NHS Digital appoints new Chief Information Security Officer

NHS Digital has appointed Pete Rose as new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Deputy CEO.

Pete Rose, currently at the Home Office as director of enterprise services and deputy chief digital, data and technology officer will join NHS Digital on 4th May 2020.

He will be responsible for running all of NHS Digital’s live services, solutions assurance and internal cyber security in addition to supporting organisations across health and care to bolster their own information security in his role as the system’s CISO.

Pete Rose said “I’m delighted to be joining NHS Digital later in the Spring and contributing to the support of the health and social care system.”

“I’ve always been motivated by supporting essential, front-line services to the public through technology, so the opportunity to work in the NHS is a huge privilege and an exciting challenge.  I look forward to working with, and learning from, health and social care specialists from across the sector, as well as contributing my own experience from other sectors.”

Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive at NHS Digital 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. I greatly look forward to welcoming Pete to the organisation.”

The news comes as the second high profile appointment this week following NHSX announcing the appoint of its permanent CTO.

David Turner, the Chief Technology Officer at William Hill has been appointed the permanent CTO of NHSX taking over from acting CTO, Hadley Beeman, who will be remaining as Chief Tech Advisor to the Secretary of State.