Speaker Biographies

Speaker Profiles

Nick Ross is a distinguished broadcaster and world-class moderator with a longstanding interest in healthcare and information systems.
His involvement will ensure the conference is a challenging, interesting and enjoyable experience and he is committed to its success.
Michael White, Assistant Editor of the Guardian
Michael has been writing for the Guardian for more than 30 years, as a reporter, foreign correspondent and columnist. He was political editor from 1990-2006, having previously been the paper's Washington correspondent (1984-88) and parliamentary sketchwriter (1977-84).
Earl Howe, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health
In 1991, Lord Howe became a government whip in the House of Lords with responsibilities, successively, for transport, employment, defence and environment. Following the General Election of 1992 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary (Lords) at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and in 1995 Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence, a post he relinquished at the 1997 General Election.
He has been opposition spokesman for Health and Social Services in the House of Lords since 1997. He is an elected hereditary peer under the provisions of the House of Lords Act 1999.  Apart from his frontbench responsibilities, Earl Howe has previously been a member of the all-party groups on penal affairs, abuse investigations, pharmaceuticals, adoption, mental health and epilepsy.
Jim Easton, NHS Director for Improvement and Efficiency
Jim Easton has been an executive in the UK National Health Service for over 20 years. In June 2009, he was appointed as the NHS National Director for Improvement and Efficiency. Working to the NHS Chief Executive David Nicholson, he is leading the drive for £20 billion of efficiency savings whilst improving the quality of services of the NHS in England.
Jim is leading on changes needed to the NHS in delivering its quality and efficiency commitments through a greater focus on quality, innovation, productivity and prevention.
Previously Jim was Chief Executive of South Central Strategic Health Authority, and prior to this he was the Chief Executive of York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a 700 bed acute hospital. During his career Jim has also worked in primary care, mental health, health care commissioning and policy development.
Mike Farrar, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation
Mr Farrar was chief executive of the North West England SHA from May 2006 to April 2011. He was previously chief executive of West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authorities, chief executive of Tees Valley Health Authority and head of primary care at the Department of Health...

During his time at the Department of Health, he was responsible for establishing primary care groups, primary care trusts and Personal Medical Services (PMS).
Mr Farrar chaired the Strategic Health Authority Chief Executive's Group from 2002 to 2009. He chaired the NHS Confederation GP Contract negotiating team that successfully negotiated the new General Medical Service contract. He also worked as the national programme director of NHS Live. He previously chaired the Office for Life Sciences Innovation Delivery Board.
Mr Farrar is also a board member of Sport England, where he has also acted as interim chair, and in August 2009 was appointed as National Tsar for Sport and Health. Mike was also awarded the CBE in 2005 for services to the NHS and is an honorary fellow of the University of Central Lancashire.
Tim Straughan, Chief Executive of the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care.
Tim originally joined The NHS IC as Director of Finance and Corporate Services and Deputy Chief Executive six months after its creation in April 2005 and was responsible for the recruitment and migration programme that established The NHS IC in its new headquarters in Leeds.
Since then Tim has driven The NHS IC to become more customer and frontline focused and is currently leading the process of transforming the organisation to maximise its key role in facilitating the ‘Information Revolution’ set out in the Government’s White Paper: Equity and Excellence, Liberating the NHS.
Tim originally joined The NHS IC from NHS Estates where he was Acting Chief Executive and, prior to that, Finance Director.
Before that Tim had a number of years of frontline NHS experience working in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. There he developed a specialist working knowledge about private finance initiatives and public private partnerships.
Tim is a Chartered Accountant and trained with KPMG. He is also a qualified dentist with experience of working in general practice, hospital and community facilities.
Susan Hamer, National Director of Nursing, Midwifery and the Allied Health Professions, The Clinical Division: Department of Health Informatics Directorate.
Susan graduated in nursing in 1980 working as a district nurse in London before moving to the University of Hull as a lecturer in nursing studies. Since then she has held a variety of academic, policy and practice based posts.
In 2004 Susan became Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer for the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds. Susan has been seconded from the University of Leeds since January 2010 to be a member of the strategic leadership team of the clinical division.
Susan has published widely, and is the co author of two books: Achieving Evidence Based Practice and Leadership and Management: A 3 dimensional Approach. Susan is also currently a member of a COST action, a European wide project looking at enhancing the role of medicine in the management of health systems. Her doctoral studies were in the field of post compulsory education. She is a fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute.
Susan is passionate about the possibilities for technology to enhanced practice and to support innovation in the development of patient led services.
Tim Kelsey, Information and Public Services Lead at McKinsey & Company
Tim has pioneered the development of consumer information strategies in public services, and particularly in health. In 2000, Tim was founder CEO of Dr Foster, the organisation which published comparative data on the quality of NHS hospitals for the first time.
Greater transparency has led many NHS organisations to show demonstrable improvements in clinical outcomes. Dr Foster is now market leader in the provision of quality benchmarking analytics in the UK health sector and also the leading independent information brand for patients and the public. In 2005, Dr Foster was identified as one of the top 10 fastest growing private companies in the UK by the Sunday Times.
Tim subsequently developed an international brand reputation for Dr Foster and has worked with private, public and government clients in the UK and overseas, notably in the US and mainland Europe. He has also advised the UK government on consumer and digital information strategies in health and other public services. In 2007, he designed and led the launch of the new national health information service - NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk). This is now the most visited health information resource in the UK.Tim joined McKinsey to lead on the development of consumer propositions in public services to transform quality and productivity.
Professor John Williams, Professor of Health Services Research at the College of Medicine, Swansea University, and Consultant Gastroenterologist at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.
From 2002-07 John Williams was Director of R&D for Wales, a post in which he established the Clinical Research Collaboration in Wales (CRC Cymru).
This collaboration includes an innovative Health Information Research Unit at Swansea University where linked data from many sources in health and social care are being used for observational and prospective research.
He has a long-standing interest in improving information systems that support patient care and directs the Health Informatics Unit at the Royal College of Physicians of London, which he established in 2001. He has evaluated the use of routinely collected data to support research, audit and professional appraisal. This work has highlighted the need for standardisation of the structure and content of patients’ records from a clinical perspective and, at the Royal College of Physicians he has led the development of evidence- and consensus-based standards for hospital admission records and communications. This work was supported by NHS Connecting for Health and the standards have been endorsed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
His research interests also include the development and evaluation of new models of service delivery, particularly in gastroenterology, and the greater involvement of patients in the process. He presently chairs a Board Subgroup for the UKCRC, to raise public awareness of the benefits of patient data being used for research, and is a member of the NIHR Health Services Research Board. Click here to view video.
Professor David Peters MB ChB DRCOG DMSMed MFHom FLCOM, Professor of Integrated Healthcare and Clinical Director at University of Westminster’s School of Life Sciences.
David trained as a family doctor, and later in osteopathic medicine and as a musculoskeletal physician From 1990 until 2005 he directed the complementary therapies development programme at Marylebone Health Centre (MHC), a Central London NHS GP unit set up in 1986 to develop new approaches to inner city primary healthcare.
He is one of the founding faculty of the University of Westminster’s School of Integrated Health which merged with the Department of Bioscience in 2009 to form the School of Life Sciences.
He has co-authored or edited five books about integrated healthcare and led on a series of research projects concerned with implementing or evaluating complementary medicine in mainstream settings. One current project is developing PCT-wide access to acupuncture and stress reduction for people with long-term low back pain. He was until 2010 Chair of the British Holistic Medical Association – an open association of practitioners working to develop holistic healthcare (bhma.org) – whose Journal of Holistic Healthcare he edits. He is a director of the recently formed College of Medicine whose aim is to encourage more patient-centred and values-based approaches in healthcare. His clinical work as a musculo-skeletal physician has been greatly enriched by osteopathy and acupuncture, and by somatically-oriented psychotherapeutic methods devised by Peter Levine, as well as by his own exploration of working with the relaxation response, yoga and meditation. A particular clinical interest is in the various dysregulatory syndromes where pain and/or fatigue often overlap, and the breathing pattern disorders frequently associated with them. His R&D interests include the role of non-pharmaceutical treatments in mainstream medicine, and self-care – particularly in long term conditions - an area of research for which we have been funded to create and deliver evidence-based information.
Andy Hyde, Director of Quality Management and Compliance at Diakonhjemmet Sykehus, Oslo, Norway.
Andy Hyde is 46 years old, born in the UK but now lives in Oslo, Norway. He has a Masters Degree in the field of applied computing and is currently Director of Quality Management and Compliance at a medium sized hospital in Oslo.
His career path has gone from flood forecasting at the NRA (now the National Environmental Agency) to pharmaceutical research and currently quality management.
The first connection with healthcare was the pharmaceutical industry where healthcare organisations are the main supplier of data. Here he designed and implemented electronic data capture systems. After this he was senior project manager in a company manufacturing computer based medical technical equipment.
With an educational background in applied computing and an organisational approach in applied systems thinking and complexity management the improvement of the quality of healthcare through the use of computer based solutions has been a focus for over 15 years.
Recent activity has included the implementation of the hospital's electronic patient record system and development of a holistic quality and compliance system based on the integration of diverse IT systems. Andy has been a member of the BCS since 2000.
Gerard McEntee, Assistant Director of Nursing and Project Lead for the Electronic Nursing Records System at Leopardstown Park Hospital, Dublin, Eire.
Gerard has over thirty years experience in Health Care provision, twenty seven of which were in various NHS organisations. Previously Gerard worked as a Service Manager for a large NHS Trust in England and gained valuable experience of electronic health record systems.
Dr Lloyd McCann, Director of Clinical Strategy for Harris Healthcare, EMEA.
Dr McCann is a New Zealand trained doctor who has worked across a range of medical and surgical specialties.
He has completed a dual clinical and managerial fellowship in performance improvement at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust, where he worked clinically in Emergency Medicine and led the Trust’s Service Improvement Team. He has previously worked as a clinical consultant in Health IT. He has experience working within the integrated care domain, leading projects across primary and secondary care, using information and technology as enablers.
He has published work in a wide variety of areas including clinical handover, doctors as teachers, healthcare performance improvement and information technology. Dr McCann was a finalist in 2010’s E-Health Insider Healthcare IT champion for the UK.
Dr Qi Li, M.D., M.B.A., Vice President of Global Clinical Strategies at Harris Healthcare with headquarters in Falls Church, VA.
Dr. Li has nearly 15 years of healthcare informatics and clinical practice management experience, including significant expertise in informatics design, electronic health record (EHR) development and adoption to support quality improvement and patient safety.
In his previous position at Partners HealthCare in Boston, Dr. Li led the internal development of the Longitudinal Medical Record (LMR) adopted enterprise-wide by 7,000-plus physician users at all primary care and specialty clinics. The LMR is now the foundation of Partners’ ambulatory clinical data standards, clinical record and workflow toolset. Additionally, as a member of Partners’ Clinical Informatics R&D group led by Dr. Blackford Middleton, Dr. Li spearheaded research efforts measuring the effectiveness of the LMR, clinical decision support, chronic disease management, patient portal, population management, and technologies such as natural language processing, pen based computing, and regional health information exchange.
Dr Charles Gutteridge, National Clinical Director for Informatics at Department of Health.
Throughout his health service career he has continued practising as a haematologist and has both clinical and laboratory interests in the specialty. Charles has had a lifelong commitment to health service management and the transformation of personal health through research and innovation. Prior to his appointment as National Clinical Director of Informatics, he was Medical Director of Barts and the London NHS Trust, a large university hospital serving the people of East London.
Bob Alexander, Bob Alexander, Finance Director for NHS South of England.
Bob was previously Director of NHS Finance at the Department of Health from 2007. There he led on NHS Financial policy and performance as well as being responsible for the national tariff programme and finance issues underpinning the Health Reform Programme. He continues to lead nationally on specific finance matters for the Reform agenda. Bob was a Strategic Health Authority (SHA) Finance Director from 2002 to 2007, first with Kent and Medway SHA then with South East Coast SHA.
Keith Pollard, Managing Director of Intuition Communication.
Intuition is an online publisher in the healthcare sector that operates market-leading web portals such as Private Healthcare UK, HarleyStreet.com and Surgery Door.
The company is also active in the online medical travel sector through Treatment Abroad and International Medical Travel Journal.
Keith’s early career in marketing within the UK pharmaceutical industry was followed by ten years in marketing and hospital operations in the UK private healthcare industry. In the late 1990s, he became an internet entrepreneur, believing in the potential of the internet to disseminate healthcare information and inform patient choice. See www.keithpollard.com for full profile.
Dr Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Evidence and Practice at NICE.
Gillian’s role encompasses the NICE implementation function and responsibility for NHS Evidence. Previously Gillian worked as the Guidelines Programme Director at NICE, and before that at Bedfordshire Health Authority as a consultant in public health medicine.
She is also an editor of the Cochrane Review Group on peripheral vascular diseases and an honorary senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Research interests include the methodology for evaluating and reviewing evidence, clinical trials and implementation science.
Neil Lawrence, Lead of the Automatic Identification and Data Capture programme at the Department of Health.
Neil has taken the adoption of the Automatic Identification and Data Capture programme to more than 330 hospitals in 12 work streams and establishing 2 national standards. Being involved in national, European and global work programmes and co-chairing the UK healthcare user group Neil continues to develop new methods for using coding in healthcare, its supply chain and the vast array of manufacturers and providers.
Dr Anthony Cartwright, Consultant Anaesthetist at Central Manchester & Manchester Children's Foundation Trust and Director at Mediquate Limited.
With over 20 years experience in the health sector, he gained his initial team-building and leadership skills in the Royal Air Force, and later in the NHS and independent sectors. He has designed software solutions for private clients, as well as managing a large clinically critical IT implementation project for the NHS.
Neil Stutchbury, Knowledge Management Director at Monitor.
Neil Stutchbury joined Monitor in January 2010 and is responsible for leading Monitor’s knowledge management strategy, its information systems and ICT services. Prior to joining Monitor, Neil’s career spanned over twenty years in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industries in a variety of leadership roles delivering informatics solutions to scientists.
Keith Simpson, Consultant Nephrologist.
Served on the Scottish, UK and European Renal Association Registry committees. Currently chairs the ERA-EDTA diagnosis coding group and represents the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges on the NHS Data Standards Group. He helped to set up Renal Patient View.
Marlene Winfield, freelance adviser on patient empowerment and patient confidentiality.
Marlene was until recently Director for Patients and Public in the DH Informatics Directorate. She is currently working with the Royal Marsden on its end of life care programme for London and the Royal College of Physicians on record keeping standards. She is a trustee of the Thalidomide Trust and advises the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust on grant-making in the areas of power and responsibility.
Mohammed Keshtgar, Surgical Oncologist.
Based at the Royal Free Hospital, University College London (UCL), Keshtgar is best known as a pioneer of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) in the UK, a technique that aims to prevent the morbidity associated with axillary lymph node dissection. He ran the
first UK training course for the procedure in 2002 and has an extensive training role in the UK and internationally.
Orna Lovelady, Service Development Clinical Adoption Manager at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS FT.
Orna has worked in healthcare systems implementation and clinician engagement for the past 10 years in hospitals across the Middle East and at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital. She has a wide range of experience in system design, implementation, clinical sign up, training and project management, drawing on skills from both her IT and clinical background.
Prof. Iain Carpenter MD FRCP, Emeritus Professor of Human Aging at the Centre for Health, Service Studies at the University of Kent.
He is Associate Director at the Health Informatics Unit of the Royal College of Physicians in London where he is the clinical lead for the Record, Standards Programme.
His research and publications have included screening the elderly in the community, evaluation of Home Care Services in Europe, resource use casemix for the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre, NHS funding and quality of care of residents of Nursing Homes, cross-national research and comparisons of nursing home care, and the evaluation of intermediate care, and standards for clinical records. Click here to view video.
Heather Walker FHRIM, Consultancy Director at CHKS.
Heather has over 30 years experience working with the health service and health service information systems, the last 17 being at CHKS. Her specific expertise is in the use of information both managerial, patient reported and clinical to support clinical change and data quality improvements through the use of nationally collected data.
Dr Raj Kumar, Chair of the NHS Clinical Leaders Network.
The NHS Clinical Leaders Network is a frontline network of senior NHS Clinicians and one of the largest multi-professional leadership networks of over 4,000 Senior Clinicians across England.
A frontline General Practitioner from Cheshire, he has pioneered clinician-led innovative changes in healthcare delivery with a continued emphasis on Quality, Innovation and Efficiency both locally and nationally. The community based organisation that he has established now covers primary and secondary care services from over 14 sites across 6 cluster Primary Care Trust regions and continues to grow nationally.
Baroness Young of Old Scone, Life Peer in the House of Lords and Chancellor of Cranfield University.
Barbara Young spent the first 20 years of her career in public relations and in health services management. Latterly she managed a range of health districts in London. She was Chairman then President of the Institute of Health Services Management from 1986 to 1988 and a King’s Fund International Fellow in 1985-86 and 1990-1991.
In 2008 she returned to the health and social care sector as founding Chairman of the Care Quality Commission, the regulator for quality in health and social care. In 2010 she took up the post of Chief Executive of Diabetes UK.
Dawn Monaghan, Senior Manager at ICO.
She is presently Group Manager of the Public Services team in the Strategic Liaison Division at the ICO. Her remit covers Freedom of Information, Data Protection, Environmental Information Regulations and Inspire. Dawn and her team have responsibility for liaising with key stakeholders and indentifying strategic initiatives or issues arising in the areas of Local Government, Health Education and the Third sector.
Dr Graham Evans, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of Informatics at the North East region of NHS North of England.
Graham represents the north east region on all matters relating to health informatics. His key responsibility is working with the Department of Health and NHS Connecting for Health on all issues relating to health informatics. He is responsible for providing advice and guidance on all strategic health informatics issues.
Graham chairs a number of National and PAN SHA informatics groups, including; Change and Benefits, Communications and Programme Management.
Katie Davis, Managing Director, NHS Informatics at the Department of Health.
Katie Davis joined the Department of Health as the Managing Director, NHS Informatics in July 2011. The main focus of Katie’s role is to develop the future strategic delivery model for NHS Informatics in support of the broader health reforms currently underway. She has day-to-day responsibility for the continued availability of the national systems and infrastructure which underpin the NHS.
Lois Lere, Deputy Chief Information Officer and Head of Health Informatics Strategy at NHS South of England.
Lois joined NHS South Central in February 2010 to design and deliver the digital strategy and support local NHS organisations with technology enabled changes needed to support an efficient, high quality future. She is currently lead for the Informatics Transition work across the South of England and the National DCIO link to the QIPP Digital workstream
Malcolm Stamp CBE, Chief Executive of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust.
Malcolm has over 37 years experience in the National Health Service, including Chief Executive posts at Cambridge University Hospitals, the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool Health Authority, Crewe Health Authority and the provider agency for NHS London. He has also worked in New Zealand as the Chief Executive of Waikato District Health Board.
In addition, Malcolm has held a number of national positions, including appointments to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel and the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards.
Peter Dyke, Head of Industry Liaison for NHS Connecting for Health.
Peter Dyke is one of the leading experts on the NHS IT market, having worked for more than 14 years on both the supplier and customer sides.
In his role he maintains a general overview of the state of the NHS IT industry, and manages a number of national Enterprise Agreements. Peter joined NHS CFH in January 2004, leading works on the Existing Systems Programme (Spine Compliance). He also played a key role in the creation of the GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) framework in 2007.
Jack Barker, Consultant in General and Respiratory Medicine and Clinical Director for IT at Kings College Hospital, Kings Health Partners.
Jack Barker has been a Consultant Physician at Kings College Hospital since 1999. He took over clinical leadership of the EPR project at Kings in 1999 and has worked closely with the Director of ICT, Colin Sweeney, ever since. The Kings team have implemented many elements of a full electronic record including comprehensive orders, results review, document storage and review, integrated PACS, electronic prescribing for inpatients and clinical noting at the bedside. They are now working towards a paperless hospital.
Dave Marsden, Chair of the national NHS CIO Forum.
Dave took up the role of Chief Information Officer / Associate Director of Health Informatics for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Strategic Health Authority and Trent Strategic Health Authority in December 2002 and in October 2006 was appointed Director of Strategic IMT (Chief Information Officer) for NHS East Midlands. This role was extended to cover the NHS East of England territory in March 2010 and further extended to cover NHS West Midlands from October 2011 on the creation of the NHS Midlands and East SHA Cluster. In recent years Dave has been instrumental in shaping national policy issues and progressing the local/regional informatics agenda.
Mark Duman, Chair of the Patient Information Forum.
Mark, a pharmacist by profession, is an independent consultant who works with clients to improve patient experience and outcomes through better communication.
Within the King’s Fund he founded Ask About Medicines and published ‘Producing Patient Information’. In the BBC he delivered a range of initiatives to motivate people to improve their health and lifestyle. Following subsequent roles in publishing and telecoms, Mark’s consulting clients have included AstraZeneca, Central Office of Information, Department of Health, Microsoft, NHS Direct, Novartis, Picker Europe, Scholl and Tunstall Group.
Phil Trickey, Director of Informatics at NHS South West London.
Phil has worked for the SW London Cluster since June 2009 where he was a member of the SMT as the Director of Informatics for NHS Sutton and Merton and subsequently Director of Informatics for NHS SW London Cluster. Phil was responsible for defining and delivering the Cluster’s Informatics Strategy, which has been adopted as a “template for London” by NHS London. He led the consolidation of all Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and Informatics (Business Intelligence and analytical) services across the SW London PCTs to create a centralised Cluster ICT and Informatics service.
Dr. Peter Fox, Clinical Director at NHS Pathways.
Dr. Peter Fox also works as a GP in his practice in Consett, County Durham. Peter has been awarded a Fellowship for his work in his practice and with NHS Pathways by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
Peter has been involved with NHS Pathways from inception, developing the clinical content suite which is uniquely designed for use in any emergency or urgent care assessment telephone access point setting. NHS Pathways has been used to support the four NHS 111 pathfinders and being implemented across various ambulance services and out-of-hours settings across England.
Jackie Shears, Programme Head of NHS Pathways CMS.
Jackie has been Programme Head of NHS Pathways since its inception 7 years ago. The NHS Pathways CMS Programme has succeeded in creating an NHS-owned suite of electronic clinical content that could, for the first time, offer a common front end to urgent and emergency care.
NHS Pathways CMS has shown considerable operational and strategic benefits in the pilot sites, and is now being implemented widely across the urgent and emergency care arena. It has also been selected by most areas to underpin the NHS 111 pathfinders.
Shane Tickell, CEO at IMS MAXIMS.
With more than two decades experience, Shane is a well-known and respected figure in the health and e-health sectors. He provides the strategic leadership and vision for IMS MAXIMS, using his expertise to further build and strengthen its position as an industry leader. Shane’s key priorities are to ensure that we provide the best clinical IT solutions and the highest standards of service today, while simultaneously developing new generations of software that will enable better patient care, and promote greater organisational efficiency, in years and decades to come.
Adam Drury, Managing Consultant within the Capita Health Informatics
team and National Chair of BCS ASSIST.

Adam has worked in the Health Informatics arena for the past 13 years of which 10 years was spent working in the NHS for an acute Trust, an SHA and a HIS. He has spent the last three years working as a management consultant.
Dr Simon Eccles FRCS(Ed) FCEM, Medical Director for NHS Connecting for Health.
Simon has particular responsibility for clinical engagement around health informatics as health IT becomes the driver of clinical quality and productivity improvement. He is the clinical lead for the forthcoming Information Strategy.
He qualified from the London Hospital Medical College in 1994. He is a Consultant and clinical lead for Emergency Medicine at the Homerton Hospital in Hackney, North East London.
Dr Brian Fisher MBE, Co-Director of PAERS Ltd and PPI Lead for NHS Alliance.
Brian is a GP in SE London and for many years has been interested in user involvement in the NHS. He has tried to develop a number of different approaches to make this as real as possible. These have included community development (for which he was awarded an MBE), Patients as Teachers, patient access to their health records and working with colleagues to ensure that lay people’s views are incorporated in the daily work of CCGs.
Brian also leads a DH-funded project called HELP which offers community development in health for CCGs and Health and Well-Being Boards.
Mark Bostock, Director of the North Mersey Health Informatics Service (NMHIS).
NMHIS is one of the largest and progressive Informatics Services in the country, with over 300 staff and providing IM&T services to a large and complex Health Economy. Under Mark’s direction NMHIS has made significant progress under the QIPP Agenda, delivering considerable financial returns on investment and progress with clinical productivity.
Dr Jonathan Richardson, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry and Clinical Director of Informatics at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.
Jonathan has an active involvement in the development of mental health clinical informatics nationally, regionally and locally. He is Deputy Chair of the National Mental Health Informatics Special Interest Group, Chair of the RCPsych Informatics Committee and is the RCPsych Special Adviser on Informatics. He is currently Chair of the NESHA Clinical Health Informatics Forum.
John Thornbury, Director of ICT Services at Worcestershire Health Services.
John has 35 years experience of working in the NHS. Having worked in Para Medical services for several years covering Microbiology and Haemotology, he moved to work in Cancer research before moving again into Information Management in the NHS in the 1990’s and progressed to Director of informatics at Walsall and Wolverhampton PCTs.
He has won numerous awards including eHealth Insider’s ICT Champion of the Year in 2010, shortlisted for Government Computing’s IT Innovator of the Year also in 2010 and nominated for a public sector digital award this year.
Nigel Guest, Director in the Health Advisory Practice of Capita Consulting.
Nigel has over 25 years experience in the public sector and management consulting. A Programme and Business Improvement Practitioner having held management roles on key NHS and MoD operational re-design, procurement, facilities and IT projects.
Ailsa Claire OBE, Transition Director Patients and Intelligence, NHS Commissioning Board Authority, Intelligence for Commissioners Programme Lead.
Before joining the NHS Commissioning Board as Design Lead for the Patients & Intelligence directorate, Ailsa was Director of Commissioning at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber and lead of the Intelligence for Commissioners Programme.
Previously, she was Chief Executive of NHS Barnsley since its inception in April 2002, and prior to that, Chief Executive of Barnsley Health Authority.
Anthony (‘Mac’) McKeever , Chief Executive of Mede Analytics International.
Mac’s early career was spent in the ‘fast stream’ at the Department of Health (“DHSS” as it then was!). He joined the NHS proper in 1987 at Mersey RHA. Since then he has operated as a Chief Executive, helping turnaround performance at several hospitals and in commissioning organizations.
Robin Stern, Managing Director of Medical Mosaic Limited.
Robin is an advanced practitioner in programme and business process management, with which clinical productivity improvement has been a common driving purpose. Unsurprisingly, health informatics and IM&T have been the most common enablers to have made the transformational difference. He is an experienced director, both in the public sector as Executive Director of Information and Clinical Effectiveness of a Trust, and in running Medical Mosaic.
Richard Lilford, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the University of Birmingham and Vice-Dean for Applied Health Research.
Richard Lilford has over ten years experience as Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and over five years as Regional Director of R&D in the UK.
He directs the NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care for Birmingham and Black Country (CLAHRC-BBC); a programme funded by EPSRC under the Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Healthcare (MATCH); and many other research grants. He also has an extensive research portfolio in Clinical Trials, Decision Analysis and Bayesian Statistics.
Dr Julie Barnett, Reader in Healthcare Research at Brunel University.
Julie Barnett is a social psychologist with particular interest in and expertise around public appreciations of risk, risk communication, the maintenance and change of behaviour and processes of involving the public in the development of policy and the design of products. She is currently a Reader in Healthcare Research at Brunel University and is a co-investigator on MATCH funded by the EPSRC.
Julie serves on the Executive Committee of the Society of Risk Analysis (Europe) and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Risk Research. She has recently been selected as a member of the new Social Science Expert Panel for Defra and DECC. The panel’s purpose is to bring high quality, multi-disciplinary social science advice to both government departments.
Glyn Evans, Senior Associate Fellow, IGPM at Warwick Business School.
Glyn has over 30 years’ experience of working in the public sector in IT and business change roles. At Birmingham City Council he led the development of the Council’s approach to transformational change and, to support it, the creation of a joint venture company. He is currently on secondment at Warwick Business School researching innovation and transformation in the public sector.
Inderjit Singh, Lead Technical Architect for NHS Technology Office at UK Department of Health Informatics Directorate.
Inderjit Singh spent 7 years with a global management consultancy delivering technology innovation across financial services, telecoms and retail sectors and the last 7 years in Healthcare firstly as a supplier and now as part of the department. Within the department he leads up the QIPP Digital function that supports the QIPP national workstreams and local teams in using technology to help deliver their QIPP drivers. He also leads the activity for the department on the implications of the pan-government ICT Strategy and the Interoperability programme that underpins the “connect-all” approach to enable the joining up of care.
Amy Caldwell-Nichols, Senior Economist at Monitor.
Amy works on Monitor's transition to become the sector regulator in healthcare. She leads on work to develop policy and draw together evidence that has cross-cutting impacts across Monitor's new functions. Before joining Monitor she was a consultant at Frontier Economics, where she worked in their public policy practice, focusing in particular on healthcare projects.
Dr Amir Hannan, GP, Primary Care IT clinical lead and member of the Health Informatics Clinical Advisory team at NHS North-West.
Via his practice-based web-portal www.htmc.co.uk, Amir has enabled over 1,800 patients to access and understand their GP electronic health records.
Jon Lindberg , Head of Healthcare at Intellect.
Jon Lindberg heads up Intellect's Healthcare Programme where he leads industry engagement on behalf of over 280 members with the Department of Health, NHS and wider health and care community. Jon has set up a formal partnership with government to create a more vibrant health IT market and is one of the founders of the 3millionlives telehealth campaign launched by the Prime Minister in December 2011. www.intellectuk.org/healthcare
Francis Ruiz, Senior Adviser for NICE International.
Francis has expertise in the analysis and presentation of cost effectiveness information in evidence-based clinical guidance. He is responsible for identifying consulting opportunities for NICE International, designing, negotiating and delivering on bilateral health projects between NICE International and the country client, and liaising with external NICE partners to scope and deliver on specific projects, particularly those relating to assessing cost-effectiveness / cost impact.
Mike Denis, Director of Information Strategy at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
Responsible for all Information, Communication and Technology services at the Trust, Mike Denis operates as CIO at South London & Maudsley, the largest specialist mental health services provider in Europe. In support of the organisation’s aims of delivering world class Clinical, Research and Education & Training services, Denis’s role focuses on the development of strategic information and systems programmes that deliver innovative technology services designed to empower clinical teams, researchers, students and patients to communicate and collaborate effectively
Toto Gronlund, Interim Head of Patient and Public Partnerships, Clinical Division, Informatics Directorate at the Department of Health.
Toto Gronlund is responsible for patient and public involvement in informatics. Toto began her role within the Clinical Division after previously working in benefits management at NHS CFH with local health communities. Toto brings over 25 years of experience in a variety of roles in health, social care and the voluntary sector. Toto was also non-executive director for a third sector organisation in the substance misuse rehabilitation sector and a hospital medical physicist and researcher.
Dr Mark Davies, BSc FRCP FRCGP, Executive Medical Director at the Health & Social Care Information Centre.
Dr Mark Davies, a practicing GP in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, joined the Health & Social Care Information Centre in 2008 as the organisation’s Executive Medical Director. He is also the government advisor on transparency in health working in the Cabinet Office. Previously he was National Clinical Director for NHS Connecting for Health, establishing the clinical contents service, for which he remains Senior Responsible Officer.
Dr Cluzeau, senior adviser for NICE International.
Dr Cluzeau leads on several projects working with Ministries of Health in Turkey, Georgia, Brazil, India, China, Kenya and Tunisia as part of their Health Improvement Programmes. For six years she was the technical adviser to the NICE Guidelines Programme and she retains an academic post at St George’s University of London where she led a research collaboration of 19 countries funded by the European Union.
Professor Tony Rudd, Stroke consultant at St Thomas’ Hospital and the London Stroke Clinical Director.
Tony is also Professor of Stroke Medicine at Kings College London and chairs the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party which has been responsible for developing the National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke and running the National Sentinel Audit programme. He chaired the NICE Guidelines Group for Acute Stroke and TIA and the NICE Stroke Quality Standards Development Group and is on the Department of Health Stroke Programme Board. His research interests are stroke rehabilitation, organisation of care and quality improvement. He is a trustee of the Stroke association and chairs their research strategy committee.
Bob Alexander, Finance Director for NHS South of England.
Bob was previously Director of NHS Finance at the Department of Health from 2007. There he led on NHS Financial policy and performance as well as being responsible for the national tariff programme and finance issues underpinning the Health Reform Programme. He continues to lead nationally on specific finance matters for the Reform agenda. Bob was a Strategic Health Authority (SHA) Finance Director from 2002 to 2007, first with Kent and Medway SHA then with South East Coast SHA.
Dr Ian Gaywood, Consultant Rheumatologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Ian and his colleague Ira Pande have invented the ORCHID data model to make routine clinical data available for research and other secondary purposes. With Professor John Chelsom they are now designing the software needed to turn their ideas into reality.
Professor Jeremy Wyatt, Co-Director Institute of Digital Healthcare, Professor of eHealth Innovation at Warwick University and visiting professor in Medical Informatics in Amsterdam and Porto.
Before moving to Warwick, Jeremy directed the Health Informatics Centre and eHealth Research Group at Dundee University, was R&D director at NICE and NHS academic adviser for knowledge management and visiting professor in the Department of Primary Care in Oxford. He served on the Board of the NHS Scotland Centre for Telehealth, as implementation adviser to the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network and as a member of the quinquennial review group for the UK Cochrane Centre and York Centre for Reviews & Dissemination.
Terry Young, Professor of Healthcare Systems at Brunel University In 2001 he joined Brunel University and he has focused on healthcare since then, winning more than £13M in Research Council grants. The largest of these, MATCH, involves three other universities (Birmingham, Nottingham and Ulster) and looks at the value of technology to care delivery. Another recent project, RIGHT, involved four other universities (Cambridge, Cardiff, Southampton and Ulster) and explored the use of simulation and modelling in service provision.
Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, CEO of Patients Know Best Mohammad is founder and CEO of Patients Know Best and has over 15 years of experience in medical software. He trained as a physician at the University of Cambridge; worked as a staff scientist at the National Institutes of Health; and was a management consultant to US hospitals at The Advisory Board Company. He is the author of seven books, including Personal health records: A guide for clinicians and Streamlining Hospital-Patient Communication: Developing High Impact Patient Portals. He is also an honorary senior research associate at UCL medical school for his research on patient-controlled medical records.
Cathy Terry, Strategic Engineer for South Staffordshire Health Informatics Service Cathy graduated in Literature and History in 1992 before attaining an MSc in Computer Science in 1994. She joined the NHS later that year, using a blend of IT and research skills to support several new and innovative IT projects. In her current role, Cathy provides technical design and analysis for large scale, pan-organisational initiatives.
Douglas McLay, Chair of the Health Informatics Benchmarking Club and Director of Health Informatics for South Staffordshire Health Informatics Service (SSHIS). SSHIS provides shared IM&T services for all organisations in the local health community, and Douglas is Programme Director for the community-wide IM&T Modernisation Programme.
Lucy Owens, Interim Manager and Consultant Lucy is a qualified CIPFA accountant and has worked in a number of senior finance and performance roles at London health trusts and local authorities. For the past 3+ years she has worked as an interim manager and consultant specialising in NHS financial turnaround, benefits and programme management.
Gordon Caldwell, Consultant Physician at Worthing Hospital. Gordon has been an enthusiastic innovative user of PCs since the early 1980s. Somewhere he feels that we have gone wrong and that the computer is now slowing his necessary pace of work. Can we Cut the Crap?
Dr. Paul E Stevens, Consultant Nephrologist & Associate Medical Director, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, Kent and Canterbury Hospital Dr Stevens is a member of the DH Renal Advisory Group, was clinical advisor to NICE Clinical Guidelines 39, 73 & 114, is co-chair of the Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes Chronic Kidney disease guideline, chair of the NICE CKD topic expert reference group and was recently appointed chair for the upcoming NICE CKD guideline update.
Dame Fiona Caldicott, DBE, MA, BM, FRCPsych, FRCP, FMedSci.
She is the Chairman of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and was appointed Chairman of the National Information Governance Board in June 2011 until 2013. This year she is undertaking a review of information governance for the Secretary of State for Health.
She is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, having been Consultant and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Psychotherapy for the South Birmingham Mental Health NHS Trust. She worked there as a Unit General Manager, and as Clinical and Medical Director in that Trust.
Scott Hamilton, Operations Director for the Integrated Care Pilot - North West London The Integrated Care Pilot - North West London is attempting to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes and/or aged over 75. Most recently Scott worked at Imperial College NHS Trust as Head of Operations for Interventional Public Health. Prior to joining the NHS his working career has included positions in the Military, Pharmaceutical and Consultancy industries on projects across world.
Tony Cobain, Head of IM&T Assurance at NHS Mersey Internal Audit Agency (MIAA) Tony has worked within the NHS for over 20 years and is responsible for identifying and overseeing the delivery of audit and other solutions which meet the IM&T assurance and advisory needs of MIAA’s Clients.
His work has ranged from information governance assurance, through more technical security reviews to strategic development assignments with health informatics services He has successfully project managed three organisations to ISO27001 certification and advised organisations on the development and implementation of security frameworks.
Jane Stewart, Clinical Systems Implementation and Support Manager for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.  Jane has worked within Mental Health Services since 1993 and have for the past twelve years been part of the Clinical Systems Team responsible for the implementation of an EPR within the Trust.
Jonathan Hassell, Director Professor Jonathan Hassell is a thought leader in inclusion, with 10 years experience of embedding accessibility within digital production teams, and sharing best practice at international conferences.
He is the lead author of BS8878 – the new British Standards on embedding accessibility within organisations’ business-as-usual – and chairs its drafting committee, IST/45.
He is the Former Head of Usability & Accessibility, BBC Future Media where he combined usability and accessibility disciplines to support user-centred-design across web, mobile and IPTV.
Kit Lewis, Director at Space Around People Kit started Space Around People in 2009, a design consultancy that specialises in top-quality usability and user-centred design, mainly for health and social care IT systems.
Before Space Around People, he spent a number of years as a specialist usability consultant to NHS Connecting For Health, leading user interface design teams on the Summary Care Record, Electronic Prescribing and the Common User Interface.
Dr. Libby Morris, Scottish Government Health Department, GP in Edinburgh, eHealth Lead for Primary Care Libby Morris is a GP principal in Edinburgh. Libby is a member of the Health Informatics Group of RCGP (UK) and the Joint GP IT group. While Chairman of the GPASS Users Group she helped to set up SCIMP, and continues to be involved on behalf of the group in projects such as the Emergency Care Summary, the ePalliative care Summary, Key Information Summary and the Docman Transfer Project and supporting the IT facilitators. She works for the Scottish Government Health Department as a Clinical eHealth Lead for Primary Care.
Mark Harrison, Joint Commissioning Manager of the Drug and Alcohol Commissioning Team (County Durham), NHS County Durham Mark Harrison began his career within the NHS in 1988, qualifying as a registered nurse in 1991 working for the past 19 years within the field of substance misuse. Prior to his current role of Strategic Joint Commissioning Manager for substance misuse within both community and prison settings he was General Manager within a Mental Health Foundation Trust with responsibility for the strategic development and day-to-day operational management of the directorate.
Andy Jordon, Senior IT Consultant Andy is a Senior IT Consultant with a top global consultancy. He is a chartered member of the BCS The Chartered Institute for IT and associate member of the Association for Project Management. A hands-on proactive individual passionate about project management in software development projects for over twenty years. The initial stage of Andy’s career was spent in the healthcare sector developing software applications for medical research. He then moved into software projects in technical publications with British Aerospace before moving through the retail sector into investment banking.
Peter J Murphy BSc MB ChB DA FRCA, Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Recently Peter was seconded to the post of Lead Clinician for Hospital Doctors in England at the Department of Health (Informatics Directorate).
His current interests relate to Intensive Care Health Information Systems, especially Electronic Prescribing systems, Telemedicine and “in-situ” teaching via high fidelity simulators.
He is the Clinical Lead for EPMA at University Hospitals Bristol and Chair of the UK Faculty of Health Informatics.
Stephen Appleton Clinical Informatics Lead, North Mersey HIS Stephen has worked in a number of clinical roles previously and now working for North Mersey HIS he is providing strategic leadership on the IM&T element of the QIPP agenda combining both disciplines. He is leading on the Best Use of Informatics Programme ensuring that the IM&T workstream is fully engaged with the
clinical community across the Merseyside Health Economy.
Dr Masood Nazir MBChB. MRCGP. DCH, General Medical Practitioner at Hall Green Health in South Birmingham.  Masood is also NHS Birmngham & Solihull PCT Clusters Clinical Director for IM&T and Clinical and Social Care IT Lead at NHS Midlands and East.  In addition, Masood chairs the NHS North, Midlands and East Clinical Leads network.
Masood is passionate about creating a joined up health system for patients in the West Midlands, which will lead to better, safer, more effective care.  Empowering patients and putting them at the centre of services is Masood's top priority.  He firmly believes that this can be achieved through effective sharing of health information and use of available innovative technology. 
Dr Raad Shakir FRCP, Chief of Service Neuroscience, Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College London Secretary-Treasurer General World Federation of Neurology, Chairman Neurology Topic Advisory Group on Neurosciences ICD11 review WHO.
Karen King, Practising Health Visitor and Clinical Lead, Informatics for the NHS Midlands and East SHA. Over the past 20 years Karen has worked in pursuit of the holy grail of "the right information in the right place at the right time" to support patients and clinicians.
Her most recent project 'scoping Health Visiting Informatics' as part of the Department of Health Visiting Programme, forms the basis for a Blue Print for the Health Visiting Informatics Programme across Midlands and East region and heralds an exciting time for the application of Informatics and Nursing.
John Clarke, Chief Information Officer at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Information Management & Technology Directorate Having worked in the NHS for 20 years John has covered most IT roles in nearly all healthcare organisation types. Having worked in a strategic role for the last few years he went back to mainstream care delivery, in 2011, to lead an ambitious programme at University Hospitals of Leicester; looking to place IT enabled change at the heart of the organisation's transformation journey.
Angela White Angela has more than 30 years experience of change management in both the private sector and the NHS.  Combining skills from a first career as a consultant in the computer industry with those as a clinician she provides strong focused leadership for strategic service developments, always taking a whole system approach to challenges.
Dr Simon Thorogood, Radiology Consultant at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust. Simon is also the Chair of the Trust's Health Informatics Programme Board and leading the development of the Trust's Electronic Health Record.
He is the Lead Clinician for imaging systems including PACS and its forthcoming replacement. The Trust aims to be paper free for new patient registrations by 2013.
Professor Tim Stokes, Consultant Clinical Adviser at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (Quality and Outcomes Framework, Commissioning Outcomes Framework and Quality Standards Programmes). Tim is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester and a General Practitioner in Ashby, Leicestershire.
Jane Ennis Jane has over 32 years experience in the NHS starting as a nurse with ITU CCU and Vascular experience moving into Management over 18 years ago. She was instrumental in implementing an electronic process for coders taking the deadline for completion from one year to two days over a 10 year period.

Jane continues to take the Coding department forward to ensure that the Trust is able to maximise their income as well as ensuring Data quality is maintained.