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The Senior Management Team

The senior management team has a wealth of complementary skills and experience in world-class research and business development, both in academia and leading-edge science and technology companies.


Mr John M. Brimacombe 
Senior Director, Practice Lead - NLP

John Brimacombe is a serial entrepreneur and experienced investor. The central focus of his career has been technologies concerned with Natural Language Processing (NLP), knowledge representation and machine reasoning, growing from post-graduate study in Computer Science at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Brimacombe currently serves as Senior Director / GM of Linguamatics, which he has led through rapid growth and acquisition by IQVIA since 2006. He was formerly an investor and advisor to early NLP pioneer, Powerset Inc. (acquired by Microsoft) and investor and Board member at advanced AI and knowledge representation start-up EVI Technologies (acquired by Amazon).

Representing his deep interest in advanced healthcare technologies, Brimacombe serves on the Board of the fast-growth oncology medical devices provider, Endomag ( Brimacombe is also an Operating Partner at Sussex Places Ventures (, the early stage venture capital fund based at the London Business School.

Brimacombe has extensive executive and non-executive Board experience for both public and private companies including Core VCT plc, Kelway Holdings (acquired by CDW) and Jobstream Group (acquired by Microgen). He is a frequent public speaker and adviser to multiple start-ups.


Dr David Milward 
Senior Director, NLP Technology 

David Milward is Senior Director, NLP Technology at Linguamatics. He is a pioneer of interactive text mining, and a founder of Linguamatics. He has over 20 years experience of product development, consultancy and research in natural language processing (NLP). After receiving a PhD from the University of Cambridge, he was a researcher and lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. He has published in the areas of information extraction, spoken dialogue, parsing, syntax and semantics.


Dr Roger Hale 
Senior Director, Operations 

Roger is a founder and Senior Director, Operations at Linguamatics. He has over 30 years’ experience in technology management and computing R&D. Prior to starting Linguamatics, Roger worked with the NPL, Cambridge University, De Montfort University and SRI International, where he was responsible for commercial management, IP licensing and research for a wide range of commercial and government clients. His research interests have taken him into the areas such as communications protocols and applications of temporal logic to computing as well as NLP. Roger's background is in mathematics and computer science and he holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.


Dr Phil Hastings 
Senior Director, Business Development

Phil is based at Linguamatics’ Cambridge headquarters and has over 25 years of experience in the scientific information and software industries. He worked for a number of years in commercial and product management roles for scientific, technical and medical content providers John Wiley & Sons and the Thomson Corporation. Prior to joining Linguamatics, Phil spent over five years at Accelrys, a leading provider of molecular modelling and informatics software, in product marketing and business development roles. Phil holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham.


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