John Binns awarded MBE in Queen’s birthday honours list
16 June 2017
Former Deloitte partner and mental health adviser, John Binns, has been awarded an MBE for his services to mental health in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
John is currently the mental health and personal resilience adviser to Deloitte, having retired from the partnership in 2013.
John also advises many other corporates nationally and internationally on mental health and wellbeing. He is a respected public speaker and media commentator on how to maintain wellbeing and resilience in the workplace.
Emma Codd, managing partner for talent, Deloitte North West Europe, says: “We are thrilled by this recognition of John’s exceptional work to promote mental health awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding it.
“John was one of the first business leaders to speak out publically about his own experience and he created one of Deloitte’s most important and successful mental health initiatives. Following a significant period of depression in 2007, he received a great deal of support from his colleagues and subsequently said that he wished he had spoken out earlier; this prompted him to bring together a group of interested partners to establish Deloitte’s mental health champions. John was one of the first mental health champions and there are now 21 across the business. They provide a confidential one-to-one advisory service for those suffering from mental health problems. His initiative was groundbreaking, achieving national and international recognition.”
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Other positions of note:
- John is currently Vice Chair of the leading UK mental health charity, Mind, where he is a Trustee and Board Member.
- John's international work includes being a founder member of the New York workplace Mental Health Summit, alongside Wendy Brennan from the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). This is now regularly attended by top global corporates and actively promotes best practice in the workplace in New York.
- John is a member of the cross Whitehall Disability Expert Advisory Group with a remit to advise the group on workplace mental health. The group is chaired by Phillip Rutman, the Home Office Permanent Secretary.
- John is a non-executive director on the committee of management and leadership team of the City Mental Health Alliance. A membership group of around 43 City businesses, who come together to share best practice of mental health at work, challenge stigma in the City and get mental health and wellbeing recognised as a key boardroom issue.
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