Health Tech Awards 2020: Meet the judges

The Health Tech Awards 2020 sponsored by CCube Solutions celebrate great technology and innovation making a difference across health and care.


Please see below the fantastic people supporting the Health Tech Awards 2020 judging process. 

Phil Milverton, Chief Information Officer, Digital Healthcare Services, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

I am an experienced Senior Manager with a background working primarily for the NHS. This includes broad experience of business change, Information technology, and  business intelligence, all utilising acquired people skills. My experience includes working with all stakeholder levels in the NHS, whilst holding positions as Programme Director and CIO.


Christine Walters, Director of Informatics, St Helens & Knowsley Health Informatics Service

Christine Walters was appointed to her board-level role at the end of September 2015, managing a shared informatics service that provides technology to a range of organisations, including two hospitals, a mental health trust, community services, commissioners, GP practices and local councils.

Dr Gurkaran Samra, Clinical Informatician, Deputy QI lead (Medical education), Medical Registrar AMU, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Gurkaran Samra (MFCI) is a member of Blackpool Teaching Hospital’s Health Informatics, Acute Medicine and Medical Education teams. He additionally works as a GMC Associate. In 2018, Dr Samra won the HTN User-led Innovation award, and also received the Clinician in Informatics award from NW Informatics Skills Development Network.

Trish Cavanagh, Chief Operating Officer, RGN, BSc. MSc. Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT

Trish is an RGN and Chief Operating Officer at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT. Prior to undertaking this role Trish worked in a range of clinical posts including those of Clinical Nurse Specialist and Practice Development Nurse before moving into service improvement work. She has held a variety of operational posts before commencing her current role 5 years ago.

Professor Michael Brown CBE DL,  Chair, Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Physicist, Professor Brown was the Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University 2000-2011. He is now Chairman of  Wirral Community Health and Care NHS FT and Chairman of several companies that deliver gold-standard purchasing for Housing Associations and build houses using pioneering off-site construction techniques.

Fiona Reid, Director of Communications, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trusts

Fiona has worked in NHS communications since 2004. She moved to the NHS after first gaining experience in the private healthcare sector. She moved from head of communications at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust to become director of communications at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in November 2018.

Dr Ashish Singal, Clinical Lead Emergency department Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley

I have a keen interest in how Technology and IT can enhance health care.

My most recent project has been the deployment of an new EPR in the Emergency Department prior to go live across the whole Trust. This involved development of the whole EPR record as well as integration with lab results, Xrays and electronic referrals.   

Feilim Murphy, Consultant Paediatric Urologist, Clinical Lead for the South Thames Paediatric Surgery ODN , St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mr Feilim Murphy is a consultant paediatric urologist in London who is presently the clinical lead for Paediatric Surgery Operational Delivery Network in the South Thames Paediatric Network. He tries to use innovative health technology to ensure equality of access and care for children across the entire South Thames region.’


Dr Sunil Gupta is a GP, Chair of Castle Point and Rochford CCG

Dr Sunil Gupta is a GP, Chair of Castle Point and Rochford CCG and a member of the Council of the RCGP. He is also Vice Chair of East of England Clinical Senate Council, an Associate Postgraduate GP Dean for HEE and Vice Chair of NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee.

Dr Sarah Whiteman, Medical Director, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Sarah Whiteman is a GP who has always enjoyed a portfolio career that has included work as an associate postgraduate dean, GMC case examiner, NCAS adviser and who is currently NHS Bedfordshire, LUTON & MILTON Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group medical Director. She is keen to develop use of technology in health and is involved in a medical digital wearables project in Luton that hopes to use digital self monitoring to prevent acute admissions. 

Andy Field, Chairman, Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Andy is Chairman of Ashford and St Peter’s NHS FT and CSH Surrey, a community healthcare provider.

His career includes: Officer in the Royal Signals, Partner in Deloitte Consulting, Business Unit Director at Fujitsu, Chief Operating Officer of Tribal Group plc and latterly running his own digital transformation company.

Professor Paul Dimitri, Professor of Child Health & Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust 

Professor Paul Dimitri is the Director of the NIHR Children & Young People MedTech Co-operative​ and Lead for the National TITCH (Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health) Network. He is also NIHR Clinical Research Network National Children’s Specialty Lead. He works at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust as a Professor of Child Health, Consultant in Paediatric Endocrinology and Director of Research & Innovation. 

Professor Mayur Lakhani CBE FRCGP FRCP SFFMLM, GP Principal, Highgate Medical Centre, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group Chair


Professor Mayur Lakhani CBE FRCP FRCGP is a practising GP and experienced clinical leader in England. He is the Chair of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, and his vision is to inspire and promote excellence in medicine by embracing technological advances and innovation. Between 2017 and 2019, he was elected President of the RCGP, one of only ten GPs to be both Chair and President of the UK’s largest medical royal college. He was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2007.

Simon Parsons, Divisional Director for Surgery, Consultant Upper GI Surgeon, Honorary Associate Professor

Simon works as part of the team of Gastro-oesophageal surgeons in Nottingham carrying out a full range of cancer surgery on the stomach and oesophagus.


As Divisional Director in surgery Simon is passionate about transformation of surgical services and believes technology plays a pivotal role in this transformation.


Simon is a director of EIDO Healthcare Ltd. a company specialising in information for informed consent. EIDO has used technology to transform the way it delivers its services.

Gary Price is Director of Operations at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

Gary Price is Director of Operations at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust which provides tertiary level Women and Neonatal services to Cheshire & Merseyside, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

Liverpool Women’s was a first wave GDE site and recognised as one of the most digitally mature Trusts in the country. Prior to this Gary worked at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals which was also in the first wave of national GDE sites. Gary has worked clinically and managerially for over 20 years in the NHS and is passionate about using technology that is clinically lead for the benefit of patients. Where technology can be used to integrate and proactively lead service change is of great interest.


Joe Harrison, Chief Executive, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Joe Harrison joined Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive over six years ago. MKUH is an acute hospital serving a fast-growing population of 320,000 and employing over 4,500 staff.  

Joe’s focus at MKUH has been on improving patient safety, experience and clinical effectiveness, and supporting innovative digital solutions to help improve clinical and operational effectiveness.

Professor Ian Pearce, Consultant Urological Surgeon and Andrologist, Manchester University NHS FT

Consultant Urological Surgeon Manchester Royal Infirmary since 2002. Trained in Nottingham, Stoke on Trent and the North West of England. Specialist interest in Andrology. British Association of Urological Surgeons Trustee and Hon Secretary Elect. NICE, NIHR advisor.

Paul Hogg, Director of Corporate Affairs, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Paul has over 25 years’ experience in policy and corporate governance roles across various Government departments, regional government agencies and the NHS.  A graduate of the Nye Bevan leadership programme, Paul joined our Trust in 2009 as Trust Secretary and was appointed as Director of Corporate Affairs in October 2017.