The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has appointed Ursula Dolton as its first chief technology officer to head up a new directorate at the charity.
Dolton joined BHF three years ago and has been director of IT and business change for 18 months.
In her new role she will sit on the executive group and bring together the IT, digital, data, and digital products teams under one directorate.
She will be responsible for delivering technology strategy looking at both how it can be harnessed to support research and innovation, help people affected by heart and circulatory disease and drive income growth for the BHF.
Prior to her role at the BHF, Dolton led technology transformation at the University of East London and held IT and technology leadership positions in the commercial sector including at Cadbury, Citi Group and Jaguar Land Rover.
Dolton said: “The new technology directorate will enable us to put technological innovation at the heart of all areas of the BHF.
"Doing so will improve supporter experiences, make us a more efficient and effective organisation, and most importantly lead to innovations that make a meaningful difference to the seven million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK.
"I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge of leading the team to make this a reality.”