• Matt Hancock’s chief tech adviser, Hadley Beeman, to step down as acting chief technology officer for NHSX 
  • CTO at William Hill, David Turner, will join in May 
  • Ms Beeman will continue as secretary of state’s chief tech adviser

The technology chief at betting company William Hill is to take up a senior role at NHSX — succeeding Matt Hancock’s chief IT adviser.

Hadley Beeman has announced she will step down as the acting chief technology officer for NHSX. She will, however, remain as health and social care secretary’s chief tech adviser.

The current CTO at William Hill — David Turner — will take over from Ms Beeman, who has been acting in the role, as the permanent NHSX CTO.

Announcing the role change on Twitter, Ms Beeman said: “It has been a great honour to get the technical side of NHSX up and running as acting CTO.

“Such a delight to share these seven months with the expert, creative and determined members of the tech team (as well as the rest of NHSX).

“In a few months I will hand the reins to permanent CTO, David Turner, when he starts with NHSX. He’s a great strategic leader, and ideal to take forward the rest of building the teams and focusing our aims to tangible delivery.”

Mr Turner has been CTO at William Hill for the past two years, and prior to that he was head of architecture, innovation and strategy for Hermes UK, a postal delivery company.

Posting on Twitter, Mr Turner said: “Thrilled to be joining NHSX in May as CTO. Cannot wait to get started and meet the team. A great time to be in technology and I’m really looking forward to putting it to work to deliver the best experience for our clinicians, our NHS colleagues and most importantly our patients.”

NHSX is a joint agency across NHS England and Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care, set up by Matt Hancock.


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