Board and Management Team

Meet the

Board and Management Team

At VivoPlex, a multidisciplinary team from the University of Southampton combining clinical fertility experts and world-class biosensor and digital technology engineers have come together to create the uterine monitoring product. The company’s development is guided by an executive team with significant healthcare, corporate management and fundraising experience.

Dr. Chris Dickson


Chris has had a long career in health information, holding senior positions at Bupa (Head for Healthcare Services), Ascribe PLC and EMIS Group (Director of International Strategy). He is a qualified medical doctor.

Charles Dickson

Executive Director

After a career in corporate finance, Charles moved to lead family office, Tarncourt Group in 2008. He completed a leadership programme at Harvard Business School in 2009. and has been NXD of Apache Capital Partners since 2010.

David Wilkinson

Non-Executive Director

David is a non-executive Chairman and NED at a range of public and private businesses. He was previously a senior partner at Ernst & Young (EY), working for over 30 years with growth and entrepreneurial companies on corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, financing, IPOs and other exits.

Joanna Smart

Chief Executive Officer

Jo has over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare sector in Europe and the US. She studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge before joining Nomura Intl. Jo has held senior roles for Onyx Pharmaceuticals and Chiron Corporation and is Deputy Chair of the NIHR i4i Challenge Award Panel.

Prof. Hywel Morgan


Hywel is Professor of Bioelectronics at the University of Southampton, specialising in bio-sensors and lab-on-a-chip technologies. He has been awarded a Royal Society- Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford and the Desty Innovation Prize for Separation Science.

Prof Ying Cheong


Ying is Professor in Reproductive Medicine at the University of Southampton and a practicing consultant, treating thousands of patients with fertility problems. Her expertise centres on unravelling the impact of reproductive disorders on implantation and reproductive health.

Monika Ortega-Llarena

Global Medical Affairs Lead

Monika has over 10 years of experience in the med tech industry in various clinical development, product R&D and commercial roles for clinical and laboratory products. She is a qualified nurse with advanced training in human assisted reproduction and an MSc in clinical embryology. Monika is a member of ESHRE, BFS, ASRM and FSA.


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