Meet the Team
Co-Founder and Managing Director
A natural-born people person with an inherent interest in human behaviour, Jill started her early career in sales and very quickly learned that in order to get the best out of people, you have to create a working environment where they can grow and flourish. This passion for people and performance led Jill to the world of HR where she spent over 18 years developing and implementing initiatives around culture, high performance and health and wellbeing for a number of businesses across various sectors.
As her curiosity around health and wellbeing grew, she started exploring what was being done to break down the stigma around mental health in the workplace. Jill identified a glaring gap for an organisation that could provide training, support and advice specifically related to mental health in the workplace. So, utilising her passion to make a real difference, and her years of commercial HR experience, she set up TalkOut with Jim Cockburn – mental health advocate and founder of the Martin James Group, which includes companies such as the Martin James Foundation, Key Assets and Foster Talk.
When she’s not leading TalkOut, Jill has a passion for helping young people and volunteers every week for ChildLine as a counsellor. As well as being CIPD qualified, she is also a fully qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, providing individuals with the knowledge and confidence to deal with mental health issues.
Jill’s hobbies include treading the boards as an amateur dramatics performer, travelling, reading and spending quality time with her family and friends. Since TalkOut was born, she very much sees this as part of her life too. It’s true when they say “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life” – and she loves what she does!
Clinical Psychology Researcher
Natalie is TalkOut’s Clinical Psychology Researcher who uses her clinical expertise and multiple qualifications in Psychology, Clinical Psychological Research, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to produce relevant and dynamic health and wellbeing courses.
Her own experience of workplace stress means she has a real passion for helping to create positive working environments where conversations about mental health can happen openly without the fear of repercussion. She is excited to be part of the TalkOut mission and believes that by working with both employers and employees, we can disrupt the current perception of mental health and ignite change together.
Outside of work, Natalie loves spending time with her toddler and husband. She likes to unwind with the Game of Thrones boxset, and Neighbours is her guilty pleasure!
Emma Russell is an experienced trainer and advisor, striving to de-mystify mental health and educate the modern workplace on the benefits of taking care of our health and wellbeing.
With over 16 years’ experience working in youth justice, safeguarding and mental health within organisations like the NSPCC and Positive Steps, Emma is accomplished in exploring complex needs and is able to deliver positive outcomes in high-risk environments.
As well as her BSc (Hons) in Psychology and CMI Management Diploma, Emma is a fully qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and volunteer for Crisis Text Line, providing online support for anyone experiencing mental health crisis.
Emma enjoys a full and eclectic set of interests outside of work but balancing a chaotic family life, career, life events and mindless chatter – she believes that learning the art of acceptance has to be her most notable achievement yet!
TalkOut Office Support
Emily is a compassionate individual with a passion for helping others and making a positive impact on their wellbeing.
Her university studies highlighted the rise in mental health struggles within modern society and the importance of providing support to those who need it. Emily volunteered at Mind, assisting a project with a vision to help people reconnect and rebuild confidence and self-esteem. This was done by providing courses, counselling and work experience to members of the local community.
Emily is excited to be a part of TalkOut as she is committed to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health within the work place, with a strong belief that people should feel happy, supported an valued at work.
Outside of work, Emily loves film, music, food, travel and spending quality time with her family. She feels most at peace when walking through the countryside with her dog.