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Dr Victoria Betton named in 2021 Open UK honours list

Our chief innovation officer Dr Victoria Betton has been named alongside the top influencers in the open-source industry, as part of the Open UK 2021 honours list

The accolade is given to the biggest advocates within the Open Source Software, Open Hardware and Open Data industry, who have played a part in the growth of Open Technology through their jobs, community contributions, policy or education. 

Victoria was featured in this year’s list due to her work across a variety of digital and innovation projects over the course of 20+ years in the NHS,  but in particular, her championing of the development of open-source Personal Health Records across many UK trusts as part of her role within Mindwave. 

She previously founded mHabitat – an NHS-hosted digital health consultancy, and Co>Space North – a digital health and tech for good collaboration space. She is a qualified social worker and coach with over twenty years’ experience in local government, third sector and the NHS. She has Master’s degrees in Women’s Studies, Social Work, and a Diploma in Public Sector Relations. 

Her doctoral research was on the theme of mental health and online social networks. She is a member of the HIMSS UK Advisory Board, Leeds City Region Digital Board, and a Trustee for Solace, a refugee and asylum seeker charity, and she is co-author of Teen Mental Health in an Online World. 

Victoria said: “It was an honour to be listed among some of the brightest names in the Open Source industry. OpenUK does some brilliant work on creating a community of individuals who can collaborate to make some real changes with the industry, and there are so many great people out there looking to make a difference. Congratulations to all those who were featured in this year’s Honours List, and I’m looking forward to what the open technology community will achieve over the next 12 months”.