Melissa Hemsley

Melissa Hemsley is a cook, writer and champion of sustainable, nourishing food.

Growing-up on an army base, with an energetic Filipino mother, Melissa was taught about cooking from scratch; about not going to the shops until every ingredient in the fridge had been used-up; and about the importance of cooking and sharing food within a community. Melissa’s professional food career began as a private chef with her sister, Jasmine. After several successful years cooking wholesome, nourishing meals for international actors and musicians like Take That, Hemsley + Hemsley published two bestselling cookery books and opened a café in Selfridges. A primetime cookery show followed (subsequently sold in 20 countries worldwide), as well as countless appearances on Sunday Brunch, Saturday Kitchen and This Morning, and at food festivals all over the UK – and internationally.

In January 2018, Melissa’s first solo book, ‘Eat Happy’ was published to great critical acclaim – a celebration of fuss-free, feel-good food and packed with simple yet nutritious recipes, all made in under-30 minutes.

Melissa’s focus is now, more than ever, on sustainability. She is passionate about the importance of creating extraordinary food that is sourced from suppliers that care – both about the environment and the community; about the ground from which their food is derived, and the people to which it is served.

Melissa is a proud supporter and ambassador for Mental Health Mates, Fairtrade Foundation, CookforSyria, Headtalks, Future Dreams and The Prince’s Trust, and is a judge of the YBFs (Young British Foodies)

She truly believes that sharing stories and talking about our mental wellbeing is just as important as the food we eat. Melissa has hosted two series of the `Live Life Better’ podcast where she interviews experts all over the world on their professional advice and personal insights and tips for living a nourishing and fulfilled life.

She cooks, writes and tends her vegetable garden in Leytonstone, where she lives with her boyfriend Henry and their dog Nelly – as well as a steady stream of hungry diners, happily squeezed around her kitchen table.

Sean Fletcher

Sean Fletcher is a journalist and broadcaster for the BBC and ITV. He recently made a Panorama programme investigating our cash strapped Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services based on his experiences with his son who has OCD. Sean also presents on the bbc’s Countryfile, Sunday Morning Live, Songs of Praise and Inside Out, as well as ITV’s breakfast show, Good Morning Britain. He’s thrilled to be able to represent Mental Health Mates and play a part in normalising discussions about mental illness.

Jada Sezer

I am Jada Sezer, British model and mental health advocate.

Whilst studying my Masters in Child Psychotherapy, I noticed the powerful affect the media had on young people’s mental health.

I took to social media + started writing about mental wellbeing, which included editorial style images of myself to boost the confidence of girls who felt unrepresented. Soon after I was signed to London’s leading modelling agency Models1.

L’oreal Paris featured me on their #AllWorthIt + #TrueMatch beauty campaign billboard’s where I actively encouraged turning self doubt into self worth + represented diversity as a nonconventional cat walk model.

Women’s Health included me in their first ever Strong Minds issue + empowering annual NAKED issue.

I’m also a proud ambassador for Young Minds Charity, working to generate awareness and support for helping young people affected by mental illness. I am committed to protecting the mental health of young people + promoting fearless self confidence.