Judges at the award ceremony.

Richard Daniel Curtis.

CEO, The Mental Health Tick & The Root Of It

Richard comes from a background in mental health nursing and teaching. He set up The Root Of It in 2013 to provide consultancy and training in the sector. The team run the Mental Health Awareness Programme, a suite of training programmes designed to ensure that staff in any organisation have access to mental health awareness.

The team also run The Mentoring School, delivering qualifications and courses for mentors in different sectors. Richard is chair of the National Special Educational Needs and Disability Awards. His specialist interest is in the development of social and emotional skills and the impact on mental health.

He is a parent to two young children and completing his Psychology PhD in his spare time.

Alison Bennetts.

Senior Teaching Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Southampton

Dr Alison Bennetts is a qualified Clinical Psychologist employed in both academia and clinical practice. Working in healthcare settings for over 10 years, she has a specialist interest in transdiagnostic and holistic, mind-body approaches to mental health and wellbeing.

Jessica Thom.

Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Programme Director, NHS Surrey and the Borders

Jessica, is an experienced public sector commissioner who has specialised in children & young people’s mental health and the wider children’s services. Starting her career in the voluntary and community sector, she has focused undertaking roles and projects that focus on improving outcomes for children and young people through transformation and user involvement. She has continued to champion local services and mental health awareness through her work and volunteering. Academically Jessica has a BSc and MSc honours in Psychology and is currently working for NHS Surrey and Borders Trust as the Emotional Wellbeing & Mental Health Programme Director.

Nicky Forsythe.

Nicky Forsythe is an Accredited Psychotherapist (MBACP Acccred.) with her own ‘lived experience’ of mental distress, and Founder of multi Award-Winning Social Enterprise Talk for Health (T4H).

T4H operated from December 2013 to June 2024, when it had to pause  trading because of a funding crisis. T4H is a 4-day programme in group peer counselling, NHS-commissioned for 10 years, which was demonstrated to be as effective as Psychotherapy and more long lasting in impact. Nicky is honoured, on the basis of this work,  to be an Alumna of the Women of the Year (2017), a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs (2014), to have won the Long Term Impact Award, and jointly won Nominate a Professional, in the 2022 UK Mental Health Awards, and finally to have won the Welldoing.org Wellbeing inspiration award 2024. Prior to her career in mental health Nicky worked in the field of qualitative research and co-creation and her work included  extensive research on mental health and Psychotherapy, including for the Bacp on how to make Psychotherapy more customer-friendly. She has spoken at numerous national and international conferences about her work – most recently at the ENMESH conference is Versailles July 2024.

"We all know how critical mental health is to everyday life, together let's make a healthier, happier nation."

Sir Ben Ainslie
Olympic sailor

"So many people suffer with mental health issues, these awards are a really good thing and congratulations to the winners."

Gary Lineker
Sports broadcaster & former footballer

"Mental health difficulties affect us all at some point, so it's wonderful to see awards that celebrate people who have an impact on people's well-being."

Stephen Fry
Actor, comedian and writer

"It is vital we consider mental health in the same way we consider physical health. I'm all for looking after our bodies, our heart, being fit and strong, but there's no point if everything on the outside works, but inside we have issues that we can't talk about."

Gabby Logan
Presenter and former international gymnast

"These awards help encourage people to ask for help and experience the beauty of recovery."

Gemma Gordon

"Mental health is something which affects so many of us, whether it is ourselves, a family member or a friend. Even though it affects so many, it is spoken about by so few, that is why I am supporting the awards."

Charlie Mills
Made in Chelsea