Entrepreneur, mentor, author and philanthropist
Dr James Espey OBE (B.Com, MBA, PhD) is an international businessman and brand builder with over 50 years’ global experience. He is also an author and business consultancy mentor who believes strongly in supporting the next generation. He has personally suffered from two breakdowns. As a result, is passionate about helping other sufferers with mental health problems, and working to encourage society to recognise and deal with the issues arising from mental health issues. As a founding member of The Shaw Mind Foundation, as well as a Patron and Trustee, James draws on his experience to help provide the Foundation with a clear strategic direction. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen for services to the global Scotch whisky industry. James Espey website.
“I am very happy to be open about everything that has happened in my life, including the two breakdowns I have had and my experiences with The Priory. My first breakdown was in 1998 and the second in 2016. I have a real interest in helping people who have mental illnesses. I honestly believe that mental health and loneliness (which to some extent often leads to mental health problems) are two of the greatest health problems facing society today.”