Company History

Founded in 2016, Simpila is on a mission to help improve awareness, education and support for the conversation of mental health across society. The company was founded following a personal crisis experienced by the founder Matt, using this to provide the power and passion to make sure we take better care of ourselves, and the support for others. We work with individuals, groups and companies to improve the overall wellbeing of all.

Simpila Mental Health


Matthew Holman

Mental Health Trainer and Consultant, Owner Simpila

Matt is a Mental Health First Aid instructor, Samaritans Volunteer and Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant. He is also the founder and owner of Simpila Mental Health.

Matt has over 25 years’ experience working for global corporate businesses in a wide range of senior and executive Leadership roles, working across markets in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the USA. He has a great appreciate and respect for all cultures and all humans.

In 2016 he created Simpila following his own personal mental health challenges, with the core aim to help provide greater awareness and support to the conversation of mental health.

In October 2019 Matt delivered a TEDx talk around being a #24HourHuman. He has been featured in many news articles and publications, and in late 2019 was the co-founder of the Business Travel Wellbeing Community.

In November 2020 Matt launched his Podcast Channel – Matt Holman Talks Mental Health dedicated to bringing the stories of guests mental health journey’s into the public light.

Matt has a great personality, high energy levels, a father to two daughters, a keen runner, and chief dog walker.

Laura Williams

Head of Marketing and Administration

Laura is the Head of Marketing and Administration providing support to all of the Mental Health Training Instructors and Consultants that work with Simpila Mental Health.

Originally from a financial background Laura joined the company from her previous employment as a Voluntary Services Co-ordinator for a local Hospice charity.

She joined Simpila in early 2020 prior to the global pandemic and has been an incredible support and asset to the business through challenging times.

Laura’s greatest assets are her commitment, dedication and support to helping others. She writes lots of lists, is always able to find a solution to any problem!

She is a wife, mother of two children and volunteers her time to various organisations. Laura also has a passion for singing and is a soprano in a local choir. She is a keen runner and she is never sitting still for too long.

Mandy Toon

Business Development Executive

Mandy is the Business Development lead for Simpila.

Originally from a Human Resources and Office management background, Mandy has a wealth of experience managing employee relations. Covering all aspects of effective communication, organizational, administrative, marketing and finance responsibilities, Mandy contributes as a valuable member of the team who can always be relied upon.

For many years, Mandy has channelled her skills and energy into raising, educating and guiding her four amazing children as a full time mum. Whilst also juggling the addition of an 18month office management role.

More recently, Mandy has attended mental health awareness and managing anxiety training courses to help support one of her own children, this exposure and education created a passion to help individuals and led to her decision of wanting to follow a career path in the mental health sector and she is extremely excited to be joining our team.

As well as completing training courses, prior to lockdown Mandy joined ChildLine school services as a volunteer and is looking forward to supporting them as soon as normality in schools return.

A very keen runner – having completed multiple half and full marathons, Mandy is always active and promotes a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys spending as much fun time with her children as possible.

Simpila Partner Instructors


Selina Clarke

Mental Health Trainer and Consultant

Selina is a Mental Health First Aid instructor, Sports Rehabilitation Therapist, Pilates Instructor, Yoga Teacher and Wellbeing Mentor.

Her passion is creating safe spaces in which to open up diverse and positive conversations around mental health while helping people to improve their understanding, literacy and acceptance. These key drivers have spurred her career which has spanned the NHS, voluntary, corporate, and higher education sectors since 2007.

Working within front line positions in the field of mental health has enabled Selina to help others to manage their wellbeing and has been fully rewarding, but it has also shown the need to ensure that she prioritises self-care and makes time for the important things in her own life, essentially practicing what she preaches!

Through her diverse work Selina helps people make a more meaningful connection between their mind and how they feel in their body.

Matthew Mason-Hames

Mental Health Trainer and Consultant
Owner Mindset Mental Health Matters

Mat is a Mental Health First Aid instructor and Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant. He is also the founder and owner of Mindset Mental Health Matters and Mindset Sport.

He has a diversified career from working in finance, the world of compliance an eventually moving into the hospitality industry. In 2013 he moved into project management teams working for one of the country’s largest ‘Big Box’ retailers.

At this point Mat took on further education and studied H&S, and whilst working toward earning a NEBOSH Diploma his Mental health was challenged. He quickly realised that employers have plenty of resources and legislation to look after the physical wellbeing of an employee, but very little around Mental wellbeing. He then decided to become a Mental Health First Aider, and began his journey to creating Mindset and Mindset Sport, a free wellbeing resource for grass roots sports clubs.

Mat has lived experience of mental health illness having been diagnosed with Depression and GAD in his early twenties.

He lives with his wife, two step kids, two dogs, four cats, 2 rabbits and a Hamster. He is a keen rugby player and coach.

Simon Millington

Youth Mental Health Trainer and Consultant

Simon is a Mental Health First Aid England accredited instructor who delivers both Youth and adult versions of the courses. He is the founder and owner of Delamill Tutoring.

Simon’s background is predominantly in football coaching and he is UEFA A licensed qualified. He has worked for Portsmouth FC, Fulham FC and most recently for The FA as one of their full-time coach developers. Within this role he supported grassroot football coaches to improve their knowledge and understanding of football coaching children and young people at Level 1, Level 2 and UEFA B

Simon is huge advocate of prevention rather than cure and strives to ensure that he equips people with the skills to support young people to develop their resilience skills , so they can navigate the challenges that life will throw at them.

After being made redundant from The FA in 2020 Simon, his partner and 9 year old son have relocated to the Malaga province in Spain.

Hannah Buckland

Suicide First Aid and Mental Health Trainer and Consultant

Hannah is a Suicide First Aid Associate Tutor for the National Centre for Suicide Prevention and Training and a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

Hannah’s passion is in creating a kinder and happier world where people are equipped with the skills to recognise the warning signs associated with suicidal crisis and to bring a person from a place of danger to a place of safety. Educating people about the importance of language that we use and the importance of making human connections are key to the work she does every day.

Hannah is employed by a large NHS Trust to deliver training to their workforce but has also trained hundreds of people from across business sectors and education.

Hannah’s background is in working with vulnerable young people, having been a Youth Justice Practitioner and an Advocate for children in child protection case conferences, child in care reviews, education reviews, deprivation of liberty reviews and writing the reports for the police on missing children. Hannah has also spent many years working in the corporate world where she has focused on driving employee wellbeing forward.

Outside of work you’ll find Hannah with her daughters and animals or out on her kayak – the best form of self-care!


I have worked with Matt on a couple of occasions now to support the training and roll out of the MHFA programme. Matt has received fantastic feedback from all participants with many commenting that ‘it is the best training I have ever been on.’ Without doubt this is largely due to Matt’s ability to engage, energise and empower a variety of audiences. Beyond training, Matt is knowledgeable, flexible and highly credible as a partner for supporting wellbeing programmes and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.

I recently undertook a Mental Health First Aider training course with Matt at Simpila. It was fantastic. Matt is so knowledgable and supportive, very down to earth and really know their stuff. For what is a difficult topic for many, Matt bought a human touch to the course contents, and I’m so thankful for his insight and passion. I highly recommend Matt, he’s doing a fantastic job of putting Mental Health on the agenda.

What a fantastic opportunity to work with Matt at Simpila to support our employees with promoting positive mental health. Matt lead a fantastic virtual event for Thomson Reuters employees in early October. Matt provided expert insights into coping with anxiety and encouraging a positive mindset. Taking this time out of our busy working day to reflect on the importance of our mental health was very much needed and it was delivered excellently.

This was a fantastic course, and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to participate in it. It was very well designed and although the course was delivered virtually via Enabley, the technology provided by the application still allowed us to participate in large group discussions as well as break out into small groups and bond as a group. We were in a group of 12 which was a perfect size – everyone was really lovely friendly and supportive! Our instructor, Matt, was ever so welcoming. I really appreciated his honesty and how open he was to share his experiences as well as how thoughtful he was when listening to others’ experiences. He delivered the course in a really engaging and accessible manner. I will be highly recommending this course to my friends, family and colleagues!

This has been one of the most insightful, interesting and useful training courses I’ve ever attended and has given me the tools and skills I need to help others, but also given me food for thought about my own mental health challenges. Matt was incredibly open and honest, sharing his own experiences freely which opened the space for others to feel safe to share. He wasn’t “preachy” in his approach and inspired me to want to do more to help others. Will be recommending this course, and Matt specifically for our business to use in the future for wider upskilling across our teams.

Fantastic course – I genuinely feel empowered. I acknowledge that I might not know everything, but I feel as though I can use the MHFA Action Plan and be able to make a genuine difference in my workplace. Matt was incredibly knowledgeable and was able to give me the time and space to explore my own mental wellbeing as well as how to help others. Many thanks 🙂

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