The Silver Buck Advisory Board

Our advisory board members are some of the most influential health IT, digital health and marketing individuals in the sector. Combined they are the force that is the Silver Buccaneers – pioneers, adventurers and visionaries. As a Silver Buck client, you’ll get access to these authoritative figures in the health IT industry to keep you up to speed and decipher the latest digital health initiatives, news and developments so that you and your team don’t have to.

Sarah Amani

Senior Programme Manager, University of Oxford, Co-Founder of the Shuri Network

Sarah Amani is a mental health nurse by background, and has over 10 years of experience with managing transformation programmes across multiple organisations in the South of England. Her proudest professional achievement to date is being appointed as the UK’s first black female CCIO in 2012, and is most passionate about the role that machine learning could play in supporting user centred design.

Sarah joined the Silver Buccaneers because she believes that the way in which we communicate ideas can either hinder or support engagement, and to do her part in representing black female nurses in digital health.

When not working, Sarah enjoys riding her electric bike through the countryside, and has finally succumbed to binging ‘Breaking Bad’ on Netflix.

Dominic Cushnan

Director of AI, Imaging and Deployment, NHS England

Dom leads on technology and strategy as a specialist advisor in the NHS Artificial Intelligence Lab, recently setting up a team in the Lab to focus on the practical use case of AI in medical imaging.

He has run a number of businesses and despite being more technical in his current role, also has more creative leanings, having led teams in creative agencies.

Dom spends time looking at how the future of technology will impact the way we both organise and deliver health, using this knowledge to create a spark and amplify the power of his health system colleagues.

He also considers his spirit animal to be a cat, and challenges colleagues and friends to guess which of these ‘facts’ about him are true: he started his career picking potatoes at the age of 11, he has been to Cairo many times but has never been to the pyramids, and he has an obsession with printed tea towels. Feel free to get in touch if you know which one is a lie!

Sam Shah

Clinician and Digital Health Adviser

Sam is a clinician and Digital Health adviser, working in the NHS with a public health and technology background. His proudest professional achievement so far has been founding the Faculty of Future Health with the College of Medicine and Dentistry, Ulster, and is most passionate about using technology to reduce inequalities and improve access to services.

Sam wanted to join the Buccaneers because they seem a fun bunch, who are willing to speak their minds!

His lockdown guilty pleasure has primarily been bread, and Sam enjoys trying to keep fit and spending as much time as possible with his daughters – when they aren’t trying to force him to watch Peter Rabbit!

Jon Hoeksma

CEO, Digital Health Intelligence

Jon Hoeksma is CEO and founder of Digital Health and a highly experienced health IT journalist and commentator. Digital Health provides more than 20,000 individuals with independent business, policy and technology news, research and events focused on developments in health IT in the NHS and UK health.

Yasmin Stinchcombe

Launchpad Lead and NHS Navigator, DigitalHealth.London

Yasmin joined the NHS five years ago, starting as a Graduate Management Trainee at Guy’s and St Thomas (GSTT) before progressing to a Service Manager role and is now the Launchpad Lead at DigitalHealth.London.

Yasmin has specialised in the operational and strategic management of outpatient services, working with the clinical team to improve the patient journey with a particular focus of implementing digital technology within a clinical setting.

She is excited to join the Buccaneers to further explore the intersection between new technology and clinical care, and how innovative use of information can be used to improve and transform current services and pathways throughout the NHS and social care setting.

Hassan Chaudhury

Digital Health Specialist, Healthcare UK, Department for International Trade

Hassan leads on Digital Health at Healthcare UK, at the Department for International Trade (DIT) with a global role advising DIT commercial teams in over 100 UK embassies. He co-founded Health iQ – an award-winning health analytics agency – holding CIO and Chief Commercial Officer positions before its acquisition and his exit in 2019.

 He is now a Director at Vita Healthcare, Strategy Lead at The Source Group, a mentor for both the NHS Innovation Accelerator and Simulation for Digital Health (SimDH), co-chair of the PM Society Diversity Interest Group and holds an Honorary Research post at Imperial College London.

Matt Neligan

Director of Primary Care and System Transformation at NHS England and NHS Improvement

Matt leads the national teams supporting the development of Integrated Care Systems, working alongside regional directors, that will transform how local services are integrated and supported to deliver improved population health outcomes. He leads teams working on the national oversight of commissioning of primary medical, dental and optometry services and the transformation of primary care. He and his teams work to support regions, systems and professionals in delivering the NHS Long Term Plan ambitions and government manifesto commitments for increasing general practice workforce and additional appointments for patients, the development of digital first primary care and the continued development of Primary Care Networks.

Matt has over twenty years of experience in leading local NHS organisations to make a difference to services and to improve outcomes for patients and communities. He has worked across Yorkshire, London and the South East, principally in commissioning but also in acute hospital management, primary care, strategy, performance, clinical governance and corporate teams. Before joining NHS England and Improvement he led data and analytical teams in NHS Digital to make better data available for improving health.

Lloyd Price

Lloyd Price

Co-Founder, Zesty & Advisory Board Member, Deepbridge Capital & Octopus Ventures

Lloyd is a technology entrepreneur, corporate executive & board advisor with 20+ years of experience building digital businesses @ Induction Healthcare, Zesty, Badoo, Kelkoo, Yahoo! UK and Yahoo! Europe.

Lloyd co-founded Zesty in June 2012, building the company through multiple investment rounds from leading European & US Venture Capital funds into an award winning UK Digital Health company and sale to Induction Healthcare Group PLC in May 2020.

His 10+ years board member and advisory board experience includes Zesty Ltd, the Deepbridge Capital Life Sciences fund, Ten-X Digital Health fund, Octopus Ventures Future of Health fund, UK Digital Healthcare Council, Coalition for a Digital Economy and various Digital Health and Technology start-ups.