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.
Jane has worked as Head of Engagement for CMHA since February 2017 with the responsibility for developing relationships with and supporting both new and existing Alliance members. She works with member businesses to identify their priority areas in terms of mental wellbeing in the workplace, and then collaborates with them to deliver projects that support these priorities. For example, last year projects led to the graduate wellbeing programme and Farmer/Stevenson Thriving at Work report, both of which provided practical guidance to members.
Jane has several years’ business management and patient and public engagement experience obtained in the NHS, where she worked for South London & Maudsley NHS Mental Health Trust and in General Practice. Previous to this, she worked in the City in professional service firms and insurance. She has always had a passion and interest for improving mental health in the workplace and in addition to her role at CMHA she is a qualified coach and trainee counsellor.
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 management committee.
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