Poorna Bell is an award-winning journalist and author, who has worked in print, broadcast and online media for 15 years. Her last role was as UK Executive Editor and Global Lifestyle Head for HuffPost. Aside from working in senior management, she has worked extensively across mental wellbeing in the workplace and is a mental health activist with a particular focus on men.
Named one of Balance magazine’s Top 100 Wellness personalities, she is also a judge for the charity Mind, as well as a speaker at NHS events.
A large part of her remit at HuffPost was spearheading the wellbeing movement, in particular how it related to mental health and happiness. Poorna also acted as a brand ambassador for HuffPost, which included speaking engagements at Ad Week, Stylist Live, WACL’s annual Gather event, IAB Engage, Gorkana, Bestival and Soho House. She has chaired the Wellbeing at Work conference, as well as spoken on radio around wellbeing for the BBC. She is an accomplished and experienced chair of events, as well as panel host and moderator, and has had training at RADA.
Apart from editorial achievements, Poorna has sat on the judging panels for the British Book awards, Sony World Photography awards and First Women awards.
Mental wellbeing is important to Poorna for personal reasons as well. The subject of her first book Chase The Rainbow, published by Simon & Schuster, charts her life with her husband Rob, who struggled with depression and took his own life in 2015.
The book landed mentions in the Guardian, Telegraph, Stylist, Red magazine, BBC, Channel 5, Mirror, Harper’s Bazaar, Balance magazine and Radio New Zealand. Her second book In Search Of Silence explores how to ask yourself the right questions to lead a meaningful and happy life.