Amber Cowburn

Amber is a passionate and knowledgeable mental health and wellbeing strategy manager, campaigner, and public speaker.

She has managed the mental health and wellbeing strategy at the University of the West of England (Bristol) for over 30,000 students and 4000 staff, and before that was a campaign manager for a high-profile national parliamentary campaign for YoungMinds charity.

Amber’s health and wellbeing expertise is well-respected across the sector, giving a TEDx Talk on youth mental health, and being nationally honoured with accolades such as the Diana Award (2019), Rotary National Community Champion (2019), and Prime Minister’s Point of Light Award (2018). Despite being just 26, Amber is well-respected and has made her mark through knowledge and passion.

Amber recently set up ‘Working Well’, based in Bristol, taking the leap to go fully self-employed with her small business!
Her new training and consultancy business delivers bespoke solutions to businesses, empowering and equipping them to be mental health aware workplaces. She delivers training she has created on workplace mental health awareness, alongside Mental Health First Aid accredited courses, to workplaces from Bristol down to Cornwall. She has also begun creating digital content about wellbeing for corporate clients, and regularly speaks at large events and conferences.

Amber is also a proud founding trustee of the Cornish youth mental health charity ‘The Invictus Trust’, which her family set up in 2010 in memory of her brother Ben. The Invictus Trust successfully campaigned for and got a youth mental health unit commissioned and built in Cornwall, which opened in 2019. Amber ran the ‘Bring Back our Children’ campaign, with local and national media, to help make this happen.

Amber also championed mental health awareness in her time studying at Cambridge University: she founded Student Minds Cambridge, hosted the first mental health conference at the university, and was invited back to speak in the first ever mental health debate held at the historic Cambridge Union.

Amber is determined to continue working to change and influence proactive and preventative approaches to mental health and wellbeing across the country – in workplaces, at a policy level, and with young people.