The Apperta Foundation is a not-for-profit, non-dividend paying community interest company founded by health professionals in 2015 to improve technology in health and social care. We bring open products and services to market that truly transform the delivery of care for clinicians and patients.

We have been commissioned by NHS England to support the delivery of the Code4Health initiative to give patients, carers and care professionals knowledge and tools to help them understand, use and design digital systems to deliver safe, effective and compassionate care.

Our founding members and directors are all highly experienced health professionals with a passion for how digital technology and the open agenda can transform work for their colleagues and improve outcomes for their patients. 

Bill Aylward, Consultant Opthamologist (Founder and Director)

Bill is the current chair of the Apperta Board of Directors. As well as being a consultant ophthalmic surgeon, Bill has also served as CCIO and medical director of Moorfields Eye Hospital. He is a knowledgeable and passionate advocate for digital technology and the benefits of open source and open standards within health and care.

Phil Koczan, GP Partner and Chief Clinical Information Officer (Founder and Director)

Phil has been a GP Partner for over twenty years, and a Chief Clinical Information Officer for five of those. As a member of the Royal College of GPs Health Informatics Group, he has a long-standing interest in the uses of information and technology to integrate and transform patient care.

Joe McDonald, Consultant Psychiatrist and Chair of CCIO Leaders Network (Founder and Director)

A practising Consultant Psychiatrist for over twenty years, the UK's most widely read Health IT columnist, and now both Director of Connected Health Cities and Chair of the national CCIO Network, Joe has acted as Caldicott Guardian, Clinical Safety Officer, an NHS Trust Medical Director and National Clinical Lead for IT. This formidable experience in the health sector has given him a deep understanding of how technology can bring improvements to both clinicians and patients.

Becky Wassall, Community Dentist & Clinical Academic (Director)

Becky is a practising community dentist as well as a Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University. Her growing frustrations with proprietary software led her to pitch at an NHS Hack Day. Since then she has been an enthusiastic supporter of open source solutions and the improvements that can be made when clinicians and developers work together.

Peter Coates (NHS Digital Nominated Director)

Peter is passionate about making improvements for patients and clinicians through better use of IT, he is the NHS Digital nominated Director on the Apperta Board to provide national strategic insight