Former Global VP HR, Marketing, Communications, sustainability & Water, Unilever
Geoff is a much sought-after speaker who talks about the power of purpose in driving business performance and to how challenge the stigma of mental illness in the workplace.
Resilience & Wellbeing
Geoff McDonald biography
Geoff McDonald is now best known as a global advocate, campaigner and consultant. He is passionate about addressing the stigma of mental health in workplaces, and about helping organisations embed purpose as a key driver of business performance. He is formerly the Global VP of Human Resources for Unilever.
One of the most commanding, engaging speakers you’ll ever encounter, today Geoff is inspiring and provoking organisations to put purpose at the centre of everything they do and to challenge the stigma of mental health in the workplace.
Geoff’s background in HR, marketing, communications and sustainability is impeccable. During his 25 years with Unilever (with a turnover of £50 billion, 170,000 employees in 90 countries around the world), his experience has been truly global, working across Africa, Middle-East, Turkey, Asia, Europe and the Americas. His HR experience has spanned leadership and talent development, organisation change, capability development with particular reference to marketing and business transformation with purpose at its core.
In this current COVID-19 crisis Geoff is spending lots of his time talking to businesses on what you can do to maintain a sense of well-being and how to look after your and your people’s mental health as we all adjust to home working and self-isolation.
“You are indeed the biggest champion and understand what we are doing more than many others in the company. You live it and breath it. To now make the knowledge available to many others, and hopefully create the momentum for biggest change is a very noble cause. Thanks for doing that. Purpose is indeed closely linked to wellness and not many people see this yet. Again you are a pioneer here. You will enjoy the challenges and opportunities and you are well prepared for it. We will see each other still but already thanks for all you have done for this great institution. We will benefit from it for years to come.”Paul Polman, CEO Unilever
"I so enjoyed hosting Charlotte at one of our Talks@Goldman Sachs. She was an impressive speaker, recounting her struggle with depression but inspiring us all with the way in which she dealt with it. I admired her honesty and was fascinated by her entrepreneurialism in writing and publishing her book of thoughts for the day. Definitely worth a read."Sally Boyle, Partner and International Head of Human Capital Management, Goldman Sachs
"Thanks for yesterday Geoff - extremely powerful content and delivery, which made a great impact on the team. Afterwards,I was struck by how many people were openly discussing the strains in their own life and the overall absence of cynicism about the event - both of which are a big departure from the norm and a proof point of the difference you are making in the world."Lee Hodgkinson, UK CEO, Euronext