Lily Asch // Founder & Director   Lily Asch is a social entrepreneur, storyteller and mental health advocate. She began Real Talk in 2016 after giving a  talk  with TEDx about her own lived experiences. She was stuck by power of holding intentional spaces for discussion, connection and compassion and resolved to create more of them. She is a firm believer that everyone possess creativity and that its a vital tool for wellbeing. Lily has a wide ranging set of skills and interests, with themes of empathy, creativity and playfulness tying it all together. She is about to complete her storytelling apprentice at the  Scottish Storytelling Centre . She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, graduated from the  Good Ideas Academy  and holds a BSc in Ecological and Environmental Sciences. When not running Real Talk, she mentors young people with  Light Up Learning , is a freelancer for  MHScot  and sits on the Board of Trustees for  Wellspring Scotland .

Lily Asch // Founder & Director

Lily Asch is a social entrepreneur, storyteller and mental health advocate. She began Real Talk in 2016 after giving a talk with TEDx about her own lived experiences. She was stuck by power of holding intentional spaces for discussion, connection and compassion and resolved to create more of them. She is a firm believer that everyone possess creativity and that its a vital tool for wellbeing. Lily has a wide ranging set of skills and interests, with themes of empathy, creativity and playfulness tying it all together. She is about to complete her storytelling apprentice at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills, graduated from the Good Ideas Academy and holds a BSc in Ecological and Environmental Sciences. When not running Real Talk, she mentors young people with Light Up Learning, is a freelancer for MHScot and sits on the Board of Trustees for Wellspring Scotland.

Alette Willis // Non-Executive Director   Alette Willis, PhD, has been involved with Real Talk since the beginning. She brings her skills as a storyteller, author and university lecturer to telling stories that matter and promoting the use of stories for social change. Her novel, 'How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People)' won the Kelpies award for new Scottish fiction for children 8-11 and is published by Floris Books (2011). 'Dancing with Trees: EcoTales of the British Isles', is a collection of traditional tales co-written with Allison Galbraith, (The History Press in April 2017). She has been a regular storyteller at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and was Storyteller in Residence to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland 2015-2017. As a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh she teaches on science communication, outdoor education and health communication courses. She routinely runs workshops for university and public sector researchers in fields as diverse as astronomy, genetics, quantum physics, agriculture and history on integrating storytelling into their public engagement events. You can find her online at  AletteJWillis.com .

Alette Willis // Non-Executive Director

Alette Willis, PhD, has been involved with Real Talk since the beginning. She brings her skills as a storyteller, author and university lecturer to telling stories that matter and promoting the use of stories for social change. Her novel, 'How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People)' won the Kelpies award for new Scottish fiction for children 8-11 and is published by Floris Books (2011). 'Dancing with Trees: EcoTales of the British Isles', is a collection of traditional tales co-written with Allison Galbraith, (The History Press in April 2017). She has been a regular storyteller at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and was Storyteller in Residence to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland 2015-2017. As a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh she teaches on science communication, outdoor education and health communication courses. She routinely runs workshops for university and public sector researchers in fields as diverse as astronomy, genetics, quantum physics, agriculture and history on integrating storytelling into their public engagement events. You can find her online at AletteJWillis.com.

Molly Drummond // Fundraising & Community Development Volunteer   Originally from the Highlands of Scotland, stopping in Aberdeen for undergrad and now ending up in Edinburgh, Molly joined Real Talk last year because mental health advocacy matters to her, thanks in part to her own experience as well as those of people around her. Whilst volunteering, she has witnessed the true impact that creative tools like storytelling can have on tackling the stigma surrounding mental illness.  When not volunteering, she is a Waterstones bookseller, a keen hiker and a fervent reader. She is currently undertaking an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University where she gets to play about with Adobe InDesign all day.

Molly Drummond // Fundraising & Community Development Volunteer

Originally from the Highlands of Scotland, stopping in Aberdeen for undergrad and now ending up in Edinburgh, Molly joined Real Talk last year because mental health advocacy matters to her, thanks in part to her own experience as well as those of people around her. Whilst volunteering, she has witnessed the true impact that creative tools like storytelling can have on tackling the stigma surrounding mental illness.

When not volunteering, she is a Waterstones bookseller, a keen hiker and a fervent reader. She is currently undertaking an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University where she gets to play about with Adobe InDesign all day.