• Professor the Lord Ara Darzi


    Lord Darzi is a Professor of Surgery and Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London. Research led by Professor Darzi is directed towards achieving best surgical practice through innovation in surgery and enhancing patient safety and the quality of healthcare. In 2007, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. Upon relinquishing this role within central government, Professor Darzi sat as the UK’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences until March 2013. Professor Darzi was appointed and remains a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council since June 2009.

  • Paul Thompson


    Paul is the Rector of the Royal College of Art (RCA). Prior to 2009, he was Director of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York, where he initiated ‘Design for the Other 90%’, a programme exploring sustainable design solutions for the developing world. He is a Trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum and sits on the Ashmolean Museum Board of Visitors. He is also a member of the Programme Advisory Committee of the Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Trust.

  • Stephanie Somerville

    Director of Operations

    Stephanie is Director of Operations for HELIX and a healthcare policy expert. She worked with Lord Darzi on his Next Stage Review of the NHS and subsequently with Robert Francis QC on the Mid Staffs inquiry. At the Department of Health she advised Ministers on policy and devised better ways to engage staff and patients in improving healthcare.  She has a background in consulting and Applied Psychology, which she studied at Oxford.

  • Nicholas Appelbaum

    Clinical Lead

    Nicholas is a South African trained clinician with a surgical background, and a Clinical Research Fellow in the Department of Surgery, Imperial College London. Nicholas is undertaking his PhD in the use of computerised decision support to decrease cognitive burden when administering drugs to children in emergency environments.

  • Maja Kecman

    Design Lead

    Maja has a decade of experience designing new healthcare devices and bringing them to market. Prior to HELIX, she was Head of Design at the Centre for Vision in the Developing World and spent time in Silicon Valley working with scientists and venture capital experts on projects to address global healthcare challenges. She trained in engineering and industrial design at Cambridge and the RCA.

  • ​Dr Yasser Bhatti

    Innovation Fellow

    Dr Yasser Bhatti is a research fellow in frugal innovation. His research focuses on innovation under constraints, the localisation and globalisation of innovation, and the role of emerging market economies and situated actors such as social entrepreneurs in designing frugal and reverse innovation for healthcare. He studies these phenomenons through the lens of institutional theory and resource theories (RBV and RDT). He has a DPhil from the University of Oxford and has worked for over 10 years in multinational private and public organisations.

  • Jacqueline del Castillo

    Innovation Fellow

    Jacqueline has 10 years of experience building innovation programmes and solutions which improve health and the systems which shape it. She has worked on affordable medical devices for developing world settings, on service design at the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and on innovation curriculum at Stanford d.school. Her PhD focuses on the diffusion of health social movements, the spread of the adverse childhood experiences movement and how social movements create innovation cultures. She has an M.S. and B.S. from Stanford and has taught human-centred design worldwide. She is also a Senior Programme Manager at Nesta's Health Lab.

  • Gianpaolo Fusari

    Senior Designer

    Since 2010 Gianpaolo has been working on design for healthcare, including the award-winning redesign of the UK ambulance. He uses design research to develop evidence-based briefs, then works with relevant stakeholders to realise cost-effective solutions. Gianpaolo holds a joint MA/MSc from the RCA and Imperial.

  • Matthew Harrison

    Senior Designer

    Matthew is a graduate of Imperial and the RCA. He was a Senior Research Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, leading several commercial and research council funded projects. In 2009 he set up Studiohead Ltd with Cian Plumbe and worked extensively with Imperial College to create groundbreaking innovations in surgical education and simulation.

  • Sarah Huf

    Clinical Research Fellow

    Sarah is a general surgeon and a clinical research fellow at Imperial College where she is completing a PhD studying the application of behavioural insight in interventions targeting health screening behaviour. Sarah works with the HELIX Centre as a clinical advisor and is involved in trialling and implementing designs.

  • Rachel Kerr

    Senior Designer

    Rachel has built up a wealth of knowledge in design methodologies and processes from a variety of roles; a service designer, interaction designer and a product manager working with large corporate businesses and startups. She trained at The Glasgow School of Art and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in Product Design. With digital design skills, Rachel's work at Helix involves defining, planning and implementing change efficiently.

  • Guy Martin

    Clinical Research Fellow

    Guy is a Vascular Surgeon and Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College London. He is currently completing a PhD investigating the application of novel digital technology and predictive analytics to improve performance and outcomes in surgery.

  • Madeleine Maxwell


    Madeleine is Project and Engagement Manager for the Helix Centre. She is a graduate of Imperial College London, where she specialised in Global Health and Medical Humanities. Prior to Helix, Madeleine was Project Coordinator for the engine room; a technology and data focussed NGO.

  • George Mylonas

    Senior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

    George is a Senior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (to Paul Hamlyn chair) with the Department of Surgery and Cancer and a Senior Engineering Fellow with the Helix Centre. He holds a BEng in Mechatronics from Sussex University, an MSc in Computing Scienceand a PhD on Medical Imaging and Surgical Robotics, both from Imperial College London. He served as the Deputy Director of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery. In 2014 he joined the Department of Surgery & Cancer where with his research team concentrates on the development and clinical translation of surgical technologies based on Human Centred Innovation. One of his favourite quotes is: “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk”

  • Lenny Naar

    Design Strategy

    Lenny is a design strategist, working to create a harmony between people-centred creative tactics and economic objectives. Lenny has worked with numerous leading design consultancies such as Pentagram, SYPartners and Smart Design in New York, San Francisco and London. In healthcare, he worked with Healthagen, a division of Aetna, on using design methodologies to bring health technology innovations to market for providers, payers, employers and consumers.

  • Anne Nazemetz

    Business Development

    Anne is the business development lead for Helix Centre. She helps the team create business models and obtain funding for projects. Prior to Helix Centre, Anne worked for Amazon UK as a Senior Instock Manager. She also worked on projects at Janssen Healthcare Innovation (part of J&J) and Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Before moving to London, Anne was a sales strategy analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York. She completed her MBA from London Business School in 2014.

  • Dr. Philip Pratt

    Senior Research Fellow

    Philip obtained his undergraduate degree from the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College. Continuing at the College, he studied for a PhD in the Neural Systems Engineering Group within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. For over 13 years he subsequently worked as a quantitative analyst at a number of top-tier investment banks. Following a change in career, he was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Imperial College, and more recently within the Department of Surgery and Cancer, and now undertakes a very active research programme in the field of image-guided surgery. He has successfully translated new technology and software into clinical practice.

  • Matt Prime

    Clinical Research Fellow

    Matt is an Orthopaedic Surgeon currently doing a PhD in the diffusion of healthcare innovation and frugal innovation. He has previously worked as a doctor in Malawi for a year and is the co-founder of OpenMedical, a medical software development company.

  • Sara Vrbinc


    Sara is an interaction designer, focusing on how to make digital dynamically humane. She loves exploring emerging digital technologies through design, to enhance people’s cognitive capabilities. Prior to Helix, Sara worked with IDEO, and multiple tech startups across Europe. She trained at the Aalto University in Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, and Royal College of Art in London.

  • Ivor Williams

    Senior Designer

    Ivor is a designer specialising in experience and information design on the end-of-life projects. With 10 years experience, he has worked with national governments, NGOs, cultural institutions and commercial companies. He was previously studio director at the Italian design research centre Fabrica, and art director for Tellart. He teaches regularly, previous positions including IUAV Venice, Design Academy Eindhoven and the Glasgow School of Art. He is founder of the design research group Being and Dying, and co-founder of the social tech company Humane Engineering.