Judges Profiles

The judges for the 2019 ITEC Awards have been specially selected based on their experience and knowledge of TEC and their profile within the care and support sector. The judges take time out of their busy schedules to read and comment on all submissions for each award category. They score each submission in order to create a shortlist of finalists for each category as well as the overall winner. TSA would like to thank the judges for the time and effort they give in supporting the ITEC Awards.

View the judges profiles below

The judges for the 2019 ITEC Awards are:

Professor George Crooks OBE, CEO, Digital Health & Care Institute

Alan Davies, Director of Digital Health / Chair of the Digital Expert Group, Innovation Agency

Alyson Scurfield, Chief Executive, TSA

Madeleiane Starr MBE, Director of Business Development & Innovation, Carers UK

Professor Jonathan Wallace, Professor of Innovation, University of Ulster

Professor George Crooks OBE, CEO, Digital Health & Care Institute

Professor George Crooks is currently the Chief Executive of the Digital Health and Care Institute, Scotland’s national innovation centre for digital health and care. He leads an organisation that is tasked with delivering innovation in digital health and care that will help Scotland’s people to live longer, healthier lives and create new jobs for the economy. DHI provides opportunities for Scotland’s public sector, academia, charities and industry to co-design digital solutions to some of the country’s biggest health and care challenges working with patients, service users and their families.

He was previously the Medical Director for NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare. George was a General Medical Practitioner for 23 years in Aberdeen latterly combining that role as Director of Primary Care for Grampian. George is on the Board of the European Connected Health Alliance. He is currently a Board member and past president of the European Health Telematics Association. He is also an adjunct Professor of Telehealth at the University of Southern Denmark.

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.

Alan Davies, Director of Digital Health / Chair of the Digital Expert Group, Innovation Agency

As well as chairing the Innovation Agency Digital Expert Group and being the exec board member responsible for Digital.

Alan co-leads the AHSN Network Digital & AI INN. He is a member of the national NHS multi-agency Empower the Person Steering Group. Alan is also a member of both the Cheshire & Merseyside STP Digital Programme Revolutionary Board, the C&M STP CIAG, Lancashire & S. Cumbria Healthy Lancashire Digital Board and the Pennine Lancashire Digital Health Board.

The Digital team work closely with National programme leads (NHS E/D & I), STP programme leads, local GDE trusts, Local Authorities, leading teaching universities, 3rd sector charities, large and small industry medtech and pharma organisations and the public to support the delivery and accelerate the pace of change of digital enabled transformation of health and care.

Alyson Scurfield, Chief Executive, TSA

Alyson Scurfield is a proven entrepreneurial, visionary leader of service transformation, service delivery and business development in the digital health and care sector and is currently the Chief Executive for the TEC Services Association (TSA) and subsidiary TEC Quality.

Alyson has held a number of key leadership positions, focusing on driving standards and quality improvement both via TSA involvement in policy development and in setting sector service quality benchmarks in the UK and across Europe with TEC Quality and UKAS. Alyson is a trustee of the International Longevity Centre, the UK’s specialist think tank on the impact of longevity on Society.

Alyson has led strategic development, implementation and risk management of the TSA’s aspirational vision to grow the Industry at scale, whilst simultaneously focusing on improvement of individual wellbeing by putting people, their families and carers at the heart of care solutions.

Passionate about how the use of technology can transform care, Alyson is leading the TSA to play a key role in driving innovation to achieve integration of health, housing and social care, while actively campaigning for solutions to be consistent, irrespective of people’s health, ability to pay or location.

Madeleiane Starr MBE, Director of Business Development & Innovation, Carers UK

Madeleine Starr is Director of Business Development and Innovation at Carers UK, a not-for-profit organisation with over 50 years’ experience of working to improve the lives of unpaid carers, through campaigning and lobbying at local, national and international level and providing information, advocacy and consultancy services.

Madeleine joined Carers UK in 2000 to lead its work on carers and employment.

In 2009 she was recognised as a Working Families Pioneer for ‘her sustained and successful campaigning for carers’ employment rights’ and for her influence in establishing the Employers for Carers membership forum, launched in 2009.

She is currently leading Carers UK’s work on digital innovation in health, care and the third sector.

Madeleine was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to employment.

Professor Jonathan Wallace, Professor of Innovation, University of Ulster

Professor Jonathan Wallace is Professor of Innovation at Ulster University. His excellence in both Knowledge & Technology Transfer and lecturing has been recognised by a Distinguished Business Fellowship and Distinguished Teaching Fellowship.

Jonathan has a significant track record in the field of Digital Health and is recognised as an innovator in the co-creation of user-centred Digital Health product and service solutions. He is a founder member of the TRAIL Living Lab based at the Ulster University as well as the BCS Health NI Special Interest Group.

He currently has a leading role in a number of regional, national and international Digital Health research projects where he is particularly applying his expertise in Co-creation, UX & Usability Engineering, Data Science and Business Model Development. Jonathan leads the Ulster academic team which successfully completed Phase Zero for the EC-funded H2020 MAGIC PCP Project for Stroke Rehabilitation and he is also Dissemination and Exploitation Workpackage Leader and Chair of the Policy Board for the EC-funded H2020 MIDAS Project for ‘Big Data Supporting Public Health Policies’.

The ‘engage’ service solution which Jonathan has led the development and commercialisation of, has been significantly used as a real-time stakeholder engagement tool to gain strategic consensus across government, industry and academia including for the HSC NI Workforce Strategy 2017 to  2026; all the sub-specialisms for the AHP Workforce Strategy following on from that and most recently engagements with over 100 People Living with Dementia and their Carers for PPI Stakeholder engagement as part of a project funded under the Data Analytics Research User Group from the HSC in Northern Ireland.

With over 79 peer-reviewed publications, Jonathan lectures on the University’s innovative M.Sc. in Digital Media Communications as well as their undergraduate Computing degrees.