About Miricyl

About Us

Our Mission & Vision

Miricyl was founded in 2017 with the aim of increasing Mental Illness Research in Children and Young Lives, a Miricyl. Our CEO started by investigating the UK’s £5bn per year of health research funding. During the course of our campaigning on this UK Research and Innovation, the UK’s largest funder, announced a £35 million investment in adolescent mental health in 2019 and a further £24 million in 2021.

In 2020 Miricyl’s focus shifted to developing digital solutions for young people’s mental health. There is a large gap between the number of young people affected by mental illness and the resources available to help them. Of the 1.7 million young people affected by mental illness 2 out of 3 are not receiving NHS treatment. We want to fill that gap.

*420,000 children and young people were in contact with Mental Health Services in 2020-21 out of a population of c.1.7 million with a mental illness. Source:
The NHS.


Mirycyl operate globally and our platform is designed to be flexible – so it can be updated to fit within your Organisations needs and Branding. Our current Partnerships include:

Within the UK

Currently we have a few Partners: City of Edinburgh Council, including six youth centres, namely: The Ripple, Multi-Cultural Family Base, YMCA Edinburgh, The Junction, Pilmeny Development Project and Citadel Youth Centre.

Across the world

We also have a partners across the world, such as the 
South African Federation of Mental Health.

How you can get involved

Volunteer with Miricyl

If you have any questions or suggestions about this website, or the Organisation - or if you would like to get involved, get in touch to find out more.

Partner with Miricyl

If you’d like to get involved with our Organisations as a Partner, 
or would like to enquire about our Products and/or sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsor or Donate

We’re currently funded through our B2B programme, but any funding or sponsorship is always welcome to help us reach our vision. Please click on the button below to get in touch about sponsorship.

Our Core Team

A dedicated community-driven initiative guided by a passionate team of three core board members. Committed to our mission, Alex and the Team provide strategic direction, oversee governance, and ensure 
Miricyl values and objectives are upheld.

Alex Conway Chief Executive Officer

I was affected by seasonal depressions since university. At 29 working as an investment manager, my dream job, I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. It has been a struggle but setting up Miricyl to help other people affected by mental illness has been the best thing I have done for my mental health.

Ola Podgorska
Lead UX Designer

Young people often don't know where to turn to when they need mental wellbeing support - especially in countries like South Africa - where I grew up, so I really wanted to help work with Miricyl! Before this, I also worked on a film called Detective Pikachu as a graphic designer.

David Thorne

Innovation in mental health is close to my heart. I’ve personally supported close family members through struggles with Bipolar, Anxiety, and Schizophrenia. My academic background is in neuropsychology but I’m volunteering at Miricyl as a User Researcher. I want to help create mental health solutions that actually work for young people.

Stephen Kenny
Product Owner

As a 37-year-old originally from Liverpool, I now call the serene wilds of North Yorkshire home. My journey into mental health advocacy began with my own battles—panic attacks, imposter syndrome, and ADHD. Now, as a Product Owner at Miricyl, I try to drive change through technology and data. Every feature I champion aims to make a difference.

Callie Rigsbee
UX/UI Designer

Howdy! I graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Design, and I’m passionate about creating accessible digital experiences. I originally got involved with Miricyl through a volunteer program called Develop for Good and was inspired that the volunteer team is just as enthusiastic about mental wellness as I am.

David Thorne
Product Manager

Mental health challenges touch us all, whether through personal experiences or someone we know. I'm passionate about solving problems using technology and creating amazing user experiences. At Miricyl, I lead Product on our journey to transform mental health and make a positive impact on people's lives.

Our Volunteers

Alongside our board members, Miricyl thrives with the invaluable support of our volunteers, who contribute their time, skills, and enthusiasm to drive our initiatives forward. Together, we form a collaborative network, working hand in hand to make a meaningful impact in our community and beyond.

2024 Volunteers: 

Research & Product: Callie Rigsbee, Leanne Ali, Aleksandra (OIa) Podgorska, David Thorne
Consultants: Tanya Farai (Reg. Nurse), Dr. Ziwei Wang


Trustees are the volunteers who lead charities and decide how they are run. 

You may have heard them called Board Members or The Board.

Bryn Powell Trustee

Chair of Trustees and serial entrepreneur. I grew up in Wales and the Home Counties. Expertise in Ecommerce and Hospitality, with strong people management and customer service skills. Qualified life coach and mentor, having volunteered at the Princes Trust.

Hannah Blackford Trustee

I was brought up in Scotland and went to university in Aberdeen. I am a people person who thrives on building strong relationships and solving complex problems. I am passionate about individual well-being and have expertise in PR and Communications. I am currently a Senior Account Manager at a certified B-Corp, focused on media engagement, client relations, and strategic planning.

Amol Deshmukh Trustee

I am an accomplished professional in supply chain, operations, and project management with a proven track record in problem-solving and improvement projects. With 15 years in the energy sector, I have delivered major projects for top brands. I'm passionate about community integration and am a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner and Six Sigma Black Belt.
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