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John O’Connell

John O’Connell

Director of Strategic and Service Innovation Transformation Director – Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, NHS South, Central and West

John is the Director of Strategic and Service Innovation at NHS SCW, responsible for (i) leading the development of SCW’s approach to innovation and (ii) leading the development and delivery of SCW’s AI and Data Analytics development.

John works collaboratively with other senior leaders within the organisation and across the NHS to constructively challenge and disrupt through experimentation and practice, agree and define new methodologies to be adopted to ensure innovation is embedded as part of SCW’s and the NHS’s ways of working.

Passion areas: Innovationleadership which is fuelled by creative curiosity using data, analytics and AI applied for social good, particularly in support of the sustainability goals to reduce health inequalities.

John hosts the AMx Fika leadership podcasts via futureNHS to provide our Data and Analytical community with a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from leading inspirational and visionary data and analytical leaders from across Health, Care and Industry sectors.

Outside of work, a bit of a bibliophile who enjoys cycling and ‘trying to’ play guitar but not all at the same time.