Rob Blagden | Proudly speaking at HETT 2020, 29-30th September

Rob Blagden

Director of Libraries, Technology and Information
University of Gloucestershire
Rob blagden is speaking at HETT 2020

He has recently become the Director of Libraries, Technology and Information at the University of Gloucestershire and is leading teams who support and innovate with students and academics. Previously he spent 15 years working in the National Health Service leading IT services across Gloucestershire and input into several national projects. Rob was also the Lead Governor for 2gether NHS Foundation Trust. Rob is now a trustee for Teens in Crisis +, a charity which provides support and counselling services for young people. Rob strongly believes in ‘parity of esteem for mental health’ and that there is ‘no health without mental health’.

Rob has experienced the NHS as a patient, in 2015 Rob received a kidney transplant which transformed his life after having lived on dialysis for 3 years previously – he often talks about the importance of listening to the patient perspective and how using digital systems helps him stay well.

Rob’s family is really important to him and he spends as much time as possible with them including his three grandchildren. Rob enjoys socialising, reading and learning, he completed the NHS Digital Academy as part of Cohort 1 and continued on to MSc level by taking on a project to research the use of BYOD in the NHS and wider public sector.

Rob considers himself to be a good listener and someone who values the contribution of every individual, he is keen to support and progress equality and wellbeing initiatives.
Rob’s goal is to make every day count and to inspire others to achieve the same.