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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Dr Janak Gunatilleke
COO

Janak has worked for 14 years in healthcare, in a variety of clinical, operational and consulting roles within the NHS, SMEs and large corporates such as Accenture. Janak has a MBA from the University of Cambridge and is currently working towards a MSc in Data Science, Technology and Innovation.

At Mindwave, Janak is responsible for managing the operations and helping the growth of the company. He works with the team to ensure that projects are delivered to time, cost and quality. Janak’s clinical background and experience working with the NHS and technology helps him work effectively with clients to identify opportunities where technology can have the greatest impact.

At home, his kids keep him busy and when he can, Janak tries to play some tennis in an attempt to keep (vaguely) fit!

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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 has worked for 21 years in many finance, operational and project roles in technology at Guardian News & Media and subsequently, at a senior level in multiple startup companies.

At Mindwave, Tracy is responsible for the finance operation including financial reporting, business budgeting & forecasting. Her passion for startups and her cross-functional business experience ensures that we have the financial information at hand to make effective decisions to grow the business.

Outside work, Tracy enjoys getting lost on long forest walks with the family (& Teddy the dog) that usually end in a nice beer garden!

 
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Katy Edwards
Product Manager – PHR

Following 13 years in recruitment administration, Katy has been working within healthcare organisations since 2015 in a number of different freelance business support roles. These roles proved that good organisational skills add value to any organisation, and enabled her to pick up new skills and projects quickly and adapt to new environments.

Katy initially joined Mindwave in a freelance capacity to help deliver Healthlocker - our first personal health record, but quickly became our PHR expert and joined in as a permanent member of the team in 2017. She is now responsible for managing our Personal Health Records programme across a number of NHS trusts around the UK.

Outside work, Katy 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. She also enjoys all kinds of arts & crafts.

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Elle Long
Project Manager

After studying French, Spanish & Mandarin at Newcastle University, Elle has worked for 8 years in Account Management and Project Management roles, spanning the travel, events and charity sectors, for companies such as Airbnb and The Children’s Society. Elle is a certified Agile Scrum Master, and is passionate about User Centred Design.

At Mindwave, Elle manages a variety of projects covering websites, mobile applications, and emerging technologies such as VR. Elle works closely with the developers and designers to translate user needs into tangible features for development, whilst managing relationships with clients.

Outside of work, Elle is either planning her next overseas adventure, learning a new language, or trying out a new recipe.

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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
UX / UI Designer

Julia joined Mindwave in early 2018, with a background in Graphic design and a BSc in Interaction Design. She wrote a thesis on mental health and social media, making her the perfect addition to the team.

As a designer at Mindwave Julia covers all streams of design - from planning and conducting user research, to creating wireframes, prototypes and UI, to conducting usability testing.

Outside work, Julia can often be spotted at one of East London’s cozy hangouts. She also enjoys tasty food, travelling and occasionally binge watching series (honestly, who doesn't!?).

 
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Iulia Pirv
Project Support

Iulia joined Mindwave in October 2018 in a Project Support role. Having studied for 3 years to gain an honours degree in Business and Law, including modules on project management, she feels excited about what she can add to the company. In addition to her degree, she also brings a strong background spanning 6 years in business and utilises these skills to support the team on a wide range of projects.

In Mindwave, Iulia is responsible for providing research, reports and documentation to support the projects. She works mainly with the project managers, organising events and liaising with the company’s stakeholders.

Hailing from the beautiful mountain regions of Transylvania, Iulia has a thirst for adventure and likes to travel and experience different cultures, meet new people and most of all try new food!

Shakira Lagrin
Business Support Officer

Shakira joined Mindwave in 2019 and has worked within the Administrative sector for 2 years ranging from property to recruitment. She has gained A-level qualifications in Business Studies, Psychology and Product Design.

Supporting for the CEO and Founder of Mindwave Kumar Jacob, her tasks include managing his diary, day to day activities and general support for the company.

Out of work hours, Shakira spends her time being creative by painting and drawing still life and still has enough time to make and create new food recipes!

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Ramesh Murugesan
Development Manager

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 the UK, Austria, Australia and India. As a freelancer he has also worked for clients across the 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 leads the Mindwave development team as our Development Manager.

He is a Life Liver and a Coffee Addict! He loves to learn new intriguing stuff and in his spare time, stunt doubles for The Hulk!

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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.

At Mindwave he works as a front end developer and has been heavily involved with Virtual reality in accordance with various mental health projects which are of high importance.

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 has done her MCA in Anna university and has worked in messenger bot which is a software used in artificial intelligence (AI) to communicate with customers. 

At Mindwave, Aarthi works on Front end development with various frameworks and CMS. Her vast knowledge of Android and iOS systems helps her work on the frontend for hybrid application development.  

At home, Aarthi used to play chess, tennis and often volunteers at 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. 

In Mindwave, Priyanka develops android and ios mobile applications and web applications using various frameworks, CMS and databases.

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 has a Bachelor’s Degree from Anna University and 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.

In Mindwave, Sakthivel develops mobile and web applications using various frameworks, CMS and databases.

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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Sambath Kumar Palani
Developer

Sambath joined the Mindwave development team in July 2018 bringing with him years of experience working in multiple technologies for clients. Sambath is a tech geek by nature who simply would not take no for an answer when it comes to technology solutions.

At Mindwave, he is involved in development and support for node or python based applications.

Sambath spends his time outside of work learning more about technology, going to the movies, helping his friend at a local non-profit organisation and swimming during the weekends.

 
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Arul Jothy
Developer

Arul is a flexible developer with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of programming in general. He adheres to Agile methodologies and best practices of coding to ensure it is easy to maintain. Being passionate about code and technology, Arul is motivated by new challenges, always learning new tricks, and trying to stay on top of the latest trends and technologies.

Arul at Mindwave aids development and support for Back-end and Front-end.

Meanwhile in his free time - Arul like to watch movies with friends. He is a big fan of Marvel movies and loves to watch Netflix series. His all time favourite series are Friends and Sherlock Holmes. Arul also enjoys playing video games and drawing with pencil.

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Aishwaryaa Ravi
Project Manager

After completing her MBA with specialisations in HR and Marketing in 2013, Aishwaryaa has a work experience of over 5 years in general management across various sectors. She best describes herself as sincere, friendly, curious and ambitious! 

Her role at Mindwave involves liaising between the developers and the rest of the team to ensure that the projects are completed and delivered on time.

She loves her best buddy, Jamie, a German shepherd who was rescued from a breeder. Aishwaryaa keeps herself occupied in her free time by volunteering at orphanages, old age homes and animal welfare organisations.

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Sravan Kumar
Senior Developer

Sravan is our new techie who has experience both in front and back end development, having worked in the industry for many years. He has a Bachelors degree in Computer application. He likes keeping himself up to date with the latest coding and new technologies and loves to share his knowledge with all.

As a senior developer at Mindwave, Sravan helps in Front and back end development of websites and apps and ensures quality.

He loves spending his free time with family and friends and is an ardent fan of cricket and movies. He also likes to explore his culinary skills from time to time.

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Manikandan Selvam
Office Administrator

Mani has worked for 3 years in HDFC Bank as Junior Officer- Processing. He has an MBA degree in Finance & Human Resource from Anna University.

At Mindwave, Mani helps coordinating office activities and operations to secure efficiency.

Outside work, Mani spends his time playing chess and designing in photoshop.

 
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Vasu Narayanasamy
Designer

Having completed his Bachelors in Electronics and Communication, Vasu has been working for the past 6 years across a wide range of disciplines in Design. He has a great deal of experience in App User Interface & User Experience designs, Website User Interface & User Experience designs and Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Experiences.

Vasu takes care of the design needs in Mindwave team during their application development and has expertise in creating Virtual Reality Experiences and Virtual Reality UI Designs.

During his spare time you’ll find him exploring and meeting new people whilst capturing moments with his Poco F1. He believes that photography alone can teach us a lot about visual impression and storytelling as part of the various phases of life.

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Anusuya Ravichandran
Junior Developer

Anusuya has done her MCA in Pondicherry Engineering College (PEC).

At home, Anusuya invests her time in making handicraft products. She likes to play kabaddi and carrom board.

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Sumithra Ramachandran
Junior Developer

Sumithra has done her M.Sc Computer Science in Thiruvalluvar University.

At home, sheis interested in making handmade jewelry, play chess and is curious to learn new things.

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Aparna Rajasekar
Junior Developer

Aparna has completed her MCA in Pondicherry Engineering College (PEC).

She loves watching movies. Aparna is keen in learning new things in her spare time and in spending quality time with family.

 

Dandapani Dhanusu
Junior Developer

Dandapani has completed his MCA in Anna University.

After work, he likes to play chess, volleyball and cricket.

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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 White Horse Mews. 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.