Women in Tech, Katherine and Douglas, Joint Call to Action

Douglas is a mental health nurse who is passionately driven to introduce innovative technologies to the hands of healthcare professionals, that support patient empowerment, and user experience whilst improving health outcomes for citizens.
With a strong background in broadcasting and communicating and engineering, Douglas is a CCIO and digital influencer who has implemented large-scale IT Transformation projects within the Health and Social Care sector for the NHS and private software companies.
His passion for patient empowerment has resulted in a chapter on Collaboration between patients and carers being published in Mental Health & Psychiatry 3rd Edition which is used to train nurses on care planning. He also is an honorary lecturer at Kingston University delivers the Recovery focused Care planning module to pre-registration nurses and RCN Expert Representative for IT & Digital Development.

To male colleagues to listen and be a source of hope of inspiration as well. , don’t be afraid to ask difficult questions, as a son and father of two daughters raised by my mother, and three sisters. I value women and 50% of the population are women, we can only do this together in unison there is no leadership if it doesn’t address that balance, you will be fooling yourself. if you think there is such a thing. As leaders in political organisations you need to level up your representation across the board. If people, young girls cannot see themselves in positions of power across the board from sports to entertainment to governmental divisions they might decide they are not good enough which is not the case.

Katherine Church:
With 25 yrs in digital from start-ups to designing and delivering major digital transformations across sectors, Katherine is passionate about the ability of tech to transform lives and outcomes. As the CDO for Surrey Heartlands ICS through Covid, she has seen that the NHS can change and adapt but is slow and siloed. As an independent digital strategist, she is committed to making change happen, at pace and has devoted her career to supporting and enabling women in the workplace. A mentor, speaker, NED, and activist, Katherine will not rest until digital works for all is no longer male, pale, and grey.

Call to Action:
To Dame Lesley Regan, who’s the new Women’s Health Ambassador,
so reach out or we’re reaching out to you Dame Lesley, we’re reaching out to you to continue this conversation. The strategy was a good start. We are here and we would like to help you with the implementation. But I think it’s about purpose and focus, and I think it’s about making a deliberate decision to have some really strong policy outcomes, policy outcomes around women’s tech, and policy outcomes. And I’m going to go even further and this is my call to action about positively investing in female founders.

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