Leo Anna Thomas (they/them) has 20 years’ experience in the Art Department, six as Standby Art Director. They are the first WellBeing Facilitator for the Film and TV industry. Having experienced bullying they stepped away from the industry in 2009 to look after their mental health. They returned in 2013, promising to speak honestly about their experience, while also developing the role of a WellBeing Facilitator, which was unofficially trialled on ‘His Dark Materials 1’, ‘Trigonometry’ and ‘Small Axe’.
After losing two industry colleagues to suicide during 2017-18, Leo trained as a Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) and an i-act manager. In 2020 they joined 6ft From the Spotlight, working full time as a professional Wellbeing Facilitator on ‘The Lost Girls’, ‘This Way Up2’ and ‘The Peripheral’.
Leo was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) in 2015 and has spoken openly about the condition, raising awareness on social media and with the charity Mind. Leo has also given presentations to students at London Film School and Canterbury Christ Church University.
Outside of work, Leo writes prose and poetry and sketches in journals, and plans to self-publish a collection. Leo practices Vipassana meditation.