Chief Executive Officer
Mike Denis, CEO and Founder, has led the accelerated expansion of Akrivia Health.
With over 30 years’ experience in leading transformational NHS digital and informatics programmes, 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.
Mike is also a digital advisor for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.
Chief Operations Officer
Akrivia Healths Chief Operating Officer & Co Founder, David is responsible for the day to day running of the company, as well as the expansion into new markets.
David brings a unique combination of entrepreneurship with a deep Information Governance expertise, as well as 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
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, where he leads the global J&J teams seeking novel therapies for neurodegeneration, including Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders. Finding effective treatments for these areas of huge unmet need will draw on the tremendous expertise in J&J and with partners around the world in drug development, clinical trials, biomarkers, informatics and beyond. It will require innovation, dedication and collaboration. There are few challenges in medicine today more deserving of our energies and focus.
Simon retains a part-time position at the University of Oxford as Professor of Translational Neuroscience working with outstanding colleagues in disciplines ranging from neurodegeneration and neuroscience through drug development and therapeutics to computer science and the use of Big Data.
His own research interests are in translational research in neurodegeneration; seeking new targets for therapy in Alzheimer’s disease through understanding of basic mechanisms, in disease modification trials and experimental medicine and in the search for biomarkers for early diagnosis.
Simon is also a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist with a special interest in dementia, has an undergraduate degrees in basic science and medicine and a PhD in basic neuroscience and MPhil in clinical research psychiatry.
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.
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.
Head of Commercial
Tina has worked in the commercial side of healthcare nearly 20 years, from managing products with revenue turnover from £1M-£35M with global organisations such as Becton Dickinson, and KCI Medical, to launching new businesses and bringing in the first sales.
As a natural entrepreneur, Tina ran her own growth consultancy and launched Oxfordshire SOUP, a dragons den meets live crowdfunding event for small businesses, giving other start-ups the opportunity to receive investment, recognition and publicity for their businesses. She has supported businesses as a growth coach for the Local Enterprise Partnership, as well as helping breed a new generation of commercial and entrepreneurial minds while teaching Business & Marketing at a college in Oxford. 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 enterprise-level revenue and building a strong brand in the market for the Swedish organisation.
Tina is also a Mentor for the NHS Digital Academy.
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.
Head of Finance
Will trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in London in 1994. Since then he has worked in various businesses, and held a range of senior finance positions.
For many years, Will was finance director at a group of manufacturing companies which he helped quadruple in size. In particular he reorganised the corporate structure, raised funds for large capital investments, implemented various financial and operational systems, and created a bespoke commercial pricing system used throughout the group.
Since then, Will has helped plan, raise finance and produce financial models for growing enterprises including saas; has implemented ERP systems to enable companies to focus on what is key for them; and has worked with a portfolio of successful and ambitious companies to enable them to become more profitable, professional and structured for future growth.
With extensive experience in all areas of finance, Will’s motivation is to help achieve better results, keeping people at the centre of everything, whilst ensuring things are done properly.
Head of Programmes
With 12+ years in the public health research space, Byron brings a wealth of project experience and a process-driven approach to project and programme delivery. Byron’s passions are for bringing about positive individual and population-level change through research innovation and application, and to get people moving for improved physical and mental health.
A PRINCE2 certified project manager, Byron joined Akrivia at the start of 2022 from the University of Bristol. There, he had been responsible for successful delivery of a number of NIHR-funded public health research projects, totalling over £1.5M in grant funding, on time and under budget.