Former NHS chief exec joins Derbyshire software firm

Sir Ian Carruthers

Tractivity, the Derbyshire-based online stakeholder management software developer, has appointed Sir Ian Carruthers OBE as adviser, as it looks to support the NHS with its management and communications platform.

Carruthers has joined the company to help it move to the next level of supplying trusted communications and stakeholder engagement tools to NHS, wider public and private sector organisations across the UK. He was previously chief executive of NHS South of England, comprising three health authorities, (South West, South Central and South East) and his career spans over 40 years.

Carruthers currently holds a number of chair and non-executive board and advisor roles in the public and private sectors and is currently chancellor of the University of the West of England. He was formerly chair of Healthcare UK and the Innovation Health and Wealth Implementation Board, and co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, as well as holding previous non executive director roles.

He has also been interim chief executive of the NHS in England. He has also been the lead author on several papers on reviewing and improving the NHS, and is seen as an international expert on health care systems and service delivery.

Mark Aubin at Tractivity said: “This is a real opportunity for Tractivity and shows how ambitious we are in terms of transforming and supporting communications throughout the NHS and the wider public and private sectors.

“Sir Ian will provide us with his extensive experience of the NHS, public and private sectors, and we are pleased to have him on board with us at this vital time.”

The news comes just after Tractivity secured a major project with The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to support its rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Trust will be using Tractivity’s communications suite for stakeholder and community engagement and is the third major recent win of its kind in the NHS for the business, as earlier this month it secured projects with both Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.