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Steve is a Chartered Member of IOSH and a Chartered Environmentalist. He first qualified in biochemistry and chemistry, and then environmental health, and as a Principal Environmental Health Officer, completed his MBA in 1994. While working with EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation he specialised in occupational health. He is currently a Global HSE Manager for a manufacturing company.
He experienced his first breakdown in 1997 and was subsequently diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder. He first told his story in 2001 and became an Ambassador for the Department of Health’s mind out for mental health campaign.
He began working with the Business Disability Forum in 2003 and has played an active role in many conferences, seminars and workshops on mental health.
Between 2009 and 2012 he performed a show at the Brighton and Edinburgh Festival Fringes with spoken word, music and song, initially based on his first book ‘Fast Train Approaching…’, and later including drawing on other people’s stories from his second book ‘Voices: mental health survivors, carers, therapist, family and friends.’
He brings his personal experience to play in developing lively and engaging training sessions on mental health.
His mission is to have mental health discussed over coffee, over a drink, or at work, without fear of stigma or gossip.
He has also presented on emotional resilience, and is working to help ‘break the silence’ in organisations, for the benefit of all.