The Council for Work and Health is a company, limited by Guarantee (Registration No: 08364702). It is managed by a Board of Directors, elected by Council Members for a term of three years. The Chair is elected by the Board for a term of three years.
Steven Boorman CBE
After a 30 year career in occupational health involving a huge variety of different businesses and experiences, it is a privilege to be invited to take on the Chair in 2018 after Diana Kloss has expertly led the first 7 years. My experience in Royal Mail, in roles that varied from CMO, Director of Health & Safety, and CSR Director, over nearly 21 years, taught me the value of working collaboratively with a broad range of professionals to enable workplace health improvement. I was pleased to contribute to the arguments that show that good work and good health are associated and that successful businesses benefit from happy, healthy staff. The 2009 review of NHS staff Health and Wellbeing, which I was invited to undertake by the then Health Secretary, Alan Johnson (an ex Royal Mail employee) highlighted that good staff health contributed to better patient care, improved efficiency and greater likelihood of succeeding against Regulatory targets. The NHS continues to make progress on recommendations from this work today.
The Council for Work and Health is well placed to contribute to the accelerating work and health agenda. The Government’s strategy articulated in its recent “Improving Lives” consultation and Command Paper has some challenging opportunities to deliver real change and improvement. However delivering these will take expertise and experience to develop ideas and approaches to support work and health improvements. Council and its members have that experience and knowledge and I look forward to working with them at an exciting time for work and health in the UK.
Steve is Director Employee Health, Empactis, a technology innovation firm that helps organisations and managers support employee health.
Bev Messinger – Deputy Chair (2021)
Bev Messinger has been the Chief Executive of IOSH, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health since October 2016. IOSH is the world’s largest and only chartered body for safety and health professionals with over 48,000 members in over 130 countries. A registered charity it provides expertise, research and resources globally to reduce workplace fatalities, accidents, injury and disease. She leads on the delivery of IOSH’s strategy, WORK 2022, which sets out how IOSH will work globally with businesses, stakeholders and individual members to shape the future of safety and health at work. In addition, Bev has launched a comprehensive transformation programme to modernise IOSH and respond more effectively to the needs of the profession and its members.
An HR/OD professional by background, Bev is a Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and has focussed in the last decade on organisational transformation in local and central government. Following a 30 year career in local government, she was most recently Senior Director of Business Improvement for OFWAT.
Bev is an experienced Charity Trustee and Non-Executive Director having served as a Trustee at KeyRing a national charity for people with learning disabilities and until January 2019 she was a Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair at Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, a large community and mental health trust rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC and winner of the HSJ’s Trust of the Year 2018. Bev was appointed ‘Deputy Chair’ at the AGM in May 2021.
Tom Stewart is one of the Founders of System Concepts, one of the largest independent ergonomics, human factors, usability, health and safety consultancies in Europe. Following degrees in physics and in psychology at the University of Glasgow, he started his ergonomics career as a researcher and later lecturer at Loughborough University in 1970. A study for IFRA the International Newspaper Research Association resulted in co-authoring the book Visual Display Terminals in 1979. Later in 1979, he joined the management consultancy Butler Cox and Partners and worked on assignments and seminars in Europe, North America and Australia. He joined System Concepts in 1983, a company delivering ergonomics related projects for blue-chip clients, and became Managing Director in 1986. He became Executive Chairman in 2009 and retired in 2012. He is a past President of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.
Since 1983, he has been active in British (BSI), International (ISO) and European (CEN) ergonomics standards. He is known in Europe, the US and Japan for bringing ergonomics standards to a wide audience in an entertaining and informative way. In his spare time, he is a Trustee of the Jubilee Sailing Trust (www.jst.org.uk) – a charity which operates two fully accessible tall ships which offer life changing adventures for all.
He is a board member and Deputy Chair of the Council for Work and Health. He is passionate about the importance of good work and workplace design to prevent work related ill-health.
Robin Cordell has been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Council for Work and Health since his election in May 2016, having previously been a member of the Council in his capacity as the President of the Society of Occupational Medicine. Over this time he taken a full part in the activities of the Council, including leading on strategy development, and on the Council’s submission in 2018 on the Government’s consultation on Health and Disability. He also represents the Council on the Public Health England Health and Work Advisory Board.
Robin is also engaged in the development of occupational health practice in his capacity as the current President of the Occupational Medicine section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has arranged successful one-day academic meetings on creating healthy, motivating workplaces (in Dec 2017, with other members of the Council speaking), on Work and Cancer (jointly with Macmillan in March 2018) and Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (jointly with the Society of Occupational Medicine in May 2018). Future topics include Ethics, the Law and Data Protection in Work and Health (jointly with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Nov 2018).
As Medical Director of Cordell Health Ltd, a social enterprise providing specialist occupational health services, Robin is engaged with employers and others to foster cultures that promote and protect health at work, and to sustain those who have health problems and disabilities in work. He undertakes his own clinical work as a consultant occupational physician from the main Cordell Health clinic in Wokingham, and from regular clinics each week in London and Bristol.
Mandy is the Deputy Head of the National School of Occupational Health. The school aims to establish quality management frameworks for specialist education of professionals working in of Occupational Health (including nurses, doctors, physios and other rehabilitation specialists).
Mandy is an Occupational Health Nurse by professional background with over 19 years’ experience of delivering, managing and commercialising Occupational Health Services. Her most recent service role as General Manager at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust until April 2016. As a specialist in Occupational Health Mandy has contributed to many national expert committees influencing national policy in the arena of health and work, including the expert committee for the Boorman’s Review of Health and Wellbeing in the NHS, informing the quality standards for SEQOHS and the development of MoHaWK (a national benchmarking tool for OH services).
Mandy is also a qualified Coach Practitioner, providing coaching services to young people and individuals going through professional transitions either into work for the first time, changing jobs/promotion or return to work following long periods of absence. Mandy was re-elected to the Board at the AGM in May 2021.
Joy trained as a clinical psychologist in the U.S. and Australia. In addition to her clinical practice, her Australian career included research and teaching in academia and public service in Occupational Health, Safety & Welfare, and completing her MBA.
Joy’s Canadian experience includes disability insurance in both public and private sector as chief Adjudication Officer an VP Disability. In the UK Joy has specialised in developing the vocational rehabilitation profession, as Head of Rehab for a major disability insurer, and trustee for the Vocational Rehabilitation. In 2015, she was awarded the Post Magazine’s Rehab First Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Vocational Rehabilitation.
Most recently she has returned to her consulting, research and analysis roots, leading an innovative programme to support gender inclusion in the workplace.
Nicola Suckley (text to follow)
Professor Gail Kinman
Gail is Visiting Professor of Occupational Health Psychology at Birkbeck University of London. She is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences. Gail has published widely in the field of occupational health psychology, with a particular interest in the wellbeing of people whose work is emotionally demanding. Her recent work focuses on developing and evaluating multi-level interventions to enhance resilience, work-life balance and wellbeing in health and social care organisations. This is being used to inform organisational change initiatives and an ‘emotional curriculum’ in the sectors. Gail has recently been commissioned by bodies such as the Royal College of Nursing Foundation, the Louise Tebboth Foundation and the Society for Occupational Medicine to conduct national reviews of the work-related wellbeing of healthcare professionals. She is currently working with Public Health England, the Society of Occupational Medicine, and the British Psychological Society to formulate guidelines to help organisations and individuals manage the demands posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath.
Professor Diana Kloss MBE
The Founding Chair of the Council was Professor Diana Kloss MBE, who was made Honorary President in February 2018.
Previous Board members include:
Natalie Beswetherick, Nattasha Freeman, Jan Vickery, Joanna Wilde, Hilary Todd, Christina Butterworth, Olivia Carlton, Karin Bishop and Mike Goldsmith.