British Heart Foundation appoints first Chief of Technology

Ursula Dolton has been appointed as the British Heart Foundation’s first Chief Technology Officer, leading the charity’s new Technology directorate and digital transformation strategy.

Chrissy Chiu | 15th May 19
Image credit: British Heart Foundation (Ursula Dolton pictured)

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has named Ursula Dolton as its first Chief of Technology.

The role of Chief Technology Officer is a newly-created executive position as the BHF launches its new strategy to harness innovation and technology as a key accelerator improving all areas of the charity’s work.

Dolton will have responsibility for delivering technology strategy; analysis of how developments can be used to support research and innovation; and help increase charity income.

She will also sit on the executive group and consolidate the IT, digital, data and digital products team, and have responsibility for ensuring all teams have the tools that they need to turn fledgling ideas into impact for the organisation, and can use technology to increase organisational efficiency and effectiveness.

Of the new appointment, 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.”

Dolton joined BHF three years ago, and for the past year and a half has been the director of IT and business change.

Previously, she has led technology transformation at the University of East London and held IT and technology leadership positions in the private sector including at Cadbury, Citi Group and Jaguar Land Rover.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive at the BHF, said: “Improving how we harness innovation and technology has the potential to enhance every area of our work – from how we understand our supporters and raise funds, to the innovations that can improve the lives of people living with heart and circulatory disease.”

“In three years at the BHF, Ursula has demonstrated that she is one of the sector leaders in leading new technology and innovation. I’m delighted that Ursula will be leading the British Heart Foundation’s exciting new strategy in these areas and look forward to seeing the innovative uses of technology that emerge from her leadership of a talented and dedicated team.”