Dr Charlotte Armitage is a psychologist and psychotherapist, specialising in the Film & TV Industry, particularly, psychological duty of care processes in production, psychological assessments of contributors and therapeutic services for on-screen contributors, actors, production teams, journalists, social media influencers and elite athletes. She works across a range of programming formats including scripted, documentary and reality tv, however Charlotte predominately works on high-risk reality TV productions and true crime documentaries
She is a Chartered Scientist with the Science Council, a Registered Integrative Psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), a Criminologist with full academic membership to the British Society of Criminology (BSC), an Accredited Business Psychologist holding principal practitioner status with the Association of Business Psychologists (PPABP), and a Duty of Care Psychologist and member of the Media Ethics Advisory Board of the British Psychological Society.
With practices on Harley Street, London and Kirkstall Road, Leeds, Charlotte works with clients in both the North and South of the country. She also works online, on-set in the UK and internationally where required. Her film & TV clinic offers support for those working across the media sector.
As a psychologist and psychotherapist in the media, Charlotte has worked as the onscreen psychologist for BBC News, Talk TV and various TV documentaries. Most recently she was the psychotherapist for BBC2’s ‘Beauty & The Bleach’ documentary exploring colourism with Tan France. She has also filmed for Hollyoaks IRL discussing Incels, and two Channel 5 documentaries, all of which will TX in 2023.
Throughout her 20 year career working in psychology and mental health, in addition to her work in film & TV, Charlotte has worked across a range of different settings. Charlotte worked for the National Policing Improvement Agency (now called College of Policing), an organisation responsible for setting policing standards in England, Wales and NI. She worked in occupational psychology assisting with the design and delivery of police examination processes. Charlotte continues to work as a business psychologist and psychotherapist across the corporate sector. She has delivered psychological interventions for organisations such as Cleary Gottleib, Lockheed Martin, HSBC, Barclays, Deloitte, Squire Patton Boggs, UBS, Allen & Avery, Ernst & Young, to name just a few.
As a mental health clinician, Charlotte has worked in the NHS in Community Mental Health Services as part of her doctoral training and as a psychologist in the Clinical Psychology team in a Neurological Rehabilitation ward. In addition to this she has worked in third sector mental health services as a psychotherapist and has been on the board of directors for two large mental health charities. Charlotte has and continues to deliver psychological interventions within primary and secondary schools, working with children with challenging behaviours and mental health problems.
Through her work as a forensic psychotherapist, Charlotte has worked with the legal teams, families and victims affected by crime including; rape, sexual assault, murder, child abduction and murder, kidnapping, death by dangerous driving, knife crime, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse, and adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
Through her private practice, Charlotte works with a variety of presentations. She is passionate about analysing parent and family dynamics with the aim of facilitating behavioural changes to help the family unit function more healthily. She is also passionate about the aetiology of psychopathologies and the relationship to criminal behaviours.
As a multi-award winning businesswoman, Charlotte was named by Business Insider as one of the top ten BAME female entrepreneurs in Europe to watch in 2020. In 2021, Charlotte’s mental health clinic was voted by TechRound as one of the top 21 mental health businesses in the UK. In 2022, Charlotte was named as 50 under 50 BAME business people to watch.
Charlotte is the Managing Director of the YAFTA Group of companies which offers education for the film and TV industry and uses arts education in schools to support psychological development. YAFTA Talent Agency supports a diverse range of actors and represents a number of artists who have made history in recent years for becoming the first artists with disabilities to secure lead roles in Coronation Street, to win an NTA and to star in an Oscar winning film. In 2019, Charlotte won Director of the Year for Diversity and Inclusion at the Institute of Directors Awards for her work campaigning for fair representation on screen.
Charlotte is a member of the Media Ethics Advisory Group for the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is involved in developing policy and regulation for psychologists and those working in the media. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commence (FRSA) in 2019 for her widespread contribution to the Film & TV industry. Additionally, Charlotte is an associate member of BAFTA
Vicky Clapham is the founder of Bevic Marketing Services Ltd, a marketing and communications agency that works with value led, socially conscious organisations and business owners to raise their profile, engage their audiences, increase profits and develop complementary partnerships through effective and creative marketing and communications.
Before launching Bevic, Vicky was previously the marketing director for the regional MADE TV channel, launching the channel in 8 cities and was part of the RTS winning team for numerous awards. Vicky has also led the marketing function for leading organisations in retail, the public sector, education and IT. From soloprenuers to seven figure turnover organisations, Vicky now supports SMEs with outsourced marketing and communications to help develop and grow their business.
A Chartered Marketer for 20 years, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Vicky has also completed both the Marketing Week Mini-MBA in Marketing and Brand Management. Multi-award winning, Bevic has won the Northern Marketing Awards for Best Low-Cost Campaign in 2022, Finalist in the 2023 UK Content Awards, and three times winner of the Prestige Marketing Service Award for Best in Marketing Services for Leeds and West Yorkshire.
As a mother to two children, Vicky has seen through her own experience the impact smart devices and social media has on their behaviour and communication. Knowing the realities of being a parent and understanding the important role technology plays in our lives, Vicky is passionate about creating awareness and understanding around the need to create boundaries and screen free time for people of all ages to have healthier and happier lives.
Prior to founding TV production company Honeybird Studios in 2023 Lisa was Senior Vice President of Unscripted Television for Entertainment One UK and before this Managing Director of Whizz Kid Entertainment, London.
She has produced and executive produced prime time TV series, reality TV, factual entertainment and live event coverage for over 20 years working with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Channel 5, UKTV and MTV. Productions have featured major celebrities, international music stars, on screen experts, reality TV and members of the public and she has also collaborated with many national and international charities.
Launching new TV projects and events for charity has been a regular hallmark throughout her career having brought the US-founded Stand Up to Cancer to Channel 4 the UK, worked with Comic Relief for six years on ‘Let’s Dance’ for BBC1, covered the inaugural ‘Global Citizen Prize’ from the Royal Albert Hall for Sky/NBC and having worked with BAFTA on the Film and TV Awards and the ‘A Life On Screen’ documentaries for many years. Other charities she has worked with on TV projects include the Prince’s Trust, Amnesty International, Breast Cancer Now and UNHCR.
Throughout her career Lisa has seen the change to viewing habits from linear to on-demand and bingeable as social media and streaming services have come into play. While working in the media and producing entertainment content herself, much of it reality TV with a young audience, she also recognises the downsides that our smartphones can bring and the pressures young people especially face today in the social media world.
While bringing up her own two children she instigated a ‘non screen day’ once a week to give her kids a whole day’s breather from their tablets, TV and phones and saw that they naturally did more creative things and went outdoors more. Meeting Charlotte and her passion for No Phones At Home Day was a meeting of minds and Lisa hopes to bring her experience of working with charities, celebrities and young audiences to help promote the issue and to re-evaluate our relationships with our smartphones.
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