A Discussion on Mental Health & Optimising Well Being

We are pleased to invite you to join our virtual ‘Question Time’ on the topic of Mental Health on Tuesday 23rd February at 8pm. Our panel of experts will discuss and answer your questions on the challenges that modern living poses to our mental health as well as strategies for optimising our well-being.

The event will be an informal discussion between our panellists and will be chaired by Karen Hill (B2/MM 1988-90), an HR professional with particular experience in psychometric assessment and employee development. The evening will run for approximately one hour and if you would like to submit questions in advance of the event, please email Karen here by Friday 19th February.


Dr Simon Chapman (B2 1985-89)

Simon is a Paediatrician specializing in eating disorders. He consults at both The Maudsley Hospital and King’s College Hospital where he is also an acute medical consultant.

Dr Jo Iddon (SU 1987-89)

Jo is a Cognitive Behavioural Neuroscientist with a special interest in brains and minds, brain injury and dementia. She is the Founder of The Mind House, a consultancy advising organisations on human potential, mental health and wellbeing.

Bella Somerset (MM 2004-09)

Bella is a Mountain Leader and Yoga Teacher. She helps people find balance and build confidence by supporting them through her workshops / retreats. She struggled with her own mental health issues and eating habits and having now found her balance, she is passionate about sharing her techniques with others.

Helena Territt (MM 1993-95)

Helena is an experienced HR director and coach. She works at all levels in both the public and private sector. She speaks regularly at conferences on wellbeing, mental health and employee engagement.

We will also have insight from:

Philippa Sigl-Gloeckner (LI 2006-08)

Philippa is the founder of Dezernat Zukunft, a macro finance think tank. They provide policy briefs to senior decision-makers and run workshops and debates as well as considering how economic policy can be changed to promote mental health by putting people back into the centre of policies.

Lara Cowan (MO 1992-97)

Lara runs a Mindfulness Coaching business focused on nature therapy. She regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio Oxford talking about ways to access the benefits of nature. In her spare time, she volunteers for mental health and gardening charities.

To join us for this talk, you will need to make sure you have signed up to Zoom and then, on the night, follow the link in the email we sent you. If you have not received the link, please email us here to request it.

Once again, we will be recording the talk and posting it on the website for those who are unable to attend. If you would like to watch any of the previous talks, please click here.

For further information please contact Events Manager Fiona Cottrill by email.