Steve is Director of Corporate Responsibility, and Chief Medical Adviser to Royal Mail Group, and an experienced consultant in occupational health.
Steve has worked in Royal Mail for eighteen years, leading its occupational health and welfare team up to its outsourcing in 2002. As Chief Medical Adviser he has responsibility for developing occupational health approaches across a diverse, widespread and complex business, which has included working actively on absence reduction and substantially changing Royal Mail’s occupational health (OH) and welfare provision in recent years.
Royal Mail’s corporate turnaround over recent years has achieved significant improvements in profitability, quality of service and employee morale – Steve has been directly involved in the cross business initiatives on managing attendance and supporting changes to make the business “a great place to work” . He was also involved in redesigning the organisation’s ill health retirement scheme, and improving opportunities for rehabilitation.
His Royal Mail experience has included a wide variety of roles, and he was appointed as Royal Mail’s first Corporate Responsibility Director in January 2003, developing approaches across health, safety, environment and social responsibility areas and establishing governance and reporting arrangements. Royal Mail’s approach to CSR has won many awards, as an overall programme and for individual constituents such as its approach to occupational health – including winning RoSPA’s prestigious Astor Trophy recognition for OH.
Steve is an honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer with the Institute of Occupational Medicine, University of Birmingham, and is a Past President of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Section of Occupational Medicine. He is Chief Examiner to the Faculty of Occupational Medicine’s Diploma in Occupational Medicine examination, and a longstanding Appeal Board Referee appointed under The Merchant Shipping Regulations. In addition, he was also editor to the Faculty of Occupational Medicine’s working group on age and workplace health, and member of the working group developing GP training on fitness for work.
Steve has published widely, most recently on employee support practices for large organisations and in the leading textbook on men's health. Steve presents regularly both in the UK and internationally on issues of workplace health.
His career prior to working in Royal Mail included a period as a civil servant (as Medical Advisor within the Department of Transport), qualifying and working as General Practitioner in rural Warwickshire, and a broad range of NHS SHO roles on both surgical training rotations and general practice vocational training schemes.
Aside from his medical interests he has served as a school governor, as Trustee to two large charities and in the past as Rag Chairman and Student Union President for his University Medical School. He has built two hospital radio studios and pursued a broad range of voluntary work.