Our February edition of Movers and Shakers features news from Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and a number of appointments at Graphnet and System C.

Janet Manning has joined University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust as its chief nursing information officer (CNIO). Manning took up the role in January 2022.

There have been a number of appointments at Graphnet Health and System C.

First up, Tom Bond has been appointed the new chief technology officer (CTO) for Graphnet Health. Bond replaces Simon Cavell, who has retired.

Bond’s previous experience includes an Oracle ERP specialist followed by spells in solution architecture and programme delivery, including seven years within clinical data with GSTT and Viapath.

He said: “Graphnet’s dedication to improving patient and public health outcomes, and its outstanding reputation within the industry, is something that really appealed to me.

“I have always had an interest in health and care. I feel like this position, with a business that is making a tangible contribution to the future of our country’s health and wellbeing, will allow me to give something back.”

Next up, Carwyn Jones has joined Graphnet Health as its life sciences director, which is newly created position designed to lead the business into the life sciences sector.

Jones has experience across multiple specialties including health technology, healthcare data and insights, global strategy, pharmaceutical marketing, healthcare communications, market access, digital marketing, digital channels, HCP engagement, pharmaceutical procurement, supplier relationship management, and commercial negotiations.

Graphnet CEO, Brian Waters, said: “This appointment is a significant step and an opportunity for us to engage with new initiatives and cohorts of patients using the insights, data models and evidence that our technology can provide.

“Carwyn has a wealth of exposure and commercial experience in the Life Sciences world and will be working to develop new relationships and drive this as a focused area of business for the company.”

Finally Jon Gilbert has been appointed chief information security officer (CISO) at Graphnet Health and System C.

Previously the CISO for the Department for Education and a member of the Government Security Board, Gilbert has joined the Graphnet and System C Care Alliance on a temporary appointment. He has joined the organisations to support the continued Alliance-wide drive of putting customer care and security first.

Gilbert said: “It is always somebody else’s choice, whether or not you are going to be targeted, and it’s great to work with organisations that are thinking ahead and being prepared rather than being reactive and putting customers and citizens at risk”

Kelly Olsen has joined innovation and transformation consultancy PA as its chief information officer (CIO).

Her role will be to drive PA’s digital transformation, guiding the organisation’s investments in the digital tools and systems that enable PA to support its clients ever better.

Olsen joins PA from SThree, where she led its global technology and operations functions. She has also held CIO positions across global professional services firms, including Cushman and Wakefield and RPS, and has served as CIO for the UK’s NHS Property Services, where she defined the transformation and technology strategy.

Ken Toombs, CEO of PA Consulting said: “We’re delighted to welcome Kelly Olsen to PA as our Chief Information Officer. Kelly joins PA at a pivotal moment, as we go from strength-to-strength. We’re hiring incredible world-class senior talent, winning exciting work that directly addresses the biggest challenges and opportunities our clients face, and further strengthening key capabilities in areas like digital and design with new acquisitions.

“An experienced leader, Kelly is an exciting and inspiring hire for us, and the right person to drive our digital transformation, ensuring we deliver on our purpose, bringing ingenuity to life. I’m confident she will help us realise further innovations for our clients and our people.”

Boots has announced that Jennifer Duffy has joined the team as its customer and category IT. Duffy joined Boots in January 2022 and was previously at Dedalus where she was an offering sales specialist for medication management.

Mark Spencer has joined CliniSys as its senior vice president of global strategy. The appointment follows CliniSys’ recent acquisition of HORIZON Lab Systems and merger with Sunquest Information Systems. Spencer will play a role in integrating these business lines and product offerings to help organisations and governments globally better fight disease.

Spencer is a former manager at Sunquest, and rejoins from Abbott Informatics, where he led the growth of its former laboratory information management system (STARLIMS).

CliniSys CEO, Michael Simpson, said: “Mark brings with him a deep knowledge of healthcare and technology, and a wealth of experience leading an impressive list of successful business transformations in the sector.

“We are delighted to have him on board for this next stage in our growth.”

Healthcare consultancy Apira has appointed Charles Skinner as a non-exec chairman and Dr Robin Woolfson as medical director and non-exec director.

Skinner is an experienced business executive, and was previously CEO at Restore while Dr Woolfson is a consultant nephrologist.

Mark Jones, managing director for Apira said “We are delighted to welcome Charles and Robin to the Apira team, as they are widely respected business and clinical leaders and understand the benefits that digital tools and technologies can enable in improving the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare delivery.”