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Transforming a personal experience

Until recently, understanding the personal wellbeing of staff was immensely difficult, involving assumption and hearsay.

But now organisations have the opportunity to gain unprecedented insight into the personal wellbeing of their staff via clinically validated anonymised data from chnnl.

chnnl was conceived in 2015 by medical student Elizabeth Berryman. Having heard, witnessed and experienced bullying herself, Elizabeth had a hunch bullying was more prevalent than anyone imagined, so she initiated a national survey of wellbeing across fourth, fifth and sixth-year medical students via the NZMSA. The results were astounding: the survey found that 54% of students had experienced what they perceived as bullying when on clinical placements and 76% had witnessed another student being bullied.

From these results, it became clear to Elizabeth that positive intervention was urgently required. In August of the same year, she partnered with the Dean of the Dunedin Medical School, Professor Barry Taylor and Associate Professor Ralph Pinnock in developing a tool to measure medical student wellbeing. After two successful pilots under the original name Particip8, chnnl was finally ready to extend its support beyond the University and healthcare environments.

Elizabeth was an integral part of an anti-bullying research team at the University of Otago. The project entitled, CAPLE (Creating a Positive Learning Environment) was founded in 2015 in response to concerns about student bullying in clinical areas. The University of Otago charged the CAPLE group to better understand this issue and research ways to combat it. The CAPLE group tested these methods in a number of clinical areas and has 5 publications, listed here.

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The Team

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Dr Elizabeth Berryman

CEO, Founder

Liz is a governance guru, with roles on both industry and community-based boards.

Founder and director of chnnl, Liz is a governance guru, with roles on both industry and community-based boards. She has a wealth of experience in the health sector, starting her career as a Registered Nurse in community Maori Health, before becoming a Medical Doctor.

Liz is focused on solutions that help workplaces combat issues such as employee burnout, depression, anxiety and suicide, and is an active researcher in this space. After founding a peer-mentoring program for medical students and seeing its success, she is now wildly passionate about supporting people’s mental wellbeing through digital tools.

Liz has been past President of the Otago University Medical Students' Association, New Zealand Medical Students' Association, Chair of the New Zealand Medical Benevolent Fund, and currently sits on the Ministry of Health's Professional Behaviour Taskforce Group and Health Informatics New Zealand Board.

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Josh Carter, CA

CFO, Director

An executive by nature with a passion for business, a dash of entrepreneurial spirit, and a serendipitous meeting, are what led me to chnnl.

An executive by nature with a passion for business, a dash of entrepreneurial spirit, and a serendipitous meeting, are what led me to chnnl.

After growing up in rural New Zealand, I attended Auckland University of Technology (AUT) where I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Graduate Diploma in Business.

Before life with chnnl, I worked for a boutique accountancy firm where I worked closely with a diverse range of clients from politicians, small-to-medium enterprises, to high net worth individuals and families. I am a full member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA).

In addition to my passion for chnnl, I also manage a real-estate investment business with a focus on motel, multi-unit, and build-to-rent assets.

I have a passion for aviation and hold a Private Pilot Licence (PPL).

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Julian Spora

Head of Engineering

Passionate about leading engineering teams that focused on customer outcomes backed by data.

Before joining chnnl, Julian worked for other SaaS organisations Pushpay and Xero where he had the opportunity to support and influence engineering culture and practice at times of rapid growth.

Julian is proud to be associated with the chnnl team and with a product that is making a real positive difference to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

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Michelle MacKinven

Chief of Staff

Michelle is a specialist in HR and Organisational Psychology.

With a background in HR and Organisational Psychology, Michelle has a proven track record overseeing a wide spectrum of Human Resources, software development, acquisition and implementation projects for organisations throughout a wide range of industries.

Her experience spans from conceptualisation, budget & goal setting, partnering with key stakeholders to identify and execute cross-functional goals, coordinating RFP processes, project management, technical communication, and end-user training.

With a strong UI/UX focus, she works across the chnnl team, from sales and account management, to product development and general business activities. 

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Janyk Theron

Tech Lead

Having worked as a software engineer, Janyk’s carreer has focused on building things that help people, using data as the driving force of those solutions.

Having worked in a variety of domains during his career as a software engineer, Janyk has found two things in particular grab his focus: building things that help people, and using data as the driving force of those solutions.

Whilst completing his BSc in Computer Science and Statistics, he worked on and developed on ERP systems, financial management tools and charitable websites.

Upon graduating he spent a period of time with Orion Health, working on patient facing web and mobile solutions, and building a framework to help increase deliverability of the product.

Recently his passion has taken him to East Africa for three months, where he worked on improving the quality of the technology serving the hospitals there.

Currently, he is exploring ways tele health and machine learning could further improve access to quality care in the developing world.

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Denis Tereshchenko

Senior Developer

Denis is a well-established professional with a track record of delivering value.

As a Senior Full Stack React Native Developer, Denis is a well-established professional with a track record of delivering value at varying levels of responsibility. Bringing a high level of technical expertise, Denis is adept with Agile, DevOps and Continuous Improvement practices.

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Jessica Newton

Customer Experience Manager

Jess is passionate about customer-centric product development and creating products people can’t live without!

Jess’ role at chnnl is diverse and centred around all things Customer Success - Sales, Marketing, Implementation Management and Customer Engagement. She’s passionate about customer-centric product development and creating products people can’t live without!

Jess is proud to work for chnnl because of two reasons:
1. chnnl promotes self-awareness around mental-wellbeing, enabling people to take a proactive approach before things become really tough.
2. The app provides organisations with incredible data trends so that they can create optimal working environments for employees!

In her spare time, you can find Jess renovating her house, enjoying a political podcast, spending time with family and soaking up the beach with friends!

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Emma Chisholm

Marketing Co-Ordinator

With a passion for digital-marketing & good products, Emma is a technology native.

A current student at the University of Auckland, Emma has a passion for customer-led marketing & products that genuinely help their users. With a background in digital marketing, project management & content creation - Emma's wide range of skills are put to good use with her strong customer focus. 

In her spare time, Emma enjoys sailing, wind-surfing and working within her local community to help young girls break barriers to technology-based industries. 

 

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Sammy Choudhery

Business Development

A recent graduate from the University of Auckland, Sammy has a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation.

A recent graduate from the University of Auckland, Sammy has a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. Sammy works as within Business Development, continually looking for new markets and ways to expand chnnl. 

In the future, Sammy hopes to harness the knowledge and commercial skills he has developed during his degree and extracurricular activities. “I aspire to become a future innovator and entrepreneur in the Deep Technology space. I want to be continuously surrounded by ideas and people who hold the potential to disrupt the ‘normal’ and produce positive changes that steer the world into a better future.”

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Nicole Ramirez

Data Scientist

A recent first-class honours Masters graduate in Data Science, Nicole is a specialist in AI led Data-Science.

As a “scientist”, Nicole wears two main hats at work: the “exploratory hat”, for ideating on how data and AI technology can be applied for internal projects, and the “implementation hat” for making those projects come to life. Nicole recently finished her Master’s in Data Science degree with first-class honours at The University of Auckland. Before studying computer code, she studied biological code through a genetics undergrad degree.

When not coding away on a personal project, Nicole loves to exercise, find the best food spots in town, watch documentaries and play board games with friends. Nicole feels privileged to work in this area and aims to give back through her work with chnnl.

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Angela Simmons

Wellbeing Consultant

Angela's wealth of experience within health & wellbeing is put to great use within her Customer Success & Product Development role.

Prior to working at chnnl, Angela was a Rehabilitation Consultant, supporting organisations and employees to overcome difficult situations relating to injury, illness, family violence or mental health challenges. Angela was a key member in setting up & supporting the award-winning Manaaki Support Network at Vodafone NZ.

As a passionate advocate for wellbeing & meaningful support, Angela is very excited about the safe framework that chnnl offers as employees have mental health support in their pockets. Employers will be able to use real-time data to manage psychological safety and target their wellbeing spend.

Outside of work, Angela is a mum to three growing children. She enjoys meditation, running, hockey, music & gardening.

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Sarah Thiessen

Australian Sales Manager

Sarah has worked with high-growth NZ Health Tech start-ups for the past 4 years, taking innovation international.

Sarah has over a decade of frontline nursing experience in the Emergency Department, Obstetrics and Public Health in Canada. She completed her MBA with Distinction in 2017 and provides a unique perspective to address the clinical and financial sustainability of healthcare. Sarah has worked with high-growth NZ Health Tech start-ups for the past 4 years, taking innovation international. She has a passion for health promotion, diverse teams, and workforce transformation through digital enablers

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Pip Spyksma

Customer Experience Manager

With a background in data and analytics consultancy, project management, process improvement and marketing, Pip gets a kick out of using data to help people. 

Pip gets a kick out of using data to help people. With a background in data and analytics consultancy, project management, process improvement and marketing, Pip gets stuck in wherever we need it. She’s the voice for our clients, ensuring their needs inform our product development, and is focused on improving the way we do things so we can help as many organisations as possible support better mental health and wellbeing in their workplace.  

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Lucie Edwards

UX Designer

Lucie is a User Experience Designer who loves to solve problems using design methodologies and works end-to-end to create meaningful experiences.

Lucie is a User Experience Designer who loves to solve problems. With an Honours Degree in design and five years of industry experience, she uses design methodologies and works end-to-end to create meaningful experiences. She knows the importance of asking questions that don't always have an easy answer and listening to connect with the problem. But she will still get down and dirty with the details, like how motion design affordances are crucial to creating intuitive interfaces. Personally, Lucie seeks to experience. She has travelled to 30 countries where she has run one marathon, jumped out of a plane, spent a night in the desert, and hiked an active volcano.

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Yang Jiao

Senior Developer

As a first-generation Android developer, Yang now has over a decade of working experience across android and iOS application development - therefore providing valuable expertise to the team.

As a first-generation Android developer, Yang started his mobile app developing journey in 2008. Now with over a decade of working experience, Yang is witness to how android and iOS has grown over time. Yang is proud to be bringing his accumulated expertise to chnnl by delivering reliable, secure and well-performed mobile apps. When not coding, Yang enjoys calm music meditation and yoga.

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Monique Larsen

Implementation Manager

With almost 2 decades of experience across customer success and consultative sales, Monique knows a thing or two about how to take care of her customers and her team. 

With almost 2 decades of experience across customer success and consultative sales, Monique knows a thing or two about how to take care of her customers and her team.  She also knows how important it is to truly understand her client's world to be able to deliver meaningful solutions. Having founded her own company in the natural health & well-being space she is no stranger to what it takes to be a part of an ever-evolving, solutions-based startup. Prior to joining chnnl Monique put her passion for equity into practice as Programme Director for Wahine Connect, a mentoring programme that supports women across the health sector. When not on the chnnl mission to build psychologically safe workplaces you’ll find her wrangling her 2 young boys, Leo & Teddy somewhere in nature. 

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Advisory Board

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Mark Berryman

Board Member

With an MBA from the University of Otago, Mark has also been a runner up in the Young New Zealander of the Year Awards

Since starting his first business at the ripe age of 20, Mark Berryman has gone from strength to strength. 
 
His company, So Renovate, has a staff of over 50 people and has featured on the Deloitte Fast 50 index twice. Additionally, he has contributed resources to Habitat for Humanity since he was 15, and is now Chair of the Auckland branch.

With 
an MBA from the University of Otago, Mark has also been a runner up in the Young New Zealander of the Year Awards and a prior winner of the Upstart business award. Mark is a business coach with a passion for developing young entrepreneurs. 
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Cornelius Boertjens

Board Member

With over 15 years of Digital Marketing experience, Cornelius co-founded Catchi, a partner of choice for clients that want to achieve maximum results from their digital assets

With over 15 years of Digital Marketing experience, Cornelius co-founded Catchi, a partner of choice for clients that want to achieve maximum results from their digital assets. Catchi is Australasia’s leading specialist in Digital Conversion Optimisation.

Catchi's team consists of global experts with vast experience in Digital Marketing and Strategy, customer journey mapping, behavioural economics, digital insights, personalization, growing online sales, effective copywriting, website Systems and (in particular) the fast-growing discipline of Conversion Rate Optimisation.


Due to the success the business has achieved for its clients, Catchi was acquired by the Havas Group in May 2018, one of the largest communication companies in the world with its HQ in Paris.

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Alistair Mascarenhas

Board Member

An accomplished senior manager with 19 years of experience providing innovative and customer-focused solutions across ICT Service delivery, ICT Operations and Procurement with a proven track record of delivering results.

An accomplished senior manager with 19 years of experience providing innovative and customer-focused solutions across ICT Service delivery, ICT Operations and Procurement with a proven track record of delivering results.

I have managed and lead large and diverse IT operations, IT Service Delivery, and Commercial teams in New Zealand and overseas. I have proven experience in building, training and motivating diverse teams with an innate ability to break down complex information into workable operational tasks.

As a leader, I put a strong emphasis on people and strategic knowledge management, I believe it is important to get the fundamentals right to be able to effectively deliver successful business outcomes. I have always taken an interest in service improvement programmes and initiatives that apply innovation in quality management principles.

My team would describe me as a dynamic, passionate and driven leader with the ability to identify talent and grow people, as well as build strong long-lasting relationships with C-level customers and internal stakeholders.

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Lucy Luo

Board Observer

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Audrey Cheng

Board Observer

Research Team

A network of researchers across the University of Auckland and the University of Otago provides the analysis of data captured by chnnl, including oversight and analysis of the narrative themes from journal entry data.

 

Dr Raj Pallapothu

Clinical Advisor

The Bayer Health Global Lead & Clinical advisor to the Texas University Artificial Intelligence Innovation Department, Dr Pallapothu is a valuable addition to our research team.

Dr Karen Day

Health Informatics Senior Lecturer University of Auckland.

Karen has an extensive background in digital health and is a leading researcher in health informatics and programme director for the Auckland University Health Informatics programme. Previously trained as a nurse and midwife she has a range of experience in public and community healthcare providers. She is on the HiNZ board and is a member of CLiN.

Dr Kaiqi Zhao

Technology Advisor

A current lecturer within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, Dr Zhao has specialist knowledge in Machine Learning, Datamining, NLP and Artificial Intelligence

Dr Jennifer Rasanathan

Clinical Advisor

A Primary Care Physician, Clinical Editor & Health Care Quality Researcher, Dr Rasananthan is a valuable addition to our research team.

Nicole Ramirez

Data Scientist

A recent first-class honours Masters graduate in Data Science, Nicole is a specialist in AI-led Data-Science.