Our team is best known as the 'PKB family' and like any family, we value each and every person that has joined us.
What makes our team truly special is their ability to connect with and understand our patients and clients. That’s because most of us have either worked in the health or social care sector, supported family or loved ones receiving care and treatment, or experienced being a patient at some point in our lives.
We find it’s this knowledge and real-life experience that really makes a difference. It not only helps us to understand and empathise with our patients and clients but it also pushes us to innovate everyday, to make healthcare services better for us all.
Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, CEO and Founder
Mohammad is founder and CEO of Patients Know Best. As a trained physician from the University of Cambridge; he worked as a staff scientist at the National Institutes of Health; and was a management consultant to US hospitals at The Advisory Board Company. Mohammad is the author of seven books on personal health records and an honorary senior research associate at UCL medical school for his research on patient-controlled medical records. In 2012, he was elected an Ashoka Fellow as a social entrepreneur for the contributions he has made to patient care.
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Ian Bastow, Chief Financial Officer
Ian is co-founder of Patients Know Best. He is responsible for Finance, Legal and HR matters and advises on commercial strategy. Ian is a UK qualified accountant and gained an MBA with Distinction from London Business School, where he specialised in Corporate Finance. He has worked in the technology sector for 25 years and has raised over $100m of equity funding from investors.
Katie Bettell-Higgins, VP Customer Success
Katie qualified as a nurse in 1997. She started her career in orthopaedics and trauma when she became a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) focusing on spinal injury and surgery, and later went on to lecture on this subject at the Florence Nightingale School at Kings College, London. Following this, she worked as a school nurse in East London and where she was nominated for an 'Innovation in Practice' award for her work to improve sex and relationship education for 10 to 11-year-olds. Katie has also worked as a specialist practitioner in contraceptive and sexual reproductive health for many years.
Sally Rennison, VP of Sales
Sally joined PKB in 2016. Previously, Sally worked for an EPR provider to manage the transition of customers through the end of the National Programme for IT to local contracts. However, as someone who passionately believed in and recognised the value and the importance of acknowledging the patient as part of the provision of healthcare, Sally came to PKB. Since joining the company she has held positions as a national business lead, exploring new opportunities and supporting clients to maximise their potential from PKB. As the company grew, Sally led and developed the procurement team; re-structuring processes and increasing effectiveness.
Mate Varga, VP of Engineering
Mate received his MSc in robotics and control theory at Budapest University of Technology. He spent almost three years in computational neuroscience working on performance problems of large-scale neural network models. Later, he joined the financial services industry in London, focusing on the design and implementation of low-latency, high-throughput and robust electronic trading systems. Fascinated by its vision and mission, he joined PKB in 2015. His primary interest is scaling - both systems and teams.
David Grange, Data Protection Officer
David has delivered highly scalable, mission-critical information technology infrastructure solutions and secured multisite corporate networks. As the Director of Operations, EMEA & APAC, with internet performance leader Dyn Inc, he was instrumental to international scaling, seeing revenues grow from $30m to $100m in 3 years. He led a number of high profile customer account acquisitions including Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu Siemens, Netlog, The Financial Times, Spotify, Al Jazeera, Canonical (Ubuntu), GE Healthcare and Telenor. In November 2016, Dyn was acquired by Oracle. Outside of PKB, David is involved in several not-for-profit privacy and security-focused technology projects.
Richard Smith, Chairman
Richard is Director of the Ovations initiative run by UnitedHealthcare. Its mission is to combat chronic disease in the developing world, funding global centres including in China, Bangladesh, South Africa, Central America and the US Mexico border.
Richard is an honorary professor at the University of Warwick, a member of the governing council of St George’s, University of London and editor of Cases Journal. Previously he was CEO of UnitedHealth Europe, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group in Europe.
Before that, Richard was editor of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and CEO of the BMJ Publishing Group. After qualifying in medicine, he worked in hospitals in Scotland and New Zealand before joining the BMJ. He also worked as a television doctor (BBC/ TV-AM) and has a degree in management science from Stanford Business School.
Dr Sarah Wright
After graduating in Anthropology and Sociology at Swansea University, Sarah pursued a role with Cardiff University to support Leadership Development in Industrial South Wales. This led Sarah to Telos Partners, where she delivered programmes to support CEOs and leaders with organisational change. Sarah completed doctoral research focused on patient-centred care in gastroenterology and outpatients and taught medical anthropology in HE. She has contributed to the review and evaluation of the delivery of local mental health and dermatology services in Wales.
Sarah leads Patients Know Best across Wales, working with NHS Wales and other parters to bring the first patient controlled health record to the population. Sarah also lead the our education programme.
David has trained as a biomedical scientist in the NHS, working primarily on the National Cervical Screening Programme. After completing a masters in public health, he went on to work as an analyst at Public Health Wales, developing national surveillance systems for infectious diseases, clinical instruments to work on outbreak investigations.
David has also completed a masters in computing at Cardiff University, in which he developed a website to support asylum seekers settling in Cardiff before joining PKB as a project manager for Wales.
Lewis graduated with a first class in Biomedical Sciences from the Cardiff School of Health Sciences in 2017. After graduating, Lewis took some time out to travel then going on to work as a Quality Control Analyst for a pharmaceutical company in South Wales where he conducted various tests, monitored production processes and identified malfunctions for large retailers.
Lewis was driven to join Patients Know Best through understanding the true benefit of patient autonomy regarding their health information. Lewis currently works as a Project Manager for the Cardiff and Vale region whilst supporting other deployments across South Wales.
Holly is a Regional Business Manager in the Business Development Team at PKB, working across Wales, London, the West Midlands. She is also our lead for Mental Health across the UK. The role involves working closely with key stakeholders across NHS organisations to increase awareness and usage of the platform.
Holly graduated with a first class degree in Business from Nottingham Business School and worked at Xerox UK Ltd for 4 years as a Client Account Manager, providing hybrid mail and digital record services to the UK Health Sector. Holly was driven to join PKB to pursue the vision of empowering patients to have access to their data.