Stephen Bevan returns to the Institute for Employment Studies

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25 Feb 2016

Stephen BevanProfessor Stephen Bevan, currently Director of Research at The Work Foundation and an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University, is to return to the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) as Head of HR Research Development.

Stephen has conducted research on high-performance work practices, employee reward strategy, staff engagement and retention, and 'good work'. He has a special interest in workforce health and wellbeing, having led a number of national and international projects focusing on workforce health and the impact of chronic illness on productivity and social inclusion.

Stephen is an advisor to a number of UK government departments and has advised employers and policymakers in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australasia and North America. He has received a special award from GAMIAN-Europe for his contribution to the field of mental health and is a reviewer for several academic journals, including The Lancet; a regular columnist for HR Magazine; a judge at the Global Healthy Workplace Awards; and is a member of Public Health England’s Health & Work Advisory Board, and the Health and Work Group of the Public Health Responsibility Deal. Stephen has also been Chair of the UK Fit for Work Coalition.

Nigel Meager, director of the Institute for Employment Studies, comments:

‘We are delighted to welcome Steve on his return to IES to take up the key new senior role heading up our HR research development activity, and further extend the Institute’s international profile in this area.

‘He has considerable personal standing in the HR world; he is in the top 10 HR thinkers for 2015, with an impressive national and international record as a researcher, consultant, speaker and commentator.’

Commenting on his appointment, Bevan said:

‘I’m very excited to be returning to IES after 14 years at The Work Foundation. Many of the people management challenges faced by employers today and in the future will need new thinking and new solutions. My role will give me the chance to help consolidate the position IES already has as a thought-leader in HR and to build new partnerships and collaborations with organisations both at home and abroad.’


Notes to editor

Stephen’s official start date at IES is Monday, 4 April, 2016

About the Institute

The Institute for Employment Studies is a leading independent, not-for-profit centre for research and evidence-based consultancy on employment, the labour market, and HR policy and practice. 


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