Chief Executive Officer
Mike Denis comes with over 30 years’ experience in leading NHS digital and informatics programmes. In his previous roles, Mike served as Director of Information Strategy at Oxford Academic Health Sciences Centre and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Mike initiated and led the UK-CRIS programme for the National Institute for Health Research. He is also a digital advisor for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.
Chief Operations Officer
David Newton brings deep Information Governance expertise and valuable experience in working with NHS Mental Health Trusts. He built the Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) Programme and delivered the CRIS system to 12 Mental Health NHS trusts across the UK. David has also held a number of Data Protection and Information Governance leadership roles and spent over ten years working in clinical, academic and senior management roles within the NHS.
Professor Sir Simon Lovestone
Founding Director / Medical Advisor
Previously senior academic leadership roles at Maudsley, King’s Health Partners and University of Oxford. 9 Years Academic Lead UK-CRIS MD, PhD Psychiatrist and Neurologist. Currently Lead for Neurodegeneration at Johnson and Johnson
Head of Data Engineering
Andrew designs and oversees the infrastructure of the Akrivia Health data platform. He is an expert in Data Architecture and Engineering.
He joined the company in February 2020. In the past, he worked with big data platforms for Business Intelligence and Data Science, most recently in Gaming & FinTech.
When he is not a data engineer, he likes playing rugby, hockey and fencing. Sailing around the world is one of Andrew’s life goals.
Junior Dev-Ops Engineer
Avinash helps manage our web infrastructure, as well as supporting our research and AI teams in doing their cutting edge work. He spent his university placement year, working as a Dev-Ops engineer within Thales’s AVS department, and holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Oxford Brookes university.
When not working, he enjoys playing board games, reading graphic novels and has a passion for history.
Head of Research
“Top-of-mind satisfaction when it comes to Akrivia: Working with a bunch of really smart and nice people to do great things together.”
Ben has always been interested in mental health and the intersection of the social and economic factors that impact it. Ben’s academic background is in Experimental Psychology, completing his BA and MSc at the University of Oxford, where he went on to specialise in the social psychology of intergroup relations for his PhD and post-doctoral research.
His research interests are social determination of health, health inequalities, poverty, welfare & benefits.
Technical Project Manager
“Satisfaction comes when we do what we enjoy and knowing others get to benefit from what we have done.”
David’s interest around Machine Learning and AI guided him to a Technical Project Manager role at Akrivia. Being able to work in AI and Security, front-end, and data pipeline, especially in the area of mental health research is rewarding, he says. He loves being hands on and making things happen.
His previous work has been varied covering private sector, government and in recent years gravitated around Project Management within NHS. He holds a General Education in Business Finance and Prince 2.
He enjoys listening to podcasts around programming and innovation, playing sport, particularly Tennis.
AI & Applied Research
“In order to appreciate your growth, you should look back to what you have achieved so far.”
Gloria designs the model schema used to train the neural network model and helps in data visualization for research and consultancy. She holds a MSc in Health Data Science at UCL and, prior to Akrivia, she worked as a Biomedical scientist at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
Gloria loves the whole start-up vibe. Being part of a growing team, with the possibility to explore different areas; she finds it exciting because of the many projects going on. She loves being able to shape her role in what she wants to become.
“Enjoy the adventure in every stage, grab it with both hands”
Oluwatamilore has recently completed her PhD at Nottingham Trent University exploring RNNs for effective time-series processing. She completed her BSc in Financial Mathematics at the University of Leicester. She has an avid interest in machine learning applications for clinical and social advancements.
She likes squash, singing and playing the guitar.
Head of Marketing
Tina has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, working with global organisations such as Becton Dickinson, and KCI Medical. For the last 10 years her focus has been on Digital Health SaaS, where she has helped expand SMEs. More recently, Tina independently built and managed the Visiba Care organisation in the UK, generating revenue and building a strong brand in the market.
Tina is also a Mentor for the NHS Digital Academy.
Junior Data Engineer
Passionate about supplying superior quality results through outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills, picked up through the three years of obtaining my degree. Graduated with a BSc degree in Software Engineering focused on Business. As a Junior Data Engineer I automate the flow of the data from our trusts to our models.
When not working Rosesh enjoys playing games, game development, and watching sci-fi movies.
Head of Governance, Ethics, & PPI (Public & Patient Involvement)
“As with all human rights, the right to privacy is not dependent on your nationality, your mother tongue, your philosophy, your faith, or the colour of your skin, but is instead based on the dignity of our shared humanity.”
Simon joined Akrivia in December 2020 with a background in data protection in both the NHS and residential social care. He enjoys helping Akrivia to achieve its goals to accelerate much needed research while simultaneously safeguarding and protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals. Simon is a strong advocate for the public understanding of data protection to ensure individuals really, truly, understand how their data is used.
In his spare time Simon enjoys cycling, cooking, and podcasting about food.
Project Manager for the NHS Trusts
“While doing my work, I always have in mind the end users: people who experience mental health problems and dementia.”
Theana has always been passionate with mental health and she feels that Akrivia’s mission fits very strongly with her values. Prior to Akrivia, she spent 7 years in frontline social work including: Palliative Care, Mental Health and Children and Family services. In her current role, she loves that she is able to see first-hand the integral role that research plays to improve services for mental health and dementia care.
Outside of work, she found a way of being able to take care of her own personal mental health by doing gardening at her allotment.
“People are fundamentally connected with each other and that is really interesting to me; the connectedness between people to other people and to the environment.”
With a PhD in Psychological Research, Tom comes with solutions that are going to impact people’s mental health directly. He feels that having the capacity to push society towards a better place is something that one should leverage. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology through the University of Warwick. After finishing his PhD, he completed an Innovate UK programme to develop psychological state extraction algorithms.
He loves art, science and spirituality.