In 2019 he was appointed as the first Director of Innovation at Boots UK with a remit to deliver a transformed high street pharmacy and health and beauty experience for customers across the UK. In 2020 he was promoted to the Boots Executive as Chief Information Officer with responsibility for technology throughout the business.
Prior to Boots he led Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust as their first Chief Digital and Information Officer with a remit of bringing a ‘must do’ culture to the digital capability of the trust and ensuring that Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, one of the largest in the NHS, adopted a digital fabric to how it delivered health care by 2019.
Earlier in his career Richard was the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive in Ireland. In Ireland he achieved many successes, including the implementation of a unique identifier for health, along with a fully digitized referral process. He put in place Irelands first clinical information officer’s council, whilst driving a team to begin the first epilepsy genomic sequencing programme globally. He then went onto deliver the ability to implement a national lab system and oversaw the delivery of a national maternity health record. He was instrumental in the reform of the Irish healthcare technology system that has subsequently seen a plethora of awards and recognition for the team across Europe and globally.
In 2017 Richard was named the number one CIO from the UK in the EDG CIO Magazine CIO100, listed in Hot Topics global CIO100 and Ireland’s first CIO100. He was also named the eGovernment Visionary of the year for Ireland by Leo Varadkar. In 2018 he was named as the most disruptive talent in digital by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak. In 2019 in recognition of his work in Ireland he was awarded the O’Moore medal for technology by the Irish Computer Society and Irish government, the highest accolade ever awarded to a digital health leader in Ireland.
Richard has worked as a non-Executive director on a series of health technology and communications start-ups assisting each in their year on year growth including Draper and Dash, Forward Healthcare and Silver Buck. He has also sat on the advisory board of HIMSS Europe, The European Connected Health Alliance board, was a founding member of the EU Commission’s Health Cloud and AI Council, the Information Security Forum’s Open Data working group and the global KLAS advisory board.
In 2020 Richard was named by the Huffington Post as one of the most ‘Social CIOs’ in the world. You can see the daily ins and outs of his work and life by following him on twitter at: @R1chardatron