Richard Daniel Curtis
Programme Director, Mental Health Awareness Programme, CEO, The Mental Health Tick & The Root Of It
Richard comes from a background in mental health nursing and teaching. He set up The Root Of It in 2013 to provide consultancy and training in the sector. The team run the Mental Health Awareness Programme, a suite of training programmes designed to ensure that staff in any organisation have access to mental health awareness.
The team also run The Mentoring School, delivering qualifications and courses for mentors in different sectors. Richard is chair of the National Special Educational Needs and Disability Awards. His specialist interest is in the development of social and emotional skills and the impact on mental health.
He is parent to two young children and completing his Psychology PhD in his spare time.
Chief Executive, Mental Health First Aid England
Simon Blake OBE is Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, a social enterprise that offers expert guidance and training to support mental health.
Simon is driven by a passion for a better, more inclusive society where everyone can be themselves. He has a long track record of championing difference and creating platforms for people’s voices to be heard. Throughout his career Simon has worked on some of the most complex social issues of today, including sex and relationships education, substance abuse, and LGBTQ rights.
Simon received an OBE in 2011 for his services to the voluntary sector and young people.
Director, Black, African and Asian Therapy Network
Eugene Ellis is a psychotherapist and the founder of the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN), the UK’s largest independent network of therapists committed, passionate and actively engaged in addressing the psychological needs of Black, African and South Asian people in the UK. Eugene has worked for many years with severely traumatised children and their families in the field of adoption. He facilitates dialogues around race and mental wellbeing through articles, podcasts and blog posts.
Eugene has a particular interest in the impact of intergenerational and familial trauma in the context of race. His book, ‘The Race Conversation: An essential guide to creating life-changing dialogue’, explores the intersection of race and trauma, the non-verbal communication of race and how to navigate oppressive patterns.
Workwise Manager, MindWise
Fiona Scullion is the WorkWise Manager at MindWise New Vision (MindWise is a mental health charity operating in Northern Ireland, delivering services to those affected by or at risk of mental health issues).
WorkWise is the external training and support arm to MindWise which promotes mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
Fiona has worked with a wide range of organisations including global companies; SME’s; public, private and voluntary sector organisations to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace and the need for effective management and support for all employees and managers.
Fiona is a qualified personal; executive and mental health & wellbeing coach and is registered with EMCC; CIPD and NISCC and has worked within the mental health sector for over 20 years.
Fiona maintains her own health and wellbeing by spending quality time with family and enjoys being active having recently taken up running and cycling.
Adult and Forensic Services Divisional Director, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Tim Kent is the Director of Adult and Forensic Services at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust where he has worked for the last 16 years. The trust’s adult services promote Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy as a treatment of choice over pharmacological interventions and support many people who have difficulty in finding high quality therapy on the NHS.
Tim is a practicing Consultant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with experience of working with adults, families and children. He has lived and worked in East London for many years and has a particular interest in the impact of early life relationships and different forms of maltreatment on physical and mental health outcomes in adult life.
Associate Professor, School of Psychology, University of Southampton
Lived experience consultant
Jason is a lived experience consultant who uses his knowledge, skills, and experience to improve outcomes for people within the mental health system.
Currently working for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), and the University of Manchester working on a study looking into the ethnic inequalities in severe mental illness.
Jason sits on various mental health advisory boards including the National Institute for Health Research, Applied Research Collaborative for Kent, Surrey and Sussex (NIHR ARC KSS), University College London’s (UCL) Institute of Mental Health, The Stability Network, and Time to Change, the campaign to end mental health discrimination.