Dr James Espey OBE
Dr James Espey OBE is a rare thing. A brilliant entrepreneur with an absolute passion for giving back. At the age of 80 (he won’t mind us mentioning this as it is a badge of honour to James that he has as much energy and determination now as he did when he started out), he continues to be a rockstar in the world of business.
In fact, he was recently included in the Top 100 Influential People 2023. It’s a stellar list of high achievers.
It was on James’s dining room table in Wimbledon that the cybersecurity company Mimecast (MIME) was founded, and James continued to mentor its owner for a decade. The company sold this year for £5.8 billion. After a 5-star career in marketing and leadership in the drinks business – he built Bailey’s Irish Cream into a global blockbuster, for example – James invested in multiple start-ups, from a US inventor to Wiltshire whisky.
But his primary interest now is mental health. After suffering from depression himself he became President of the Shawmind mental health charity and fundamental to their successful campaign to have mental health included in the school curriculum.