Karen Wheeler CBE


Karen Wheeler was appointed as the National Director for Transformation and Corporate Operations at NHS England on secondment from 1 April 2014. She will continue her DH role as head of Infomatics and as the senior responsible officer for Proton Beam Therapy.

Karen Wheeler was appointed Director General in February 2012. She first joined the Department of Health in 2010 to help establish the transition programme for implementing NHS and departmental reforms.

Previous roles in government include:

  • Digital Delivery Director at the Cabinet Office
  • Delivery Director, Access to Justice at the Ministry of Justice
  • Change Director at the Ministry of Justice

Karen has also worked as a private sector management consultant. She was awarded the CBE in 2007 for her work with the courts.

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief Operating Officer and Director General for Group Operations

    • 2012 to 2014