Catherine Pollard

Catherine Pollard

Head of Tech Policy, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Catherine is the Director of Tech Policy for NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care. Catherine's Tech Policy Directorate supports the health and social care sector to set out their overarching direction for technology and data driven innovation and implementation to improve health and wellbeing outcomes and make staff's working lives easier.

An economist by background, Catherine also ensures that digital and data have been weaved into the priorities for health and social care, reflected in our investments and policies. Catherine joined NHSX in April 2020 as the Director of the Centre for Improving Data Collaboration, which she continues to lead, supporting better data-driven partnerships between the NHS and industry, ensuring these promote patient and public benefit.

During COVID-19, Catherine also led NHSX efforts to use technology to accelerate the integration of health and social care. Prior to joining NHSX, she was the Executive Programme Director for the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough STP, Director of Strategy at UCLH and a policy director at NHS Improvement. Catherine is inspired by how digital and data together can promote independence and person-centred care while addressing the multifaceted workforce challenges across health and care.