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Championing a global approach to mental health

We're all about translating the cutting edge of science into human wellbeing, especially for those most neglected.

Our Founding Principles

  • Science and Skepticism
    We are huge proponents of the scientific method in everything that we do. All our advice will be peer-reviewed prior to publication, and every intervention we trial will require at least one successful, independently run, randomised controlled trial before we advocate for its widespread use. Every intervention we are actively considering at present has multiple systematic reviews, the highest tier of evidence in science, supporting their efficacy.
  • Global mindset
    We strongly favor interventions which can be quickly employed to the poorest parts of the world; we lobby other organisations to make simple changes which yield better results for the world's poor. Each and every one of our research areas has been chosen solely for their basis in evidence and ability to scale up to make a huge global impact.
  • Cost-efficiency
    We believe it may be possible to reduce the cost of providing mental health treatments by a factor of 1000, and bring about a mental health revolution globally. We have reason to believe that an effective digital treatment, once developed, may cost less than 1p per person per day for each new patient.

Meet the Team

John Salter | Co-Founder & Managing Director

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John is a graduate from europe's highest rated neuroscience department, and has spent the last three years researching novel depression treatments. A large part of what got him started was a desire to better manage his own depression. He conceived of Overcome in 2019, and has since discontinued a masters degree to dedicate more time to it. He has since acquired several cognitive behavioural therapy qualifications and accreditations. To prepare for the creation of digital treatments he has studied computer science and artificial intelligence extensively; he is now proficient in three different programming languages, and is taking a course from Stanford University in algorithmic design.

To help fund his studies and contribute to the running costs of the charity, he works part-time as a science, maths and programming tutor, specialising in students with additional mental health needs. He is one of london's most positively reviewed SEN tutors, with 100% positive feedback from mentally ill clients and an average rating of 4.9/5 stars across all clients. He's received contracts from the NHS to teach organisational and mental health skills, and from both local and national government to deliver tuition to people with complex needs, ages 14-40.

Dominic Ray | Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

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Dominic is a social entrepreneur & digital mental health specialist. He studied Neuroscience at University College London, specialising in mental health & psychopharmacology. He was founder & president of a university mental health society and has prior experience leading teams internationally, in both health and education sectors. He has built an extensive tutoring portfolio since he started almost 10 years ago, focusing specifically on youth and adolescents with various SEN disorders and mental health issues. Dominic is currently completing an online course in Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster at Harvard and plans to pursue a part time masters in Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge. His role focuses on: facilitating growth & development, overseeing Overcome's research projects & forming strategic partnerships.

Vince Shaw MBA, Cmgr, FCMI | Co-Founder & General Manager

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Vince is a highly experienced senior manager having spent the vast majority of his career in leadership positions working with organisations such as Rolls Royce, BMW, ZF, EON. In addition to his wide range of technical management skills, Vince has gained a huge amount of intercultural experience living and working overseas for many years.

One of Vince’s most enjoyable times at work was working with the highly talented Engineers and Scientists at EON’s (Uniper) Engineering and Scientific organisation. This experience should bode well now working with Overcome’s array of Neuroscientists, Psychologists, Therapists etc (far too many to mention) to develop ground breaking intelligence that will transform the delivery of mental health interventions.

Academic achievements peaked with an MBA in 2000, then obtaining Chartered Manager status in in 2008 and being awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Management Institute in 2009.

Since leaving the corporate world in 2020, Vince has founded and run three successful businesses (Property Development, Property Lettings, Management Consultancy) and now trades his time between them and Overcome.

His motivation for becoming a co-founder of Overcome is very personal having seen loved ones, as well as friends, colleagues and associates suffer with the devastating effects of depression and other mental health illness. Conversely, having been lucky enough not to suffer himself, some of his proudest work has been helping others with stress which is still the elephant in the room of most organisations.

Dr Emmanuel Owobu | Co-Founder

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Dr Emmanuel Owobu is medical doctor, social entrepreneur and public health researcher. He was awarded the United Nations Online volunteer award for 2013 with the Delta Women Team as well as a Commonwealth Youth Development Awardee for his works in rural communities in Nigeria. He is a LEAP Africa and Skoll World Forum fellow. In 2015, he setup his own organisation, MOBicure which provides access to quality healthcare using mobile technology. Since he started his organisation, he has been able to reach over 150,000 women, child and young people with its products: OMOMI and myPaddi. He is has Masters degree from the University of Edinburgh in Global eHealth after being awarded a scholarship from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. He has a diploma in ehealth with a focus in low- and middle-income countries with the Aghan University’s. He was awarded his bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Benin, Nigeria.

Helen Hayward | Head of Psychology

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Helen is a psychology undergraduate from Loughborough University and is a current intern at Overcome. Helen is a mature student and has a background in management and a passion for Psychology. She has experience of working for several other NGO’s and has undertaken a number of successful fundraising events, raising thousands of pounds for good causes. Her decision to become part of the Overcome team, stems from her desire to make mental health treatment a level playing field for all. Helen’s primary area of interest is substance addictions and the need for a shift in attitudes, and a change in treatment options.

Helen is currently overseeing a team of like-minded psychology undergraduates, who’s role is to provide comprehensive research reviews that are held to the highest scientific standards. She is using her wealth of life experience, and knowledge of psychology, to guide and develop her team during their internships with the organisation.

Sakshi Setia | Project Lead

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Sakshi is a medical doctor with a masters degree in International Health Management from Imperial College London. She is a strategic thinker, passionate about designing and implementing systems that achieve improved mental health outcomes through evidence-based interventions. Sakshi has international experience in policy development and health program implementation, where she has harnessed her research and analytical skills to provide expert consultatory advice in both public and private sectors. She is currently leading an applied research project focussed on optimising mental health in refugee children using digital interventions.

Jake Brindley | Head of fundraising and public relations

Jake worked as a fundraising team leader for two years before being appointed senior team leader at Centrepoint, one of the UK’s largest homelessness charities. Along with the manager of the charity, he opened the Manchester fundraising office for Centrepoint and was tasked with management of the office. Jake was solely responsible for the training and recruitment of fundraising staff, choosing fundraising locations and managing associated accounts. He collaborated with financial staff in the Manchester office, working on how to relay how the charity used public funds to potential donors and running training sessions for other team leaders.

Jake uses the skills and knowledge he acquired throughout his charity career to help inform our public relations strategy and manages all of our fundraising efforts.


Ignacy Grześkowiak | Media Liaison

Ignacy will be in charge of liaising with the important media figures once the app is produced, producing our digital releases in the meantime, and providing insight into the life of someone who experiences depression. As his role will start small and grow gradually over time, he has been chosen primarily for his potential, his first-hand insight into the problems we aim to address, and the success he’s had in managing his own mental health.

Ignacy is reliably described by his peers and those who know his work as deeply likeable and a consummate professional. He is studying a prestigious journalism course at City University. As a startup organisation, networking is tantamount to our success and growth. Ignacy has demonstrated the ability to reliably gain the acceptance and respect of those around him. He has found social success in an extremely diverse set of groups differing wildly in their socioeconomic status, gender identity, politics, education level, religiosity and nationality.

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