Who we are

Mission statement

The Digital Healthcare Council is the go-to voice for digital healthcare, working
to influence developments in policy and regulation.

We believe that digital solutions have the potential to transform the quality, experience and access of patient care. That’s why we’re calling for digital provision to be seen alongside face-to-face services as part of the package of modern healthcare.

Our aim is to create a vibrant digital healthcare ecosystem that works for patients


We promote a greater understanding of digital healthcare to build an optimal operating environment that is fit for today’s healthcare challenges and into the future. To do that, we focus on three broad areas:

  1. Influence – informing the rules that shape the digital health environment
  2. Vision and insight – explaining how digital healthcare can benefit patients, the public and the economy
  3. Connection – bringing organisations together to support a digitally-enabled healthcare ecosystem

Our team

Catherine Davies


Catherine has held senior regulatory positions in the health sector in England for almost a decade. She started her career as a corporate lawyer, then moved to the UK Competition Commission, then into health where she held executive roles in regulators and consultancies and was seconded into the NHS. Her career focuses extensively on understanding markets and making them work well for consumers.

Most recently, Catherine has been working with a wide range of innovative companies at various stages, advising them on how to partner with the NHS at scale as well as advocating for an environment that is conducive to scaling innovation in a publicly funded healthcare system. 

Achievements and expertise include:

· Being involved in every NHS provider merger between 2009 and 2017
· Running a number of complex regulatory investigations into the commissioning and supply of NHS-funded services
· Helping more than 100 innovative companies connect with the NHS
· Hosting the Women in Healthtech Show podcast
· Board member of Reform, the leading Westminster think tank

Ed Grunill

Operations Manager

Ed is the Operations Manager of the DHC, who runs day-to-day management of the DHC alongside strategic work, focussing on communications and member engagement.

Before joining the DHC Ed has worked in leading UK charities, from responsible for the creation and delivery of communications strategies, liaising with national media for high-profile announcements and developing multi-faceted campaigns that drive narratives.Ed’s experience  gives him insight into the health landscape and he is passionate about campaigns that are strategic and help deliver positive change for patients and hardworking healthcare professionals.

Zoe Bedford

Chief Executive at ZPB Associates and advisor to the DHC

Zoe set up ZPB in August 2009 to start to build an environment where the NHS, independent sector, life sciences and third sector can have better connected and more productive partnerships.

From data and tech firms, to pharma, med tech and organisations who care for patients across acute, community and primary care, Zoe and her team help position and steer organisations through the health and care system. With a background in data and insight, Zoe is passionate about the use of data and transparency as the basis for change, improvement, and better working practices within the health and care system.

Alongside overseeing the DHC’s agenda and activity, Zoe sits on the UK Board of the global business network the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO), and is Trustee of the public health charity C3 Collaborating for Health, which works globally to improve lifestyle factors that drive the rise in non-communicable diseases.

Carolyn Watson

Digital Communications Manager

Carolyn is the DHC’s Digital Communications Manager alongside her role at ZPB Associates. She assists with the smooth running of the day-to day business of the council. She is also responsible for managing the DHC’s social media channels and website and creating digital content.

Contact us

Please get in touch via contact@digitalhealthcarecouncil.com or call 020 7018 1124.

For more information about becoming a member of the DHC, click here.