25th November, 2019 | Queen Elizabeth II Centre
25th November, 2019 | Queen Elizabeth II Centre

Workplace Mental Health Event

Monday 25th November, 2019
Queen Elizabeth II Centre
Monday 25th November, 2019

Workplace Mental Health Event


This Can Happen returns on 25th November, attracting delegates from 150+ companies to share, learn, and discuss practical solutions for dealing with workplace mental health.

The award winning conference features 20+ sessions and over 80 speakers from diverse industries and will address critical issues such as The Future Workplace, Faith & Diversity, Grief, Post Natal Depression and the Importance of Internal Communications.

Additionally, we will be hosting a fascinating CEO Panel where progressive Chief Execs will discuss why they have made mental health a top priority in their organisation.

See the Agenda topics here

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Meet some of our 2019 speakers

We are delighted to welcome our speakers for This Can Happen 2019. They will provide new ideas and insights for every delegate to take away with them.
  • Nadiya Hussain

    Presenter and Author

    Nadiya was the winner of The Great British Bake Off in 2015. Recently she made a BBC1 documentary called Nadiya: Anxiety and Me where she openly confronted her constant feelings of panic and anxiety.

  • Sinead Lynch

    Shell UK

    Sinead joined Shell in the role of UK Country Chair in September 2016. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Shell Foundation and Chair of the Board of the UK Shell Pension Trust. One of Shell’s core values is actively caring for its people, especially their physical and mental wellbeing to ensure their people feel supported and recognise it’s ok to say “I’m Not OK”.

  • Michael Frohlich

    Ogilvy UK

    Michael Frohlich took up the position of Chief Executive at Ogilvy UK in February 2018. Under his leadership, the agency is proud to be the first one in the UK to sign the Time to Change pledge to eliminate stigma around mental health in the workplace and beyond and has trained the first class of mental health first aiders in partnership with Mind.

  • Penny James

    Chief Executive Officer,
    Direct Line Group

    As Chief Executive, Penny James is very proud of Direct Line Group’s company-wide mental health strategy which encourages everyone to have open and honest conversations about their mental health and wellbeing and which requires there’s at least one Mental Health First Aider on every floor at all their sites.

  • Lorna Gavin

    Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Corporate Responsibility,
    Gowling WLG

    Previously a corporate partner at the firm, Lorna created and oversees implementation of the award-winning Inclusion 2020 programme which builds on a long track record of support and engagement with colleagues.

  • Damian Wild


    After almost a decade as editor, Damian became editor in chief and publisher of EG in 2019. He has been a business journalist for 25 years, writing for and editing a number of magazines, newspapers and online publications in the UK and Hong Kong.

  • Alex Hyde

    Director, Finance,
    BIE Executive

    Alex Hyde is an executive search consultant who works with corporate clients to help them find leaders for their senior management teams. He has personal experience of anxiety and depression, which first surfaced after the loss of his wife to cancer in 2016.

  • Paul Quinlan

    Head of Employee Relations,

    Paul has responsibility for EY’s health, mental health and wellbeing programme, Health EY which won EY the award for Mental Health First Aid Workplace Champion in 2015 and Employee Benefits – Best Mental Health Resilience Strategy in 2016.

  • Noel McDermott

    Mental Health Works

    Noel McDermott is a pioneering health and social care professional with over 25 years industry experience. Passionate about bringing high quality care and support to the vulnerable, Noel is an advocate of community care and the power of a stepped care model that includes the affected individual, their family and in some instances their workplace.

  • Iona Bain

    Young Money Blog & Agency

    Iona Bain is a financial journalist, speaker, author and blogger who has become the best-known authority on millennials and money in the UK. She founded the non-profit Young Money Blog in 2011 after struggling with her finances post-graduation and it remains the only blog of its kind. She appears regularly in the broadcast media, is a guest presenter on Radio 4’s Moneybox and she writes frequently for the Financial Times among other media titles.

  • Daisy Dupree

    HR Manager, Projects & Wellbeing,
    The Walt Disney Group

    Daisy joined Disney in early 2019 to focus on employee mental health and wellbeing in a newly created position. Smashing the stigma around mental health has been a passion of hers for a number of years and so the opportunity to do this in partnership with a business committed to the wellbeing of its own has been a Disney dream come true for Daisy.

  • Dr Chloe Paidoussis-Mitchell

    Chartered Psychologies,
    Dr Chloe - Psychological Services Consultancy

    Dr Paidoussis-Mitchell is an experienced Chartered Psychologist advancing Mental Health in the workplace. She is an expert in Grief, Trauma and Resilience and works with global groups to promote Wellbeing and Mental Health in their working culture and practice.

Want to know more about This Can Happen?

Brian Dow talks about how organisations can improve the performance of their workforce by prioritising mental health.
Watch our Advisory Editorial Board in action and understand This Can Happen’s mission
Listen to Barbara Harvey's speak about her plans to shape the agenda for This Can Happen 2019

2019 Partners

Gold Partner

Gold Partner

Silver Partner

Bronze Partner

Bronze Partner

Charity Partner

Event Partner

Event Partner

Meet Our Founders

This Can Happen’s founders are passionate individuals committed to improving the wellbeing of working professionals in the UK.

Neil Laybourn

Neil Laybourn

Zoe Sinclair

Zoe Sinclair

Neil Laybourn

Neil Laybourn

Zoe Sinclair

Zoe Sinclair

Advisory Editorial Board

This Can Happen is delivering a new standard of solutions-led talks and discussions led by original and fresh speakers and panellists. Early Partners have been asked to join our Advisory Editorial Board to help shape our uplifting and thought provoking agenda. All our speakers are genuine experts with experience of providing solutions to mental health in the workplace.

Suggesting and helping create the framework and content of the day, the Advisory Editorial Board contributes on the topics and issues that will allow delegations to leave motivated and better-armed.

The aim is that all the speakers will help to empower the delegations to return to their companies with new ideas to help support those with mental health issues and to provide them with the tools to disseminate what they have learnt.

The Advisory Editorial Board meets monthly in London.



Advisory Editorial Board

This Can Happen will deliver a new standard of speaker and panellist. Early Founder Partners will be asked to join the Advisory Editorial Board to help shape the event and its agenda.

Suggesting and helping create the framework and content of the day, the Advisory Editorial Board will input on the issues they feel will enhance and motivate delegations.

The aim is that all the speakers will help to empower the delegations to return to their companies with new ideas to help support those with mental health issues and to provide them with the tools to disseminate what they have learnt.

The Advisory Board will meet monthly in London.