Nicky Lidbetter

Chief Executive

Nicky is the Chief Executive of Anxiety UK, a national charity that supports those affected by anxiety disorders. She is also the Founder of Self Help (a user-led mental health charity that is commissioned to provide NHS mental health services across the North West of England), and Director of Mental Health for the Big Life Group. Nicky has an MSc in Advanced Practice Interventions in Mental Health (Primary Care) from the University of Manchester and has chaired Manchester’s Mental Health Provider Engagement Group since 2010 along with sitting on numerous local, regional and national mental health groups. Nicky has collaborated over the years on a range of national research projects and is an honorary lecturer at the University of Salford. She has a keen interest in agoraphobia and panic disorder, and has a background in applied neuroscience.

Nicky’s extensive career in mental health spans over 20 years and has included serving as non executive director of Manchester Mental Health & Social Care NHS Trust and prior to this, Manchester Mental Health Partnership. She was also Director of the charitable company ‘Anxiety Disorders Conference’ – and had responsibility for organising national mental health conferences. Nicky is a former Non legal member of the Employment Tribunals Judiciary – Ministry of Justice and is a UK England Athletics accredited running leader and coach.

Nicky was awarded ‘Citizen of the Year’ by Manchester City Council for services to the people and communities of Manchester.

In 2015, Nicky joined the Lifefit365 project as an Ambassador.

Nicky Lidbetter

Glenmore Kingsley-Nunes

Shop and Membership Manager

Glenmore has worked for Anxiety UK since 1997. He has a background in social policy and cultural studies, with a special interest in obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders.

In 2002, he was awarded the title of ‘Helpline Worker of the Year’ in recognition of his commitment and dedication to mental health helpline work by the Telephone Helplines Association and British Telecommunications.

Glenmore is one of the Founders of the organisation Self Help Services, a user-led mental health charity that has contracts across Greater Manchester to deliver primary care mental health services.

Glenmore’s interests include weight training, judo, yoga and running.

Glenmoure Kingsley-Nunes

Dave Smithson

Services Manager

Dave Smithson is the charity’s Services Manager, responsible for the oversight of Anxiety UK’s roster of therapists as well as the charity’s therapy service provision. Dave works closely alongside the Membership Manager to ensure that those seeking to benefit from the charity’s services receive the support they need.

Dave has an extensive background in PR & Communications for a range of private, public and voluntary sector organisations. He was formerly a Trustee for a Merseyside based charity and previously worked for a youth based charity where his role also included event management and fundraising.

Dave Smithson

Philippa Henstock

Therapy Services & Training Co-ordinator

Pippa is the charity’s Therapy Services and Training Co-ordinator and joined the team in July 2017. She is responsible for supporting the Services Manager to co-ordinate Anxiety UK’s therapy and training services.

Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from University of York in 2013 and a PGCE (Primary) from Durham University in 2014, Pippa worked for two years as a Teacher in Leeds. Throughout her time at university she volunteered as a welfare representative for her college and ran a number of mental health campaigns supporting students.


In her spare time Pippa likes to play a multitude of instruments including cello, piano, guitar and steel pans and also loves to draw and paint.


Red Newsom

Infoline, Volunteer & Office Co-ordinator

Red Newsom is the charity’s Infoline, Volunteer & Office Co-ordinator and joined the team in September 2017. She is responsible for managing the Infoline, Participation Group and Fundraising volunteers and overall day to day office functions reporting to the Services Manager.

Red graduated from Keele University with a Masters in Creative Writing. In her spare time Red enjoys reading, sewing and attending open mic nights.