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Director of High Street Healthcare & Innovation, Boots (United Kingdom)

Richard Corbridge

Richard Corbridge is a globally recognized expert in healthcare strategy and digital technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for innovation, business change and benefits management.

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. The role also has accountability back to the wider Walgreens Boots Alliance for innovation across the group.

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. Richard was instrumental in the reform of the Irish healthcare technology system that has subsequently seen a plethora of awards and recognitions 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. He was also named the eGovernment Visionary of the year. In 2018 he was named as the most disruptive talent in digital by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak and was shortlisted by the British Computer Society as CIO of the year. In 2019 in recognition of his work in Ireland he was awarded the O’Moores medal for technology by the Irish Computer Society and Irish government, the highest accolade ever awarded to a digital health leader in Ireland.

In 2019 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

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