At Headtorch we are privileged to have contacts with many people who work in the field of mental health and or have experience of mental health conditions themselves. We draw on this knowledge and expertise to ensure that the work we deliver resonates accurately with our clients.
Our team comprises a wealth of knowledge from a variety of industry backgrounds. We all have one thing in common – a desire to enable people to feel good and be more productive at work. We know that a mentally healthy workplace makes business sense.
Founder & CEO
I enjoy learning when I’m being challenged, actively participating, my senses engaged, when it’s fun - that’s when learning and development (L&D) makes a difference.
I combine a passion for respect and equality at work with theatre and L&D. I’ve strengthened these core skills with mediation, neuro-linguistic programming, coaching and the Mental Health First Aid course. For over a decade this expertise allowed me to run my sole-trading business, creating and delivering numerous dramatic learning events on subjects from family business to handling difficult conversations. During this time I established a niche in mental health and well-being.
The consistent success of The Cynthia Show – Mental Health at WORK combined with a clear market need, provided me with the catalyst to move into e-learning and launch Headtorch.
Networking has played a significant part in my career. Great learning and incredible support has come from Scottish Women in Business and the Professional Speaking Association.
Other than that you can catch me stretching out at yoga, reaching high on a climbing wall, singing, laughing, at the theatre or standing on top of a mountain breathing it all in.
Chairman of Headtorch
When the world zigs, zag – a mantra to live by. From my first real job in the shipyards to having my own companies, it’s a really interesting ride. From engineering, to business, to the nuclear industry, to the medical industry, my career has always been highly stimulating and has taken me into all sorts of areas in the UK and internationally.
I have a pattern of being attracted by innovative new ideas, and making these a reality in the market place. This has been across many different products and sectors, and in my opinion is about understanding the potential, applying intelligence, and using principles.
When I’m not working, I’m practicing extreme sports like adventure racing, mountain biking and skiing. When I’m not doing that, I’m chilling with my family.
I founded Craig Corporate in 1985. I am now Chairman of Craig Corporate and sit on the board (as a non-executive or Chairman) of several companies including Houston Bottling and Co-Pack. I was also delighted to have been appointed as the Chairman of the Scottish Golf Union, leading it through to its amalgamation with the LSGA.
During my early career, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Young & Co (now Ernst & Young), after which I joined ICFC (now 3i) as an Investment Controller. I then spent some time in industry before moving into management consultancy with PA.
I go to the gym (makes me healthier but I’m never happy in the gym)
I garden that’s good exercise and gives me great satisfaction - that’s the physical side.
I also do puzzles, like chess puzzles, Killer Sudoku, Wordwheels (esp like The Times puzzle section)
I like finding solutions to business problems and opportunities - that’s the brain health side.
I read a bit – usually non-fiction
I listen to music. These help me relax and make me happy
I like visiting interesting places
I like watching interesting TV programmes, like Brian Cox and history - that makes me happy.
I enjoy good food, and good wine and good company - that makes me happy, but probably isn’t very healthy!
Advisory Board Member
While not quite ‘Mad Men’, my early career in advertising was certainly ‘interesting’. A few years in a huge and busy advertising agency in Manchester allowed me to hone my craft and manage client advertising campaigns for subjects as diverse as shoes, college courses, foster parents and regional economic development. The phrase ‘thrown in at the deep end’ comes to mind but it was a fantastic learning experience. I was tempted home to the fabled Rex Stewart Agency in my beloved Glasgow and here I have stayed.
My career has continued in the marketing, design and advertising industry and I can now add specialist sector knowledge of education, property, construction and technology marketing to my cv. Never a dull moment! I also ran my own agency for a few years and recently managed an entrepreneurial learning programme for the University of Glasgow, helping small businesses become more innovative.
Hobbies? I read everything I can get my hands on and enjoy quality tv and film, but my favourite pastime has to be flying to the States, picking up a hire car and seeing where I end up. Heaven.
Advisory Board Member
I’m a Clinical Psychologist by qualification. By day you can find me working with people with mental health difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and eating disorders. The resilience, determination and courage of those I work with never ceases to inspire me.
Is this what I set out to do in life? It's hard to say. I remember choosing my undergrad course based on a lecture I attended with a friend! But human behaviour and functioning is fascinating. What drives us and why we do what we do. And now I’m here, using this knowledge to help people improve their lives.
I am delighted to join the Advisory Board for Headtorch. Anything that helps spread understanding and compassion for those whose lives are more challenging or who face struggles with their mental health is something I believe in.
To maintain my own mental health I like to get out on the ice rink as much as possible to spin, jump and skate myself to calm or officiate at competitions to give back to the sport that has given so much. I can also be found reading, watching Netflix, doing a bit of Mindfulness or seeing friends and family.
Everything in moderation.
Headtorch and the drive to improve the understanding of mental health in the workplace is a natural fit for me. Why? Because, I am passionate about people development in the field of work. I'm an experienced Human Resources professional and spent many years working in the oil and gas industries helping employees and organisations perform at their best.
While raising a family, I gained a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy and have spent several years working with children, adolescents and adults helping them address a wide range of challenges in their lives. I'm a qualified Solution Focused therapist and like to work in a focussed, timely way to achieve change. I have worked in a range of counselling settings and have extensive experience in education.
My private practice is called Rightline and is based in Surrey. I offer counselling, executive coaching and mental health training and absolutely love the fact that no two days are the same but each day the focus is positive change!
My free time is spent wandering the beautiful Surrey countryside desperately trying to train my spaniel puppy and my favourite place to be is in a very good seat at the theatre or with my family - preferably both.
Stressed? I’m not stressed
We’re delighted to share yet another fabulous performance from Angie Strachan – performance poet extraordinaire! “This poem is for anyone who is having one of those days. One of those days when loads of little unexpected challenges happen and they interrupt the working day. One of those frustrating days that contribute to your stress levels. One […]
Disability – the New Ability
We’re delighted that Amy McDonald will be presenting at Disability – the New Ability, an event brought to you by the Employer’s Network for Equality & Inclusion. “One in six people in the UK have a disability – why are those numbers not reflected in our workforces? Progress in tackling this has been limited. This event brings together leading […]
“I’m such a fan of mental health” – Business Leaders share their stories
Pictured: Broadcaster Anna Magnusson interviews Nick Prudhoe, Head of IT Services & Customer Support at SD Worx and Jeremy Connick, a Senior Partner at Clifford Chance. At the very first event of its kind in Scotland, delivered in joint collaboration between Headtorch and Minds@Work, Business Leaders shared their experiences of mental health. For “This […]
‘This is my story, Scotland’ – 10th May 2017
Headtorch is delighted to collaborate with London-based to bring you ‘This is my story, Scotland’ Senior Leaders talk about their experience of mental health During Mental Health Awareness Week, to address the mental health stigma within workplaces Minds@Work has asked senior business leaders to speak about their experiences of managing their own mental health and […]
Work’s Mental Conference – Prioritising our mental health at work
Headtorch and the School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow bring you the kick-off Conference of 2017… Prioritising our Mental Health at Work “I thought it was excellent. Well paced, excellent speakers and performers.” Work’s Mental Delegate, June 2016 19th January 2017 Speakers from: BAE Systems University of Glasgow Police Governance […]