I was educated at Latymer Upper School, London, and at the University of Nottingham where I eventually joined the academic staff. After 41 years service, I retired from the Chair of Organisational Psychology in 2012.
During my time at Nottingham, I became Head of what was then the Department of Psychology (1994-1998). In 1999, I established the Institute of Work, Health & Organisations as a new international postgraduate research school. The Institute was formally recognised by the WHO as a Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health. I stood down as its Founding Director in 2010 and took a year’s sabbatical before retiring from the University in 2012 to join Birkbeck University of London as its new Chair of Occupational Health Psychology & Management. I resigned from Birkbeck in 2020.
I was awarded a CBE in the New Years Honours List 2000 for services to occupational health. This award was largely related to my role in the development of the Management Standards approach to work-related stress and psychosocial risks to employee health. The following year, 2003, I was made an Honorary Fellow of both the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (Dublin) and of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. In 2008, I was presented with an award for a Distinguished Contribution to Occupational Health Psychology jointly by the American Psychological Association, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the US Society for Occupational Health Psychology.
In 2012, I was awarded an Honorary Chair in Psychosocial Oncology by the University of Aberdeen and an Emeritus Chair by the University of Nottingham.
I founded the journal Work & Stress in the late 1980s with my colleague, Professor Phillip Dewe, and stood down as its Managing Editor some 27 years later at the end of 2013. I remain its Emeritus Editor.
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