Who We Are

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. Read more here.

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.

Hugh Thornberry CBE

Hugh worked in children’s services in the statutory and voluntary sectors for over 40 years retiring from his last role of Chief Executive at Adoption UK in early 2017. Prior to joining Adoption UK Hugh held a range of senior director roles at Action for Children.

Hugh is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees for Chance UK, a mentoring charity for primary age children and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Become, the national charity for children in care. Hugh represented the charity nationally through serving on the Board of Compact Voice and the NCVO Advisory Group.

Hugh is currently a professional advisor to the National Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board.

Hugh is a qualified social worker and youth and community worker and has an MBA in Public Services Administration.

Hugh was awarded a CBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for services to children and families.

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.


Sarah is a secondary school teacher who has been working with teenagers for the past 15 years. She is also a certified yoga teacher, who knows the world can be an overwhelming and stressful place. She has found ‘Talk for Health’ to be a fantastic platform for supporting, growing and learning from our greatest teachers: Each other.

Lisa (Minnie)

Minnie is a Northerner by birth, Londoner by choice and Buddhist by heart. She is a survivor of CSA, a talk for health Chair & share facilitator, a trained laughter yoga leader & reiki practitioner, and last but not least, a volunteer with Age UK. She is also currently training with RASASC to work on their helpline. Minnie Is passionate about the safe space and therapeutic framework Talk for Health provides, which enables people to explore their inner worlds & others in an environment that isn’t traditional ‘therapy’.


Roxanna works in IT and has also been a teacher and student mentor.  She believes that everyone should have free access to high quality listening, and mental health support. As such, she is very enthusiastic about contributing to the T4H community. “Something magical happens in Talk for Health group shares.” Roxanna is originally from Trinidad, and moved to London in 2009. She enjoys dancing, drawing, cycling, meditation and helps captain her kickabout football team.


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.


Sharon Jackson has worked in the not-for-profit sector and fundraising since 1999, with senior roles at a range of charities, including ActionAid and WaterAid. She was the Executive Director of One to One Children’s Fund and is also on the Board of Health Poverty Action, Find Your Feet and the Brian Murtagh Charitable Trust. Sharon has been working with Talk for Health since 2016 and is delighted that this role allows her to pursue a very personal interest in mental health.


Tom has been working in mental health services for over 20 years and is currently employed as Operations Director at Mind in Camden.  He became connected to Talk for Health through his passion for initiatives which value personal narrative and mutual aid. He loves nature and travel to remote places.


Imtaz’s claim to fame is having met the Queen and receiving an MBE for services to fashion. She has tailored for big names in politics and music, and runs an award-winning business, which she set up in 1991.

Imtaz teaches tailoring one-to-one in her studio in Islington, has been kept grounded by long-term yoga practices, trained at various universities and has also taught as a visiting lecturer and skills judge. She believes strongly in giving back to the positive and supportive community that is Talk for 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.


Peer Group Facilitator

Rachel has a diverse background with over 10 years as a TV Producer & Director working in the UK, EU and USA, 2 years as a Fashion Producer and Agent at Paris & Milan catwalks, and latterly 9 years working for a management consultancy. A chronic repetitive strain injury affecting her central nervous system put a stop to work at the end of 2014, and since then Rachel has been deepening her interest in mind-body therapies and mental health and well-being more generally.

During time signed-off work, Rachel has been delighted to find a community in Talk For Health and hugely benefited from multiple Specials and courses. Having completed the T4H Programme in June 2016, and the Facilitation course, Rachel now co-chairs the C&S group at Killick Street and is passionate that these Chair & Share groups thrive in the UK. Rachel intends to train as a Trainer and is studying to be a psychotherapist.


Roy is the partner of our founder Nicky Forsythe and has accompanied her on the entire Talk for Health journey. He leads the programme, trains our trainers and puts his long experience of group work at our disposal.


Michael’s background is in social and community work  He loves working with a wide range of different people from diverse backgrounds, helping them to overcome challenges and get the most out of life. He is passionate about the Talk for Health programme, it’s capacity to empower people to build meaning, empathy and connection. He loves nature and enjoys going to the cinema.


Grace trained at RADA as a professional Actress and enjoyed a career performing in London’s West and touring nationally. Grace has always appreciated the more therapeutic aspects of the Arts and worked as a freelance workshop facilitator alongside her acting career for many years, leading workshops and training as varied as ‘social issues’ and ‘employability’ in Schools, to ‘soft skills’ for corporate companies and The British Army. Grace is a Reminiscence Arts Practitioner for people with Dementia and their carers and runs an ‘Emotional Health and Wellbeing’ course for women in substance recovery. Grace believes in empowering people to support themselves and each other.


Tumu is a Talk for Health Associate Trainer and is a highly experienced leader of groups about wellbeing, mental health, self-care and therapeutic talk. Tumu works as a Psychology Assistant in a busy NHS hospital and is about to finish a Masters in Mental Health studies focussing on the role of hope in recovery.


John facilitates the Talk for Health ‘All Man’ groups. He also runs Partners in Creation; a consultancy that inspires health and public service organisations to think differently about their organisational challenges and the needs of the people they serve.

John started his career in 1992 working with people with HIV at The Globe Centre, before developing the British Lung Foundation’s national support network for people with lung disease, ‘Breathe Easy’. At Diabetes UK, he led the charity’s publishing team before moving into the private sector as editor in chief for ‘Well-aware’, an independent health web portal.

In 2004, he founded the award-winning behaviour change and marketing agency, Resonant. John is also a trustee of Action Cerebral Palsy and was the inaugural chair and remains a trustee of Healthwatch Lambeth, the charity championing the health and social care needs of people in Lambeth.


Claudia was born in Portugal and came to London 24 years ago. Formerly a professional actress, she is currently involved in Drama Therapy, Playback Theatre and Forum Theatre projects. She also has an MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development and Jungian psychology, completed a two-year research project in Infant Observation and is interested in autism and narcissism.

Previous volunteering work included the mentoring of primary school children. Claudia is also a qualified Homeopath and Shamanic Healer, and believes in empowering people through self-expression in art, writing and acting.