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Dr John Lee Allen

Public governor

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I was elected as a Public Governor in July 2021.

In my role as Managing Partner of RYSE Asset Management – healthcare, technology, and impact investor – I am deepening relationships with academic and industry partners to improve the delivery of healthcare globally.

As an NHS physician, audiology specialist, research scientist, and technology entrepreneur, I stood for election because I bring the worlds of clinical care, academic innovation, industry together to overcome some of our most significant healthcare challenges.

My relationship with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is linking the Trust to the population it serves – supporting healthcare innovators at CUH and Cambridge University with digital care delivery during the pandemic – and as a national NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow and Mentor.

I’m engaged in the mindful use of technology to improve health and care globally – I developed an implantable medical device as a PhD student at Oxford University, took a leading role at Specsavers to support their expansion into hearing care, and have held roles at the World Health Organization, National University Hospital Singapore, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Harvard University.

My commitment to the NHS and local community stems from my experience as a patient and role as a physician at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I worked with Dame Fiona Caldicott – in her role as OUH Chair and as National Data Guardian – I am committed to continuing her legacy to create highly personalised and patient-centred care.