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NIHR Clinical Research Network appoints Chief Information and Technology Officer


The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) has appointed Samantha Liscio PhD to the position of Chief Information and Technology Officer.

The appointment follows an open competitive selection process and Samantha will take up the post in April 2021.

As the national Chief Information and Technology Officer, Samantha will be responsible for shaping and leading our information and digital services to ensure the NIHR CRN has robust and innovative data and systems in place that enable efficient research delivery.

Dr William van’t Hoff, Chief Executive of the NIHR CRN said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Samantha Liscio PhD as the NIHR Clinical Research Network’s new Chief Information and Technology Officer. Samantha will provide national leadership for CRN on Information Technology, Management and Security, and will work very closely with the NIHR Chief Digital Officer to define and deliver the NIHR Digital Strategy.”

Samantha has recently returned to the UK from Canada where she was Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), a government funded agency providing no-fault liability insurance to more than five million workers in Ontario, Canada. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President, Enterprise Reporting and Planning, eHealth Ontario, an agency of the government of Ontario responsible for the provincial digital health record.

Samantha holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a PhD from Queen's University in Belfast. Last year she was recognised as Canada’s CIO of the Year in the Public Sector category, for the work she and her teams have done to lead digital transformation.

On her appointment, Samantha said: “I am excited to be joining the NIHR Clinical Research Network as the Chief Information and Technology Officer and look forward to IT being a digital enabler, allowing our stakeholders to focus on the outcomes they need to achieve, in frictionless ways that they didn’t imagine possible.”