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NHS chief makes UK top digital leaders list

A North East NHS leader beat strong competition to gain a place at this year’s Digital Leaders 100 awards.

Darren Curry, Chief Digital Officer from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), has made it onto the shortlist for the most hotly contested category ‘Digital Leader of the Year’ of the awards.  He has earned his place in the top ten alongside some of the UK’s best.

The awards highlight the latest champions of digital transformation across the UK; and are run by Digital Leaders, the nationwide programme for promoting effective long term transformation across the government, industry and charities. The independent list recognises 100 people and organisations across the UK. The ‘Digital Leader of the Year’ and ‘Young Digital Leader of the Year’ categories however are awarded to the UK’s top 20 individuals, with organisations making up the 80 others.

Previous winners have included industry names such as Liam Maxwell, who became the UK's first ever National Technology Adviser in 2016; and Eileen Burbidge, HM Treasury’s special envoy for fintech – the term for technology used to support banking and financial services.

Darren Curry commented: “I am blown away to have been nominated and shortlisted for this award, but it’s a team effort and I could not have done any of what we have achieved without the support of the awesome people in my teams along with all of my NHSBSA colleagues and partners.”

Russell Haworth, Chair of Digital Leaders, said: "The Digital Leaders 100 list 2019 once again highlights the progress in digitally transforming the UK. Our community of Digital Leaders have shone a light on the many hidden heroes, quietly getting on with the nation’s digital transformation. It is fabulous to see such a strong list from outside London this year reflecting our own inclusive national programme and the growing importance of digital transformation on companies irrespective of size or sector."

Robin Knowles, CEO of Digital Leaders, commented: "Our 7th Digital Leaders 100 reflects much of the fantastic work going on across the UK’s sectors. It’s a celebration of those leading change, but who are not perhaps household names yet.”

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Notes to editors

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About NHS Business Services Authority

NHS Business Services Authority is a Special Health Authority and an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health which provides a range of critical central services to NHS organisations, NHS contractors, patients and the public. Its purpose is to be a catalyst for better health and its vision is to be the delivery partner of choice for the NHS.

For more information about the NHSBSA, please visit

About the Digital Leaders 100

The two individual categories, Digital Leader and Young Digital Leader, have 20 names from five UK regions including Scotland and Northern Ireland. Those tracking diversity will be pleased to know our 21 judges chose a well balanced list with 11 women and 9 men of whom five are from BAME communities.

The remaining 80 places in the list are taken up by organisations. Over 500 public sector bodies, SMEs and charities were considered by judges for these 80 places and it is a credit to them all that they have been selected. They represent all 12 UK regions with the largest number outside of London and the South East being from Scotland, Yorkshire and the North West. #notjustLondon

There are two new categories this year, AI Innovation and HealthTech Innovation of the Year. The 20 finalists in these two categories are using the opportunities of emerging technology to change health outcomes, diagnose cancers, support adult social care and revolutionise the personalisation of learning - to name but a few.

Each year’s list is created from nominations submitted by members of the 120,000 strong Digital Leaders Community before being shortlisted by the DL100 judges, who are often members of the Digital Leaders Advisory Board.

This year’s list is the 7th cohort to join the alumni of previous winners that now numbers over 400 leaders from Government, Enterprise, startups and charities. These former members stay in touch, network and learn from each other through participation in the DL100 Club.

Find out more visit or follow #DL100 or #digileaders on Twitter

About Digital Leaders

Digital Leaders is a global initiative that has created a shared professional space for senior leadership from different sectors promoting effective, long-term digital transformation. Our community of 120,000 senior leaders are involved in leveraging technology to promote economic growth, increase social well-being and narrow social gaps.

To find out more visit or follow Digital Leaders on Twitter: @DigiLeaders

For further information please contact:

Robin Knowles on + 44 (0) 7710132900 or

Louise Stokes

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