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Leadership Team

Non-Executive Chairman – Jean-Michel Deckers

Jean-Michel is Non-Executive Chairman of Orpheus Mind Technologies and Head of the Life Science practice at Actoria International, a financial advisory firm based in Switzerland. Jean-Michel has a global perspective, having worked in senior executive roles across Europe and Asia, predominantly in large US multinational organisations. With foundations in Finance, Jean-Michel has since held General Management and Board positions over the last decade, advising and managing high growth start-ups in the life sciences and technology fields. His passion and track record are in helping management teams to develop ideas into flourishing businesses, grounded in sound strategies and solid governance principles.

Non-Executive Director – Dr Madhu Davies, MBA

Madhu is a Non-Executive Director of Orpheus Mind Technologies and a pharmaceutical physician by background. She is based in the UK, has an MBA and a global perspective with over 25 years’ experience of drug and medical device development across a broad range of therapy areas. Madhu has held senior management and Board positions in organisations of varying sizes and particularly enjoys the challenge of start-ups where she is able to ‘give back’. Madhu is a believer in life-long learning and development, directs the Postgraduate Course in Pharmaceutical Medicine and is an honorary visiting Professor at Cardiff University.

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.

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.

Group Relationships Director – Susan Laurie

Susan is Group Relationships 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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