Our Ambassadors

Mental Health Research UK Ambassadors promote our work within the UK and have shown a commitment to supporting those with mental ill health, by promoting research into the causes of mental illness, through their continued and consistent support.


Bishop Stephen Lowe

Bishop Lowe was the Bishop of Hulme, Manchester until his retirement in 2009. In 2006, he was appointed the Church of England’s first Bishop for Urban Life and Faith and served as the Archdeacon of Sheffield for 11 years.

Bishop Lowe is a keen writer and broadcaster on the BBC, debating issues and reviewing the papers. He has a full understanding of the effects that mental health problems can have on the individual and surrounding loved ones. He is a keen supporter of Mental Health Research UK in promoting research into this area.


Peter Harlech Jones BVSC, MRCVS

Peter Harlech Jones is an international consultant on veterinary medicines. He was appointed head of the Veterinary division of the European Commission’s Medicines Evaluation Agency and has served on the Veterinary Policy Group and as Chair of the Medicines Group of the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Peter served as the President of the BVA in 2012/2013 and is very aware of the mental health issues that affect the veterinary profession. He is a keen supporter of Mental Health Research UK.


 Dr Omar Kholeif, FRSA

Dr Omar Kholeif, FRSA is a writer, curator, cultural historian, strategist and university professor who has curated more than 100 exhibitions of visual art, architecture and digital culture globally. He has authored or published more than two dozen books, which along with his writings in journals, magazines and newspapers have been translated into 12 languages, selling more than 100,000 copies to date. He is currently a senior official at Sharjah Art Foundation, Government of Sharjah UAE, after having held senior positions in some of the world's leading cultural institutions, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool and the Arab British Centre, London. These were held alongside numerous consultancies in the media industry.

He has staged landmark exhibitions at some of the world's leading cultural forums including, the Venice Biennale, the Liverpool Biennial and the Sharjah Biennial. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago; Hunter College, City University of New York and the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, among other appointments. He is a Trustee of SPACE, London, where he chairs the Access, Inclusion and Equity Group and is proud to be an Ambassador of Mental Health Research UK.

Born in Cairo and raised in Glasgow; Los Angeles; Jeddah and Dammam before returning back to the UK as an undergraduate, Dr Kholeif holds degrees in Politics, Film, Curating, Art and Art History and Cultural Studies. A longstanding advocate for a variety of humanitarian causes including mental health research, Dr Kholeif believes that mental illness is a global crisis that has been paid enough lip service to. He would like to bear witness to serious change in the field through concerted funding efforts that enable research, as well as generative policies that prevent stigmatisation in society, in particular, in schools and the workplace. He is currently at work on a number of books, one of which is part of a three-part trilogy on mental health.