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Mental Wealth Festival Speakers 2021

Baroness Sheila HollinsBaroness Sheila Hollins

Baroness Sheila Hollins

City Lit Fellow Baroness Hollins is the Patron of the Mental Wealth Festival.  She is the founder, editor and lead author of the Books Beyond Words series and Chairs the Board of Beyond Words. She is Emeritus Professor of the Psychiatry of Disability at St George’s, University of London, and sits in the House of Lords as a crossbench peer.


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Mark Malcomson CBE

Mark Malcomson CBE has been Principal and Chief Executive of City Lit, Europe’s biggest adult education college, since 2011. Previously, he was the Director of Executive Education at London Business School and President of the New York Institute of Finance. Mark was awarded a CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List for services to adult education.

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Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE

Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE has had a hugely successful corporate career which he attributes to the kindness of his school headmaster “He was determined his pupils would never feel excluded”.  In 2015, Her Majesty the Queen appointed Sir Ken as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London and he was knighted in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to business and philanthropy. Sir Kenneth is Founder and Chairman of Restoration Partners and is a City Lit Fellow. 

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Dr Kathryn Mannix

Kathryn Mannix is a retired palliative care doctor campaigning for better public understanding of dying, using her experience drawn from 30 years working in hospitals, hospices and people's own homes. Her book about the way people live while they are dying, With The End In Mind, became a best-seller and was short-listed for the Wellcome Book Prize. She has written and spoken extensively about end of life care and supporting dying people, across the UK and around the world. 

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Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006. Paul is Chair of the NHS England Independent Oversight & Advisory Group which brings together health and care leaders and experts to oversee the current mental health long term plan for the NHS in England. He co-authored ‘Thriving at Work’ for the government, setting out how to transform mental health in work places. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East London, is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016.

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Jonny Benjamin MBE

Jonny Benjamin MBE is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger. At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have been watched by millions of people. Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma. He has also produced and presented documentaries on BBC Three and Channel 4 on the subjects of mental health and suicide. 


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Steve Gilbert

Steve Gilbert is an emerging Anti-Racism consultant who works with senior leaders, helping them tackle racial inequality in their organisation, to deliver better outcomes for users of their service and staff alike. Steve is a Trustee for the Association of Mental Health Providers (March 2018 – current), and Mind (Sept 2017 – current) representing the experiences of people with experiences of mental illness, supporting work to reduce racial inequalities. Steve was recognised in the 2019 Queens Birthday Honours List and appointed OBE for services to mental health.


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Christine Kinnear

Christine Kinnear is the Founder & CEO of With Insight Education C.I.C., a not-for-profit organisation that she set up to increase the number of black-heritage pupils progressing to top ranked universities as a gateway to a more prosperous future. Since setting up the venture in 2018, her organisation has supported pupils to secure places at top universities including Cambridge, Bristol, Leeds, Kings College London and Southampton and is now increasingly working with companies who are keen to nurture a pipeline of black talent. 


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Ian Tucknott

Ian Tucknott is an educator, cultural theorist and creative practitioner, with 15 years experience of teaching & managing in the areas of contemporary art, critical & cultural theory, and art history. Ian is currently Head of School for Humanities & Sciences at City Lit.

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Keith Clapson

Keith Clapson is Trustee of Friends of the Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit at Bethlem Hospital, volunteers for Bethlem and Stonewall, and is a developing ceramic artist. In 2017 Keith spent four months in SLaM’s Anxiety Disorders Residential Unit at Bethlem undergoing life changing therapy, and in the process re-discovered his passion for art.