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The HIMSS UK Advisory Council

Meet the HIMSS UK Advisory Council

The digital agenda isn’t owned by a single group – it cuts across systems, organisations, professions, suppliers and, ultimately, patients. Recognising this, we’ve drawn together a diverse and representative group of expert stakeholders onto our Advisory Council. This group will act as our sounding board, our reality check and our eyes and ears on the front line, helping to keep our work relevant and grounded in the business of delivering the best outcomes and experiences for patients and professionals

Anne Cooper (Chair)
Non Executive Director at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust


Anne is an experienced senior clinical leader in nursing, informatics and organisational development. She has worked at national level for more than a decade, linking policy through to delivery and supporting the delivery of safe and effective products. Anne has a passion for ensuring that citizens and patients have a voice in health and care and focuses on ensuring that citizens and patients remain at the heart of what happens in health and care.


Victoria Betton
Founder and Managing Director, mHabitat


Victoria is founder and director of mHabitat- an NHS hosted organisation which supports people-centred digital innovation in health and care. She is a qualified social worker and coach with over twenty year's experience in local government, third sector and the NHS. She has Masters 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 an Improvement Fellow at the Y&H Improvement Academy, an RSA fellow and a visiting research fellow at the University of Cumbria. She is a member of the HIMSS UK Advisory Board and a trustee for Solace, a refugee and asylum seeker charity. You can find her blog at www.codesigndigitalhealth.co.uk

You can find her on Twitter @VictoriaBetton and her Pets as Therapy dog Bibi on Instagram at bibithepatdog.


David Champeaux
Global Director, IPSoft


David Champeaux is the IPsoft Global Director for Cognitive Healthcare Solutions, designing the Amelia Cognitive AI agent in roles augmenting healthcare access and experience for patients and the workforce across the global healthcare and life sciences industry.

David has been focused on transforming models of care and payment in healthcare for the past 15 years, as a Partner in McKinsey’s Healthcare practice (where he worked in the UK, France, Australia and the US) and as a Managing Director in Accenture Strategy’s Healthcare Practice. He has started and led several digital start-ups in B2B e-commerce, digital data storage and mobile platforms, and is a graduate of the HEC Business School in France.

Afzal Chaudhry
CCIO, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Dr Afzal Chaudhry leads the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust eHospital programme, delivering a trust-wide, HIMSS stage 6 electronic patient record, and the Informatics component of Population and Quantitative Science theme in the Cambridge NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.

Nationally, Afzal chairs the UK Renal Data Collaboration harmonsing data flows from all UK renal units using UK/international interoperability standards, and the Renal Association Clinical Data Standards Committee with oversight of the UK Renal SNOMED CT subset.

Afzal is also the PRSB (Professional Records Standards Body) secondary care representative on the NHS Standardisation Committee for Care Information.

Tom Foley
Senior Clinical Lead for Data, NHS Digital


Tom is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Newcastle with a passion for how data can be used to improve care. He is Senior Clinical Lead for Data at NHS Digital, where he has clinical responsibility for over 100 national data collections. He has also been a visitor in the Health Economics Team at Newcastle University since 2010 and is Principal Investigator on the Health Foundation Funded, Learning Healthcare Project. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics.

Tom has written policy reviews for The Health Foundation, NHS England, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Royal College of Psychiatrists and others. He wrote the chapter on digitising General Practice for the Wachter Review and co-authored a supplementary report on the digital future of mental healthcare, for the Topol Review.  Tom has also worked with CQC, GMC and various other healthcare organisations. Prior to retraining in Medicine at Newcastle, he was a Management Consultant for PwC and BDO, after studying Software Engineering at Durham and an MPhil focused on Economics and Public Policy at Cambridge.

James Hawkins
Director of Strategy, NHS Digital


James has led and delivered some of the highest profile IT change programmes in the public and private sector in the UK. Over the past decade James has led many aspects of the government’s digital transformation of the health and care system. He is currently Director for Strategy and Planning at NHS Digital, and previously he was Director of Programmes.

During a year out from Health Technology, James led the strategic review of the security workforce delivery plan for the London 2012 Olympics, and then the programme to recruit a 23,000 strong workforce that made the London games safe and secure for athletes and spectators. Previously James was a leading member of the team that successfully introduced London’s Congestion Charging scheme.

Before joining NHS Digital, James worked for private-sector organisations including British Gas, Virgin Media, and Deloitte. James has a Master of Engineering from Heriot Watt University and is a graduate of the Government’s Major Project Leadership Academy at the Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Andy Kinnear
Director of Digital Transformation at NHS South, Central and West CSU


Andy Kinnear is Director of Digital Transformation at NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Unit. He has over 25 years' experience in the NHS improving the health and social care system.

In March 2016, he was appointed as Chair of BCS Health, alongside his other roles which include: Programme Director at Connecting Care Partnership, Local Delivery Advisor at NHS Digital and Programme Director at Connecting Care Parntership.

Michael Seres
Patient Advocate & CEO/Founder, 11Health


Patient and Advocate and CEO/Founder of 11Health and Technologies Ltd, Michael Seres is considered one of the strongest patient voices around the world. He is involved in developing and implementing patient engagement strategies using digital technologies.

Michael Seres was diagnosed with the incurable bowel condition, Crohn's Disease at the age of 12. After over 20 operations and an intestinal failure, Michael became the 11th person to undergo a small bowel transplant at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, UK, which included becoming a stoma patient. Additionally, Michael is also a 2-time Cancer patient. In 2013, Michael founded the health tech start up 11Health and Technologies and has developed sensor technology for ostomy patients.

Michael, started blogging about his journey through Bowel Transplant and his blog now has over 100,000 followers. He has developed global online peer to peer communities covering over 20,000 patients. He is now the patient lead for the main UK health twitter chat #NHSSM, a member of the NHS England Digital Services user council and a published author. He is the inaugural e-patient in residence and an executive board member at Stanford Medicine X.