ABC Chief Digital & Information Officer Helen Clifton has announced she will leave the national broadcaster to take up the role of Executive Director of Product Delivery for NHS Digital (part of the National Health Service), based in London, UK.
Ms Clifton has been an ABC Director since 2017, leading the ABC Product & Content Technology division as it drives the organisation’s transition from a traditional broadcaster to the nation’s most highly trusted, valued and leading digital content provider. The ABC now has 18 million active users each week enjoying a range of digital experiences across websites, apps and other products and services.
ABC Managing Director David Anderson paid tribute to Ms Clifton’s time at the ABC and her significant contribution across the organisation.
“Helen has been an outstanding executive at the ABC and is highly respected and admired across the organisation.
“Her knowledge, leadership and vision in driving critically important work at the ABC as we continue the transition to digital products and experiences has been recognised across the industry, where Helen was recently named one of Australia’s top technology leaders.
“Helen has also been instrumental in guiding the ABC through one of the most testing periods in our history, providing vital digital and technology services during the COVID-19 pandemic, when record audiences turned to us.
“On behalf of the leadership team and the ABC, I would like to thank Helen and wish her well in this next chapter of her career.”
ABC Head of Content Management Rebecca Matthews will become ABC Chief Digital & Information Officer in an acting capacity in the interim while a recruitment process for Ms Clifton’s role is underway.