About us

Thrive was formed in 2019 by Simon Nichols, with the intention of training and educating as many people as possible in mental health and wellbeing, through accredited courses and online workshops and webinars.

Why choose us...

Our team members are often called upon to deliver keynote speeches and educate around wellbeing and mindfulness.

Our simple ethos which every trainer and associate trainer carries with them is “it’s time to thrive, not just survive”. This means that we want every member of society to have access to training and materials that help us understand and manage mental health and wellbeing for a better, brighter future.

Through our effective training programs, we want you to develop, flourish and thrive; to build up your mental strength to help yourself; and equally importantly to help others as well.

Our CSR (Corporate and Social Responsibility) program is aimed at allowing charities and not for profit organisations to take advantage of sponsored training course places and workshops to enable as many of our frontline care staff to get vital training.

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A Team of Professionals


After spending 26 years in corporate IT sales and marketing, Simon realised the time was right to pursue his passion in helping people to manage their mental health better, and to help recognise poor mental health in others.

Using the skills gained during his time at the large multi-nationals in senior management positions, Simon has a unique insight into how organisations and management treat mental ill health. He now helps individuals and companies to embrace good mental health working practices. 

Married with 5 children, a dog and a cat, and living in Milton Keynes, Simon knows what a busy home and work life is all about…


As well as having a BA (Honours) in Special Educational Needs, Cheryl has over 10 years of experience working with autistic individuals across a variety of settings including client homes, specialist schools, mainstream schools, and business locations. She has experience of using a variety of interventions to help get the best results based on the individual’s needs. Everything she does is people centred. 

Cheryl has had the huge privilege of being invited to share her ideas on the TEDx stage as well as delivering face to face and online training covering various topics. As a parent to three autistic teenagers and having an Autistic and Dyslexic diagnosis herself, Cheryl is well placed to share that knowledge from personal experience.

Cheryl is a massive advocate for positive wellbeing and has completed various trainings in the field of wellbeing including Meditation, Mindfulness, Relax Kids, and Story Massage.

She has developed her own wellbeing programme called Confident Kids®, which has been recognised for its amazing outcomes at the Small Business Awards. Cheryl has also received the prestigious Story Massage Best Practice award.

Cheryl has been featured regularly on BBC Three Counties Radio giving expert advice on how to manage your personal wellbeing.


As a distinguished toastmaster, Binal is a sought-after speaker within her specialist area of inspiring confidence in public speaking. Throughout the many clubs and projects, she has been involved with over her time with Toastmasters, Binal has been particularly keen to promote active listening, positive body language, impromptu speaking and speaking online.

These projects have been developed into workshops that she is keen to promote to the wider world, external to the Toastmaster community. Binal also runs a ‘Confident Speakers’ lunchtime group and an ’Online Orators’ speaking group that enables members to communicate confidently, especially within a professional, corporate environment.

Joni-Rae Carrack

Joni-Rae Carrack is a qualified MHFA Instructor who is passionate about finding creative ways to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing.

Joni-Rae has lived with Generalised Anxiety Disorder since the age of 11, so is well versed in the ups and downs that come with chronic mental ill health. Her approach is to be unashamedly honest, open, and non-judgemental, supported with a good sense of humour.

With a BA in Modern Drama Studies and an MA in Advance Theatre Practice, Joni-Rae specialises in puppetry theatre to bring to life how it feels to experience mental ill health. This approach works on both adults and children. She has used puppetry to help explain parental depression to primary school children in her show ‘Not Today, Celeste!’.

Joni-Rae has also toured the UK and internationally with her theatre performance ‘Do You Mind?’ – a show about love, dating and anxiety.

With an engaging and inclusive style, Joni-Rae delivers Lived Experience talks, the Adult 2 Day MHFA Course, the Aware 1/2 Day Course, and the Refresher Course.

Joni-Rae lives in Brighton with her husband and dog. She loves walking in the woods, baking and board games.

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