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Difference Makers Discuss… Mental Health Matters

May 31, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm BST

Difference Makers Discuss ... Mental Health Matters

Managing mental wellbeing is essential if we are to foster a more productive workplace and better work environment.

The finance industry generally is famed for high pressure and long hours, where people can feel that unless they are seen to work long hours and weekends they will not be considered for career promotion. This kind of working environment has lead to stress and mental ill health for large numbers.

We can’t do it all without looking after ourselves first. The most important thing a finance professional can do for their mental wellbeing is to make time for themselves.

Join our Difference Makers as we uncover the issues around mental health and wellbeing affecting Chartered Accountants and the business & finance sector more broadly.

Speakers Include:

Mandy Muchnick (host) CA(SA) | Panda | One Young World Africa Chair

Dee France, Wellbeing and Support Lead at Chartered Accountants Ireland

Jonny Jacobs, Finance Director EMEA for Starbucks. Responsible for FP&A, commercial, supply chain operations and finance transformation.

Ronan Dunne, EVP & Strategic Advisor to Verizon Communications CEO. Chairman of Six Nations Rugby. Former CEO Verizon Consumer Group.

Meet the Speakers

Host: Mandy Muchnick

Mandy is a CA(SA) and was appointed as the Chair for One Young World in Africa in 2019. She has spent her career in Investment Banking and Private Equity. With a passion for social upliftment, Mandy has also run a non-profit in her own time, imagine.nation, which focusses on formative year education and social entrepreneurship.

Mandy Muchnick

Dee France

Dee is Chartered Accountants Ireland Member and Student Wellbeing Manager. Her focus is on mental health, wellness, inclusion and diversity. Dee has over 25 years experience working in a wide range of multi-nationals in both London and Dublin. She is well placed to understand and empathize with the challenges and pressures, as well as the enjoyment of working in high-pressure environments.

Dee France

Jonny Jacobs

Jonny has been a Finance Director at Starbucks since 2020, where his role covers the diverse markets across the EMEA region. In addition to his core role, he holds the position of Sponsor of Starbucks’ Wellbeing Blend Network, an employee resource group. Prior to Starbucks, Jonny was Head of Food Finance at M&S Foods, and before that he spent eight years at international snacking brand pladis with most recent roles including Strategy & Transformation Director and interim CFO for North America. He has a wealth of experience across commercial, operational and group roles. He trained with KPMG and qualified as a CA in 2006.

Jonny believes in purpose-driven leadership and has a passion for wellbeing, ED&I and sustainability agendas in business. His passion to drive change is championed through his many roles across non-exec platforms including a Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation, Non Exec of Mental Health at Work, One Young World Ambassador, Goalkeeper of the Bill & Malinda Gates Foundation, and One Young Chartered Accountant of the Year 2017

Jonny Jacobs

Ronan Dunne

EVP & Strategic Advisor to Verizon Communications CEO. Chairman of Six Nations Rugby. Former CEO Verizon Consumer Group. He led the teams responsible for providing wireline voice, data and TV products and services and wireless connected experiences to more than 100 million consumers every day. Helping to build the first 5G technology network that will redefine how customers live, work and play.

Ronan Dunne


May 31, 2022
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm BST
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