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DWP Digital appoints former Leeds NHS digital chief

Richard Corbridge

Former Leeds NHS and Boots digital chief Richard Corbridge has been appointed at the Department for Work and Pensions as DWP chief digital and information Officer.

Corbridge takes over from Simon McKinnon at DWP Digital this week, and his skills, experience, and track record of leading teams in delivering innovation and transformation will “keep DWP Digital moving forward on their digital journey.”

He brings extensive experience in leading major digital transformation projects in retail and the public sector to the role, having held senior information and digital technology positions at Boots UK, No.7 Beauty Company, Leeds NHS Trust, eHealth Ireland, and the NHS Information Centre.  

Corbridge will lead the team of digital specialists in DWP Digital, who build and maintain digital services that enable millions of people across the UK access the help, advice and support they need. 

Corbridge said: “I’m thrilled to be joining DWP, an amazing organisation that is on an exciting digital journey. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of people in my first few weeks and finding out more about this amazing machine.

“The next few years will bring fresh digital challenges and innovative developments and I relish the chance to be at the DWP Digital helm.”

Corbridge, who was named a Wired Magazine Change Maker for 2023, will be tasked with shaping DWP’s digitalisation strategy, ensuring that the right processes, and technologies are designed, used, and integrated, building sustainable digital capability across the department. 

DWP Digital is developing and delivering world-class digital services that benefit society today and will improve the lives of future generations. It builds and maintains user-friendly digital services that enable millions of people to access the help, advice, and financial support they need. 

DWP Digital are recruiting hundreds of digital specialists into the organisation across seven digital hubs in Newcastle, Leeds, Blackpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, and London.  

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