New managing director appointed at Advanced Health & Care

George Thaw takes over from Jim Chase

Advanced Health & Care today announced the appointment of new managing director, George Thaw.

He will take over from Jim Chase, who has decided to stand down having led the rapid growth of Advanced from the start to become a leading supplier of IT solutions for the growing out-of-hospital, community health, and social care sector.

Advanced works with care providers in the NHS, local government, social enterprises, and the private sector to deliver leading IT solutions in support of safe, effective and efficient patient care. The business has experienced strong year on year growth, particularly in the NHS urgent care and community and mental health sectors, with a growing number of NHS trusts selecting Advanced as their trusted solution provider.

Thaw, who will be responsible for driving the next phase of the development of Advanced, has gained impressive experience in senior management positions at some of the world’s most-high-profile organisations. He served at Microsoft for 10 years, where, in his role as senior leader in the global services business, he successfully restructured the professional services organisation, introducing a new suite of offerings and increasing overall customer satisfaction.

Following this, he became global vice president for Avanade, a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft, which provides IT services focused on the Microsoft platform for mid-sized to large enterprise organisations. Thaw earned the global position after establishing and growing the UK business which contributed the company’s highest gross margin worldwide.

Thaw also served as a senior executive of global enterprise application software provider, SAP, where he managed the day-to-day operational activities. His most-recent position was chief executive and chief chief operating officer of UK-based technology business, Powa Technologies, one of the fastest-growing players in the e-commerce and mobile commerce market place.

Further developing Advanced’s portfolio of solutions including its mobile care products will be a top priority moving forward.

Paul Gibson, chief operating officer, of the Advanced Computer Software Group, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming George to the group. He is a highly-experienced, relationship-based leader with an excellent track record for growing high-value, complex enterprise organisations.

“Under his leadership, Advanced will continue to bring forward innovative IT solutions for the NHS urgent care, community and mental health sectors as well as the homecare and residential care sector.”

Thaw added: “Advanced has developed an excellent reputation in healthcare IT, which is one of the reasons I’m looking forward to joining the business. I’m particularly excited about the opportunity to drive further growth built on excellent customer service, quality and ongoing product innovation to take Advanced to the next level."

Chase will continue to support Advanced in a transitionary role until the end of the financial year.

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