Emma Donaldson-Feilder is Director of Affinity Health at Work and also Director of Affinity Coaching and Supervision. She is a Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologist.
Emma specialises in working with organisations to achieve sustainable business performance through improvements in employee health, wellbeing and engagement. She is passionate about providing managers with practical, evidence-based tools to facilitate this and has worked with a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors – some examples of which can be found on our Consultancy pages. For more details of Emma’s coaching and supervision work, visit the Affinity Coaching and Supervision website.
In order to have the best possible evidence-base for her work, Emma is actively involved in research; and, conversely, her consultancy and coaching with a range of organisations ensures that the research is of genuine use in real-world settings. All her research is in collaboration with academic institutions, particularly with her co-Directors Rachel Lewis and Jo Yarker. Research in which she is involved is characterised by a strong focus on practical application and generates guidance and tools for managers, employer organisations and practitioners, all of which are freely available to download from sponsors’ websites, including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF) – links provided on our Research pages.
Emma is an author, conference speaker and media commentator, whose writing and presenting includes sharing freely available, research-based, online guidance and tools with a wide range of audiences. Highlights include Preventing stress in organisations: how to develop positive managers, a book that Emma wrote with Jo and Rachel, recent book chapters on coaching and workplace wellbeing, numerous academic and professional conferences and contributing lectures to the MSc in Occupational Psychology at various universities.
She is also active in the public policy domain, aiming to support evidence-based policy-making. She is British Psychological Society representative on the Council for Work and Health, a member of the Engaging for Success movement Guru Group and sub-groups and contributor to a range of policy consultation responses. She is also convenor of Occupational Psychology in Public Policy, a Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) working group, and a member and past convenor of the DOP health and wellbeing Working Group.
She draws on her 12 years’ previous experience of working in international relations and communications in a variety of organisations in the UK and overseas.