Kay White

Savvy & Influential Communication for Ambitious Women in Business, www.KayWhite.com

Mark Williamson

Director of Action for Happiness

I'm proud to be director of Action for Happiness, a movement of people taking action to promote mental wellbeing and create a happier society. I also have wide range of experience across private and non-profit sectors, including working for the Young Foundation, The Carbon Trust and Accenture. I'm passionate about family, friends, cycling, football, singing and generally trying to make the world a happier and more caring place. Find out more at www.actionforhappiness.org
Vanessa King

Action for Happinesss

I'm the lead positive psychology expert at Action for Happiness (I also lead our work with organisations). I led the development of our 10 Keys to Happier Living. Based on scientific research, each key is an area where we can take practical action in our lives to help us be happier and contribute to making a happier society. My background is in people and organisation development. When I learnt about positive psychology as a new area of research I felt it had the potential to make a big difference for people and the organisations they work in and I wanted to learn more. So I took the leap and went to study with Martin Seligman (the 'father' of positive psychology) and with many of the leading researchers in the field of positive psychology. It's been a fun and interesting journey! I've worked with Action for Happiness from the start. I see my role as helping people to unpack happiness and take action. We often say that we want to be happy but do we understand the ingredients and the actions that takes? What makes me most happy? It's simple: to learn, laugh and love; to feel like what I do makes a difference; to use my body (yoga, walking, joggling), be outside - especially by the sea! I also enjoy making things around me beautiful, food and markets!
Jane Cordez

Be You Campaign Director, Packtypes

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS
Sarah Rozenhuler

Consultant Psychologist, Bridgework Consulting Ltd

Alexander Filmer-Lorch

Author Lecturer Therapist, Inside Meditation

Alexander Filmer-Lorch guides and facilitates both teachers and students at an international level. His work is a synthesis of 30 years of experience in movement, yogic disciplines & meditation, applied philosophy & eastern psychology, bringing the body, mind and spirit to a natural state of meditative synthesis. He has established an international reputation for innovation in developing yoga, meditation and movement-based teaching inspired by the latest scientific research on the body and self-development, meeting the requirements of our times. Alexander began his career at age 17 as a state-approved professional dancer at the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart, from where he went on to dance with the German Opera House in Düsseldorf and Düsburg. He reached a turning point in his life after a back injury, when his quest to understand the moving body took him on extensive travels to India and Europe to study yoga, Eastern psychology and philosophy and the Fourth Way teachings. Alexander learnt the teachings of yogic disciplines and meditation in the traditional one-to-one practice of teacher and student, throughout more than a decade of his life. His areas of expertise include creating Yoga/Meditation/Movement teacher training modules and curriculums, developing performance of individuals and teams in a teaching environment and facilitating graduates and entrepreneurs to establish a successful yoga/meditation teaching career and business. In 2012, Alexander published his first book ‘Inside Meditation: In Search of the Unchanging Nature Within’ which is a comprehensive exploration and contemporary analysis of the process, practice and science of meditation. As an advisor to the board of Directors of the Yoga Alliance UK, Alexander drafted and helped finalise the meditation standards recently established by the Yoga Alliance UK, who’s main objective is to honour, sustain and maintain the timeless nature and endless value of the ancient teachings throughout, despite the contemporary demands of this new millennium. Alexander is Founder and Director of ‘Inside Meditation’ a modern school of neutral thought based in London, offering regular workshops, CPD’s and one to one sessions. His school also offers a comprehensive Yoga Alliance UK accredited 200-hour Meditation Teacher Training. Today, Alexander works as a qualified Senior Yoga / Meditation / Movement Teacher, an advanced CranioSacral and SomatoEmotional Release® therapist, a published author, as well as a lecturer in Eastern philosophy and psychology. His main focus is to inspire people to practise meditation and work on consciousness and experience its positive impact on their lives.
Julia White

Yoga Teacher and Aromatherapist , Beautiful Mind Beautiful Body

Sam Cleasby

Self Esteem and Confidence Expert, Blogger, Writer and Public Speaker, So Bad Ass

My name is Sam Cleasby and I run the blog So Bad Ass, I'm a health activist, writer and public speaker. I write about women's issues, from parenting to self esteem, body confidence, work and life. Living with chronic illness, my life with Ulcerative Colitis spurred me to begin my blog (www.sobadass.me) where I journal my illness, surgeries and recovery. Having an ostomy and now an internal j pouch inspired me to share my passion for loving yourself with others. I write for several publications and do public speaking, events and workshops, bringing confidence, joy and a bad ass spirit to women all over the UK.
Jackee Holder

Professional & Personal Coach, Author, Speaker & Journal Coach, Life Is A Work In Progress!

I am energised and come alive when I am writing and journaling and over the years I have filled the pages of over one hundred journals. I am a bookaholic and see writers of all genres as part of my natural tribe. I am qualified in many areas of personal development and well-being including a Masters degree in creative writing and personal development from Sussex University and in the completion stages of training as a psychosynthesis counsellor. But by far life and it many bumps, bruises and triumphs continues to be my greatest teacher. Life has been a series of adventures and challenges but creativity has remained a mainstream force of my life. This means that over a period of twenty years I have authored four published books, 49 Ways To Write Yourself Well, Be Your Own Best Life Coach, The Journal Journey Guidebook and Soul Purpose along with numerous workbooks, e-books, free journaling products and articles for a range of journals and magazines. I have recently launched The Inner and Outer Nature Self Discovery deck of cards which brings together my love of journaling and nature. In my professional vocation I work as a corporate coach, coach supervisor and leadership facilitator. I love what I do, no two days are the same and I love how I can bring so much of what brings me alive into this work. I care about our environment and have a deep reverance for trees and nature. I hold nature and journaling as my go to sources of well being and write regularly around the therapeutic benefits of forest bathing, connecting with nature and journaling. Twice a year I open the doors to my online well being journaling class, Paper Therapy. Over five weeks you are immersed in a world of journaling prompts and exercises that empower you to creatively and mindfully grow a daily or weekly journaling practice. You will learn about the therapeutic benefits of journaling and how journaling can help you thrive even when you are challenged and stretched. Paper Therapy http://www.jackeeholder.com/events/paper-therapy-online-journal-writing-course/ I journal regularly, love listening to an eclectic range of podcasts interviews which challenge me to think outside the box. I am an early morning urban city walker and love the quiet hum of the mornings when most of the rest of the world is asleep. I have a real curiosity about trees and tree mythology and love the way trees beautify our and resource the environment. London is my home and for now I feel so lucky to live in the city with the most green parks and spaces in the world. You can find Jackee here: http://www.jackeeholder.com Follow me on my urban walkabouts at Instagram:@jackeeholderinspires @girlabouttown Twitter: @jackeeholder
Violet Fenn

Writer, eroticist, purveyor of the portfolio career. Rants about growing old (dis)gracefully at sexdeathrocknroll.com, Twitter: @violetfenn

A fruity blend of sex advice and pro-ageing rants. I write chart-topping erotica as Indigo Moore - 'Satisfaction', my anthology of short stories, is available now on Amazon: tinyurl.com/opwsex3
Dr Nina Burrowes

The Cartooning Psychologist, -

I'm a psychologist who uses cartoons to help people understand themselves and others. I use my cartoons to start the conversations we're afraid to have, to help people understand the things about themselves that they normally try to avoid, and to celebrate the best things about being human. You can find out more about my work at www.ninaburrowes.com or follow me @NinaBurrowes
Angela Barnes

Award Winning TV Comedian, -

After a career in health and social care, Angela Barnes decided to realise a long held ambition and give comedy a go. Within a couple of years she had won the 2011 BBC New Comedy Award and became a finalist at the 2011 Latitude Festival New Act of the Year competition. Since 2011, Angela, and her witty world view, has been catapulted onto numerous radio and television shows including appearances on Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week as a weekly regular, on BBC3’s Russell Howard’s Good News, Russell Kane’s Whistle Stop Tour (BBC Radio 2), and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show. The 2011 BBC New Comedy Award winner will be performing her solo debut show daily at the Pleasance Cellar from 30th July – 24th August at 6pm. Twitter: @angela_barnesy
Shappi Khorsandi

Award Winning TV Comedian, -

Shappi has notched up numerous high profile television appearances including; Masterchef 2013 (BBC ONE), Live At The Apollo (BBC ONE), Channel 4’s Comedy Gala At The O2 (Channel 4 – 2010, 2011 & 2012), Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC ONE), Graham Norton Show (BBC ONE), Friday Night With Jonathan Ross (BBC ONE), Have I Got News For You (BBC ONE) and her own Comedy Store Special for Comedy Central. She also had the honour of being nominated at the prestigious 2010 British Comedy Awards in the Best Female Comic category up against fellow nominee’s Jo Brand and Sarah Millican. As a sought after cultural commentator, Iranian born Shappi has also appeared on Question Time (BBC ONE) and Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4) as well as penning columns for several national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, New Statesman and GQ. Shappi is also the bestselling author of ‘A Beginners Guide to Acting English’ by Bloomsbury, out now in paperback. She will be at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival with her new show 'Because I'm Shappi'. Twitter: @ShappiKhorsandi
Suzi Ruffell

Award Winning Comedian, -

Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee and Latitude New Act of the Year finalist, Suzi Ruffell, 'a real stand-up gem' (The Guardian) is returning to Edinburgh this summer with her hotly anticipated second show Social Chameleon. Fresh from supporting some of the UK’s top comedians on their sold out tours including Channel 4’s Chatty Man Alan Carr, star of The Last Leg Josh Widdicombe and Scotland’s finest Kevin Bridges. In the short time she has been performing she has notched up several radio and TV credits including; Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (BBC3), Live at the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), LOLz Lounge (Radio 1) and numerous appearances on Radio 4. Tipped as ‘one to watch’ by Time Out it can only be a matter of time before this enchanting young performer begins to make a huge impact on the comedy world. “completely won over, thoroughly enjoyable” - British Comedy Guide Twitter: @suziruffell
Dr. Steve Taylor

Psychologist and Teacher, -

Senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, author of several books on psychology and spirituality, including Back to Sanity and Waking From Sleep. His work has been described by Eckhart Tolle as 'an important contribution to the global shift in consciousness happening on our planet.' His website is www.stevenmtaylor.com
Nick Seneca Jankel

Author of "Switch On" & Founder of Global Wisdom & Wellbeing Community www.ripeandready.com, -

As well as a psychological coach and wisdom teacher, Nick is a world-renowned innovation and leadership expert with a Triple First from Cambridge University in medicine and philosophy. Nick has been described by The Sunday Times as "[a] glam spiritual activist. " Nick presented a BBC TV series as a coach, transforming addiction. He coached Jodie Marsh on the highest-rated MTV series in history.
Helen Lederer

Actress, Writer and Comedian., -

After a degree in Sociology, half an MA in Criminology, there followed in later life two doctorates which I was more than grateful to receive without having to do anything. Somewhere in the middle I did the stuff at the Central School of Speech and Drama before the stand-up comedy. So then I wrote and performed my stuff at London's famous Comedy Store as part of the early 80's comedians including French and Saunders, the late Rik Mayall and Harry Enfield. Guested on ITV's Saturday Night Live and got as far as Montreal for the first Just for Laughs Comedy Festival along with Lenny Henry. (My only worry is I may not have name dropped yet...) TV such as Ab Fab, Naked Video, Happy Families, One Foot in the Grave made me think twice before swearing in the street over a dropped bank note in case someone noticed. I still continue to do stand-up and recently had a sell-out run at the St. James Theatre with my own show Why The Fuss? Am acting when jobs come in, (Old Jack’s Boat Cbeebies with Bernard Cribbins currently) and sitting on spreading bum writing when not. New book Losing It published by Pan Macmillan is out on 12th February …Backside has spread on to two chairs it’s taken me so effing long…
What The Frock! Comedy promotes talented female comedians. We run regular comedy events in (at the moment) five UK cities, we run an all-female comedy competition, host workshops and solo shows... and much more.
Susanna Newsonen

Author & Keynote Speaker, The Happyologist Ltd

Susanna Newsonen is the one and only Happyologist®. She is a happiness life coach and keynote speaker. She uses the science of positive psychology to help you to kill your self-doubt, embrace positive thinking, and build a lifestyle you love. She is the author of Happiness is Here and Screw Finding Your Passion. She is a published researcher, a TEDx speaker, an online columnist, and a regular commentator in the media from the BBC to The Huffington Post and more. Her corporate client list ranges across industries, including American Express, BMW, Kellogg’s, Lululemon Athletica and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to name a few. In her free time she is a competitive dressage rider with Olympic ambitions. She adores dogs and believes we can learn a lot from our four-legged furry friends. She inspires and educates her loyal following through her blog at Happyologist.co.uk.