Who Are We?


Tony Ryan


Tony is a mental wellbeing and healthcare professional currently working in the NHS as Associate Director of Healthy Young Minds. Tony has over 20 years’ experience in mental health services and is a qualified Psychiatric Nurse. Prior to working in the health service Tony worked on the coal face within the prison service. Tony is qualified to train mental wellbeing first aiders.


Stuart Dew


Stuart is currently stage manager for Nothing But Thieves but has also worked with Enter Shikari, Fun Loving Criminals among other artists. Stuart is a versatile crew member and is an experienced guitar and electronics tech as well as a Tour Manager often employing crew to support the artists that he works with. Stuart is also an accomplished musician in his own right.


Matt Longley


Matt is an accredited i-act instructor and can train HOD's and crew to Manage and Promote Positive Mental health and Wellbeing. He is an experienced commercial professional and chartered Chemical Engineer who has experience across many industry sectors. Matt worked in equipment hire for many years supplying both film productions and music events across UK. He has worked on some of the largest film productions including Harry Potter, Batman: The Dark Knight Rises and War Horse. He currently provides consultancy to several businesses at Pinewood Studios in addition to his day job. Matt is a keen amateur home musician who enjoys live music of all genres.

Matt is also a trustee of the Men's Health Forum that aims to support underprivileged men and boys with their health. 


Leo (Anna) Thomas

Leo is an experienced member of the art department who currently works as a Standby Art Director. She  has developed the role of Wellbeing Co-Ordinator on set. This role is being trialled across several productions to help provide safe space and a trained Mental Health First Aider for cast and crew to talk with about the stresses of onset life and signpost where further help is needed.

Leo coined #mentalhealthinfilm


Peter Bardsley 


Peter is a renowned Location Manager working on many of the major film productions made in the UK from Harry Potter and Batman to War Horse and the latest Star Wars films. Peter has a Psychology degree and is also an accomplished singer.

Karen Fayerty

Karen is a qualified nurse with over 20 years experience in the film industry. She has worked on projects of all sizes and often heads a team of nurses / medics on larger jobs.

 “We need help and guidance when people come to us feeling they can’t cope . This is our one opportunity to connect and put them in touch with people that can really help make a difference. I feel 6ft from the spotlight can help us achieve this “

Manjula Bray

Passionate about recognising talent and diversity, Manjula has a background in Human Resources that supports her portfolio career as a business psychologist and executive career coach. She supports organisations to identify and optimise talent and individuals to recognise and harness their strengths to grow achieve their full potential. Manjula's experience as an independent lay assessor for public appointments, she's no stranger to helping recruit senior roles within the judiciary and public bodies. She volunteers as an ethics panel member for her local police force and a board member of the NoFit State community circus (a Cardiff-based charity).

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