Geoff McDonald - Keynote Speaker, Business Transformation Advisor & Mental Health Campaigner

“You are indeed the biggest champion of our organisation’s purpose and wellbeing. Thank you for all you have done for this great institution, we will benefit from it for years to come.”

Paul Polman, CEO Unilever – June 2014

Geoff McDonald mental health in business keynote speaker

Challenging organisations to address the stigma of mental health in the workplace and to embed purpose at the centre of what they do.

Geoff McDonald purpose as a business driver advisor and consultant

Practical advice and insights for organisations who are looking to position purpose and employee wellbeing as core drivers of success.

Geoff McDonald mental health in business campaigner

Initiatives and campaigns to change the narrative and to break the stigma associated with mental health in the corporate world.

“I want people in organisations to feel they have the choice to put their hand up if they are suffering from anxiety or depression, just as they would if they were suffering from a physical illness.”

Geoff McDonald

Geoff McDonald is now best known as a global advocate, campaigner and consultant who is passionate about addressing the stigma of mental ill health in workplaces, and helping organisations embed purpose as a key driver of business performance, and prior to this Geoff was the Global VP of Human Resources for Unilever.

As an advisor and consultant, Geoff draws on his experience of helping to architect the transformation of Unilever to an organisation with purpose at its core.

As an experienced keynote speaker, he has a reputation for energising and inspiring people to take action to create workplaces that enhance people’s lives with health and purpose at their core.

‘Let’s Talk About Mental Health’ – Watch Geoff describe his own personal experience of Mental Health and how it now drives his passion as a business advisor and campaigner.

‘Mental Health: A Personal Perspective’ – Listen to Geoff McDonald’s latest talk at TEDxHultLondon – May 2019.

You’ll find more videos, articles, reports, podcasts, interviews and other resources for people interested in putting purpose at the centre of organisational success and challenging the stigma of mental health in the workplace in the Media and Resources pages.

“I asked whether people would be willing to raise a mental health issue with the chain of command, the response was about 50:50. However far more valuable, and enlightening, was the number of people who took the time to seek me out and ‘discuss their position’. Even two weeks later people are still wanting to ‘just state their position’. It has been an incredibly insightful and humbling experience.”

Colonel Garry Hearn – Director at the Defence Academy – Following a talk by Geoff McDonald

“Geoff draws you in with his very personal and emotional story and then gives everybody a metaphorical wake-up punch, driving home the clear message that business has an ethical responsibility to support the mental health and well-being of its people. It’s not a ‘nice to have’, it’s essential, it’s not ‘we’ll do something about it soon’, it’s ‘do it NOW’.”

Amy McDonald – Founder & CEO Headtorch

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