformation, harnessing new technologies and new digital business models. During this time she also advised the United Nations board and reviewed their progress on their global IT strategy. She has held the roles of CIO in three different organisations and has operated in diverse sectors with organisations such as the Prudential, Network Rail and government.

Yvonne has recently co-authored two reports on government ‘Protecting Information across Government’ and ‘Digital Transformation in Government’.

John Higgins FBCS

John Higgins has been the public face of the digital sector in Europe since November 2011 and speaks regularly on platforms and at conferences throughout Europe and beyond. He was Director General of DIGITALEUROPE, the association for the digital technology industry in Europe, until April 2017, following nine years leading its UK member association, Intellect, now TechUK. In spring of 2017 he became Chair of the Global Digital Foundation and a Senior Adviser to global communications company, Burson Marsteller. He continues to chair DIGITALEUROPE's Brexit Advisory Council and is chair of the University of Warwick's European Advisory Board.

In 1995 he was appointed CEO of the Rocket Networks, a California based that provided the world’s first online recording studios. He returned to the UK in 1998 and became Director General of the Computing Services and Software Association, one of Tech UK’s predecessors. He holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of East Anglia and then a post graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance. Early in his career he trained as a systems analyst, held senior positions with Ernst & Young and worked in Chicago with leading software company SSA.

John was President of the European Commission’s Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship and a Board member of the European Internet Forum. John’s other committee chair roles have included the audit committee at the University of Warwick, the cross industry association council of the CBI, a government/industry space committee and the global policy action committee of the World IT Services Association, WITSA. He was a board member of e-skills, the UK’s digital sector skills council and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was presented with two personal awards for outstanding contributions; first to the association sector in 2004 and then to the IT industry in 2008. The Queen appointed him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for his services to the UK IT industry.

Ian Fairclough MBCS CITP

Ian is an inspirational IT leader working to ensure delivery of successful business outcomes and value with the full scope of consulting, technology and out-sourcing services. Ian strives to ensure the highest standards of professionalism and ethical behaviour while demonstrating key core values (honesty, boldness, trust, freedom, team spirit, modesty and fun).

He has worked in the IT industry for c33 years in a wide variety of roles and business domains; he is highly experienced Internationally; and is a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). In January 2017, Ian joined MuleSoft, a high growth subscription based software product company, as EMEA Vice-President of Services, where he is accountable for all aspects of professional services, including services sales, delivery, practice building and operations, and a key member of the EMEA leadership team.

Ian previously worked at Capgemini for 9.5 years, and was a Vice-President for the last 6 years of his employment with the Company. At Capgemini he established himself as one of the most trusted Senior Executives in the UK business, where he led and turned around some of the largest, most complex engagements within Capgemini UK Plc; and also held roles accountable for driving growth in sales and practice development (Digital and Custom Software Development). He also held the role of Group Head of Software Engineering for Capgemini globally.

He lives in Somerset with his wife, and between them they have 4 adult children and a dog! He is now a keen, competitive golfer (handicap 9) and has had a life-long general passion for all sport. He enjoys social activities and the countryside.


Rubi Kaur is a Senior Technical Architect at Vodafone Group. She has over 20 years Technical lead and managerial experience from previous technology and management roles at BT, O2 and the UK Government. She has a BSc (Hons) in Physics and Computer Science, an Msc in Physics: Optoelectronics and recently completed an Executive MBA at the Henley Management Business School. In 2012 Rubi led her team to win the Business Green IT Team of the year and the UK Government Treasury Finance Award for Sustainability. Rubi is a Fellow of the BCS (The British Computer Society - the Chartered Institute for IT), also serving on the committee for BCSWomen and on the SteerCo for the Vodafone Group Womens network, where she leads the “Inspiring Leadership” programme. Rubi is passionate for the encouragement and advancement for more Women in Technology and was recently elected to the British Computer Society Advisory Council who’s mission it is to make “IT Good for Society”. In 2016 Rubi was on the Judges panel for the Computer Weekly's Most Influential Women in UK IT awards.

Rashik Parmar FBCS MBE

Rashik is the leader of IBM’s European technical community and an IBM Distinguished Engineer and previously President of IBM's Academy of Technology. He currently advising clients on their cloud innovation roadmap from a technology and business perspective drawing on thirty-three years of practical experience in IBM. He has worked for financial, retail and manufacturing clients on IT transformation projects of all sizes. Overall, he specialises in ensuring the technical success of complex IT projects that transform business models. Some of his work is summarised in the HBR Article he co-authored “New Patterns for Innovation” - Jan-Feb 2014.

Rashik was appointed to the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board and chairs the business communications group. He is helping develop the innovation strategies to accelerate growth of this £55bn marketplace.

Rashik is also IBM’s Partnership Executive for Imperial College - London. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Imperial College Business School and Visiting Professor to the Intelligent Systems and Networks Group at the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

Rashik was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) as part of the HRH Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday honours for his contribution to business and innovation.

Jack Eker

Jack Eker is a Software Engineer Lead at Capgemini. Jack joined Capgemini, after college, as part of a new Degree Apprenticeship scheme. Jack has been working full time as a Software Engineer for the past 5 years. He spent two years graduating from the apprenticeship phase of the scheme and since then has been progressing towards a Computer Science degree. Jack hopes to graduate in the next few months after submitting his final dissertation.

Jack has been very involved in the promotion of apprenticeship schemes as an alternative to the traditional University route to employment and has taken part in many activities including College Presentations, Careers Fairs, The Skills Show, Assessment Centres and even joined the Apprenticeship procession in The Lord Mayors Show.

As recognition of Jacks passion towards promotion and furthering awareness of Apprenticeships he was awarded Apprentice of the Year for the South East of England in 2013.

Jack has worked in the Software Engineer capacity on multiple high profile public sector Capgemini accounts and is currently working on one of Capgemini’s flagship Public Sector delivery accounts with annual revenues in excess of £11M.

Will Smart FBCS

Will Smart is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Health and Social Care in England.

A joint appointment between NHS England and NHS Improvement, he is tasked with providing strategic leadership across the whole of the NHS to ensure that the opportunities that digital technologies offer are fully exploited to improve the experience of patients and carers in their interactions with health and social care; the outcomes for patients; and improved efficiencies in how care is delivered.

Prior to taking up this role, Will was Chief Information Officer at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for six years where he was the board level director responsible for all aspects of the Information Management and Technology agenda and the Trust’s Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO). During the Royal Free’s acquisition of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, Will was an executive director of both organisations tasked with leading the creation of a single informatics function prior to the acquisition. Most recently, as part of the design of the Royal Free Group model (under the NHS England Vanguard programme), he has led the creation of the Trust’s digital strategy to define the capabilities, architecture and service models required to support this new operating model.

Will first worked in the NHS in Wales and Northern Ireland during his placement year from university, before taking up an analytics role at St. Mary’s NHS Trust in London on graduation. In addition to senior roles in the NHS, Will has worked as a management consultant with major assignments focussing on IT strategy, service transformation, major IT service and contract reviews and outsourcing.