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
James has worked in the beverage industry for 50 years. He was responsible for creating and developing a number of leading global liquor brands including Malibu, Johnnie Walker Blue Label and Chivas Regal 18. James’s last full-time positions were Chief Executive of Chivas Bros and Chairman of Seagram Distillers Ltd. He has been a Non-Executive Director of several public companies including A.G. Barr Ltd., makers of Irn Bru. He is an author, business mentor and backer of a number of start-ups, including cloud computing company Mimecast Ltd. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE for services to the global scotch whisky industry.
He has personally suffered from two breakdowns and as a result he is passionate about helping other sufferers with mental health problems. He works to encourage society to recognise and deal with the issues arising from mental health problems. As a founding member, patron and trustee, James draws on his experience to help provide the foundation with a clear strategic direction.
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 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.
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.