Our Executive Team is built on the experience of a wide range of individuals with experience within a wide range of sectors and organisations. This team is currently made up of:
Ricky Richardson is a general paediatrician with a special clinical interest in children with specific learning and behavioural difficulties. Most of his paediatric career has been based at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) in London, but a considerable period of time has been spent overseas. He is Senior Consultant Paediatrician and Medical Director of The Child and Family Practice at 60 Bloomsbury Street, London and Consultant Paediatrician to The Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in Windsor, Berkshire. Ricky is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine. He was appointed as Visiting Professor in eHealth to Imperial College, London in February 2004, and his appointment was renewed in February 2014. Ricky is also an internationally acknowledged authority on the emerging fields of ehealth and telemedicine. He lectures frequently on the subject and his opinions and views have been sought by various media outlets worldwide.
Jim Traficant has over 25 years of executive and operational leadership experience in government, commercial and international markets. He is a Managing Director at Accenture serving government and commercial healthcare, and the president of ASM Research, an Accenture Federal Services business. Jim previously served as President of Harris Healthcare Solutions where he built a business from scratch, growing it to $200 million spanning six countries in five years. Jim’s industry experience includes aerospace and defence, and IT services and healthcare. His personal experience as a two-time liver transplant survivor drives his passion for transforming healthcare. He was awarded Federal Computer Week’s 22nd Annual “Federal 100” which honors the top executives who have had the greatest impact on the U.S. government information systems community. He was also featured in Gary Shapiro’s New York Times bestselling book, “The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream,” for his compelling healthcare story and innovative solutions for healthcare transformation. In addition to his work with the Global eHealth Foundation, Jim is a member of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Geneva College and MBA from George Washington University.
Mike McCurry has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare technology working in government, the National Health Service and commercial organisations in the UK and overseas, particularly across Africa and Asia. He has worked directly on managing healthcare projects and advising ehealth business development. He has been involved with the Foundation since 2010 when he took on the role of Operations Manager. Mike is also a Trustee of Child Rescue Nepal, a charity based in Nepal which rescues trafficked children and engages in anti-trafficking work.
Head of Strategy
Catherine Ainsworth has been working in the field of international development and health for the past 8 years, her career began at the United Nations and since then she has focused on the delivery of primary and secondary health care in West and Central Africa. Prior to joining the Global eHealth Foundation Catherine led the development of a digital grant making system and is passionate about harnessing the potential of technology for global eHealth initiatives. Catherine holds an MSc in International Relations from Loughborough University and speaks fluent French after spending a year in the Central African Republic.