Our Steering Group

Shera Chok – Co-Founder & Chair

Shera is a GP in East London and is an experienced Medical Director and Chief Clinical Information Officer. She has held Director and Board level roles in leading NHS organisations including Barts Health, Lambeth PCT, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHSFT and Tower Hamlets GP Federation. She co-founded the Shuri Network 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 has extensive experience of working at a national level on health policy as a clinical advisor on system transformation and new models of care with NHS England and a member of the NHS Independent Reconfiguration Panel. She is a member of the Sciana Network for European health leaders, a trustee of the Island Health Trust and an advisor to the Wellcome Trust Understanding Patient Data group.

Shera has volunteered as a clinician in countries including Sudan, Laos, Indonesia and Greece with NGOs working in war and disaster zones and with displaced populations. She 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 completed an M.B.A., M.A. in Inter-professional Education and a Nuffield Trust Fellowship on cross-organisational learning with Sunderland Athletic Football Club.

Ijeoma Azodo

Dr. Ijeoma A. Azodo is a surgeon, health services researcher, digital transformation strategist and coach. Her work focuses on improving the processes and experience of patient care for healthcare professionals using digital information technology.  Dr. Azodo is Associate Director of Clinical and Health Service Design at NHS Education for Scotland’s National Digital Service and leads the Surgical Sciences, MSc (online) Communications module (University of Edinburgh).

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.


Rafiah Badat

Rafiah Badat is Speech and Language Therapist at St George’s University Trust and a National Institute of Health Research clinical doctoral research fellow based at City University of London.  Her PhD explores the role of user co-design in digital therapy.  Rafiah was a 2018 NHS Digital Pioneer Fellow and is due to start a research fellowship at The Alan Turing Institute in January 2021.

Di Bullman

Heather Caudle

Heather Caudle is the Chief Nursing Officer at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS FT. She has worked for over 23 years as a registered nurse, systemic psychotherapist and strategic leader in mental health as well as acute health. Early in her career she specialised in eating disorders nurse therapy. 

Her  previous roles include the Executive Chief Nurse of Ashford and St. Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust, as well as her role at a national level  as the Director of Nursing for Improvement in NHS England where she directed national nursing and midwifery strategic planning and delivery within Maternity, SEND Programme, Safeguarding, Continuing Health Care, Community Nursing, and Urgent & Emergency Care.

Heather recently led a transformation project across the NHS England / NHS Improvement London region to improve patient experience and outcomes across the interface between mental health and acute hospitals, where she then became the clinical lead in the implementation of the London Mental Health Compact, and soon after took up role as the Director of Nursing – Leadership and Quality, NHS England and NHS Improvement – London.

Heather obtained her Registered Nursing higher education qualification at the University of North London, in partnership with the North London Joint College of Health Studies. She received her Masters of Science degree in Family, Couple and Systemic Psychotherapy at the Institute of Family Therapy and Birkbeck, University College London.

Fiona McDonald

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

Tracey Thomas