PIXIE TURNER – VEGAN NUTRITIONIST
Pixie Turner, AKA’ Plant-Based Pixie’, is a registered nutritionist (RNutr) and science communicator and aims to promote the importance of eating well on our mental well-being. She graduated with a First Class degree in biochemistry and gained a Masters in Nutrition with distinction. She is the brains behind Pixie Nutrition, which aims to encourage a healthy relationship with food and debunk online nutrition misinformation.
ANNA JONES – VEGETARIAN CHEF
Anna Jones is the acclaimed author of the popular vegetarian cookbook A Modern Way to Eat. Like Pixie, she is a passionate advocate for learning about the effects your food has on your mental well-being. Having worked alongside some of the country’s most famous chefs and food brands, Anna is one of our excellent health and wellness speakers for industry events and can inspire your staff members on how to eat to improve their mental health.
LAUREN WINDLE – ADDICTIONS SPECIALIST
Lauren Windle is a journalist, author and popular public speaker specialising in alcohol and drug additions. Whilst working as an event and marketing executive in the City during her 20s, Lauren developed a cocaine habit and alcohol dependency that quickly spiralled into an addiction.
Lauren got clean and sober in 2014 and started to put her life back together. She now runs a recovery course for others who struggle with addictive behaviours. The course has seen people recover from substance, food, gambling, sex and pornography addictions, and co-dependency. She is the perfect motivational speaker for Dry January.
MANDY SALIGARI – ADDICTIONS PSYCHOLOGIST
Having recovered from addiction herself, Mandy Saligari is the founder and clinical director of Charter, one of London’s leading addiction treatment centres. She understands first-hand the difficulties of overcoming addiction. She is passionate about dispelling the social stigma attached to addiction and mental health. She is the perfect speaker for schools and workplaces on the importance of early intervention, coping mechanisms and boosting self-esteem.
ROMAN KEMP – MEN’S MENTAL HEALTH/DEPRESSION
In August 2020, Roman Kemp‘s best friend Joe took his own life. Roman was completely blindsided by this, not knowing Joe was even suffering. Seven months later, Roman hosted the hard-hitting documentary Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency, which explored the growing concerns of mental health and suicide among young men. Since this sad time, Roman has partnered with the mental health charity MIND to promote speaking out. He has also spoken at countless universities and companies about male mental health and the shocking suicide figures.
CLIVE BRANSON – MENTAL HEALTH WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS
Clive Branson is one of the most inspirational speakers we have at Great British Speakers. Since 2017, he has lost his mother, father, and father-in-law, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and Stage 2 Prostate Cancer. This, unsurprisingly, has had a massive impact on his mental health. This depression saw him spend seven weeks in psychiatric hospitals after verbally suggesting he would attempt to take his life.
Clive’s mission now is to demonstrate that, with a positive mindset, we all have the resilience to overcome adversity. He wants us to know that by recognising that our mental health has been compromised and that we need help, we can move into a brighter place.
Roman Kemp and Clive Branson are just two of our inspirational male mental health speakers for International Men’s Day and beyond. For more information, take a look here.
Dr NIGHAT ARIF – WOMEN’S HEALTH GP
Dr Nighat Arif is a family GP who specialises in women’s health – such as menopause and ovarian cancer – and family planning, particularly in BAME communities. Multilingual, Dr Arif educates other medical staff on how to approach the unmet health needs of females from Asian backgrounds who are often less likely to discuss female health issues with healthcare professionals.
LAUREN MAHON – BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Lauren Mahon is best known as one of the co-hosts of the award-winning cancer podcast, You, Me & The Big C, along with the late Rachael Bland and the late Deborah James. Lauren is a self-made female boss who used her devastating cancer diagnosis to raise money for other cancer sufferers.
ALEX STANIFORTH – MIND OVER MOUNTAINS – HEALTH AND WELLNESS CHARITY
Alex Staniforth is an adventurer who is no stranger to adversity. While battling his own mental and physical health issues – including having a stammer, being bullied, developing anxiety and an eating disorder – Alex took to the outdoors and now encourages others to do the same. He is the Founding Director of Mind Over Mountains, a charity which helps restore mental well-being and resilience through outdoor experiences.
One of our incredible team of health and wellness speakers
BEN SMITH – 404 FUNDRAISER LGBTQ+
Growing up, Ben Smith wasn’t into running or any sport in fact. At school, he suffered at the hands of bullies, picked on because of his weight and because he was gay. This bullying increased his anxiety and lowered his confidence and self-esteem. However, after suffering a Transient Ischemic Attack – sometimes known as a “mini-stroke! – at 29, Ben felt he needed to change the way he led his life for both his physical – he weighed 17 stone at the time – and mental health.
In 2015, Ben took on the incredible challenge of running 401 marathons in 401 days – equating to over 10,500 miles. Throughout the challenge, he raised £330,000 for two anti-bullying charities. And from here, the 401 Challenge was born. Today, Ben is one of our inspirational health and wellness speakers who has delivered motivational talks to audiences worldwide, covering important issues of physical wellness, mental well-being, resilience and the LGBTQ+ community.
The hard-hitting truths in Roman Kemp’s documentary led us to dedicate a series of blogs around our men’s health and wellness speakers at Great British Speakers. These included: Speaking Up on Male Mental Health, Losing Everything to Find Myself with suicide awareness speaker Steve Carr, and Domestic Violence isn’t Gendered with male domestic abuse survivor Andrew Pain.
If you’d like to book any of our talents, virtually or live, then do get in touch. Alternatively, if you need help finding a speaker, email us or call 01743 439 289 to speak with a team member, and we’ll happily help you with your search.