Former MP and Internet pioneer to chair local healthcare company

January 30, 2014

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NHS Innovations South-East (NISE) is delighted to announce that Derek Wyatt, the former Member of Parliament for Sittingbourne and Sheppey (1997-2010), is to be its new Chair. He takes over from Oliver Wells who recently stood down from the Board of Directors, having chaired the company since its inception in 2004. 

Prior to entering Parliament, Derek worked in publishing, media and new media. He founded and was Director of the Computer Channel at BSkyB from 1995 to 1997.

As an MP, Derek served as PPS to three government Ministers, was a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and chaired six all-party committees in the Commons.

He is perhaps best known at Westminster for his expertise on the Internet – he was recently described as “one of the pioneers of Internet adoption in the UK”. He founded and chaired the All-Party Internet Group (now the All-Party Communications Group) in 1997 and won four national ICT awards. He was the first MP in the world to have his own App. He also founded the Oxford Internet Institute and A Digital Day (now a week) for the Nation.

Today, he runs a consultancy business specialising in digital content and strategy. He also finds time for a range of personal and business interests, which include chairing The Great Retail Revival Foundation and Trinity Hospice in Clapham, London.  He is a patron of RIBA and a member of both the Advisory Board at the Design Council and the SE Legacy Board for the Rugby World Cup 2015(he played for Oxford University, the Barbarians and England).   

Commenting on his appointment at NISE, Derek Wyatt today said:

“This is a challenging time to be involved in the NHS and I am really looking forward to my work with NISE. This fast moving digital age requires us all to be smarter and for us in the NHS we must put the patient, not the structure or the system, at the centre of all we do.” 

Earlier, making the announcement of Derek’s appointment, NISE Chief Executive Dr John Stedman said

“Everyone at NISE is delighted that Derek has agreed to join us at this crucial and exciting period in the company’s development. His wide-ranging knowledge, skills and experience will be invaluable to us as we seek to build on our success to date in a highly complex and rapidly-changing UK healthcare sector. 

We feel very fortunate to have him on board and look forward to working with him.” 

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