Head of Architecture

NHS England

NHS Improvement


Julian Knight is Head of Architecture in Corporate IT and Smarter Working for NHS England and NHS Improvement.

He has over 40 years of IT knowledge specialising in designing and implementing information systems architectures.

He is passionate about ensuring that information and technology serves people and not the other way round.

Julian is also owner of the independent IT and Information Management consultancy Totally Information which has been running since 2009.

You can contact him from this site or via his blog “Much Ado About IT” or his consultancy website.


Technical: Enterprise technical architecture and design; IT Security; Cyber Security; Information Management; Development of interoperability standards and design baselines; open standards; identity management; Internet and web standards; application development: Microsoft Office, VBA, HTML, JavaScript

Business: Development of technical strategies, policies, standards and processes; governance; project assurance; project scoping; requirements capture and analysis; customer, user and supplier engagement; supplier and product evaluation; team leadership; development of functional/non-functional requirements; process development; procurement support; process improvement; multi-supplier management; configuration management; business cases; budgets; training and seminars; technical design; business analysis


  • System Integration
  • IT Strategy
  • Design Authority
  • IT Security & Cyber Security
  • Enterprise, Solution, Technical Architect
  • Technical Project Management
  • Training
  • Multi-supplier Integration
  • Government, Health, Banking
  • NHS
  • Identity Management
  • Office Systems
  • Web Technologies
  • Communication at all levels
  • Interfacing between business & technical staff
  • Managing expectations of customers & suppliers
  • Application Development
  • Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, UK


  • Information Management
  • Identity Management
  • Cyber Security
  • IT Architecture
  • IT Design
  • Open Standards
  • Open Source
  • Low-/No-Code Programming
  • IoT
  • Skiing


  • BSc in Aeronautical Engineering Science, 1981

    Salford University


SFIA Skill Levels Assessment

AreaSkillJulian Knight
Core SkillsCustomer & stakeholder relationship management4
Analysis & presentation of findings5
Problem Solving5
Planning & Organisation4
Information Technology & Application SkillsInformation Processing4
Information Collection & Analysis4
Knowledge & Information Resources5
MS Project3
Personal competenciesCommunication4
Values & Behaviours3
Self & Interpersonal behaviours3
Initiative & Resourcefulness5
Department & Partnership Working4
Knowledge sharing5
Striving for excellence4
Self development4
Leading change5
Project and Programme Management SkillsBusiness case2
Benefits realisation management2
Requirements and scope management4
Project/ programme assurance4
Risk & issue management5
Quality management4
Resource management3
Configuration management & change control5
Budgeting & finance2
Quality / service improvement skillsPDSA3
Mode, for Improvement1
Lean / Six sigma2
Process Mapping3
Root Cause analysis2
Driver / Logic models2
Statistical process controls2
Technological Innovations5
Communication tools4
Clinical audit1
Other (please list)1

Expertise Levels

1UnawareI have never heard of this
2AwarenessI am aware of this and may have used the basics
3Standard applicationCarries out all basic/essential elements of the skill area.
4Skilful applicationApplies advanced elements of the skill area.
5MasteryEmploys specific techniques/approaches across all elements of the skill area and leads the contribution of others in specific skill areas



Head of Architecture

NHS England & NHS Improvement

Oct 2019 – Present Leeds/London/Sheffield, UK

Responsible for corporate IT architectures across NHS England, NHS Improvement and NHSX.

Ensuring that NHS England, NHS Improvement and NHSX have robust, cost effective corporate ICT and IT security architectures that support the ongoing needs of the organisations and their partners.

Architecture & Design

The Architecture & Design capability is part of the Technology & Security team within CISW. This capability provides governance, support and SME knowledge in regard to IT architecture and solution design. In addition, the capability provides a link between different teams, areas of the business and beyond to government and vendors helping to ensure that new requirements and changes stay in line with IT, IG and security policies and strategies.

​Corporate IT and Smarter Working (CISW)

The department accountable for IT infrastructure and operations, enterprise software, and cyber security across NHS England, NHS Improvement and NHSX including NHS England funded entities. This department also provides infrastructure and live system and service support for Health System systems and services commissioned by other departments including DAIS (Data & Analytics), DPIA (Digital Products & Improvement Analytics) and NHSX.


Head of Technology and Security, Future Services Programme

NHS England, Department of Health and Social Care, Health Research Agency, Care Quality Commission, NHS Improvement

Jan 2017 – Sep 2019 Leeds, UK

Designing, building & deploying the next generation shared IT service for the Department of Health, NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Health Research Agency. Around 12-13,000 users, a £250m programme.

Responsibilities included:

  • Overall responsibility for the technology & security strategies and design

  • Manage the Technical and Information Security practices

  • Member of the FSP Senior Leadership Team

  • Oversight of the Enterprise Architecture

  • Member of the Technical Assurance Group (external technical & security governance)

  • Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) of the Service Transformation Programme projects

  • Information Risk Manager

  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) for:

    • Technical and Information Security standards
    • Information Risk and Governance
    • Information Management
    • Networking
    • Cloud Services
    • Business, desktop and mobile applications
  • Service Owner for Azure and Office 365

  • Member of the NHSX Cyber Security Programme Steering Group

  • Project Board Member for:

    • IT Service Management Tool
    • Test Tool
    • CMDB
    • Service Desk
    • Transformation Foundation
    • Transformation Enabling

Head of Corporate ICT Technology & Security

NHS England

Jul 2012 – Jan 2017 Leeds, UK

Note that in April 2013, the NHS Commissioning Board began using the “trading” name of NHS England.

The NHS Commissioning Board was an “arms length” government body set up to oversea and manage the budget for the NHS. With around 4,500 staff and 50 sites, Julian arrived in the early stages of setup and helped to guide and implement business IT services.

  • Supported the development and implementation of the Commissioning Board IT Strategy
  • Provided design and architecture support to the Commissioning Board
  • Assured supplier designs ensuring that they support the IT Strategy
  • Technical Design Authority for the Commissioning Board business IT systems
  • Technical Design Authority representing the Commissioning Board on the Department of Health’s “Open Service”.
  • Developed Cyber Security standards and processes
  • IT representative on the Central Information Governance Board

Some key projects:

  • 2012-13 - Design and implementation of NHS Commissioning Board’s transitional SharePoint service.
  • 2012 - NHS CB common Wi-Fi service (guest and corporate Wi-Fi with a common configuration across all sites.
  • 2012-13 - Design and manage delivery for NHS CB of an N3 based WAN for use with the DH Open Service.


Totally Information

Dec 2009 – Present Sheffield, UK

Totally Information is focussed on helping organisations realise the information they need to progress their goals.

We provide knowledge and support that bridges business, operations and Information Technology. We bring information management solutions to organisations with limited or no information management support or who’s IT departments are overburdened and perhaps focussed on infrastructure.

Totally Information is based in Sheffield, UK and enjoys supporting local businesses though we are always happy to support any organisation anywhere in the world when we can work remotely.


Solution Architect & Design Authority

Co-operative Financial Services

Dec 2009 – Jun 2012 Manchester, UK

Providing solutions architecture expertise on a variety of banking projects. Full details are in my CV.

  • Desktop-mainframe integration tool replacement
  • End-to-end banking solutions and customer/system migration issues
  • Correspondence and Document Management solutions
  • MI/OI solutions
  • Designing and implementing new technical NFR processes and tools

Solutions Architect


Dec 2009 – Jun 2012 Manchester, UK
Please see the description for the role at Coop Financial Services. I am working via Steria for CFS

IS/IT Consultant, Enterprise & Solutions Architect, Multi-System Integration

Klarient Ltd

Nov 2006 – Mar 2013 Leeds, UK

Please see the specific projects for details of the work done by me as part of Klarient Ltd.


Julian is an IT technical and business consultant who has successfully delivered many complex, multi-supplier projects in both the public and private sectors. He is passionate about delivering quality and is well versed at working in challenging environments where business needs change rapidly and the involvement of many stakeholders is critical to success.

Julian has worked on large-scale projects throughout the whole lifecycle from architecture and design through to implementation and operations. He understands the development and testing of data driven systems and the architectures that are required to support them. He also has experience supporting supplier evaluation and procurement as well as managing the expectations of customers and suppliers.

Julian possesses a broad range of technology and business skills; roles successfully delivered include technical project management, technical architecture, design authority, business and functional architecture, IT strategies, multi-supplier management, development and training.

Julian has experience of working with people at all levels of an organisation; he has excellent interpersonal skills and is readily able to adapt his language to the audience whether communicating with technical specialists, senior management or business users. He is able to produce very high quality documentation at a variety of levels, ranging from detailed specifications though business cases and training materials to board level presentations.

Volunteer Experience


Ski Leading

Gold Hill Holidays

Jan 1991 – Apr 2002 Gerrards Cross, Bucks, UK

Helping young people and adults learn to ski and to appreciate the mountains.

Also helping run the holidays and helping people live and work together.



Christian Mountain Centre

Jan 1985 – Apr 1991 Tremadog, North Wales, UK

Went on a trip with a friend. Fell in love with the centre and the work at Gorffwysfa in Tremadog, Snowdonia. Offered to volunteer to help around the centre. Got roped in (literally) helping instruct outdoor education. Walking, navigation, climbing, rafting, etc. Kept coming back pretty much every weekend for many years.

All the while, helping care for young people and adults in the stunningly beautiful Snowdonia National Park and surroundings. Helping people understand more about themselves, each other and their surroundings.

Note that the centre has moved since then from its old location in Tremadog to new centres in Pensarn Harbour and nearby Bryn-y-Moel a couple of miles south of Harlech.


Selection of key projects and programmes


NHS ID App Design & Deployment

March 2020 to (ongoing) Design and deployment of a digital ID app with integration to building access control systems.

Future Networks

Jan 2020 to (ongoing) Design and procurement of a replacement national WAN & LAN service utilising software defined networking to support a modern workplace.

Web application builder Node for Node-RED

March 2017 to (ongoing) Easily create data-driven web UI’s for Node-RED using any (or no) front-end library. VueJS and bootstrap-vue included but change as desired.