BIMA Breakfast Briefing | Mental Health and the Tech Industry


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Event info
23 May 2019
Big Radical, 7-9 Woodbridge St, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0LL

BIMA Breakfast briefing

The BIMA Tech Inclusion and Diversity revealed that 52% of all respondents have suffered from anxiety or depression at some point, a figure at least five times the national average. Sobering reading and put simply, as tech is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, not good enough.

In this Breakfast Briefing, Mental Health and the Tech Industry, we will explore what are the potential cultural factors that are creating systemic problems and, most importantly, what are the solutions employers can adopt now to drive change.

Once discussions are over we will hold a guided meditation with Yulia from Re:Mind Meditation Studio to ensure we can spend our day relaxed, well and positive.


8.30am - Arrive, coffee and networking

8.45am - Talks kick off

10.30am - Talks end

Tickets are free for BIMA members or £30 + VAT for non-members. To get your BIMA Member discount code email events@bima.co.uk

Event speakers

Nadya Powell, Co Founder at Utopia, Chair of BIMA Diversity & Inclusion Council 

Nadya is Chair of BIMA's Diversity Council and also Chair of Awards. She is on a mission to deliver business change by harnessing the power of creative thinking. As the co-founder of Utopia she is doing exactly that - Utopia is a culture change consultancy that 'Re-wires Business for Age of Creativity'. Nadya is also the co-founder of Innovation Social which is an affiliation of innovation leaders from agency, brand and startup worlds who believe that innovation will disrupt UK business for the better. Additionally, she co-founded two Diversity networks and initiatives: https://www.thegreatbritishdiversityexperiment.com/ which seeks to drive diversity in communications; https://thesowhiteproject.com/ which drives global media attention to the lack of diverse imagery in communications. In addition to her seat on BIMA's central council, Nadya is on the Advisory Council of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and this year was a judge for the Cannes Innovation Lions.

Sean Betts, Managing Director, Annalect UK

Sean is the Managing Director of Annalect in the UK and has worked in the media industry for 16 years. He has lived with depression and anxiety all his life and in 2017 experienced burn out. Since then he has been openly talking about his experiences and in 2019 started a blog (MiHND.co.uk) to help overcome the stigma surrounding mental health and neurodiversity.

Annalect is part of Omnicom Media Group and they are responsible for all technology, data and analytics across the group. Prior to joining Annalect, Sean spent 4 years at Havas Media working as a client director on multiple blue chip clients and prior to that worked as a media planner at MediaCom for 8 years.

Michelle Morgan, Co-Founder, Livity 

Livity- a youth-led creative network bringing brands and young people together, for the better and Founder, Pjoys - PJs with purpose

Michelle is an EY Entrepreneur Of the Year Winner and holds the Queens Award for Enterprise Innovation. She is also a Mental Health Campaigner and MHFA England Instructor. In the last 12 months she has trained over 200 people in Mental Health First Aid training, she also regularly shares her story of burnout, depression and anxiety. Pjoys.co.uk launched on March 7th this year, on International Women’s Day and is a business on a mission to make mental health an everyday conversation using the joy and power of pjs and art.

Emma Mainoo, Brand Consultant & Director of Special Projects

Emma Mainoo is a communications and brand experience specialist with almost 20 years experience of working with lifestyle brands, media and creative entities. In 2018 she created Survivingsundays.com a storytelling platform that shares 'tales of self love and survival’, through which Emma shares her personal story of recovery from a breakdown and the stories of others who are living with or affected by mental illness. Surviving Sundays exists to normalise conversations around mental health and to let people know that whatever they are going through, they are not alone.

Yulia Kovaleva, Co-Founder of Re:Mind Meditation Studio

The start of 2018 saw the arrival of London’s first eco-wellness destination, Re:Mind Meditation Studio. Co-founded by Yulia Kovaleva, Re:Mind Studio has cemented its reputation as London’s preferred drop-in meditation studio and an environmentally-friendly lifestyle store for the socially conscious consumer. With modern society seeking more than ever to challenge its stress, Re:Mind follows a holistic path and functional approach to wellbeing. Using structured immersive meditation & healing sessions, with the aim of guiding you through a bespoke relaxation experience, the studio’s founder wishes to create time and space for attendees to reconnect with other people, their surroundings and themselves with the aim to find their calm.

Special thanks to Big Radical for hosting us :) 

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BIMA is Britain’s digital community. Our mission is to drive innovation and excellence across the digital industry. We are the connectors, thought leaders, champions and change makers determining the shape of Britain’s digital economy. Our strength is in our structure. We are powerful because our members make us so. BIMA councils set the agenda in digital hubs around the country and our Think Tanks aid industry leaders and practitioners to fuel the future. Our communities underpin everything that we do. Everything we do embodies our values of innovation, enabling community, celebrating individuals and embedding diversity into our digital ecosystem. BIMA is run by the industry, for the industry. Our independence and not-for-profit status means everything we do is for the good of our members and the industry, and it gives Government and the media confidence in our integrity. We were founded in 1985 and are proud that we were the first digital industry body anywhere in the world.

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