Ep 9: Dara Nasr

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Mar 18 2020 35 mins  

Simon Blake OBE returns for a second series of Just About Coping.

This series we're looking look at a new campaign by MHFA England; My Whole Self. To create mentally healthy workplaces, people need to feel safe to be their ‘whole self’ at work. So how can we create workforces, wherever that may be, where everyone has the freedom to do this? To find out, Simon has gathered leaders from across the worlds of business, sport, and more...

Our first guest is Dara Nasr. Dara is the Managing Director of Twitter UK, where he has been since 2012. With approximately 200 staff, Twitter UK is the only office outside of the US with multiple disciplines including Engineering, Sales, Partnerships, Comms & Marketing. Before that he was at Google, Eurosport, and Flextech TV.

Social media was a theme throughout the first series, so Dara was the perfect person to chat with to kick off the second series. Among many things, Simon and Dara spoke about:

  • Why happy workplaces make the best workplaces and the family feel at Twitter
  • How to navigate through difficult times as a team and the power of authentic leadership
  • Whether it's best to have a 'work' social media profile, or not
  • The importance of respecting diversity, differing opinions and boundaries
  • Pranking your children and Dara's dog Dave who is by all accounts a 'good lad'

We hope you enjoy the news series and can celebrate My Whole Self Day (18 March) with us!

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Don't forget to get involved on social media using #JACPodcast and check out all the My Whole Self fun on our website.

More on Dara: twitter.com/daranasr
Dara's work with the Media Trust: mediatrust.org/about-us/impact-stories/what-happened-when-dara-met-andre/

More on Simon: twitter.com/Simonablake
Simon Blake OBE is the Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. His mission is to improve the mental health of the nation and help build an inclusive and  society where attitudes and behaviours around mental health are normalised. Simon received an OBE in 2011, is Deputy Chair at Stonewall, and enjoys running, equestrian eventing, and walks with his dog.

More on #JACPodcast:
MHFA England: mhfaengland.org
Email: [email protected]

More on #MyWholeSelf: mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self/