Workplace Wellbeing Academy

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Bill Cunningham - Director

Bill Cunningham is a psychologist who has been delivering mental health awareness training to the public, across the UK and Ireland, since 2007. He was one of the first Mental Health First Aid instructors in England and has delivered courses to diverse groups in community, corporate and public settings ever since.

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This included working with officers and prisoners in prisons and extensive work training mental health advocates for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. 

From 2009 to 2017 he was a National Trainer for the MHFA England CIC and trained 30 cohorts of new MHFA instructors, including 30 prison officers, to deliver the course in community and workplace settings. 

As a Director of the Golden Tree Wellbeing CIC, he developed training courses using techniques derived from Cognitive Behavioural Theory, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology to help provide people with proactive tools to promote positive wellbeing. He has also designed courses delivered to NHS staff in Cumbria and to the armed forces community at Catterick Garrison. 

From 2017 to 2019 he worked for the Saint John of God Hospital, Dublin which holds the licence to deliver MHFA in Ireland. His role as National Trainer involved delivering the training in the community and in corporate setting across Ireland. He also developed the training materials and designed the MHFA Ireland instructor training programme. In this role, he delivered a programme of courses for police officers (An Garda Siochana) several of whom went on to train as instructors. He remains an Associate Trainer for MHFA Ireland. 

He is a member of the British Psychological Society and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

What our Clients say about Bill

“Bill is an excellent trainer with superb subject knowledge. I would highly recommend him.” 

Simon Richardson, Golden Tree CIC

What our Clients say about Bill

“Bill is one the most effective trainers I have ever worked with. I very much look forward to working with him again.”

Bernie Graham, MHS Training and Consultancy Ltd

What our Clients say about Bill

“A fantastic, course, some incredible real-life examples and I could happily sit and listen to Bill talk all day. Thank you.” 

Anon

What our Clients say about Bill

“Bill is an excellent trainer and mentor.”

Trevor Bell, TBAS Ltd.

Glen Ridgway - Director

Glen recovered from his own breakdown in 2008 to design and deliver his employer’s global mental health matters strategy.  Glen created all training materials (included a full day promoting mental health and awareness course) for a community of 1500+ positive mental health champions across the globe.  

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As a Divisional Director of the global HSE team responsible for the strategy Glen travelled extensively to support the business to deliver the strategy including North and South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.  His biggest revelation during this time is that mental health is an issue that affects all communities in all countries and, as such, can be a unifying subject for global organisations.  The method of delivery may vary – but the message is very much the same.  

“Investing in the mental health and wellbeing of staff brings benefits for the individual and the organisations”.

Glen is a founding father of Safer Highways and one of the architects of the first ever sector wide mental health survey looking at how the highways industry were delivering the Stevenson Farmer “Thriving at Works Report.  Glen’s client list includes: Palace of Westminster Restoration & Renewal Project; Safer Highways; Applied Driving Technique; City & Guilds (UK); Hope for Children; Charity IT Leaders and other clients who prefer to remain confidential

He has the practical experience in delivering mental health and wellbeing strategies that has helped clients deliver long term, sustainable change and helps employees thrive every day.

What our Clients say about Glen

“Glen was instrumental in shifting our culture and making us aware and comfortable to talk about mental illness. The programmes we now have in place have been directly influenced by the work we did with Glen when developing our strategy.”

Paul Lindsay Health, Safety & Wellbeing Director, Palace of Westminster Restoration & Renewal Project

What our Clients say about Glen

“In my time working with Glen over the past few years I’ve known him to be one of the most effective mental health leads I’ve come across. What he achieved leading Jacobs’ mental health champions initiative at a global level was ground-breaking. 

Heather Kelly (This Can Happen)

What our Clients say about Glen

“Glen guided us in opening up the discussion on mental health in our newly merged company, helping others to feel emotionally safe in an unsettling time, which promoted trust between new colleagues.”

Ivana Moretti Communications Director, Worley

What our Clients say about Glen

“Glen’s practical experience in implementing workplace mental health strategies has been invaluable as we begin to roll out our own People and Wellbeing Strategy.”  

Vashti Holland, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Iain Smith - Director

Iain has a proven track record of enhancing individual, team and group performance at executive and senior manager level. With a long career in transport, he has worked as a consultant for many transport companies as well as in a number of other sectors including education, forestry, pharma and local government.

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His key clients include Transport for London, Network Rail and City & Guilds.  He has also advised the Mayor of London’s Office on apprenticeship programmes.

Iain has an energetic and innovative change agent who brings a personable, engaging and honest communicative approach to each project. With more than 20 years in the L&D field he understands how to align training programmes with the specific need of clients.  Allied to this he understands the fundamentals of how to engage with staff at all levels to ensure maximum participation. He has the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to ensure training and development programmes achieve long term, sustainable success.

What our Clients say about Iain

“I’ve worked with Iain for the past two years on improving the engagement and collaboration within my team at City & Guilds Group. He has been fantastic – honest, helpful, challenging, engaging and energetic.”
 
Mikki Choman Draggoo
Corporate Relations Director, City & Guilds Group

What our Clients say about Iain

“Iain combines great strategic vision & a searching analytical ability which he uses to turn concepts into successful reality.”
 
John Soden
Immigration Consultant at Clark Wilson LLP

What our Clients say about Iain

“Iain has a rare combination of high energy effectiveness and a considered, pragmatic approach. The combination has endeared him to many and his ability to initiate, qualify and see through innovative ways of working in a highly complex business is outstanding. He has a passion for helping and seeing people develop and is a great catalyst for action. I really enjoyed working with him!”
 
Toby Barnes
Global Talent Leader

What our Clients say about Iain

“Iain is immensely creative, energetic and infectiously positive of outlook. As a problem solver, he is second to none and a first class leader. I can, with certain confidence, recommend Iain for pretty much anything he puts his talents to. Everyone needs an Iain in their organisation.”

 

Simon Wallis
Head of People & Development at Newtyne Consultancy and Training Limited

Shireen Ali-Khan - Associate

Shireen Ali-Khan has 20 years’ experience in communications, engagement and change. Working with many of the UK’s major infrastructure programmes, she has built relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including business, employees, educational establishments, charities, and community groups.

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She is passionate about understanding human behaviours and motivations which has been integral in developing others to thrive. Her people first approach, authenticity and holistic style makes Shireen stand out from the crowd. The impact she has had on the programmes she has worked on has ensured sector wide legacy for example, the work of the Crossrail Community Investment Programme, which saw activity from all contractors across the entire route supporting a range of vulnerable community groups. Shireen led on communications and wellbeing for several organisations during the Covid 19 Pandemic, ensuring staff were supported and engaged with throughout and has recently launched the Muslim Mind Collaborative, an evidenced based programme which brings together faith based and national mainstream mental health organisations to develop a Muslim focused strategy to mental health and wellbeing. 

Her interests extend into leadership, development, intersectionality, trauma, psychology, productivity and habits. She has advised on emerging risks and threats in this area, and championed the escalation of mental health up the leadership agenda.

Some of Shireen’s previous clients include:

  • Transport for London
  • Tideway
  • High Speed Two
  • Crossrail
  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Muslim Mind Collaborative

Shireen is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Association of Project Managers

What our Clients say about Shireen

“I have seen how her energy, skill and charisma can be a game changer and couldn’t recommend her highly enough”

Tree Hall - Associate

Finding out that she is AuDHD (autistic and ADHD) at 48 changed the way that Tree viewed herself and her place in the world. Armed with this new understanding, she began therapy to unpick years of masking and give herself permission to be her authentic AuDHD self. Tree uses her lived-experience to help foster greater understanding and inclusivity of neurodivergence, helping to make the workplace an accessible space where neurodivergent colleagues can thrive alongside their neurotypical peers.

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After 16 years as a highly successful fundraiser and marketeer, delivering major events and fundraising programmes for organisations including Asthma UK, The Outward Bound Trust, St John’s Hospice and Action for Children, Tree took a career break after having children and established herself as an Ofsted registered childminder. Finding out that both of her children are neurodivergent was the catalyst for seeking her own diagnoses. Tree uses her first-hand experience of navigating the challenges that education, healthcare and life present for neurodivergent children, and her own experiences as an AuDHD adult, to inform her advocacy and training.

She now balances her work as a neurodivergent advocate and trainer, with her role as CEO of Charity IT Leaders, and family life with two children, her husband and two cats.

What our Clients say about Tree

Tree captivated our audience of workplace occupiers, designers and managers with her first-hand, personal experience of work and the workplace. it was definitely one of the most inspiring and thought-provoking sessions in our 20+ year history of workplace conferences.

Maggie Procopi
Workplace Trends

What our Clients say about Tree

Tree does an incredible amount of work within the neurodivergent community, creating open spaces for people to come together. She is passionate about workplace diversity, inclusion and equity and creating an accessible work environment for future neurodivergent generations.

Anon

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