Jodie Hill trained as a barrister, cross-qualified as a solicitor and is the founder and Managing Director, Thrive Law, headquartered in Leeds City Centre, England. Jodie has specialised in employment law throughout her career, and has a keen understanding of this complex legal sector, together with all HR and mental health related issues.
Jodie also has a passion for helping to encourage understanding around mental health, and has a strong desire to help end stigma surrounding the subject, to create a happier, healthier workforce, born out of her own experiences of mental ill health. This passion can be seen in her campaign to bring mental health to the top of the business agendas, with her campaign being featured by Sky News, the BBC, The Times, The Law Society Gazette, Yorkshire Post and other key media outlets. Jodie’s campaigning has been recognised by many, which recently led to her being shortlisted for the Law Society Gazette Legal Personality of the Year 2018 at The Law Society Excellence Awards 2018, as well as being awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society for Public Health.
In late 2018 Jodie founded Thriving Minds which seeks to educate and empower employers to effect change regarding mental health in the workplace, through regular events, roundtables, facebook groups and online resources. The last event attracted employers from across the UK and was opened and applauded by the Lord Mayor of Leeds and industry leaders.
In early 2019 Jodie founded Thrive Women - part of her ongoing mission to enable people to ‘Thrive’ in the workplace - and is disrupting the world of Employment Law as a female entrepreneur with her own firm before the age of 30.
Through the successful launch of Thrive Women, Jodie intends to create a group that brings something new to the world of networking. A group that connects self-motivated and ambitious business women, where they can share their inspirational stories, as well as empowering emerging leaders to achieve success both at events and in a closed online community.
Jodie is also frequently asked to comment in national media (TV, radio, print and online) on a range of employment law, mental health and diversity issues.
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