Brigid Bowen

Founder & Curator, Compassionate Mental Health in the United Kingdom

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Brigid is a freelance journalist, editor and writer, with a special interest in health, education and wellbeing.

She enjoys decoding esoteric industry speak into easy to understand key messages, and can help your strap lines buckle up and get to their intended audiences.

Brigid graduated from Sussex University with a 2:1 in African and Asian History BA Hons, before going on to Cardiff School of Journalism where she completed the industry gold standard postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism.

She beat stiff competition to be part of the 2001 BBC News Sponsorship Scheme, and received funding for her postgraduate studies, first class training and mentoring.

Since then, Brigid has worked across different departments of the BBC as a reseacher, reporter and producer. She can interview, edit, write scripts and links, and present.

Over ten years in the voluntary and public sector has given Brigid experience in public affairs, policy and strategy development, along with an extensive network of media contacts (both nationally and internationally).

She has pulled off launches, events and successful campaigns, and enjoys public speaking and presenting. Brigid can deliver media training, encourage mindfulness in the workplace and training around equality and dementia.

Brigid curates a series of compassionate Gatherings - immersive events designed to incubate and ignite fresh thinking about mental health.

Brigid is fascinated by global politics, social justice, sustainability and wellbeing issues. She edited Wales' first Inter-Faith report, was nominated for a Mental Health Media Award for a live show produced for Radio 5 Live.

Brigid is currently a freelance writer and editor for clients including World Economic Forum, where she blogs, blurbs and edits. She is also a communications trustee and director of Cardiff Steiner school, and an Associate of WISE KIDS (an organisation that promotes digital literacy, and safe and postive use of the Internet).

Brigid also has a professional interest in dementia, issues around death and dying and spirituality. In her free time, she is a student of Vietnamese Zen Mindfulness teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn.

Collaborative and values driven - still believes in working with others to make Wales and the world a better place.