The People of APeopleBusiness?

APeopleBusiness is run and supported by some extremely passionate people!

A specialist in global resourcing/HR change, and HR technology implementation and transformation leadership, who ‘opened up’ about his personal mental health experience, and war on his OCD, in People Management Magazine in August 2016.

The article stimulated the creation of the Mental Health in Business LinkedIn Group and Mental Difference at Work overt and covert questioning community on Rungway, plus a host of opportunities to support seminars, conferences and initiatives to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace.

Creator of the HERO Mental Health Readiness and ENABLE Mental Difference Models and a serial blogger on industry and mental health matters, Colin is passionate about being open, to support others and inform businesses how to best embrace and harness the power of mental difference.

I have recently asked Colin to speak at two meetings of DRIVE, the social enterprise that I chair which focuses on diversity and inclusion in the private, public and voluntary sector.  Each meeting was attended by experts working at the highest level in major companies as well as in government and Colin was superb.  He has great knowledge and speaks with a combination of passion and reason that informs and engages.  His professional but relaxed delivery inspires confidence and provokes informed discussion.  Colin is a powerful advocate on the hugely important subject of mental difference.
Janet Royall, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon

I have heard Colin Minto speak about mental difference on several occasions and find Colin’s approach to be authentic and inspiring. Colin is very knowledgeable and speaks about his own experience in a honest and open way. Colin’s style is very personable and straight forward Colin will engage an audience and make them think about mental difference in a total different way to when they first entered the room. I have no hesitation in recommending Colin. Colin will definitely open your eyes to the benefits of having a mental health strategy for your workplace ensuring that people can be themselves at work.
Wincie Knight, Viacom Office of Global Inclusion

It is my pleasure to mention a few things about Colin in respect of his expertise in the areas of mental health, mental diversity and thought leadership.

Colin has;

  • attended our 70th Anniversary Forum on Wellbeing and Mental Health in the Workplace (November 2016) where he spoke authoritatively about his own experiences, his background in HR and mental health and his innovative thoughts on the way forward,
  • worked with me on creating some outline ideas on research for Roffey Park around: The Manager and Mental Health; The Organisation and Mental Health and Making the Business Case for Better Mental Health Awareness,
  • agreed to lead a session for us at a major conference in association with Public Health England 11-12 December 2017 on his areas of expertise.

I am always impressed by Colin’s can-do attitude, sense of urgency and passion for improving mental health and attitudes towards it in the UK. He is truly a man on a mission.
Michael Jenkins, Chief Executive, Roffey Park Institute

Colin is a compelling speaker on the subject of mental difference.  I’ve engaged him as a speaker for an audience that ranged from those well-versed in the issues to those for whom it was all new, and he was able to present cogent arguments that awakened interest in a challenging area.  He is warm and genuine in his presentation style, and has unparalleled knowledge of the subject.  He is approachable and energetic, and brings his personal experience to bear in a way that is both authentic and inspiring.
Caroline Roberts, Global Head of People and Talent, Zaha Hadid Architects

Colin is a Patron of the Shaw Mind Foundation, which exists to support those suffering from mental illness and their families. He is also passionate about HeaducationUK’s crusade to make mental health education in schools and colleges compulsory. If you are interesting in supporting these, please contact Colin directly.


Colin Minto

Paul Finch

A seasoned business professional who has been a CEO/MD for over 20 years in the SME technology, services & recruitment sector. Company transformation and value creation have been at the core of his work. He now provides strategic advice and support for Strategic Planning, Exit Planning & Operational Execution.

Paul has a long history of raising money for charity and giving back to the local and professional communities. He is an active member of the Worshipful Company for Information Technologists in the City of London and the Institute of Directors. His voluntary work includes over 25 years of fundraising activities, creating industry support groups for ex-armed forces personnel and homeless people seeking employment.

Recently he has founded and is now the Chair of Trustees for a charity raising funds for bowel cancer research and anxiety care Red Trouser Day. His ambition is to create an international charity to help people deal with the anxiety and stress created in the work place or caused by domestic matters and life health issues like cancer. Paul is a recent survivor of Bowel Cancer.

He carries a personal motto of “trust is only built by doing what you say you are going to do”

A recognised Behavioural Scientist (BSc), embracing a wide variety of issues including cultural change, customer care, communications and media communications, team-building, recruitment and succession planning for many major companies as diverse as Xerox, Volkswagen UK, Logica CMG, Sirius plc, SAS, Lloyds TSB, npower, Paradigm and haart.

He has developed advanced training for senior staff in recognising personality types and understanding their associated behavioural patterns which is also relevant to cutting edge courseware developed in partnership with Gordon Radley of Radley Corp, a renowned television broadcaster and specialist in external media communications.

He is a regular contributor as Psychologist to the Quality of Experience Forum operated by Organizare. This private Forum whose membership is limited to very senior representatives of such influential organisations as Barclays Bank, First Direct, Lloyds TSB, O2, EDF, Scottish Water, The National Grid and NHS Direct, addresses developments and the exchange of information relating to the achievement of the highest standards of Customer Experience.

Roy has researched what makes great Risk Managers and Data Scientists and reported on work-related stress both in the UK and in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He has broadcast extensively and written many articles on human resource and productivity matters published in both the quality national press and leading professional journals. Roy has made pro bono contributions to the work of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and the Institute of Directors particularly in supporting the transition into civilian careers of members of the Royal Signals and the Parachute Regiment.

Roy Norris BSc

Julia George

A strategic consultant and qualified mediator, engaged by organisations, ranging from high growth technology SMEs to large complex corporates, to challenge and develop strategy and to realise stakeholder benefits. Her career included spells with Storage Technology Inc, Ernst & Young and Girobank plc, before she founded JGA in 1998, where clients have been financial institutions, such as Euroclear, KBC, Standard Chartered, UBS, and a series of UK SMEs.

She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and a member of the Livery of the Information Technologists’ Company in the City. Her voluntary work has included mentoring Sixth Form students at the Hammersmith Academy (a school founded by the Information Technologist’s and the Mercers livery Companies), a member of support groups for ex-armed forces personnel and homeless people seeking employment and a charity trustee for the charity where she helped develop the strategy that was presented to the Charity Commission to achieve charitable status.