A former member of the Royal Air Force has been appointed deputy chief executive at NHS Digital.

Pete Rose will replace Rob Shaw as the organisation’s deputy leader, and he will also hold the title of chief information security officer.

The role includes the responsibility for the running of NHSD’s live services and internal cyber security, as well as supporting organisations across health and care to bolster their own information security.

Mr Rose, who starts his job at the agency in early May, is currently director of enterprise services and deputy chief digital, data and technology officer at the Home Office.

NHS Digital’s chief executive since 2017, Sarah Wilkinson, also joined the organisation from the Home Office, where she was chief information officer. 

A chartered engineer, Mr Rose previously worked in the Royal Air Force and his Linkedin page states he also spent nearly five years at American IT company Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Mr Rose said: “I’ve always been motivated by supporting essential, frontline services to the public through technology, so the opportunity to work in the NHS is a huge privilege and an exciting challenge.”

Ms Wilkinson said: “Pete’s background in the management of complex national systems, and in particular his extensive experience of managing cyber security and resilience planning, and major incident management, will enable him to bring deep expertise and strong strategic vision to this challenging and wide-ranging role.”