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Who We Are

Monticola was founded in 2015 by Nicky Runeckles. She wanted to bring together her expertise in mental health services and digital health to help advance the impact of digital solutions, reaching more people.

Nicky has spent most of her career in the mental health care sector, running mental health services and in senior business development roles. She was Commercial Director of the pioneering digital mental health service, Big White Wall between 2011 and 2015. Instrumental in growing its reach in the UK, those years also gave her real insight in to the power of technology to put people at the centre of their own care. 

She has a particular passion now for helping improve children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, particularly through the use of new technologies. Nicky is also a keen open water swimmer and trail runner and parent to two teenagers. She co-founded a start up, Whatever Together, which provided much needed support to parents of teenagers. 

You can read what others say about Nicky's work here and connect with her on LinkedIn here. She would love to hear from you if you're interested in exploring how she could work with your organisation.


By the way, our name and logo was inspired by the latin name of the European bluebird - Monticola solitarius. The "bluebird of happiness" has long been seen as the symbol of happiness and hope in many different cultures, so it felt fitting given that our work is grounded in improving people's mental health and wellbeing.​