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

Meet Our 2018 Speakers

2019 speakers will be revealed in the coming weeks. For now see who spoke at This Can Happen 2018, including HRH the Duke of Cambridge.

We were both honoured and delighted to have His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge speaking at This Can happen 2018.

A passionate mental health campaigner he took part in a panel discussion exploring key issues around mental health in the workplace.

Meet our 2018 speakers

Dr Ellie Cannon

GP, Author, Broadcaster

Dr Ellie Cannon is the resident GP for the Mail on Sunday and Mailonline but most well known as the on-screen GP for Sky News. She is also the voice of the LBC radio health hour.

Martin Coyd OBE

Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing
Mace Construction

Martin has a wealth of experience in Health & Safety and has a huge passion for Health and Wellbeing. Martin spent 18 years in the Royal Engineers in the first part of his work life.

Poorna Bell

Poorna Bell

Author and Journalist

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.

Sarah Boddey

Sarah Boddey

Senior Vice President
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, EMEA & APAC
Northern Trust

Sarah joined Northern Trust in July 2016 and is responsible for the strategy and implementation of a wide variety of diversity and inclusion programmes and initiatives in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) regions.

Karl Simons

Chief Health, Safety & Security Officer
Thames Water

Karl has 30 years of experience in industry, having worked across all continents and numerous safety critical industries including oil, gas, minerals, rail, roads, construction and Utilities.

Vinay Kapoor MBA

Americas Head of Diversity & Inclusion
BNP Paribas

Vinay has developed a deep passion for enabling business to be more inclusive in the way they work with customers and their people. Vinay is known for providing a pragmatic and engaging narrative which has inspired action for both leaders and employees in BNP Paribas.

Andy Croxford

Deputy Director – EU Exit & Environmental Strategy
Environment Agency

Andy Croxford is a Deputy Director at the Environment Agency currently working on the UK’s exit from the European Union and helping to develop the organisation’s future strategy.
Andy is the mental health champion for the Environment Agency.

Monika Misra

Medical Director Employee Health and Wellbeing

Monika Misra works at GlaxoSmithKline leading employee Health and Wellbeing across Europe. She is experienced in developing global employee health strategies

Dominic Christian

Global Chairman Reinsurance Solutions,

Dominic Christian is a member of the Global Executive of Aon. Prior to this he was co-CEO of Aon Benfield and CEO of Aon UK Limited. He was a Group Board Director of Benfield Group plc, CEO of its International Division and CEO of Benfield Ltd.

Debbie Bullock

Wellbeing Lead

Debbie leads the Wellbeing@Aviva programme for colleagues based in the UK. The strategy, launched in May 2017 covers physical, mental and financial wellbeing along with social & community connectivity.

Andrew Clarke

Chef Director,
St Leonards & Brunswick House

Andrew was a reluctant Chef in the early days of his career. He stepped in his first kitchen just to earn enough money to support his music, but his dreams of touring the world as a rock guitarist eventually made way to a new career direction in food. 

Alison Garbutt

Head of Strategic Projects

Alison works with WHSmith’s directors to deliver strategic Initiatives. Additionally, over the last three years Alison has championed mental health in the workplace and has implemented a substantial plan enabling mental health training and awareness-raising across WHSmith.

Helen Undy

The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute

Helen is Director of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, the research charity set up by Martin Lewis to better understand and tackle the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems.

Jaan Madan

Head of Commercial,
Mental Health First Aid England

Jaan Madan is Head of Commercial at Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, and leads on the organisation’s engagement with workplaces in a broad range of sectors.

Diane Danzebrink

Wellbeing Consultant and
Menopause Expert

Wellbeing Consultant and Menopause Expert Diane Danzebrink specialises in providing bespoke menopause training and support solutions for businesses and organisations. She also works privately with women guiding and supporting them through menopause, midlife and beyond and provides professional menopause training for therapists.

Katie Taylor

CEO & Founder
The Latte Lounge

Katie is the CEO & Founder of The Latte Lounge, is married with four children and lives in London. She has worked for 25 years in PR, marketing, event organising, and fundraising for a variety of charities and set up The Latte Lounge Midlife Online Platform after suffering from debilitating peri-menopause symptoms at the age of 45.

Sarah Restall

Employer Engagement Manager,
Time to Change

Sarah is an Employer Engagement Manager in the Time to Change team at Mind. She works with employers to tackle stigma and discrimination against mental health problems in the workplace and assists across all sectors with developing plans to drive activity by offering expert advice, coaching and support.

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.

Steve Fox

Chief Executive,
BAM Nuttall

Steve obtained an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds in 1983 and is a Fellow of the ICE and served as a Vice President of Finance between 2013 and 2016.

Andy Latham

Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing
Next Plc

Andy is the Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Next Plc and is responsible for driving improvement across its stores and warehouses in the UK and Eire as well as its international garment sourcing offices.

Dawn Moore

HR Director
Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure

Dawn has developed a transformational and inclusive culture at Morgan Sindall. Her strategy recognises the wider need to address national skills gaps in the sector by tapping into pools of talent who have not previously considered a career in the sector or that want to balance family life with a rewarding career.

Susan Bright

Regional Managing Partner,
UK and Africa
Hogan Lovells International LLP

Susan is a partner at Hogan Lovells.  She specialises in competition law, advising clients on some of the most complex and stressful issues they face. 

Dr Stuart Hill

LNG CoMAH & Assurance Manager
National Grid Grain LNG

Stuart is the CoMAH & Assurance Manager at National Grid’s Grain LNG Importation Terminal in Kent. He leads the Grain LNG safety, environmental, health & wellbeing, quality, compliance, competency and assurance delivery practices and ensures that the business is operating within appropriate industry best practice.

Glenn Dunn

Forsters LLP

Glenn is a Solicitor and Partner at Mayfair law firm Forsters LLP, specialising in commercial real estate.

Peter Gardiner

Phygital Ltd

Peter’s career spans over twenty-five years in digital media production. Cutting his teeth in Soho’s busy Film and Advertising industry working on Features such as Tim Burtons ‘Sweeny Todd’ and New Line Cinema’s ‘The Golden Compass’, he moved on to set up his own Post Production and Animation business Go! Studios in 2007.

Paulette Cohen

Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Paulette has been a Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays since April 2016. She leads the D&I strategy and campaigns across global functions, and has lead responsibility for driving forward the disability agenda across the business, including Barclays campaign on mental health and well-being, This is Me.

Shalah Akhtar

Head of PwC Muslim Network/
Tax Manager

Shalah is a manager within PwC’s Investment Management Tax practice with over 7 years of experience, having joined the firm as a school leaver.

Yvonne Smyth

Head of Diversity & Inclusion,

Yvonne is the Group Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Hays plc, with over 20 years’ professional recruitment experience.

Joscelyne Shaw

Executive Director,
Mates in Mind

Joscelyne is Executive Director of Mates in Mind, a new charity launched in 2017 to raise awareness, address the stigma of poor mental health and improve mental wellbeing in the construction sector.


Audio experience

Created by S.I.D.E Projects, in collaboration with King’s College London, Headtrip is an immersive 3D audio journey into depression, based on nine people’s lived experience.

Laura Hearn

TV News Producer

Laura Hearn is a TV News producer for the BBC, and speaks regularly about her own experience of working within a fast-paced and challenging environment.

Davina Macdonald

Senior Campaign Manager
Home Office

Davina’s interest in the importance of good mental health was inspired after experiencing a complex neurological illness in 2013 resulting in speech and mobility issues and appeared impossible to overcome.

Ché Donald

Police Federation of England and Wales

Ché Donald has been a police officer with Sussex Police since 2002 and has been an active Police Federation representative for the last 12 years specialising in Discipline, Equality and Post Incident Procedures.

Marcus Gardiner

2018 Research Fellow - Winston Churchill Memorial Trust:
Digital Solutions for Mental Healthcare

Compelled by his lived experience of anxiety, Marcus has built a unique expertise in effective workplace digital mental healthcare. His work (Fellow: Winston Churchill Trust; Management Consultant: Deloitte; Software Developer: Softwire) brings together the experience of over 40 global thought leaders in digital mental healthcare.

Alex Morris

Behavioural Change Psychologist

Alex is a Chartered Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society (BPS). She has an honours degree in Social Psychology, an MSc in Applied Social Psychology and a PhD in Health Psychology.

Neil Longden

Area Flood & Coastal Risk Manager, North & East Yorkshire
Environment Agency

Neil joined the Environment Agency in 2004, before this he worked for Bechtel and the Health and Safety Executive. Neil is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Glen Ridgway

Divisional Director Global Health, Safety & Environment Centre of Excellence

Glen is a Divisional Director in Jacobs’ Global Health Safety and Environment Centre of Excellence (CoE) with specific responsibilities that include establishing Jacobs’ global mental health matters strategy for 77,000 staff, across 400+ locations in over 40 countries.

Professor Neil Greenberg

March on Stress

Professor Greenberg is a consultant academic psychiatrist at King’s College London. Neil served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces for more than 23 years and has deployed to a number of hostile environments including Afghanistan and Iraq.

Peter Allen

Managing Director,
Enact Solutions

Peter Allen is MD of Enact Solutions, a company which inspires people to make a positive difference to their lives. Everything Enact does, they believe in changing the default settings, in thinking differently, and making it count.

Susan Gee

Susan Gee

Group Occupational Health and Wellbeing Manager
Yorkshire Water

Susan is a commercially astute, innovative, and highly influential Occupational Health Manager with comprehensive experience gained within public and private sector roles.

Daniel Callaghan

Social Media Specialist
Thomson Reuters

Daniel joined Thomson Reuters in 2014 and on World Mental Health Day October 2016, Daniel made the decision to go public and share his personal experience with mental ill health with the company.

Dominique Thompson

Student Mental Health Expert and Director
Buzz Consulting

Dr Dominique Thompson is an award winning university GP who set up Buzz Consulting in 2017 to support Higher Education Institutions, the NHS and other organisations in improving how they care for young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Mandy Saligari

Addiction, Parenting & Relationship Expert Founder & Clinical Director
Charter Harley Street

Mandy Saligari is the founder and Clinical Director of Charter Harley Street, which was set up in 2008. Mandy combines her personal and clinical experience as a highly respected and established clinician.

Nicola Forristal

Chief People Officer

Nicola Forristal cut her Human Resources teeth working at the first hospital Trust in the NHS in London. She has worked within a variety of sectors including accountancy, construction, architecture, hospitality and as a consultant for design and marketing agencies.

Carrie Birmingham

Carrie Birmingham Consult Ltd

Carrie is the founder of a consultancy that partners with organisations to resolve complex and difficult problems.

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