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Our team

Our staff members are chosen for their specific skills and experience, many with clinical backgrounds; others have worked for health departments within Member countries and have built strong, valuable networks.

SNOMED International is staffed by a multinational, highly qualified, multidisciplinary and global workforce. They have a deep understanding of how clinical terminology is used within these environments.

Those staff involved with applications, architecture and delivery have a wide variety of technical and project management skills between them, and are fully conversant with the latest technologies. Our administrative teams proactively support the organization and are made up of high calibre individuals with years of experience in their respective fields of expertise.


Our leadership team

Don Sweete

Don Sweete

Chief Executive Officer

Kelly Kuru

Kelly Kuru

Chief Communications & Collaborations Officer

Jim Case

Jim Case

Chief Terminologist

Shelley Lipon

Shelley Lipon

Chief Operating Officer

Rory Davidson

Rory Davidson

Chief Digital Information Officer

Our culture


SNOMED International isn’t your “normal” 9-5 organization. With highly qualified and driven staff spread across the globe, we all work independently and from home in a global community where our colleagues might be several time zones apart. This means that any time of day, and any day of the week, someone, somewhere is working hard to ensure that SNOMED International delivers on its promises to Members, users, and staff. 

One might imagine that having a completely distributed workforce might be overly challenging when it comes to creating a cohesive and collaborative culture. However, we believe we have found the right path - one in which we infuse a high degree of flexibility and autonomy into all that we do, enabling our working lives and our personal lives to happily coexist, and resulting in a happy and fulfilled team.

Life is not a round of endless meetings; staff have time to concentrate in peace, or in as much peace as they choose. Teams connect via video conferencing and various chat apps; we hold annual meetings and events where staff convene to spend time learning what’s new in one anothers’ worlds and strengthening our connections across the organization and the Community of Practice. Through these activities bring the important work that we do every day into reality.

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Diversity, equity and inclusion


SNOMED International believes that diversity enriches the organization. It does so through exposure to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and discover, design and deliver solutions.

We also strive to foster an environment where everyone feels respected, valued and empowered through:

  • The acceptance and encouragement of different and unique identities, characteristics, experiences and perspectives.

  • Supporting employees’ professional aspirations and successes through ongoing and individualized assessments of needs and aspirations, providing appropriate resources and growth opportunities.

  • Fostering a welcoming culture in which differences are celebrated and everyone is valued, respected, and able to reach their full potential.

  • Engaging with Members and other stakeholders to integrate inclusive content in SNOMED CT.


The organization embraces the unique experiences, perspectives and cultural backgrounds that each employee brings to their work.



Explore our many resources for SNOMED CT stakeholders



Annual Business Meetings, Expo, and SNOMED CT Web Series


SNOMED CT Expo 2024

The SNOMED CT Expo unites clinical terminology SMEs from around the world


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