• 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.

  • Daniel Dickens

    Managing Director

    Daniel is Managing Director for HELIX and brings 15 years experience leading mission-driven ventures and scaling innovation in health and social care. He ensures that our people, processes and projects are aligned, supported and set up to achieve transformative results. Daniel has held leadership roles at the LEO Innovation Lab, onefinestay and Participle, where he led multi-disciplinary teams that designed and scaled radical new solutions in ageing, chronic disease and employment, which improved the lives of thousands of people and changed social policy at the highest levels. He has an MBA from Oxford University’s Said Business School and a BA from Williams College in the US.

  • Dr. Eduardo Aguilar Peláez

    Head of Technology

    Eduardo's career has spanned academia, startups and global companies in the technology space. As Head of Technology, he guides the engineering roadmap, and works with our designers and clinicians to bring innovations to life. Prior to Helix, he was a Product Manager at onefinestay, covering mobile, enterprise software and IoT systems, including the Sherlock smart lock product (now klevio.com). Prior to that he worked on high performance computing, and earlier was a co-founder of Ervitech, a medical technology company focused on a miniature wearable breathing monitor based on his PHD research. Eduardo also worked at CERN on the Beam Conditions Monitor as part of the ATLAS and LHC's safety systems.

  • 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.

  • Dr. Stephanie Archer

    Research Fellow

    Steph is Chartered Psychologist who holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology. She supports Helix projects and teams to ensure qualitative research is carried out to the highest academic standards. Steph's work has focused on the use of complementary and alternative medicines and different therapies to improve quality of life, and the impact of enhanced recovery programmes on patients' experiences of surgical care. Her current research focuses on how we can improve the safety of care in the mental health setting, how we can make care safer for older adults, particularly those with dementia, and she is leading research exploring communication and safety at the end of life. 

  • ​Dr Yasser Bhatti

    Innovation Fellow

    Yasser 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

    As a senior designer Matthew leads human centred design projects with Helix. These projects include Hark, ReSPECT and the first Helix Spin out - Digital Care Planning. 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 working 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.

  • Meera Joshi

    Clinical Research Fellow

    Meera is a General Surgeon and Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College, where she is completing a PhD studying the use of digital technology, wearable sensors and sepsis. Meera is also a clinical advisor at Helix, and contributes to research into how to improve end of life care in the home using predictive technology and wearable sensors.

  • 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 Strategist

    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.

  • 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, and acts as a Clinical Advisor for the Helix Centre's work in Neuro Rehabilitation. He has previously worked as a doctor in Malawi for a year and is the co-founder of OpenMedical, a medical software development company.

  • Gehan Soosaipillai

    Clinical Research Fellow

    Gehan is a Medical Oncology trainee who acts as a Clinical Advisor for the Helix Centre's work in end of life care. He joined the team in October 2016 as a Clinical Research Fellow and PhD candidate. Gehan’s interests lie in improving patient-clinician consultations, empowering clinicians with effective communication skills and providing effective end of life care. He is researching the role of mobile health applications and emerging technologies in medical education. 

  • Sara Vrbinc

    Interaction Designer

    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 the Royal College of Art in London.

  • Ivor Williams

    Senior Designer

    Ivor is a designer, developing new ways of thinking about and experiencing death and dying in the 21st century. His expertise includes design research, communication and product design. He leads the hospice care project at the Helix Centre, and co-founded the first Helix Centre spin-out venture, Digital Care Planning. He co-leads the development of Cove, a flagship mental health app available on the NHS, with his social tech company Humane Engineering. He is visiting lecturer at Imperial College London, and was visiting professor of Information Design at the University of Venice from 2014–2016. Prior to joining Helix, Ivor was an art director at Tellart and studio director at the Italian research centre, Fabrica.

  • Nikitha Yereddi

    Innovation Fellow

    Nikitha has a background in digital transformation and product management in health care, retail and public defence. She is interested in the human factors that make a product 'stick,' especially those underpinning the adoption of digital health products for chronic disease management. She has an M.Phil in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in Biochemistry, and English & Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York.