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Adam Shaw

Adam Shaw is a world wide mental health advocate, philanthropist and author. Adam lives in the UK and the US, and is married with 6 children. Now in recovery from mental health issues himself, he is committed to helping others suffering from debilitating mental health issues through The Shaw Mind Foundation.

“As a society, we are all collectively responsible and accountable for mental health issues. By not engaging in conversation, we are giving mental illness more power than it deserves. By simply talking to, and being open with, our children, family, friends and colleagues, we can begin the process of recovery from mental health issues without even consciously trying. Talking about and sharing our mental health issues is a fundamental and natural platform, through which recovery begins and mental health well-being is sustained.” Adam Shaw

Dr Lauren Callaghan

Dr Lauren Callaghan (CPsychol, PGDipClinPsych, PgCert, MA (hons), LLB (hons), BA) born and educated in New Zealand, is an innovative industry leading psychologist based in London.

Lauren was a psychologist at the specialist national treatment centres for severe obsessional problems in the UK and is renowned as an expert in the field of mental health, recognised for diagnosing and successfully treating OCD and anxiety related illnesses.

In addition to appearing as a treating clinician in the critically acclaimed and BAFTA award-winning documentary Bedlam, Lauren is a frequent guest speaker on mental health conditions in the media and at academic conferences. Lauren also acts as a guest lecturer and honorary researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry Kings College, UCL.

Dr James Espey OBE

Dr James Espey OBE (B.Com, MBA, PhD) is an international businessman and brand builder with over 50 years’ global experience. Responsible for founding, creating and developing the liquor brands, Malibu and Baileys, James later joined Chivas as Chief Executive of Chivas Bros and went on to became Chairman of Seagram Distillers. He’s been Non- Executive Director of several companies from Church Shoes, Fuller Smith and Turner to A.G. Barr, makers of Irn Bru. 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.

Vaughan Collins

Vaughan Collins is a very successful retired engineer and founder of an International Aerospace company. Since the sale of his business he has become an active angel investor helping several cutting edge, high technology, UK businesses grow and bring their products to market.

As a recovered depression sufferer he is also passionate about helping others suffering with mental health issues to overcome their illnesses and lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.

Clive Johnson

Clive Johnson is an advocate for employee mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. His organisation pioneers the creation of staff wellbeing initiatives across the group. Clive, as Group head of health and safety, plays an integral and innovative role in this process.

Landsec is the largest commercial property development and investment company in the UK. The firm switched to Real Estate Investment Trust status when REITs were introduced in the United Kingdom in January 2007. It is headquartered in London and traded on the London Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

Ruth Chapman

As co-founder and executive chairman, Ruth Chapman (alongside her husband Tom) led MATCHESFASHION.COM to become a globally recognised luxury brand by capitalising on unique product offering and a truly customer centric approach. In October 2017, Ruth stepped down as executive chairman and moved into an advisory role for the company.

Chapman was born in 1961 and from a young age was fascinated with fashion and brand creation originally working in video production. She joined Tom to create Matches in 1987 in Wimbledon where they were the first multi brand retailer to introduce designers including Prada and Bottega Veneta in the UK.

Matches became renowned as one of the most innovative luxury boutiques in the world, growing to five sites across London. In response to global customer demand the online site launched in 2007 and all business platforms were rebranded MATCHESFASHION.COM in 2013 – a move to unify the business and to provide a universal customer experience.

Renowned for her unique curation Ruth has been credited with starting trends and being one of the key women responsible for changing the fashion industry.

As advisor to MATCHESFASHION.COM, Ruth continues to be involved with innovations in the luxury retail industry, as well as supporting a number of other companies and charities in mentor or non-exec roles.

Dr Az Hakeem

Dr Az Hakeem (MBBS FRCPsych MSc MInstGA) worked as a consultant psychiatrist in General Psychiatry & Psychotherapy at Camden & Islington. He also worked in Forensic Psychotherapy at The Portman Clinic until 2012. He remains a senior lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales. He has worked, off and on screen, as a media consultant, including on GMTV and Big Brother on the Couch. He has published extensively in magazines and psychiatric and psychotherapeutic journals.

In 2011 he was awarded Fellowship to The Royal College of Psychiatrists. The University of Bradford appointed him as Visiting Professor of Psychiatry & Applied Psychotherapy in 2015. After over 15 years working in the NHS, Dr Hakeem now works exclusively in the private sector as a Staff Consultant at The Priory Hospital, Roehampton.

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© 2017 - The Shaw Mind Foundation - We're a registered charity in England (no. 1167947), and a registered company (no. 09921207) in the UK.

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