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The members of the National Information Governance Board follow a code of practice (PDF, 38Kb).

Members with * on their names have been re-appointed by the Appointments Commission in September 2010 for a new term of office.


Dame Fiona Caldicott


Dame Fiona Caldicott, DBE, FRCPsych, FRCP, FRCGP, FMedSci, is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist and Chairman of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust. She is an external member of the Council of the University of Warwick. She was Principal of Somerville College, Oxford until 2010 and also Pro Vice-Chancellor, Personnel and Equal Opportunities, of the University of Oxford. She is a past President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and was also President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1993–96. Dame Fiona chaired the original working group on the confidentiality of non-clinical patient data in 1996 which led to the publication of the Caldicott Report in 1997.

Deputy Chair:

Stephen Hinde

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Stephen Hinde is the Head of Information Governance and Group Caldicott Guardian for the Bupa Group, and sits on the NIGB as Representative Member from the UK Council of Caldicott Guardians. He is Deputy Chair of the NIGB, Chair of the NIGB’s Information Governance Toolkit Working Group and represents NIGB on the NIGB Ethics and Confidentiality Committee. Stephen is the past Chairman of the UK Council of Caldicott Guardians, and of the Data Protection Panel of the Association of British Insurers, Chairman of the Confidentiality Working Group of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services, Chairman of the Private Medical Insurance Companies Confidentiality Forum and a member of the Wales Information Governance Board. Stephen also represents the Independent Sector on the NHS Scotland Information Governance Network.

Appointed Members:

Rodney Brooke*


Sir Rodney Brooke CBE DL is Chair of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and a former member of the General Medical Council. He was Chair of the General Social Care Council until October 2008. Rodney is a solicitor, a trustee of the Internet Watch Foundation and Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID). He has been Chief Executive of West Yorkshire County and Westminster City Councils and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities and Chair of the Bradford Health Authority.

Neil Churchill

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Neil Churchill has been Chief Executive of Asthma UK since 2007. He is also a Non Executive Director for NHS South of England. Before joining Asthma UK, Neil held senior roles at the charities Barnardo’s, Crisis and Age Concern. He has also worked for the Policy Studies Institute, an independent social policy research centre and been a committee member for the Economic and Social Research Council. Neil learned campaigning from Iris Bentley, whose brother was wrongly hanged for murder in 1953. His interests are in strengthening patient views and experiences in decision making and in achieving social justice for people disadvantaged by poverty, discrimination and ill-health. As a Research Fellow on health and social care for the Smith Institute, Neil has edited a number of publications including Health Innovations: more for less in healthcare. He writes an opinion column for Health Service Journal. Neil studied history at Cambridge University and has a MBA from London South Bank University. Neil has also completed Harvard University’s Innovations in Governance programme and himself has asthma.

Richard Congdon

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After graduating in Politics and Philosophy from Lincoln College, Oxford, Richard Congdon qualified as a Chartered Accountant and became a Health Authority Director of Finance. He has extensive experience of Information Governance issues at both local and national levels through his career as a Chief Executive. He was a Chief Executive in the NHS in Surrey and West Sussex over a period of 11 years before a further period of 9 years as Chief Executive of the national Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health. Richard is a Non-Executive Director of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Penny Hill*


Penny Hill has many years of experience supporting ICT developments in Local Government, with a particular focus on Social Care. Following a three year secondment with the National Information Centre for Health and Social Care, supporting the work of the Outcomes and Information Development Board, she is working as an independent researcher, promoting Social Care Informatics research in the UK and across the EU. Her work with the OID Board included the creation of the Adult Care Support Record guidance, along with support for information developments across a range of policy initiatives, such as personalisation, common assessment, and closer integration with health. Prior to that, she was Information Strategy Manager for Social Services in Warwickshire, and has also worked as a Social Care Caldicott Guardian. She continues to speak at seminars and to present papers at conferences, most recently at the IEEE CBMS 2012 conference in Rome. Her research interests focus on the emerging technologies of care, and the opportunities they present to address a range of Information governance issues, such as cross agency working, and the empowerment of both citizens and carers.

Hilary Newiss


Hilary Newiss qualified as a solicitor and was a Partner in Denton Hall until 1999 specialising in intellectual property, including confidential information and data protection. She is a former member of the Human Genetics Commission, the Royal Society Working Party Report on Intellectual Property ("Open Science"), the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee and the Ethics and Governance Council of Biobank UK. She is currently a Trustee of the Roslin Foundation, a member of the Advisory panel on Public Sector Information, Deputy Chair of the Appeals Committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, a member of the Animal Procedures Committee and a Director of the Francis Crick Institute.

Sylvia Rothschild*


Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild took a degree in psychology at Manchester University and worked for a mental health charity in a therapeutic community, and for a London Borough in adult psychiatric care. She was ordained as a Rabbi in 1987 by the Leo Baeck College and has worked as a community Rabbi ever since. Rabbi Rothschild has continued her interest in medical and community ethics, sitting on a Research Ethics Committee and a local standards committee. She was Chair of the Assembly of Rabbis, and has edited and contributed to books and periodicals on subjects ranging from theology to prayer to ethical matters.

Neil Serougi

Neil Serougi has been involved in NHS ICT for over twenty years. His experience straddles Acute, Community and Primary Care Informatics with an especial emphasis on integrating electronic health records and common assessments. Prior to working in the NHS, he spent ten years as a Probation Officer in the West Midlands and before that worked in Refugee Aid. He has a strong interest in economic and social research methods and has commissioned several projects with academic partners exploring the relationship between new innovative technologies and the opportunities they provide to address social problems. He is currently a member of the Economic and Social Research Council and the Birmingham Digital Board.

Michael Wilks


Dr Michael Wilks is a forensic physician working in London. He worked as a GP in London between 1977 and 1992. He chaired the BMA's Medical Ethics Committee from 1997 to 2006, and its Representative Body from 2004 to 2007. He is the immediate Past President of the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME). He is Chairman of the Trustees of the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt), a leading provider of addiction treatment in UK prisons, of BMA Charities, and of the Sick Doctors Trust.

Marlene Winfield (co-opted Member)


Formerly Director for Patients and Public in the Department of Health Informatics Directorate, Marlene is a freelance adviser on patient empowerment and information governance. She is currently working with the Royal Marsden on its end of life care programme for London, and with the Royal College of Physicians on the format of future health records. She is a trustee of the Thalidomide Trust and advises the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust on grant-making in the areas of power and responsibility. Marlene was previously Head of Policy Research and Strategy at the National Consumer Council, with particularly emphasis on data protection, freedom of information, and civil justice policy including clinical negligence. She was made an OBE in 2000 for services to civil justice reform.

Representative members:

Allied Health Professions Federation - Gareth Beatty

Gareth Beatty qualified as a Podiatrist in 1984 and has worked for the NHS ever since, in a range of posts from domestic porter and nursing auxiliary to his current role as the Clinical Governance facilitator at NHS Richmond. His first professional post was at Guy's Hospital before moving to NHS Richmond. He has been the accredited staff side representative for the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists, and is the chair for the Partnership Forum for Industrial Relations at NHS Richmond.

NHS Confederation - Frances Blunden

Frances Blunden is senior policy manager at the NHS Confederation, leading its work on informatics and information governance, regulation, system reform and a future vision for health. The NHS Confederation is the membership body for the full range of organisations that commission and provide NHS services, and is the only body to bring together and speak on behalf of the whole of the NHS. Frances has a background in policy and research in health and related areas, and was previously principal policy adviser on health issues at Which?.

British Medical Association - Tony Calland

Dr Tony Calland is a retired general practitioner who worked on the Welsh border for 34 years. He has been a non executive director of Gwent Health Authority and also Chairman of three major BMA committees including currently the Medical Ethics committee. He was part of the BMA GP team which negotiated the new GP contract in 2003. He has an interest in information governance and is involved in these matters in England and in Wales.

Academy of Medical Sciences - Paul Elliott

Paul Elliott is an experienced clinical epidemiologist who specialises in environmental, cardiovascular and molecular epidemiology investigating environmental and genetic risk factors in relation to human health. He is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine at Imperial College London and directs the MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health. He is also a Consultant in public health medicine for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has advised a number of governmental agencies in recent years including the OSCHR E-Health Board, the Defra Science Advisory Board and the HPA Sub Committee on Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards.

Royal College of Nursing - Alison Wallis

Alison Wallis was a District Nurse in Scotland for over 20 years before moving into eHealth. She has a master’s degree in health informatics and was employed as nurse adviser on clinical system deployments and for 5 years as clinical adviser within the Information Services Division of NHS Scotland. During this time she was a member of the RCN Information in Nursing Forum and served on the Steering Committee, latterly as chair. Alison joined the RCN staff in 2010 as eHealth Adviser for the UK. She sits on several committees on behalf of the RCN including the National Nursing Informatics Strategic Taskforce (England) and has been invited to join the NMAHP eHealth Clinical Change Leaders Group (Scotland).

Local Government Association - vacant

The position of Representative Member from the LGA is currently vacant following the resignation of Andrew Cozens as of April 2012.

Independent Healthcare Advisory Services - Sally Taber

Sally Taber is Director of the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services Ltd (IHAS), which maintains the only impartial network serving the operational needs of the independent healthcare industry in the UK. IHAS provides the secretariats for: the Independent Sector Complaints Adjudication Service (the only complaints management service in the independent sector); the Scottish Independent Hospitals Association; the Welsh Independent Healthcare Association; and Treatments You Can Trust (the IHAS register of Injectable Cosmetic Providers). Sally has worked in the independent sector for over 20 years and was the Director of Nursing at the Independent London Bridge Hospital. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse at the Royal Free Hospital and is also a qualified midwife. She has held senior posts at St Mary’s Hospital in London, Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, and St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth. She pioneered the role of Transplant Co-ordinator in the renal field, becoming the Secretary of the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association; she is now Chair of the British Kidney Patients Association. Sally is a member of the UK Medical Revalidation Programme Board, representing the independent sector.

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges - Iona Heath

Iona Heath worked as an inner city general practitioner at the Caversham Group Practice in Kentish Town in London from 1975 until 2010. She has been a nationally elected member of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners since 1989 and chaired the College’s Committee on Medical Ethics from 1998 to 2004 and the International Committee from 2006 to 2009. She is currently President of the Royal College of General Practitioners having been elected for a three year term from November 2009. She has been a member of the WONCA (the world organisation of family doctors) world executive since 2007.

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services – vacant

The position of Representative Member from ADASS is currently vacant following the resignation of Terry Dafter as of March 2012.

Corresponding advisors:

Medical Protection Society - Nick Clements

Dr Nick Clements has worked in the NHS for 10 years, first as a GP and then as a full time medical adviser to the Benefits Agency. Nick joined the Medical Protection Society as a Medicolegal Adviser in 1996, providing medicolegal advice and representation to the doctors from the Leeds office of MPS. He completed an LLB in 1998 and was granted Fellowship of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians in 2008. Nick currently works as the Head of Medical Services.

Strategic Health Authority Chief Information Officers Council – Tad Matus

Tad Matus is the Chief Information Officer for NHS South East Coast. In this role he is one the 10 SHA CIOs that cover the NHS in England, and is responsible for technology based innovation and the National Programme for IT across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. From a background in organisational psychology his career has centred on clinical and management decision making in the NHS, from research, consultancy and then direct management perspectives.

Ministry of Defence - Air Commodore John Gaffney

Air Commodore John Gaffney was appointed Corresponding Adviser to the NIGB from the Ministry of Defence with effect from February 2012. John Gaffney is a RAF medical officer, currently a medical manager with a background in general practice. As Inspector General he is responsible to the Surgeon General for assurance that all areas of the Defence Medical Services are performing to the required standards, with respect to clinical, business, information, research and training governance. He chairs the Defence Medical Services Audit and Governance Group and sits on the DMS Strategic Risk Assessment Panel and the Defence Medical Services Board. He has held a variety of medical staff appointments around Defence and has a special interest in health informatics, having previously worked with CfH on NHS/MOD connectivity. As a practicing GP he served in several RAF primary care roles in the UK and overseas, including three tours as Senior Medical Officer with eight years as a GP trainer. He has undertaken operational tours in the Balkans and the Gulf and has visited most operational theatres.

General Medical Council - Jane O'Brien

Jane joined the GMC in 1990, becoming head of the Standards & Ethics team in 1995, and Assistant Director in the Standards & Fitness to Practise Directorate in 2006. Jane is responsible for the development of GMC policy and guidance on standards of professional conduct and medical ethics and she has worked on a number of publications for the GMC. Other key areas of focus include professional standards on consent, confidentiality and withholding and withdrawing life-prolonging treatment.

Royal College of Midwives - Jeanne Tarrant

Jeanne Tarrant qualified as a nurse in 1990 and then as a midwife in 1993. Jeanne worked at University College London Hospitals where she was talent spotted by the Royal College of Midwives. She was seconded to the RCM in 2001 as a part time trade union officer/professional advisor while still working at UCLH. In early 2008, Jeanne joined the RCM full time as a team manager for the North of England region. She sits on several committees on behalf of the College: the National Advisory Group for Connecting for Health, the National Nursing Informatics Advisory Group, and the National Information Governance Board.

Regular observers:

Information Commissioner's Office - David Evans

David Evans is a Senior Policy Officer in Strategic Liaison at the Information Commissioner's Office.

NHS Scotland - vacant

The position of Observer from NHS Scotland is currently vacant following the departure of Kim Kingan as of January 2012.

Wales Information Governance Board (WIGB) - rotating

WIGB send different representatives to every NIGB meeting.

Department for Education – Emma Ireson

Emma Ireson is head of information services at the Department for Education and became Observer to the NIGB from September 2012 following the departure of Paul Bailey from the Department.