Caroline Ward has joined NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as the Lay Member for New Technologies and Public & Patient Involvement (PPI).
Caroline has a 35-year track record of working in technology, latterly as a senior leader, in giants including IBM, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett Packard.
She has also worked in smaller companies, such as Geo Networks, where she was Chief Marketing Officer on the board.
CCG Chairman Dr Sarah Schofield welcomed Caroline to the CCG: “We are delighted that Caroline has joined the CCG in this important role.
“The NHS has to embrace new technology and it is reassuring to be able to benefit from both her experience and advice.”
She added: “Caroline is also taking on the portfolio of patient involvement, which is something which is vitally important to us as a CCG.”
Caroline now runs her own consultancy, helping companies transform and accelerate their growth. She brings experience from the public and private sectors, including the NHS, Defence, Finance and Telecoms.
She is also a volunteer STEM Ambassador – a group of technology professionals who use their experience and expertise to help inspire young people into careers in the Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering sectors.
Caroline said: "I am really pleased to be joining you in this new role. I have lots of experience to bring to the team and hope to be able to start making a difference, and helping the CCG to drive its vision forward - and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone over the coming weeks."
Caroline lives on the edge of Salisbury Plain with her husband Mark. Her four children have all flown the nest, are all standing on their own two feet and working hard. When not at work, Caroline loves mountain cycling, skiing, gardening and cooking.