Arden Founder & CEO
Ross Co-Founder & COO
Lia Chief Safety Officer
Iain Psychiatrist & Clinical Safety Officer
Steve Living Experience Consultant
Syeda Software Engineer
Mackensie Product Manager
Debbie AMHP Advisor
James Consultant Psychiatrist & CCIO
Daniel Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Mary Client Lead
Mette Product Manager
Chris Board Advisor
Stuart Software Engineer
Laurie Head of Marketing
Arden spent 12 years working with private equity businesses helping them build best-in-class executive teams, manage company restructures, accelerate growth and prepare management buyout deals. Arden’s dad (also called Arden) is a psychiatrist, which opened his eyes to acute mental health care from a young age. After witnessing a close friend being sectioned first-hand, he founded Thalamos to improve the process and outcome for those in crisis.
Ross has spent a career fixing problems. Before Thalamos he was resolving cases as an Investigator for the Financial Ombudsman Service – balancing perspectives to get things resolved. Ross is known for his keen eye for detail and the ability to deliver ideas from inception through to completion. Ross’ desire to do something with purpose led him to co-found Thalamos with Arden.
Lia is passionate about building systems that are ethical and safe by design and which improve people’s lives. She has extensive experience of service design and transformation roles in the NHS (provider level and at NHSx), charities and for-profit sector, optimising the latest technology to deliver exemplary healthcare. She is an accomplished digital health strategist working nationally and internationally.
Lia is a consultant liaison psychiatrist, a fellow of the Faculty for Clinical Informatics and a member of the Chief Clinical Information Officers advisory panel. Lia is known for her holistic patient-centred approach to work as well as her understanding of how to balance innovation with the needs of the healthcare frontline.
Iain is a ST5 Specialist Registrar working on the acute inpatient wards in Buckinghamshire and is frequently involved in Mental Health Act assessments of those most in need. He helps to guide Thalamos through the logistics of digitising a complex care pathway with multiple stakeholders.
Iain sits as an Executive on both the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Digital Psychiatry and Private/ Independent Practice specialist interest groups and has helped to influence the national Digital Clinical Safety strategy.
Steve has extensive personal experiences of mental illness, including periods of depression, suicide attempts, and hospitalisation. He has a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and Complex PTSD- the result of psychological abuse in his early years through to adulthood.
Appointed as a Vice Chair for the Independent Mental Health Act Review led by Sir Simon Wesley, supporting the chair in making recommendations to the Government. Steve chaired the Service User and Carer group, and co-chaired the black African Caribbean working group. In 2019 Steve was recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours List and appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Mental Health.
With Thalamos, Steve supports the Team to ensure we maintain a patient centric approach to development.
Syeda originally worked in sales and account management but found being on the ‘building’ side of the product more engaging. So she entered the world of engineering through an apprenticeship. She enjoys solving problems and seeing solutions make a difference. It’s important for her to understand what she is building and how it will impact the end-user. Thalamos gives her the opportunity to do this. She also values the close relationship between development and product that Thalamos caters.
Mackensie started out working with charities and social enterprises to help them overcome their challenges. Seeing the potential for technology to solve problems and drive social impact, he quickly became interested in building digital products that put people first. This led him to join Thalamos as a Product Manager, where he is responsible for doing just that. On the side, you’ll find him running laps around Victoria Park or scoping out which mountains to visit next.
Dr Debbie Martin is Director of the Bournemouth University, South West England Approved Mental Health Professional’s/BIA course, and an independent trainer. Debbie provides training for many local authorities and trusts, and for s12 approved doctors and approved clinicians. She also provides specialist supervision for Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHPs). Debbie is co-author of Mental Health Law in England and Wales, 4th Ed (2020), and The Mental Capacity Act 2015, A Guide for Practice, 3rd Ed (2015).
Debbie is a registered social worker and supports Thalamos with advice on best practice as well as guidance on the legislative evolution of its application.
Carl’s career in technology has seen him involved in the early stages of Skype, the development of Microsoft and the conceiving, launching and scaling of new products for Twilio. He has recently joined Zoopla, leading product development for their SaaS business as it looks to scale even further. Carl brings this wealth of technical and product experience to the Thalamos Advisory Board to assist in navigating the applied technical challenges that exist in software creation.
James has a passion for IT and Healthcare and combines the two in his role as Chief Clinical Information Officer of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. James is also a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and his vast experience implementing technology in health settings, in addition to his years as a practicing consultant, provides invaluable insight and a 360 degree view of mental healthcare.
Dominique was appointed to her role as Chief Operating Officer of Sodexo’s home care services in September 2020 having worked at The Good Care Group (TGCG) for the past 11 years. She joined TGCG team as Director of Operations and was appointed to Managing Director in April 2019 when it was acquired by Sodexo. The Good Care Group is a fast-growing provider of live in care services enabling older people to stay in their own homes and communities and is proud to have achieved an Outstanding Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating in all five categories. Prior to that she held positions with Sunrise Senior Living and Sainsbury’s. Dominique now leads The Good Care Group, Oxford Aunts, Prestige Nursing and Care and Elite brands within Sodexo’s home care portfolio.
Daniel has over 20 years of experience leading projects and building software primarily within start ups. He has experience in several industries including business services, technology and financial services. More recently Daniel has shifted his focus to deploying his skills in health technology and, in particular, mental healthcare.
Mary studied Politics and Social Anthropology at university before joining the Health Foundry as Communications Manager where she met Arden and Ross. After a brief stint in asset management working with the EIS team, Mary joined Thalamos as a Client Associate in 2020. She now heads the client team and, together with Arden, makes sure Thalamos is implemented properly.
Mette studied at the University of Oslo whilst competing as a professional handball player. After finishing her Master’s degree in Media Science, Mette retired her athletic career and moved to London to start a job in content marketing. Her interest in helping people, and a desire to do something meaningful, led Mette to Thalamos. Mette’s sports career hasn’t completely left her, she is known for trying to turn everything into a competition.
Chris is the Chairman of Cambridge Sleep Sciences the creators of SleepHub®, an electronic bedside sleep device designed to aid falling asleep and improve sleep quality. He is also Executive Chairman of Verso Biosense (formerly VivoPlex) which specialises in fertility and women’s health. Chris is a medically trained doctor and grew and sold one of the UK’s leading medical software companies, serving GPs. His particular interest in mental healthcare software saw him join Thalamos as the first member of the Advisory Board.
Laurie is our resident marketing guru. She has worked in a variety of marketing roles across London and Sydney covering brand management, strategy, social media, digital marketing and media buying. Her 12 years of marketing pre-Thalamos saw her work in a zoo, on cruise ships and for hotel chains. Laurie joined Thalamos in March 2020 because she wanted a job where she could make a positive impact on the life of others.
Reverse engineered from:
thalamus; noun Grey matter lying between the cerebral hemispheres, relaying sensory information. (the nerve centre)
Origin Late 17th century (denoting the part of the brain at which a nerve originates): via Latin from Greek thalamos.
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