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It’s the people at Brain in Hand which make the biggest difference.  It’s their desire to never stop questioning or caring keeps our solution evolving and its impact increasing.

Our team includes professionals with backgrounds in healthcare, psychology, business and education.  Some have autism others do not.

Meet our Board Members

David Fry, CEO

David-FryDavid started his career at PwC, where he trained as an accountant, before becoming a business consultant.  David then moved to PA Consulting Group for 10 years, where he was a partner in its Government Business, advising on developing new business and partnerships between the public and private sector.

David has been a director of several healthcare companies, advised on social enterprise and innovation, and is an associate of the Social Research Unit, an independent charity dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children.

Whilst at Brain in Hand, David has taken the company from early product concepts through rigorous market testing, to commercial launch.  David continues to work closely with the Department of Health, leading Autism organisations and an abundance of individuals to ensure the company stays close to its vision and continues to deliver solutions that meets the market’s needs.

Steve Page, Non-Executive Chairman

SP piccieSteve has had a successful career in both the NHS as the CEO of Oxleas NHS Trust, a large mental health and community services Trust in South London, and in the private sector as a CEO of a number of businesses providing health, social care and education to the NHS and local government. He now works as an independent Chair/Non-executive director to a number of companies providing innovative and quality services. He holds an MBA from London Business School.

Marek Gumienny, Non-Executive Director

Marek-GumiennyMarek has substantial experience in Private Equity, during which time he has successfully invested in and exited a number of companies across many sectors, geographies and economic cycles. Previously managing director of Candover Partners and Arle Capital, he is a founder member of 24 Haymarket group and brings significant financial and strategic experience to the board.

John Clarke, Non-Executive Director

John-ClarkeJohn is a Partner in EY.  Prior to this role, he was senior adviser at the Boston Consulting Group, Global CIO and Senior Vice President at Nokia, Global CTO at Tesco, Independent Board Director and a member of the independent assurance panel on the government identity passport scheme, plus other roles at Accenture, Digital and BT. A wealth of experience working in the Digital, Mobile and MedTech space. He holds an MBA from WBS, and a BSc Hons from UKC in Systems Engineering.

James Morgan, Non-Executive Director

James-MorganJames was one of the founding partners of management consultants Morgan Harris Burrows. James has helped small and start-up companies in Biotechnology and other sectors. He was a founder trustee and chairman of the Autism Diagnostic Research Centre in Southampton, and was a founding director of Brain in Hand.  He was earlier a senior partner in Ernst & Young, responsible for the firm’s business in the public sector, including health and local government.

Elaine Simpson, Non-Executive Director

Elaine SimpsonElaine has a long career in UK education, within the public, third sector and private sector, including  a FTSE100 company.  She is currently chair of the National Children’s Bureau, a governor of Staffordshire university and chair of the Slough Children’s services Trust as well as NED on two education based private equity backed companies.

Meet Our Brain in Hand Team

Matt Daniel, Programme Director

Matt-DanielMatt is responsible for leading the delivery of our direct work with customers, developing a strong evidence base and supporting innovation. Prior to joining Brain in Hand, Matt managed the Training and Consultancy team at YoungMinds and he has extensive experience working across heath, education and social care. Matt is passionate about delivering positive change through technology and has spent the last 12 years working with vulnerable people, parents and professionals on projects that build resilience and transform service provision.

Paul Allis, Business Development Director

Paul PhotoPaul has been working with both public and private sector service providers delivering assistive technology solutions for 14 years. He is passionate about providing services that improve the lives and support the needs of individuals, but also deliver the cost effective pathway changes that providers so urgently need in order to continue to deliver quality care services at scale.

Heather Cook, Client Director

Heather Cook

Heather is a highly experienced management consultant with a strong track record in working with senior management teams to develop the organisation vision, strategy and delivery structure to realise an organisation’s ambition.  Her real passion is supporting organisations to deliver innovation through the introduction of new technology.  Her 20 year career has spanned a wide variety of both public and private organisations undergoing major change.  She is delivery focused, pragmatic, with a strong belief in skills transfer –  perhaps best known for an engaging personal style that is supporting to business leaders; enabling necessary change to deliver an organisations corporate vision and ambition.  Heather leads our client engagement work, supporting organisations to change and evolve from the very top to grass routes levels to re-design service provision by incorporating Brain in Hand within care and support pathways.  

Anne Stenning, Company Secretary and Chief Finance Officer

Anne has a broad range of experience in finance, risk management and insurance through roles across the public, private and charity sectors.  She has also spent some time as a secondary maths teacher, including working with children with special educational needs, and is currently a trustee for St Loyes Foundation in Exeter.

Serin Hartopp, Senior Programme Manager

Serin-HartoppSerin has a background in Psychology, with a focus on using technology as a tool for learning. Serin also has experience in acquired brain injury assessment and rehabilitation after working as an Assistant Psychologist within the NHS. 

Sarah Todd, Higher Education Development Manager

Sarah-ToddSarah has delivered products and services for individuals with mental health difficulties, learning disabilities and physical health conditions to/for the NHS, DWP, private health organisations, within education establishments and to businesses; with extensive experience working in a higher education environment supporting a caseload of clients with disabilities to overcome barriers to learning. A Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP), as well as a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and a Professional member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (PVRA), Sarah has also delivered Vocational Rehabilitation services, to better promote independence and reduce the negative impact of workplace absence.

Tom Pittwood, Marketing Analyst and Autism Awareness Speaker

Tom-PittwoodTom joined Brain in Hand in September 2012. He has continually used Brain in Hand since before his appointment to the company, having been diagnosed with Asperger’s at the age of 12. He graduated with an MA in Social Anthropology and recently launched a personal blog addressing autism awareness, on which subject he is noted for his enthusiastic speeches.

Jonathan Sourbut, Data Analyst & Brain in Hand Trainer

Jonathan-SourbutJonathan was one of the first people to use Brain in Hand at its inception in October 2011.  Following this he joined the company on a work experience placement under founder Andrew Stamp, and secured employment in April 2012 at our first offices at the University of Exeter. This makes Jono our longest serving member of staff. Since then Jono has become our principle data analyst, producing activity reports for clients. Jono’s breadth of the Brain in Hand system and its development over recent years means that he is often called on to train and advise new users and clients.


Latest News

Brain in Hand at The Huntercombe Group

From specialist centres across the UK, the Huntercombe Group looks after almost 800 people with mental health problems, a learning difficulty or brain injury. Read our case study to understand how after adopting Brain in Hand, there’s been a decline in disruptive behaviour, a reduction in incidents and fewer physical restraints amongst users.


Brain in Hand selected to improve care in the NHS

Brain in Hand has been named as one of the companies in this year’s Digital Health Accelerator programme, designed to help the rapid adoption of technology in the NHS. Over the past two years the Digital Health London Accelerator programme has helped the rapid adoption of technology in the NHS and saved £50 million. Based read more


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Our case studies

Employable Me's Erica won't go to work without her Brain in Hand

Erica, 46 from the Wirral was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when she was 32. She has been unemployed for the past six years. Erica finds social interaction at work hard, she feels people don't always understand her and sometimes see her as being less intelligent, because of her facial expressions. Read more >>

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