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.

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. 

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.

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.

Alastair Antell

Alastair Antell

Head of Propositions – Health and Wellbeing, Aviva UK

Ally has worked with Aviva’s Health division since 2005 and in his current role he’s responsible for developing wellbeing products & services to help all Aviva customers live healthier, happier and more financially secure lives.

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.

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”.

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

Associate L&D Business Partner,
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.

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.

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 & Director / Associate Professor,
Affinity Health at Work,
Kingston Business School

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 Lewis

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 Officer,
University of Southampton

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.

Chris FitzGerald

Client Manager,
Charles River Development

Chris works at Charles River Development, a tech company within State Street Bank. He holds a solid understanding of the importance of mental health and life balance from his extensive previous career in health & fitness and his own experience of PTSD as a result of the traumatic birth of his first son.

Laurie Rackind


At the same time as providing services to 1300 people at any one time, Jami’s aim is to transform the mental health landscape of the Jewish community, using communal social capital to provide a supportive and knowledgeable environment.

Marisa Smallman

The Living Room

Marisa spent 16 years working as an Equity Derivatives Broker. A decade into her career she hit a rock bottom, catalysed through drug and alcohol abuse. Now 14 years clean and sober, she speaks to audiences candidly about her experience of addiction and her return to the City post sobriety.

Ericka FitzGerald

VP for eFX Sales & Trading,
Mitsubishi UFG Financial Group (MUFG)

Alongside her role on the FX Trading desk, Ericka is the founding Co-Chair of MUFG’s Family Network. After her first child was born, she suffered from PTSD and nearly died. She is passionate about helping others who’ve had similar experiences to hers.

Rohan Kallicharan

Head of People (UK) & Talent,
Receipt Bank

Currently Head of People (UK) & Talent at Receipt Bank, Rohan has been involved in numerous mental health awareness projects in his own workplace.

Terry Streather

Director and Head of Training
Oakwood Training

Terry is Director and Head of Training at Oakwood Training. He’s a Mental Health First Aid and Personal Safety Instructor, with extensive experience as both a frontline practitioner and trainer.

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