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Dr Neil Bacon

CEO, iWantGreatCareNeil Bacon Digital Health Expert in Residence

Neil Bacon is an Oxford and Harvard trained nephrologist with a clinical and academic career spanning 18 years. He revolutionised the UK medical community in 1998 when he founded the multi-award winning, growing it to become the world’s largest online professional medical network. His vision and pioneering work in harnessing the power of the internet to change the way in which the UK medical profession learns, communicates and collaborates – and the contribution this has made to healthcare for patients – was recognised when he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London.

After 12 years leading the business he successfully exited to launch iWantGreatCare, an open, independent service allowing public and patients to rate and review their health care experience. Giving patients and the public unprecedented power to give feedback to improve the care they receive, the company has continued to attract high-profile media-coverage, as it breaks down conventional thinking and challenges professional preconceptions about healthcare.

iWGC now captures patient experience and outcomes in thousands of locations across 23 countries, using advanced data analytics and real-time alerting to enable organisations to drive up quality, improve safety, reduce risk and deliver better outcomes for all their patients. The service has been proven to improve morale and increase engagement of doctors and other healthcare professionals, with thousands of doctors, dentists and nurses being "rated and reviewed" every day on iWantGreatCare.

Through Dr Bacon's political awareness, public speaking and advisory roles he has supported the drive for the patient voice to be a central measure of quality and a transformational focus of quality improvement in health and social care. 

Stefania Marcoli

Principal Director, Design for Healthcare, Frog Design Stefania Marcoli Digital Health Expert in Residence

Stefania leads Healthcare projects at the global design firm Frog Design. She brings over 15 years experience in Human Centred Design and Strategic Thinking to the role, and her knowledge spans from connected care solutions to medical equipment, from understanding communities’ needs in low income settings to digital transformation.

Stefania is passionate about shaping solutions designed for and with the patient. She believes that Human Centred Design can help in fostering a value-based approach to care while also enabling innovation. 

June Thomson

European Healthcare Business Development Director, IBMJune Thomson big circle

Healthcare in Europe is at an exciting stage in its adoption of technology to deliver real benefits to the patient and enhance the patient experience. June’s mission is to enable healthcare providers to deliver successful outcomes and improve efficiency through transformation with technology.

June has worked for IBM for over 20 years in a variety of roles. After a stint in engineering in Greenock Manufacturing followed by product development at Hursley Development Lab, June transferred to a Public Sector Sales Role in 1996 and during the next nine years was the Client Relationship Executive for a variety of IBM Government customers including the CAA, RMG and the NHS. She was also the Global Client Relationship Executive for GSK between 2000 and 2002.

June originates from Glasgow  and since joining IBM has been actively involved in external programmes which promote Science, Engineering and Technology as potential career options for girls.  June is a member of IBM UK Women’s Leadership Team responsible for the development and execution of the gender diversity agenda for IBM in the UK.

David Cole

Senior Sales Consultant IBM Watson and Co-Founder Thinking of OscarDavid Cole IBM

David is a social entrepreneur and technologist with a passion for innovation in paediatric healthcare.  His career with IMB has spanned over 18 years, and he has spent the last 2 working within IBM’s artificial intelligence arm, Watson.  David’s current role is to help organisations understand, embrace and ultimately utilise IBM Watson’s cognitive technology.  

David is a regular public speaker on artificial intelligence and paediatric healthcare, with recent engagements at the Oxford Union, Imperial College Business School, Oxford University and for The Economist at UCL.  David is an avid reader and follows the tech and start-up world closely. He is passionate about entrepreneurism, especially in Oxford, and currently advises and mentors individuals and start-ups.

Outside of IBM, David runs a children’s charity, Thinking of Oscar, which supports children and their families in hospital care through funding innovative technology. Thinking of Oscar has raised over £160,000 (correct as of March 2017) in just over 2 years, and David and his wife Hannah work closely with the Oxford Children’s hospital and other UK hospitals to identify projects where they can make a difference.  David continues to work to promote innovation and collaboration between the Oxford Children’s Hospital and Oxford University.

David is also a member of The International Society for Pediatric Innovation (ISPI) which has been formed to address the unmet needs of an open global network, and enables unique opportunities for paediatric leaders to be at the cutting edge of technological innovations.  His ultimate goal is to see artificial intelligence technologies, such as Watson, pervasively used in paediatric healthcare to assist with diagnostics and help to save lives.


Neil, Stefania, June and David will be part of the Digital Health Experts In Residence scheme, run by TheHill and Digital Health Oxford, which will involve one-to-one meetings, open-door seminars and panel discussions over a series of events. For more details please contact Martin Kerr (