HEATHER KELLY

Heather started her career as a photographer and journalist before spending 10 years as a senior manager in the insurance industry in her native California. After the life-changing experience at age 30 of losing her mother to colon cancer she made a pivotal decision to seek work more aligned with her sense of purpose. She moved to the UK where she completed her master’s studies and left her successful corporate career.

Heather spent four years working for the UK’s largest mental health not-for-profit, Mind. There she led the development and operation of the Workplace Wellbeing Index, the UK’s only benchmark of best policy and practice in workplace mental health. She and her team supported over one hundred UK employers in making the mental health of their staff a business priority.

She’s also worked as Head of Development and Head of Mental Health Communications for the UK workplace mental health conference, This Can Happen and she is the founder of Aura Wellbeing, a consultancy which provides workplace wellness strategy, coaching and training services to employers in Europe and the US.

She holds a BA in English Literature and Women’s Studies from San Diego State University, an MSc in Sustainability and Responsible Business Practice from Ashridge/Hult International Business School, Integrative Health Coaching Certification through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and she’s done extensive training in workplace mental health. In her spare time Heather teaches photography to teens as part of a charity projects in London and Spain, she’s an avid runner and experimental chef for recipes promoting healthy minds.