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Leadership Team

Founder & Chief Executive Officer – Dr David Jay

David holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Manchester and a GSK-funded Doctorate from the University of Durham. Subsequently, he was Founder/Director of a University of Durham spin-out company, before entering the world of Executive Search in 2007, most recently specialising in the Life Sciences industry. David is an entrepreneur, Director, lead investor and co-founder of Orpheus Mind Technologies.

Founder & Chief Development Officer – Peter Owen

Peter holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology from Lancaster University and following an early career in Technology, he moved back into the realm of the human mind as a Clinical Therapist in 2010. Peter’s unique background and approach to mental healthcare drive the culture at Orpheus Mind Technologies. In his clinical work, he has adopted a toolkit that uses the Orpheus Decoupling Process at its heart, working with diverse groups of people, from teenagers to high-flying executives and athletes. Today, Peter is Director and co-founder of Orpheus Mind Technologies and co-develops the Orpheus methodology.

Chief Innovation Officer – Tim Phizackerley

Tim holds a BEd (Hons) degree from Lancaster University and is a full-time mental health practitioner with an international reputation and client list.  His early career started as a computer analyst, working on government mainframe systems but, following an incredibly challenging period in his personal life during which he nearly lost his wife to terminal illness, he became fascinated by the human mind and its abilities. This experience led him to transition into clinical therapy and since that time he has constantly innovated. Emotional resilience, mindset, and ways to create emotional calm have been a focus of intense study for Tim and his work has been featured in the media and other publications. Tim leads the development of the Orpheus Decoupling Process and is passionate about improving mental health provision.

De Facto Group Medical Director – Dr Stuart Watson

Stuart is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and Consultant Psychiatrist in inpatient services care with the NTW Foundation NHS Trust. He also works with the Clinical Research Network. In the North-East and North Cumbria, he is co-lead for mental health, and deputy industry lead (cross-specialty) with a lead role in investigator initiated trials and, nationally, he is workstream lead for commercial research.

Business Development Director – Susan Laurie

Susan is Business Development Director and leads commercial (B2B) networking activites for Orpheus. Following university, she pursued a marketing career in the pharmaceutical industry before succumbing to a serious drinking problem which escalated to a life-threatening situation. Her autobiography, “From Rock Bottom To Sober Forever“, provides inspiration to many. Having been saved by an earlier evolution of Orpheus, Susan is an author, mental health advocate and campaigner for change to the attitudes and treatment pathways available. She contributed to the House of Lords Commission on Alcohol Harm and writes for the Alcohol Health Alliance and Alcohol Change UK. Susan is part of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm and was recognised as a ‘Woman of The Year’ in 2020.

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