Our Team

When co-founders Chris Rooney and Liam Ryan finished college, they found that many programs for improving your health were dull, boring and difficult. Whether it was complicated calorie-counting regimes or the latest fad-diet, Chris and Liam wanted to find a way to cut through the noise, and make the process of getting healthy simple, fun and engaging. They saw the solution to this problem lay in the ever-increasing use of mobile and online technology as a part of our daily lives. With this in mind, they set out to re-imagine what it means to change behaviour and help people live healthier, happier lives.

Liam Ryan CEO

Liam Ryan – CEO

Liam, a co-founder, is head of business and product strategy for GetHealth. He serves as the primary spokesperson and representative for the team. Liam believes that there is a need for a personality to act as a catalyst for getting people engaged in their health. His goal is to be that catalyst, and bring together smart people to work on helping others to live healthier lives. Before GetHealth, Liam studied a degree in Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin and was a co-founder at SafeText.com. 

Chris Rooney Head of sales

Chris Rooney – Head of sales

Chris, a co-founder, is head of business development for the team, focusing on sales, marketing, and communications strategy. Chris also leads the development of our corporate wellness program, where he drives corporate savings (ROI) for large companies based on the successful implementation of GetHealth’s workplace wellness program. Before GetHealth, Chris studied a degree in Business and Law at University College Dublin and was a co-founder at SafeText.com.

Michael Flanagan CTO

Michael Flanagan – CTO

Michael, a co-founder, is the head of product development for the team. He focuses on platform architecture and implementation. An experienced web systems developer, Michael uses leading technology software and services to create GetHealth’s scalable platform in the digital health marketplace. Michael has previously worked as a successful freelancer and consultant for many years and is former Lead Developer of design agency WebTogether.ie. 

Martin Reilly Designer

Martin Reilly – Lead Designer

Martin is head of design and user interface for GetHealth’s online platform. With his background in Graphic Design, Martin takes care of overall user experience across the product, and user interface design for the app and web platform. His focus is on creating an experience for the user that leads to lasting change in health-related behaviors. He also works on the visual contextualisation and communication of complex data in a clear and informative way. Martin studied Visual Communication in Waterford Institute of Technology.

Rob Grant Lead Researcher

Rob Grant – Lead Researcher

Rob is lead researcher and product evangelist for the GetHealth team. As such, Rob navigates the ever-complex healthcare literature to successfully guide GetHealth into both established and growing markets, and opportunities. Rob just completed his PhD in Trinity College Dublin in Philosophy and Linguistics where he was an IRCHSS Postgraduate Research Scholar. Before that he spent 4 years in North America playing basketball on a full athletic scholarship. 

Eoghan Crosby Sales

Eoghan Crosby – Sales

Eoghan liases with Marketing, Product, Sales Training, and Finance to ensure cross-functional collaboration, enhancing how new business is managed and influence client retention to result in overall customer satisfaction. This role allows him to engage with new and existing customers and share best practices to drive adoption and execute formal customer success plans.

Amy Heffernan Designer

Amy Heffernan – Designer

Amy focuses on sales and marketing materials for the team. Before joining GetHealth, Amy studied a degree in Graphic Design at Dublin Institute of Technology.


Advisors

Colm Grealy

Colm Grealy

Colm Grealy has 15 years’ experience at the forefront of the Internet and digital media industry. Colm joined Ireland On-Line (IOL) in 1994 and was managing director until it was acquired by An Post three years later. He remained at the helm until its acquisition by ESAT Telecom.

He went on to co-found DigiServe (a new media group that included Online.ie, IrishAbroad.com and EDO Software Services) and the Dublin Daily newspaper.

In recent years, among other projects, Colm has advised O2 Telefonica on mobile Internet, advertising and new business models for the mobile sector. The convergence of web and mobile in tandem with the growth of online advertising led him to establish DRG in 2009

Ted Vickey

Ted Vickey

Founder and President of FitWell LLC. FitWell is a fitness management consulting company specializing in operations, design consulting and professional development to the fitness industry, government agencies, Fortune 1000 companies and the golf industry.

In addition to his FitWell duties, he is member of the Board of Directors for the American Council on Exercise, the largest non-profit accredited certification organization in the fitness industry.

From 1994 - 2005, Ted was the Executive Director of the White House Athletic Center, the fitness center serving the fitness, wellness and health promotion needs of the staff at the Executive Office of the President in Washington, DC under the Bush, Clinton and Bush administrations.

Distinguished career as a senior-level Business Executive, author and presenter on many topics including the integration of technology and wellness, global entrepreneur and management consultant.

Johnny Walker

Johnny Walker

Johnny is a medical entrepreneur and clinically active dual qualified Interventional Radiologist and Nuclear Physician. He is an Australian medical graduate and a Fellow of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (Sydney and Perth). Johnny founded “Imaging The South Group” in 1995 providing mobile ultrasound scans literally out of the back of a truck in remote Western Australia servicing small aboriginal communities.

In 2001 Johnny scaled this “virtual network” into an international tele-diagnostics enterprise named Global Diagnostics (UK) focussing on providing tele-diagnostics to the NHS and private providers in the UK healthcare space. In 2007 Global Diagnostics (Ireland) entered the Irish market through a joint venture partnership with Centric Health (www.centrichealth.ie) servicing the HSE and several private clients including The Hermitage Medical Clinic.

In 2008 Global Diagnostics (www.globaldiagnostics.ie) formally merged with Centric Health and based its international corporate HQ in Dublin. Johnny is a major shareholder of the combined entity and member of the Board of Directors. Centric Health provide Primary Care services through branded GP Practices and the Swiftcare Clinics (a JV with Vhi).

Pete Ellis

Pete Ellis

Pete Ellis has been a leading business innovator with every enterprise he has owned and operated since the mid-1970s. As one of the largest automobile dealers in the western United States, Ellis pioneered one price selling, bringing consumer-oriented policies to the sale of new and used automobiles.

In 1994-95, using technology and innovative marketing strategies, Ellis launched the first automobile buying and research website, Autobytel. His approach revolutionized an entire industry, for both manufacturers and consumers, and his efficient marketing and transaction platform continues to be the basis for every commercially viable automobile website in existence.

After taking Autobytel public in 1999 (NASDAQ: ABTL), Ellis formed Jubilee Investments. In 1999, Jubilee funded an investment in SpaFinder, eventually becoming the majority shareholder, and in 2001 Ellis became chairman and CEO. Under his leadership SpaFinder has become the world’s largest spa marketing and media company, growing from a U.S.-based marketing program to an international platform with joint venture partners in Europe and Asia.

Ellis has been honored by Advertising Age as one of the top marketers in the U.S., and his Internet technology innovations have been made part of the Permanent Research Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.


Investors

StartupHealth

StartUp Health is an exclusive long-term Academy for Healthcare Transformers providing a structured curriculum and peer networks designed to help leaders and innovators navigate the unique challenges of building a sustainable growth business in the health sector. One of the key things that makes StartUp Health Academy unique is that they have a long-term focus on connecting health and wellness startups with customers, pilot programs, strategic capital partners, and the critical resources needed to grow. The Academy is structured as a three-year curriculum with strategic thinking tools and collaborative peer groups designed to help Healthcare Transformers navigate the many challenges of building a sustainable growth business in the health sector.

http://startuphealth.com

GE

GE Ventures combines capital, technical and commercial expertise, infrastructure, and the GE global network of businesses and partners to scale great ideas while driving growth for our start-up partners and GE. We are looking for ideas and partners that can advance industries and improve lives. Our goal is to become the global partner of choice to accelerate growth and commercialize innovative ideas that will help make the world work better – to build, power, move and cure.

http://www.ge.com/company/ge-ventures

WellTech (New York, US)

Welltech Funding was formed by Pete Ellis, CEO of SpaFinder, Inc., and his mission is to grow the best and brightest health and wellness technology companies. Launched in January 2012, Welltech Funding is the first business accelerator with the express goal of nurturing, developing and successfully bringing to market companies that are innovating the most important, highest-potential, consumer-focused health and wellness solutions. The unique aspect of Welltech Funding is its affiliation with SpaFinder, Inc., an industry leader in health and wellness. Through this affiliation, SpaFinder will provide invaluable marketing support in the form of positioning on SpaFinder.com and, when applicable, both B2B and B2C database marketing.

http://www.welltechfunding.com/

Enterprise Ireland (Dublin, Ireland)

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. They work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, they support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.

http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/

NDRC (Dublin, Ireland)

NDRC is an independent enterprise dedicated to accelerating research from idea to income. Our collaborative approach with technology and business innovators is proven to drive greater collective success while cultivating bolder attitudes towards invention and investment. NDRC invests pre-seed capital in its supported businesses, provides quality mentoring and attracts private investment into those businesses as they accelerate outwards into the market.

http://www.ndrc.ie