Wellbeing Council

Raising awareness, support, and championing initiatives for the holistic wellbeing of BIMA members.

About the council

Behind the growth and innovation of any industry are its people. We have a duty of care to look after and support their physical, emotional, and psychological needs for sustainable growth.

This council will raise awareness, support, and champion wellbeing initiatives that will help BIMA members take action to create greater mental, physical and financial wellbeing for greater success for themselves and the organisations they serve.

Council News:

The Wellbeing Council have introduced Wellbeing Partners Fiit, Fika, BHSF  & Isofi who have exclusive offers for BIMA members find out more about partners here.

New Slack Channel added – BIMA Wellbeing Chat a space for the community to chat around all aspects of Wellbeing.

Share ideas, ask for advice, promote Wellbeing focused events & initiatives or generally have a lovely chat with the Community. Reach out to Jess Hall on Slack to be added or email jesshall@bima.co.uk

Council Co-Chair

Dan Willis, Client Partner at Sagittarius

Sitting in the intersection between Commercial Growth and Strategic thinking, Dan has 15 years of experience in scaling digital communication agencies and startups, closing new business opportunities and working on global clients across multiple markets and industries including tech, charity, FMCG, healthcare, retail and government.

A BIMA 100 winner for 2018, 2019 and 2023, public speaker and guest lecturer, he has strategically worked with numerous leading charities, agencies and notable brands; such as Nike, B&Q, Mind, Cancer Research UK, Visa, the National Crime Agency and Unilever, driving change through building brand awareness, consideration to buy, and driving advocacy.

Also, a Co-Chair of the BIMA Wellbeing Council, Dan is an active mental health campaigner; striving to help create, and destigmatise the conversation around mental health.

More about me…

♥️ – Mind Ambassador, BIMA Wellbeing Council and Bournemouth University Guest Lecturer.

📖 – Start with Why by Simon Sinek, Radical Candor by Kim Scott and Legacy by James Kerr.

🎧 – Practically everything! But notably the Clash, Stevie Wonder and anything that involves talent.

🏆- BIMA 100 (2018), BIMA 100 (2019), BIMA 100 (2023)

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Council Co-Chair

Deanne (Dee) Walsh, HR and Wellbeing Lead (Mando) and Founder (Dewa Consulting) at Mando

I have worked in HR within North West agencies for 10 years, since 2015 at Mando in Liverpool as HR and Wellbeing Lead.  I also worked as a volunteer Counsellor with Childline and Shout the Crisis Text line.  In 2018 I reduced my hours with Mando, as I had retrained as an MHFA England instructor and wanted to deliver adult and youth mental health training to prevent (or at least minimise) poor mental health.  I am also a trainer for Drinkaware, Burnt Cheft Project and Chasing the Stigma

Working in both an agency and as a trainer means that I have immense empath in the training room for Managers and Staff (being both myself) and also can bring my wellbeing knowledge into Mando to support the wellbeing of the team

I am delighted to be a Co-Chair of the BIMA Wellbeing Council, helping to raise awareness around both positive and poor mental health and to support the BIMA community

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Council Members