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.
“You will never understand how AI works unless you understand how the human brain works.”
Bayar loves being a part of Akrivia’s mission. By using the unique dataset of Akrivia Health, his goal is to develop research in order to advance mental health care studies and discoveries. With a PhD in Computational Neuroscience, Bayar is very keen in understanding how the brain works, but more than that, his desire to improve mental healthcare is what motivated him to join Akrivia Health.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and AI from Essex University and a DPhil in Computational Neuroscience from University of Oxford.
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.
“Pay attention to your intuition. You already have all the answers you need within yourself.”
Cristina joined Akrivia as a Marketing Intern in October 2020. She has been working in brand management and social media for 3 years.
She believes that she has been blessed with a great intuitive mind, which helped her in making the right life changing decisions. Cristina joined Akrivia, in order to work in one of her areas of interest: mental health. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s in Communication Sciences.
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.
“First thing he thinks about in the morning: It will be a brilliant day, keep positive, keep motivated.”
Leo’s work is driven not only by a passion in discovering knowledge from clinical notes with Artificial Intelligence technology, but also by his great willingness to help people suffering from mental health conditions. Akrivia really fits his career goals: use cutting edge technology to benefit the society.
He holds a BSc in Materials Engineering and a MSc of Artificial Intelligence through the University of Edinburgh. He likes horror films, hiking and animals.
Office Manager and Project Office Support
“I see Akrivia as a baby and myself as a mother. I am happy I am able to help nurture it until it turns out into the incredible being that it is meant to be.”
Louise started her journey at Akrivia in June 2019, right after the “birth” of the company. She has 5+ years experience in giving executive support in multi-career paths. Louise holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Sciences and Social Services, majoring in Psychology and Criminology.
To sum up Akrivia in 3 words, Louise would say: greatness, boldness and power.
Project Manager for the AI Lead
“I have the solution, what’s your problem?”
Shalini joined the company in December 2019. Prior to Akrivia, she worked with Government institutions, councils and NHS. She specialized in contract and project management in mental health and dementia. She describes herself as a optimistic person, as she sees opportunities everywhere around. Shalini believes that the key of our success is the teamwork: by coming all together, we create wonders, she says.
When she’s not at work, Shalini enjoys being creative and she has a strong passion for hosting, entertaining and organising unique theme events.
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.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.”
Yiran joined in October 2019, so she was able to actually feel the first vibes of the company. She loves that her work is relevant and her research outcomes can be used and applied in the current world problems.
She loves that Akrivia is unique and holds a mental health dataset that no other company does. She can feel the potential of the company and that’s why she thinks everybody is so excited about working here.
Yiran holds a MSc in Applied Mathematics through the University of Oxford.
Outside of work, she has been volunteering at charity events.