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CIPA appoints Welfare Officer

Jonathan’s Voice is delighted to see the appointment of Jonathan Foster, Appleyard Lees  trainee patent attorney, to the role of Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) Welfare Officer. He will be raising awareness of and working to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness and to empower people to speak up about mental health and reach out for help when they need it. Jonathan has also been appointed a member of the newly established Advisory Board to  Jonathan’s Voice and we know that he will bring, commitment, enthusiasm and insight to both roles.

Dick Waddington, Managing Partner at Appleyard Lees said  “We are all very proud of this important work Jonathan is doing “Jonathan is an example to us all, giving his time to a cause that he believes in to support the trainee and qualified patent attorney communities”, Jonathan has undertaken Mental Health Awareness training to become a mental health first aider to be even more effective in offering resources, raising awareness and providing a point of support for trainee attorneys

Jonathan writes, “My aim as Welfare Officer is to offer resources, raise awareness and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness among trainee and qualified patent attorneys. In addition to working with CIPA and with Jonathan’s Voice, I’ll also be building relationships with other charities such as the Charlie Waller Trust and Unmasked Mental Health. Being able to play a small part  in the work that Jonathan’s Voice do is something I’m extremely proud of, and something I hope I can continue to do throughout my career.”

We at Jonathan’s Voice very much look forward to continuing our relationship with Jonathan, CIPA, CITMA (Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, IP (Intellectual Property) Inclusive, Charlie Waller Trust and NSPA (National Suicide Prevention Alliance) as we commit ourselves to changing the culture around mental health where it leads to stigma and mental ill health.


Val McCartney


An article about Jonathan’s appointment from which some of the above text has been extracted was first published by The Patent Lawyer Magazine October 2020. You can read the article here  https://patentlawyermagazine.com/jonathan-foster-appleyard-lees-trainee-patent-attorney-goes-above-and-beyond-to-raise-awareness-this-world-mental-health-day/

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