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Dr Mark Ferrar

Mark chairs the Government’s Chief Technology Officers’ Council, which was established to develop shared strategies, policies and standards around public sector IT enterprise architecture. He also chairs the cross-Government Architecture Review Board and is a member of the Public Sector Infrastructure Team’s executive group.

Among initiatives he is closely involved in are the G-Cloud, Data Centre and Application Store programmes across the UK public sector.  Mark is also a member of both the Public Sector Network Programme Steering Board and the Government ICT Strategy Implementation Steering Group.

For the past two years Mark has sat on the Technology Strategy Board’s Network Security Innovation Platform Steering Group, which aims to allocate Government funding to support innovation and growth in the UK IT security industry.

Back in the NHS, Mark manages key relationships with suppliers such as Microsoft, Novell, McAfee, Oracle, Cisco, Intel and AMD. With over 1.3million employees, the NHS in England is, at the same time, Microsoft’s largest global account, Novell’s largest customer and Oracle’s second largest global customer.

A recent addition to Mark’s portfolio includes responsibility for leading on technology architecture aspects of the UK’s contribution to pan-European eHealth activities, including the recently announced EC Joint Action involving most EU Member States.

Previously, Mark was the Director of Infrastructure Architecture covering all infrastructure projects, services and standards, such as NHSmail and the NHS’s N3 network. In this role, Mark established the Common User Interface programme, working closely with Microsoft to develop open user interface standards enabling improvements in safety and usability for clinical applications.  Mark has also driven the widespread introduction of barcoding and RFID technologies into the NHS, which resulted this year in an invitation to join the Supervisory Board of GS1UK, the not-for-profit organisation controlling standards for auto-identification technology in the UK.

Mark joined the NHS in 2004 after 17 years with ICI, the international chemicals and paint company, where he held a variety of IT management and architecture roles, including Global Infrastructure Manager in the Office of the Global CIO.

Mark holds BSc, MBA and PhD qualifications, the latter for work on the computer simulation of flow-processed short-fibre reinforced composite materials whilst at Liverpool University.

When time allows, Mark can be found mountain biking, canoeing or hill-walking with his wife and two daughters in the English Lakes, Yorkshire Dales or on the North York Moors not far from his home in the North East of England.