Our governance

The main decision-making, executive and managerial bodies at NHS Digital (formerly the Health and Social Care Information Centre).

NHS Digital Board

The board is the senior decision-making structure of the organisation, accountable to the public, Parliament and the Secretary of State for Health.


Noel Gordon, Chair

Non-Executive Directors

  • Sir Nick Partridge, Deputy Chair
  • Sir Ian Andrews, Chair of the Information Assurance and Cyber Security Committee and the Board’s Senior Independent Director
  • Sir John Chisholm
  • Prof Maria Goddard
  • Dr Sarah Blackburn, Chair Assurance & Risk Committee

Chief Executive

Andy Williams

Executive Members

  • Rachael Allsop, Director of Workforce
  • Beverley Bryant, Director of Digital Transformation
  • Rob Shaw, Chief Operating Officer
  • Carl Vincent, Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Ex officio members

  • Tamara Finkelstein
  • Prof. Keith McNeill
  • Martin Severs, NHS Digital Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian

Other Members of the Executive Management Team (may attend the Board at the discretion of the Chair):

  • Tom Denwood, Director of Provider Support and Integration
  • James Hawkins, Director of Programmes
  • David Hughes, Director of Information and Analytics

Please visit the membership biographies

Minutes and board papers

The board meets throughout the year. Minutes and board papers are available from each meeting:

Future board meetings

Public sessions of the board are held regularly. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe these meetings.

Agendas and papers will be available on the website 5 working days before the meeting date. If you have questions to raise about the papers please contact the board secretary. Your questions can then be covered as part of the Board discussion. A short time will be available at the end of each meeting to take questions from any observers. These questions must be given to the board secretary before the meeting.

The board might need to consider commercial or confidential staff agenda items that can’t be discussed in public. If so, a private session will also be held without any observers.

Board development days

Board development days usually take place every alternate month. These are non-statutory meetings of the board and they are not open to the public to attend.

The purpose of these development days is for the board to discuss items of developing business in detail. For further information please contact enquiries@hscic.gov.uk quoting ‘Board development days’ - FAO Executive Office’

The agendas and notes of the board development days (formerly known as board business meetings) will be made available here:

Data Access Advisory Group (DAAG)

The Data Access Advisory Group (DAAG) is an independent group, hosted by NHS Digital, which considers applications for sensitive data made to NHS Digital’s Data Access Request Service.

DAAG is made up of a panel of members.

Department of Health HSCIC Framework Agreement

The relationship between the Department of Health and the Health and Social Care Information Centre is defined in the Framework Agreement. This is unaffected by the change of name to NHS Digital.

Department of Health HSCIC Strategic Objectives

The Department of Health’s Strategic Objectives for the Health and Social Care Information Centre: April 2014 to March 2015 are set out in the HSCIC Statement of Strategic Objectives.


The Health and Social Care Act sets out the powers of the Secretary of State and NHS England to direct the HSCIC (now known as NHS Digital) to carry out additional functions concerning:

  • Information functions
  • The information functions of any health or social care body
  • Systems delivery functions.

Directions issued