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Leeds Mindful Employer Network presents…

Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces For All

Free conference

21 MAY 24

Carnegie School of Sport,
Leeds Beckett University,
Headingley Campus Leeds LS6 3QS

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The Leeds Mindful Employer Network brings local employers together to champion positive mental health at work. Join us at our 2024 conference to explore:


  • Making workplaces as mentally healthy as they can be for everyone
  • Increasing confidence in talking about mental health at work
  • Tackling the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace

Demonstrate your commitment to the wellbeing of your workforce by being part of these important conversations on the 21st May 2024!

Book your free place on Eventbrite

Leeds Mindful Employer Network welcomes all employers, their staff and volunteers from across Leeds and West Yorkshire who are interested in improving mental health at work. Please join the network for free here if you aren’t already a member. 

Panel discussions, workshops, wellbeing activities and networking will cover a variety of themes such as:

  • Tools to support staff with mental health in the workplace
  • Training and Supporting Mental Health First Aiders
  • Supportive absence management
  • Effective allyship
  • Suicide prevention
  • Becoming trauma-informed and compassionate leaders
  • Race and mental health at work
  • Getting your workforce active
  • Supporting LQBTQIA+ employees
  • Menopause awareness and support
  • Neurodiversity awareness and support
  • Reasonable adjustments for mental health
  • Supporting addictions
  • Creating effective mental health strategies

…and much more to come.

You’ll be able to select the sessions that mean the most for you and your organisation and build your own bespoke schedule for the day.

Event details including catering, venue accessibility and more are available on the Eventbrite page.

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Our speakers

Alicia Collinson - Senior Associate, Thrive Law

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Alicia Collinson is an employment law solicitor at Leeds-based employment law firm Thrive Law. With more than five years of experience, Alicia has worked with both employers and employees in all areas of employment law, with a specific interest in Employment Tribunal litigation for both claimants and respondents. She has a particular interest in ED&I training because much of her time is otherwise spent supporting businesses and employees when something has gone wrong.

Andrea Wallman - Training & Development Lead at Leeds Mind

Andrea Wallman

Andrea is a seasoned professional in the field of education, training, and mental health. With over 25 years of experience in adult and further education, Andrea brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. 

Passionate about providing training courses that empower individuals and workplaces to navigate the challenges of both work and life effectively, Andrea is dedicated to fostering positive change in the realm of mental health education and awareness.  

Andrew Picken - Wellbeing Lead for TRU Alliance Programme

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Andrew is wellbeing lead on the Transpennine rail upgrade – one of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects.  He is working to make wellbeing a strategic priority on the project, as well as making sure wellbeing programmes are equitable and accessible across the Alliance and its partners, and across all job grades and contract/role types. 

Committed to driving change and improvements in mental health and wellbeing, Andrew has supported a whole host of complex organisations throughout his career, managing health and wellbeing programmes that have added real, measurable value in the workplace and beyond. 

A published author, and an award-winning public health expert, over the years Andrew has acted as a national assessor for the Royal Society for Public Health, as well as playing a pivotal role in the London Olympic Legacy Project. 

Anna Quinn-Martin - Operations Manager at Leeds Mind

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Anna is an Operations Manager at local mental health charity, Leeds Mind. She has lead teams and individuals for over 15 years, and is passionate about supporting staff to be themselves at work, developing them through trusted relationships, feedback and coaching. 

Anna is an Operations Manager at local mental health charity, Leeds Mind. She has lead teams and individuals for over 15 years, and is passionate about supporting staff to be themselves at work, developing them through trusted relationships, feedback and coaching. 

Astrid Copeland - Mental Health and Wellbeing Trainer at Leeds Mind

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Astrid is a qualified trainer specialising in Mental Health Awareness, Skills for Managers, Managing Stress and Resilience. She holds a PGCE in Community Education. With over 20 years experience, Astrid’s work has included supporting individuals who experience mental health issues, engaging with employers and working with other marginalised sectors such as homelessness and disability. Throughout her career, Astrid has designed and delivered training and peer support packages alongside working with individuals to enable them to take control of their lives and experiences. Astrid has worked for Leeds Mind for 10 years as a Mental Health Job Retention Specialist and recently was recruited into a dedicated training role. 

Bob Beswick - Wellbeing Programmes Manager, Rugby League Cares

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Former professional rugby league player, captained Ireland and played over 400 professional games. Now enjoying his role with Rugby League cares delivering engaging sessions in communities and groups looking to enhance wellbeing with our evidenced based mental fitness programme, Offload.  

Catherine Wilson - Prevention Manager, Gambling with Lives

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Catherine combines her lived experience of gambling harms with her extensive education, business and coaching knowledge to lead the delivery of prevention programmes and the Chapter One project.  

Charlotte Speak - Founder of Power of the Parent, Coach and Strengths Practitioner

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Charlotte is a mum of two, change maker and coach for parents in the workplace, empathetic listener and avid theme park explorer. 
Charlotte works with businesses to help attract, retain and develop brilliant team members who happen to be parents. 
Charlotte says that she doesn’t finish books if they haven’t got her hooked in the first two chapters. She’s partial to time outdoors. And her values around family, authenticity and creativity lead the way in everything she does. 

Chris Sylvester - Founder of Getting Clean CIC

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Chris is the founder of Getting Clean CIC a Lived Experience Recovery Organisation that changes the perception of addiction within society and helps to tackle environmental issues within communities.

Claire Burns - People Director at Abraham Moon & Sons

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Claire is People Director at Abraham Moon & Sons Ltd, and plays a pivotal role in shaping the company’s culture, talent development, and employee well-being. 

Her HR career began working for Double Two shirts in Wakefield, where she enjoyed 10 years of people development training whilst there. Claire then completed my CIPD at the University of Huddersfield in 2008 whilst working for SIL Holdings – another textile business where she gained valuable experience over 10 years working for the SIL Group. Having moved to Harrison Spinks in October 2017 as they were just setting up a weaving department, Claire is now fully back in textiles (June 2023) at Moon, which she loves.   

Claire says: “Abraham Moon & Sons has witnessed remarkable growth in employee engagement and retention. My team are championing diversity, equity, and inclusion, ensuring that every team member feels valued and heard. Whether it’s implementing innovative HR policies or organising events, we are trying our best with a diverse workforce and multiple shift patterns. 

Beyond work, I enjoy visiting the East Coast and spend most weekends in Bridlington and I love reading, I read anything from knowledge building (currently Mindset by Dr Carol S Dweck) to thrillers – love a bit of Lee Child. My mantra: ““Passionate about the difference that great people leadership makes to the lives and engagement of people at work and how that translates within the wider community for a sustainable future.

David Best, Professor - Director, Centre for Addiction Recovery Research (CARR), Leeds Trinity University

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Dr. Best is Professor of Addiction Recovery at Leeds Trinity University, Honorary Professor of Regulation and Global Governance at The Australian National University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Addiction Science at Monash University (Melbourne). He is also chair of the Prisons Research Network of the British Society of Criminology. He is also an Affiliate Senior Scientist at the Public Health Institute in California and a founding member of the College of Lived Experience Recovery Organisations in the UK. 

Trained as a psychologist and criminologist, he has worked in practice, research and policy in the areas of addiction recovery and rehabilitation of offenders. He has authored or co-edited seven books on addiction recovery and desistance from offending, and has written more than 230 peer-reviewed journal publications and around 70 book chapters and technical reports. He is one of the leading academics in the area of addiction recovery and a key innovator in developing recovery capital measurement tools and methods. 

Dot Smith - CEO, Recovery Connections

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Dot Smith is the CEO of Recovery Connections, a Lived Experience Recovery Organisation in the North East of England. Having been employed for 40 years in the sector, she sees her lived experience of the impact of parental alcoholism and domestic abuse as being the biggest influence on her leadership. She is a Churchill Fellow and NE Charity Leader of the Year award-holder, both achieved from the privilege of leading a LERO. 

Gary Butterfield - The Joy Junction

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A proud Yorkshire boy, Gary is founder of the ‘small but perfectly-formed’ consultancy, Joy Junction. With 18 years’ experience working in the fitness industry, professional sport, HR, and employee wellbeing, Gary supports organisations to create joyful workplace cultures through wellbeing conversations.

Grace Imrie - Senior Policy Development Officer, Leeds City Council

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Grace co-leads work to address gambling harms in Leeds as a Senior Policy Officer in Leeds City Council. As part of the Financial Inclusion Team and working closely with colleagues in Public Health and Licensing, Grace leads a citywide network of organisations seeking to support those affected by gambling as well as leading key projects in the city based around a number of priority areas. This has included the launch of Leeds City Council’s HR guidance to support employees impacted by gambling.

Jack Rutter - Senior Mental Health Nurse, Practice Development Lead, NHS Northern Gambling Service

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Jack is a senior mental health nurse and practice development lead at the NHS Northern Gambling Service, where he has worked since the service was established in 2019. 

Prior to that, Jack has worked in a variety of addiction and mental health settings. These include in-patient mental health, criminal justice treatment services, community alcohol detox and dual diagnosis. He has undertaken additional training in the delivery of evidence-based approaches and interventions including Motivational Interviewing, Social Behaviour and Network Therapy, 5-step, manualised CBT and also DBT. 

Jack is passionate about working in the field of addiction, both to reduce the stigma faced by those struggling with addiction and to support people on their journey into recovery. 

James Grimes - Head of Prevention, Gambling With Lives

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James uses his lived experience of gambling addiction in a variety of advocacy roles, including founding a nationwide campaign to end gambling sponsorship in football. He is now Head of Prevention at Gambling with Lives, leading education, training and information programmes for young people, professionals and the public. 

Jayne Uren - Human Resources Manager, Leeds Marriot Hotel

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As a Generalist HR Manager, one of Jayne’s focuses is “Putting People First” and this is one of Marriott’s core values within the company. Jayne aims to raise engagement within the hotel, ensure people feel included, create a culture of respect and promote the benefits of wellbeing in the workplace, which in return will increase retention, engagement and inclusivity. 

Jen Gardner, Dr - Principal Clinical Psychologist, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

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Dr Jen Gardner is a principal clinical psychologist whose role in Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust is focused on supporting the psychological wellbeing of the people who work in the Trust.  She is using a trauma-informed approach to help develop a culture that protects mental wellbeing as well as responding when concerns arise.

Jodie Hill - Founder and Managing Partner, Thrive Law

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Founder and Managing Partner at Thrive Law, is a neurodivergent solicitor, ED&I consultant, coach and trainer, author and campaigner. She is passionate about employment law, mental health and wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I), and neurodiversity. 

Karen Fenton (she/her) - Community Health Development Services Manager, Touchstone

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20 years working in and around health in Leeds, hugely passionate about our city, its people, communities and the power within them.  

Advocate for inclusion, anti-discrimination and community services that ‘work with’ not ‘do to’, that ask ‘what matters to you?’ not ‘what’s the matter with you?’.  Empowering and supporting people, particularly those facing inequalities, to achieve and maintain positive mental health and wellbeing, through human connections, physical activity and by sharing our experiences openly and safely.

Kat Denvir - Chair of Leeds City Council’s LGBT+ Staff Network

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Kat Denvir (she/her) is the Leeds City Council LGBT+ Staff Network Chair, and a Senior Project Manager. Originally from Northern Ireland, she’s delivered sessions on burnout, mental wellbeing, LGBT+ inclusion, intersectionality and soft skills in organisational delivery. Kat’s passion is to helping deliver positive and sustainable change in the equality arena through education, reflective practice and developing confidence when dealing with complex and intersectional topics.  

Kate Dean - Founder, Enable Disability and Inclusion Consultants

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Prior to setting up Enable Disability & Inclusion Consultants Ltd in 2020, Kate spent over a decade leading and managing student-facing disability support teams in universities in the UK. She is passionate about removing barriers and creating inclusive spaces where people can thrive.  

Kate has extensive experience of identifying adjustments, enabling technologies and strategies to ensure people can work to their strengths, and has led numerous projects to identify and remove barriers and embed inclusion. 

Kate has managed large teams with disabled team members, worked with 1000s of disabled students over the years and brings her own lived experience (and strengths of) neurodiversity to her work. 

Lucy Hancock - CEO of Leeds Mind

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Lucy is Chief Executive of local Mental Health Charity, Leeds Mind. With over 25 years’ experience, Lucy began her career in frontline service delivery roles, and gained experience across several social and public health fields such as homelessness, criminal justice, and mental health.

Lucy has substantial operational and leadership experience with a focus on equality and inclusion, lived experience and continuous improvement. Lucy is a keen advocate of lived experience involvement in service design and delivery, having pioneered this approach in a variety of settings during her career.  Lucy sits on a variety of cross-sector and system leadership forums and is an active member of the Health and Care Leaders network and consortium partnerships supporting the mental health system across Leeds and West Yorkshire.  She has held a range of voluntary roles in education and as a Trustee focussing on her specific interests in quality, safeguarding, inclusion, and neurodiversity.

Matt Whitton - Lead Practitioner, Forward Leeds Aftercare Service

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Matt Whitton is Lead Practitioner at 5 Ways Recovery Academy in Leeds. He has spent the majority of his working life supporting people negatively affected by substance use and addiction, and is now proud to focus on helping people to become comfortable in their long term recovery and gain the skills to fly solo.  

Neil Jones - Workplace Health and Wellbeing Lead, Active Workplaces Network

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Workplaces health and wellbeing lead at Active Leeds, Neil has spent the last 20 years working in the sport and physical activity development sector, growing a range of national and regional projects and programmes. For the last two years, he has been leading on the development of the new ‘Active Workplaces Service’ for Leeds City Council (Active Leeds), which supports the Cities strategies for Health & Wellbeing and Inclusive Growth. Working as part of the strategic senior team, influencing across the physical activity system in Leeds to co-create a place where people move more every day. 

Penny Netherwood, Dr - Consultant Clinical Psychologist

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Dr Penny Netherwood works as consultant clinical psychologist within Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. She is co-leading a new cross-sector programme, Compassionate Leeds, that is supporting the development of trauma-informed practice across organisations that offer services to children, young people and families in Leeds, within health, education, social care and community-based organisations.  

Pete Hughes - CEO, Leeds Autism Services

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Pete started training as a Mental Health Nurse, but decided that it was not his vocation and left the profession. 

He went on to work in a number of care settings before joining Leeds Autism Services as a Support Worker in 2001. Pete says: 

“When I started here, something just clicked; it felt like coming home, I just love it. I knew autism was a field where I could make a positive impact, and I haven’t stopped learning since the day I started.” 

Since launching his career with the charity, Pete has undertaken a number of roles, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in late 2017. 

He has worked directly with over 100 autistic adults and their families / carers. During that time, he has gained a unique insight into the shared traits which define such a diverse group of people as being ‘autistic’. 

Pete is a passionate believer in the equal rights and fair treatment of autistic and neurodivergent people. 


Peter Slee, Professor - Vice chancellor, Leeds Beckett University

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Peter is Chair of the Leeds Anchors Network, and of the Leeds City/University Covid Task Force. He is a Board member of the Leeds Academic Health Partnership, the University Alliance, and Yorkshire Universities. 

Peter was educated at the University of Reading, gained his PhD in Modern History from the University of Cambridge and taught history at the University of Manchester and Durham University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College Cambridge, and an award-winning author, teacher and trainer. 

Peter joined Leeds Beckett from the University of Huddersfield where he had been Deputy Vice Chancellor since 2010.  He has held a number of senior roles in higher education management at Northumbria, Durham and Aston universities and at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) where he was Head of Education Policy 

Rachael Atkin - Head of Social Value UK, Colas Ltd

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Rachael is responsible for leading on the UK-wide social value strategy for Colas, ensuring this is aligned to the priorities of clients, communities and other stakeholders. 

Rachael is qualified at degree level in Sustainable Communities and her career in social sustainability spans 20 years, including roles in charitable and public sector organisations directly supporting communities in some of the most deprived circumstances in the UK, bringing valuable insight into the challenges people face and the actions that companies, councils and other stakeholders can collectively take to bring change. Rachael’s experience also includes embedding social value through procurement and planning. 

Roz Doherty - Service Lead, Leeds Mind's Suicide Prevention Services

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Roz has worked for Leeds Mind for the last six years and has been in her current role since November 2022. Prior to this, Roz was a Peer Support Team Leader, and has previously worked in housing and drug and alcohol services.

Sam Taylor - Co-founder of

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Sam Taylor is Co-Founder and Creative Director of the Leeds-based digital agency With a deep commitment to ethical digital practices, Sam leads his team in pioneering sustainable online solutions within the MedTech and GreenTech sectors.

Over the past 12-18 months, Sam’s leadership has driven innovation in digital infrastructure, spearheading initiatives to reduce emissions and promote sustainability within website development. His work includes designing and developing low-carbon websites and establishing the GreenTech Gathering, a platform for industry leaders to collaborate on eco-friendly practices to meet Net Zero targets.

Sam’s impact extends beyond business, as he actively mentors emerging talent and advocates for mental health awareness in the workplace. His dedication to social and corporate responsibility has earned him recognition, including accolades such as Yorkshire’s 42 Under 42, BIMA 100 Rising Star and finalist positions in prestigious awards like the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and Santander X Entrepreneurship UK Awards. As a University of Leeds Enterprise Ambassador, he shares his experiences and challenges to empower emerging talent to prioritise ethical practices and creative innovation.

With a passion for creating positive change, Sam is a leading voice in shaping the future of the digital industry towards a more sustainable and ethical direction. As a speaker, he shares insights on innovation, sustainability, and responsible leadership, inspiring audiences to embrace ethical practices and drive meaningful impact in their communities.

Sarah Hughes, Dr - CEO, Mind Charity

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Sarah has worked in mental health and social justice for 35 years. She has held a number of Chief Executive roles in the voluntary sector including for the prestigious think tank The Centre for Mental Health. Sarah holds a number of board roles including One Small Thing, Global Leadership Exchange and is a fellow of Sciana Health Leaders Network and Salzburg Global. She regularly appears in the media and is called on by governments and private companies across the world for her mental health knowledge and commentary. Sarah holds a professional doctorate on the topic of women and leadership. When she’s not at work you can find Sarah spending time with her amazing family and large number of pets.  

Sarah Moore - Wellbeing Manager, Leeds Beckett University

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Sarah has spent the last decade helping organisations to do more – either to protect the environment or to boost the wellbeing of their workforces. After working in corporate social responsibility, it was working for Mind that helped Sarah move across to wellbeing. She completed a workplace wellbeing masters and moved from CSR to HR five years ago. Sarah joined Leeds Beckett in a new role to help focus on colleague wellbeing alongside the established Student Wellbeing team. When not working or on the phone to the NHS in her other ‘job’ as a parent carer, Sarah loves spending time with her daughter and wider family. Precious ‘me time’ for Sarah usually involves reading, walking, or seeing friends. Others would say (and have!) that Sarah is good at thinking about the big picture and bringing different points together, and that she can be serious but with a lot of warmth.  

Sophie Hailwood - Operations Director Inclusion, Touchstone Support

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Sophie is Operations Director – Inclusion at Touchstone.  Sophie started her career in the third sector in London where she worked in mental health and homelessness for nine years, managing supported accommodation projects for people with severe and enduring mental health issues. In 2017 Sophie moved to Yorkshire and joined Touchstone. Sophie joined Touchstone’s Senior Leadership Team from her post as Operations Manager for Liaison and Diversion in West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire, bringing knowledge around mental health and criminal justice. Sophie is an experienced and qualified trainer with a passion for inclusive leadership and staff development. 

Stephanie Francis (she/her) - Anti-Stigma and Volunteer Co-ordinator, Being You Leeds

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Steph has worked for Touchstone, a mental health and wellbeing charity in Leeds for over 15 years, in community health development services.  

Steph is an experienced, passionate and skilled volunteer manager and advocate for the power of championing our experience of mental health challenges to encourage others to be open and talk. Steph coordinates a team of volunteer anti-stigma champions in Leeds, who are people with lived experience of mental health conditions who campaign to change the way people think and act about mental health. 

Steve Philip - Founder and Director, The Jordan Legacy

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Steve Phillip was a successful leadership and sales coach and corporate speaker, when, in December 2019, he received a call that would change his life forever; his 34 year old son, Jordan, had taken his own life. Within 12 months of this life-changing experience, Steve established The Jordan Legacy CIC to provide hope to people who are feeling suicidal, by engaging all those who share his ambition to move toward a ‘Zero Suicide Society’. With a following of more than 56,000 people on LinkedIn, Steve uses his own lived experience and insight to increase awareness about the practical actions we can all take to prevent suicides. Preventing suicides is one of the biggest transformational change initiatives society faces today and although suicide can affect anyone, everyone can play a part in preventing suicides. Significant change will happen when many micro-actions come together as one collaborative approach to saving lives. 

Surinder Rall - Senior Peer Support Group and Development Worker at Leeds Mind

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With over 7 years’ experience in the Third Sector, Surinder has always worked within the peer support model, in both Suicide Bereavement Services and support around a shared experience (for example, culturally diverse backgrounds). Surinder champions systemic practice – an approach that considers problems as part of larger systems and structures in society – and using lived experience voices to inform services. In her spare time, Surinder enjoys all-natural soapmaking.

Suzanne Bond - Research Officer, Leeds Beckett University

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Suzanne works for Leeds Beckett University and is part of Active Leeds’ strategic ambition group for physical activity in the city. Suzanne’s other research areas encompass physical activity intervention evaluation and behaviour change. 

Our exhibitors

Leeds Mind

Your local mental health charity
• Training on mental health in the workplace • Suicide Prevention Training (A Life Worth Living) • Workplace Peer Support training • Leeds Mindful Employer Network • Corporate fundraising opportunities • Charity Partner opportunities • Volunteering for employees


National suicide prevention charity
3 different levels of suicide prevention training that can delivered to any organisation. Free mental health resources and information. Debrief service for employers. • HOPELINE247 helpline offers support to anyone struggling with thoughts of suicide or anyone who is worried about another person and needs some advice.

Getting Clean CIC

Empowering recovery, one bar at a time
Soap with Hope soap making workshops for businesses. Volunteering opportunities in the local community. Bespoke consultancy and advice around supporting employees with an addiction and those in recovery

Public Health Resource Centre and Synergi Leeds Network

Support for anyone in Leeds with a responsibility or professional interest in Public Health | Working towards reducing ethnic inequalities in mental health
PHRC - access to a free library of resources, posters and leaflets connected to health and wellbeing. Training on health and wellbeing topics. Synergi - The Synergi-Leeds Partnership is a citywide approach to tackling ethnic inequalities in mental health. It began in 2017 as a collaboration between Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds City Council’s Public Health team and other VCS services. It has since evolved into an ever-growing statutory and voluntary sector organisation network. Initially supported by the Synergi Collaborative Centre and latterly by Words of Colour, the partnership uses co-produced ‘Creative Spaces Events’ to champion the voices of people with lived experience, challenge prejudices, and galvanise people to act. There is also an all-age grants programme which financially supports grassroots projects.


Brings together information from the NHS, Leeds City Council and the Third Sector about health and wellbeing in Leeds
MindWell at Work is an excellent resource for employers to • Find information, resources and advice about: - Prioritising staff wellbeing and why it’s important. - Supporting employees to stay well. - Workplace wellbeing strategies and practical tips to improve staff wellbeing. - Mental health training and development for employees. - Your legal responsibilities as an employer. - Accessing local resources and connecting with organisations.

Active Workplaces Network

Service and support package that Active Leeds provides to the city; A network to share and discuss insights and research; taking the burden off businesses and providing practical help and support.
Active Workplaces is the name for the service and support package that Active Leeds provides to the city. It has two distinct sides: One – A network to share and discuss current insights and research around supporting and fostering more active workforces – taking the burden off businesses and providing practical help and support. Two – Active Leeds supports a range of organisations within this field and offers consultancy and project support to assist businesses with the development of projects, programmes and interventions that can support improved mental and physical health.

This is Me Yorkshire

This is Me is a nationwide Mental Health campaign led by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal in London
This is Me is facilitated by regional committees like This is Me Yorkshire, which measure the campaign’s impact across the country, ensuring its reach and success.Our goal is to destigmatise Mental Health, Neurodiversity, and Disability in business by encouraging people to share their personal stories. We are leaders, advocates, and real people, with lived experience. Stretching from east to west, north to south, our committee works throughout the Yorkshire region to ensure business leaders know the support This is Me can bring to their colleagues, employees, and the workplace. We live our mission through events, shared resources, campaigns, and storytelling. As part of our Mental Health campaign, you and your business will gain the tools and confidence to share your experiences.

Being You Leeds / Touchstone

Provides groups, activities, training and awareness sessions for community wellbeing across Leeds.
• Touchstone provide health and wellbeing services to over 10,000 people in diverse communities across Yorkshire every year. • Our passion is to secure the rights and entitlements of the people we work with and for. We aim to make the cities we work in more culturally competent and better able to meet the needs of those vulnerable people who live there. • Being You Leeds provides free groups and activities, training, awareness raising session and tackles mental health stigma and discrimination focusing on community led provision.

Leeds Rhinos Foundation

Leeds Rhinos Foundation is the official charity of Leeds Rhinos. We deliver projects in the heart of the community by harnessing the power of sport to make a lasting, positive impact on individuals’ lives.
• Employers: Offload with RL Cares, a mental fitness and wellbeing programme for community groups and workplaces. • Employers: Wellbeing programmes for workplaces and their workforces, combining mental health workshops with physical activity provision.

Carers Leeds

A charity providing advice, support and information for carers in Leeds.
• Talk to you about how to identify and support carers in your workforce • Provide Carer Awareness Training to line managers • Support your organisation to become 'Carer Confident' - a national accreditation • Provide resources for your communal areas • Introduce you to our Employer Forum and share best practice

Forward Leeds

Free, confidential alcohol and drug support for people in Leeds
• Free training packages around alcohol and drugs, including how to undertake brief interventions and support staff • Education and awareness sessions, on-site for staff and managers around alcohol and drugs • The opportunity to connect with work-ready individuals looking for employment

Leeds Autism Services

A charity dedicated to helping create a more autism-friendly society.
• Deliver bespoke autism and neurodiversity training to your organisation • Carry out environmental assessments and advise on creating autism friendly spaces • Advise on best practice for neurodivergent customers and employees • Help attract and onboard autistic employees • Help you to create accessible or easy-read information • Complete website accessibility assessments and make recommendations • Help employers to make reasonable adjustments for autistic workers • Advise on any specific issues with customers or employees • Help create affordable measures to make your organisation more inclusive Post-training visits to help review any plans to improve accessibility

Fair Work Charter

An ambitious new initiative to support and celebrate the great employers across our region
The Fair Work Charter publicly recognises and celebrates employers who want to ‘do the right thing’ by their people. It’s about treating workers well and giving ‘fair work’. It’s for all employers of all sizes and across all sectors across West Yorkshire. Why is this important to employers? It’s about helping you turn your good business into a great one. There are strong business benefits to showing that you are committed to providing fair work for your people. Organisations want to work with business owners who do things properly. This includes how they treat their employees. An ‘employer of choice’: The Fair Work Charter can attract better candidates in your recruitment processes. A Preferred Supplier: You are seen as a more ethical, attractive supplier to other customers. A Fair Contractor: Contractors can have increased confidence in sending their people to work with you because you treat your workers well

Money and Pensions Service / Money Helper

We are an arm’s-length body, sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions, with a joint commitment to ensuring that people throughout the UK have guidance and access to the information they need to make effective financial decisions over their lifetime. | MoneyHelper is here to make your money and pension choices clearer.
Money and Pensions Service offer free support to businesses: • a dedicated partnership manager based in your location, with managers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and regions across England. • bespoke support to help you build and implement your financial wellbeing strategy. • a selection of guides available in English and Welsh, and in print, braille or audio format, for free • a help with the cost of living hub featuring articles, tools, calculators and a printable guide to support your colleagues and customers. • our annual Talk Money Week awareness campaign, which provides a platform for conversations about money in all walks of life.