Governance


The Faculty is governed by a Trustee Board. Members of the Board, as trustees, have the ultimate legal responsibility for the Faculty. The Trustee Board comprises the Chair of Council, Vice Chair, Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer and three Lay Trustees.

Read the Terms of Reference for the Trustee Board:  

Council, which reports to the Trustee Board, has delegated responsibility for the practice of clinical informatics as a profession, which includes all the professional, clinical and educational functions of the Faculty. Council members are elected by the fellows and members of the Faculty.

Read the Terms of Reference for Council:  

Lay Trustees

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Bill Morgan

Lay Trustee

A Chartered Accountant recently retired from a lifetime career with the professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Bill learned the value of data and good information when investigating businesses for clients and had extensive involvement in developing large IT systems for the firm, both in the UK and globally. Latterly he focussed on risk management and on corporate and auditor regulation, becoming the Ethics Partner for the PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has also previously been Treasurer, and then Chair, of a disabled adult training organisation. With parents and grandparents having been medics and nurses, Bill has always been interested in and passionate about the NHS.

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Paul Fredericks

Lay Trustee

Paul Fredericks MSc FRCGP(Hon) is a Director of Lolben Consultancy. The company provides consultancy services to not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and regulatory bodies. He specialises in governance reviews, business development, regulatory compliance, implementation of change programmes, risk management, strategic and operational planning, financial management, internal audit and income generation.

He was previously a Director of UK wide health charity. Prior to that, he was a senior public servant with specialist knowledge of the Health and Charity sectors. At the Healthcare Commission, he led the development of specialist statutory regimes aimed at enhancing patient safety. Prior to that, he held a range of senior posts at the Charity Commission including heading the Compliance and Enforcement function.

He was a lay trustee of the RCGP from 2009 to 2017 and is an Honorary Fellow of the College.

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Yinka Makinde

Lay Trustee

Yinka is an experienced healthcare and technology Leader, Entrepreneur, and ex Pharmacist. With a demonstrable track record in programme management; innovation strategy and delivery in healthcare; partnerships development (domestic and international); healthcare policy; building innovation ecosystems; leadership education; and digital health market evaluation.

She has been Programme Director at DigitalHealth.London (DH.L) since March 2016. Prior to this, she led a number of quality improvement projects for Imperial College Health Partners, one of the founding partners of DH.L. Yinka has spent more than 25 years in healthcare. She has held both delivery and business development leadership roles in global IT outsourcing consultancies – Accenture and CSC. Yinka practised as a front-line Pharmacist for 12 years across England, Singapore and Australia. Working within primary care, acute care, mental health and pharma.

Officers

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Dr John Williams

Chair

A GP retired after 30 years, currently working as Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, involved in providing advice and teaching around clinical informatics and in research using GP data. Dr Williams is a past chair of the Joint GP IT Committee and was previously clinical adviser to PRIMIS+ and more recently national clinical safety lead to the GP2GP record transfer project, which has led to the safe transfer of the full electronic patient record now being the norm in England, when patients change practices.

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Professor Jonathan Kay

Vice Chair

Senior Clinical Adviser to the Royal College of Physicians and a member of the Health Informatics Unit, Honorary Professor of Clinical Informatics at University College London, and a member of the National Information Board. He spent most of his career as a chemical pathologist in Oxford and has also been Clinical Informatics Director at NHS England, Professor of Health Informatics at City University London, Chair of the Information Group of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and a senior consultant to the Design Authority of the NHS National Programme for IT for England. His research interests include investigations, knowledge management and everyday technology at the point of care.

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Dr Nicholas Booth

Hon. Treasurer

A Strategic Advisor in Health Informatics at Newcastle University and Chief Information Officer of the Connected Health Cities North East and North Cumbria NHSA Project. Dr Booth has been a practising health Informatician since the late 1980s with principal interests in health and care record interoperability, Health Terminologies, Professional Record Standards in Health and Social Care, and the creation of federable regional inter-organisational health and social care information networks.

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Dr Paul Campbell

Hon. Secretary

A clinician with two decades of experience, Dr Campbell qualified initially as a Pharmacist before switching to Medicine and becoming a Consultant Anaesthetist. He has held many Clinical eHealth Lead roles in Scottish Boards and is now a Clinical Director for eHealth for NHS National Services Scotland and a Clinical Advisor to the Scottish Government eHealth Department. Dr Campbell has been the Chair of the eHealth Clinical Change Leadership Group (CCLG) since 2011. This group provides Clinical Leadership and Sponsorship for the broad range of developments within the national eHealth strategy. Dr Campbell brings a frontline, user-centric focus to the broad landscape of eHealth and Clinical Informatics.

Council

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Ms Ann Slee

Council Member 

A pharmacist and expert in electronic prescribing who has led national initiatives around Digital Medicines and ePrescribing plus worked on the instigation and evaluation of the Global Digital Exemplar Programme. She has extensive experience in development and deployment of ePrescribing systems and other digital technologies. Working at NHS Director of Pharmacy level, Ann led the development of clinical pharmacy and modernization of the service using robotics and health-IT. She holds several honorary clinical academic appointments, held a Health Foundation Leadership Fellowship and was member of several advisory boards, including: the NHS Evidence and NCAS Advisory Boards, the Wachter review, and NHS Scotland Digital Health Strategy.

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Professor John Williams

Council Member 

A chair in Health Services Research at Swansea University Medical School, he is also honorary consultant gastroenterologist at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board and directs the Health Informatics Unit at the Royal College of Physicians. In this role he led the development of multi-professional standards for the clinical structure and content of patient records, which are now embedded in national policy. Professor Williams was the founding president of the Welsh Association for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy, and Chair of the Society of Physicians in Wales. From 2002 to 2007 he was Director of Research & Development for Health and Social Care at the Welsh Government.

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Mr Keith Strahan

Council Member

Working for NHS Digital, Keith is a Registered Social Worker with experience working in community, hospital, mental health and primary care settings. In his career, he has devised, led and implemented award winning large-scale transfer of care projects between health and social care. Currently taking forward a national project to help improve secure information sharing with Social Care Providers including instigating sector-led, Information Governance and Cyber Security Guidance and the national offer of NHSmail for Care Providers. Keith is the representative for ADASS on the PRSB and has been contributing to the new Digital Care and Support Standard.

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Dr Alan Hassey

Council Member

Dr Alan Hassey MSc MB BS DRCOG FRCGP FFCI was a GP in Skipton, North Yorkshire, until retiring from general practice in June 2013. He is a member of the RCGP Health Informatics Group (HIG) and past chair of HIG and the Joint GP IT Committee of the BMA & RCGP. Alan retired from NHS Digital at the end of 2017, where he was the IG Clinical Lead & Deputy Caldicott Guardian. He is a member of Dame Fiona Caldicott’s National Data Guardian Panel.

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Dr Anne Marie Cunningham

Council Member 

Currently Associate Medical Director for Primary Care, NHS Wales Informatics Service, Dr Cunningham is also a practicing GP in the South Wales Valleys. She is a strong advocate of social media and networks to promote healthcare, particularly in learning and development. She believes that multidisciplinary teams, and patients and carers, must be active in healthcare informatics, and that events such as hackathons can be a way to facilitate this participation.

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Dr Manpreet Pujara

Council Member 

The Clinical Director for Quality and Safety at NHS Digital. He is also a sessional GP and clinical adviser for his CCG on GP IT and Medicines Optimisation. Dr Pujara is keen to maximise the benefits that good information systems can bring to frontline healthcare, as well as providing the NHS with business intelligence which will help deliver integrated care. Dr Pujara is the current chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Health Informatics Group and also Co-chairs the Joint GP IT Committee (JGPITC).

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Dr John Lockley

Council Member

Recently retired from clinical practice as a GP, Dr Lockley remains
active in many other medical fields, especially informatics, management and medico-politics. He is Deputy Chair of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire LMCs Ltd.; retains a senior role on the committee of the SystmOne National User Group (SNUG), having previously been Chair; is a member of the East of England Clinical Senate; a member of the e-Referral Service‘s National Advisory Board (ERAB); and has recently been invited to join the Eastern Region Digital Innovation Hub project board. A writer and broadcaster of many years’ standing, Dr Lockley is currently Chair of the Society of Medical Writers.

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Dr Justin Whatling

Council Member

With 25 years of experience in healthcare, Dr Whatling has focused 18 of those on using technology and informatics to transform outcomes for patients. A clinician, health informatician and business strategist, who has worked in several world-leading centres, Dr Whatling was recently an independent member of the NHS’s National Information Board (NIB) and visiting professor in health informatics in the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and Institute of Digital Health. Dr Whatling is past chair for BCS Health, where he relaunched their academic journal, established strategy and policy function, helped initiate the CCIO campaign and expanded support for professionalism in the UK health IT workforce.