Our Execs

Meet our executives

Our Execs

Meet our executives

Regulated by

Care Quality Commission Care Inspectorate Wales

Our Vision

To Revolutionise Care for the Better;
For Our Users and Society

Co-founder & CEO

Dr. Ben Maruthappu

Our story begins with Dr. Ben Maruthappu, a doctor and former NHS advisor, after a loved one required at-home care. Facing difficulties arranging the right care and seeing the challenges care workers face when balancing the need to provide quality care with heavy administrative burdens, Cera was born out of the idea that there must be a better way.

CTO

Horus Patel

Horus is an experienced and innovative data engineer, with significant experience in leading both the development of technologies and high performing teams. He is a committed and passionate leader who has worked on large technology rollouts affecting millions of users, and successfully led teams to deliver great value to the customer both through the delivery of data assets and product development. 

Having completed a degree in computer software engineering, Horus rose up through the ranks of employment agency Reed, and left, as Director of Operations, to join Cera. Now, as Chief Technology Officer, Horus brings his wealth of experience to Cera to drive the company’s unique technology in reshaping the way Care is delivered in the UK. Horus is keen to develop software that helps people, is built with carers and service users at its center, and can really make a difference to the care sector, an industry in which technology is under-utilised. 

Aside from this, and his generally keen interest in technology, Horus enjoys spending time with friends and family, in particular his two boisterous nephews.

CCO

Igal Aciman

Igal is Cera’s Chief Commercial Officer, with a passion for building great companies. Following a distinguished education at Yale and Havard, Igal forged an impressive career in management consultancy and operational roles spanning across the technology, healthcare, media, and real estate sectors, working in various exciting startups, all of which are changing the game in their fields. 

Igal brings his dynamic experience to Cera, with a focus on fundraising, corporate finance, M&A, and business development. Igal is committed to Cera’s mission to modernise and innovate the care sector and keen to change perceptions of what it is to be a carer, and is leading Cera’s novel and collaborative approach to recruitment, social media and training. He share’s Cera’s vision of providing carers and clients with a safer and more personalised care experience, and was elected to the Cera Group Board of Directors in May 2019.

Aside from work, Igal is a trivia buff and appeared on the game show ‘Jeopardy’ in Turkey - where he’s from - when he was just 10 years old, and won!

Operations Director

Nick Barker

Nick is Cera’s highly skilled Operations Director and has worked in the health & social care industry for over thirteen years. Nick has a wealth of experience in managing large portfolios of domiciliary care branches and the extensive care services they provide, and is highly skilled in conducting exemplary operational performance, as well as ensuring a high standard of quality, compliance, business development, business planning, and effective people management is maintained.

Nick is passionate about delivering high quality care. Nick shares Cera’s vision to improve the health and social care sector, and he works closely with staff development, carer recruitment and retention, with a view to strengthening the industry as a whole.

In his spare time, Nick enjoys travelling and exploring different countries, watersports - and is even a qualified PADI open water diver.

Operations Director

Katie Furey

Having spent many years in financial services, I have to say the most rewarding part of my career has been the past 6.5yrs in Social Care.

Health and Social Care needs change and disruption, which is why I decided to join Cera in December 2020: the team is truly revolutionising care. My passion is to ensure we enable the highest quality of care which is affordable for everyone in society, and to create choices for people to remain in their own homes living longer, healthier lives. As one of the Operations Directors, I am not only passionate about the care we deliver but the amazing Carers and Branch colleagues who enable this to happen day in, day out.

I am also the strategic lead on Business Development which means I can fulfil another passion of mine, which is to look for new and exciting opportunities for the company. I want to ensure that Cera can continue to grow and deliver the highest quality services, and in doing so, build a sustainable future for our ageing population.

Outside of work I have 2 beautiful girls who keep me and my husband busy. I love fitness and have a regular group of friends that I train and socialise with.