One of the UK’s fastest-growing tech consultancies has appointed a new corporate development industry lead for healthcare, to build its offer to help modernise and improve the UK’s healthcare system.
Paul Malcolm joins Opencast after almost two decades of healthcare and digital health transformation experience, delivering enterprise software and services solutions to public and private sector healthcare organisations.
“I have wide sector knowledge around the health system, having worked for large multinational companies and small start-up businesses too,” he explains. “I’ve worked for American, UK and New Zealand companies, so have a good perspective of health systems and how they work in different parts of the world.”
Paul’s work will help Opencast build its health client portfolio, which includes public and private healthcare organisations and emerging digital healthcare start-up businesses.
“Healthcare is a hugely important area of growth for Opencast,” says Paul. “What Opencast has done in healthcare to date gives us a great foundation, but we can do more. We have a value proposition for all parts of the NHS and the experience gained from the work we have already done, together with the fantastic people we are hiring with NHS history, will be paramount in our success going forward.”
Hampshire-based Paul has already recognised the unique culture of the Opencast business – and he sees a strong connection between its values and those of the NHS.
“The values we have as a business also align very well with the values of the NHS. We're all here to do the right thing, to make a difference and to improve people’s lives. We have a strong belief that everyone counts and are fully committed to the work we are doing around diversity and inclusion. That cultural alignment is really important with the NHS and should never be underestimated.
“Our ambition must be to help get the healthcare system into the best possible place through digital innovation. It's about finding the best place to add value so we can help the system be better. Then we really will be changing people's lives and making a difference to patients and clinicians.”
Welcoming Paul’s appointment, Harry Armstrong, Opencast’s corporate development director, said: “We’re delighted that Paul is joining us to grow our presence in the health sector. Paul’s experience will help us to deliver more compelling patient experiences and deliver operational efficiencies for public and private sector clients – building on work we do for clients such as the NHS Business Services Authority and eConsult – and joining the dots across our government work such as DWP Health with more patient-centric outcomes.
“With Paul’s arrival into Opencast, there is excitement from the whole team, with people keen to make a difference in society through healthcare projects.”
Founded in 2012, Opencast has grown quickly to become one of the North East’s most successful technology businesses – last year employing its 400th team member. Since 2022 the company has opened new city hubs in London, Edinburgh, Leeds and most recently in Glasgow.