Chair of Trustees: Peter Lipman
Peter has extensive governance, managerial and leadership experience. He is currently the CEO of the European Piano Teachers Association (UK).
Peter had a successful career in education and general management, including five senior directorships and being an acting chief executive in councils; a county deputy director of education; a principal school and college inspector. He then decided to concentrate on a portfolio career as a management consultant and to develop a career in music and the voluntary sector. He was the vice chair of the largest housing association in Hertfordshire, an interim director in two councils and a trustee, and chair and vice chair, of two charities.
Peter holds a LLB Honours degree in law and three master’s degrees from Warwick (education management), Brunel (social policy and law) and the Open University (music). He is a fellow of Victoria College of Music.
Peter passionately believes in the need for men to be able to talk in a safe and supportive environment, having been a member of such a group himself.
Vice Chair: Chlöe Morton (She/They)
Chlöe believes in enabling healthy and purposeful people and places. She is an experienced Services Director and safeguarding practitioner, with over 15 years experience across the mental health and youth sectors. Working with organisations such as The Mix, Shout and Macmillan Cancer Support, she has innovated and scaled peer communities, social support, helplines, counselling, coaching and quality programmes.
Chlöe says "throughout my career I have seen a consistent lack of access to services, which is compounded by a lack of tailored support for men. This is just not okay, particularly when suicide is the greatest killer of men under the age of 45. I'm proud to be working with Men Who Talk to be part of that change."
Chlöe is a Samaritan, mum of one and currently completing her executive coaching qualification
Treasurer: John Parkin
John lives in Cambridgeshire with his family. He is a Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Education and Course Leader for a two-year Primary Education Studies BA degree. His research interests include supporting more men to become primary teachers and the influence of technology on learning and wellbeing.
Before working in a university, John was a primary teacher and assistant headteacher. John is excited to be a trustee for “Men Who Talk” as he firmly believes that more needs to be done to support the wellbeing of men and the organisation offers an excellent way of doing this.
Founder & Director: Samuel Davies (he/him) (BSc, MSc, MBPsS).
Samuel founded the nonprofit "Men Who Talk" in December 2021.
Graduating with a BSc in Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London and an MSc in Global Mental Health from Kings College London & The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Samuel has worked in various mental health settings in the UK, Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia.
Having worked for organisations such as The Loss Foundation, the Mental Health Foundation, Mind and in various SEN schools, Sam is passionate about promoting mental health and wellbeing.
Roger Atkins (he/him)
Having graduated with a First-Class Honours BSc in Psychology, Roger has accrued a wealth of mental health experience in multiple therapeutic settings that enable him to help people learn to manage their conditions and live a healthy life.
An experienced support group facilitator with The Loss Foundation and crisis volunteer with Shout Crisis Line, Roger currently works with Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as well as the neuroimaging research centre at UCL.
Obss Alademerin (he/him)
Obss is a Black British psychological therapist born and raised in London. He believes that a patient’s care comes first.
His experience in Psychology ranges from working in talking therapies services’ for both young people and adults and working in Bali, Indonesia as part of the management team of a mental health organisation.
Obss is a BAME lead in his current service which includes working towards improving outcomes for BAME service users through outreach and changing service policy.
Matt is a 30 year old based in London and currently works as a technology lawyer in the city. He is passionate about mentorship, innovation and volunteering.
He believes that the nonprofit "Men Who Talk “…..is a space that we really need today. There’s hardly any judgement free zones that we can come together as guys and share ideas, opinions and advice.”
Joao Ricardo Santos
Joao is a Psychology graduate who specialised in Cognitive Neuroscience.
He is a mindset coach who helps people overcome problems with their perceptions of themselves and other aspects of life.
He joined "Men Who Talk" because he believes that the organisation will enable men to express themselves safely and overcome the toxicity that is often ascribed to masculinity.
Brad Hallett (he/him)
Born and raised in Cornwall, Brad graduated with a BSc in Psychology back in 2019. Since then, he has been working as an SLTTA in a SEND school and as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities.
A lover of the great outdoors - whether it’s hiking up mountains or cycling through woodland - he enjoys nothing more than exploring new places with those closest to him.
Brad believes that “men need more open spaces where they can feel safe and comfortable to talk about what’s going on in their own mind. It’s easy for guys to internalise the toxic masculine norms that they should bury their emotions and ‘man up’; Men Who Talk creates a space that defies those expectations”