CEO, Sussex Partnership and Chair, Health & Care Womens Leaders Network
Sam started work in the NHS in 1996 and has a background in the operational management and leadership of mental health services and health and social care commissioning. Sam has also gained valuable experience working with an international healthcare organisation in the private sector. As a Leadership Fellow at St. George’s House, Windsor Castle, Sam takes an active role in influencing culture and leadership development across the NHS.
CCIO, Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust
Dilshan is a hospital consultant and CCIO for Mid-Essex Hospitals NHS Trust. He clinically led the implementation and optimisation of an EPR and other health information systems and is an alumni member of Cohort 1, NHS Digital Academy. As a digital entrepreneur, co-founding ShiftPartner, he is also a fellow of the NHS England Clinical Entrepreneurs Programme and the Mid and South Essex Institute innovation hub.
Director of Standards and Interoperability, NHSX
Irina’s previous work includes leading one of the first UK data trust pilots for the Open Data Institute and Office of AI, and establishing the personal data infrastructure program for the UK government. She has worked on standards for the Dubai and UAE Governments and World Wide Web Consortium.
Russ, CEO and president of Rewired partner CHIME, is one of the leading thinkers and speakers on the challenges of digital leadership in health. Drawing on his extensive experience as a health CEO and CIO, Russ has led the development of CHIME into the leading US professional association health information executives.
CEO, Health Data Research UK
Caroline joined HDR UK in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer, where she oversaw the development of the Health Data Research Hubs, the Alliance, the Gateway and the Better Care Programme. With more than 20 years of experience working in commercial organisations, Caroline joined HDR UK from 2020 Delivery. At 2020 Delivery she was a director advising health organisations, universities and central government departments on strategy, transformation, capability building, and delivery planning.
Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Providers
Saffron is NHS Providers deputy chief executive, and part of the senior management team. She has experience in policy development, influencing and communications and has worked in the healthcare sector since 2007. Before moving into healthcare, Saffron was head of public affairs at the Local Government Association, the voice of local councils in England. Her early career focused on influencing EU legislation and policy development, and she started working life in adult and community education.
Head of Synopsis Projects, Intouch with Health
Tori leads the Synopsis pre-operative projects team at Intouch with Health, bringing her wealth of healthcare technology experience to every project. Specialising in multi-team change management projects for over 10 years, Tori collaborates with the hospital teams to implement the pre-operative technology to enhance the current working performances and provide future adaptions for improved patient care.
Dr. Daan Dohmen is CEO at Luscii, a leader in remote healthcare monitoring solutions for hospitals.
Recently appointed Professor of Digital Transformation in Healthcare at the Nijmegen School of Management, Daan is also active on the Dutch Council for Health and Safety, an independent body advising the Government on trends in health and society.
Deputy CEO, NHSX
Dr Simon Eccles is the Deputy CEO and Chief Clinical Information Officer for NHSX. Previously he was CCIO for Health and Care. The role spanned the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, NHS Improvement and the arms-length bodies. Former roles include: Programme Director for Emergency Care Pathways transformation at Guys and St Thomas’, joint Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care for NHSE London; and joint SRO for Urgent and Emergency Care in South East London.
GP Clinical Lead, Mendelian
Dr Will Evans is the clinical lead at Mendelian and a practicing GP and academic. Will graduated from the University of Leeds MBChB in 2002 and works as a GP in Leeds. He completed an MSc in Genomic Medicine with distinction from the University of Manchester in 2018. Will holds an NIHR in practice fellowship award (Oct 2018 – April 2021) and works part time with the PRISM research group at the University of Nottingham. His research interests involve personalised medicine, rare diseases, genomics in Primary Care and large database analysis. Will’s eldest son Sam has Niemann-Pick type C, an ultra rare metabolic disease and Will is the current chairman of the board of NPUK the disease’s national charity.
Senior Sister Pre-Operative Assessment Countywide, WRH Theatre Admission Unit, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Rachel has over 30 years of experience inside the NHS and is currently the Senior Sister for Pre-Op Assessment at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Rachel served as the Project Lead during the implementation of the Synopsis digital pre-operative pathway across the Trust. Later in 2021, Rachel will begin a new role with the Trust, as Clinical Benefits and Change lead for Digital Care Record Implementation.
Matthew is the CEO for NHSX, a new body set up to ensure that staff and patients have the technology they need. He has said his priorities are to reduce the burden on clinicians, to put services and information into the hands of citizens, and to ensure that clinicians can safely access patient data from wherever they are in the system. For the past 3 years, he has been the Government’s Director-General for Digital and Media Policy. Before that he was British Ambassador to Israel, where he set up the UK-Israel Tech Hub, and the UK Government’s Director of Cyber Security. As well as Israel, he has done postings in Tehran, Islamabad, Washington and Manila. Matthew is married with two daughters. He is a keen but incompetent show-jumper.
Grahame is the product director for FHIR, the leading healthcare data exchange standard of the future, and opens Rewired 2021 as the morning keynote. He will discuss where next on FHIR, the wider interoperability challenge in health, and patient empowerment. Grahame has a background in laboratory medicine, software vendor development, clinical research, open source development and has also conceived, developed and sold interoperability and clinical document solutions and products in the Australian market and around the world.
Senior Project Manager, Advanced Analytics Group, National Data Resource
Chris finds solutions; starting his career in electronic engineering at Sony. Relocating from Wales to London for ten years, Chris managed technology retail and then banking, using data to maximise profits. Returning to Wales to bring up a family coincided with public sector and university roles in IT and Data. Now with the NHS, Chris manages the Advanced Analytics Group for Wales.
CEO, Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Joe Harrison has been an NHS acute hospital chief executive for almost ten years. He joined Milton Keynes University Hospital in 2013, transforming its record in quality, performance and finances. Under his leadership the trust has gained teaching hospital status and pioneered digital advances that have revolutionised patient care and experience.
CEO, NHS Providers
Chris joined NHS Providers as chief executive in September 2012 after a career in politics, commercial television and the civil service. Chris leads the organisation, with a particular emphasis on setting strategy, senior stakeholder management, acting as the principal public voice of the organisation and representing the provider sector on a range of NHS system level committees.
Programme Lead, National Data Resource
Paul has passion for turning data into meaningful information. Starting his career in the Royal Navy and then several years in private sector roles, Paul moved back into the public sector at the Audit Commission. He then moved onto the University Hospitals Bristol NHS FT delivering new technology across 200 NHS trusts. Paul currently leads the National Data Resource and Digital Health Ecosystem programmes for Wales.
Recently appointed as the NHSX CIO for health and social care across England, Sonia’s key priorities are to provide a clear vision for ‘What Good digital transformation Looks Like’ for the nation; support in the best way possible the levelling-up of digital foundations for front-line organisations; suring up local board’s ownership of digital transformation; building a digitally confident workforce to provide new and meaningful ways to empower citizens health and well-being through the use of technology and data.
Dr Natasha Phillips is a clinical academic; a nurse who started her career as a nursing assistant at the North London Hospice before going on to train at Middlesex University. She went on to follow a career in critical care nursing and obtained a BSc Critical Care Nursing from King’s College London. Natasha has held a number of operational and strategic leadership positions in the NHS. She has led a large number of transformational programmes of change involving the use of digital technologies and informatics; most recently the implementation of an enterprise wide electronic health record at University College London.
Chief Executive, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Joe Rafferty has been chief executive of Mersey Care FT since 2012. He was previously a regional director of strategy and commissioning and chief executive of a primary care trust, where he established the influential Advancing Quality programme. He is a founder member of the Zero Suicide Alliance UK.
Sam has been providing clinical leadership for Medichecks for the past four years and is passionate about giving people the knowledge and skills needed for effective self-care. He is also a GP in South East London and has an interest in how health information is shared between patients, clinicians and the wider healthcare system.
Executive Director of Nursing at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Noel Scanlon, a registered nurse for over thirty years, is the Executive Director of nursing at Co Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust, one of the largest integrated trusts in the country. As Trust Board Lead for Health Informatics he provides leadership to the implementation of the Trusts ambitious digital strategy.
Chief Research Information Officer and Director, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Neil Sebire is Chief Research Information Officer and Director of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Digital Research, Informatics and Virtual Environment (DRIVE) Unit. He is also Professor of Paediatric and Developmental Pathology at University of London Great Ormond Street Hospital Institute of Child Health.
Neil is a clinical academic and author of several internationally recognised leading textbooks and more than 700 peer-reviewed scientific papers. His current research and academic interests are around the impact of digital technologies on health care and related research, in particular in relation to how routine current and future health data can be used to improve child health.
The Great Ormond Street Hospital DRIVE Unit demonstrates how a digital research environment for health care, with collaboration between clinical professionals, academia, computer scientists and industry partners, can work together for common health care benefit
CCIO, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Shankar is the Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He is a Consultant London Paediatric Cardiologist specialising in all types of heart problems affecting babies, children and adolescents. The focus of his CCIO role is helping develop and implement a digital strategy for the care we deliver to our patients. We plan to connect digital healthcare for the children we care for. We have started the process of creating a pathway wide, accessible and relevant health record to benefit patient understanding and improve care delivery.
National Director, Data and Analytics for NHS England and NHS Improvement
Ming is currently the National Director of Data and Analytics for NHS England and NHS Improvement responsible for delivery of national programmes to support commissioning of integrated care. She joined the NHS in October 2009, initially leading commissioning support services in the West Midlands as the Managing Director for Healthcare Commissioning Services and then as the Managing Director for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit.
Project Support Officer – digital health, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Leanne started working for the NHS in 2010 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust where she worked in the Records Department and quickly progressed as an apprentice in 2011. During the last 10 years, Leanne has stepped up into managing projects with Clinical Systems and Risk Management Software. In 2019, the opportunity came to for her to be involved in delivering NHS health digitally with a focus on Mental Health. Using the VitruCare Platform, Leanne has played an integral part of rolling out a digital self-management platform to a wide and diverse range of people in Lincolnshire, including students at the University of Lincoln.
Director of Informatics at St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust/Health Informatics Service
Christine Walters was appointed to her board-level role in 2015, leading a shared informatics service that provides technology to a range of organisations, including three hospitals, a mental health trust, community health trust, CCGs, GP practices and local councils, supporting over 14,500 users across 155 sites.
Early Detection and Resuscitation Lead Nurse and Lead Nurse for Health Informatics at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Lisa Ward is Early Detection and Resuscitation Lead Nurse, and Lead Nurse for Health Informatics at Co Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust. As Lead Nurse for Health Informatics one of her teams provide the clinical support required for Nervecentre, the mobile, digital solution for our nursing workforce.
CDIO, Northern Ireland Department of Health
Dan is the Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO) for Health and Care in Northern Ireland at the Department of Health. His role is about seizing the opportunity to use data and technology to improve health and care experiences and outcomes in the region, and to create an economically sustainable service for future generations.
CEO, NHS Digital
Sarah Wilkinson is CEO of NHS Digital, the executive body of the Department of Health which provides information, data and IT systems for health and social care nationally. Prior to joining NHS Digital, Sarah was CIO at The Home Office, with responsibility for the delivery of technology services for the UK Border, Visas and Immigration, Asylum, Policing and Counter-Terror. Prior to that, Sarah spent 23 years in Financial Services during which she held CIO roles at Credit Suisse, UBS, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers.