Our Steering Group

Shera Chok – Co-Founder & Chair

Shera is a GP in East London and has held Director and Board level roles in provider and commissioning organisations including Barts Health, Tower Hamlets GP Federation, Lambeth PCT and Derbyshire Community Health Services NHSFT. She co-founded the Shuri Network with Sarah Amani in 2019 as she is passionate about increasing diversity, innovation and safety and to encourage other BME women to lead and engage with digital transformation.

She brings her extensive experience of healthcare redesign, digital transformation and clinical leadership to her roles as a national clinical advisor on System Transformation with NHS England and a member of the NHS Independent Reconfiguration Panel. She was previously the CCIO at Derbyshire Community Health Services Trust, a national clinical advisor on the NHS Vanguard programme and is a member of the Sciana Network for European health leaders. She is also a trustee of the Island Health Trust and an advisor to the Wellcome Trust Understanding Patient Data group.

Shera has studied at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement and the Harvard School of Public Health, focusing on quality improvement, community engagement and leading change and was seconded by the NHS to work with Crossrail. She has volunteered as a clinician in countries including Sudan, Laos, Indonesia and Greece with leading NGOs working in war and disaster zones and with displaced populations. Shera has completed an M.B.A., M.A. in Inter-professional Education and a Nuffield Trust Fellowship on cross-organisational learning.

Nadira Hussain

Director of Leadership Development & Research, Socitm

An experienced ICT and change management leader with 25+ years, Nadira has worked primarily in local government; leading the ICT service, managing wider teams including digital, business improvement, transformation and customer services. Nadira has implemented numerous complex change programmes across shared services to deliver new operating models, efficiencies and service improvement.

At Soctim, Nadira continues to focus on the work she initiated as president of the society (15/16), building the leadership, skills and diversity of the sector’s workforce. Her passion is to tackle inequality, promote professionalism, improve personal development opportunities and champion women role models. Currently she sits on workforce development advisory boards for HEE and FedIP. Her voluntary and charitable work includes; channel board member for Ada’s List, steering group member for the Shuri network and non-executive director for the #techmums board.


Ayesha Rahim

Dr Ayesha Rahim is a Chief Clinical Information Officer and Deputy Medical Director, and has worked in the NHS since 2003. She is a graduate of the first cohort of the NHS Digital Academy and is a member of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics. Her interests include clinical engagement in digital transformation, and the representation of BAME women in the digital health sphere.

She works clinically as a psychiatrist, and can be found on Twitter @AyeshaRahimCCIO

Ijeoma Azodo

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