Our Ambassadors

Our Place2Be Ambassadors champion our work and help to raise our profile.

Lucy Alexander

Lucy Alexander

Lucy Alexander believes whole heartedly in the need to work with children in schools early on before problems escalate.

Lucy has been bravely campaigning in memory of her son Felix, asking children to be kind – always. Having endured years of bullying Felix took his life in April 2016. Since then, dozens of his family, friends and other generous members of the public have been raising money for Place2Be in his memory. From marathons to skydives to afternoon tea; thousands of pounds have been raised to support Place2Be’s vital services in memory of Felix.

Mark Austin

Mark AustinMark is a multi-award winning broadcast journalist. He spent 30 years with ITV News and is now US correspondent for Sky News. Mark has presented on locations as far afield as the Antarctic, the Israel/Gaza border, Libya, Haiti, Nepal, Mogadishu, Afghanistan and Washington. His interviewees include Winnie Mandela, Shimon Peres, Tony Blair, and Bob Geldof. Mark received an International Emmy for his reporting of the floods in Mozambique, a Golden Nymph for covering the war in Kosovo and a Gold Medal at the Film & Television Festival of New York for his coverage of the Bosnian war. Mark and his daughter Maddy have talked openly about Maddy’s battle with anorexia, supporting the Heads Together campaign spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Maddy brilliantly ran the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon for Heads Together and Place2Be.

Professor Tanya Byron

Tanya ByronTanya Byron is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with twenty years experience working with children and adolescents. She studied Psychology at the University of York and trained in Clinical Psychology at University College London and her doctorate at University College Hospital and the University of Surrey. She is a Professor in the Public Understanding of Science and has honorary doctorates from the Open University and the University of York. She is Chancellor of Edge Hill University and Honorary Professor of Psychology at Shangdong Normal University, China. Tanya is a clinician, journalist, author and broadcaster working with a variety of psychological and emotional issues as well as mental health difficulties that affect people of all ages.

Jenna Coleman

Jenna ColemanAs Ambassador for Place2Be, Jenna passionately believes in the importance of helping young people to talk openly about their feelings.

Actress Jenna Coleman is best known for her role as Companion Clara Oswin Oswald in the popular BBC hit series Doctor Who. Her passion for acting at an early age was made evident by the positive contribution she made to her schools theatre company, with whom she made an award winning performance at the Edinburgh Festival. Jenna has had a varied and exciting career, with leading roles in Dancing on the Edge, Room at the Top and ITV's adaptation of Titanic. She made her feature film debut in 2011 in Captain America: The First Avenger. Jenna will play a young Queen Victoria in ITV's new drama series Victoria, due to hit our screens in 2016. On hearing about Place2Be and seeing our work first-hand, Jenna felt compelled to help raise awareness of the vital support needed at very important stages of children's personal growth and development.

MathewMathew Stachan

Mathew has first-hand experience of the power of early support for children’s mental health. As a child, he received support from Place2Be whilst at primary school. Now as a Place2Be Youth Ambassador, he has spoken out about the long-term impact of receiving this support at Place2Be events and online.

“When I left school my life got dramatically worse over the next 10 years. The one thing I always had was the strength to talk, the strength to find help, because somewhere, deep inside, I knew I deserved it and I believe it was Place2Be that gave me that internal strength.”

Mathew now works as an IT analyst and he has blogged about mental health for his employer. Hear his story>

Katie Thistleton

Katie ThistletonKatie is an active mental health campaigner and champions the importance of supporting children’s emotional wellbeing at school.

Katie Thistleton is a TV and radio presenter, journalist and author from Manchester. Best known for her presenting roles on CBBC, she is also the presenter for BBC Radio 1's The Surgery. Katie’s debut children's book: Dear Katie: Advice on the tough stuff from someone who gets it will hit our shelves in 2018 and aims to help support children and young people by answering their questions about the challenges of growing up. Katie is currently visiting Place2Be schools around the country with the ‘BAFTA Kids Roadshow with Place2Be’ to help develop children’s confidence and aspirations by teaching children the skills that are important for wellbeing and career progression.

Our Ambassadors in Action

Jenna Coleman Mark Austin and his daughter Maddy
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