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

Meet Our 2019 Speakers

We are delighted to welcome our speakers for This Can Happen 2019.

Speakers are carefully selected by our Advisory Editorial Board and chosen for their engagement with workplace mental health and their commitment to finding practical solutions and tools for businesses. They will provide new ideas and insights for every delegate to take away with them.

Meet our 2019 speakers

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.

Dr Bhargav Chandrashekar

Occupational Health Physician,

Bhargav contributes to Employee Health & Wellness (EH&W) strategy development and delivery in collaboration with EH&W team members, safety professionals, HR professionals and business leaders.

He is passionate about helping employers proactively support their employees wellbeing and encourage honest conversations around mental health.

Gian Power

Founder & CEO
TLC Lions

Gian set up his first business aged 13 & later worked at Deutsche Bank and PwC, witnessing first-hand some of the wellbeing issues in the corporate world. Gian is the Founder of TLC Lions & The Unwind Experience and is passionate about igniting emotion in workplaces.

Andre Tomlin

The Mental Elf,
National Elf Service

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20-years’ experience working in evidence-based healthcare for the NHS, Oxford University and at Minervation Ltd (a digital health consultancy). Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service (it’s a pun!); an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research.

Rebecca Priestly

Chief Executive Officer,
Outer Temple Chambers

Rebecca joined Outer Temple Chambers as Chief Executive from a background which includes experiences as an executive HR Director and a dual-qualified solicitor and barrister with extensive financial services and legal experience. As Chief Executive, she leads with an important focus on promotion of positive employee relations and wellbeing and improving support for those with mental ill health. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director of the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA).

Neil Peters

Strategic Programme Manager – Samaritans/Rail Partnership,

Neil joined Samaritans in 2011 and is currently Strategic Programme Manager leading Samaritans’ partnership with the rail industry, delivering the ‘Tackling suicides on the railways’ programme. Since taking on his current role in 2018 he has overseen the launch of Small Talk Saves Lives Phase 3 and the recent launch of the Real People, Real Stories campaigns.

Lubna Gem Arielle

Corporate Trainer, Executive Coach, Consultant

Having spent 12 years as a City solicitor, Lubna now works with law firms on workplace wellbeing. She was lead advisor on ‘Mental Health for Lawyers,’ an interactive online programme.
In response to a need to foster supportive environments, Lubna developed a unique model to enable ‘Conversations that Matter’.

Laura Willis

Shine Offline

Laura Willis is one of the UK’s leading experts on digital wellbeing at work and a thought-leader on thriving in our constantly-on world.

Tina Daheley


Tina Daheley is one of the BBC’s fastest rising stars and a versatile broadcaster whose TV and radio work stretches across news, current affairs and the arts, appealing to a wide range of very diverse audiences.

Beth Rochford

Wellbeing Manager, Marks and Spencer

Beth Rochford is responsible for strategic health and wellbeing delivery across M&S. Working for M&S for over 10 years she understands the culture and actions needed to drive better wellbeing at work across 81,000 colleagues.

Alison Thorogood

Learning & Development Manager,

Alison is Learning & Development Manager for the popular restaurant chain, Nando’s. She’s has extensive experience in the hospitality and retail sectors having worked in a variety of roles across operations and HR. Alison has been fundamental in raising the profile of mental wellbeing within Nando’s by working with Mental Health at Work to introduce a programme to help managers understand, manage and promote mental health.

Amandip Sidhu

CEO/ Founder,
Doctors in Distress

Amandip has worked in healthcare for 20 years starting his career as a pharmacist and eventually reaching Director level for a pharmaceutical company. Recently bereaved by suicide, he is now an active advocate for personal wellbeing and has set up a charity to achieve his objectives to help those in distress.

Sarah Churchman OBE

People Director
Chief Inclusion, Community & Wellbeing Officer,

Sarah is one of the country’s most seasoned professionals in the field of Diversity & Inclusion. She is widely regarded as a thought leader and is frequently quoted in the media on issues such as women on boards, gender and ethnicity pay gap, social mobility, work-life balance and employee wellbeing, including mental health.  She is leading PwC’s focus on inclusion and wellbeing both within the workplace and across the communities in which PwC operates. 

Heather Edwards

Customer Insights Executive,
MoneySuperMarket Group

Alongside her day job as a Customer Insights Executive, Heather passionately leads a mental health employee resource group at MoneySuperMarket Group with the vision of empowering a company-wide culture supportive of mental health.

Gina Wills

Leadership & Learning Manager,
Central England Co-operative

Gina is an experienced Learning & Development Manager with extensive experience in the retail industry. Her specialisms are in Learning Design, Leadership Development, Performance Management, Learning Evaluation & ROI and Coaching.

Steve Demetriou

Chair and Chief Executive Officer,

Steve joined Jacobs as CEO in August 2015 and the following year was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors. Steve has steered a profound reshaping of Jacobs’ business portfolio, operations and culture. Under his leadership, the firm has accelerated profitable growth and transformed into the leading, next-generation solutions provider.

Dr Nick Taylor

CEO, Unmind

Dr Nick Taylor is the CEO of Unmind, a digital workplace mental health platform that empowers employees to proactively look after their mental health. Through his work as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, he found there was a lack of preventative solutions available for people, despite prevention being universally recognised as best practice. This is what led Nick to co-found Unmind.

David Stone

Chief Executive,
MRL Consulting Group

MRL is a niche high technology recruitment company that has been established since 1997 with offices in the UK, Germany & France. As Chief Executive, David is passionate about the development & wellbeing of MRL’s people along with providing world class service everywhere they operate and achieving outstanding results.

Tracy Forsyth

Executive Leadership Coach
and Host, Yoga in the Boardroom, Walter & Wootze

Tracy is the Creator and Host of Yoga in the Boardroom, a Creative Mentor for Channel 4, the producer of the renowned Women in Film & TV Mentoring Scheme, a Professional Executive and Leadership Coach and a Well-Being Columnist for Television Business International.

Simon Blake

Chief Executive,
Mental Health First Aid England

Simon Blake OBE joined Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England CIC as Chief Executive Officer in 2018, leading the organisation to achieve its vision of normalising society’s attitudes and behaviours around mental health, through training one in ten of the population in Mental Health First Aid skills.

Moira Slape

HR Director,
Travers Smith

Having worked in the legal sector since 2000 Moira brings to her role as HR Director her extensive HR and Learning & Development experience, alongside her deep interests in employee engagement, health and well-being, talent management and reward.

Claire Hallmey

Health & Wellbeing Manager,

As Oracle’s Health & Wellbeing Manager, Claire’s focus is on the management of a bespoke wellbeing strategy to meet the unique needs of Oracle employees.

Alison Pay

Managing Director,
Mental Health at Work

Alison joined Mental Health at Work at its inception and has extensive experience across both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. She’s passionate about bringing knowledge and skills to the workplace to help normalise conversations around mental health.

Oliver Walker

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Oliver is a tax partner in the London office of Weil. He’s been with the firm for thirteen years and co-chairs the Wellness and Social Committee. He’s passionate about employee engagement and wellbeing and is a strong advocate for supporting staff mental health at Weil.

Matt Morgan

Pinsent Masons

Matt is a Partner at the international law firm, Pinsent Masons, and heads up a team of fifty people across three locations. He has been heavily involved in developing and implementing the firm’s mental health strategy over the last two years and he’s also played a key part in the development of the Mindful Business Charter.

Julie Chakraverty

Founder & CEO,

Julie is Founder and CEO of Rungway, a workplace advice platform used by leading organisations to support today’s workforces with wellbeing, mental health, inclusion and development.

Natasha Wilson

Employee Communication Manager,
Fidelity International

Natasha founded and leads the mental health champions group at Fidelity International where she works alongside employee volunteers to drive the mental health agenda forward. She is also a qualified Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Matthew Mitten


Matthew has been at the forefront of Secondsight’s wellbeing work, linking the broader concepts of money and mental health with financial matters, and traditional pension and benefits programmes.

Anushka Davies

Head of Talent, Engagement & Diversity,

Anushka has been at Softcat for 19 years and has seen the company’s focus on staff wellbeing evolve over this time. Anushka is passionate about improving mental health in the workplace to encourage employees to openly talk about mental health in the same way as physical health.

James Gray

Partner, Withers & Rogers

James is a Patent Attorney and Partner at Withers & Rogers LLP and he is a member of the firms Diversity and Inclusion team with a focus on mental health.

Claire Gillis

International CEO,
WPP Health Practice

As a pharmacologist, health economist, entrepreneur and business leader, Claire is passionate about using communications grounded in data to promote better access to healthcare.

Julia Mazzafiore

MHFA Programme Lead,
Department for Work & Pensions

Julia is the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) delivery lead for the DWP. With a background in psychology, her responsibilities include recruiting and developing hundreds of new Mental Health First Aiders and the construction of an interactive online community to provide instant multi-media access to a MHFA.

Ben Alcott

Ben Alcott, International Director,
UK Civil Aviation Authority

Ben Alcott is an engineer by background and joined the UK CAA in 1998, becoming International Director in 2015. Since 2017 he has been leading the CAA’s Wellbeing Programme.

Silvana Martin

Health and Wellbeing Leader,
Laing O’Rourke

As Laing O’Rourke’s Health and Wellbeing Leader, Silvana has been instrumental in creating a culture that proactively looks after the wellbeing of its staff, including having mental health champions across the business. Laing O’Rourke is currently ranked gold in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index.

Kelly Leslie

Senior Human Resources Manager,
Farrer & Co, LLP

At law firm Farrer & Co, Kelly is responsible for the delivery of strategic HR projects. She experienced severe postnatal depression following the birth of both of her children, who are now 8 and 3.

June Clark

Health and Wellbeing Manager,
Nestle UK & Ireland

June’s role at Nestlé is to provide strategic leadership over the Nestlé UK & Ireland employee health and wellbeing programme. She’s passionate about health and wellbeing, supporting behaviour change and gets an enormous amount of pleasure in supporting employees to make well-informed lifestyle changes.

Dr Arti Anhal

Dr Aarti Anhal

before nine

Dr Aarti Anhal runs before nine, a consultancy on a mission to help future-proof organisations by integrating mental health, wellbeing and resilience considerations into their performance strategies.

David Hammond

Patent Attorney,
Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

David is one of Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP’s 20+ Mental Health First Aiders who form a working group focussed on awareness raising about workplace mental health, addressing related stigma and reducing occurrences of work-related mental health-related incidents within the firm.

Darea Flanagan

Wellbeing Engagement Manager,

Darea is an energetic and engaged wellbeing professional passionate about challenging culture and improving mental health and wellbeing in corporate life whilst ensuring organisational wellbeing remains a focus with the Board and Leadership team at E.ON.

Brian Dow

Chief Executive, Mental Health UK & Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness

Brian is Chief Executive of Mental Health UK a coalition of four charities across the UK in addition to his role as Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness.

Deborah Edmonds

Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing,
Gatwick Airport

Deborah is a qualified occupational health specialist who believes health and wellbeing underpin the success of a business whilst protecting the very people who make an organisation what it is. She builds and leads highly performing health teams, which add sustainable value to Gatwick Airport as an employer.

Nicky Hemmings

Lead Psychologist, BioBeats

Nicky Hemmings is Lead Psychologist at BioBeats, responsible for ensuring that the science powering the preventative health technology is grounded in a responsible, ethical and research-based approach. She is also Co-Founder of the Evidence-Based HR Forum and a Guest Lecturer at Cass Business School.

Michael Pagnotta

Partner- Human Resources,
Knight Frank

As a Learning & Development expert, Michael uniquely applies his previous studies in the performing arts with his strong interest in human behaviour to help organisations understand workplace human behaviour, including staff mental wellbeing.

Will Bushell

Brand Business Leader – Garnier Skincare,

Will is a Senior Marketing Manager who works on some of the biggest brands in the beauty industry and he’s also L’Oreal’s Mental Health Business Sponsor.

Jane Roques-Shaw

Board Director, Institute of Internal Communications
Director, Internal Communications and Culture, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Jane is responsible for leading the internal communications and culture strategy for Warner Bros. UK and is passionate about creating the best employee experience possible.

Rachel Lewis

Registered Occupational Psychologist and Director,
Affinity Health at Work and Birkbeck, University of London

As a Registered Occupational Psychologist, Rachel is passionate about promoting evidence-based practice. Her research and practice have been multi-award winning.

Pauline Miller

Head of Talent Development and Inclusion,
Lloyd's of London

Pauline has notably been the lead of the Dive In Festival, supporting equality and inclusion across the insurance sector. Started in London, the Dive In Festival is now delivered in more than 50 cities around the world.

Paul Feeney


As CEO, Paul Feeney is responsible for creating and developing the vision and strategy of the Quilter Group, including the organisation’s approach to staff wellbeing.

Nancy Lengthorn

Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Future Talent,

Nancy is a diversity and inclusion specialist within the media industry and was responsible for setting up the industry’s first apprentice scheme and Mental Health Allies programme.

Myira Khan

BACP Accredited Counsellor and Founder of the Muslim Counsellor and Psychotherapist Network (MCAPN)

Myira serves as a Trustee on the BACP Board of Governors and was awarded the Mental Health Heroes Award in 2015.

Mari Throman

Enterprise Architect Corporate Banking,

Mari is passionate about bringing mindfulness into the workplace and making it available to all staff who’d like to learn how it can support them in their personal and professional lives.

Luke Adebiyi

Client Engagement Lead, Business Development
Capital International Group

Luke bravely spoke out about his Mental Health to 60,000 of his Lloyd’s Banking Group colleagues and has since been involved in the #gettheinsideout marketing campaign. He’s a two-time Ethnicity Role Model and is listed in the first Isle of Man 30-under-30 list.

Louise Goux-Wirth

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

Louise is an equality specialist with over 10 years’ experience in enabling organisations to achieve strategic change in equality, diversity and inclusion.

Lizzie Pickering

Film Producer and Grief Investigator

A Film Producer by trade, Lizzie is also a motivational speaker on embracing change in the workplace and helping employees to stay at work successfully following major life events.

Karen Baxter

Lewis Silkin LLP

Karen Baxter is an Employment Lawyer and Partner at international law firm, Lewis Silkin LLP and is responsible for leading her firm’s mental wellbeing initiative, #ThisPlaceMinds.

Joanne Theodoulou

General Counsel,
Simply Business; Board Trustee,

Joanne is the General Counsel of Simply Business, the UK’s largest business insurance provider where she is a passionate advocate for workplace wellbeing.

Harpreet Butoy

Regional Chair – Multicultural Network,
Royal Bank of Scotland

Alongside his day job as a mortgage adviser, Harpreet supports diversity and wellbeing across the bank focusing on staff within the Birmingham region.

Graham McCartney

Trustee of Jonathan's Voice Charity,
Jonathan's Voice

Graham is a Trustee of Jonathan’s Voice, a charity set up following the death of his son Jonathan, a successful partner at a patent law firm, by suicide at the age of 35.

Euan Hutton

Chief Nuclear Officer,
Sellafield Ltd

In October 2017
Euan took on the role of Executive Sponsor
supporting Sellafields’s work to improve staff mental health.

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