The Team


Nicky Forsythe – Founder

Nicky is Founder of the Talk for Health Social Enterprise and developed the Talk for Health Programme. She is a Psychotherapist, researcher and innovator in the area of emotional health, and believes that techniques from psychotherapy can be used by anybody to lead a satisfying and beneficial life.

Nicky is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred.),  a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

She is 54, has been with her husband Roy for 25 years and has a son aged 15.

The Advisory Board


Philippa Perry

Philippa is a Psychotherapist and Author, committed to demystifying psychotherapy.

Her acclaimed graphic novel Couch Fiction of 2010 did just that, and was followed by her 2012 book How To Stay Sane, both published by Pan MacMillan.

Philippa is an eminent UK spokesperson on Psychotherapy and writes widely in the media.

She lives in London and Sussex with her husband, the artist Grayson Perry, and enjoys gardening, cooking, parties, walking, tweeting and watching telly.


Harriet Spicer

Harriet is an expert in governance, strategy, process, and the personal behaviours and relationships that inform these things.

She was a Founding Director of Virago Press, the feminist publishing company, and worked there for over twenty five years.  Later, she served on the Judicial Appointments Commission and the Lottery Commission.

She is currently a Founding Partner of Working Edge Coaching and Mentoring, a Council Member of the London School of Economics, an advisor to youth charity Uprisers, and has two grown-up children.


Lionel Joyce OBE CBE

Lionel is a former NHS Chief Executive, and pioneer of the Service User Empowerment movement.  He has won both an OBE and CBE for his services to Mental Health

He was CEO of Newcastle City Health – a large Mental Health teaching trust – where he created service user based services and advocacy, brought CBT to the UK, and actively promoted alternatives to hospital and Psychiatric care.

As one of the UK’s leading experts in mental health, he has served as a Legal Services Commissioner, a member of the Public Guardian Board, a Mental Health Act Commissioner, the Chairman of Turning Point, and Founder of the Mental Health Providers’ Forum.

He is currently Chair of the Road to Recovery Trust and spends much of his time helping people in 12-step recovery to discover their vocation and escape from benefits


Michael Mueller MBA

Michael Mueller is a Managing Director at Barclays Corporate Banking Division and is passionate about social entrepreneurship.  He is interested in the opportunities and challenges that social enterprises face when applying business models to create social value in areas where governments, markets and charities have failed.

Prior to joining Barclays in London, Michael worked in senior positions for international banks in Europe,  Asia and Australia. Michael holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Diploma in Organisational Psychology (INSEAD).

Originally from Germany, he lives in Richmond with his wife Carola and 3 daughters and enjoys mountain biking, running, windsurfing and sailing.

The Talk for Health Delivery Team


Anna J

Associate Trainer

Anna runs health promotion and training projects for Local Councils and the NHS, through her own social enterprise Clockwork Community Health & Wellbeing as well as a charity Community Health Ambassadors.  She has completed the Talk for Health Train the Trainer programme.  She says:

“I am fascinated by people. Something that deeply inspires me is our ability to change, improve and achieve. I got involved in the T4H because I believe that sharing our experiences can boost this process. We need to explore through insight and observation in order to expand as human beings.”



Associate Trainer

Lucy is an Associate Trainer on the Talk for Health programme. She enjoyed 44 years of nursing, specialising in Dermatology and skin cancer before retiring in 2014. During her career, Lucy particularly enjoyed providing patient care and delivering health education workshops to adults and school children.

Lucy is now a volunteer for Age UK Islington and Future Matters. She joined Talk for Health one year ago, where she enjoys working in groups. She is undergoing the final stages of training as a Talk for Health Associate Trainer.

She has been married to Theodore for 42 years. They have a daughter, and a son and a daughter-in-law. She enjoys walking in the park and watching films.



Data Analyst

Diego Vitali is a psychologist and researcher. He qualified as a clinical psychologist at the University of Padua, Italy (Bsc Psychology 2006, 2yr Msc Clinical and Dynamic Psychology 2009).

He has trained and practised in Italy in the application of phenomenological and existential approaches to psychotherapy in intensive care units.

Since moving to England in 2012, he has worked as a researcher and psychologist for several organisations including Talk for Health and EASE Wellbeing, where he is working on the development and evaluation of a integrative short-term interventions for adults with psychological difficulties. He is also undertaking a PhD programme at Roehampton University.



Peer Group Facilitator and Fundraising

Kat has a background in qualitative research and over the past 9 years has facilitated over 100 group discussions on a very wide range of topics.   She especially loves to learn about different cultures and recently returned from a year long trip to Mexico where she learnt Spanish and taught children english in a small town in the mountains.

Kat has been a volunteer with Talk for Health nearly 2 years, supporting Nicky in research amongst Talk for Health participants, fundraising and facilitation.   She recently attended the Talk for Health facilitation training and is interested in pursuing a future career in mental health.



Associate Trainer

Frances Coombes has written five books on Self-Motivation for Hodder Hachette and is currently writing another, ‘Moving on in Life – and Managing your Emotions.

She is an REBT/CBT Practitioner (Adv Dip CBT/REBT) and NLP Master Practitioner.   She has worked as a freelance journalist on psychological health and for the London Evening Standard. She runs NLP/REBT courses at The City Lit, Covent Garden and NLP practice. She also runs REBT therapeutic coaching groups – developing people’s skills, confidence and personal growth.



Peer Group Facilitator

Bonny has a background of working in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, managing people, and being a champion of human rights and diversity.  She’s a proponent of Talk for Health, having personally benefited from talking therapies on and off since adolescence.  She is also an aspiring counsellor / psychotherapist, with particular interests in multi-cultural/lingual/race identity, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and sexual education and wellbeing.

Originally from Australia, Bonny has lived in London since 2004, and enjoys travelling, eating, dancing, and (sometimes) being active.



Programme Manager

Beth looks after promoting the programmes, special events and groups and makes sure everything behind the scenes stays nice and organised.

After a career in the Theatre PR sector, Beth decided to move to the mental health sector which is much more closely aligned to her values. As well as keeping Talk for Health organised, she also works as a Singer/Songwriter and Singing teacher.

Beth is passionate about access to mental health support and is very happy to support the work of Talk for Health