The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is pleased to announce that Ben Maruthappu, will join its pool of Mentors, offering support to NIA Fellows.

Ben is a London-based doctor and co-founder of Cera, a multi award-winning technology company transforming social care. Ben is also one of the co-founders of the NHS Innovation Accelerator, alongside National Director Amanda Begley. He is a former advisor to NHS England’s CEO, and co-founded the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Ben joins an expert, high-profile group, offering bespoke guidance to Fellows. Current Mentors include Sudhesh Kumar, Director of the Institute of Digital Healthcare at University of Warwick; Professor the Lord Ara Darzi; Judge Business School Fellow, Pam Garside; and Chairman of NHS Digital, Noel Gordon.

The pool of Mentors providing support to the NIA is regularly expanded according to the experiences and identified needs of the Fellows. Representing a broad skills base, Mentor support includes advice, guidance and networking.

Ben has a strong interest in research with over 100 peer-reviewed publications and 50 academic awards.He has advised a range of organisations, from start-ups to multilaterals, including the Swiss government, Bain & Company, the Experiment Fund and the World Health Organisation (WHO). He is Chairman of the UK Medical Students’ Association (UKMSA) and has authored three medical books.

Ben was educated at Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard universities. He was listed in WIRED’s top 10 Innovators in Healthcare, and was recently named Disruptive Leader of the Year.

For more information about the Mentors supporting the NIA, visit