Speaker biographies

Healthtech Startup School speakers

Dr. Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, CEO and founder, Patients Know Best

Dr Mohammad Al-UbaydliMohammad is founder and CEO of Patients Know Best and has over 15 years of experience in medical software. He trained as a physician at the University of Cambridge; worked as a staff scientist at the National Institutes of Health; and was a management consultant to US hospitals at The Advisory Board Company. He is the author of seven books, including Personal health records: A guide for clinicians and Streamlining Hospital-Patient Communication: Developing High Impact Patient Portals. He is also anhonourary senior research associate at UCL medical school for his research on patient-controlled medical records. In 2012 he was elected an Ashoka Fellow as a social entrepreneur for the contributions he has made to patient care.

Satnam Bains - Founder, Health Fabric

Satnam BainsPrior to founding Health Fabric Satnam worked for IBM for 13 years. Satnam has a passion for improving Healthcare. He wants to look at healthcare problems holistically and see where technology can make a difference to make people feel better. Satnam has spent many years discussing the challenges of enabling better patient outcomes with Clinicians, Patients, Carers, GP's, Family groups and Patient advocate groups. The worldwide challenges associated with healthcare can be improved with integrating working facilitated with improved access to information at the relevant point of care across the health eco-system. Each aspect of a healthcare system is woven into a fabric of interdependences which all impact patient outcomes. With this belief in mind Satnam leads the efforts of Health Fabric Ltd.

Julie Bretland

Julie BretlandJulie Bretland has been developing launching and managing innovative mobile services for nearly 20 years for big corporates such as Ericsson and Vodafone as well as start-ups across Europe and Africa. Julie has an MBA from London Business School, as the recipient of the prestigious Celia Atkin Advent scholarship, is co-founder of the Digital Health Professionals Network, a founding member of the GSM Associations ‘Connected Women’ programme and a recipient of the Deloitte’s Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Founders Award. She also sits on the Expert Panel of the London Health Commission.

She is the founder of Our Mobile Health, set up with the aim of harnessing mobile technology to help us lead healthier lives, by providing a curated application store to promote the best of the best mobile health applications.

Alison Findlay - UK Market Development Manager - InterSystems

Alison FindlayAlison built her career in Business Development over the last 25 years. She manages the UK Market Development team at InterSystems, covering all vertical markets. Prior to InterSystems, Alison was responsible for business development in several FTSE100 Financial Services organisations. Demonstrating her passion to lead teams to over-achieve, she directed a successful team in a privately owned Employee Benefits organisations which trebled in size over 5 years. 

Andrew Hartshorne, Managing Director for Methods Advisory Limited

Andrew HartshorneAndrew's management career started in the NHS, where he held management/ Board level positions for 8 years. For 3 years he worked for the Department of Health, where he led the national IM&T strategy development on non-acute care. From 1994, he has operated in the health sector as a Partner/ Director level management consultant.

Andrew's consulting work covers all aspects of healthcare policy and delivery, not just technology. He has worked with all types of NHS organisation and many government departments across the UK. Internationally, Andrew has also worked with government clients on healthcare information and technology policy in Canada and Singapore.

Andrew’s current role is as Managing Director for Methods Advisory Limited. Methods is a £35m+ UK business providing advisory, analytics, resourcing and managed technology services across the whole Public Sector. Methods is a service aggregator, bringing SMEs together into sensible business 'eco systems', to provide focused and tailored client support.

For techUK, from 1 March 2013, Andrew is Chair of the Health & Social Care Council, following 3 years as one of the two Vice Chairs. As Chair, he is responsible for representing the views of over 300 supplier organisations with regards to data, information and technology solutions and services within the health and care sector.

Anna King, Commercial Director, Health Innovation Network (South London Academic Health Science Network)


Anna KingAnna has been Commercial Director at the Health Innovation Network since July 2013. Prior to her current role Anna was the Commercial Programme Director at the London Commercial Support Unit (Commissioning Support for London, NHS London and NHS Trust Development Authority).

She managed the London Trusts’ Productivity Support Programme, including designing and implementing the Together to Improve Value Programme, working across 15 acute trusts in London, as well as programmes looking a nursing, diagnostics imaging, pathology and back office services.

Anna also procured and managed a number of pan-London independent sector contracts, including Any Qualified Provider (AQP) for elective surgery, Diagnostics (InHealth), the North East London Treatment Centre (Care UK) and home oxygen.

Prior to joining the NHS, Anna worked in private equity as a Director with Grove Investments, where she managed both bolt-on acquisitions for Barchester Healthcare (a leading provider of award winning, high quality health and social care with over 14,000 staff) and investment in Trilogy Health Services (a skilled nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living business in the Midwest USA).

Anna qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and spent 13 years working there, primarily providing corporate finance advice to a wide range of health and social care clients, including small businesses, GSK, Roche and Aventis.

Loy Lobo, Strategist, Innovator and Leader of New Ventures



Loy LoboLoy has the breadth of skills and depth of experience required to take innovations from concept to market. He is an experienced leader with a style that enables teams to achieve high levels of performance. He works on developing new markets and influencing whole system change in Healthcare.

Loy was the UK co-chair of the Joint Economic Trade Committee (JETCO) for Innovation in Healthcare between the UK and India for 2014. He served on the Expert Panel at the London Health Commission 2014. He was the founder of the Telehealth business at BT Global Health where in his last role he was Director of Strategy and Innovation. He was a mentor for the NHS School for Health and Care Radicals and is currently a mentor on the Healthbox Health Social Innovators Programme. Through his thought leadership he continues to shape the market for digital health technologies and services.

Loy has recently founded a new venture to create a new model of health and care services delivery based on design principles that are fit for the future. He has previously been a founding director of a UK social enterprise startup in Wellness. He has a BSc in Microbiology and an Executive MBA from London Business School.

Shakeeb Niazi

Shakeeb NiaziAn experienced PRINCE trained AGILE focused leading IT professional, who works closely with the management board of fast moving organisations, to deliver superior solutions that regularly exceed the stakeholders’ expectations and bring about amplified benefits to the business.

Key strengths include: the ability to look at business challenges both strategically and tactically; quick to understand and solve business critical issues through technological enhancements resulting in, cost savings, increased business efficiency and performance; leading IT projects and a deep understanding of the systems development lifecycle.

Authority in a variety of existing and emerging technologies; experienced in delivery management (programme, project) and running multiple projects with multiple resources; delivering integrated complex financial and business intelligence solutions for large organisations; risk management; supporting organisations through business change and business growth. Proficient business and technology Mentor.

Co-Founder & Co-Author of the book Entrepreneurs Succeed with Us committed to fostering new start-ups and enterprises in a creative, productive atmosphere.

Board member of BCS Elite and Vice-Chair BCS Entrepreneurs.

Business & Technology Mentor with BCS Magic Mentors, BCS Entrepreneurs, Bathtub 2 Boardroom, UCL Advances and Entrepreneurs Succeed with Us.

Ken Olisa, Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners, the boutique technology merchant bank

Ken OlisaKen is Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners, the boutique technology merchant bank. Ken’s technology career spans over 30 years commencing with IBM from whom he won a scholarship while at Cambridge University. He was elected as a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2006. 

He has considerable public company Board-level experience on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a director of Thomson Reuters and is currently Non-executive Chairman of AIM-listed Outsourcery Plc. He is also on the board of The Institute of Directors as a Non-Executive Director.

Ken is a Freeman of the City of London; Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists; a Director of the Thomson Reuters Foundation; Chairman of Thames Reach (for which he received an OBE in 2010); Chairman of Shaw Trust and was an original member of IPSA (Independent Parliamentary Standard Authority). In 2009, he was named the Sunday Times Not for Profit Non-Executive Director of the year and was voted the second most influential black person for 2014 & 2015 by the PowerList Foundation.

Dr Justin Whatling, BCS Health Chair & Cerner Senior Director, Population Health

Justin WhatlingDr Justin Whatling is Chair BCS Health, The Chartered Institute for IT, and previously Vice Chair for Strategy and Policy. Justin is a clinician, health informatician and business strategist, with experience in both public and private sectors including SMEs.

Justin leads Cerner’s European Advisory Practice, responsible for clinical performance improvement and population health management. He is a visiting professor at University College London in the Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education (CHIME), Faculty of Population Health Sciences; and non-executive director of BMJ.

Thomas Whicher, Founder, DrDoctor

DrDoctor is a tool to let patients communicate better with their hospitals. By putting their appointment details online and making it possible to interact with them, we can give patients ownership over their care; hassle free. Read more at http://www.drdoctor.co.uk or follow @DrDoctorApp

DrDoctor is focused on applying the lessons from consumer internet to hard challenges facing healthcare. We're funded by Bethnal Green Ventures, and believe in solving difficult, real world problems using technology.