Specialisms: Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Suicide Bereavement, Depression
Evan is Co-founder and Chair of Cameron Grant Memorial Trust, a mental health awareness and suicide prevention charity established in memory of his son Cameron who took his own life at the age of 21.
When Cameron died nobody knew he was ill yet, in a letter he left, he described suffering from symptoms of depression for over 7 years. Because Cameron chose to suffer in silence, Cameron Grant Memorial Trust works to encourage all in mental distress, and especially young people, to speak up and ask for help.
Evan’s talks are based on his experience as a bereaved Dad, and on the work of Cameron Grant Memorial Trust. He also speaks openly about his own continuing, long-lasting battle with depression.
In early 2021 Evan retired from IBM after a 35-year career in sales, marketing, operations and programme management. Evan is a Mental Health First Aid instructor and has delivered training in IBM and other organisations.
An enthusiastic walker, Evan can often be seen around the West Midlands in the company of his 2 daft lurchers. Evan cycles for fun and is a fan of Scottish sport (quite hard) and English beer (much easier). Challenges in recent years - both personal and fundraising - have included trekking to Mount Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp, cycling Coast to Coast, walking Hadrian’s Wall and completing a 100km continuous Ultra Challenge in the Peak District.