Team

Management Team

Anil Thapliyal

CEO

Adjunct Professor Anil Thapliyal has a passion for improving people’s health and wellbeing through the application of information communication technology seamlessly integrated within people’s health care.  He completed his postgraduate qualifications in Mental Health and Counselling field from the University of Auckland. Based on his longstanding work with the National Depression Initiative (The Lowdown and The Journal), in New Zealand, he decided to focus on the broader e-Mental Health domain and is professionally focused on the implementation of E-Mental Health programmes and services.  

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Vikas David

Chief Digital Information Officer

Vikas is a divergent thinker who loves solving problems. He has broad skills ranging from technical software architecture to sales and marketing. He specialises in partnerships within the healthcare segment. Over the last 19 years in Australia, he has worked across professional services, product management and provided consulting services to companies and government departments both locally and internationally.

Vikas is focused on solution design, the user experience and quality outcomes.

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Penny Marlowe

Project Management & Business Development Lead

Penny has more than 10 years work experience in the public health sector across the continuum, from population health approaches to acute care, including operational and strategic roles. She has undertaken project management and public health research roles relating to mental health, addictions and well-being in New Zealand, the UK and Australia, with key focus on change management and stakeholder engagement. She was a physiotherapist before moving into this field.

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Simon Sievert

Digital Creative & Consumer Experience Lead

Simon’s goal is to create solutions that inspire people to improve their lives. Empathy and creativity are combined to design programmes that meet people’s emotional needs and unlock behaviour change. Simon draws on 20 years of engineering, digital and social marketing experience, then applies the latest in human centred design approaches to his projects.

His work includes the National Depression Initiative (NDI) which pioneered the integration of social marketing, online learning and live support to create The Journal self-help programme.  

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Pav Grover

Manager, Projects & Change Management

Pav is a healthcare technology enthusiast and a hands-on Project Manager with a passion for delivering positive outcomes for clients and community. He has over 20 years of experience across various technologies like critical care, non-invasive diagnostics, interventional imaging and radiology information system. His core skills include clinical integration, informatics and data management, backed by successful track record of managing change and execution, enterprise solutions and customer accounts.

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Gareth Edwards

Lead Service Architect

Gareth is service architect with personal lived experience of mental illness and addiction. He provides research, design and development for government agencies, health and social services, universities and not for profits.

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Dr Lyndy Matthews

Lead Psychiatrist

A Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and recent Chair of the NZ Council of the Medical Colleges, Lyndy is a psychiatrist renowned for driving paradigm change and improvements. She provides clinical leadership for government agencies, specialist health services and primary care organisations. As part of HealthTRx team Lyndy provides clinical governance to e-Mental health and addictions workstream at the National Telehealth Service

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Candace Bagnall

Senior Analyst

Candace  has  25  years'  experience  in  public  health  and  mental  health  policy,  planning  and  service development.  Her  policy  work  began  in  Melbourne  where  she  worked  for  several  years  in  child protection  and  women's health,  and  back  in  New  Zealand  she  has  worked  at  a  senior  leadership level  in  NGOs,  regional  health  authorities  (public  health  funding and  planning),  and  the  Ministry  of Health.

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George Hill

Kaumatua & Cultural Advisor

‍George has worked as a Kaumatua and Cultural Advisor in the various community agencies across New Zealand for the last 12 years. George is highly respected for his work with various with Government and community based agencies.

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Dr Martin Orr

Chief Clinical Information Officer

Dr Martin Orr MB, BAO, BCH, MBA, DBA, FRANZCP, FACHI Chief Clinical Information Officer Martin  is  a  Consultant  Psychiatrist  and  Digital  Health  specialist.  He  has 20  years' experience  in healthcare   technology   leadership,   innovation,   strategy   and   governance.   He helped   lead   the development  of  New  Zealand's  first  Telepsychiatry  service,  was  a  Clinical  Advisor  for  the  National Depression  Initiative  John  Kirwan  e-learning  Journal  and  has  been  involved in  multiple  electronic record  developments  across  all  health  specialities.  

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Clinical Advisory Group

New Zealand

Dr Lyndy Mathews
MBBS, FRANZCP
Dr Martin Orr
MBBS, FRANZCP
Karl Metzler
CEO, Centre for Rural Health Development

USA

Dr James A. Cartreine
PhD. Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Dr Claudia Zayfert
PhD. Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon, NH

Canada

Professor Simon Hatcher
Vice-Chair Research, University of Ottawa
Professor Michael Krausz
Director Addiction Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health. University of British Columbia

Australia

Dr Jane Burns
Professor of Innovation and Industry, University of Sydney

UK

Professor Dinesh Bhugra
President - World Psychiatric Association
Professor Carolyne Steele
Chair - Mental Health Providers Forum

Hong Kong

Professor Samson Tse
Associate Dean and Director of Experiential Learning, The University of Hong Kong

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