Richard Stubbs is Chief Executive of Health Innovation Yorkshire & Humber, working with the NHS, academic partners, and health innovators to support the transformation of health and care delivery through innovation. Richard is also Chair of the national Health Innovation Network, bringing together all 15 health innovation networks across England to deliver national impact.
Richard has an established track record of bringing together sectors and regions to accelerate the role that technology and life sciences can play in improving patient care, whilst also championing how increasing economic growth contributes to better population health outcomes for communities. In addition to his role as Chief Executive of Health Innovation Yorkshire & Humber and Chair of the Health Innovation Network, he holds several varied non-executive and voluntary roles.
As a long-standing member of the NHS Assembly, a board member of NHS England’s Accelerated Access Collaborative as well as the Innovation Ecosystem Programme Advisory Group, Richard is passionate about driving policy level changes which will best enable the NHS to adopt innovation for the benefit of patient care, in addition to developing a clear blueprint for how the NHS can best support, and benefit from, a strong life sciences ecosystem.
In 2022, Richard created the new national Innovate Awards to recognise and reward health innovators across the NHS and industry, in partnership with the NHS Confederation.
He is a fellow of the Sciana Health Leaders’ Network, a programme which brings senior leaders with diverse professional backgrounds from across Europe together to share the skills and knowledge needed to make change happen in complex systems and address current and future challenges facing leaders in health and healthcare.
Internationally, Richard is a member of the International Health Federation’s Global Scientific Committee which curates their annual World Hospital Congress. He is also an advisor to Healthcare UK, providing strategic input into the UK Department for Business and International Trade’s healthcare export activity.
Commitment to diversity and inclusion runs through everything Richard does, and he has twice been recognised by the Health Service Journal in their Top 50 BAME Powerlist as “one of the BAME figures exercising the most power and influence in English health policy.” As Co-Chair of the NHS Confederation’s BME Leadership Network he plays a central role in increasing diversity within NHS leadership. Richard is passionate about the importance of greater diversity within innovation and has conceived a national programme which seeks to address this issue, this work led to a series of pledges which have been adopted nationally by the health innovation networks. He is also featured on the D-list, a diverse directory of UK entrepreneurs.
Proud of his Yorkshire roots, Richard undertakes a variety of roles focused on developing the region as a great place to live and work. He has recently concluded his term as the chair of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Local Enterprise Partnership, a business-led regional function responsible for local economic development. He is currently a board member of the NP11 and the South Yorkshire Mayoral Economic Advisory Council.
Richard chairs the advisory board for Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellness Research Centre (AWRC), a £14m research institution established to develop innovations that will improve population health and physical activity and is a visiting fellow at the university. Since June 2021, Richard has been Chair of the NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Cooperative MedTech and In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operatives (MIC) Steering group, the only dedicated paediatric NIHR MIC.
Richard is a vocal proponent of tackling health inequalities. In 2020 he co-authored the influential report, Levelling Up Yorkshire and Humber; Health as the new wealth post-COVID on the link between regional productivity and population health, going on to present the report’s recommendations at the House of Lords Public Services Committee. His second ‘white paper’ on this topic is due to be launched in early 2024. Working with the thinktank Public Policy Projects, Richard has chaired a series of roundtables and a report entitled The Digital Divide: reducing inequalities for better health, which focuses on what digital health can do for underserved populations.
In Autumn 2021 Richard was recognised as Business Leader of the Year in the Yorkshire Post’s prestigious Excellence in Business Awards. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Leadership Fellow of St George’s House, Windsor Castle. He is also a member of Maltby Learning Trust, a multi-academy trust of secondary and primary schools across Rotherham and Doncaster. In his spare time, he manages an under 12’s football team.
Richard lives in Sheffield with his wife and two children.
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- Curia Dementia Commission – December 2023
- The Digital Divide: Reducing inequalities for better health – October 2022
- Leeds Health and Social Care Hub – June 2022
- How to involve and engage patients in digital health the innovation: An Evidence Based Guide – June 2022
- Diversity and innovation progress and learning report – June 2022
- House of Lords’ Public Services Committee – ‘Levelling up’ position paper – May 2021
- LGBT Health Inequalities in the UK: Literature Review – February 2021
- Rapid evaluation of health and care services: planning a sustainable solution for the post-COVID reset – February 2021
- AHSN Network Digital & AI Reset Report – October 2020
- Levelling Up Yorkshire and the Humber: health as the new wealth post-COVID – July 2020
- Diversity and Innovation: a celebration of BAME innovators and our pledges to do more – September 2019
- The Innovators – June 2019
- Digital innovation will be key to realising ambitions of the workforce plan – Integrated Care Journal, August 2023
- Why is innovation the key to achieving equitable health and care for all? – Yorkshire Post, July 2023
- How can we unlock the North of England’s true potential as a global leader in life sciences, Yorkshire Post – February 2023
- NHS Innovation and Life Sciences Commission: 2022 report launch, Chamber UK – December 2022
- EnACT patient-centric design in digital health development, pharmaphorum.com – August 2022
- Health is Wealth: The connection between business and health, UnLTD Magazine – June 2021
- Interview Series, Health Tech Newspaper – June 2021
- Call out for innovation to address LGBT+ health inequalities, Healthcare Global – March 2021
- An Olympic effort is needed to improve Yorkshire’s health, The Yorkshire Post – September 2020
- NHS culture holds back innovation and I want to change it, The Yorkshire Post – August 2020
- West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership: Weekly update – August 2022
- Greater diversity in innovation is more important than ever, The Health Innovation Network – June 2022
- Regulatory recognition and sharing of innovative practice by NHS GP providers to reduce health inequalities, Care Quality Commission – May 2022
- Building unity and solidarity to amplify voices, NHS Confederation – October 2021
- Proud to be working in a system that has made such a loud and focused stand against racism, West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership – September 2021
- Working in partnership with AHSNs to reset and recover after the pandemic, Health Service Journal – June 2021
- It’s white leaders who have to change, MIP Health – October 2020
- Obesity: Government focus on weight issues misses the bigger picture, Health Innovation Yorkshire & Humber – September 2020
- NHS Reset: Using rapid insights to create an innovation learning system, NHS Confederation – September 2020
- NHS Reset: Why the challenge to reset is a cultural one, NHS Confederation – June 2020
- Innovation² – the multiplier effect of diversity: the business case, The Health Innovation Network – September 2019
- Experts Discuss: How to Involve and Engage Patients in Digital Health Tech Innovation, ORCHA Academy – March 2023
- Levelling Up Commission: Health and Social Care Inquiry Session, Chamber UK – March 2023
- NHS Innovation and Life Sciences Commission: 2022 report launch, Chamber UK – December 2022
- NHS Boards Getting Engaged With Research And Innovation, HSR UK Conference – July 2022
- The Outlook for the Public Sector, North West Collaborative Masterclass – April 2021
- ‘Levelling up’ and Public Services, House of Lords Public Services Committee – March 2021
- YHealth for Growth: One Year On, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN – December 2020
- Building Diversity in Digital Health, NHS England, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN and the Shuri Network – September 2020
- How can we create real lasting change after COVID-19?, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN – July 2020
- Diversity and innovation, The Health Innovation Network – October 2019
- How innovation can reduce health inequalities, AHSN Network – June 2023
- #EQW2022: The Power of Staff Networks, NHS Employers – May 2022
- Talking Healthcare: Humanising technology for smart healthcare delivery, International Hospital Federation – Sept 2021
- Ready to Trade Podcast: Strengthening Healthcare Systems post-COVID – March 2021
- The PNE Podcast: The Person Behind the Job Title – August 2020
- We Work Together Podcast, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – August 2020
- Named number 6 in Yorkshire Business Insider’s Power 100 list for 2023 – February 2023
- Winner of Yorkshire Post’s Excellence in Business award in the category of Business Leader of the Year – November 2021
- Recognised by HSJ as one of the 50 most influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic figures in health – October 2021
- Shortlisted for the Laing Buisson Awards 2021 in the Rising Star in the world of healthcare and/or social care category – September 2021