About Poppy

a pivotal figure in the mental health campaigning community

City Mental Health Alliance

Poppy help create the City Mental Health Alliance and has been the CEO since 2017.  The CMHA is currently a 23-strong membership organisation, with the biggest firms in the City now committed to improving the mental health of their organisations. Read more →

Mental Health First Aid England

For nine years Poppy was the CEO of MHFA England, leading the Community Interest Company from its humble beginnings as a project for the Department of Health to a global social enterprise, making a profound impact. Read more →

Non-Executive Director

For six years 2014–2020 Poppy was a non-executive director on PHE’s Advisory Board.  Through her non-exec board positions, she has played an instrumental part in making mental health a high priority for public and private sector employers.  Read more →

Everyone has Mental Health in the same way everyone has physical health.

The problem is, that despite all the good work done to normalise conversations around mental health, stigma still exists making it hard for people to talk openly about their mental well-being.

In the UK every year 300,000 people fall out of the workforce because of poor mental health, with only 13% of people feeling able to disclose a mental health issue to their employer.

To me this shows there is more work to be done.

For the last 20+ years I have been leading the conversation around mental health, helping organisations to place workplace health and wellbeing at the top of their agenda.

I built Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA) from a Department of Health initiative into an independent community interest company.  I then co-founded the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA), it is a global organisation, a collaborative venture championed by senior leaders from multinational corporations.

Through our combined efforts and initiatives, we’ve seen a 44% increase in reported mental health problems, meaning employees now feel comfortable to speak up and access the help they need.

Currently, there isn’t a strong evidence-based for what does and doesn’t work when it comes to supporting people in the workplace, so we work with our members to come together, identify the issue, problem solve, test ideas and compare data, we are creating the evidence!

My personal mission now is to support city leaders from around the globe to replicate London’s success and join the conversation so we can make a profound and lasting change that transforms and saves lives.

Poppy’s Inspiration

Saree Story

Mountain Climbing

Fellow of the RSA