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London : April: Geoff McDonald, former Global VP HR, Unilever

18 April @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


 Geoff McDonald, former Global VP HR, Unilever

Removing the stigma of mental health in the workplace

Geoff McDonald

Previously the Global Vice President Human Resources, Talent, Marketing, Communications, Sustainability & Water, Geoff recently left Unilever after 25 years in a truly global career, especially emerging markets. After starting work as a teacher, his career has spanned leadership, capability and talent development, organization change, with particular reference to marketing, acquisitions and business transformation. Under the pupilage of Paul Polman, Geoff has devoted energy and effort to leading ground breaking work in HR, transforming Unilever’s business model with embedding PURPOSE at its core, driving growth and profitability in a complex business.

Geoff is a Senior Advisor to the Global PR firm Buson-Marsteller and its Purpose Practice. He also consults to organizations in the area of mental health. He is a sought after speaker , speaking on topics such as “the Bipolar world of business – profit and purpose”; “Mental Wellbeing – a competitive advantage”), with the aim of inspiring and provoking organizations to put purpose and wellbeing at the centre of everything they do. Geoff’s vision is to “see purposeful companies with purposeful individuals commonplace one day” for the overall benefit of society. He has spoken at events around the world, including Australasia; Europe; North America; and South Africa

Geoff is a very active campaigner for breaking the stigma associated with Mental Health in the Corporate world and has participated in a number of BBC programmes, as well as writing articles for the Huffington Post, FT and HR related journals. He is also a trustee of the Charity Family Links. He is also a trustee of the Global Campaign It’s a Penalty- combatting the exploitation of young children around the world.
He previously convened a meeting with David Cameron and CEOs from Footsie 100 Companies to address their role and agree actions to break stigma in the corporate world. He also provided some support to the Royal Foundation (Prince William, Harry and Kate) in their mental health campaign.

Geoff is married with two girls and loves the outdoors, he is a passionate cyclist and swimmer and has completed a number of ultra cycling events both on and off road.

Unilever is a global corporation with a turnover of £50 billion, 170,000 employees in 90 countries around the world.

18:00 – 19:00 Networking, Drinks, Canapés
19:00 – 20:00 Speaker
20:00 – close Networking



18 April
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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136 High Holborn
London, WC1V 6PX United Kingdom
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