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Bek Simmons

Chief Operating Officer

Bek is responsible for building world-class teams and scaling company operations to enable Riverlane to reach its strategic goals. Bek enjoys supporting and empowering high-performing teams and has a supreme talent for driving work to completion.

Bek has 18 years' experience within leading health, research and higher education organisations. She co-founded THIS Institute, a £42m healthcare research institute at the University of Cambridge, building a team of 35 people in one year. Bek also has experience in fundraising and stakeholder management across a range of sectors and countries as Chief of Staff at the University of Cambridge.

Bek holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the Open University.

Career history

  • Chair, International Advisory Board of the Danish Diabetes Academy (2018-22)

  • Deputy Director, The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, University of Cambridge (2016-19)

  • Visiting Professor, University of Aarhus, Denmark (2015-16)

  • Chief of Staff at the Vice-Chancellor's Office, University of Cambridge (2014-15)

  • Deputy Group Leader, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge (2010-14)


  • MBA (Distinction), Open University

  • PhD in diabetes prevention, University of Cambridge (2004-07)

  • MSc Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2002-03)

  • BA (Hons) Human Sciences, University of Oxford (1999-02)