Board of Directors

The Directors of Deontics are:

John McMonigall – Chairman John served as A Divisional Managing Director of British Telecom Plc from 1985-1990 after a twenty five year career in software and electronics.In 1990 he joined Apax Partners Worldwide LLP where he was the senior partner responsible for investments in technology and telecommunications. Eight of his early stage investee companies were listed on public markets and many others were sold to major public and private corporations. According to the Apax institutional investors he was Europe’s most successful technology investor for many years.

Nick Beard – Non-Executive Director Based in Seattle, Nick has over 30 years’ experience in the Healthcare industry. He has held numerous senior executive positions, including at leading electronic patient records and clinical guidelines companies, working in the US, UK and other markets. He has also been a hospital CIO. He was CMO and VP of Health Informatics and Product Marketing at IDX, which was sold to GE for $1.2bn, SVP Strategy at Milliman Clinical Guidelines, sold to Hearst for an undisclosed sum, and CMO at the Healthy Communities Institute, sold to Xerox Corporation.

While at IDX, Nick was the Principal Investigator on the SAGE project, which sought to develop a universal electronic clinical pathways technology, collaborating with Stanford University, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Nebraska and Intermountain Healthcare, a pioneer and leading US centre in advanced Healthcare IT.

He has an extensive industry and academic network. He is Assistant Clinical Professor at Oregon Health & Science University, is a regular lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, and has lectured at Stanford University’s Medical Informatics Department, the University of Washington, the National University of Singapore, and Glasgow University.

Nick qualified in medicine at St George’s Medical School, London, and has a Masters of Science degree in software engineering from Imperial College.

Eddie Clifton – Non-Executive Director Eddie is a 22-year veteran of the visual communications industry. His combined 14 years of operational and executive leadership within Cisco and TANDBERG make him a high-impact asset. His pragmatic approach and ability to demystify complex technologies has won him acclaim from customers and colleagues alike. Eddie has held a variety of operational and strategic positions during his formative years at Cisco. From field enablement to executive leadership positions, Eddie’s most recent position was Operations Director, Global Strategy and Planning of Cisco’s Cloud Collaboration Group. At TANDBERG, Eddie was Director for Telepresence where he was responsible for Telepresence across the EMEA region. He also worked within the Global Accounts Team directly managing global enterprise clients across multiple industry verticals. Before TANDBERG, Eddie worked at Polycom, VCON and EDS. He holds a Master of Business Degree in Business Administration from University of Wales.

Duncan Prowse – Non-Executive Director Educated at Oxford University, with a subsequent career in newspaper and magazine journalism, Duncan has been an independent publisher for over 40 years, specialising in education and languages. His publications are licensed  and used in schools and universities in over 40 countries, from Korea to Brazil and Mexico to France. He was instrumental in setting up the British Council English Language Publishing Project for Russia, and continues to be an active participant at language teaching conferences in many countries.

Dr. Guy Wood-Gush – Chief Executive Having qualified from St. Thomas’s Hospital at the University of London and worked as a neurosurgeon and ophthalmic surgeon, Guy went to work in drug development with Eli Lilly. Following this he went to INSEAD in France to complete an MBA, and after that spent 11 years in Healthcare investment banking. The first 5 years were as a Healthcare stock analyst at Barclays de Zoete Wedd followed by 6 years as a Healthcare corporate financier with Robert Fleming and JPMorgan. For the last 8 years he has been working as an entrepreneur bringing new medical innovations to market. This experience has included being CEO of Cancer Research Ventures Ltd. (CRUK) and Executive Chairman of Cambridge Cognition Ltd.

Professor John Fox – Chief Scientist After completing a PhD at Cambridge University John Fox spent a period in the USA, returning to establish a research programme in clinical decision making for the Medical Research Council. In 1981 he joined the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now CRUK) where he built up a highly innovative team which developed a range of clinical technologies over subsequent years. In 1985 the group developed an “expert system” package which was commercialized as Xiplus by Expertech Ltd ( Xiplus was widely used for business as well as medical applications and for a period was the largest single source of commercial income for ICRF. Expertech was acquired by US based Inference Corporation in 1990. In 1996 the group was awarded the Laureate Medal of the European Federation of Medical Informatics for work on PROforma, the first formal language and practical technology for supporting evidence-based decision-making and workflow management. John also conceived and co-founded InferMed Ltd (, acquired by Elsevier in 2015, which remains a commercial leader in advanced clinical decision support systems based on these developments. Since 2007 John has been Director of the COSSAC collaboration between Oxford and Edinburgh Universities and UCL medical school (Royal Free Hospital) which is developing new generations of decision support technologies and applications. John is a Deontics Founder.

Dr. Ioannis Chronakis – Chief Technical Officer Ioannis holds an MB:BS (MD) from the Medical School of University of Patras, Greece, where he also completed his internship. Shortly after he switched focus to software engineering.

From 1999 to 2001 he acted as a technical director and software developer in a successful start-up Internet Service Provider (General Satellite Applications for the Internet, Patras).
Between 2001 and 2002 he worked as senior software developer in a photo news agency (Reporter ltd, Athens) where he designed and implemented software and infrastructure for Internet based digital image collection, storage and distribution.
In 2003 he worked as a team leader/software engineer in Hellenic Technology of Robotics (Athens) where he has developed the kernel, collision detection, virtual force field generator and communications modules for the Environment Dynamics Simulator project outsourced by European Space Agency (ESTEC dept) and used for ground testing and programming of two of the robotic arms deployed in the International Space Station. In 2005 he assumed the role of the technical manager in the same company for the commercial exploitation of space telemetry and control technology for ground systems (ANEMO project).
Since 2006 he has been working with Prof John Fox (Advanced Computation Laboratory in Cancer Research UK initially, University of Oxford engineering department subsequently) as a senior medical software developer mainly developing the Tallis/PROforma decision support technology and applications for cardiovascular and oncology diseases. Ioannis is a Deontics Founder.