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Leadership

Bringing together clinical expertise and a fundamental understanding of the populations we serve, Simplify Health is led by some of the brightest minds in the business. Above all, our leaders are passionate about finding the best solutions to help people live their lives to the fullest potential—and it shows.

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  • Dr. Melinda Rees

    Rees

    Simplify Health Managing Director

    “The most important thing to know about Simplify Health is that we lead with what we believe. Everyone is mission driven, every member of the Simplify Health Team has been recruited because they are clear about making change happen, every one of us will not stand on the sidelines and watch, every one of us has a warrior inside and a team of happy warriors is a force!”

    Melinda is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Managing Director of Simplify Health. She provides executive leadership for Simplify Health and cross-sector partnerships focused on transforming mental health care. Previously, Melinda held clinical and operational lead roles at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and a number of other London Trusts. She has also worked in the third sector and abroad. She has twenty years’ experience of clinical practice in a variety of clinical models and interventions across a broad range of populations. Her academic background is in organizational leadership, clinical psychology and healthcare management. Her qualifications are from the University of Oxford, the University of East London, the University of Manchester and Harvard Business School.

  • Stuart John Chuan

    John Chuan

    Clinical Director

    “At Simplify Health, we are always seeking to develop people and services, adding value in the organisations we work with. Seeing quick results from our work energises the people we employ and our partners. We lead by example, not just speaking but demonstrating values in our behaviour and the way we operate.”

    Stuart is a Clinical Director at Simplify Health, focusing on product development and implementation of innovative services in partnership with the NHS and other care providers. In his previous posts he worked as a psychological therapist, case manager, trainer and consultant in community, high secure psychiatric and prison settings. He previously managed a team supporting psychologically-informed practice in primary care, crisis services, children and family services, probation and the voluntary sector. He is a co-author of the DH/MoJ Working with Personality Disordered Offenders practitioners guide and has been a guest lecturer on the MSc Forensic Psychology courses at the University of Surrey and University of Kent.

  • Tim de Winter

    de Winter

    Director of Operations and IT

    “The importance of patient care and ensuring the right results for service users is at the forefront of everything Simplify Health does. We have the know-how and passion to make a significant change in the lives of many. The personal drive and commitment to achieve this by all staff and at all levels is compelling.”

    Tim oversees operations as well as Information Governance, Finance, HR, IT, Commercial and Projects. He has operational, commercial and programme management experience across the public, private and third sectors in health and international organisations. Before joining Simplify Health, Tim was a Management Consultant with GE Healthcare Finnamore.  Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles within Carillion and EE/T-Mobile, including internal communications, marketing communications, international IT test management, M&A programme management, performance and supply chain management and contract governance.

  • Katie Laing

    Laing

    Surrey CAMHS Programme Director

    “Simplify Health has given me an opportunity to work within a solution focused, patient centered, organization that provides young people with access to the right mental health services. Both Simplify Health corporate and clinical team members are passionate about the work they undertake, placing the young person’s recovery at the heart of every decision made.”

    Katie graduated from South Bank University London in 2001 with an Honours Degree (BSc) in Mental Health Nursing. Since graduating Katie has completed a post-graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural therapy and MSc Mental Health studies at Kings College London. She has worked with in many fields of psychiatry including forensics, adult psychiatric intensive care and child and adolescent mental health services. Katie has extensive clinical and managerial experience working in several countries including the UK (Maudsley NHS Trust), Ireland and Dubai. Katie has been fortunate to have has the opportunity with the development of services including the commissioning of in-patient CAMHS Dublin and working for Dubai Health Authority developing their in-patient and community mental health services. Whilst in Dubai she was approached to set up the first fully integrated CAMHS service Dubai.

    Katie has worked with Simplify Health since February 2016 as the Surrey CAMHS contract Programme Director. She holds the responsibility of overseeing all aspects of the contract.

  • Rob Harvey

    Harvey

    FTB (Birmingham) Director of Clinical Transformation

    “I joined Simplify Health because of a shared set of values, and a mutual need to improve things for the millions of people who experience mental health problems.”

    Rob is the Director of Clinical Transformation for Forward Thinking Birmingham. Forward Thinking Birmingham is the 0-25s mental health partnership within Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city. He has a role within the partnership developing specific service and quality improvements, and is also responsible for delivering the 5 Simplify Health services within the partnership.

    As a mental health nurse and Family Therapist Rob’s most recent senior posts include Assistant Chief Transformation Officer for Mental Health and Learning Disability services, Divisional Director for Adult Community services in a provider trust, and a Nurse Consultant/Head of Service for children’s mental health in a provider trust. Rob’s passions are for developing systems to ensure ease and equity of access to mental health services and enabling patients to manage their mental health out of hospital settings.

  • Dr. Rhiannon Thomas

    Thomas

    Children and Family Health Surrey Programme Director

    "I feel privileged to work at Simplify Health and be part of an organisation whose entire purpose is to make healthcare in the UK work better - for practitioners, patients and their families. That ethos defines Simplify Health and the individuals - from the MD through to each and every person working with us."

    Rhiannon is a Psychotherapist and is the Programme Director for the Child and Family Health Surrey contract, which went live in July 2017. Prior to joining Simplify Health, Rhiannon was a Hospital Director for Priory Group within an acute inpatient setting and Clinical Director for a day and outpatient private therapy service in London.

    She is a qualified solicitor and, formerly, a university lecturer and academic supervisor for the MSc, PhD and PsychD (UKCP) Psychotherapy programmes at Roehampton University. Her academic background is in the implications of phenomenological methods and post-existentialism for psychotherapeutic research and practice, with a particular focus on narrative research and the use of language. Her clinical practice is with a range of populations, including mood and addictive disorders, trauma, and psychotherapy with individuals diagnosed with neurodevelopmental delay.