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Dr Joanna YarkerDr. Joanna Yarker

Dr. Joanna Yarker divides her time between Kingston Business School, where she works as an Associate Professor, co-leading the Masters and Professional Doctorate programmes in Occupational and Business Psychology, and Affinity Health at Work, a niche consultancy specialising in health and wellbeing at work. She is passionate about understanding what we can do to foster fulfilling, healthy and productive work, particularly under times of challenge such as when individuals are unwell or under pressure.  The mental health toolkit brings together cutting edge research with the aim of helping employees and employers work towards a successful return to work.

Dr. Rachel Lewis Dr. Rachel Lewis

Dr Rachel Lewis is a Registered Occupational Psychologist, who works both as an academic (in the role of Associate Professor in Occupational Psychology, and Programme Director for the MSc and Professional Doctorate Programme in Occupational and Business Psychology at Kingston Business School) and as a practitioner (co-director of Affinity Health at Work, a niche occupational health psychology research consultancy). Rachel and colleague’s research and work aims to humanise the workplace by improving levels of employee health, wellbeing and engagement, and enhancing people management and leadership skills. She has worked extensively in the field of resilience, most recently in an ongoing project focused at enhancing resilience in Prison Officers. Rachel is passionate about promoting evidence based practice and does this by taking a rigorous approach that builds and gathers both academic research and practitioner expertise. Her research and practice have been multi-award winning, and Rachel holds both the British Psychological Society and Division of Occupational Psychology Practitioner of the Year awards.


Dr. Emma Donaldson-Feilder Dr. Emma Donaldson-Feilder

Occupational Psychologist, Emma Donaldson-Feilder aims to make a tangible difference to how workplaces function, by enhancing leadership and improving employee health and wellbeing. As Director of both Affinity Health at Work and Affinity Coaching and Supervision, her work includes research, consultancy, coaching, coach supervision, mindfulness and national policy on workplace health.

Visit the Affinity work health and wellbeing hub for up to date research and free resources to help manage health at work-


Dr. Fehmidah Munir Dr. Fehmidah Munir

Dr Fehmidah Munir a Registered Health Psychologist, and a Reader in Health Psychology at Loughborough University. Fehmidah works extensively in collaboration with industry, healthcare and charities to create better healthy working lives for those with and without a long-term health condition.  She has designed a number of return to work tools for charities and organisations, and delivered lifestyle and social interventions in the workplace to improve health, wellbeing and engagement. Fehmidah’s work is underpinned by good science and a strong work ethic and her research has led to a number of  international research collaborations on work, health and wellbeing.

Dr. Robert Blackburn Professor Robert Blackburn

Robert Blackburn is the Associate Dean for Research, Kingston Business School; and Director of the Small Business Research Centre. His PhD involved an analysis of job generation and job quality in small firms drawing upon various theories of small firm strategy and development. Robert has since undertaken a range of analyses of small firms and entrepreneurship.

Robert is also the Editor-in-Chief of the International Small Business Journal  and holds various positions in the field of small business and entrepreneurship in the UK and internationally. Additionally, Robert is a Visiting Professor at Turku School of Economics, Finland.