Invest in Health Panelists


João Bocas

João is a Wearables Expert, Top 100 Global Digital Health Influencer & Keynote Speaker.

As a thought leader in wearables, IoT, digital health and healthcare innovation, João explores the intersection of technology in modelling business models and shaping consumer behaviour. Also he analyses the impact of disruptive innovations and shares future trends in the marketplace. He possesses more than 20 years of hands-on experience in professional sport and corporate environments working with senior management, boards and executive teams. He has worked in Healthcare, Financial Services, Media, Sport, Third and Public Sector organisations.


Dr. Michelle Tempest


Dr Michelle Tempest is a Partner at Candesic, a bespoke health and social care management consultancy. Michelle has led multiple projects reviewing market opportunities for public and private sectors to develop beneficial partnerships. She has delivered strategy projects for NHS Trusts (acute, community and psychiatry), Private Patient Units (PPUs), Private Hospitals, Specialist Hospitals, Community Providers, Care Home and Care at Home. She has also delivered strategy projects for the government on ‘new ways of working’ and has an expert interest in future ways of working, including medical technology.
Michelle worked as an NHS liaison psychiatrist for over a decade and continues to lecture in 'medical ethics and law' at Cambridge University.


Dr. Ruth McKernan CBE

Innovate UK

Dr. Ruth McKernan CBE joined Innovate UK as Chief Executive in May 2015. Ruth has 25 years of research and commercial experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including heading up research units in the UK and the US. She is a member of the Science, Industry and Translation Committee of the Royal Society and was a Council Member for the Medical Research Council for 5 years. Ruth’s previous roles include Senior Vice President at Pfizer and Head of the Merck Neuroscience Research Centre.


Parker Moss

Virgin Care

Parker is a technology strategist and executive director at Virgin Care – which provides NHS services throughout the country in the community sector.  Formerly in the telecom and technology infrastructure sector, Parker was most recently Global Vice President of Wireless Strategy and Marketing at Alcatel Lucent.  Parker turned his focus to health IT when his 4 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and he took a role leading Great Ormond Street digital transformation strategy. Parker has a fresh perspective on the technology and information challenges in healthcare from an acute trust, community provider and a patient perspective.


Carole Spencer

Innovation Agency - Transformation Director

Carole Spencer leads on our strategy for the spread and adoption of innovations. She works with the Lancashire and South Cumbria STP and the Cheshire and Merseyside STP to support them with priority workstreams to ensure that innovative products, practices and services are known to NHS partners and introduced for patient benefit. She works with colleagues across the AHSN Network to ensure effective knowledge exchange. Carole started her career in the banking and finance sector, working in the City of London as a commercial analyst before moving into a management consultancy. She has more than 20 years of NHS experience, with provider trusts, commissioners and in regional and regulatory roles. She has significant experience in the planning and management of large scale change as Strategic Development Director of several large acute NHS providers across the North West, and is committed to the development of collaborative systems strategies within the NHS. Carole was instrumental in establishing pathfinder hospital groups in Manchester and in Lancashire and in the development of a single pathology service for Lancashire and South Cumbria.


Brian O'Connor

Brian O’Connor was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and has developed his career as a consultant, manager and/or investor in both private and public companies. Brian has worked in the UK, the US and lived in Hong Kong for eleven years. He has gained vast experience as a company director in a variety of industries and professions, and has raised significant sums for companies through both private equity structures and stock exchange listings. Through his long established consultancy company, Corporate Direction Ltd, he is currently providing strategic advice to Governments, International organisations and companies on the challenges facing healthcare in general and specifically on the Connected Health opportunity.

Healthcare experience
Brian has founded a number of companies in the healthcare services area in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong. He therefore has experience of the public and private health care systems in a number of countries and also an understanding of the often difficult balance between delivering care and making profit. He believes that overcoming the cultural and other barriers within healthcare is an interesting if sometimes frustrating challenge, but worthwhile if it leads to better patient care.

Brian is Chair of the European Connected Health Alliance organisation the rapidly expanding not for profit membership organisation.

It has created an International Network of Permanent Connected Health Ecosystems throughout Europe, to provide sustainable and structured opportunities for industry, academia and health and care providers and payers to meet and provide solutions to specific problems.



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