Alongside Paul Farmer, Lord Stevenson was the author of the Government’s ‘Thriving at Work Report’, an independent review of mental health and employers published in October 2017.
Lord Stevenson is a long time campaigner for greater understanding and treatment of mental illness informed by his own experiences of depression. He was the Founding Chair of MQ: Transforming Mental Health, a charity which supports research into mental health; and he promoted a Private Members’ Bill – the “Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill” – the first key step in the UK to removing a number of the key discriminations against people who suffer from mental illness.
Chief Health, Safety & Security Officer
In his role, Karl is responsible for the strategic direction of discipline within the business. He has 25 years of experience in industry, having worked across all continents and numerous safety-critical industries including oil, gas, minerals, rail, construction and water.
Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006.
He is Chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), the leading voice of the UK’s charity and social enterprise sector. Paul is also a trustee at Lloyds Bank Foundation which invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives.
Paul is Chair of the NHS England Mental Health Taskforce – bringing together health and care leaders and experts in the field, including people using services, to lead a programme of work to create a mental health Five Year Forward View for the NHS in England.
Paul has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East London, is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College Oxford and The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016.
Heather is Balfour Beatty’s Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability Director. She is responsible for a team of over 300 safety professionals helping the company drive towards Zero Harm – zero accidents and ill-health caused by our work activities – as well as championing the delivery of the Blueprint for environment, sustainability and social value.
Heather joined Balfour Beatty from the Health and Safety Executive, the national independent regulator for work-related health and safety, in September 2014 where she was HM Chief Inspector of Construction responsible for strategy, policy and field operations across Great Britain.
Heather is passionate about treating health like safety and is a founder member and co-chair of the UK wide Health in Construction Leadership Group and a Trustee of Mates in Mind the charity.
As a former senior finance executive at Goldman Sachs, Sarah Sparks knows first-hand how high-level responsibilities and constant demands can cause emotional, physical and mental exhaustion. Having experienced burnout herself, she has since dedicated her career to working with others to avoid burnout and instead create the building blocks to thrive at work and in life.
An award-winning speaker, best-selling author and CEO of Choose to Thrive, Sarah works with senior leaders in the corporate world; sharing the latest research on stress and burnout prevention and effective strategies to thrive rather than survive. Her powerful keynotes and seminars help people be more successful and improve all areas of their relationships, wealth, health and well-being. Her clients include board members, managing directors and senior leaders from the top City institutions.
Glen is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Health and Safety professional. He recovered from a major depressive episode in 2008 to develop an award-winning mental health matters strategy for his employer at the time. Glen has developed and delivered mental health training programmes across the globe and now, as an independent consultant Glen is helping other organisations to establish their own mental health strategies. He strongly believes that investing in the mental wealth of employees is a business imperative.
Glen’s own experiences with mental illness are the core to his passion on this subject. He uses his own experiences to illustrate how mental illness is not a barrier to success. His is a story of hope that can help to inspire others to be open about their own struggles.