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Keynote Speakers
Ruth Sutherland

CEO, Samaritans

Ruth began her career as a Registered General Nurse but has spent the majority of her career in public health roles gaining degrees in Social Policy and Health Promotion.

Ruth was the founding Director of the Community Development and Health Network, a charitable membership network committed to addressing inequalities in health and wellbeing based in Northern Ireland.

Prior to joining Samaritans as CEO in 2015, Ruth was CEO of Relate and has held senior executive leadership roles at Rethink Mental Illness, Alzheimer’s Society and Scope.

Angela Samata

Ambassador for Survivors of the Bereaved by Suicide, Merseyside Woman of the Year 2016 and an Honorary Fellow of John Moores University Liverpool 

Angela presented the BBC1 BAFTA nominated and winner of the Mind Media Award for Best Factual TV documentary, “Life After Suicide” The film encouraged discussion and exploration of mental health issues, challenging the stigma of suicide. Describing her own experience and that of her children after her partner took his own life 15 years ago, Angela travelled the length and breadth of the UK talking to others who had experienced the same loss. The Documentary was aired as part of the BBC’s Mental Health Season #InTheMind and was watched world-wide by over 4.5 million viewers.
Angela represents the views of those bereaved by suicide and was for 4 years, Chair, and is now Ambassador, of the Survivors of the Bereaved by Suicide, a nationwide charity offering a unique and distinct free service with online, face to face and telephone support to bereaved adults across the UK. Under her Chairmanship and together with a 10-strong Board and 150 volunteers, the number of support groups doubled, with over 60 free support groups currently throughout the UK, offering support to over 7,000 people bereaved by suicide each year. Angela is also an invited attendee of the All Party Parliamentary Group looking at Suicide Prevention in England and Wales.
Co-author of the NHS70 Parliamentary Award winning training, her charity work, together with the making of the documentary was recognised as Angela was named as the Merseyside Woman of the Year 2016 and awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Liverpool John Moores University.

As a freelance Arts professional for over a decade, Angela continues to work with individual artists and arts organisations, while also speaking publicly about mental health issues. Often her work in Mental Health and the Arts come together and in 2018 she will complete a Winston Churchill Fellowship to the USA and Japan looking at both disciplines.

Jonny Jacobs

Strategy & Transformation Director, Pladis

Jonny leads Strategy and Transformation for pladis UK&I, the global snacking company which brings together the iconic brands of McVitie’s, Jacob’s, go ahead!, Flipz and Godiva.
He became a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has a wealth of experience working for global organisations such as Heineken and John Menzies in Finance, Investor Relations and Corporate Strategy. At pladis, Jonny has held a number of Senior Finance positions across the UK&I business, and most recently a secondment to head up the North America finance team as Chief Financial Officer.

Jonny was named Young Chartered Accountant 2017 by ICAS and is also Treasurer and Trustee for Aspire, a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury.

He has a keen interest in organisation design and people development and is leading the newly formed Mental Health initiative at Pladis in UK&I.

Yannis Andreadakis MBACP Accred UKCP Reg

Counselling Service Manager – Counselling Service – Student Services, London Metropolitan University

Yannis started his professional journey supporting people experiencing acute mental health difficulties and suicidal ideation as a befriender/ advocate in Westminster Mind and the Maytree Suicide Respite Centre in Central and North London. Subsequently, he started counselling training and expanded his experience through work in various counselling services and psychotherapeutic communities around London.

Yannis originally trained in the Person-Centred model of Counselling and Psychotherapy later embracing other theoretical and philosophical ideas in his work, such as phenomenology, attachment and existential psychotherapy. Ultimately, he feels that it is the interpersonal relationship with the Other in the here-and-now that is the catalyst for psychotherapy, regardless of the theoretical vehicle. He has been working in higher education on and off since 2009, as a counselling practitioner and counselling service manager, and he is honoured to be managing a team of deeply compassionate and committed counsellors in the Counselling Service of London Metropolitan University .

Brett Garcia MBACP

CAHMS Mental Health Clinician and Psychotherapist

Mental Health Clinician and Psychotherapist working within Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) – providing therapeutic treatment to child/adolescents, parents and carer’s.
Brett’s clinical background – he is a qualified Integrative/Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and BACP registered. Other clinical experience includes working with adults and families in different and varied clinical settings. He is extremely passionate and enthusiastic in relation to the care, support and intervention that’s provided to patients. In addition, Brett has a ‘zest’ for undertaking different types of research that improves the quality of work completed within the professional field of Mental Health.
He has a private practice where he sees children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. The therapeutic modalities used are; Psychodynamics; CBT; Systemic; Existential; Transactional Analysis; Gestalt; and Person Centred Approach.

Paul McGregor

Public Figure, Founder of MFM and Short Course Lecturer at University Arts of London 

Paul lost his Dad to suicide 9 years ago, a loss that was completely unexpected. On paper Pauls Dad had ‘everything’, but very quickly fell into depression, got sectioned into a mental health unit and took his own life a few months after. At 19, Paul personally struggled to deal with it, overworking, chasing “success” and distracting himself from the grief. And shortly after his Dads suicide, Paul too found himself in a dark place, suffering with depression and fearing he’d follow in his Dads footsteps. Luckily he found a way to recovery, and now runs an online fashion magazine, lectures short courses at University Arts of London and has spoken openly about his story and mental health in the UK, US and Dubai. He’s also married to Amy, a Dad of 2, but he’s still terrible at DIY.

Jenny Rayner

Principal Trustee Lucy Rayner Foundation, Co-Founder and Commercial Director Red Rocket Events

Jenny and her family and friends formed the Lucy Rayner Foundation after the death of Lucy Marie Rayner on 05/05/2012 a relatively new organisation with a big voice making big strides in the local community and nationwide. This led to collaboration with other charities with the same objectives; MIND, Samaritans and the YMCA. The foundations objectives are; to stop young people committing suicide, to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression in young adults through education and campaigning, to facilitate change in the way mental health is perceived by society.

Jenny has strong business acumen and entrepreneurial skills with over 30 years’ experience within the service industry b2b, corporate and public sector.

Achievements: Running the London Marathon 2014, Awarded the British Citizens Award – for service to the community 2016, Regional Finalist – Pride of Britain Award 2016

Megan Aspel

Producer, Acting Out Productions, Director, Let’s Link

Alongside her role as director for Let’s Link, Megan has set up an independent mental health and wellbeing training and learning facility with partners from the acting world, Louisa Lawrenson and Jeremy Beckman. Using the power of live drama and audience interaction Acting Out Productions portray the image and reality of mental illness, its impact on individuals and on those around them.

Acting Out Productions is a company of professional actors, writers, directors, trainers and facilitators. They bring innovation, excellence and passion to imparting learning about something that affects us all – mental health and wellbeing.

In the workplace mental illness costs employers more than £30 billion a year in absences and ‘presenteeism’ (where people are at work but not functioning to full capacity).

Young people and students are increasingly suffering emotional problems and mental illness. And in the community, mental ill health is affecting one in four of us at some point in our lives.

To create change people, need greater understanding and insight. We offer employers across the sectors a uniquely different perspective on mental health training. One of the most innovative and memorable approaches for staff development, CPD, CSR – across corporate, commercial and community sectors.

Charlotta Martinus

Founder – Teen Yoga 

Charlotta is the leader in the field of yoga as a mental health intervention in secondary schools. She is one of five people involved in setting up the APPG on yoga in society and advises government on yoga in schools. She is also leading the Westminster University Research Project measuring the impact of yoga on 1,000 teens across the UK.

Through the charity, Teen Yoga Foundation, she has trained 750 professionals to share yoga and mindfulness with young people in different sectors, such as education, social work and healthcare. In turn her graduates reach an estimated 75,000 teens across the world.

She is a regular contributor on the BBC and represents the school sector in the APPG in society. Her book will be published 21st August 2018 on this topic by HAchette Publishers in the US and The UK.


Janie Fox

Events Director and Co-Founder – Red Rocket Events 

Janie has a proven track record in developing and implementing strategy, inspiring a team to achieve results. She is proficient at presenting at a senior level. She is a self-motivated, creative individual with a genuine commitment and desire to succeed and to influence change. Consciously striving to improve communication to provide the highest quality of service delivery and recovery.

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