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.
• Challenging and provocative on ending the stigma of mental health issues in the workplace
• Great storyteller with great humility and humour
• Great with Executive audiences
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Geoff McDonald biography
Geoff is a very much sought after speaker, inspiring and provoking organisations to put purpose and wellbeing at the centre of everything they do. His experience in Unilever, under the pupilage of Paul Polman, allows him to provide very practical insights and speak on how to go about truly embedding purpose and address the taboo associated with wellbeing (particularly mental health) within a large global multi-national organisation. With this experience come some real learning’s on what may or may not work. He recently had the opportunity to engage with Pope Francis on how we create a more sustainable and inclusive economy through his work with the Global Foundation.
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.
“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