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Member: Emma Donaldson-Feilder

Emma Donaldson-Feilder is an Occupational Psychologist who specialises in working with organisations to achieve sustainable business performance through improvements in employee health, wellbeing and engagement. She is passionate about providing practitioners and managers with practical, evidence-based tools to facilitate this.

 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. Conducted in collaboration with a number of academics and academic institutions, her research focuses on workplace health, wellbeing and engagement. 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).

 Emma is Director and Co-Founder of Affinity Health at Work, a specialist consultancy and research group. She works with a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors, using an evidence-based approach to help employers and managers improve employee wellbeing, engagement and performance. Recent clients have included a large energy company, a large transport organisation and the various Police Superintendents’ Associations of the UK. The focus is on collaborative working with those inside the client organisation and empowering organisations and individuals to carry forward the work themselves. (See

 Emma is also Director and Founder of Affinity Coaching and Supervision, a specialist coaching psychology consultancy providing workplace coaching, together with supervision for coaches and other professionals. Coaching includes executive coaching for senior managers and top teams, and coaching to support health and wellbeing in the workplace. Supervision services are for coaches and in-house coaching teams, plus supervision/mentoring for Occupational Psychologists and other professionals on projects such as team building, organisation development and workplace health and wellbeing activities. (See

 In addition, 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. She is co-author of "Preventing stress in organisations: how to develop positive managers", a book written with Dr Jo Yarker and Dr Rachel Lewis, published by Wiley-Blackwell. She is also active in the public policy domain, aiming to support evidence-based policy-making, through voluntary work such as convening the BPS DOP working group Occupational Psychology in Public Policy and representing the BPS on the Council for Work and Health. 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.

Emma has an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University (BA/MA in Natural Sciences, specialising in psychology) and an MSc in Organisational Psychology from City University. She is Chartered with the BPS and Registered with the HCPC as an Occupational Psychologist. She provides lectures on masters courses in Occupational Psychology and related topics for a number of universities, including Goldsmiths, University of London, City University, Nottingham University and Kingston Business School.