About Us

Team uMotif are united in our belief that patient-centric thinking combined with beautiful technology and effective teamwork can truly change clinical research for the better. We search for mission-driven people who are not afraid to be challenged – who want to tackle demanding problems and embrace innovative ideas.

Our Leadership Team

  • Bruce Hellman

    Bruce Hellman

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Bio Bruce Hellman

    Bruce Hellman

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Bruce is uMotif’s entrepreneurial leader and co-founded the company in 2012. He and his team have designed and built the uMotif patient-centric data capture platform powering site-based to fully decentralised clinical, real-world, and post-marketing research.

    Bruce began his career working in clinical trials at British Biotech before joining the UK Civil Service Fast Stream in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Prior to founding uMotif, Bruce was a Management Consultant at Serco and holds an Executive MBA from Imperial College Business School.

    Bruce was recognised in the 2019 PharmaVOICE 100 as one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in life sciences and has also been nominated as one of Computer Weekly’s UKtech50 Rising Stars, won the Cisco BIG awards, and was nominated by Real Business magazine as one of the ’30 to watch in mobile’.

    Bruce is a multiple Ironman finisher and coaches the Teddington Rugby Club Under 8s.

  • Ben James

    Ben James

    Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder

    Bio Ben James

    Ben James

    Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder

    Ben leads the product team and is responsible for the uMotif technology roadmap with the focus of bringing consumer grade technology to the life sciences industry. He co-founded uMotif in 2012 and is the mastermind behind the highly engaging Motif user interface.

    Ben has over 20 years’ experience in interaction and product design. Prior to co-founding uMotif, Ben managed an interaction design consultancy, Highrise Design, working with top UK and US design agencies. Ben’s experience in building large scale configurable consumer products brings a fresh perspective to designing uMotif’s patient-centric eClinical platform.

    Ben spends his free time with his two boys playing music and swimming in very cold water!

  • Prakash Shah

    Prakash Shah

    Chief Financial Officer

    Bio Prakash Shah

    Prakash Shah

    Chief Financial Officer

    Prakash is responsible for financial operations and investor relations at uMotif. He is a qualified ACA/CFA trained management executive with 20 years’ experience delivering financial and business leadership to blue-chip and growth companies including Deloitte, JPMorgan, Nomura, UBS, and tech start-ups.

    Prakash has worked in the city as a portfolio and hedge fund manager, trader, and analyst. For the past 10 years he has led start-up teams through rapid growth and scale-ups.

    Prakash spends his spare time with family, though is resigned to being a taxi and ATM for his teenage son. Playing and coaching both football and rugby keep him active as well as being a keen cyclist.

  • Jonathan Stone

    Jonathan Stone

    SVP, Sales & Marketing

    Bio Jonathan Stone

    Jonathan Stone

    SVP, Sales & Marketing

    With a decade of experience selling eClinical solutions in the life sciences space Jonathan leads the uMotif global market and business development teams. Prior to uMotif Jonathan spent 5 years at Medidata Solutions and was pivotal to their expansion in EMEA where he helped the company grow significantly across Europe and Israel. Previously Jonathan was responsible for business development of clinical trial supplies at Durbin.

    Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science, with Honours, in Biotechnology from the University of Glasgow and a Master of Science in Strategic Project Planning from Heriot-Watt University.

    Jonathan is uMotif’s resident champion bagpiper! He dedicates his free time to young son, Oliver, and is a keen sportsman enjoying football, rugby, and skiing.

  • Brian Collins

    Brian Collins

    Quality Assurance Director

    Bio Brian Collins

    Brian Collins

    Quality Assurance Director

    Brian is responsible for the development, improvement, and day-to-day operations of uMotif’s Quality Management System. Brian is our Data Protection Officer and holds an Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

    Brian has 35 years’ experience working in life sciences. Prior to uMotif he spent 7 years at GE Healthcare providing cross-functional project leadership for operational areas of the business including program implementations at customer sites and internal simplification projects to improve compliance and agility of the QMS. Brian spent the previous 13 years at Wyeth holding senior management positions leading a variety of quality and validation roles at their European head office and UK manufacturing site.

    Brian holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy in Pharmacy from the University of Bath and a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Pharmaceutical Studies from the University of Brighton.

    Brian is an avid beekeeper and harvests 10 to 15kg of honey in a good year!

  • Rachel Faulconbridge

    Rachel Faulconbridge

    Director of Professional Services

    Bio Rachel Faulconbridge

    Rachel Faulconbridge

    Director of Professional Services

    Rachel leads the uMotif professional services team and is responsible for ensuring customer success. She brings over 30 years’ experience working in the Pharmaceutical industry, starting with a career as a clinical trials statistician and statistical programmer, and moving on to a project management career in technology supporting clinical trials, starting in IVRS and moving to eCOA.
    Rachel has been leading Project Management teams for approximately ten years and is certified via the Project Management Institute. She was also Director of Customer Satisfaction for a number of years. Prior to joining uMotif, Rachel headed up a Project Management team with ERT, where she worked for six years.
    Rachel holds a Bachelor of Science, with Honours, in Applied Statistics from Sheffield Hallam University and an MBA from Loughborough University.
    Rachel is a keen football fan and can be found running the line most weekends for her teenage son’s football team.

Advisors

  • Steve Powell

    Steve Powell

    Chairman

    Bio Steve Powell

    Steve Powell

    Chairman

    Steve is a veteran of the clinical research space with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. His extensive experience is gained through senior roles in finance, IT, business development, commercial, and manufacturing, all within the pharmaceutical industry. Steve was instrumental in establishing Phase Forward as a global leader in the provision of software as a service (SaaS) solutions prior to its sale to Oracle. He is currently Chairman of uMotif, Cisiv, Dotmatics, and MyMeds&Me.

  • Ali Mitchell

    Ali Mitchell

    Non-Executive Director

    Bio Ali Mitchell

    Ali Mitchell

    Non-Executive Director

    A naval engineer by training, Ali started his career designing ships and boats, before embarking on his own start-up journey. Having gone through a trial by fire with the dot-com bubble crash, Ali joined dunnhumby as its first product leader. He built their SaaS business from zero to $50m in three years before leaving to found Huddle, an online file-sharing and collaboration company.

    Having led dunnhumby and Huddle’s international growth, built products and teams across the Atlantic, Ali knows all too well the challenges of scaling into new territories. He now works closely with uMotif, sharing his experiences and learnings of international expansion.

  • Alison Vincent

    Alison Vincent

    Technology Advisor

    Bio Alison Vincent

    Alison Vincent

    Technology Advisor

    Alison is an experienced IT industry leader with recent roles including Group Chief Information Security Officer at HSBC and Chief Technology Officer at Cisco. Prior to those positions she held technical leadership roles in NDS, Micro Focus, and IBM. She has experience in cybersecurity, research and development, strategy execution, product management, and business development, with particular expertise in digital strategy, innovation, and mergers and acquisitions.

    Alison has a PhD in Cryptography and Combinatorics from London University and a 1st Class Honours BSc in Maths and Computer Science. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Fellow of the Institution of Technology and Engineering.

  • Andrew Elder

    Andrew Elder

    Non-Executive Director

    Bio Andrew Elder

    Andrew Elder

    Non-Executive Director

    Andrew initially practised as a neurosurgeon for six years before joining Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as a consultant. Whilst at BCG he specialised in healthcare strategy, gaining experience with large global clients across the full spectrum of healthcare including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, service and care providers, software, and telecommunications. Andrew now focuses on medical technologies, digital health, and technology-enabled services to the life sciences industry and serves on the boards of companies ranging from diagnostics, imaging, and software to pharmaceuticals and biomarkers. He joined AlbionVC in 2005 and became a partner in 2009.

    Andrew has an MA plus Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (England).