All of our ambassadors have a passion for raising awareness of mental health. They help promote our work as widely as possible and encourage people to support our campaigns and projects.
The Shaw Mind Foundation's ambassadors make massive contributions to our charity, by supporting our work and speaking in the media about mental health.
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean
We are delighted to announce our new ambassadors: Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean!
Nottinghamshires own ice-skating legends won the British, European, and World Championships for figure skating. In 1984, a British TV audience of more than 24 million people watched them win Olympic gold in Sarajevo; the judges awarded them the highest ever points score in figure skating history.
Since their retirement from the sport in 1998, they have continued coaching and choreographing routines for many people, including the French Ice Dance team, Anissina and Peizerat, who went on to win first place in the World Championships in 2000.
They are also widely recognised for their roles as coaches, choreographers and dancers in ITV’s Dancing on Ice, which is set to make its return in 2018.
Entrepreneur, business expert, media personality, author
Marsha Wright is a celebrated entrepreneur, TV business expert & media personality, investor, 4x best-selling author and philanthropist.
This London-born millennial spends most of her time travelling the world for business and pleasure, which is a far cry from her true-life rags to riches story of personal triumph and determination. Find out more.
Jonny Benjamin MBE
Mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker and writer
At the age of 20 Jonny was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have since been watched by hundreds of thousands of people. He now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma. Find out more.
On stage sardonic comedian John Simmit is smart and thoughtful, in big contrast to his best known role, playing ‘Dipsy’, coolest of the Teletubbies in BBC TV’s international hit series.
John’s TV appearances include : BBC 2’s The Real McCoy, BBC 2’s Blouse & Skirt, Channel 5’s Club Class, Carlton TV’s Drumbeat, BBC TV’s Malai Monologues , Channel 5’s The Gadget Show and Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz of the 90s. On the radio airwaves he’s featured on Radio 1’s The Guest List and Radio 5’s The Way Out.
In the UK John makes regular appearances at major UK theatres on Upfront Comedy bills, at venues such as Nottingham Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse, and Hackney Empire; and is a regular face on the UK’s Jongleurs comedy circuit. Internationally he has received a standing ovation at Amsterdam’s Nieuwe De La Mar Theatre; headlined in Bahrain, and played the New York Fringe Festival as part of Stand Up Black Britain.
You can follow John on Facebook here.
Mental Health Advocate
Chrissie Hodges is a mental health advocate, speaker on lived experience with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, peer support specialist, and OCD resource consultant. Chrissie’s advocacy includes her YouTube video series in which she talks about the reality of living with violent, sexual, and blasphemous intrusive thoughts with OCD. Find out more.
Racing car driver and mental health activist
Matthew is a young, UK racing car champion. He was easily distracted from school work, and this became a real issue with his post 16 education. Course work was good, but issues with focus affected exam performance. To overcome these exam issues, Matthew changed to study an engineering course through distance learning, allowing him to combine education with his passion and skill for racing cars. Both in and out of a race car Matthew has significant focus. Whilst continuing with his distance learning studies, he is currently racing cars in the USA and leading the championship on the first step of the ladder of what he hopes will be a career in motor racing.
Matt is very passionate about mental health and helping those who suffer. “Promoting The Shaw Mind Foundation and their work through my racing gives me the opportunity to help raise awareness of the wide ranging support there is available to those with mental ill health”. Find out more.
Actress, model, writer and mental health activist
“Mental health is something I hold close to my heart. Working in the creative industry, a lot of pressure is placed on performers every day; building anxiety and internal suffering. Having close friends who battle with depression and losing some to the torment is something I do not want anyone else to have to go through on their own, again…”
Find out more
George David Hodgson
fashionpreneur, public speaker and mental health activist
In 2014 he founded the award-winning fashion label ‘Maison de Choup’ out of his severe anxiety and OCD episode. The brand has been recognised by the likes of Vanity Fair, which referred to Maison de Choup as ’The Fashion Brand with a Mental Health Cause at its Heart’. He also delivers public speeches in schools, colleges and universities on his story to inspire the younger generation about positive mental health and that there is always light at the end to the tunnel.
After recovering from his severe Anxiety & OCD he is passionate about helping young sufferers with mental health issues and encouraging them to open up and talk about their mental health.
You can find out more here: Website | Journal | Twitter
Rachael is currently studying A Levels in Psychology, Maths and Music Technology, and is an up-and-coming acoustic singer/songwriter from Derbyshire UK. She mainly performs her captivating and soulful original songs all over the North of England.
Over the two and a half years that she has been gigging, Rachael has performed at festivals such as Tramlines, Chesterfield, Rotherham and Barnsley Pride. She has also played on local radio stations as well as at gigs in popular music venues.
Rachael has a real passion for mental health. She wants to help others who have mental health issues or those with loved ones who are suffering, as she has had very close experiences with both. You can gain some insight into her some of her experiences through her music.
Rachael gets inspiration from a lot of different genres of music – from country right through to metal and hard rock. Her lyrical influences come heavily from artists such as Julien Baker, Dodie and Fleetwood Mac – making her lyrics deep and thought provoking.
You can find out more here: Facebook | Youtube
Mental health nurse and mental health activist
Tom King is a UK based mental health activist and mental health nurse.
Tom has been instrumental to The Shaw Mind Foundation’s Headucationuk crusade, given his special interest in educating young people about mental health. As an ambassador and advocate of The Shaw Mind Foundation, Tom played a pivotal role in launching the UK government petition to get mental health education as a mandatory subject in all primary and secondary schools.