Bill Gunnyeon

‌Dr Bill Gunnyeon CBE
Bill Gunnyeon has spent most of his career in the occupational health field, having held senior professional and strategic leadership roles in the private and public sectors.

His early career in the Royal Air Force was followed by 17 years’ experience in outsourced service delivery in the commercial sector including business leadership and development; integration and transformation; service innovation; and contract management and procurement. He spent 5 years working within Local Government in Scotland including with Police and Fire Services.

Appointed Chief Medical Adviser, Director for Health and Wellbeing and Chief Scientist at the Department for Work and Pensions in 2005, he spent the following 9 years leading the health and work agenda within the UK Government including responsibility for delivering and implementing the government response to the Black Review of the health of working age people; the development and implementation of the fit note; the government response to the Independent Review of Sickness Absence and the development of and procurement for the Fit for Work Service.

He has considerable experience of governance in both the private, public and charitable sectors. A Past-President of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of which he is a Fellow, he is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of General Practitioners. He was awarded a CBE in 2009.

He is currently Chair of the Board of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and a Lay Member of the General Osteopathic Council.‌