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Our Ambassadors and Champions

Our Ambassadors and Champions

Our fantastic Ambassadors and Champions help us to spread the word about our vital work and reach even more people.


Katie Thistleton, ambassador at Place2Be

Katie Thistleton

Katie is a popular broadcaster and journalist, best known for her work on CBBC and BBC Radio 1’s Life Hacks. She also wrote Dear Katie, a book of tips about growing up.

Katie on anxiety & depression

Lemn Sissay  OBE, ambassador at Place2Be

Lemn Sissay OBE

Lemn is an award-winning writer, poet and broadcaster, known for advocating for children and young people in care.

Lemn on childhood trauma & creativity

Sophie Dahl, ambassador at Place2Be

Sophie Dahl

Sophie Dahl is an author of both adult and children’s books. She is a long-term supporter of Place2Be and a passionate advocate of mental health support for children.

Sophie on parental mental health

Kate Silverton, ambassador at Place2Be

Kate Silverton

Kate is a popular broadcaster and journalist-turned bestselling author. She’s a respected children’s mental health advocate and trainee child psychotherapist.

Kate on mental health advocacy

Rhys Stephenson, ambassador at Place2Be

Rhys Stephenson

Rhys is an actor and children’s television presenter, best known for his work on CBBC. Rhys is committed to using his profile to engage children and young people, and raise awareness of mental health.

Rhys on visiting a Place2Be school

Josh Smith, ambassador at Place2Be

Josh Smith

Josh is a Presenter, Journalist, and former Entertainment and Celebrity Director for GLAMOUR UK. Josh is committed to reducing the stigma and barriers around seeking support and speaking out about mental health.

Josh on self-acceptance

Mark Austin, ambassador at Place2Be

Mark Austin

Mark is an award-winning broadcaster with decades of experience at ITV and Sky News. He and his daughter Maddy have talked openly about her battle with anorexia as part of the coalition Heads Together campaign.

Mark on eating disorders

Lucy Alexander, ambassador at Place2Be

Lucy Alexander

Lucy campaigns in her son Felix’s memory. He took his life at 17 after years of bullying. Her passion for early help for the young has inspired others to raise thousands of pounds for Place2Be.

Lucy on kindness & grief


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Ricky Martin AKA CBBC’s ‘Art Ninja’ 

Presenter, Animator and Director 

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YolanDa Brown

Saxophonist, Composer and Broadcaster

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Jacob Anderson AKA Raleigh Ritchie 

Actor, Singer, and Songwriter 

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Ben Curry

English rugby union player, Sale Sharks  

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Dr Radha Modgil   

Doctor, Broadcaster & Author 

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Joe Stilgoe 

Singer, Pianist, and Songwriter 

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Andy Lewis MBE

Paralympian & Youth Mentor 

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Jamie Butterworth

Plantsman & RHS Ambassador

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Ryan Edwards  

Footballer (midfielder), Busan IPark

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Pui Fan Lee  

Actor and Children’s TV presenter