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HL7 UK Management Board Biographies 


Mike Andersson

Mike Andersson

Mike is a healthcare informatics and information governance consultant. He has worked in healthcare IT for most of his career including five years as an IT Director in the NHS.

He has been involved in IT standards, not only in health care but also other fields, for many years and has considerable experience of developing and assuring technical as well as professional standards.

He is the Vice Chair for technical standards on the BCS (British Computer Society) Health & Care Executive and is its representative on the PRSB (Professional Record Standards Body) Advisory Board.


Mark Frayne

Mark Frayne

Mark has 20 years of experience working in IT. After graduating in Economics and gaining experience in the banking and legal IT sectors, he joined the NHS in 2005 to work at Aneurin Bevan Health Board as a software developer on a number of clinical systems, before becoming Head of Software Development. His current role is Lead Applications Design Architect for the NHS Wales Informatics Service, where he specialises in integrating local health board and national clinical systems to present a single view of the patient record, which can be accessed and viewed by clinicians across health sector boundaries.


Dunmail Hodkinson

Dunmail Hodkinson

As CTO at Black Pear Software, Dunmail is designing systems to support next-generation healthcare that requires interoperability and mobile ICT. His work is currently focussed on using HL7 FHIR to enable standard interfaces to UK GP systems that will enable shared and extended care.
He has been involved in health informatics for more than 10 years, after a career change from research science; as technical Architect for Apollo Medical Systems Ltd., he designed and implemented systems used to extract and aggregate primary care data for national programs.


Richard Kavanagh

Richard Kavanagh

Richard has over 20 years' experience in the IT software industry. After a short stint for Shell UK Oil working on financial systems, he then worked for a number of US multinational financial services companies working on high availability systems and messaging systems. Initially a programmer. Richard's career has seen him lead both internal and external development teams to build, deploy and support software applications for mainframe, midrange, pc and web based solutions.

Since joining NHS Connecting for Health in 2005, Richard has managed the development and delivery of the HL7V3 message specifications initially for the National Programme and more recently the Interoperability Toolkit (ITK) products. Richard is a keen advocate of model driven development and has overseen the development of tooling to aid in the development of HL7 specifications. This has led to the creation of tools to support the creation and publication of specifications for HL7V3, HL7V2 and templated CDA specifications.

As the uptake of HL7V3 and particularly CDA increases, there is increased focus on supporting the implementation of the specifications and closer working with both NHS organisations and systems suppliers is helping to shape the technical products of tomorrow. The CDA implementation forum aims to tackle the complexity of the specifications and reduce the implementation challenge for HL7, and HL7 UK is ideally situated to be part of this.


Richard Kavanagh

Seán Kinsella

Seán is currently a Medical Device Executive at PMD Solutions who are part of the 2018 NHS Innovation Accelerator program. Responsibility for the strategic direction for innovation, product development and clinical research. Passionate about digital technology, and its application to patient centered care. Technical experience in hardware design, embedded software development and testing, sustaining of life supporting medical devices and design of interoperable ‘Connected Health’ medical device systems. Is currently a member of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) Steering Committee for the Irish Medtech Association.


Ben McAlister

Ben McAlister

Ben is a Sr Solution Strategist at Cerner where he works on their interoperability development strategy with a focus on European markets. Prior to joining Cerner 10 years ago he worked at an Acute Hospital Trust as a Service Development Manager for Planning and Commissioning and as an Information Manager. He studied Health Informatics at UCL and is an Associate Vice Chair of Standards for the British Computer Society (BCS) Health and Care Group and is the BCS nominated representative on the British Standards Institute IST/35 Health Informatics Committee.


Louise Parberry

Louise Parberry

In her role as a Sales Engineer at InterSystems, Louise has provided healthcare software suppliers with both high level architectural advice and low level technical solutions. Involved with HL7 since 2002, she has assisted with implementations at over 15 trusts. Other projects have included the CSC TIE and MHS, ITK ADT and PDS Spine Mini Services and connecting to SCI Gateway, Louise is also the TC v2 Subgroup Supplier Co-chair, the IHE UK Supplier Co-chair, and been active in PRSB, DHACA and TechUK meetings.


Philip Scott

Philip Scott

Philip has worked in NHS information management and ICT development projects for fourteen years. He has a practical interest in systems interoperability, having led the implementation of an automated solution for diagnostic image transfer from the local military hospital unit and Independent Sector Treatment Centre into the Trust’s PACS. Philip has an MSc with distinction in healthcare information systems and was recently awarded a PhD for his research programme exploring clinician usage of information. He is a member of the British Computer Society and a Chartered IT Professional. He serves on the programme committee for the Southern Institute for Health Informatics hosted by the University of Portsmouth and chaired the programme committee for the HL7 UK 2008 conference. In July 2009 Philip left the NHS to take up a new post as Senior Lecturer in information systems at the University of Portsmouth where he will continue to undertake research in health informatics.


Rik Smithies

Rik Smithies

Rik Smithies is a clinical informatics and health architectures consultant and trainer.

He has over 25 years in the software industry, exclusively in healthcare since 1994, as a developer and architect of health systems. He has been involved with HL7 since 2002, has contributed to the published UK and international HL7 Version 3 standards and has authored many parts of the UK NHS V3 message specifications.

Rik is a former Chair of HL7 UK, is co-chair for the Clinical Statement workgroup and is a member of the HL7 International Standards Governance Board.

An active member and committer on the FHIR development team, in early 2013 Rik created the first UK FHIR client and demonstration server implementation.


Mike Snowden

Mike Snowden

Mike is a “Lead” with BT’s London LSP team, and has been working on the interpretation and implementation of NHS Connecting for Health specifications for the last 5 years. His background is in Integration & Interoperability, Standards and Messaging architectures, where he has more than 25 years' experience.

He is a strong advocate of the principle that systems for customer or end-user use must be both usable and useful, and enthusiastically applies this to his work in Health Messaging.


Martin Whittaker

Martin Whittaker

As Treasurer, Martin Whittaker is responsible for managing the financial health of HL7 UK. He also looks after membership services for the organisation. He has been involved in healthcare IT for over 30 years and is a founder member of HL7 UK. With a background in laboratory and radiology systems, he has worked as a programmer, project manager, sales and marketing manager and general manager in these and related areas. Since the early 1990s he has been an independent consultant, specialising in technical and standards strategy work.


Ian Williams

Ian Williams

Ian has worked in healthcare IT since 1998, after graduating in Astrophysics. His early career was spent developing safety-critical systems for the Welsh Blood Service, latterly as the head of software development.  He later worked within the architecture function of NHS Wales Informatics Service, a transformational technology programme for NHS Wales, where he specialised in healthcare systems integration and led the introduction of open source Enterprise Search technology to power the single patient record.  In 2016 he joined Nuffield Health as Clinical Solutions Architect, where he is part of the leadership team for Nuffield Health’s Electronic Health Record programme.