Meet the Team

Jill Mead

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!