People

Dr Amy Pollard FRSA

Amy is the Founder and Director of Mental Health Collective. She has been leading innovative work in the not-for-profit sector for over twenty years.

With a PhD in social anthropology (University of Cambridge, 2009), her work is underscored by bold imagination and principled pragmatism. She began her career in international development with a specialism in power, voice and accountability. In the 2000s she co-founded one of the first major initiatives to improve the ethics of recruitment in Westminster. In the 2010s she co-founded a global NGO campaign which secured a £1.4 million investment and achieved a major policy win at the United Nations. She then took a leadership position at a democracy charity where she designed a tech solution for democratising science and technology decisions that was adopted by the UK government. In 2018 she led the topic group on treating service users with dignity and respect for the Independent Mental Health Act review, commissioned by the Prime Minister.

Amy uses her wealth of lived experience to bring creativity, empiricism and meaning to her work in mental health. She was listed in Kindness and Leadership 50 Leading Lights UK 2020 and features regularly in broadcast media.

@AmyRPollard
amy@mentalhealthcollective.org.uk

Dr Antonis Kousoulis

Antonis is a clinician with a background in public health.  He is a Non-Executive Director of Mental Health Collective.

He qualified in medicine at the University of Athens, Greece, and has undertaken postgraduate studies at Imperial College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. His experience includes time in industry and academia, including collaborations with the Harvard School of Public Health and University College London, as well as leadership roles in the Department of Health, University of Crete, and the third sector.

Antonis is currently the Associate Director for Research & Development at the Mental Health Foundation where he oversees the development, testing and delivery at scale of new evidence-based solutions for public mental health across the life course in England and Wales.

He has published, peer reviewed and presented extensively, held editorial appointments for multiple publications, including The Lancet, and visiting teaching appointments at Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Antonis is contributing to the Mental Health Collective pro-bono.

@AKousoulis

Sarah Hughes FMHC

Sarah is non-executive Director at the Mental Health Collective.

Sarah is Chief Executive at the Centre for Mental Health. She has worked in mental health for 27 years. Ha

Having initially trained as a social worker, Sarah has managed a range of innovative community and secure services. She also led the research and evaluation of the pioneering First Night in Custody project in Holloway Prison which saw the roll out of these principles across the prison estate supported by the Cabinet Office.

In recent years, Sarah has led Mind in Cambridgeshire (among other organisations) which is known for values led practice and high impact campaigns including Stop Suicide and StressLess. 

Sarah is also undertaking a professional doctorate with the Tavistock and Portman Centre studying Women, Resilience and Leadership. She writes a blog and has written many guest pieces for various platforms.

Sarah is passionate about the mental health of the nation and believes it is possible to achieve parity of esteem by drawing on the amazing work already being undertaken across the country. 

@_Sarah_Hughes_

Cal Strode FMHC

Cal is the Mental Health Collective’s Media Manager. He is a communications specialist with a background in national non-profit campaigns.

Cal studied Public Relations & Communications at Leeds Beckett University and San Diego State University, and his undergraduate research on identity and advocacy won the EUPRERA European award, seeing him present findings before a European Congress in Brussels.

Before Joining the Mental Health Collective, Cal served as Senior Media Officer for the Mental Health Foundation, where he grew the profile of the Foundation and of UK Mental Health Awareness Week, with media coverage increasing by over 400% during his tenure. Cal also worked as a Press Officer for the National AIDS Trust, building their digital and media presence.

Cal currently serves on the Board of Directors as Communications Advisor for Global Slovakia, an organisation dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of european return migration and knowledge exchange. He also seasonally supports San Diego LGBT Pride in California as a Communications Manager. Cal has written about mental health for a number of publications including HuffPost UK and the Independent.

cal@mentalhealthcollective.org.uk
07706 572363

Andrew Walpole

Andrew is a London-based UI developer whose previous clients include Sainsburys, Tesco’s, Thomson Reuters and Boots. He is currently helping out with the #KindnessByPost project.

He is involved in his local community, in particular with the Havering Covid-19 Mutual Aid group and the HUBB mental health support group (https://www.hubb.org.uk/).

Plans for 2021 include starting a local initiative that aims to address the current crisis in male working class mental health.

His web development portfolio and blog can be found here: https://andywalpole.me/

Giorgia Schito

Giorgia is the Project Officer of the #KindnessByPost project.

In 2020, she attained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at University College London. Her research on implicit association and fat-phobia won an award and was presented at the BPS conference in 2018. Her final year project evaluated how relative deprivation can affect women and their perception of the world. Currently, she is completing an MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences at University College London.

Giorgia aims to discover how to prevent and overcome mental health difficulties, in an effort to help those experiencing them. By contributing to #KindnessByPost, she believes she is helping to spread some kindness, love and generosity around.