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About Paul Litchfield

Paul Litchfield has been Chief Medical Officer for BT Group plc since 2001 and has been active in the field of workplace health and disability for more than 30 years. He has been involved in UK national and European initiatives to promote good physical & mental health, to improve rehabilitation back into work and to reduce the stigma of mental ill health. In 2015 he was additionally appointed as Chair of the UK’s What Works Centre for Wellbeing, which was established at the request of David Cameron to further understanding what can be done to improve wellbeing across society. He is an inaugural member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council and has contributed to leading edge thinking on chronic disease, mental health and wellbeing in the context of an ageing society. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to Occupational Health.

Paul has contributed to the development of public policy in the UK for many years. In 2009 he was co-author of the independent review for Government "Realising ambitions: Better employment support for people with a mental health condition". In 2013 and 2014 he was appointed to undertake statutory Independent Reviews of the work capability assessment and to advise the UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He is regularly invited to speak at Westminster and so far in 2016 he has contributed to events in Parliament on health and employment, online suicide prevention and mental health at work. Additionally this year he has been a keynote speaker at the launch of the Health & Safety Executive’s new strategy for Great Britain and part of a small group at Downing Street discussing the role of business in promoting positive mental health with the Prime Minister.

Outside of the UK, Paul maintains good links with the European Commission and recently visited DG SANCO in Luxembourg to discuss wellbeing. In April he was a speaker at the high level meeting in Washington, Out of the Shadows, organised by the World Bank and the World Health Organisation to promote mental health as a global development priority. In June Ohood Al Roumi, the newly appointed Minister for Happiness of the UAE, met with Paul during her visit to the UK. He has particularly close ties with New Zealand and this year has met both with Hon Nicky Wagner, Minister for Disability Issues, and Girol Karacaoglu, Chief Economist, during their visits to the UK. Paul has previously met with the Hon Anne Tolley, Minister for Social Development.

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Monday, 17 October 2016