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Leadership

Ruth Cooper-Dickson

CEO

Tara Kent

Associate Director, Client Services

Tasmin Lofthouse 

Marketing Manager

Operations

Kate Ridley

Team Executive Assistant & Operations Coordinator

Tereza Singh

Training and Client Experience Coordinator

Emily Wessels

Finance Assistant 

Lucy Nichol

Communications & PR Manager

Facilitators / Trainers / Coaches

Sara Brewer

Facilitator/Coach

Ashley Bivens

Facilitator/Coach

Hayley Humble

Facilitator/Coach

Charlie Hoare

Facilitator/Coach

Anthony Sigrist

Facilitator

Lisa Rogers

Facilitator/Coach

Helen Nicholson

Facilitator/Coach

Imogen Maresch

Facilitator/Coach

Experts

Dr Hannah Abrahams

Educational & Child Psychologist

Dr Rebecca Moore

Consultant Psychiatrist

Mental wellbeing at work is about more than fruit baskets in the break room on Fridays...

The stark reality is:

More than
2 in 5 workers

say they are “languishing” at work, according to research (the HR Director)

1 in 4

said they felt less resilient since the Covid crisis struck (Guardian)

More than
2 in 5 workers

say they are “languishing” at work, according to research (the HR Director)

1 in 4

said they felt less resilient since the Covid crisis struck (Guardian)

We can do better. We need to do better.

Leading organisations know that looking after their people’s mental health at work isn’t just another box to tick or workshop to attend — but an essential part of their strategy for growth and sustainability.

And we know that’s why you’re here.

Our Mission

At CHAMPS, our mission is to equip you with the practical tools, knowledge and information you need to create a lasting culture of positive wellbeing and engagement at work.

Perhaps you’ve found yourself asking questions like…

“How can we navigate tricky conversations around mental health at work, prevent emergencies before they happen, and respond effectively when they do?”

“What can I do to keep myself and my team feeling connected, supported and happy in the workplace?”
“How can we turn big ideas like “mental health and wellbeing” into an asset that drives better performance, engagement and retention within our team?”

That's where CHAMPS comes in.

We excel at engaging teams, managers and leaders like you in productive and meaningful conversations about building mental health and resilience at work. Our tailored trainings, expert coaching and interactive workshops drive real results and lasting change for the companies we work with… Without gimmicks, cookie-cutter training programs, or stuffy two-day events in sight.

Our Approach

If it wasn’t already obvious… we do things a little differently at CHAMPS

The CHAMPS approach to building mental wealth at work:

Relatable insights & actionable advice

Put simply? We get it, because we’ve been there too.

All of our trainers have personal experience in corporate environments, which means we’re intimately familiar with the challenges you face today and how to navigate them effectively.

Expert guidance,
curated for you

We help you implement modern, research-backed solutions that work…

And our down to earth & practical approach engages even the most reluctant participants in open, honest conversations about how to look after our mental health at work.

Spotlight on creativity & potential

We believe mental health is important, but it shouldn’t be boring.

We focus on creating lasting ‘light bulb’ moments for you and your team. If you’ve ever left an expensive workshop wondering whether you learned anything useful… it’s time for a different approach.”

All of this is wrapped up in our most important guiding belief...

Companies grow and people thrive when we bring mental health out of the darkness and into the light.

Because brains are weird, modern workplaces are complex, and nobody is without their own stresses or challenges at work. The time has come to shed the stigma, shame, and fear surrounding mental health — because it affects all of us. This also means the responsibility to do something about it belongs to all of us, too. So if you need a little help illuminating the path forward… And if you’re ready to ingrain a culture of mental wealth in your organisation, and turn it into an asset that drives your big vision forward — today, tomorrow, and well into the future…

It’s time to begin talking about mental health at work in a more realistic and human way

What People Are Saying

Ruth

Ruth Cooper-Dickson

Founder / Managing Director

Ruth founded CHAMPS in 2015, after a 20+ year career in talent, inclusion and business improvement strategy. After a difficult experience of burnout at work, Ruth saw first-hand that many organisations struggle to support their people’s mental wellbeing and are even more unsure about how to handle mental health challenges when they arise.

As a qualified Mental Wealth Coach and Positive Psychology Practitioner, Ruth has a personal interest in exploring how we can have more candid and productive conversations about supporting mental health in the workplace. Ruth shares openly about her personal journey towards wellbeing while navigating an anxiety disorder. Having completed her MSc in Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology, Ruth has now secured a Professional Doctorate post to research and practice in the field of Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Ruth's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– Dark chocolate and 10-minute morning yoga at home
– Flicking through Vogue magazine with a frothy coffee
– Purposeful work & sharing CHAMPS’ Mental Wealth mission with the world

Tara

Tara Kent

CEO

Tara is a skilled and engaging Organisational Development consultant, leadership coach, facilitator and trainer with over 20 years’ experience working with one of the largest professional services firms.  

A key strand of her work involves the provision of strategic advice, coaching and support to build and maintain resilience and wellbeing – both at the individual and organisational level. As such, Tara is passionate about fostering greater ‘human skills’ to complement developing technologies and adapt to constant change.

Tara has personal lived experience of depression and Generalised Anxiety Disorder throughout the latter half of her corporate career and made a significant career change in order to aid her recovery at the beginning of 2017. During this break from corporate life, Tara became a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor and is now accredited to run the MHFA Adult programmes.

Tara's mental wealth practice looks like...

– Ensuring she gets a full 8 hours sleep every night
– Gets outside for a walk every day whatever the weather
– Spends enough time with good friends to keep her connected

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Tasmin Lofthouse 

Marketing Manager

With over six years marketing experience, Tasmin is passionate about all things digital marketing and social media. As someone who has worked across a variety of B2B and B2C businesses, she feels strongly about creating a workplace of wellbeing where everyone has access to the opportunities, resources and support they need to feel happy and fulfilled at work. Tasmin loves being able to use her skills, knowledge and expertise to help businesses achieve growth and success through their digital marketing initiatives. She is a freelance digital marketing consultant by day, content creator by night and, most importantly, an outdoor adventure lover and dog-mum always.

Tasmin's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– Keeping active and pushing her comfort zone with bouldering and climbing
– Reminding herself that she’s only human and it’s okay to take a break
– Cake… and lots of it!

Kate

Kate Ridley

Training & Operations Coordinator

Kate has over 20 years’ experience as a secretary and PA, having worked in both London and Sydney, before finally settling on the sunny South Coast.

Kate has worked within Investment Banking, Law and Marketing companies, as well as having run her own children’s clothes shop, before deciding that working from home is her happy space and she is now a virtual assistant supporting a range of businesses.

Kate's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– Walking the dogs/kids on the beach to clear my head
-Switching off from tech 2 hours before bed
-Sleep meditation for a good nights sleep

Tereza Singh

Tereza Singh

Training and Client Experience Coordinator

Tereza has been a Virtual Assistant for over 3 years with a background is in hospitality, she used to work for the Hilton chain as a Cluster Events Manager before going on maternity and eventually deciding to become self-employed. She always dreamt of having her own business and being her own “boss” but she never thought it’s possible, until she had her two children and realised that the job she had wouldn’t serve her anymore. Tereza believes in things happening for a reason and that there are no coincidences.

She tried to “make it online” with affiliate marketing, network marketing and other things, and even though she wasn’t successful in those, it always shifted her in the right direction until she decided to put all her 15 years of experience into a good use and became a Virtual Assistant. She hasn’t looked back since.

Tereza's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– Positive self-talk
– Meditation
– Doing what makes me happy (intuitive movement, yoga, dancing, music, book, sleep)

Emily

Emily Wessels

Finance Assistant 

Emily is our Finance Assistant. With a background in law, she has over 10 years’ experience working as a legal secretary and paralegal, bringing her private sector and PA expertise to the team. 

After a career break to focus on her young family, Emily retrained in Bookkeeping and Accounting and is now a qualified bookkeeper.  

Emily's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– A cup of coffee while listening to a favourite podcast
– Movement, whether that is a walk, five minutes of yoga stretches or a full workout. She finds it makes the most difference when exercise is the last thing she feels like doing!
– Listening to sleep music or doing a short, guided meditation before bed to ensure a decent night’s sleep

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We have five women talking about their experiences of mental health, which range from postnatal depression to anxiety and paranoid delusions. All the women are talking to us to support Time to Talk Day, run by the Time to Change campaign, in February. We want to show that mental health can affect women of all ages, shapes and sizes, from all different walks of life. Most of these women are currently on top of their conditions but other than Olivia, who had postnatal depression, they may relapse at any time. 
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Lucy Nichol

Communications & PR Manager

Lucy is a writer, communications consultant and a passionate mental health stigma-buster. With over 18 years’ PR and communications experience, Lucy thrives on creative challenges, helping people to share their stories and writing opinionated pieces for the national press. She’s also a published author, a trustee for an addiction recovery charity and a TV script advisor working on stories portraying addiction and mental health issues. Lucy has lived experience of Generalised Anxiety Disorder, healthy anxiety and panic attacks and is always happy to share her story.

Lucy's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– Sharing life with all the cats, rabbits, hens and fish currently residing in her house
– Time by the coast, walking bare foot in the sea and sitting on the rocks with her other half
– Creating exciting fictional worlds and characters through novel-writing and short stories

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Sara Brewer

Facilitator/Coach

Sara is one of our awesome CHAMPS associates who has 25 years experience as learning and development professional, mental health at work facilitator, resilience and wellbeing coach, and StRaW practitioner (Sustaining Resilience at Work), specialising in resilience, wellbeing and mental health awareness training. She is particularly interested in increasing literacy levels and knowledge around mental health, as well as sustained transformational behavioural change through resilience coaching.

Sara's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– Spending time with her husband to laugh, cry, share, support and enable
– Exercise keeps her grounded and allows her to sort her day and sometimes her head out
– Celebrating what she has in her life, not chasing what she doesn’t

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Ashley Bivens

Facilitator/Coach

Ashley is one of our awesome CHAMPS associates who has spent the last 14 years in the corporate sector working in non-profit, property, law, finance and media. She is also a certified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) who became passionate about MHFA after setting up the Disability Committee for one of her former employers and taking a MHFA course.

Ashley's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– Ashley makes sure to receive 8 hours of sleep everyday
– Rest as needed and not over working 
– Spending time in nature and apprecciating her surroundings

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Hayley Humble

Facilitator/Coach

Hayley is one of our awesome CHAMPS associates who is a Positive Psychology Practitioner with a unique set of skills combining her in-depth experience as a leadership, management, resilience and performance coach, married with her practical knowledge from over 22 years working as a clinical practitioner in health, well-being, fitness and injury rehabilitation.

Hayley's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– She lives by the sea, so she swims most days in order to get her regular dose of ‘Vitamin Sea’
– Laughing is key part of Hayley’s day to dissolve tension and change challenging energy
– Hayley uses mediation for a little re-set in her working day to give her clarity and allow creativity

Charlie

Charlie Hoare

Facilitator/Coach

Charlie Hoare is an author, entrepreneur and life coach with a MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. Personal experience of depression and anxiety led him to write ‘MAN DOWN: A Man’s Guide to Mental Health’, endorsed by Russell Brand.

He co-founded TÅPPED birch water having worked for Innocent Drinks, Air Asia and start-ups in London, Hong Kong and Malaysia, from where he cycled the 10,000 miles home (perhaps ironically for mental health charity SANE!).

A massive advocate of the wellbeing benefits of nature and exercise, Charlie loves outdoors sport, particularly kitesurfing!

Charlie's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– 10 minutes of yoga and stretching immediately after waking up
– 5 minutes of sympathetic joy meditation
– Some kind of exercise outdoors, even if just a short walk

Anthony

Anthony Sigrist

Facilitator

Anthony’s passion for Mental Wealth began in his previous career as a Police Officer where he first discovered the valuable role of peer support in improving wellbeing. Following a period of absence due to his own mental health he decided to challenge the existing culture and speak honestly about his struggles. In contrast to his expectation of eye-rolling and impatience he found that honesty was a catalyst for friends and colleagues to share their own experiences. He set about formalising this supportive environment by establishing a mental health strand under the Disabled Staff Association and continued this work in the local community after leaving the Metropolitan Police to pursue better work life balance and a new career in the world of health and wellbeing as an Acupuncturist.

He now shares his professional life between the clinical work in his acupuncture practices and campaigning, speaking and educating in businesses, schools and communities to challenge the stigma of mental illness.

Outside of work he is a family man with five children to keep him busy. They manage their wellbeing together in the Karate dojo where Anthony recently realised a childhood ambition by gaining his black belt.

Anthony's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– Switching off – literally. Technology is the blessing and curse of our generation. As much as he loves it, he needs periods of consciously setting it to one side.
– Walking – he tends to get his thoughts in order when he walks. Preferably out in nature but wherever he can make it happen.
– Motorcycles – because balance is about yin and yang! He loves a weekend at the super bike races, camping with his kids and cheering on the riders!  

Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers

Facilitator/Coach

Lisa is one of our awesome CHAMPS associates who has 20 year of experience work within industry as a Business Leader and a Learning & Development professional. She is also Professional Certified Coach accredited by the International Coaching Federation. With a focus on facilitation and transformative coaching her passion lies in working with teams and individuals supporting them to be at their best, working on what is important for them in all areas of their lives.

Lisa's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– Talking long walks in the countryside with her husband, 2 kids and over enthusiastic Labrador
– Sleep – always trying to get at least 8 hours a night
– I find exercising helps me to keep a clear mind and refocus on what is important

Helen Nicholson

Helen Nicholson

Facilitator/Coach

Helen is a Psychologist and Executive Coach whose interest lies in helping people achieve success and fulfilment in their lives. A background in HR and Talent Management, Helen has facilitated leadership development programmes, team building workshops as well as coaching individuals. Her strength is on tackling issues and obstacles that stand in the way of individual achievement in a supportive yet challenging way. She believes that by focusing on well-being, increasing self-awareness and building confidence, this will in time lead to unlocking potential and allowing people to flourish both personally and at work.
Travel has always been a big part of Helen’s life, a backpacking trip around the world in her 20’s saw her stay in Sydney, Australia for many years. However, the importance of family brought her back to the UK in 2012.

Helen's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– Treasuring a close group of friends that supply plenty laughter and support.
– Making time to enjoy the important things in life, ie exercise, nature, music and space to be creative.
– Family, two children now in their teens. Spending time with them, lots of hugs (well as many as teenagers give) and watching a good movie.

Imogen

Imogen Maresch

Facilitator/Coach

Imogen is a skilled leadership development trainer, ICF certified coach and positive psychology practitioner, with extensive experience of delivering experiential development programmes for clients world-wide. She is passionate about helping people enhance well-being and resilience at work and beyond.

Imogen brings a wealth of personal experience gained in leadership roles in both the private and public sectors in the UK and Singapore, where she lived for 11 years.

Committed to life-long learning, Imogen holds an MBA from the University of Leicester and recently completed an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology with East London University, where she designed and piloted an innovative approach to raise resilience post-lockdown. 

Imogen's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– Connecting regularly with friends to talk, laugh and play games – Taking daily walks in the woods, savouring the changing seasons (which are still a novelty after years of living in the tropics!) – Making time to breathe deeply throughout the day to relax and reset
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Dr Hannah Abrahams

Educational & Child Psychologist

Hannah Abrahams is a Chartered Educational and Child Psychologist. She has worked in Inner London Boroughs for 20 years and runs a thriving private practice.

She specialises in supporting parents in developing and understanding their children’s needs and also focuses on perinatal mental health support. She has also worked significantly in trauma; Hannah led a team of psychologists and psychotherapists for 18 months in the heart of the community affected by the Grenfell fire tragedy. She is particularly interested in transitions for parents and children and works therapeutically to support children and adolescents in developing their emotional literacy and regulation skills.

Hannah regularly delivers training on topics including “Tantrums and Tiaras,” as well as supporting children with anxieties and fears. She has worked in supporting teachers of hundreds of schools about navigating a nurturing transition back to schooling post COVID-19. Hannah regularly works with Great Ormond Street Hospital School. She has been on the advisory board for the COVID Lockdown Trauma response led by UCL and regularly participates in engaging and informative podcasts about parenting too. 

Hannah's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– Spending time outdoors with nature, it’s refreshing, invigorating and allows time for reflection
– Making time to spend with friends and those she loves, they are her tonic
– Getting a good night’s sleep so she is ready for the challenges of the day

Dr Rebecca Moore

Dr Rebecca Moore

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Rebecca Moore is a consultant psychiatrist with over twenty years’ experience working in London in the NHS and private sector. She has a special interest in women’s mental health, birth trauma and postnatal PTSD along with anxiety and mood disorders.

She is training with the Institute of Functional Medicine and believes that diet, exercise blood testing, supplementation, social prescribing and our sense of community should be used more as first line tools in working with and treating women.

She is the co-founder of Make Birth Better; a national campaign working to reduce trauma in the maternity journey and hosts an annual birth trauma conference in London.

Rebecca's Mental Wealth practice looks like...

– Lots of sleep!
– Practising yoga on a regular basis to keep mentally and physically strong
– Travel

How can you help your team’s Mental Wealth and performance in a post-COVID world?

Life and work as we know it has been undoubtedly shaken since March 2020. To help you prioritise employee well-being and increase performance and Mental Wealth, we have created the ‘Moving Forwards, COVID-19 Recovery Action Plan’. Sharing insightful statistics and reports into the state of work and workplace well-being since the COVID-19 pandemic, along with actionable advice and a roadmap to recovery, this COVID-19 Recovery guide has everything you need to prepare yourself and your team for a post-COVID world.

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