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Supporting Mental Health and Well-being


Karl Simons is a proud dad, loving husband, loyal son, hard working employee, interesting university lecturer, mental health campaigner and curious radio presenter.

With a background in HM Armed Forces and having served in multiple conflicts, Karl is presently the Chief Health, Safety & Security Officer at Thames Water.  He has 30 years of employment experience, having worked across all continents and numerous safety critical industries including oil, gas, minerals, rail, roads, construction and utilities.  He is an Electrical & Mechanical Engineer, holds a Post Graduate Masters Degree in Environmental Management, Safety & Health, is a Chartered Occupational Safety & Health Practitioner and Member of the Institute of Directors.  

Karl’s advice is regularly sought by Government and he is a lecturer at the University of Cambridge.  He also holds a position as Non-Executive Director on the Board of the global organisation ‘Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor’.

In 2020 Karl was awarded an OBE by HM the Queen for Services to Mental Health Policy and in 2019 was voted ‘The Most Influential Person in Health & Safety’ by the 600,000 global readers of SHP

Show: The Business Hour

The show is aimed at bringing into the studios some of the most influential thought leaders and business professionals working in major companies across Great Britain, to discuss the steps they are taking to increase the visibility and profile of mental health.  Karl tackles some of the key topics that make business tick, such as Policies, strategies and the latest mental health initiatives being focussed on.  

Karl told us ‘UK business has a major role to play in moving mental health forward in society and senior executives are instrumental in not only setting the tone and introducing policies that create a culture of care to support those that work for and on their behalf, but also then their responsibility to share what they are doing so others can learn and benefit!”

The business hour is live on Men’s Radio Station every Saturday morning at 9 – 10AM.

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