Liferaft is founded by Nicola Murgatroyd who recognised the need to have a system that could contain all the information in one central place when caring for a child or loved one. From the frustrations of repeating information to different healthcare professionals, monitoring medication and keeping appointment dates clear. Liferaft has been created to help manage all the information related to caring for a loved one, with a disability or long term condition, in one online, easily accessible and secure place.
Nicola Murgatroyd, Founder & CEO
“My personal experiences gave me a first-hand insight into the problems and challenges faced by parents in caring roles. I realised that gaps in knowledge between parents, carers, education and medical professionals became huge issues, and wished there was something I could use to hold everything we as a family knew in one place. Nothing can ever really prepare you for parenthood, and caring for a child with additional needs carries extra challenges. However there are ways to make life easier for everyone whatever their circumstances, and that’s what we have created with Liferaft – a tool which helps to manage all aspects of modern day living.”
Mick Cook, Non-exec Chairman
Mick has been involved in running and developing businesses internationally for more than 35 years. Originally a marine scientist, Mick has a wealth of experience operating at Board level and now fills several non-executive positions with a wide range of commercial companies and voluntary organisations. He is also an angel investor. “I really believe that Liferaft will change for the better the lives of those living with long term conditions, as well as significantly assisting those that care for them. I aim to bring my day-to-day operational experience, combined with a strategic approach, to ensure Liferafts’ every success.” Mick is currently involved with another company in the ‘on-line technology’ space and hopes to bring the learnings from that business to Liferaft.
Matthew Haigh, Chief Technical Officer
Matthew has run an IT company since 1997 and has guided many companies in IT transitions over the years. His wealth of knowledge in network support, cloud storage, disaster recovery and internet services has ensured that he has been able to supply a full range of solutions to blue-chip companies in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, recruitment, property and legal. He has more recently been working with several companies on the use of ‘assisted technology’. Matthew can see the value of the ‘About Me’ solution that Liferaft can offer people that will ensure the individual’s care circle is provided with accessible and shareable information 24/7 on any device.
Shelley Garlington, Sales & Marketing Consultant
Shelley is clinically qualified and has spent her career working in healthcare for both the NHS and the private sector, and is now supporting the development of Liferaft. Having first-hand experience in caring for a relative, Shelley sees the value of Liferaft in using it to organise and plan care, family time and a social life. “I love the fact that Liferaft is online and accessible from my phone, computer or tablet. It makes keeping up-to-date simple and I know I always have the information I need with me and not left at home in a file”.
Ian Garlington, Health & Social Care Consultant
Ian specialises in the NHS health and care provider sector where he has redesigned systems to work for the public in an integrated way. Ian’s initial attraction to Liferaft was in the observation of his aging parents, particularly his mother who has multiple long-term conditions and “doesn’t like to bother the Doctor!” As his mother lives 180 miles away, Ian believes that Liferaft is unique in allowing him to monitor and contribute to his mothers wellbeing at a distance.
Clare Brooke-Little, Operations Director
“I have been involved in health care all my life; be that directly as a nurse, or indirectly as a life sciences graduate and managing clinical trials in the pharmaceutical industry. I have also volunteered as a healthcare worker in Nepal and as a CQC inspector. For me, Liferaft is the natural and logical solution to many of the problem areas that I personally have experienced: breakdowns in communication between professionals, delays in sharing information, patients feeling out of the loop and disengaged and treatments being prescribed in a vacuum, without access to a holistic view of an individual. I can’t wait to see people reaping the benefits of having Liferaft as a part of their life.”
Jane Haigh, Project Manager
Jane has worked as a Project Manager in a number of high profile companies over the years and finds being involved in something that she can directly relate to very exciting. She is a busy working parent and has everyday experience of trying to manage different diaries – home, work, and school – as well as medical appointments for doctors, dentists, and remembering to order repeat prescriptions. Working on Liferaft has enabled her to share this experience with the team and to help include elements that every busy parent will find useful.
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