Farhang Daemi has enjoyed a successful 30 year international career in initiating, evaluating and delivering innovative programmes and businesses in medical, healthcare and other advanced technologies. He has a proven track record in driving efficiencies and cost improvement in healthcare technology as well as commissioning of healthcare facilities.
Farhang’s career highlights include research leadership in advanced imaging technology, founding and directing multi-million pound technology initiatives and businesses, numerous international consulting and interim executive roles, delivery and global launch of multiple FDA and CE accredited medical software products and 6 years as an executive partner at Circle where he headed commissioning procurement and medical technology.
Farhang has degrees of BSc (Hons) and PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Nottingham in 1984 and 1990 respectively and is a professional member of the British Computer Society.
Dr Farhang Daemi
BSc (Hons), PhD, MBCS
Dr Peter Jarritt
BSc. Ph.D. CSci. FIPEM FRCP
With more than 20 years’ experience directing and delivering a comprehensive range of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering services at the highest level Peter brings a wealth of experience in the medical technology sector.
Most recently Peter was the Clinical Director and Head of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Addenbrookes) for 7 years where he transformed the Department to deliver high quality and effective Physics and Engineering healthcare services. With a commitment to operating within formal quality management systems, notable projects under his leadership were introduction of RFID technology at Addenbrookes to enhance utilization of medical devices in the patient environment and the integration of medical devices into clinical information systems in an e-hospital programme.
Peter’s other Career highlights includes Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Regional Medical Physics Agency where he led design and development of a Cancer Centre and multiple imaging centres to deliver a range of services including Nuclear Medicine imaging and therapy services. Past projects also included development of multiple Positron Emission Tomography and associated cyclotron facilities.
Peter is currently Deputy Director of the National Institute for Health, Health Technology Cooperative for Neurosciences. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians as well as a Fellow of and the Immediate Past President of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.
Peter Ellis has over 40 years of experience in the strategic development, managing and advising of health organisations in the UK, North America and Europe. Most recently he was UK Managing Director of Medworxx Inc. 2012-18, and Chairman of VisionRT 2002-18. He is currently an Executive Advisor to Sweat Coin and Bio Conscious Technologies.
Previously Peter Ellis was a senior partner with Ernst Young and Head of Arthur D Little’s health care practice. He has led strategic consulting assignments in Pharmaceutical, Private Equity, Biotech, Health IT and Medical Device organizations, as well as for governments, payer and provider organizations across the UK health sector.
He was instrumental in bringing the concept of Academic Health Science Centres to the UK and advised both Imperial and Kings College respectively
Before his return to the UK, Peter Ellis had a long (22 year) career at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Toronto, culminating in two terms as President and Chief Executive Officer. Peter was instrumental in leading Sunnybrook through a dramatic period of growth from its original purpose as a Veterans Hospital, to its present pre-eminent position, as a world leader in cancer, heart disease, trauma, mental health and care of the elderly. It also houses Canada’s leading research programmes in trauma management, imaging and clinical epidemiology and is an Academy of the U of T’s medical school.
MSc, C.Eng, MIPEM, EurIng
James Harrison is a Programme Manager, Project Manager and Technical Consultant who has enjoyed 30 years working in blue-chip electronics and healthcare technology, ICT and R&D. His skills span a wide variety of areas including consultancy, research, technical and development roles as well as team and cross-functional management.
James has worked for over 10 years with Circle Health as programme manager delivering a number of projects including the programme to successfully deliver all IT application and infrastructure deployment for CircleReading and CircleBirmingham hospitals, covering many clinical and operational information systems as well as accreditation as Any Qualified Provider and connection to the NHS Choose and Book system. He also architected and led the implementation of the IT systems and processes necessary for the roll out and management of the new Bedford MSK health delivery network, liaising with many external providers to ensure proper continuity of care and accurate activity reporting and billing could be carried out.
James’s other career highlights include working as senior project manager for Fujitsu Services Ltd., Regional Deployment Manager for IDX Systems UK and UK Medical IT realisation team manager for Philips Medical Systems and Agilent Technologies. He has also managed research teams at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories.
Dries Hagen is Management Consultant with 25 years’ experience in Property Development and Asset Management. Dries has spent his career delivering projects in Southern Africa, West Africa, Europe and the Far East. He has a strong background in implementing complex infrastructure initiatives in capital-intensive public and private sectors such including the NHS, Circle Health, Capio Health, British Ministry of Justice, Enterprise Data Centres, and Corporate BlueChip clients such as Shell Chevron, Texaco, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Unilever and Sun International.
With skillsets honed through a succession of roles, Dries is an innovative thinker with a strong client-user focus to deliver and manage real-estate as well as medical technology and healthcare assets. He is a keen promoter of value driver methodologies such as lean construction, Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) as well as off-site technologies.
Dries has end to end knowledge of operational assets from concept to completion, budgets for capital expenditure, including planned and reactive maintenance. He has an impressive track record in assembly, development and motivating capital project teams and external advisors such as acquisition advisors, planning consultants and design teams.
BSc (Hons), PGD
Adam Kalbassi joined HTS with a Financial and Business Economics grounding from Royal Holloway, University of London while also possessing a strong IT skillset and business background from previous roles.
Adam's most recent role was with Unilever as Customer Accounts Executive within the Drugstores Customer Development team, maintaining a strong relationship with buyers in UK drugstores Boots and Superdrug while delivering financial success for all parties with strong promotional strategy and funding. Adam's role also oversaw New Product Development (NPD) and the launching of NPD in stores across the UK, Ireland, internationally and online. Adam was involved with many stakeholders across Europe within Unilever; from supply chain, pricing teams, marketing, IT taskforces and Brexit preparations.
Adam's other career highlights since leaving university include roles within the leisure industry with David Lloyds and Nirvana Spa.
Amir is a highly experienced consultant, programme manager, IT and supply chain expert with over 30 years’ experience of successful delivery across a broad range of private and public sector organisations, always focused on client needs and required outcomes.
Amir has a unique blend of skills in IT, commercial, sourcing and supplier management and is experienced in management of complex deliveries and relationships with stakeholders and suppliers at all levels.
Amir has an impressive track record in successful delivery of assignments, programmes and initiatives resulting in business transformations and significant efficiency gains for many organisations. Amir has a natural "can do" management style and nurtures the same in the works that he leads.
Amir is a PhD and an MSc in Computer Science and was awarded an honorary exemption from British Computer Society Part II exams for high marks achieved, upon graduation.
Dr Amir Sarrafan
BSc (Hons), FCILT
Bryan Semple has over 35 years experience in supply chain management, healthcare technology management and digital business transformation. He has led many major business transformation programmes in the healthcare and technology sectors throughout a career which included working with leading consulting firms such as Accenture and PwC.
He has also worked with many customers in the healthcare and technology sectors with global logistics provider DHL. Over the past 15 years he has worked with NHS Supply Chain, NHS Blood and Transplant and a number of major international medical device and healthcare technology companies, helping to transform and streamline their supply chain operations in a rapidly changing and disruptive market.
Bryan also led the EMEA region for a provider of Healthcare Technology Management and Medical Equipment Planning solutions and services, focusing on major healthcare infrastructure projects, predominantly in the Middle East and Africa. He has been a speaker and chairman at major international HTM conferences and served on a number of advisory boards.
Bryan’s combination of strategic vision, understanding of disruptive technologies and business models and pragmatic experience of implementation is invaluable to organisations seeking to deliver sustainable benefits from their transformation programmes.
Barry has over 35 years’ experience working in the Information Technology sector for both the public and private sector. From the initial insertion of Personal Computing devices into the modern office, through to the latest Cyber Security technologies, Barry has led the placement of new technologies into businesses. Some examples include:
Prudential - Call Centre telephone workflow implementation
Egg Banking - Built a first ‘challenger’ bank of the internet age
Direct Line and Churchill Insurance - Set up new telephone-based insurers
Circle Health - Installed and maintained IT infrastructure at new hospitals
Barry is currently developing a brand new Information and Cyber Security practice within the NHS. Working closely with NHS Digital, NHS X and Cabinet Office, Barry is identifying common requirements within the Healthcare Sector for standard offerings to be delivered. Barry thus enjoys extensive connections into the Cyber Security field at a supplier and Government Agency level (including overseas Agencies).
Barry’s Cyber team protects 5 UK Critical National Infrastructure Assets for the NHS, using the U.S. Cyber NIST Cyber Security Framework (operational capabilities - Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover) and the UK Government GCHQ-sponsored CNI Critical Asset Frameworks (maturity capabilities). Regularly speaking on the Conference Circuit sharing insights on how to develop organisational Cyber Security capabilities, and on the importance of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda to drive new skills into the emergent Cyber Security industry, Barry is considered expert in this emergent field, as Digital Healthcare transforms the way organisations need to think about Asset Protection.
Roger Williams is a highly efficient healthcare planning / equipment specialist and business development manager. He is experienced in working globally, introducing and developing innovative solutions for clients requiring technically competent expertise and experience and added value services to meet their complete needs and ambitions. Roger has a thorough technical knowledge of healthcare and scientific equipment which allows him to deliver successful projects with all levels of technically knowledgeable personnel.
Roger has a natural ability to develop effective relationships with both end users, technical developers and suppliers across all cultures. His communication style builds trust and respect, whilst having the ability to apply more assertive stance when necessary to achieve results. Used to meeting tight deadlines in a pressured environment.
Roger’s 40 year professional career includes 15 years in procurement and commissioning roles in NHS, Technical Director and Business Development Management positions at scientific and medical device suppliers and Capital Equipment Procurement Manager at Circle Group.
BA (Hons), CPFA
David Chevins has extensive healthcare experience, in the public and private sectors, as an entrepreneur, management consultant, senior manager and non-executive director. Following 10 years in NHS finance, he became a management consultant with Deloitte. He established Secta in 1990 which grew into a leading specialist healthcare consulting business before being acquired in 2002 by Tribal Group plc.
From 2003 to 2006, David was Chief Executive of Tribal’s consulting division, and has subsequently worked as a freelance consultant, a programme director for Circle Health and most recently for Finnamore. He is also a non-executive director of the management consultancy Prospectus in Ireland. David is currently Executive Chairman and a founding Director of Hygeian Consulting.
Owen has over 30 years senior experience of working within a range of organisations. This includes organisations from start-ups, large corporates, healthcare (both public and private), charities, third sector and both local and central government.
Owen has held many senior positions up to board level. Additionally, he has undertaken a number of strategic advisory and consultancy roles. He has led multiple end-to-end turnaround and transformation programmes that have delivered significant benefits and efficiencies. This has included implementing new technologies, introducing good departmental and organisational governance, creating and leading high preforming teams and working with people at all levels to deliver strategic objectives.
Owen has led a number of Information Governance programmes that facilitated a number of private healthcare organisations to access the NHS network, N3. Owen has worked closely with NHS digital to remediate issues and challenges that healthcare organisations have had with regards to their code of connection and security. He has implemented a number of ISO projects resulting in organisations gaining full ISO27001 accreditations.
Owen has worked with many leading healthcare organisations in the UK and abroad, including Nuffield Health, Nations Healthcare/Circle, Everlight Radiology, Barts NHS Trust, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust, SPHERE and BUPA. Owen is known as a trusted voice within the industry and for delivering significant change leading to successful outcomes.
PRINCE 2 SIRO ITIL
Janice is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Chartered IT Professional (BCS CITP) with extensive experience in the information security/risk management arena for leading blue chip and independent healthcare organisations.
Janice has written robust Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) tailored to the needs of healthcare organisations and has extensive experience of successfully achieving and maintaining ISO27001 and Cyber Essentials certifications. Janice is also an experienced ISO27001 Internal Auditor, proficient at undertaking remote audits during the 2020 pandemic.
Janice is a Certified Adult Education Tutor who has planned, designed and delivered global security awareness training and education programmes. Janice also has a track record of achievement in management consultancy and risk analysis as a Management of Risk (MOR) Practitioner.
CITP, MBCS, CISM
Kevin is a highly skilled data and application specialist, he has successfully developed solutions for a variety of migration, integration, system implementation and interoperability projects.With over fifteen years’ experience of working in healthcare IT for both the public and private sectors, Kevin has an in-depth knowledge across a wide range of IT systems, development tools, programming languages and methodologies.
He has had previous experience managing application development teams, working as part of high performing project teams and also as a solo technical lead across a wide range of technical areas and different clients.
Highlights include redesigning and replacing the business wide integration solution for CircleHealth. Developing applications to deliver real-time clinic lists and patient photo capture to consultants at 2 private hospitals, Patient feedback questionnaires, pathology result viewing and a fully functional teledermatology application. Working with NHS digital on the 111 Online project for Integrated Urgent Care as part of a nationwide implementation team.
Kevin’s more recent focus is within system integration where, in addition to providing integration development lead services for projects, he has been responsible for setting up an integration engine for Moorfields Eye Hospital and OneWelbeck and enabling those organisations to take control of their data flows. A very focused and driven professional, keen to apply himself to any problem and deliver solutions which meet or exceed business expectation.
Nick McDonnell is a highly effective and experienced healthcare focused Chief Information Officer (CIO). With excellent communication and stakeholder management skills he has over 35 years’ experience at both strategic and on the operational frontline.
He demonstrates clear leadership capability by setting the vision, working in association with the Trust Board and by developing and deploying enterprise wide plans that achieve strategic business goals.
Specialties: Strategic Planning, Risk Management, Change and Transformational Management, Governance, Portfolio, Programme & Project Management, Financial Management, procurement, Value Based Delivery, Benefits Realisation, Influencing, Business Intelligence, Information Architecture
BEng (Hons), MBA
Lynda’s carer in Healthcare IT commenced within the NHS working in a local support team in Greater Manchester, her career in a Healthcare environment has spanned some 30 years during which she has experienced and effectively delivered into NHS Acute and Community Trusts, Private Hospital Groups including Independents and Rehabilitation Services.
Key achievements: Testing methodology and rigour within iSOFT, data migration over 40 hospital sites, multiple application-based projects as either a SME, Applications manager, or Applications Project Manager, delivery into various business contexts including new builds, system upgrades or replacements and covering the following domains including PAS, Billing, ERP, EPR, Financials, Procurement and Pharmacy and getting the most from the development teams in a remote / outsourced model.
Having worked as Applications Manager in 3 organisations, Lynda offers extensive skills and experience in application support and implementation services. Some of her key strengths are application design and delivery, management and delivery of comprehensive end to end validation including data quality and system touch points / integration, rapid analysis and problem solving, vonfiguration management, stakeholder engagement with a determination to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction and quality and finally effective management of suppliers (both onshore and offshore).
Andrew is an experienced Health IT professional with experience of working both in the UK and internationally for over 25 years in both public and private sectors. He is commercially and business focused with expertise in the digital arena, project and programme management, system application design and development. Architecting end to end solutions in multi-system and multi-site businesses settings is a passion especially for those going through rapid change.
Key achievements: Designed, built, and deployed 3 new PAS/EPR/ERP applications; county wide deployment of a single campus PAS/EPR/PACS in Scandinavia; designed, built, and managed roll out to 42 sites of a fully integrated PAS / ERP in 1 year; solution architecture and programme management for 3 new build hospitals; design of the solution stack to deliver a per capita delivery model in MSK; lead IT roles in 3 organisations; outsourcing of 1 ITO and 1 Development Function to Offshore.
With leadership, commercial, sales, marketing, financial and technical expertise gained working primarily in Healthcare IT, Andrew has worked in various roles for both suppliers of software applications for the healthcare sector (B2B) and for healthcare providers (B2C). Having a good understanding of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the Data Protection Act 2018, cyber security and delivery methodologies including Agile and Waterfall, some key strengths are: ability to act as the link between business and technology responsible for strategy development and delivery; personnel management and team building; budget management; lead, manage, drive, and deliver effective business change / digital transformation programmes and operations; determined to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction; effectively manage and influence stakeholders; effectively manage suppliers (both onshore and offshore).
Carole commenced her career in a Healthcare environment over 25 years ago, working for Nuffield Hospitals, progressing from a Receptionist to Admin Manager prior to leaving the hospital to join the Corporate Office as part of the Implementation and Data Migration team for the roll out of the groups new PAS, Procurement and Finance systems.
Since then, Carole has obtained considerable experience and knowledge of the Healthcare sector and proficiency in the design and deployment of difference PAS and EPR systems both in Public and Private settings.
Key examples include: working on the NHS National Programme for IT as a Solution Specialist working for iSOFT and creating packaged solutions for the NHS; applications Support Manager at Nations Healthcare supporting the implementation of IT solutions and services from both an IT and Operational perspective into their ISTC’s; various roles at Circle including as a SME supporting the design and implementation of their new build hospitals from an application viewpoint, Project Managing the safe transition of applications during a major data centre move and implementation of a cloud based EPR at a dedicated 120 bed rehabilitation facility; working at Moorfields Eye Hospital as Information Systems Manager including the management of the trusts Application, Informatics and Clinical DB team, remaining at the trust for 4 years she delivered several IT related projects including overseeing the planning and implementation of the trusts EPR system.
Nicola is an experienced Head of Transformational Change and Lead in Operational Management who has worked at both a senior management and executive level in several large hospitals in both the NHS and Private healthcare setting. Nicola has 15 years of experience in both medical and elective sectors, clinical and non-clinical.
Nicola has also held corporate and consultancy positions leading and supporting a broad spectre of projects from Business Development, Service Improvement and Technological Transformation and Implementation.
Nicola’s skill set as a facilitator and an enabler mean that she is an expert in leading and delivering successful projects, working with stakeholders, managing relationships, and delivering cultural change.
Dr Helen Meese
BEng (Hons) DIS CEng MIMechE MIPEM
Helen is an accomplished Electro-Mechanical Power Engineer with a 20-year background in technical assurance, operational & project management; having directed and managed a number of large engineering teams in the UK and Overseas. She has a proven track record in strategic planning, quality assurance and academic & industrial research and is uniquely skilled in healthcare & medtech policy, advocacy & public affairs and engagement.
Helen is passionate about ensuring that technology is at the forefront of healthcare provision and founded The Care Machine Ltd in 2018 to provide innovative technology solutions, business management and training specifically to medtech start-ups, early-stage SMEs, Researchers and healthcare practitioners. She has authored over 10 policy statements and reports on health tech and medtech, appears regularly on TV and radio national media radio and written numerous blogs and news articles in national, international and trade press.
Helen has worked with several high-profile clients including the NHS, where she coordinated the recruitment of over 1,000 engineers to support the NHS Clinical Engineering services at Nightingale hospitals across the UK at the start of the Covid outbreak. Helen is jointly leading a consortium of engineers and business experts to create a coaching and training academy based on the University of Cambridge’s ‘Engineering Better Care’ methodology.
Helen is a chartered member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine. She is Vice-Chair of the IMechE’s Biomedical Engineering Division and past Trustee. She is a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Healthcare Policy Topic Group and a Health Foundation Q-Community member. sits on the advisory board of the Wolfson School of Engineering at Loughborough University and is a leadership mentor on the SELA programme at the University of Sheffield.