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

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.

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”.

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

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.

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

Assistant Relationship Manager,
Commercial Banking,
Lloyds Banking 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 has a complex understanding of how businesses protect themselves from risk, including risk related to staff wellbeing.

Harpreet Butoy

Mortgage Advisor,
Royal Bank of Scotland

Alongside his day job, Harpreet supports diversity & wellbeing within his Royal Bank of Scotland banking centre.

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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