A North East NHS chief 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.”

To find out more about the awards visit  https://digileaders100.com