Ieso Digital Health appoints CCO

Stephen Freer, chief clinical officer, Ieso Digital Health

Ieso Digital Health has appointed Stephen Freer as its chief clinical officer.

He replaces Sarah Bateup who will remain in the company in her new role as chair of the clinical advisory board and as a consultant.


In his new position, Freer will be responsible for providing clinical governance, quality and patient safety across the organisation, and driving the company’s mission to deliver patient-centric mental health treatments and products.

Freer first joined Ieso in 2014 as a clinical affiliate CBT therapist and became UK clinical lead in 2016. He was promoted to UK clinical director in 2018.

Prior to joining Ieso, he was a director and senior therapist at his own private practice, South West CBT Ltd. He also spent more than four years at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Nigel Pitchford, CEO at Ieso, said: ‘Stephen is well positioned to take on the role as our new CCO; his unique clinical insight, combined with his commercial and operational experience, has already proven invaluable to the company in his prior roles.

‘He has witnessed first-hand the benefits that patients receive from psychotherapy as well as the challenges they face within the current mental healthcare system.

‘No doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic has given rise to many additional threats to mental wellbeing and Stephen will continue to move forward our mission of delivering world-class mental treatments to those who need it.’