Speakers

Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and overseas, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities and consultancy.

He has written fourteen books in the past ten years, including eight volumes of diaries, four novels, a personal memoir on depression and the pursuit of happiness, and Winners and How They Succeed, a Number 1 best-selling analysis of what it takes to win in politics, business and sport.

He has for many years been chairman of fund-raising of Bloodwise, Britain’s main blood cancer charity, but in recent years has become increasingly involved with mental health charities and causes. A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for the Time to Change campaign to raise awareness about mental illness, ambassador for Alcohol Concern, patron of Maytree, the country’s only charity for the suicidal, and of Kidstime, which supports the children of mentally ill parents. He co-founded the all-party campaign, Equality4MentalHealth, which was credited in Parliament by then Chancellor George Osborne with securing an extra £600million for mental health services. He is an active supporter of the Heads Together campaign headed be Prince William, his wife Kate, and Prince Harry. In November 2017 Campbell was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his leadership role in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness, and in fighting for better services.

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Dame Esther Rantzen DBE

Presenting and journalist stalwart Dame Esther Rantzen has been a prominent figure on screen for the last four decades, receiving an OBE for her services to broadcasting in 1991. Arguably best known for presenting consumer magazine series That’s Life!, the show aired for 21 years, regularly drawing in over 18 million viewers.

A pioneer for the wellbeing of young people, Dame Esther founded counselling service Childline in 1986 for which she is currently President. Esther is a regular contributor to publications including The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times where she often discusses the topics of family life, child welfare, and how we can support our future generations.