About Us

 

Bringing together design, technology and healthcare, our dedicated team works together to deliver impactful solutions.

 
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Our Team

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Kumar Jacob
CEO & Founder

Having started his working life in finance, Kumar switched to general management after achieving an MBA at Cranfield School of Management. He has been in computer games for over 20 years and is a founder director of dRi, a company specialising in virtual and augmented reality experiences.

Kumar has a strong background in healthcare, having worked within a number of mental health charities, and helping to set up SH:24, an online sexual health service where he is a non-executive director. Kumar is also the Chair of Trustees of Age Exchange, a small charity committed to improving health and wellbeing among older people.

Kumar loves to spend his weekends cooking delicious South Indian food - and often treats the team to spicy Kiribath breakfasts!

 

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Hannah Ridsdale
Chief Operating Officer

Hannah has 9 years experience in managing operations, programme and project management and process improvement. This experience is in both the private and public sectors including health, finance, education and charities. Hannah also completed a BSc in Psychology and Health Sciences and an MSc in Occupational Psychology. As part of her career, she also spent 4 years working in the NHS as a Psychologist, incorporating both the therapeutic and research elements of the role.

At Mindwave, Hannah is responsible for managing the operational side of the business. She utilises her operational expertise to ensure that projects are delivered to time, cost and quality. Her knowledge of mental health and experience working in NHS mental health services, means that she can relate to clients requirements to deliver successful projects. 

Outside of Mindwave, Hannah loves to travel and enjoys modern art. She also has a keen interest in cooking and baking (although it’s not always successful!).

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Sarah Welton
Design Lead

Sarah’s work as a UX and UI designer has tended to focus heavily on health and not-for-profit projects, which is what led her to her current role at Mindwave. Her goal is to create products and services that benefit, empower and enable users - and as such, she champions the process of “research, design, test, iterate and repeat”.

Sarah is experienced across the entire project life-cycle, working from the “discovery” phase, engaging with users and developing requirements, through to the final polishing of the interface.

After hours, Sarah loves growing vegetables in her garden, and illustrating animal-inspired prints. The occasional Netflix-binge marathon also doesn't go amiss...!  

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Tracy Gascoigne
Financial Controller

Tracy is a Finance & Operations Professional with experience at a senior level within multi, innovative startup businesses, most recently as COO/CFO in a fast paced small tech company.

With a background in project management, product management & business intelligence during her 13 years in Technology at Guardian News & Media, Tracy is a cross-functional professional with an appreciation of the important role of financial data in effective planning, monitoring and control.

 
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Katy Edwards
Programme Manager

Katy joined Mindwave in 2016 as Programme Manager with a focus on project managing the development of Healthlocker.  Since joining, she has seen Healthlocker launch and has started development on HeadScape Focus. Working at Mindwave has given her the opportunity to revisit her love of spreadsheets and to develop a new interest in agile methodologies!

Over the last 4 years she has worked in a variety of freelance roles, particularly in the healthcare sector, proving that good organisational skills can be applied to anything, enabling her to pick up new skills and projects quickly and adapt to new environments. 

Outside of Mindwave, Katy also goes by the name Tawny Owl, running a Brownie pack in West London and chairing a committee who run a small centre for use by Brownies and Guides.

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Elle Long
Project Manager

Elle joined the Mindwave team at the start of 2017, with a strong background in project and account management spanning the travel, events and charity sectors. Passionate about mental health, she believes in the power of design to have a positive impact on people.

Elle spends the majority of her day liaising between designers, developers and clients to help everything run smoothly. Elle loves working as part of small, dynamic team that is designing meaningful products whilst constantly learning and adapting at the same time.

Out of hours, Elle enjoys live music, running beside Walthamstow’s canals and searching Skyscanner to plan her next overseas adventure.

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Nakeeran Raveendran
Technical Project Manager

Nakkeeran joins the Mindwave team with years of experience in managing technology projects for small to medium enterprises across America, Europe and India. Additionally, during his career, Nakeeran has acquired experience in sales and agency management.

Nakkeeran tasks involve managing the development between the designers and developers on various client and in-house projects. Also helping the management team with international expansion of the team.

Outside work, Nakkeeran spends time in the evening playing football, getting to know the latest developments in the world of technology and eagerly awaits for the day Liverpool to finally win the English Premier League.

Julia Sjöberg
Designer

A recent graduate with a BSc in Interaction Design, Julia joins Mindwave as a multi-disciplined designer, covering all streams of design, from research, to UX to UI. She wrote a thesis on mental health and social media, making her the perfect addition to the team.

Julia is originally from Sweden but moved to London 6 years ago. Despite becoming a through and through Londoner, Julia can often be spotted at one of East London’s cozy hangouts for a Swedish “fika”. She also enjoys tasty food, travelling and occasionally binge watching series (honestly, who doesn't!?).

 
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David Bower
Technical Lead

David brings over 20 year’s experience as a full stack web/app and internet of things senior developer, project manager, technical architect and technical advisor. Recent roles include providing CTO and engineering support using the agile Scrum methodology within successful fast-paced startup enterprises.

Through his experience within the finance and corporate audit realms, he has a firm understanding of the importance of security and data access whilst ensuring projects are focused on the needs of end clients.

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Ramesh Murugesan
Senior Developer

In the past five years Ramesh has gained a vast amount of experience both as a front-end and back-end developer working with employers across UK, Austria, Australia and India. As a freelancer he has also worked for clients across United States and Canada. Ramesh’s agility has enabled him to work both on his own as well as lead teams working on various frameworks and languages making it a priority to keep updated on the latest programming technologies.

Ramesh now joins Mindwave heading up the development team as our senior developer.

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Deepak Sivamani
Developer

Deepak started his career in the gaming industry working on design and development. He later moved into technology software design and development. Deepak has gained years of experience working on UI/UX projects  and front-end design at multiple agencies.

Outside of work Deepak spends his weekend playing cricket for his local team, playing badminton, watching hours of cricket on TV and making sure he watches the majority of movies at the cinema.

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Aarthi Kootharasan
Developer

Aarthi is a full stack developer working on building backend solutions for web and mobile applications. Her vast knowledge of Android and iOS systems helps her work on the frontend for hybrid application development.  

Aarthi is a dog lover and often volunteers in the local orphanage with events during special occasions.

 
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Priyanka Parthiban
Developer

Priyanka is a full stack developer. She has experience working on building systems architecture, databases, creating APIs and front-end development. She develops applications for both the web and hybrid applications across multiple sectors.

In her spare time Priyanka outside work loves to indulge herself in creative activities such as crafts, learning to play new musical instruments and gardening.

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Sakthivel Subbarayan
Developer

Sakthivel is a full stack developer with experience working on numerous challenging projects for startups and SME’s across the UK and India over the last couple of years . His coding does most of the talking at work, rather than problems he aims to bring solutions to the discussion table.

Sakthivel likes to spend time challenging his arithmetic skills solving sudoku and other puzzles. He enjoys cycling with his friends along the coast and through forests.

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Tezza
Botanical Lead

Tezza is a Ficus elastica, also known as a rubber plant. He is native to areas such as east India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, China,  Malaysia, and Indonesia, and now resides in London.

At Mindwave, Tezza brightens up the team's office in Huckletree West, a shared co-working space for startups. As Botanical Lead, he will be looking for new additions to grow his team in 2018.

 
 
 

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What we do

We are a small, multidisciplinary team of designers, developers and researchers committed to creating beautiful, intuitive and inclusive designs. We specialise in understanding people, and believe in the importance of needs-based, user-led design, where the needs of the user always take centre stage.

 
 
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User-led design

We work extensively with real people throughout the design process to develop empathy and challenge our own assumptions.

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Flexible platforms

In the fast-paced sector of digital technology, we design products that can continue to evolve once we step away.

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Work in partnership

We pride ourselves on facilitating collaborative conversations and using prototyping to make, share and learn together.

 
 

Our Approach

Our user-led design process keeps people at the heart of everything we do. It all starts with a clinician, researcher or organisation identifying an opportunity to do things better. From there, Mindwave engage with users throughout discovery, design and development phases to turn ideas into digital products that put user needs first.

 

Strategy

Our projects always begin with collaborative conversations. We work closely with our clients to identify project goals, and use this insight to prioritise project planning and create user stories to better understand requirements and visualise outcomes. With a deep understanding of the client’s vision, we can ensure that our products are flexibly designed to work within the existing demands and processes of any organisation.

Mindwave work using agile methodologies – for us, this means putting real people and discussions at the heart of the design process, and adopting a fluid, open-ended approach that allows for continuous improvement and rapid integration of user feedback into our work at every stage. This adaptive, evolutionary process champions iterative and incremental development, and a fail fast philosophy that accelerates success.