Mind Media Awards Judges 2017

Rosey Adams

Rosey is a mum of three, who lives in Perthshire. She is the founder of PND and Me, an online peer support network for those affected by perinatal mental illness. She was the 2016 winner in the Blogger category of the Mind Awards. She works alongside many charities such as the NCT and Maternal Mental Health Scotland Change Agents to help take on the stigma and challenges faced by mothers in the UK living with mental health problems. She is currently studying for a Counselling Diploma and hopes to set up PND and Me as a charity in the near future.

Nihal Arthanayake

Nihal is the host of BBC Radio 5 Live’s Afternoon Edition and Friday mornings can be heard on the BBC Asian Network. He has recently hosted Hip Hop and Me for Sky Arts, Film 2017 on BBC One and in 2016 broadcast from Rio for the Olympic Games. He has also fronted the BBC Radio 2 Arts Show and Sunday Politics London for BBC. Nihal sits on the board of London’s Southbank Centre.

Denise O’Donoghue

Denise O’Donoghue OBE, FRTS, is the Executive Director of ITV Studios, the largest production company in the UK, making 3,500 hours of television a year, across drama, entertainment, factual and daytime programming. Denise is also a board member of Big Talk Productions and special adviser to 12 Yard Productions. Denise was the cofounder and MD of Hat Trick Productions, a pioneer of independent production in the UK, both creatively and commercially. Denise is the recipient of many awards including a personal BAFTA for Outstanding Creative Contribution to Television and is a founding Trustee of Creative Access.

Tom Bidwell

Tom is from Leyland in Lancashire and studied English Literature with Drama at the University of East Anglia. He is a graduate of the BBC Writers’ Academy and has written for shows such as EastEnders, Casualty and Holby City. In 2011, his short film Wish 143n was nominated for an Academy Award. He is the creator of the BAFTA- and International Emmynominated My Mad Fat Diary which won a Mind Media Award for best drama series in 2014. He is currently working on a new animated retelling of Watership Down for Netflix/BBC One and an adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s Katy for CBBC.

Dr Max Pemberton

Max is a doctor, journalist and writer. He works full time in the NHS in mental health. He is a columnist for the Daily Mail and Reader’s Digest. He is also on the editorial board of The Spectator magazine and editor of the quarterly supplement, Spectator Health. He has won several awards for his writing, including the Mind Journalist of the Year and the Royal College of Psychiatrists Public Educator of the Year awards. He has also written four books, including Trust Me, I’m a (Junior) Doctor, which was serialised on Radio 4 Book of the Week. His latest is a self-help book about using CBT to stop smoking.

Matt Wilkinson

Matt is a radio presenter and hosts the most-listened to show on commercial radio in the UK, Afternoons, on Heart Radio. Matt is the creator and presenter of Mindcast – a series of podcasts for Mind exploring different mental health conditions. Mindcast: Bipolar was previously nominated for a prestigious Sony Radio Academy Award for Best Internet Programme. Matt has a degree in Psychology.

Eleanor Morgan

Eleanor is a journalist and author. Her work has been published in The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, The Independent, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, i-D, VICE, The Gentlewoman, The Believer and more. She has a weekly mental wellbeing advice column in Grazia called ‘School of Thought’. Her first book, Anxiety for Beginners: A Personal Investigation, was published by Bluebird at Pan Macmillan (UK and Commonwealth) and Harper Collins (Canada).

Eleanor recently completed an MSc in psychology and, alongside her writing, is retraining as a psychologist with a research interest in women’s health. She lives in London with her staffie, Peg.

Bryony Gordon

Bryony is one of The Telegraph’s best-loved journalists, columnist and features writer. She has been writing for The Telegraph for a number of years and also freelances for various other publications including Grazia Magazine. Bryony’s first book The Wrong Knickers was published by Headline in 2014 and became a Sunday Times bestseller staying in the chart for six weeks in 2015. Her next book, Mad Girl, was published by Headline to critical acclaim and intense media coverage in June 2016. It was selected for the Richard and Judy Spring Book Club 2017, and became a Sunday Times Bestseller. Mad Girl depicts what it is like living with OCD, bulimia and depression with trademark humour, warmth and eye-watering honesty.

As well as setting up mental health walking groups, Bryony ran the marathon for the Heads Together campaign in April and interviewed His Royal Highness Prince Harry on her podcast ‘Bryony Gordon’s Mad World’.

Toby Castle

Toby is Deputy News Editor at the BBC and former Head of Home News at ITV News. has worked in network news since 1999 producing home and foreign stories. Most recently he’s been responsible for managing coverage across BBC News. Under his leadership ITV News won a BAFTA in 2011 for its coverage of the Cumbria shootings and won the RTS News Coverage Home Award for coverage of the Jimmy Savile story.

Victoria Macdonald

Victoria is Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News. Originally from New Zealand, she worked for The Sunday Telegraph before joining Channel 4. Victoria is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999. She closely follows the changes and developments in the NHS and the care system from the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust to the wholesale reforms of the health service. Victoria also reports on medical developments, mental health issues, covers stories on how welfare reforms are affecting those with physical disabilities and closely watches developments in HIV and AIDS and TB.

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