Mental Health in the Workplace: Nigel Jones, Linklaters & Jonathan Jones, Government Legal Department
The Government's Department of Health advises that one in four of us will experience mental ill health at some point in our lives. It is therefore important that employers and their staff take steps to promote positive mental health and support those experiencing mental ill health.
Jonathan Jones, Permanent Secretary of the Government Legal Department and Civil Service Health and Wellbeing Champion; and Nigel Jones, Partner at Linklaters and Chair of the City Mental Health Alliance, will share their experiences of helping organisations identify practical steps that can be taken both to prevent mental ill health in the workplace, and to improve the way employers treat sufferers – therefore leading to improved working environments, but also positive organisational outcomes.
Following Jonathan and Nigel’s remarks, attendees will then be invited to take part in a discussion.
About the speakers
Nigel is a senior partner at international law firm Linklaters, in whose City office he has worked for over 30 years. He was one of the co-founders, and is currently Chair, of the City Mental Health Alliance.
Jonathan has been Treasury Solicitor and Permanent Secretary of the Government Legal Department since March 2014. His department comprises over 2000 people (of which about 1500 are lawyers) providing legal services to Ministers and government departments. The range of work embraces constitutional, EU, international and public law, legislation, civil litigation, public inquiries, employment and commercial law. His role and that of his department place him at the heart of some of the most important legal, political and constitutional issues affecting the country.
In addition to heading his own Department, Jonathan is Head of Profession for the wider community of lawyers who work in Government. Jonathan is also Civil Service Health and Wellbeing Champion.
Jonathan is a barrister and a Bencher (senior member) of Middle Temple. His early career in government included legal posts at the Office of Fair Trading, Department of Transport, Attorney General’s Office and HM Treasury. He was subsequently Legal Adviser (Director) to the Department for Education and Skills, returning to the Attorney General’s office as Director General in 2004. He became Deputy Treasury Solicitor in 2009 before moving to become Home Office Legal Adviser in 2012.