In the first of our new monthly movers and shakers round-ups, there’s lots of new senior appointments across various industry organisations including the Department of Health, Barts Health NHS Trust and NHS Digital.


Ian Dalton, former senior manager at the Department of Health, will be the new leader of one of England’s biggest trusts. Dalton will take on the role as new chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare Trust. He replaces Tracey Batten, who announced she will be returning back home to Australia. She started work at the Shelford Group trust in February 2014, after a successful career as a clinician and manager in Australia.

Dalton was chief operating officer and deputy chief executive of the NHS Commissioning Board before it became NHS England. Before that he was managing director of provider development at the Department of Health, where he was responsible for the foundation trust pipeline.

For the past three years, he has been president of global government and health for BT Global Services.


Tim Peachey was CCIO at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. He is now deputy chief executive/CCIO at Barts Health NHS Trust. Peachey, a consultant in anaesthesia, was previously seconded part-time to Barts Health to support the Trust’s improvement programme.

As deputy chief executive, Peachey will have board-level responsibility for information and ICT, corporate governance and communications, and the delivery of the Trust’s Quality Improvement Plan.


Malcolm Senior who was chief information officer (director of IT) at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has stepped down to join NHS Digital. He is the programme director and will look after integration and social care, also known as Domain D, Programmes 13 and 15.


Adrian Stevens is now appointed as Cambio Healthcare Systems’ new CEO for UK and Ireland. Stevens, who took up the role formally on 1 June, will be responsible for formulating and leading the market growth strategy for the UK and Ireland.

A veteran of the digital healthcare industry, Stevens has a wealth of wide-ranging multinational corporate experience that spans more than 25 years and includes some of the industry’s largest blue-chip health IT providers, including iSOFT, CSC Healthcare, Agfa and 3M. He is also a qualified clinical radiographer and holds an MBA from Durham University.


Balbir Bhogal has left the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as its deputy director of informatics for a promotion at a neighbour trust. She is now performance and information director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Andy Thomas is no longer director of informatics at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. In a statement, provided to Digital Health News in late May, a trust spokesman said that interim arrangements have been put in place ahead of the post being advertised.

Yvette Oade, the trust board member responsible for Informatics, thanked Thomas for his efforts over the past two years.


Tracey Cotterill was chief information officer at Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She stepped down in her role as director of finance and deputy chief executive and in May this year joined Medway NHS Foundation Trust as director of finance and business services. She is still CIO.

Cotherill has worked for a variety of NHS provider bodies and has gained experience in community services, mental health and acute settings. Her interests lie in ensuring the long-term sustainability of the NHS through innovation and technology.


Nick McDonnell who held the position of chief information officer at West Suffolk NHS Foundation, has now retired. He joined the global digital exemplar trust in 2008 . Prior to that he was director of health informatics at Royal Orthopaedic NHS Foundation Trust for four years.

His role will be replaced by  Mike Bone.  Bone had extensive knowledge and experience in health informatics and information technology after more than 30 years in the business.