Stephen Bevan


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Principal Associate

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Stephen has conducted research and consultancy on high-performance work practices, employee reward strategy, performance management, 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. He is the Project Director of a major impact evaluation project for the Work and Health Joint Unit which is tracking the progress of health-led trials for people with mental health and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Stephen is an adviser 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 employment and is a reviewer for several academic journals, including The Lancet. Stephen is a regular columnist for HR Magazine, a judge at the Global Healthy Workplace Awards and an adviser the government’s Mental Health and Employment Review. He is a Board Member of the European HR Director’s Circle and a member of the Britain’s Healthiest Company expert advisory group. Stephen has appeared in HR Magazine's list of Most Influential HR Thinker for the past ten years. He has been an honorary professor at Lancaster University Management School since 2010.

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Advisory roles and affiliations

  • Member of the AIA Institute (Hong Kong) expert advisory board on workplace health (2017 - 2020)
  • Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and employment (2017 - present)
  • Member of advisory panel for RAND study on health and wellbeing interventions available to employers (2017 - 2018)
  • Adviser to the Prime Minister's review of mental health and employment (2017 - present)
  • Member of the Department for Work and Pensions green paper expert advisory group (2016 - present)
  • Member of the European Brain Council, mental health and employment advisory group (2016 - present)
  • Member of Dame Carol Black's expert panel for her review on behalf of the Prime Minister of employment interventions to support people with drug and alcohol addiction and obesity (2015 - 2016)
  • Judge at The Global Healthy Workplaces Awards (2014 - present)
  • Member of the Britain's Healthiest Company expert advisory group (2014 - present)
  • Board member of the European HR Director's Circle (2014 - present)
  • Member of the European Parliament Special Interests Groups on both mental health and musculoskeletal disorders (2014 - present)
  • Peer reviewer of The Lancet (2014 - present)