There are a number of people who contribute to the European Knowledge Tree Group for eTechnology.
The Board meets regularly to organise our events and newsletters:
Chairman: Somen Banerjee
Member - Lisa Cameron
Member - Maggie Ellis
Member - Nicolette (Nicky) Gavron
Member - Micheal Short
Member - Steve Smithson
Member - Ron Summers
Member - Shelagh Morris
Adviser Member - Ann Williams - Commissioning and Contract Manager, Liverpool City Council
Board Members CVs
Somen Banerjee, is currently Co-Director of Public Health. He has lived and worked in Tower Hamlets while completing his specialist registrar training in public health in Oxford. During his training, he gained wide experience working in public health with the World Health Organisation, Department of Health, NICE, Public Health observatories and the British Heart Foundation Academic Unit in Oxford University as well as working across a number of primary care trusts (PCTs) in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
Somen did his medical training at Guys Hospital and before starting his public health training worked in the spinal injuries unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and also spent a year as a GP registrar in Somerset. He also has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Lisa Cameron, is the SNP MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow, and is Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Mental Health. She a Degree Psychology and Health from the University of Stirling before gaining her DClinPsy. degree from the University of Glasgow. Lisa was the first clinical psychologist to be elected as an MP to the House of Commons. Cameron was elected to be part of the Health Select Committee and the Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion. She is the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Health, Chile, Disability, Dog Advisory Welfare, Psychology, Textile and Fashion and co-chair of the APPG on New Towns. Lisa is also a Member APPG Disability, Japan Committee and the 21st Century Committee.
Maggie Ellis, EKTG Coordinator, WSA and has been in Association with LSE since 1999. The last Project was the Small Smart Scheme about Digital Services for Health and Wellbeing in three London Boroughs. Earlier she was Senior Research Fellow and Lead Academic, involved with EU R&D. MonAMI, and SOCIONICAL projects lead to new EU schemes for Contingencies and EU PPI implementation. Originally an occupational therapist, she managed Rehabilitation Services at The Royal London Hospital at the Medical College, being Chairman of the British OT Association, the European OT Committee. Maggie was awarded Fellowships by RCOT and ISPO. She has organised both a Trade and a Ministerial Mission to Japan with their Government. EU and ISO Technical Committee Membership brought wider experience linking user needs, planners and policy makers. Another recent project at LSE (Enterprise) (2014- 2019) involved being Leader of the LSE Team independently contracted the Scottish Futures Trust to review and validate calculations and services that Trust provided to the Scottish Government. The review helped deliver £131 million net benefits and savings to infrastructure investment in Scotland. Maggie uses this background managing Rehabilitation at West Square Associates (WSA). Maggie is a Member of the Cross-Party Groups for Digital Inclusion and Disability, Holyrood and Disability, and Legal Aid in the UK Parliament.
Nicky Gavron is a British politician who served as Deputy Mayor of London to Ken Livingstone from 2000 to 2003 and 2004 to 2008. She was a member of the London Assembly from 2000 to 2021 and was the former Labour candidate for the 2004 Mayor of London elections. Nicky served as chair of the London Assembly's Housing and Planning Committee, and Deputy Chair of the Planning Committee and was lead spokesperson on planning matters. Nicky Gavron is a former member of the Safer London Committee and the Metropolitan Police Authority. In 1967 she married the publishing tycoon Robert Gavron (later Lord Gavron), a widower with two children. They had two daughters together, Jessica and Sarah. They divorced in 1987.She is a major shareholder in the printing firm St Ives plc. Nicky has been involved in many activities about Transport, the Environment and the Community.
She has encouraged EKTG to be involved in many activities including links with the Assembly HR Staff on the the Small Smart Scheme about Digital Services for Health and Wellbeing in three London Boroughs.
Mike Short, after 30 years in telecommunications with Telefonica, joined the Department for International Trade (DIT) as the department’s first Chief Scientific Adviser in December 2017. Mike leads the science and engineering profession in the department and ensures its policy is informed by the best science, supports inward investment, engineering and technical advice. He served as Vice President of Telefonica, for 17 years to December 2016. Was former chairman of the GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and was president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is a visiting professor at the universities of Surrey, Coventry, Leeds and Salford. He has led development and collaborations in areas such as smart cities, digital healthcare, cybersecurity and driverless vehicles.
Steve Smithson, EKTG Board Member and LSE Dr Steve Smithson is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics. Information Systems and Innovation Faculty Group Expertise Details :IS evaluation; e-commerce; IS management and use within organisations. Steve Smithson worked on the supervision of two MSc Students for the the Small Smart Scheme about Digital Services for Health and Wellbeing in three London Boroughs and the Report Writing of this. The Information Systems and Innovation Faculty Research Group is a centre of expertise on information technology (IT) innovation and concomitant organisational and social change. It is one of the largest groups of its kind in the world, and is well known for its research in the social, political and economic dimensions of information and communications technology. The faculty up covers most areas of information systems and represents a range of academic approaches and specialisms, from systems design and management to theory and philosophy.
Ron Summers, is now on the Staff of City University. Earlier he was at Loughborough University; Leadership Group EKTG for eHealth Clinical translation of health innovations; health measurement and its traceability; 10 methods to improve wellness and health promotion. Ron has worked in precursor disciplines to Ambient Assistive Living and eHealth since 1984. He has progressed from systems that investigate the hospital-based care of patients with illnesses to care in the community and health promotion. He is a Technical Director of a clinical spinoff for service delivery in the community for ‘less glamorous’ clinical conditions that still impact a significant proportion of the population. The first example being the patientcentred management of lower urinary tract disorders. The wellness and health promotion agenda of this activity – principally for the ageing population - relates directly to eHealth. Recently Ron has been reviewing EKTG Links with Livery Companies and Registered Charities.
Ann Williams is Commissioning and Contracts Manager of Adult Social services at Liverpool City Council, where she finds innovative ways to deliver care against a decreasing budget and increasing needs. She has played a lead role in securing the 5G testbed trial for Health and Social Care. As part of the EU’s STOP&GO programme she focused on digitalising domiciliary care services. She worked in local and regional Citizen Advice Bureau management for 19 years. Ann is driven by a strong sense of social justice. Working with the most marginalised in society has heightened her awareness of societal inequalities and the current financial challenges to household and public budgets. Ann is a member of Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Advisory Committee on Microbiological Safety of Food and of the Campylobacter Group, where she’s working on a report into controlling campylobacter in food supplies. She is Vice Chair of Liverpool’s Central Local Research Ethics Committee and a core member of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Public Health Advisory Group.
New Trustees EKTG Registered Charity
The Trustees include:
Graham Binns, Treasurer, is an ex Banker from the Bank of Ireland, who is also a volunteer with Bath Rugby Foundation.
Stephanie Correia, Secretary, who until recently ran a large Mental Health Service connected to Guys Hospital.
Alison Skillin, In 2015 she co-founded the OTCC grassroots campaign; dedicated to building a community and providing information. In 2019 she co-founded the ADC, an advocacy charity, and served as a Trustee for a time and presently work as their Volunteer Scottish Ambassador. A long-standing member of the Scottish Parliament CPG for Disability and the UK Parliament APDAWG group.
Maggie Ellis, Chairperson.
Last updated March 2023