Who Are We – The DHACA Board

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Charles Lowe


Charles has an extensive background in digital health, working in both public & private sectors. His recent work has centred on the regulation & assessment of mHealth apps. He is CEO of the Digital Health & Care Alliance (DHACA), a Special Adviser to NICE, and a Past President of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Telemedicine & eHealth Section. He consults for Humetrix Inc on app-related matters and is an advisor to YOURmeds. He chairs Citizens Online, the digital inclusion charity and Age UK Ealing.

Graham Worsley

Managing Director

Graham Worsley supported the establishment of DHACA in 2013 whilst he was working for the Technology Strategy Board (now InnovateUK). He became directly involved in DHACA again in 2018 and joined the Board in 2019. From 1990-2007 Graham worked for the then Department of Trade and Industry (now BEIS/DCMS) managing Government funded research projects and programmes in the broad ICT area. In 2007 he moved to the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK) to set up and run the Assisted Living Innovation Platform which was a £50M+ R&D programme in digital health and care, and ageing. He retired in 2014 and has since worked as an innovation adviser for a number of small companies, charities, and Universities. Most recently he has been working with 500More Ltd and Oxford Brookes University on a development using the sensors in mobile phone to measure gait, and for Safenetics Ltd on the DCMS funded 5G rural project MANY, developing mission critical applications for Mountain Rescue. From 2014 – 2020 he was an associate (research) at Designability, (formerly the Bath Institute for Medical Engineering), and member of the Designability projects and research governance committee. He was also: Chair of the University of Bristol SPHERE (sensors in the home) Project Advisory Board (2013-2018), and chair of the Designability/University of West of England CHIRON (robotics in care) Project Advisory Board (2016-2018).

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Pilar Fernandez Hermida

Board Member

Pilar is an international Go-to-Market expert with 20+ years of experience launching disruptive sales and channel ecosystem strategies, along with innovative programmes to execute these. During her career, she has covered all market segments and verticals, partner types and geographies, with a special focus in the Health and Tech sectors. She was part of the global leadership teams of companies such as Cisco and Wolters Kluwer and has worked across 6 continents bringing key innovations to market. A passionate believer in innovation through technology, Pilar has assisted both high-profile organisations and start-ups across 6 continents. As part of her accomplishments, she has led delegations to the UN/WHO, standardized digital health solutions at national level and helped raise 350M in funds. Currently, Pilar is Founder of I-Expand a firm specialized in helping Digital Health companies expand internationally in less time, with less risk and less cost. Pilar is fluent in 9 languages, holds 2 First-class degrees and is PMO-certified by Stanford.

Patricia Roberts

Board Member
Tricia has over 30 years’ experience of working in healthcare. She started her career in medical sales with GSK before moving into Medical Communications where she worked with pharmaceutical clients to develop market access strategies addressing the challenges posed by the establishment of NICE. In addition to industry experience, Tricia has worked in the NHS has a Business Development Manager at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and as a Programme Manager at the NWC Academic Health Science Network. Now working in a consultancy capacity, Tricia has managed a programme of work developing innovative solutions to enhance the patient experience of care for an NHS client and is supporting companies to develop “value propositions” to align with national strategies and clinical priorities. She has sat on the Board of the Small Business Research Initiative, is an assessor for Innovate UK and a mentor on the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Scheme. Tricia recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Improvement Science and is delighted to be part of the DHACA Board
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Hannah Montague

Board Member

Hannah has a clinical background as a physiotherapist and has worked across North West London, being involved in numerous quality improvement projects as a member of The Health Foundation’s Q community. During this time, Hannah worked with NHS England to create best-practice clinical guidance. After leaving the NHS, Hannah joined award-winning Digital Health company Oviva. In this role, she was responsible for partnering with NHS organisations to spread the adoption of digital technology in the health and care system. This includes collaborating with national thought leaders across academia, NHS organisations and industry. Hannah also works as an advisor, supporting Digital Health SMEs understand the opportunity to work with the NHS. Through this work, Hannah has developed a strong interest in Women’s Health innovation.

DHACA takes great pride in being member-driven – we dream of the day when so many people want to join our Board that we need to hold an election. Until that day, we would be delighted to co-opt anyone keen to help DHACA to be a success. Please contact Charles