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Ian joined Informa (formerly UBM) in 2018 as the Editor of Safety & Health Practitioner. Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming. Prior to moving to Informa, Ian worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector. He was Online Editor and then moved on to be the Editor of two publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.
March 4, 2020

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Safety & Health Expo 2020

Who is Alastair Campbell, inspirational speaker at Safety & Health Expo 2020?

The 2020 Safety & Health Expo Inspirational Speaker line-up has been announced. The show is held at London’s ExCel from 8-10 September. This year, the theme is health & safety is a team sport.

Alistair CampbellAlastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy.

He quit frontline politics in 2003, but still actively campaigns in Britain and overseas and now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities and consultancy. He is editor-at-large of The New European, and chief interviewer for GQ magazine.

Alastair has written sixteen books, including several volumes of diaries of his time in politics, four novels, and a Number 1 best-selling analysis of what it takes to win in politics, business and sport.

He is also a keen mental health advocate. Having lived with depression—his latest book Better to Live, chronicles these experiences—Campbell has presented several award-winning documentaries on depression and addiction, and is a patron of a number of mental health charities.

He is an Ambassador for Mind, the official Charity Partner of the Workplace Wellbeing Show, and was named Mind Champion of the Year in 2009 in recognition of his work to break down stigma and campaign for better mental health services. His work saw him awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2017. He is also an active supporter of the Heads Together campaign, headed by Prince William.

Alastair is an accomplished bagpiper, a keen triathlete and a fanatical supporter of Burnley Football Club.

Better to Live: How I learnt to survive depression

Better To Live, Alastair CampbellSet to launch during Mental Health Awareness Week, which takes place from 18-25 May, Better to Live is Alastair Campbell’s honest, moving and life affirming account of his lifelong struggle with depression.

It is an autobiographical, psychological and psychiatric study, which explores his own childhood, family and other relationships, and examines the impact of his professional and political life on himself and those around him.

But it also lays bare his relentless quest to understand depression not just through his own life but through different treatments. Every bit as direct and driven, clever and candid as he is, this is a book filled with pain, but also hope – he examines how his successes have been in part because of rather than despite his mental health problems – and love.

His partner of forty years, Fiona Millar, writes a moving afterword on how she too has learned to live with his depression. Depression is the predominant mental health problem worldwide – it is estimated that one in six people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem and major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide.

‘Superbly readable, supremely useful. Unflinching, clear-eyed, honest, raw and revealing, it may be the most important achievement of Alastair Campbell’s vivid and varied life. This book could save lives,’ Stephen Fry.

Alastair will be taking to the Keynote Stage at Safety & Health Expo. He will be joined at the show by fellow Inspirational Speakers, Amy Williams and Major Tim Peake.

To book your free place, click the link below.

Get your free ticket to Alastair Campbell's talk at Safety & Health Expo 2020

ExCeL London, 11:30, Tuesday 8 September

Be inspired by former Downing Street Director of Communications and mental health activist Alastair Campbell as he shares his story of living with—and surviving—depression, and talks about how he went from the high-pressure world of political strategy to becoming a Mind ambassador and advocate. Get your free ticket today and secure your place at the Keynote Arena.

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