Poppy Jaman OBE
Poppy Jaman helped to found the CMHA in 2013 and has been CEO since 2015. As CEO, she works with senior business leaders from across the City to achieve their shared vision of creating workplaces where mental health is no longer stigmatised, but instead is treated in the same way as physical health. She wants employers to support employees in maintaining their mental wellbeing, leading to more sustainable workplaces where people can flourish.
Poppy is an internationally respected mental health advocate, national policy advisor and social entrepreneur who has worked in more than ten countries. She is the co-founder of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England and was CEO until June 2018. Since then, she has been focusing more time on her role as CEO of CMHA and on global mental health projects. Poppy grew the MHFA from a small government project into one that was recognised by the FT in 2017 as one of the fastest growing SME’s in Europe. In 2017, the Secretary of State named Poppy as one of England’s mental health experts, and in the 2018 New Year’s Honours, she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to people with mental health issues. She is also non-executive director on the board of Public Health England.
Alison joined CMHA in September 2018 as Head of Strategy and Operations, working closely with the CEO and Board to set and deliver the CMHA strategy, and to establish operational processes ensuring CMHA is well positioned to deliver to its future vision. Alison’s role is to support member organisations, helping them to identify priority areas in terms of mental health strategies in the workplace, providing practical guidance, and working collaboratively across member organisations to deliver projects that support these priorities.
Alison has over 20 years’ experience gained in both operational and specialist HR leadership roles across professional services, retail and STEM industries working for employers such as Hogan Lovells, John Lewis Partnership and BAE Systems plc. Alison has a passion and interest for improving mental health in the workplace and brings a wealth of experience gained in-house to the CMHA.
Farimah joined CMHA in June 2018 as communications manager to lead on the communications strategy and oversee all external relations for the CMHA. Working closely with members, she manages media relations, campaigns and social media activity which increase understanding of mental health in the workplace, challenge the stigma and encourage debate about how the City can best support the mental wellbeing of employees.
Farimah has over 14 years of broad communications experience. At award-winning communications agency, Fishburn Hedges, she worked with a wide range of corporate and not-for-profit clients, including a digital campaign for BUPA, reputation management for the BBC’s TV Licensing and a behaviour change campaign for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. In recent years, she has worked on ambitious national perception change campaigns for Arthritis Research UK and the MS Society.
Vicki joined CMHA in June 2018 as event manager to lead on event strategy and delivery of membership and external CMHA events. She works on membership networking events, subject matter events, thought leadership discussions and launches. She works with member organisations to identify their priority areas in terms of mental wellbeing in the workplace, and then collaborates with them to deliver events that support these priorities.
Vicki has over 15 years event management and marketing experience in the financial services industry including leading the corporate event strategy at American Express and Investor Relations roadshows for Morgan Stanley. More recently she has combined this skillset with her passion for the charity sector to build the CSR agenda at Fidelity International, where she was actively involved in the company’s diversity and wellbeing agenda. Vicki is passionate about developing partnership programmes and impact-led platforms for social good.
Nancy has worked as Poppy’s assistant since spring 2012, supporting in her roles as CEO of MHFA England, and then CEO of CMHA. Nancy also supports the CMHA Chair, Nigel Jones and the CMHA executive board.
Nancy has over 20 years of secretarial and PA in both the private & public sector, in particular within the mental health sector, an area about which she is passionate. Nancy has been running her successful virtual assistance business since 2010