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!
Natalie is TalkOut’s Trainer who has experience in design and delivering engaging training courses and is passionate about learning and development.
Natalie has studied a Level 5 in Operations Management and her own learning and experience gained working in fast paced, dynamic environments means she understands the impact these demands can have on an individual’s Mental Health. She has joined the team to help raise awareness and give people the tools and confidence they need to TalkOut at work!
In her spare time Natalie enjoys keeping herself fit and healthy and has seen the positive effects on her own Mental Health through fitness and wellbeing. At weekends she also volunteers at her local Dog Rehoming Charity as a dog walker.
Team Support and Research Assistant
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.
Head of Client Relationships
Leanne is TalkOut’s Head of Client Relationship and has an undeterrable passion for raising awareness of mental health, encouraging people to talk openly and stamping out the stigma attached once and for all. Leanne has a background of supporting individuals and businesses to navigate the world of mental health. She prides herself on building fantastic long-lasting relationships and on doing the right thing by the people and businesses she supports.
Leanne is an experienced CIPD qualified wellbeing professional, a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and is a practitioner in mindfulness and meditation. She loves people and is happiest when she is enabling them to be the best authentic version of themselves. She believes that people should be able to bring their whole self to work without fear of shame or consequence and is able to understand what support organisations need to create a mentally healthy culture and continues to support this movement.
Head of MenTalk2 Division
Dan is passionate about breaking down the stigma around mental health within male dominated environments. Having had a challenging journey with his own mental health he has used these experiences to help others. Involved with 3 mental health charities (Andys Man Club, Dad Matters & Opening Up Cricket) Dan has worked with numerous businesses to create wellbeing strategies focused on challenging the idea that ‘Men don’t talk’.
Dan is excited to join TalkOut and sees it as an opportunity to continue his passion in helping people remove the stigma around mental health. His aim is to ensure that mental health is part of everyday conversations.
Outside of work, he loves spending time with his son. He is the co-host of a podcast and radio show ‘The 84’ and when he does have free time he enjoys exercising, socialising with friends and watching live sport. Travel plays a vital part in Dan’s life both in the UK and further afield.