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Want to join techUK’s Health and Social Care Council? Nominations are now open!

Are you an industry leader in digital health and social care? Feel like you can share your knowledge and experience to help shape techUK’s work? If so, we want to hear from you! 

Nominations are now open for techUK members to join the techUK Health and Social Care Council and will close on 8 November.  

techUK's Health & Social Care Council is the leadership body that works with the Health & Social Care Team to:

  1. Help set the strategic direction for the Programme.
  2. Bring focus to our health policy work and act as the first port of call for engagement with high-profile stakeholders.
  3. Represent the interests of the broader membership.

This is an excellent opportunity to help shape the Health & Social Care Programme and be part of a platform for both thought leadership and driving forward valuable relationships with key stakeholders – working with the wider tech industry to transform the sector.

This year we have 7 seats up for election. Due to the standardisation of Council and Committees across techUK, those elected this year will hold their seat for one year, with the whole council then standing for election at the same time in 2024.

If this sounds interesting and you would like to apply, please read through the Terms of Reference and submit your nomination using the form by COP on the 8 November. Following this we’ll then open the nominations for the wider membership to elect their Council representatives.

Please note, members must be able to commit to attending and actively participating in the Health & Social Care activities as set out in the ToR before a nomination is accepted.

techUK is committed to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion across our leadership bodies, and encourage members to put forward diverse representatives that will bring a range of views and experiences to the Council. 

Why get involved?

Through the council meetings and industry events we have moved to a better dialogue and collaborative working with our public sector colleagues. Now we will build on this, getting involved earlier in creating the solutions to the challenges the Health and Care Sector face as well as influencing policy to help develop an even stronger UK Health Tech Sector.

Andreas Haimböck-Tichy – Chair, MD


In my role as Vice-Chair of the Council I have the opportunity to speak out about the value of digital health and lobby policy makers about the importance of setting up the building blocks of a digital health system. techUK has a pivotal role in enabling the next phase of this work across the NHS.

Liz Ashall-Payne – Vice-Chair, CEO


As a Council we are a close partner to the NHS, giving advice and acting as an open channel to industry for discussion and cooperation. I am also passionate about the work we do to help companies of all sizes perform at their best and highlight their value to customers.

Shane Tickell – Vice-Chair, CEO

Temple Black


Key dates for the upcoming elections:

  • 27 October: Nominations open.
  • 8 November: Nominations close.
  • 10 November: Elections open.
  • 24 November: Elections close.
  • 28 November Election results announced.
  • December: Elections for the Chair and Vice-Chair will open.

Please note: elections for Chair and Vice-Chairs will be held after the main Council elections.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss what it means to be a member of the Health & Social Care Council, please do contact one of the Health & Social Care team below.

Alex Lawrence

Alex Lawrence

Head of Health and Social Care, techUK

Alex joined techUK in July 2021 as Programme Manager for Health and Social Care. Since July 2023 Alex has led the Programme. 

Alex formerly worked at Portland Communications, joining as part of their 2019 Graduate Scheme intake. In March 2020 she joined Portland’s Health team, supporting a range of clients in the life sciences industry across both public affairs and strategic communications.

Alex has a degree in History from the University of Cambridge, focussing on Early Modern Europe and material culture. Outside of work she enjoys reading, finding new places to eat, and running.

[email protected]
07963 501 791

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Robert Walker

Robert Walker

Programme Manager, Health and Social Care, techUK

Robert joined techUK in October 2022, where he is now Programme Manager for Health and Social Care.

Robert previously worked at the Pension Protection Fund, within the policy and public affairs team. Prior to this, he worked at the Scottish Parliament, advising politicians and industry stakeholders on a wide range of issues, including rural crime and health policies.

Robert has a degree in Politics and International Relations (MA Hons) from the University of Aberdeen, with a particular focus on strategic studies and energy security. Outside of work he enjoys activities such as running, rugby, boxing and cooking!

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Clara Hewitt

Clara Hewitt

Programme Manager, Health and Social Care, techUK

Clara joined techUK in October 2023. She brings experience across a range of domestic and global health issues, with particular focus on digital health, HIV/AIDS and climate change and health.

Clara holds an MSc in Global Health and Development (University College London) and a BSc in Psychology (University of Birmingham).

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