Chief Digital & Transformation Officer

Health Research Authority

London, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham or Newcastle – though if based outside London there would be a frequent requirement to travel to London

  • Location

    London, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham or Newcastle – though if based outside London there would be a frequent requirement to travel to London

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Digital, Data & Technology, Regulation

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £112,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    06 September 2021

  • Client

    Health Research Authority

Ref: GSe77060

At the Health Research Authority (HRA), we protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in all aspects of health and social care research, working across the system to promote good research practice, streamline governance and to provide UK-wide research review, co-ordinated across different regulators.  We aim, with our partners, to make the UK a great place to do research, to build confidence and participation and so improve the nation’s health. 

We are looking for our new Chief Digital Transformation Officer at a crucial time as organisations across the health and social care landscape, including the HRA, work together to deliver the government’s vision for the future of clinical research.  In a rapidly changing world, our ability to enable pioneering, coherent research at pace has never been more important to maintain the UK’s worldwide reputation for the quality of research conducted here.  As a regulator that touches every part of the healthcare research system, we must be agile, proportionate and pro-active to meet researcher needs, so that patients can benefit from their work as quickly as possible.  At the same time, our evolution as an organisation must continue.

As Chief Digital Transformation Officer and a member of HRA’s Executive Committee, you will be required to make a broad and substantial contribution, supporting the CEO and colleagues to drive through the organisational strategy and business plan whilst leading our digital and technology functions to transform digital research and business systems in support of our ambitious priorities for research in the UK. Modern, streamlined, user-centred and interoperable digital delivery is essential and by enabling better ways of working, you’ll play a key part in securing our corporate vision. This is a highly collaborative role in which you will work with senior colleagues across the HRA, DHSC, our system partners and the research community, so it is crucial that you operate with credibility, share our values and promote an inclusive organisational and team culture.

A commercially astute digital transformation leader with experience of having defined, delivered and maximised multi-faceted strategies in support of business change and improvement, you’ll bring an outstanding track record of delivery and will be fully conversant with modern approaches and technologies relevant to the maximisation of data in a multi-stakeholder environment.  An articulate, intellectually capable strategic thinker, you will be an accomplished relationship builder and ambassador, able to influence and work collaboratively, internally and externally, to provide an exceptional user experience in support of world class health and social care research.  An outstanding leader and team player, you’ll be able to build internal capability on all fronts, inspiring outstanding contributions from your teams and partners and challenging our operating model and ways of working to maximise our impact.

This role has an exciting mandate, offering a unique opportunity to have an important and positive impact on health research in the UK at a critical time.  If you think this is the opportunity for you, we look forward to hearing from you.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
Monday 6 September 2021, 17:00

Longlist Meeting
w/c Monday 13 September 2021

Preliminary Interviews
w/c Monday 20 September 2021

Shortlist Meeting
w/c Monday 27 September 2021

Final Panel
Thursday 21 or Friday 22 October 2021 - TBC

How to apply

Please ensure that you provide the following information:

  • Supporting statement summarising career to date and key achievements applicable to the role  
  • Daytime, evening and/or mobile telephone numbers as well as your personal email address (to be used with discretion)
  • Contact details for two referees. Referees should be people who can comment authoritatively on you as a person and as an employee and must include your current or most recent employer or his/her authorised representative. Confidential references are taken up on candidates shortlisted for formal interviews. However, we will refer back to you for confirmation that referees may be approached before any contact is made with them
  • Confirmation of your availability for meetings on key dates as outlined below


Stephanie Wilson: 07880 382745