Peter Kelly

Peter Kelly wearing a dark blue overshirt

How Peter describes himself: An exceptional communicator and presenter; passionate about making a difference to those around him by demonstrating a real and caring human touch.

Superpowers: Cooking, drinking South Australian wine and a genuine willingness to try new things.

Strengths: An innovative initiator, excellent negotiator and influencer and a real advocate for people with a small voice.

Random Fact: Peter is a fan of all Australian ball games and a part-time actor on the big and small screens.

Work History and Highlights

Peter’s impact on mental wellbeing and psychological safety at work has been widespread.

He’s best known for his role with the UK Health and Safety Executive, where he was a senior psychologist for 24 years. Working tirelessly, in the UK and internationally, he encouraged employers to consider the role of work in promoting positive mental health.

Well ahead of the curve back in 2004, he was part of the team that developed the ‘world first’ UK stress management standard and then the ISO 45003 standard, the first internationally agreed standard for psychological health and safety at work.

An active member of various committees and advisory boards, he is instrumental in creating good mental health practices and helping organisations evolve. From improving access to NHS mental health services for the working population to advising on the government its workplace mental health strategy during COVID-19. In 2015, he helped develop the EU OSHA campaign on psychosocial risk management and mental health.

Peter is now a sought-after and brilliant public speaker on workplace mental health, with hundreds of webinars and presentations under his belt. Raising the profile of good work in the sector, he regularly judges on mental health and well-being awards.

He founded and is the director of Being Real: Workplace Mental Health Solutions and is a Mental Health Advisor to the charity Mates in Mind.