We have the world's best.

Our team combines the world’s leading eMental Health experts with passionate and highly skilled professionals from seven different countries across the world.

Watch the video to discover why Founder & CEO Kirsty Cardy created Talk Mental, or read on to meet team.

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Management & Service Advisory Board


Founder & CEO of Talk Mental.
Mental Health Advocate.

Kirsty combines a passion for mental health and wellness with a wealth of experience in the field of tech-based start ups and executive level business leadership in global organisations.

With lived experience of depression, Kirsty embarked on a mission to remove the stigma and change the way people nurture their mental health.

Dr. Simon Bainbridge

Psychiatrist, Clinical Director & Lecturer.

Both UK and New Zealand trained, Simon holds an honorary senior lecturer post and is studying for a postgraduate degree in Business. Simon holds membership of the UK College 2005, as well as Australian and New Zealand College in 2010.

Simon has a particular interest in adult ADHD, depression, anxiety as well as drug and alcohol use disorders that often occur co-morbidly with these conditions.

Guy Johnson

PG Dip Counselling. Provisional Member NZAC.​

Guy brings fresh qualified ideas to the board, having completed his post-graduate training and becoming a Counsellor in 2018.

Guy is an affiliated provisional member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors and adheres to the NZAC Code of Ethics, and is passionate about supporting people to foster self-awareness, clarity, and personal agency so they may feel empowered and well-resourced in life.

Dr. Brett Gerrard

Emergency Medicine Specialist. FAECM.

Dr Brett Gerrard is an emergency medicine specialist with over 20 years of acute front-line medical experience.

He understands the importance of open and empathic communication when it comes to mental health. Knowing that we can talk to each other and seek help when we need it, is a powerful realisation and a means for enriching the mental wellbeing of us all.

Cheryl Gush

Director of GC Consulting, NZ Business Mentors Provider.

Cheryl has both a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters in Advanced Leadership Practice (MALP) from Massey University.

Cheryl's MBA Research lead to a comprehensive international marketing plan for a local manufacturer, and her research as part of her MALP resulted in a deep reflection of how art might be used as a portal to emotional expression in leadership during times of grief.

eMental Health Advisory Team

Professor Anil Thapilyal

CEO HealthTrx

Adjunct Professor Anil Thapliyal has a passion for improving people’s health and wellbeing through the application of information communication technology seamlessly integrated within people’s health care. He completed his postgraduate qualifications in Mental Health and Counselling field from the University of Auckland. Based on his longstanding work with the National Depression Initiative (The Lowdown and The Journal), in New Zealand, he decided to focus on the broader eMental Health domain and is professionally focused on the implementation of eMental Health programmes and services.

Penny Marlow

Health TRx Project Management Lead

Penny has 20 years experience in the public health sector across population health approaches, acute care, operational and strategic roles in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Previously a Physiotherapist, Penny shifted her focus and passion to be on change management and stakeholder engagement in the mental health industry, after being significantly involved in project management and public health research roles.

Tania Sievwright

Strategy & Implementation Lead

Tania has 15 years work experience in strategy, solution development and change management roles, and reflective, action-oriented problem solving approach that brings people together to make sustainable change.

Drawing on this experience and her ICT sector background, she thrives collaborating with clients and the community to create digitally-enabled mental health and addictions solutions to help people live their best lives.

Dylan Norton

eMental Health Service & Development Manager

Dylan brought us the world’s first SMS counselling service in 2007.

He then became an instrumental part of setting up New Zealand's Government funded national crisis phone lines and text support services, of which he manages operations to this day.

Dylan is a qualified addictions counsellor and has studied & worked in Mental Health and Addictions for almost 20 years in the not-for-profit and District Health Board settings.

Community Safety Team

Hours a day
Days a week
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Introducing the heroes that keep our community safe....


Pondicherry, India

Shaping the future of Healthcare Human Resources.


Balanga, Phillipines.

There are 3 things I value in life – Purpose, passion and people.”


Lagos, Nigeria.

I enjoy contributing to many community groups.


Auckland, New Zealand

Continually evaluates people’s response to situations.


Shimori, Japan

Dual citizenship experienced project manager.


El Segundo, USA

Empathetic, collaborative, and conscientious.


Cape Town, South Africa

Provides support using an unwavering commitment to detail.


Auckland, New Zealand

Passionate about giving back to the community.


Perth, Australia

Empathetic, collaborative, and conscientious.

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