Are creative minds mentally healthy minds? hosted by Dorset Mind & BIMA

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Stevie Spring, the new Chair of Mind mental health charity is visiting Bournemouth on 4th July 2019. To mark this occasion Dorset Mind and BIMA would like to invite Dorset’s creatives, marketers and anyone passionate about mental health to join us as we discuss: Are creative minds mentally healthy minds?

According to BIMA’s recent Tech and Inclusion Report 2019, it’s known that mental health issues are common place in the tech industry: people are more stressed and 5x more depressed than the UK average (3.3% in 100 people).

This is further evidenced in research that was released by Ulster University in March last year. What is really worrying is that there are high proportions (60%) reported having had suicidal thoughts, 37% had made a plan for suicide and 16% of workers had made a suicide attempt in their lifetime.

With key input from local influential digital marketeers accompanying Stevie in a panel, we’ll take a look look at the current challenges that are faced in Bournemouth and nationwide with Stevie’s input – and look at some positive ways to combat this mental health epidemic.


Stevie Spring, Chair, Mind

Stevie Spring CBE, Chaired the Groundwork Federation for 8 years and BBC Children in Need for the past 10 years. A portfolio director, investor and adviser, Stevie was named by GQ magazine as one of the UK’s 100 most connected women and was on the Telegraph/Debretts list of Britain’s 500 most influential people. Originally a lawyer turned marketer, she has been CEO of two international media companies and served on numerous boards.

Currently she chairs remuneration for the Coop Group of Companies; Chairs Kino-mo – a global technology company specialising in 3D holography; and is advising two private equity groups. Stevie is a Fellow of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and of the Marketing Society, and holds an honorary doctorate for services to business.

Dan Willis, BIMA100 Champion for Change and Founder of Why Digital Consultancy

Dan runs brand strategy agency, Why Digital, where he works with Business Owners and Senior Management to find their purpose.

As a successful Brand Marketer, he has gained specialist knowledge within in the digital industry by improving customer experiences with numerous leading charities, digital agencies and notable brands such as Cancer Research UK, B&Q, RNLI, Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, Unilever and Cisco.

Holly Hall, MD, BIMA

Holly joined BIMA as Managing Director in early 2018. She works closely with BIMA’s two Co-President’s as well as BIMA’s Central Council to shape and deliver the organisation’s strategy and ensure BIMA stays critical for current and future generations of UK digital.

Holly spent the last three years as International Business Development Director for D&AD, the global educational charity which exists to promote excellence in design and advertising. Her role involved driving growth and new business outside the UK, with notable successes including D&AD Impact – a partnership with Advertising Week NY; establishing a Chinese office, and setting up D&AD’s International Advisory Board, comprising 26 leading global industry figures.

Prior to her role as IBD Director, Holly was D&AD’s Awards Director. She grew up messing about in the water in the sunny climes of the South Coast before moving to London to study Anthropology at University College London.

Gellan Watt, Agency Founder and Global Brand Strategist

Gellan is an award-winning marketer, advertising creative, strategist and agency founder. In 2003, he founded independent agency Thinking Juice, which merged with marketing communications company The Emerge Group in 2011 becoming the UK’s 12th largest marketing group where he was MD. Following successful exit Gellan now works with and invests in tech start-ups alongside writing and consulting with global brands on growth strategy, communications and business model design. He is an activist for mental health, addiction and ADHD.

Luke Platt, CEO, Redweb

Luke Platt is CEO of Redweb, one of the largest agencies in the South Coast that’s been transforming brands and businesses with strategic, creative thinking and cutting-edge technology since 1997.

Joining Redweb in 2005 as Production Manager, Luke had overall responsibility for the delivery function of the business. Over the years, his dedication and vision saw him join the board of directors and in 2017 he became CEO, setting a new direction for Redweb. Under his watch the agency has gone from strength to strength, with a unique proposition that sees Redweb winning awards and being recognised within the creative and digital industries.

Luke has been paramount in facilitating a unique culture within the agency, creating a working environment to be proud of. With mental health in the workplace increasingly making headlines, Redweb chose Dorset Mind as its charity of the year, taking part in a number of events and challenges to help raise awareness and funding.

Sophia (Puff) Story, Chief Changemaker, 3SidedCube

Puff Story is the chief changemaker at 3 Sided Cube, responsible for the client relationships and global impact of projects. Well-known for being a force of nature equal to the hurricanes and tornadoes she helps organisations including The Global Disaster Preparedness Center to create digital solutions for.

Puff has vast amounts of practical experience in a variety of industries but has a love for using tech for good in the NGO, charity and third sector. As an advisory member of the International Fundraising Congress she has aided in challenges and transforming the industry to use technology to be more transparent to donors, increase and advocacy, and have an actual positive impact in society.


Thu, 04 Jul 2019
17:00 - 19:30


South West

This event is being kindly hosted by our members Redweb at their offices in Bournemouth:  35 Holdenhurst Rd Bournemouth BH8 8EJ



Jan Carlyle

Jan is passionate about delivering outstanding events and earnt the nickname Event Master by one of her speakers. Jan is the curator and licensee for TEDxWinchester, and event producer for Binary Festival, Pokémon Go Festival and host of Tea and Toast,  building community locally in Winchester. Jan is also a Champion for Change 2020 as part of BIMA100.

When she is not organising, Jan loves to bake, travel and explore (which invariably involves more organising)

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