Our Experts

At The Improvement Zone you have access to our leading authors who are experts in fields ranging from psychology to business, health to relationships and career to family. Our experts below are available for comment, interview, features and events. Please direct any enquiries to info@improvementzone.co.uk.


Adam Penenberg

Adam Penenberg is the editor of PandoDaily.com,  a website that follows tech start-ups. He is a journalism professor at New York University and has written for The New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., Slate, and Wired among other publications. He is the author of Play at Work and Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today’s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves.


Alex Blaszczynski

Alex Blaszczynski is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the School of Psychology, University of Sydney and is Head of the Department of Medical Psychology at Westmead Hospital. He is also Conjoint Professor at the UNSW School of Psychiatry. He is editor of International Gambling Studies and the author of Overcoming Compulsive Gambling.


Aliza Licht

Aliza Licht is the fashion PR executive and Twitter phenomenon, DKNY PR GIRL and author of Leave Your Mark. Dubbed the ‘Reigning Queen of Social Media’ by Women’s Wear Daily, an ‘E-lebrity’ by the New York Times, and one of ‘Six Women Who Rule the Fashion World’ by TIME Style & Design, she is a TEDx speaker and five-time Fashion 2.0 award winner. She lives in New York City with her husband and their two children.


Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer is a world-renowned singer, songwriter, activist, director, and blogger who first came to prominence as one half of the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls. She is a fellow at the Berkman Institute for Internet & Society at Harvard University and has shown her underwear on Australian television. She currently avoids living in places including Boston, New York, and Melbourne with her husband, author Neil Gaiman, who is easily embarrassed. Palmer’s TED Talk, ‘The Art of Asking,’ which she presented at a 2013 TED conference, has been viewed at least 8 million times around the world.  Her book The Art of Asking expands upon her talk to reveal how ordinary people can use these same principles in our own lives. You can visit her website and blog at www.AmandaPalmer.net.


Ann Bailey

Ann Bailey, M.A Senior Clinical Psychologist, has designed and implemented an award winning government service. She is currently the psychological consultant for dieticians in South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Health, running workshops and coaching allied health staff on the principles of ACT for health and well-being. Ann has been featured in the influential ACT in Action video training series as a master clinician and is the co-author of a number of ACT books including The Weight Escape.


Anthony Gell

Anthony Gell is the founder and CEO of LeadersIn, an online and offline community dedicated to sharing wisdom from world leaders in their field. Before launching LeadersIn in 2012, Anthony was a producer in a London based B2B publishing and conference company. During his ten years with that company, he was part of the launch team for the Asian HQ in Singapore, oversaw the turnaround of the New York office, and then became Regional CEO, launching offices in South Africa, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Dubai and Shanghai. In 2008, he launched both a consulting business and The Business Voice, which provides a free library of interviews under the brand ‘Leaders In Business’. Anthony is an avid public speaker and has written many leadership, success and business articles as well as The Book of Leadership. He has been asked to interview business leaders at many leading institutions including London Business School and Imperial College, London.


Art Markham

Art Markman Ph.D. is one of the premier cognitive scientists in the field and has been published in more than 150 journals. He is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin. Art Markman has also taught at Northwestern University and Columbia University. As a consultant he has worked with businesses such as Procter & Gamble. Markman writes and blogs regularly for Psychology Todayand also contributes to the Huffington Post and the Harvard Business Review online. He is the author of Smart Thinking, Smart Change and The Habits of Effective Leadership.


Barbara Annis

Barbara Annis is a world-renowned expert on Gender Intelligence® and inclusive leadership, advocating the value and practice of Gender Intelligence® in over 60 Fortune 500 companies, ten governments, and numerous organizations across the globe. Her insights and achievements have pioneered a transformational shift in cultural attitudes on the importance of gender unity to personal and organisational success. Her book, Same Words, Different Language, is considered a seminal contribution to the new conversation between men and women at work. Barbara Annis is also co-author of Work With Me, alongside John Gray, author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. She serves as Chair Emeritus of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and was recently conferred the International Alliance for Women, Lifetime Achievement Award.


Ben Sedley

Ben Sedley is a clinical psychologist and ACT therapist with experience of working with children, adolescents and families facing mental health difficulties in both primary health centres and community mental health teams in New Zealand and London. Ben’s training and practice has focused on examining children and young people’s understandings of mental health, helping to guide him on the best ways to explain mental health concepts and ACT to young people, which is the aim of his book Stuff That Sucks.


Bob Bowman

Bob Bowman has been studying the great coaches and leaders since his days as an undergraduate at Florida State University, where he captained the school’s nationally ranked swim team. In addition to Michael Phelps, Bowman has been the primary coach for six other Olympic medalists, including Alison Schmitt (a three-time gold medal winner in London), and was the head coach of USA Swimming for the past two Olympics. As a consultant he has advised swimming federations in the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey, among others. He is also author of The Golden Rules.


Bruce Poon Tip

A native of Trinidad, Bruce Poon Tip grew up with his family in Canada and still lives there. He is the founder of the travel company G Adventures and author of Loontip.


Carol S. Dweck

Dr Carol S. Dweck is the author of the bestselling Mindset and is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading researchers in the fields of personality, social psychology and developmental psychology. She has been the William B. Ransford Professor of Psychology at Columbia University and is now the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her scholarly book Self-Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development was named Book of the Year by the World Education Fellowship. Her work has been featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, and she has appeared on Today and 20/20. She lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California.



Choden is the co-author of Mindful Compassion. Formally a monk for seven years within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, he has been a practicing Buddhist since 1985. He is originally from South Africa where he trained as a lawyer and where he learned meditation under the guidance of Rob Nairn, an internationally renowned Buddhist teacher. He is now involved in developing secular mindfulness and compassion programmes drawing upon the wisdom and methods of the Buddhist tradition, as well as contemporary insights from psychology and neuroscience. He is an honorary fellow of the University of Aberdeen and teaches on their Postgraduate Study Programme in Mindfulness (MSc) that is the first of its kind to include compassion in its curriculum. He lives on the Isle of Arran.


Claudia Herbert

Dr Claudia Herbert is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, EMDR Consultant and Director of The Oxford Development Centre, The Oxford Stress and Trauma Centre and The Center for Trauma and Positive Growth. She is also author of Overcoming Traumatic Stress.


Colin Espie

Colin Espie is Professor of Sleep Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and is closely involved with the Sleep & Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi). His particular areas of research expertise are in the assessment and treatment of sleep disorders, most particularly the management of insomnia using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and in studies on the aetiology and pathophysiology of insomnia. His book Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems details the CBT path to a good night’s sleep.


Dan Schawbel

Dan Schawbel, author of Promote Yourself, has been recognized as a ‘personal branding guru’ by The New York Times, is the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm and is a world renowned career and workplace expert. He is a columnist at both Time and Forbes, a syndicated columnist at Metro US, and has contributed to Fortune,The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Globe And Mail, and numerous others. Dan is the founder of the Personal Branding Blog, a Forbes ‘Top Website for Your Career’ and ranked as the #1 Job Blog by CareerBuilder. He’s spoken at some of the world’s most prestigious companies including Google, IBM, Time Warner, CitiGroup, McGraw-Hill and Siemens, as well as Harvard Business School, Stanford, Cornell and MIT. Dan was named in the Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 List in 2010 and the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 List in 2012. He lives in Boston, MA and graduated from Bentley University in 2006.


Daniel Freeman

Daniel Freeman is the co-author of Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts. He is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford.


Daniel J. Siegel

Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. He has written several acclaimed books including Parenting from the Inside Out, The Mindful Brain, Mindsight, The Developing Mind and The Whole-Brain Child.


Danny Penman

Dr Danny Penman is an award-winning journalist and author. He has worked for the BBC and The Independent newspaper. He is a feature and comment writer for the London Daily Mail. He holds a PhD in biochemistry and a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism. He is co-author of the bestselling Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world and Mindfulness for Health, and author of Mindfulness for Creativity.


David Veale

David Veale is a consultant psychiatrist in CBT at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Priory Hospital, North London. He is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London and was previously President of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. He is the co-author of several books including Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Taking Control of OCD,  Overcoming Health Anxiety, Overcoming Body Image Problems Including Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Manage Your Mood.


Deborah Lee

Dr Deborah Lee is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of the Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service. She is honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at University College London. Dr Lee has worked in the field of adult trauma, as a specialist for 17 years. Her clinical interests lie in the working with adult survivors of PTSD, complex trauma and shame based memories relating to trauma experiences. Dr Lee has given numerous invited workshops to mental health professionals on the subjects of PTSD, shame and Compassion. She has provided teaching and training in the field of traumatic stress in the U.K., Europe and North America and is co-author of The Compassionate Mind Approach to Recovering from Trauma


Dennis Tirch

Dr Dennis Tirch is the Founder and Director of The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused CBT in Nyack, New York, and serves as the Associate Director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy (AICT) in Manhattan. He is a  licensed psychologist, and Diplomate and Fellow of The Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr Tirch serves as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a founding member of the New York City Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association and is also author of The Compassionate Mind Approach to Overcoming Anxiety.


Derrick Silove

Professor Derrick Silove is the co-author of Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia, which is now recommended on the NHS ‘Books on Prescription’ self-help scheme. He is a clinical psychiatrist and Director of the Centre for Population Mental Health Research and the Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit at the School of Psychiatry, the University of New South Wales. He has worked for many years in the area of anxiety and traumatic stress, his main area of clinical work, research, service development and teaching.


Ellen Forney

Ellen Forney is a graphic artist based in Seattle, USA.  She is best-known for the illustrations she did for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian which won a National Book Award in the USA.  Forney suffers from bipolar disorder and has written about this experience in Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me.


Frances Cole

Dr Frances Cole is a GP and pain rehabilitation specialist working in West Yorkshire. In 1996 she developed a primary care-run pain rehabilitation programme based on cognitive behavioural therapy principles. She continues to run this service and works in clinical health psychology at Bradford Teaching Hospitals using CBT in a wide range of mental and physical health problems. She has developed a pain health needs assessment tool that won a NHS Modernisation award in 2005. Frances is a past the chair of the British Pain Society Pain Management Programme Special Interest Group whose current focus is on measuring patient outcomes and Pain Management. She is author of Overcoming Chronic Pain.


Fredrik Eklund

Fredrik Eklund has closed over two billion dollars in residential real estate. In 2010, he became Managing Director at Prudential Douglas Elliman, the largest real estate brokerage on the East Coast, alongside his business partner John Gomes. His clients include Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, John Legend and Daniel Craig. He is currently one of three New York City brokers starring in the TV series Million Dollar Listing New York. He is co-author of The Sell in which he shares his secrets so that anyone can find success doing what they love.


George Berkowski

George Berkowski is a serial entrepreneur who has built businesses in manned space flight, online dating, transportation and mobile apps. He is one of the minds behind the internationally successful taxi hailing app Hailo where he led the product team until September 2013, giving him the expertise he shares in How to Build a Billion Dollar App. George studied rocket science and economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and business at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris. He was Chairman of MIT’s Enterprise Forum in the UK and is heavily involved in the UK and US startup scenes. George now divides his time between London and Silicon Valley.


Gillian Butler

Professor Gillian Butler is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She teaches at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and runs training workshops for mental health practitioners both in the United Kingdom and abroad. She is the author of the bestselling Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness.

Helen Kennerley

Helen Kennerley is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a founder member of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, where she is the director of the Diploma/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies. She has made valuable contributions to the field of cognitive therapy through her popular workshops and her writing. She is the author of Overcoming AnxietyHow to Beat Your Fears and Worries, An Introduction to Coping With Childhood Trauma, Overcoming Childhood trauma. In 2002, Helen was voted one of the most influential female cognitive therapists in Britain by BABCP members.

Jan Scott

Jan Scott is Emeritus Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Newcastle, and a visiting professor at the Brain and Mind Research Institute at The University of Sydney and at NTNU, Trondheim in Norway. She is an internationally renowned expert in the use of cognitive behavioural therapy in the treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapists, and a trustee of the Mental Health Foundation.  Jan Scott is also author of Overcoming Mood Swings.


Jason Freeman

Jason Freeman is a psychology writer and co-author of Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts and How to Keep Calm and Carry On: Inspiring Ways to Worry Less and Live a Happier Life.


Jock Busuttil

Jock Busuttil is a product consultant, speaker, writer and author of The Practitioner’s Guide to Product Management. He has spent more than a decade working as a product manager for technology companies ranging in size from startups to multinationals, including Zeus Technology, Iron Mountain and Experian. In 2012, He founded Product People, a product management consultancy. Jock routinely instructs classes at General Assembly on product management, and mentors startups, entrepreneurs and product professionals.  He holds a MA in classics from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, is the author of the blog I Manage Products and regularly contributes articles to mindtheproduct.com.


Joe Oliver

Joe Oliver, co-author of ACTivate Your Life, is a clinical psychologist and Director for Contextual Consulting, offering ACT-focused training, supervision and therapy. He also works within the UK National Health Service.


John Gray

John Gray, PhD, is the leading relationship expert in the world and bestselling relationship author of all time. His book, Men Are from Mars and Women Are from Venus, is ranked by USA Today as one of the top 10 most influential books of the last 25 years. His 17 books have been translated into 50 different languages, and he is a popular keynote speaker for international organisations and Fortune 500 companies. He is the founder of Mars Venus Coaching and has personally trained over 500 coaches in 27 countries to bridge the gender gap in business through gender-smart leadership, sales, and team-building training programs. His new book, Work with Me, co-authored with Barbara Annis, will do for men and women’s relationships in the workplace what  Men Are from Mars and Women Are from Venus did for their romantic relationships.


John Neffinger

John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut are partners in KNP Communications, a firm specializing in presentation coaching and communications strategy for corporate and political clients. They lecture regularly at Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, MIT, Bennington College, and the Naval War College. They have also co-authored Compelling People.


Joseph Ciarrochi

Dr Joseph Ciarrochi is Professor of Psychology at the University of Western Sydney and a renowned ACT trainer and researcher. Joseph has published over 90 papers, books and book chapters. In 2011, he won a prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellow award, which recognises him as one of the top scientists in the country. He is one of the authors of the bestselling self-help book Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens, and co-author of The Weight Escape.


Kate Figes

Kate Figes is the author of eight books which focus on the taboos and tribulations of family life. Her non-fiction includes Life After Birth, Couples – How We Make Love Last and Our Cheating Hearts – Love and Loyalty, Lust and Lies. She has also written two novels – What About Me? The Diaries and Emails of a Menopausal Mother and her Teenage Daughter and What About Me, Too? She is a fully qualified and credited family mediator, helping couples to separate in a more responsible and equitable manner with Mid Mediation and Counseling in Twickenham.


Kenneth Goss

Kenneth Goss is the Head of the Eating Disorders Service at Gulson Hospital, Coventry. He has worked within the compassionate-focused approach since the early 1990s. Dr Goss is on the Board of the Compassionate Mind Foundation and is one of the country’s leading experts on using Compassion Focused Therapy for the treatment of eating disorders. He is also author of The Compassionate Mind Approach To Beating Overeating


Kevin Meares

Dr Kevin Meares, author of Overcoming Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder, is a consultant clinical psychologist and cognitive therapist. He works for the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust at the Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy Centre. He provides therapy to adults with mood and anxiety problems and offers training and supervision to other therapists.


Lee Brosan

Lee Brosan is the co-editor of The Complete CBT Guide for Depression and Low Mood and The Complete CBT Guide for Anxiety, and the co-author of Overcoming Stress. She is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), and has been an Associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Honorary lecturer at the University of East Anglia, and Clinical Associate at the MRC Cognition and Brain Science unit. She has published in the areas of CBT competence and cognitive bias, and developed one of the first pioneering services for psychology in primary care. She now concentrates on people with complex problems, and leads the development of psychological therapies in the secondary care services provided for them.



Linda Papadopoulos

Dr Linda Papadopoulos is one of the most well-known and respected Psychologists working in the UK today. As well as an accomplished academic career, she is also an active researcher and has published widely in peer-reviewed academic journals. Her work has informed government policy: in 2010 she headed up a highly acclaimed  independent review for the Home Office on the effects of sexualisation on young people. Over the past decade Dr Linda has become one of the most well recognised faces on TV. Her comments regarding the psychology behind news and current events are often syndicated by the press and discussed by TV and radio networks both in the UK and the US.  Dr Linda is the resident psychologist for Cosmopolitan UK where her very popular monthly advice column has been running for 12 years. She is also author of Whose Life is it Anyway.


Lynne Henderson

Lynne Henderson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, founder of the Social Fitness Center, founder and co-director of the Shyness Institute in Berkeley, CA, and director of applied social research at the Heroic Imagination Project. She is also author of Improving Social Confidence And Reducing Shyness.


Lynne Murray

Lynne Murray is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Reading (and Professor Extra-ordinary at Stellenbosch University, South Africa). The author of The Social Baby and The Psychology of Babies, she has published widely on young children’s psychological development and parenting.


Manley Hopkinson

Manley Hopkinson was schooled on leadership through a mix of practical and academic experiences: as an officer in the Royal Navy and the Royal Hong Kong Police, as a skipper in the BT Global Challenge round the world yacht race, winning the first skiing race to the Magnetic North Pole (The Polar Race) and as an ‘inspiring leadership catalyst’ to businesses and organisations worldwide including the ATLAS Consortium and HP Defence UK. Manley is also a professional speaker who has inspired audiences around the world with his tales of battling the high seas and high latitudes. In his book Compassionate Leadership he uses these powerful stories to draw out lessons on leadership, relationships and teamwork in a manner that has a direct impact on everyday life.


Margaret Hooper

Margaret Hooper, author of Overcoming Hoarding, is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Counselling Psychologist. Margaret has been involved in co-facilitating the London Hoarding Treatment Group since 2005. She is currently working as a CBT therapist in the NHS with a specialist CBT service treating individuals with long term health conditions.


Marie Chellingsworth

Marie Chellingsworth is Executive Director of CBT Programmes at the University of East Anglia. She has responsibility for the clinical training of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, and has worked extensively with low-intensity CBT self-help approaches and is actively involved with the IAPT initiative. She is the co-author of How To Beat Depression One Step At A Time and How To Beat Generalised Anxiety Disorder One Step At A Time.


Mark Freeston

Professor Mark Freeston is the Head of Research and Development at the Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies Centre. He is also Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Newcastle, where he leads a research programme on anxiety disorders, worry and intolerance of uncertainty. He is co-author of Overcoming Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.


Mary Burgess

Mary Burgess has worked as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in the area of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for more than ten years. She is both a clinician and a researcher, at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine (GKT) in London. Much of her research has been into ways to bring treatment to CFS patients who, because of their illness, have difficulty attending her clinics. She is co-author of Overcoming Chronic Fatigue.


Mary Welford

Mary Welford is a consultant clinical psychologist who lives and works in Greater Manchester. She is a founding member of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, and she has been involved in the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) for several years. Working alongside Paul Gilbert, she helped to develop compassion-focused therapy (CFT) and is author of The Compassionate Mind Approach To Building Self-Confidence.


Matthew Johnstone

Matthew Johnstone is a passionate mental health and wellbeing advocate. He is a bestselling author, illustrator, photographer, public speaker and is also the creative director at the Black Dog Institute. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney. He is author of Quiet The Mind, I Had A Black Dog, The Little Book of Resilience, Living With A Black Dog and Capturing Mindfulness.


John Neffinger

John Neffinger is co-author of Compelling People alongside Matthew Kohut, his partner in KNP Communications, a firm specializing in presentation coaching and communications strategy for corporate and political clients. They also lecture regularly at Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, MIT, Bennington College, and the Naval War College.


Maureen Cooper

Maureen Cooper, author of The Compassionate Mind Approach to Reducing Stress, combines more than twenty years of experience as a professional educator and senior manager in a non-profit organization with a hands-on education in Buddhism. This training enabled her to manage teams and organizations as a practical application of spiritual values. In 2004 Maureen founded Awareness in Action, a consultancy dedicated to the secular application of mindfulness, meditation and compassion in the workplace. As part of this work she has designed and conducted workshops and training programmes worldwide. Born in London, Maureen now lives in Amsterdam.


Melanie Fennell

Melanie Fennell is one of the pioneers of cognitive therapy for depression in the UK and developed the Oxford Diploma in Cognitive Therapy and Oxford/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy. She is a research clinician in the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches on the Masters Degree in MBCT in Oxford University. She is the author of the bestselling Overcoming Low Self Esteem.


Militza Maury

Militza Maury is the editor and founder of an eco-lifestyle website, Little Green Dot. It helps busy urban people live a more happy, healthy and green life. To date, it has reached more than a million people from cities all over the world. How to Become a Morning Person is her first book.


Michael Bhaskar

Michael Bhaskar is a writer, researcher and digital publisher based in London. He has written and talked extensively about publishing, the future of media, the creative industries and the economics of technology for newspapers, magazines and blogs and at conferences, universities and around the world (over 70 talks in the past four years including a TEDx talk). He has been featured in and written for The Guardian, The FT, Venturebeat, Wired and The Daily Telegraph and on BBC 2, the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, NPR and Bloomberg TV amongst others and has been a book reviewer for The Daily Telegraph. He has recently started reviewing for the TLS. Michael has a degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford where he won the University Gibbs Prize. He has been a British Council Young Creative Entrepreneur and a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow. He has written a prize-winning monograph, The Content Machine, a groundbreaking academic exploration of the past, present and future of publishing. He is co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Book Publishing and author of the forthcoming Curation. Michael can be found on Twitter as @michaelbhaskar.


Michael Fertik

Michael Fertik is the Founder and CEO of Reputation.com. Recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by TechAmerica, and a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet, he writes for Harvard Business Review, Reuters, Inc.com and frequently appears on the BBC, Good Morning America, Today Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, and MSNBC. Fertik is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and will be teaching a course on privacy at Tel Aviv University and Harvard University. He is also co-author of The Reputation Economy.


Michelle Cree

Michelle Cree is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Beeches Perinatal Mental Health Service, Derby. She uses Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) with all of her clients and travels the country presenting talks and delivering workshops on CFT. She has also been commissioned by the Department of Health to deliver master classes to Family Nurses, a national intensive health visiting programme for young first time mothers, on using the Compassionate Mind Approach detailed in her book The Compassionate Mind Approach To Postnatal Depression.


Monika Parkinson

Dr Monika Parkinson works clinically with children, young people and families at the University of Reading and for the NHS, as well as in private practice. She has been involved in several large treatment research trials aimed at investigating enhanced outcomes for child mental health problems. These roles have involved direct clinical work with families, supervision of mental health practitioners and providing teaching and training to varied audiences. Monika is also co-author of Teenage Depression – A CBT Guide for Parents and Am I Depressed And What Can I Do About It? a CBT self-help guide for teenagers experiencing low mood and depression.


Nigel Barlow

Nigel Barlow has made a successful living for several decades giving thousands of speeches to many of the world’s most famous companies: Apple, Danone, GSK, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Vodafone are typical clients. He was a founding director of the Tom Peters company in Europe, and currently runs his own company. Until recently he was also an Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Nigel is author of the forthcoming Rock Your Presentation.


Pamela Myles

Pamela Myles is co-author of The CBT Handbook, as well as Director of Training at the Charlie Waller Institute of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment, University of Reading. Pam’s research predominantly focuses on CBT training and supervision. She is the recipient of the University of Reading Teaching and Learning Team Award. Pam also sits on the Scientific Committee for the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.


Patrick Holford

Patrick Holford BSc, DipION, FBANT, CNHCRP is a leading spokesman on nutrition in the media and is the founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London (Europe’s leading training centre for nutritional therapists). He is the author of over 30 health books, translated into over 20 languages, including The Optimum Nutrition Bible. Patrick is CEO of the Food for the Brain Foundation and director of the Brain Bio Centre, the foundation’s treatment centre. He is also an honorary fellow of the British Association of Nutritional Therapy and a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. He was inducted into the Orthomolecular Hall of Fame in 2014.


Paul Gilbert

Professor Paul Gilbert OBE is world-renowned for his work on depression, shame and self-criticism.  He is the founder of compassion focused therapy. He is the author of the bestselling The Compassionate Mind and Overcoming Depression.


Peter Cooper

Professor Peter Cooper is the Co-Director of the Winnicott Research Unit at the University of Reading and  Research Director of Berkshire Child Anxiety Clinic. He is the author of the bestselling Overcoming Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating.


Richard Crisp

With a prolific academic record and the discipline’s highest accolades and awards, Richard Crisp is established as one of the UK’s most dynamic, distinctive, and distinguished behavioural scientists. His scientific contributions have provided new insights into how society shapes our behaviour, beliefs, attitudes, and values. He is the author of several books, including the introductory textbook Essential Social Psychology and The Social Brain and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.


Richard Koch

Richard Koch is the bestselling author of The 80/20 Manager, which has sold three quarters of a million copies and been published in thirty-one languages. He is also author of The Star Principle and co-author of Superconnect. Richard is a highly successful entrepreneur and investor, whose ventures have included Filofax, Plymouth Gin, Belgo and Betfair. He was formerly a partner of Bain & Company and co-founder of LEK Consulting. He is British and lives in Gibraltar.


Rob Willson

Rob Willson currently divides the majority of his work time between private practice and conducting research on Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He is currently the chair of the BDD Foundation. Rob has written or co-authored several books, including the bestselling Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies, Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, The Complete Guide to Overcoming OCDOvercoming Health Anxiety and Overcoming Body Image Problems including Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Robert Ferguson

Robert Ferguson is co-author of Making Conflict Work. He is a psychologist and executive coach who has provided consulting, conflict resolution, mediation and leadership training to organizations including Credit Suisse (USA), Merrill Lynch, Ahlstrom, Kennametal, KBI Biopharma and Aegon.


Roger Mavity

Roger Mavity founded his own advertising agency, Mavity Gilmore Jaume, in 1981. After selling the business in 1991, he became Chief Executive of the Granada Group, master minding the company’s takeover of the Forte Group – still the biggest hostile takeover bid in British commercial history. He then became Chairman of Citigate, one of the UK’s most respected financial PR companies. He was Chief Executive of Conran for seven years, leaving in 2013 to concentrate on writing and photography. As an art photographer, his work has been exhibited in London, Paris, Brussels, Ghent and Amsterdam. He is also a trustee of The Photographers’ Gallery and author of The Rule Breaker’s Book of Business.


Roslyn Law

Dr Roslyn Law is a consultant clinical psychologist and one of the leading practitioners of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) in the UK. She is Chair of IPTUK, the professional body for IPT therapists and National Lead for Interpersonal Psychotherapy in IAPT, a national government mental health campaign. She is director of the IPT training course at the Anna Freud Centre and holds an honorary senior lecturer post at UCL and has trained other clinicians in IPT in the UK and Ireland, Europe and in North America for many years. Rosyln is author of Defeating Depression.


Roz Shafran

Roz Shafran is Professor of Translational Psychology at the Institute of Child Health, University College London and founder of the Charlie Waller Institute of Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment. Her clinical and research interests include cognitive behavioural theories and treatments for anxiety disorders, eating disorders and perfectionism across the age range. She has over 125 publications including The CBT Handbook and The Complete CBT Guide for Anxiety. She is an associate editor of Behaviour Research and Therapy and recipient of an award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology from the British Psychological Society.


Russ Harris

Russ Harris qualified as a doctor in the UK before migrating to Australia in 1991. He now works as a therapist and executive coach, as well as being an internationally acclaimed ACT trainer. He is the bestselling author of several books, including The Weight EscapeThe Reality Slap, The Confidence Gap, and his best-known work, The Happiness Trap, which has now been translated into thirty different languages.


Russell Kolts

Russell Kolts is a clinical psychologist and professor at Eastern Washington University outside of Spokane, WA, USA. He is the author of The Compassionate Mind Approach to Managing Your Anger and co-author of Buddhist Psychology and CBT: A Clinical Guide and Living With An Open Heart. He has worked clinically in a wide variety of settings with patients with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, anger and attachment-related problems. He regularly gives presentations and workshops on using compassion and mindfulness-based methods to work with emotional difficulties and life challenges.


Ruth Baer

Ruth Baer is Professor of Psychology in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Baer is the developer of two of the most widely used instruments for assessing mindfulness: the Kentucky Inventory of Mindfulness Skills and the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire. She is the editor of the books Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches and Assessing Mindfulness and Acceptance and author of Practising Happiness. She is an Associate Editor for Psychological Assessment. At the University of Kentucky, she conducts research on the assessment and conceptualization of mindfulness, mindfulness-based interventions, mechanisms through which mindfulness training achieves its beneficial effects, and relationships between mindfulness and other aspects of psychological functioning. She frequently gives talks and workshops for mental health practitioners and researchers in the US, the UK, Europe, and Australia on mindfulness-based treatments and mindfulness research.


Sandi Mann

Dr Sandi Mann is a Senior Psychology Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire. She has researched extensively into boredom and written and presented her findings in a range of academic outlets. She’s recognised as a leading authority on boredom and has appeared extensively in the media to talk about it, garnering front page headlines and full page reports. Sandi is an experienced workplace consultant, has her own private clinic and is the author of more than ten popular psychology books including the forthcoming The Upside of Downtime. Sandi blogs for the Huffington Post and is a columnist for Counselling At Work journal.


Satwant Singh

Satwant Singh is a Nurse Consultant, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Mental Health and Clinical Lead. He has been facilitating the UK’s only treatment group – The London Hoarding Treatment Group – since 2005. Satwant is regarded as a leading expert in hoarding in the UK and is frequently contacted by the media, statutory organisations, universities and conferences both in UK and internationally. He is author of Overcoming Hoarding.


Scott Duffy

Scott Duffy, author of Launch!, is the CEO of the Scott Duffy Training Group. He began his career working for bestselling author and speaker Tony Robbins and went on to work for big media brands, such as CBS Sportsline, NBC Internet, and FoxSports.com. His latest venture was acquired by Rich­ard Branson’s Virgin Group. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.


Scott Steinberg

Scott Steinberg is among today’s leading business strategists and strategic innovation consultants, as seen in 600+ outlets from CNN to Time and The Wall St. Journal. The CEO of management consulting and market research firm TechSavvy Global, he helps clients create value and cultivate competitive advantage on the back of emerging trends. A top-rated keynote speaker, popular author and futurist, he provides presentations and training workshops at events, meetings and conferences. Among today’s most-quoted industry experts, he has been a featured guest or contributor to programs on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, ESPN, and MTV, and columnist on change and innovation for Fast Company, Rolling Stone and The Huffington Post. Scott is also author of Make Change Work for You.


Sharon Meers

Sharon Meers leads global business development and sales for X.commerce, the open commerce platform of eBay, helping merchants grow with better technology. Formerly, Meers was a managing director at Goldman Sachs, where she worked for 16 years and was co-chair of the Women’s Network in the Investment Management Division. She and her husband founded the Partners for Parity at Stanford Business School and the Dual-Career Initiative at Harvard. Sharon is also co-author of Getting to 50/50, a road-map to a great career, good marriage and a happy family.


Sharron Lowe

Sharron Lowe is a success coach to global luxury brands. Her previous clients have included Chanel, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Christian Dior, Estée Lauder and Lancôme. Sharron is currently a mentor in Marie Claire’s Inspire & Mentor Campaign and advises readers in a regular column for the magazine. Over the past 15 years Sharron has run image and confidence-building workshops with the charity Centrepoint, helping homeless young women get back on their feet. She is author of The Mind Makeover. For more information visit sharronlowe.co.uk.


Shirley Reynolds

Professor Shirley Reynolds is co-author of Am I Depressed And What Can I Do About It? and the Director of the Charlie Waller Institute at the University of Reading, where she conducts research into depression in young people. She is involved in the IMPACT treatment trial, which has recruited over 450 young people with depression. She is also past President of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and has recently co-edited the 3rd edition of CBT for Children and Families.


Sian Beilock

Sian Beilock, a leading expert on the neuroscience behind human performance, is a professor in the psychology department at the University of Chicago. She has PhDs in both kinesiology and psychology from Michigan State University, and received an award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science in 2011. She is also author of How The Body Knows Its Mind and Choke.


Simon Hartley

Simon Hartley, author of Stronger Together, is a top international sport psychology consultant and performance coach. He helps athletes and business people to get their mental game right. For almost twenty years, Simon has worked with gold medallists, world-record holders, top five world-ranked professional athletes and championship-winning teams. He has worked at the highest level of sport, including spells in Premiership football, Premiership rugby union, First Class County Cricket, Super League, professional golf and tennis, as well as with international teams and Team GB Olympians. For more information on Simon, please visit www.be-world-class.com.


Sue Morris

Sue Morris is the author of Overcoming Grief. She is a CBT-trained clinical psychologist who currently works in private practice in Sydney, Australia, specialising in bereavement. Between 2004 and 2007 Sue ran the Bereavement Department at the Old Colony Hospice in Boston, USA, where she developed and facilitated a six-week support programme for the recently bereaved.


Susan Scott

Susan Scott is a visionary leadership development guru committed to large scale and individual change. She is the founder of Fierce Inc, which offers corporate training programmes worldwide, helping some of the world’s biggest companies to transform their conversations and their business. Susan is also author of Fierce Leadership and Fierce Conversations.


Tali Sharot

Tali Sharot’s research on optimism, memory and emotion has been featured in Time, New Scientist, The New York Times and more. She is author of The Optimism Bias. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from New York University and is currently a research fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London.


Tim Leberecht

Tim Leberecht is the chief marketing officer of global design and architecture firm NBBJ. Previously, he was the chief marketing officer of product design and strategy firm Frog Design. His writing has appeared in publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune and Wired. He is also author of The Business Romantic. He has spoken at venues including TEDGlobal, The Economist Big Rethink, DLD, and the World Economic Forum. Leberecht is the co-founder of the 15 Toasts dinner series and an advisor to The Human Agency, a collective of social change-makers. He serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Values and on the board of Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation consultancy. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.


Tina Payne Bryson

Dr Tina Payne Bryson is a psychotherapist at Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology Associates. She serves as the Director of Parenting Education and Development for the Mindsight Institute and has conducted research exploring attachment science, child-rearing theory and the emerging field of interpersonal neurobiology. She is also co-author of The Whole-Brain Child.

Tony Crabbe

Tony Crabbe, author of Busy, is a business psychologist who works with multinational companies around the world to help them think, feel and do things better. He has worked with companies including Microsoft, News Corporation, Disney, HSBC and the World Bank. He is also a research fellow in the field of organisational psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London.


Tony Husband

Tony Husband has been a full-time cartoonist since 1984. His cartoons have appeared in many newspapers, magazines, books and websites, and in several TV and theatrical productions. They include Private Eye, The Times, Punch, Playboy, The Sunday Express, The Spectator and The Sun. He has won more than 15 major awards, including the Pont Award for depicting the British way of life. Yobs, which he draws for Private Eye, is one of the best-known comic-strips in Britain. In the 1980s, he co-devised and edited Oink!, a popular children’s comic, and its TV spin-off, Round The Bend, for Hat Trick Productions. For the theatre, he co-wrote a play and accompanying book, Save The Human, with David Wood. He and the poet Ian McMillan tour the UK regularly with their show A Cartoon History Of Here, an evening of live, improvised poetry and cartoons. Tony is also author of Take Care, Son.


Vicki Ford

Vicki Ford is a Counsellor and Psychosexual Therapist, working in private practise and for BUPA in North Wales. She has also trained and supervised other psychosexual counsellors within the National Health Service and Relate. She is accredited by both the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and the British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy (BASRT) and is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Vicki is author of Overcoming Sexual Problems.


Vidyamala Burch

Vidyamala Burch is founder and co-Director of Breathworks, an organisation offering mindfulness-based and compassion-based approaches to living well with chronic pain, illness and stress. This is based on her own experience of living with severe chronic back pain for most of her adult life following a spinal injury in her teens that resulted in partial paraplegia. In 1985 she started to meditate and is now an experienced meditation teacher who works internationally. She offers wise and practical guidance in how to bring mindfulness and kindness to experience so one can ‘live well’ with a free and relaxed mind, whatever the circumstances.  Vidyamala is co-author of Mindfulness for Health and author of Living Well With Pain And Illness.

Vijaya Manicavasagar

Vijaya Manicavasagar is the co-author of Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia. She is Senior Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor at the Black Dog Institute, School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales in Australia. As the Director of Psychological Services at the Black Dog Institute, she’s responsible for developing and implementing a range of education programs for training mental health professionals in the diagnosis and the use of CBT for anxiety and depressive disorders. She has specialized in the development of cognitive behaviour therapy programmes and co-authored several treatment manuals.


William Davies

Dr William Davies, author of Overcoming Anger and Irritability, is a practising chartered clinical psychologist and Academic Director of APT, The Association for Psychological Therapies. He has considerable experience of working with prisoners and those exhibiting extreme behaviours.