Dr Paul Litchfield, Chair, What Works Centre for Wellbeing, former Chief Medical Officer, BT
Paul Litchfield has been Chair of the UK’s What Works Centre for Wellbeing since April 2015. The Centre is dedicated to understanding what can be done to improve wellbeing across society. He has practised occupational medicine for 40 years in both the public and private sectors and from 2001 until 2018 he was Chief Medical Officer for BT Group, with global responsibility for health, safety and wellbeing. He has led multiple initiatives in the UK and overseas to promote good health in the workplace and he was an inaugural member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council, through which he has contributed to leading edge thinking on chronic disease, mental health and wellbeing in the context of an ageing society.
Paul also co-Chairs the National Forum for Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace and is a member of the NHS Healthy Workforce Advisory Board, the Health & Safety Executive Workplace Health Expert Committee and the Economic & Social Research Council’s Grant Assessment Panel. In 2013 and 2014 he was appointed by the UK Government to undertake statutory Independent Reviews of the work capability assessment and to advise the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions. He writes and speaks regularly around the world on health and wellbeing in a workplace context. In 2007 Paul was awarded the OBE for services to occupational health and in 2018 he was created a CBE for services to workplace wellbeing.