who we are

So what is The Health and Wellbeing Hub all about? And how were we formed?


As with so many good things, it sprang from a chance meeting between strangers. We all met in May 2019 on a Mental Health First Aid England Instructor training course.


Thankfully, and wonderfully, we became firm friends with a passion for a shared goal – to create awareness of good mental health, and to provide support to those who need it.


The idea of the Health and Wellbeing Hub came about from conversations during lockdown. How we could provide a platform to help connect people and to help grow their mental strength and resilience?


Well now this simple dream has become a reality! And we welcome you to our Tribe.


We’ll be seeing you on the many support sessions and workshops we run, but as an introduction, here’s the team:

the hub guides


Simon is passionate about ensuring that the stigma and discrimination associated with mental ill health is a thing of the past.
A natural trainer and facilitator with an easy-going manner, Simon has a great insight into the ways organisations and management treat mental ill health. He now helps individuals and companies to embrace good mental health working practices.
Based in Milton Keynes, Simon started Thrive - a mental health and wellbeing company - in January 2020. Two months later the pandemic hit. But undeterred, Simon focussed on online AND face-to-face training.
Married with 5 children, a dog and a cat, Simon knows what working from home pressure is all about…


In early 2017 during research for a semi-autobiographical book on adolescent mental health, Richard initiated a collaboration with the University of Suffolk’s Students’ Union - and the Student Life charity was born.
This rapidly growing charity now partners with over 65 schools & colleges, and is supported by many organisations, businesses & education provisions in Suffolk and beyond. In 2019 Richard qualified as an instructor for Mental Health First Aid England, and launched the Training for Life organisation.
This initiative offers all MHFA courses across the YOUTH (those working with young people) and ADULT (workplace) range.


Colin used to be rather old fashioned in his views towards mental health and wellbeing. Then he attended the MHFA Instructors course, which changed his mind for good. Since his epiphany, Colin has become a passionate mental health advocate. In his role as both trainer and business owner of Altta Group, Colin’s mental health support skills are often used to help people with their anxieties and stress. Colin’s experience and skills mean you are in good hands when he is facilitating sessions on the Hub.
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