Meet the Team

We are all passionate about what we do, scroll down and find out more about us

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Darren Crombie

Founder

Darren is the founder of Upstream Health and lead for Team Bridgit. He has experience in building teams and start-ups to deliver technology and health innovation, with a focus on improving social outcomes. Prior to founding Upstream he managed a care team responsible for looking after an amazing group of patients in Manchester, where he learnt a lot about the gap in health technology for family carers and the people they care for. This, combined with Darren's hands on experience with his Grandad Doug, led him on a path to create Bridgit, with the simple objective of helping family carers all over the UK. Darren also helps other health tech founders, students and fellow makers so if you’d like any support with your ideas please get in touch with Charlie to organise a meet.

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Kat Bwalya

Product

Kat is our Product Lead working across all aspects of Bridgit. Liaising with clients, customers, Bridgit device owners, family carers, key stakeholders and the Bridgit Team. Clarifying needs, technological capabilities as you go through the journey of bringing a digital/tech solution to life. He is passionate about using technology in innovative ways, with the goal of resolving the real world problems people face. His background in human physiology, internet computing, research and business analysis means he can speak “geek” as well as “normally”, being able to look at things from very different perspectives to get to a solution.

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Jack Ford

IoT

If the Bridgit Home hub had a dad it would be Jack! Jack has spent over a year now working diligently on the firmware and hardware that powers our Bridgit Home Hubs. He loves figuring out how technology can help, and brings together his deep knowledge of embedded systems, with a desire to make a difference to our family carers. He’s been a key part of the Bridgit leadership team and part of our core #AIforgood cohort working closely with Microsoft and other start-ups. In short Jack is awesome and we love having him leading and helping us on our journey.

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Andy Baarda

Projects

Andy is all things Projects here at Upstream Health. He has worked in health and social care digital delivery for nearly a decade, working with councils, trusts and the NHS to provide bespoke transformation and change projects across the country. He is an approachable leader who fosters an environment of teamwork and ensures that delivery is clearly defined while overseeing project performance and maintaining morale. With his strong interpersonal and client service skills enhancing a process driven management philosophy. His passion lies in allowing team members the time to learn and grow alongside everyday delivery milestones, each project is unique, made so by those who deliver it. Andy’s project management skills and experience will ensure Upstream Health has the ability to deliver the best possible outcomes for our customers.

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Gordon Mckenzie

Clinical

Gordon is our clinical lead. He advises on the clinical aspects to ensure the science, relevance and safety of Upstream products. Gordon is an academic otolaryngologist by training, with research experience in biotechnology, mixed methods research and implementation science. Gordon crosses disciplines and works at the integration of medicine, surgery and technology with a special interest in care of the older patient with cancer. Gordon is undertaking a PhD in embedding new services and technology within the NHS and is a keen fullstack web/mobile developer. He is an NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur and active in the start-up space with interests in EdTech, HealthTech and PropTech.

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Sophie George

Creative

Sophie is our creative, she designs and creates a variety of materials for the team and makes sure that such things as the brochures and videos you see are appealing. She brings a creative and fun nature to the team and with a background in digital media, we know that she can create enjoyable and visually appealing content which benefits our customers. We have full faith that Sophie is a team member that will thrive and put you first because she is doing what she does best, creating fresh content that helps others.

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Matt Niblett

Analytics

Matt is our Data Analyst, coming from an academic analysis background. He designs the dashboards for users so the organisations can understand and interpret their data to facilitate effective decision making at all levels, from strategic to tactical, supporting the delivery of social outcomes Matt brings an objective and critical thinking approach to the team ensuring the dashboards are a fantastic resource that can be easily understood providing both insight and meaningful information. He is extremely passionate about data and has the drive to make a real difference through the development of dashboards to support organisations in their understanding of their own data by transforming it into business intelligence. We believe Matt is a real team player that will push to improve your understanding and experience through the use of data analytics.

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Polina Heatley

Content

Polina is a full time student and part time supporter of Team Bridgit. She has been bringing her experience in health to help us build out the content that will power our new Carer Support service. Locating the content, support and resources to help direct our family carers to the help they need. Polina speaks her mind and is passionate about what she does. It’s been a privilege to get to know her and keep her busy at the weekends adding to Bridgit's content library.

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Julie Crombie

Office

The Bridgit Team is growing fast and Julie is helping to make that happen! As our Office Manager she is responsible for day to day running of the business, helping to look after our team and also help with recruitment. Julie provides the direction on HR, policies, working arrangements and to support us all in delivering our Bridgit vision. As well as managing the office, she brings years of experience and passion in supporting hundreds of clients with goal setting and 1-2-1 coaching to help them on their personal journeys. With the launch of our Bridgit Care coach service this experience will be key to help us, help others. Julie is committed to encouraging continuous professional development within the workforce in order to make individuals and the team be the best they can be.

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Dimi Nikovski

Development

Dimi is our Development Lead bringing his expertise in a wide range of software and develops technologies. He enjoys writing microservices, designing service meshes and building container based service architectures. (Which might sound a bit techy, but is all really cool - Promise!)

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Will Saunders

Junior Developer

Will is a Junior Developer with the IoT team, with a background in both desktop and embedded systems development. He is working on current and future Bridgit devices to deliver the features and efficiency required by our users and partners. Will brings a creative and technical approach to problems within the embedded portions of the project, with a long-standing interest in the field and software development in general driving his work day-to-day. He splits his time between Essex and the team in Hull right now. And manages to commute on a 125 motorbike! #dedicatedtothecause

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Natalie Cowell

Carers Support

Natalie is our Carers Support Service Lead. Natalie’s aim is to use her experience in adult health & social care and coordinating volunteer teams to help create, launch and lead a unique supportive service for unpaid carers in the U.K. She is excited to see how this service develops and evolves to help carers in different ways in the future. Natalie is passionate about helping carers and the cared for. She understands what challenges they are facing daily and aims to help them in all areas of their lives. She is understanding, friendly and always willing to help. Book in your care coach appointment and receive some fab advice and support from Natalie!

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Emma Lowndes

Marketing Advisor

Emma shares our mission to help elders live well. She cares for her live-in mother-in-law, authors a non-profit blog @maudandmum / www.maudandmum.com that shares help from their lived experience for other family carers and is a media spokesperson for Carers UK. She’s also a heavy-weight portfolio marketing director and board advisor who’s launched or rejuvenated brands and businesses big and small, for example launching the new BMW MINI in 2001. She’s a ‘creative scientist’ who brings a combination of big corporate rigour, start-up hustle and deep empathy with carers.

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Sanjay Parekh

IoT Advisor

He now helps organisations innovate, fundraise, build winning strategies and create deeper connections with their customers through his consulting practice. An experienced business leader, speaker and mentor, having been featured in almost all the major publications in the UK including the Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, and TechCrunch. Keen on opportunities in an executive or non-executive capacity with disruptive entrepreneurs or organisations who want to change the direction or accelerate the growth of their business.

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