Dr Raj Persaud - consultant psychiatrist, broadcaster and author of popular books about psychiatry. He has worked at numerous prestigious institutions in psychiatry including The Bethlem Royal & Maudsley NHS Hospitals Trust, the Institute of Psychiatry, the Institute of Neurology, London as well as Johns Hopkins Hospital in the USA. Unusually for a psychiatrist he also holds a degree in psychology. 

Raj is well known for raising public awareness of mental health issues in the general media; he was the resident psychiatrist on "All in the Mind" on BBC Radio 4 as well as well known TV programmes such as This Morning. He has written regularly for The Daily Telegraph and The Independent. He has been listed as one of the top 20 mental health gurus in the world by the Times newspaper.

Raj is a panellist at UCL and Cambridge.


Paul Viragh - A screenwriter, director and actor for television and film. His first radio play "Cry Hungary" was nominated for the Imerson Best Play Award. His first feature film "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" about punk legend Ian Dury, who suffered from polio, starring Andy Serkis, received 7 award nominations including two BAFTAs, and he was nominated by the Writers Guild for Best First Feature-Length Screenplay. 

He has just written the feature film "Ashes", a road movie thriller starring Ray Winstone as a man with Alzheimer's disease.

Paul will be a panellist at King's College London 

Mat Whitecross - A film director, whose credits include co-directing The Road to Guantanamo with Michael Winterbottom, (winning the Silver Bear at Berlin for Best Director in 2006), The Shock Doctrine, an adaptation of Naomi Klein's controversial book and Moving to Mars, a documentary about Karen refugees fleeing from Burma to the UK. His film Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll was critically acclaimed and nominated for Best Actor and Music at the 2010 BAFTAs. He has just finished making the feature film “Ashes”, a road movie thriller starring Ray Winstone as a man with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mat is a panellist at the Manchester event. 




Dr Max Pemberton – Psychiatrist, journalist & author of “Trust me I’m a junior doctor”, “Where Does It Hurt?” and “The Doctor Will See You Now”. Columnist for The Daily Telegraph, writing about the politics of health care and the NHS.

Max is a panellist at UCL, Barts, St Georges and Bristol. 


Dr Stuart Flanagan - the resident Doctor on BBC Radio 1’s Surgery and part of the health team on Shelagh Fogarty’s show on BBC Radio Five Live. A regular contributor to various TV and radio shows including BBC Breakfast, CBBC’s Newsround, Channel 4’s Sex Education Show and programmes right across the World Service.

Stuart is a panellist at UCL. 



Andy Glynne - a BAFTA-award winning filmmaker, producer and author. Andy is the managing director of Mosaic Films and the founder and chief executive of the Documentary Filmakers group. Andy initially trained as a clinical psychologist and became involved in documentaries 15 years ago. In that time he has produced and directed many films, often focussing on making programmes on mental health, resulting in his Animated Minds series, which won over 20 awards, including a BAFTA, a RTS award, a Mental Health Media Award. He recently wrote the critically acclaimed book "Documentaries and How to Make Them".

Andy is a panellist at UCL and Barts. 



Donna Franceschild - A BAFTA award winning writer, best known for her ground-breaking television drama serial "Taking Over the Asylum". This BBC series was set in a psychiatric hospital, starting David Tennant. Donna has twice won the prestigious Mind/Mental Health Media Award for Television Drama and has often returned to mental health themes in her work as dramatist and jounalist.

Donna is a panellist at Queen's, Belfest.



Dr Paul Sinha – stand-up comedian, doctor. Paul pursued both medical and comedy careers and at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival earned a nomination for the highest accolade in live comedy, the if.comedy award (formerly the Perrier Award). Theatre shows and many appearances on the likes of BBC Radio's; The Now Show', 'The News Quiz', 'Just a Minute' and 'Fighting Talk' have followed along with much critical acclaim.

Paul is a panellist at St Georges. 


Professor Femi Oyebode – Professor and Head of Department of Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham. He has published widely on the relationship between literature and psychiatry. His research interests include descriptive psychopathology and delusional misidentification syndromes. He is also a poet and literary critic.

Femi is a panellist at Birmingham. 


Brian Glasser - Brian has been a lecturer in medical schools for over 20 years, helping to create the first intercalated BSc in Medical Humanities (at UCL). His book Medicinema: Doctors in Films (Radcliffe) came out in 2010 and he is an expert in the field. Brian was our keynote speaker in 2011.

Brian is a panellist at Nottingham, Cambridge and Southampton. 


Dr Peter Byrne - By day a consultant psychiatrist, Peter has a masters' degree in film studies and has lectured on the subject for 8 years. He devised and produced a short film, '1 in 4', that achieved a UK cinema distribution and was programme consultant to a BBC Horizon special on stigma in mental illness. He programmed the UK's first mental health film festival, alongside 'Reel Madness' and 'Happy Soul' Film Festivals and is a founding member and programmer of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

Peter is a panellist at St Georges and Cambridge. 


Simon Gilchrist - Specialising in observational filmmaking, Simon has made films for the BBC, C4, C5, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. He has developed a reputation for difficult access documentaries and filming in sensitive situations. He was producer and director of the BBC2 series Great Ormond Street.

Simon is a panellist at Kings College London. 




Dr Kamran Ahmed - a psychiatry trainee and Darzi Fellow, filmaker and writer, kamran founded Medfest in 2011. His work interests include cultural psychiatry, public education in psychiatry and medical education. In 2011 he won the Royal College of Psychiatrists Award for Higher Trainee of the Year.

Kamran is a panellist at Southampton and Kings College London. 


Professor David Nutt - a neuropsychopharmacologist specialising in the research of drugs that affect the brain and conditions such as addiction, anxiety and sleep. He was until 2009 a Professor at the Univeristy of Bristol, since, he has been the Edmond J Safra chair in Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, London. David was a member of the Committee on Safety of Medicines, and was president of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He is regularly interviewed for TV and Radio.

David is a panellist in Bristol. 


Stephen Potts – psychiatrist, writer for stage and screen. Stephen is a consultant liaison psychiatrist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He is also a writer of prose and drama, having published seven children's novels and scripted drama for radio, the stage and the cinema. His feature film adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Butterfly Tattoo won awards at international film festivals. He is currently developing a new medical TV series under the working title Talking Shop.

Stephen is a panellist in Glasgow. 



Dr Ross Overshott – psychiatrist & playwright. Ross conducts a 'Psychiatry and Cinema' teaching session on the medical undergraduate course. In 2006, Ross co-founded a small touring theatre company, producing several of his plays that have won festival awards for 'new writing' and 'best production'.

Ross is a panellist in Manchester and Leeds.





John Bradburn -  John is a lecturer, journalist and film maker based in Birmingham. He has presented on the representations of Mental Health in cinema at a variety of events across the UK including the Royal Collefe of Psychiatrists AGM. As a film maker his work has been screened in festivals as diverse as Seattle, London, Melbourne and LA. John's primary interest is how the cinematic medium can be used to communicate a subjective experience of mental health to aid empathy and reduce stigma.

John is a panellist at Leicester, Bristol, Nottingham, Cardiff and Birmingham. 



Dr Jenny Dale - A counsultant in general adult psyhiatry in Worcester. Jenny has an interest in teaching and runs a "special study module" on neurotic disorders at Birmingham medical school for 2nd year students. She has worked with film studies students, teaching them about mental illness, stigma and ethical aspects of film making.

Jenny is a panellist in Birmingham.




Dr Joyce Almeida - A consultant psychiatrist with an interest in using films to aid learning in psychiatry. Joyce writes a monthly blog, hosted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, called Minds on Film

Joyce is a panellist at St Georges. 



Michael Arribas-Ayllon - Lecturer in cognitive and social psychology at Cardiff University. Michael's interests span the genetics of psychiatric disorders, science communication, public understanding of mental illness and the neuroscience of emotion.

 Michael is a panellist at Cardiff and Bristol.



Dr Keir Shiels - Keir recently starred in BBC Three's Fly-On-The-Wall Series "Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands". He is a paediatric trainee. He has presented and lectured on topics as diverse as "Abnormal Psychology and Darwinism", "Nutmeg, Liquorice and other Poisons" and "What the brain sees when it's not all there". Keir combines clinical practice with laboratory research and has a particular interest in Childhood Brain Cancers. He has a passionate interest in drama and cinema and has appeared as a presenter at The Life Science Centre and on Sky TV's "Brainiac". 

Kier is a panellist at Leicester and Southampton.


Professor Janet Radcliffe-RichardsLecturer in Philosophy at the Open University 1979-1999, Director of the Centre for Bioethics at UCL until 2007. Author of several books, papers and articles. Since 2008, Professor of Practical Philosophy at Oxford University and Distinguished Research Fellow at the UEHIRO Centre for Practical Ethics.



Dr Mark Salter - Consultant psychiatrist in East London. Mark's specialist interests include the ethics and philosophy of psychiatry, the stigmatisation of mental illness and media representations thereof. He was a consultant advisor for Stephen Fry's acclaimed documentary about Bipolar Disorder.

Mark has been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Public Education Committee & a RCPsych media expert for over 15 years. He has worked as a writer and broadcaster on BBC and ITV, and has produced both films and stage work related to mental illness. His credits include being writer and presenter of the BBC children's science programme Knowhow ('86-'92) and appearances on Woman's hour, Today, Front Row, The Moral Maze, All in the Mind, to name just a few. 

He is currently working on his first novel, "Barking".

Mark is a panellist at Barts and Leeds.


Dr Danny Ruta - A director of Public Health in South East London, formerly a senior lecturer in epidemiology and health services research in Aberdeen, Dundee and Newcastle Universities where his main research interests were in measuring health status and quality of life. He dabbles in film animation and screenwriting, and has just completed a second feature length script. Danny also founded the Aberdeen University Cinema Club in 1992 (which went on to win the Best Student Film Society award in 2001).

Danny is a panellist at King's College London and Aberdeen.




Liz Main - a media expert for the last 25 years, Liz has has worked in television journalism, as a TV presenter and a video director. As an Associate Member of the Broadcast and Creative Industries Disability Network, she work braodly with television drama and documentary makers, advising on the portrayal of mental health issues. Liz is a frequent media commentator on mental health issues, and was featured in the BBCs Grierson Award winning documentary "Bye, Bye Happiness" where she spoke about her own experiences of bipolar disorder.She has been a judge of the MIND Mental health Media Awards since 2001.