The International Stress Management AssociationUK ISMAUK is the leading professional body for workplace and personal stress management, wellbeing and performance. A registered charity, ISMA exists to promote sound knowledge and best practice in stress management, both nationally and internationally.
Our Board of Trustees, President and Vice Presidents are delighted to welcome you to ISMAUK .
Chair - Carole Spiers MIHPE, FISMA
CEO: Carole Spiers Group [London]
Entrepreneur: Carole’s credibility is rooted in twenty-five successful years as CEO of the Carole Spiers Group [CSG], a leading UK consultancy specialising in stress management & employee wellbeing. Using proven stress management initiatives and nationwide employee counselling service, CSG shows companies how they can profit from a healthy workplace culture by helping employees develop personal resilience to minimise the risk of stress.
International Motivational Speaker: Carole’s charismatic style of combining inspiration with insight has made her a sought-after keynote speaker internationally, working with equal success in the contrasting cultures of the UK and the Gulf region where she delivers keynotes addresses at many conference and seminars.
Journalist: As a provocative weekly business columnist for the prestigious Gulf News, the Emirates leading daily newspaper, Carole writes on topical issues facing Middle East management and is regularly called upon by the national press and media for comment. She is the author of the industry bible Tolley’s Managing Stress in the Workplace and of Show Stress Who’s Boss!
ISMAUK Chair: Carole was appointed Chair of ISMAUK in 2000, and again in 2015. She is also co-Chair of ISMA International.
Carole launched National Stress Awareness Day in 1998 on behalf of the International Stress Management Association in the UK. This is ISMA's annual flagship annual event, bringing publicity for stress and well-being to individuals and organisations.
Carole is also Past President of the London Chapter of the Professional Speaking Association.
Patron - Jonny Benjamin MBE Mental health campaigner, writer, filmmaker & public speaker
Jonny Benjamin MBE is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger.
At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have been watched by hundreds of thousands of people.
Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma. He has also produced and presented documentaries on BBC Three and Channel 4 on the subjects of mental health and suicide.
His 2014 social media campaign with Rethink Mental Illness to #findMike, the man who talked him out of jumping off a bridge when he was suicidal, went viral and led to Jonny becoming a prominent spokesperson on the subject of suicide. He has recently been campaigning to get mental health onto the curriculum in schools and last year launched a mental health workshop, ThinkWell, which is now being introduced into secondary schools across the country.
Jonny has also worked internationally, and has spent time in India helping to develop a mental health and suicide prevention strategy.
He is currently writing the first of two books on mental health due to be published by Pan Macmillan at the start of 2018. In 2017, Jonny participated in the London Marathon with Neil Laybourn, the man who stopped Jonny on the bridge to raise money for Heads Together, a coalition of major mental health charities.
Trustee - Dr Siobhain O'Riordain PhD CPsychol MIHPE MISCP Accred
Dr Siobhain O'Riordan is a chartered psychologist, a chartered scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. She is an Accredited Member and Supervisor of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, a Principal Practitioner Member of the Association of Business Psychologists and a member of both the Association for Coaching and the Institute of Health Promotion & Education.
Having an academic background, Siobhain is also an experienced trainer, examiner and supervisor on graduate/postgraduate coaching and coaching psychology programmes. She is a trainer and course co-director on the stress management and coaching programmes at the Centre for Stress Management.
Siobhain is Chair of the International Society for Coaching Psychology and was Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology (BPS SGCP) in 2006-7. In 2010 she received the BPS SGCP's Distinguished Contribution to Coaching Psychology Award.
Currently, Siobhain is Honorary Editor of Coaching Psychology International. In 2015, she retired as Editor of The Coaching Psychologist as well as the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education.
Outside of her professional activities, Siobhain keeps busy and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her horses, dogs and family.
Trustee - Christopher Clark F.IDM, MBA, PG Dip. IDM, Chief Executive, Make Public
Chris works as a Program Director for smaller campaigns with particular issues to solve. He provides campaign leaders with campaign messaging, strategy direction, research, and planning services to campaign leaders, helping them maximise awareness to win community and assisting them in achieving the right outcomes.
A seasoned campaigner, Chris has worked successfully in the finance industry to win back most or all investor funds from the failed Arch cru (Campaigners v FCA and Capita), and Arck LLP (campaigners v Arck and Yorkshire Bank) pension funds.
Campaigning undertaken by Chris and his teams has won support in Parliament and coverage in the mainstream media. He is also involved with a political campaign in the Middle East, which has saved a number of lives, and resulted in 15 British-resident Iranian citizens being flown back to the UK from an Iranian regime-controlled prison camp in Baghdad.
As a Trustee of ISMA, Chris will bring advice and guidance on business policy, campaign research planning. He will also assist as a sounding board, to help inform the ISMA management team when making significant decisions as the Association develops its voice and influence.
He is divorced with three children and lives in Ruislip Middlesex. He includes meeting friends, photography, and music, amongst his favourite leisure activities.
Trustee - Deep Dhir Raja
Deep is a broadcaster with Dilse Radio, where he hosts one of London's leading talk shows. This is a show aimed mainly at ethnic communities. His recent guests have included the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP.
While working as an intern, Deep gained valuable political experience which led to him becoming a lobbyist for a breast cancer charity. While working for this charity, he promoted awareness of breast cancer amongst ethnic communities in Britain and South East Asia. He has presented to the NHS and been invited to speak at health conferences. In addition he has addressed the House of Lords.
Deep has taken an active role in fundraising for ISMA, including media activity, marketing and PR.
His personal interests include walking, amateur dramatics, socialising and fine wines.
President ISMA International
Professor Stephen Palmer PhD CPsychol CSci CMIOSH FISMA (Hon)
Prof Stephen Palmer is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner with a special interest in stress management, performance and well-being. He is HCPC Registered Health & Counselling Psychologist, a member of the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors and holds the European Certificate in Psychology (Clinical & Health). His PhD thesis was entitled, Stress: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives.
Stephen is Founder Director of the Centre for Stress Management (1987) and the Centre for Coaching, London (2001). He has been UK’s first visiting Professor of Work-Based Learning and Stress Management at the Institute for Work-Based Learning, Middlesex University since 2001. In 2016, he was appointed Adjunct Professor of Coaching Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark.
Stephen has authored over 225 articles and 47 books on a range of topics including stress management, resilience, well-being, self-esteem and self-acceptance, positive and coaching psychology, suicide prevention, death and bereavement, cognitive behavioural and rational emotive behaviour therapy, psychotherapy and counselling. He is also Consulting and Executive Editor of several journals.
He is actively involved in a number of professional bodies as President, Vice-President, Founder, Director, Chair and Deputy Chair. He is a Fellow and former Vice President of ISMAUK. He has been a member of ISMAUK (and the former ISTCS) since 1987 and was Editor of Stress News.
In 2000, Stephen received the Annual Counselling Psychology Award from the British Psychological Society, Division of Counselling Psychology, for his ‘Outstanding professional and scientific contribution to counselling psychology in Britain’. In 2008, he received a Distinguished Award for his outstanding and continued contribution to coaching psychology from the British Psychological Society's Special Group in Coaching Psychology.
His personal interests include jazz, art and coastal walking.
Ann McCracken BSc (Hons). MSc. ARCPath. PGCE, Dip Clin Hyp, Dip Stress Mgt. Dip Coach. Cert CBT EBW Adv. Facilitator MHA FISMA
Ann trained as a scientist, working in both the medical and education sectors and is now an experienced stress management consultant and trainer.
Ann is an author, media expert, motivational speaker, hypnotherapist, and coach. Ann is a Vice President of the International Stress Management Association (ISMAUK) as well as an Accredited ISMAUK Trainer for PAS 1010.
She is also an experienced leadership Coach and EBW Advanced Facilitator and Managing Director of AMC2.
David Smith has many years’ experience in senior management and in the development, writing, auditing and the implementation of management systems on occupational health and safety, environment, quality and risk management. He chairs ISO PC 283 responsible for the development of ISO 45001 and a variety of BSI management standard committees including PAS 1010 on psychosocial risk.
He has in excess of 30 years experience in technical services and scientific support for the railway and associated industries and spent the last 20 years in the field of management systems application.
David has been the author of a number of books on the application of management system standards, published by BSI.
He has delivered training, consultancy and auditing to a variety of countries and companies around the world including countries in the Far East; Middle East, Africa, USA and Europe.