About Iris Speaks, our mission and our people

We’re on a mission to transform speech and language therapy.

We want to make it accessible and affordable for every person on earth. We will start to do this by combining cutting edge technology with personalised programmes of effective therapy managed by highly experienced tech savvy therapists.

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Meet our Team

Zoe Peden

Zoe Peden

CEO

Zoe is an experienced tech entrepreneur and investor in the education and healthcare space. She worked on the growth of her company Insane Logic for six years before a recent acquisition. She has been through multiple international accelerator programmes, angel and VC funding rounds. Seeing her language development product grow from an idea, working in a spare bedroom through to an established service across the UK helping  to create measurable impact for over 100,000 people with learning disabilities.

The winner of multiple international social impact and innovation awards she is now building her next company, Iris Speaks – on a mission to digitize the delivery of speech and language therapy.  Zoe has an undergraduate degree from LSE and has an MBA from Henley Business School. She also works as Venture Partner for Ananda Ventures one of Europe’s largest social impact investment funds and is a guest lecturer at Cass Business School, UK.

Andy Yates

Andy Yates

Chair

Andy is a highly experienced entrepreneur and impact investor with a proven track record of bringing brilliant ideas and people together. His achievements include:

– Successfully exited entrepreneur now creating significant value and growth for early stage entrepreneurs.
– Proven track record – £100m+ rise in the value of the start-ups I have helped.
– Average angel investor return of more than 10x.
– Also help and back social enterprises that are changing the lives of 200,000+ people every day.

Caroyln Fox

Caroyln Fox

Senior Speechie

Carolyn graduated from the University for Strathclyde in Scotland with a BA (Hons) in Speech and Language Pathology in 2009. She has amassed nearly a decade of experience working privately in Asia, Europe and the UK.

Carolyn has experience of working with a wide range of children’s communication disorders and currently specialises in hearing impairment, she is trained in British Sign Language and works with children from the early years up to high school age within the clinic and school setting.

Working in Belgium she ran her own private clinic and worked for two well-known international schools. Working within the South Korean education system in a private school alongside a specialsied school for the deaf, inspired her to train in her current specialism. During her time in Asia, she also worked as a technology journalist, reporting on new communication technologies.

The potential for technology to transform how we work within the field of speech and language therapy is an area of particular interest. Carolyn is passionate about making quality speech and language therapy accessible to all and views advancements in technology as an exciting step towards this.

Alys Mathers

Alys Mathers

Senior Speechie

Alys studied linguistics at Durham University and went on to do the MSc at Reading University, qualifying as an SLT in 2010. Since then, she has worked within the NHS in early years and mainstream schools services, including specialist provisions for children with autistic spectrum conditions and speech, language and communication needs.  She currently works as a Highly Specialist SLT within Primary and Secondary schools.   

Alys has led the use of technology within her trusts, working closely with University colleagues to evaluate the use of Skype to deliver Speech and Language Therapy, the results of which were then published in the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) Bulletin publication.  Alys has presented on this work at local and national conferences, including the National RCSLT Technology Study Day and “Evidence Live” at the University of Oxford.

Alys has also had roles as both lead and supporting author on the RCSLT guidance into the use of Communications Technology and Telehealth, and has recently supported the production of training for other Speech and Language Therapists into the use of Telehealth for the RCSLT.  Alys is passionate about evidence-based practice, and is excited about carrying out research into the efficacy and application of technology within Speech and Language therapy.

Aine Barrett

Aine Barrett

Speech and Language Therapist

Aine graduated from Ulster University with a BSc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy in 2013. She has worked within the NHS in early years and mainstream schools services and specialises in Developmental Language Disorder. Aine is a registered Elklan tutor and has additional training in Makaton, The Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. She also works with adults with acquired communication difficulties and voice disorders. 

Aine is currently studying towards a Master of Science in Business Development and Innovation at Ulster University. She is passionate about evidence-based practice and is conducting research into new and innovative ways of providing effective Speech and Language Therapy using technology, to a range of client groups. Aine is excited to contribute to research into the use of communications technology and is keen to combine her interest in writing with her experience as a Speech and Language Therapist. 

 

Svetlana Bozhko

Svetlana Bozhko

Data Science Advisor

Sveta has been working in software development for 7 years. Her experience as a server-side software engineer crosses banking, gaming, adtech, processing sensor data using AI and food delivery. She is now keen to expand this to healthcare.

Her Masters’s is in stream data processing and big data analysis from Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio electronics. In 2016 she was accepted into Entrepreneur First, where she spent time validating different deep tech startup ideas.  She is the Founder and Director of HighDimension.io, a machine learning R&D company. 

We work alongside a growing band of the UK’s best speech and language therapists. Some of them have young families and Iris Speaks gives them flexibility to enjoy both work and their children and others are keen to utilise our technology as they see the future of their industry going more and more in this direction. Together we share a drive for more effective outcomes for children in their speech and language.

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