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

Practical insights for embedding purpose at the centre of organisations and addressing the stigma of mental health in the workplace

Using his own experience of addressing the stigma of mental ill health within Unilever where he was Global VP of Human Resources, Geoff draws audiences in with his very personal and emotional story, and then gives everybody a metaphorical wake-up punch.

He delivers strong ideas for how workplaces can embed purpose as a driver of business performance, and enact their ethical responsibility to support the health and well-being of their people.

‘Mental Health : A Competitive Advantage’ – Talk at The Work’s Mental Conference

‘The Role of Purpose’ – Keynote speech at the Responsible Business Forum 2014

With keynotes in more than 15 countries, Geoff has a reputation for energising and inspiring people to take action to help create workplaces that enhance people’s lives. 

Geoff has spoken at Universities in Cambridge, Oxford, Bologna and Warwick, as well as at business conference events across Australia, Europe, Japan, North America, Turkey and Eastern Europe. 

In addition, he engages the C-Suite, extended leadership teams, and all employees across a variety of sectors; significant clients have included HSBC, GlaxoSmithKline, the NHS, HSBC, SKY, Airbus, Novartis, Barclays Asia-Pacific.

Topics that Geoff speaks about include:

Organisation Purpose as driver of business performance. Key messages are:

  • The Unilever story and how Purpose drove business performance
  • What does it take to rediscover an organisations Purpose
  • What does it take to embed and live organisation purpose
  • What does that change/transformation programme look like and entail

Mental Health and Wellbeing – A competitive advantage. Key messages are:

  • The power of being able to speak up and ask for support if suffering from mental ill health
  • How to break the stigma of mental ill health in a workplace
  • How to maintain good mental health as an individual
  • How to realise a competitive advantage through mental health and well being in a workplace

“It was an absolute pleasure to have you at our conference today. The team were buzzing after your talk and I know they will work hard to bring those messages to reality. We are committed to removing the stigma attached to mental health and you have played a big role in triggering that change.”

David Morgan – EasyJet

“As Geoff points out, breaking stigma saves lives. If you’re looking for an amazing speaker who will energise and inspire you and your people to take action to support mental health at work, ask Geoff.”

Amy McDonald Founder & CEO Headtorch

“Your talk was incredible and has already had genuine impact. This morning I have been inundated with emails and feedback about you, your talk, and your message. This is from all levels (Commandant / Vice-Chancellor to young officers and academics). It has inspired more than just discussion.”

Major Tim Towler – Defence Academy


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