Flexmind was founded by Brian Tancock, following on from the success of his initial venture The Advocacy Partnership. Brian’s passion has always been about helping people and helping them find the help they need. Initially, this was by helping small psychology businesses be more visible to people and show that help was available.
It soon became clear to Brian that his other passion, addressing mental health in the workplace needed addressing in ways different to those that seemed available as nothing seemed to be even remotely seeking to tackle root causes. So when multiple psychologists asked Brian for help taking their work into education, businesses, blue-light services, health etc to a wider audience. Brian knew he had to act and Flexmind was born.
Flexmind brings together some of the best minds in psychology, wellness, business development, risk management and business and public sector leadership. Our vision is to harness the incredible energy and skills of our team, our associates and our clients to help change lives.
Brian is the Founder and Director of Flexmind. After a long career in banking both in the UK and overseas he refocused his energies to leverage his personal story in support of improved mental health. Initially, Brian founded The Advocacy Partnership working with individual psychologists to increase there reach and effectiveness but realised that something larger was different if he was to achieve the objectives that he set had for himself.
Flexmind was born and continues to focus on supporting psychologists at all stages of their careers, including those whose research and experience has given birth to innovate mental health and wellness solutions. Brian’s passion is to change lives for individuals and their loved ones as well as working with organisations to show how they can do so much more for their employee’s mental health at the same time as providing substantial benefits to their business.
Grant Griffiths is a director of Flexmind with over 20 years of business leadership working as a consultant, programme director, risk & governance specialist, and head of strategy with experience in the private and public sectors. Grant brings his business skills to the fore in pursuit of his passion for improved mental health in individuals as well as tackling root cause issues in organisations that impact not just their employees, but which also have major consequences for business performance.
My motivation is the saying: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”. For me, that’s a world where it’s okay to talk about mental health, a world where we look after our mental health as we do our physical health. That way perhaps much is preventable.
I’m told I’ve quite a unique skill set:
- A lived mental ill-health and recovery experience.
- A long and uninterrupted successful career in financial services working in dynamic, pressurised and competitive environments.
- I’m an integrative counsellor and a master NLP coach
- I’ve been a volunteer counsellor for a UK registered charity for survivors of sexual abuse and rape.
- I’m a coach.
- I’m a mental health activist.
This means I have a wealth of personal and professional expertise, in my capacity as an independent service provider, to innovatively bring performance and mental health together in a unique way to clients. A skill set relevant to current ‘hot topics’ of mental health, mental health in the workplace/ education environments, improvement and betterment initiatives, performance and resilience.
Ezinne Chukuka is a Counsellor and Psychologist specialist who has spent over 11 years studying and exploring the practical and theoretical methods of understanding how to identify Mental Health wellbeing, preventing and tackling it through research and talk therapy. She studied and was awarded a Diploma in Clinical and Pastoral Counselling with Glasgow Caledonian University in conjunction with the Institute of Counselling Glasgow over a four-year period as well as academic qualifications in Counselling and Counselling skills with the Birkbeck University of London. She did her MSc in General Psychology with the University of Roehampton. From 2012-2014, she volunteered as a bereavement counsellor with Barts and the London NHS Trust and is currently a volunteer Counsellor working with Carer Lewisham based in south London. She also works as a Neighbourhood Carers Support Officer, where she is responsible for the delivery of a highly-effective mental health information, advice and support service which helps to delay and prevent the clients need for a more intensive intervention, enabling them to continue working and building on themselves as well as preparing for any transitional changes in their life.
She sincerely believes in the practical benefits of a life spent helping others, fully investing in the cultivation of empathy and compassion. With this end in mind, she has always looked for challenging and rewarding opportunities to work with people and to study human relationships and problems. The Scientific aspect of Mental Health, which covers the human mind and its chemical balance or imbalance, has been of interest to her for a long time. This has always been a part of her life, having grown up in two different parts of the world and experienced diverse cultures and their classification of what is defined as Mental Health, where there is significant ignorance surrounding its definition, prevention and acceptance. This is what has led her to want to continue exploring, studying and understanding the depths of Mental Health, ways of tackling it, prevention and intervention. She has enough theological and practical background and experience both in her personal life of helping and working with others, her educational background in identifying, tackling, intervening and the creation of prevention methods of understanding Mental Health Disorders through Counselling and Psychological Research.
Merlin brings more than twenty years of global consulting experience across Technology, HR, Recruitment, Talent and Change, to support the growth of Flexmind’s offerings globally. He believes firmly in improving understanding and support for individuals with mental health issues, no matter how small, and how organisations can change their core thinking in terms of delivery, support and training around these important matters.
Merlin is also an advisor for TeamPlayerHR, an assessment tool that provides insight into colleague compatibility in the workplace. Compatibility amongst teams produces happier workers, higher productivity and a stronger bottom line for employers; a principal that aligns closely to Flexmind’s mission.
Kelly combines Counselling, Psychotherapy, Yoga, Reiki, Coaching and exercise to support her client’s transformation and overall wellness.
Her therapeutic approach is integrative, working with clients to provide a safe and supportive space where they can explore the challenges, life circumstances and emotions that have led them to therapy or in search of personal growth. Kelly strongly believes that as humans, we are complex and that presenting issues are rarely isolated but interrelate with others.
Kelly is passionate about promoting an open discussion of mental health, and see’s educating communities and people with organisations as key to increasing the reach of increased levels of mental wellness.
Michal Baghlani is the head psychologist and founder of Aware Psychology & Coaching in Sydney, Australia. She has worked for over 14 years in the area of employee health and wellbeing as a workplace trainer, coach and change facilitator. Michal has worked for some of Australia’s leading EAP organisations providing coaching, training facilitation, career transition services, counselling and crisis interventions. She also has extensive rehabilitation, and injury management experience, both in counselling, case management, and the assessment and treatment of complex psychological injuries and chronic pain presentations.
Michal offers individual, group counselling and coaching in Sydney as well as specialising in counselling members of the Australian Defence Force(ADF). As a trained Resilience Coach Michal also provides coaching to individuals as well as businesses looking to increase the effectiveness and productivity of their teams.
Megan Prowse is a clinical psychologist in training and a fully accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist.
Megan has worked for the NHS for many years and has a range of experience working with mental health conditions and people of all ages. She writes about psychology, mental health and overall wellbeing in her blog. She also speaks on wellbeing and advocates for holistic health and self-love.
Founder and CEO of the world’s first Magical Therapy Company, Kellyjo believes in blurring the line between work and play, by bridging the gap between psychotherapy and coaching, whilst conjuring a sense of mystery and creativity for those she works with. Kellyjo’s non-clinical approach, combined with her modern philosophies and old-fashioned ideologies make her a uniquely successful psychotherapist and business owner in her market.
A master’s therapist by trade, she also has a colourful background working with media moguls, has won an award of excellence for her University contributions and BBC scholarship. With 20 years experience in making life magical, having experienced trials and tribulations herself, she has a head start in the areas of resilience, posttraumatic growth, grit and motivation.
Kellyjo advises on topics such as workplace wellness, self-care, grief, anxiety, stress, depression, third-culture transitions, couple and family therapy and consults for SME’s based in the mental health field. Her approach is currently an up and coming trend in the field of psychotherapy.
Dr Rita Konistan
Dr. Konistan specialises in child, adolescent and family mental health. She is a graduate of Metropolitan University London and holds a PhD. in Psychology.
She is particularly interested in trauma and has worked on how trauma affects those on the front line of health and social care services. She has also worked extensively with children and adolescents, project managing between various agencies, schools and parents, to achieve best outcomes for those she is representing.