Topics: Education
Social Change
Science and Technology
Regional focus: Global
Origin: United Kingdom
Fellowship: Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow

Shera Chok is the Chair and Founder of the  Shuri Network, the first national NHS network for women from minority ethnic groups in health technology and data. She has 30 years’ experience as a doctor in the NHS and has led programmes to improve patient safety, diversity and innovation, as well as enabling women from under-represented ethnic groups to lead and engage with digital transformation.

As a senior clinical leader in the NHS, she has served on boards of NHS organisations since 1998, most recently as the Chief Medical Officer and executive lead for clinical governance at NHS Digital. She provided clinical, strategic and digital expertise to national programmes including the Covid vaccination and testing programmes, therapeutics, the NHS App, cybersecurity and digital products used by millions of people to access information, health services and live healthier lives. She is a member of the national digital workforce board for the NHS.

From 2013-2019, Shera advised ministers as a member of the NHS Independent Reconfiguration Panel and has also developed and implemented national health policy as an advisor on new models of care and Integrated Care Systems with NHS England.  She is a member of the Sciana Network for European health leaders and is also a national Data and Digital advisor at the NHS Race and Health Observatory.

Shera has volunteered as a clinician in Sudan, Laos, Indonesia and Greece with NGOs working in war and disaster zones. She studied at the Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard School of Public Health, focusing on quality improvement, community engagement and leading change. She holds an M.B.A., M.A. in Inter-professional Education and was awarded the Sir Edgar Williams Fellowship from the Nuffield Trust in 2000.

Last updated: 2023