Les Wright

Assistant Director of HR, Workplace Wellbeing

Human Resources (Workplace Wellbeing)

Contact details

54 Pritchatts Road

Edgbaston Campus

Introductory Statement

Les's role as Assistant Director HR: Workplace Wellbeing involves managing the delivery of the professional Workplace Wellbeing services including health and safety, fire, environment and sustainability, occupational health, and employee support . His team consists of twenty staff located in two buildings situated on Pritchatts Road. The teams contribute to policy and process across a wide range of staff and student activities, including the development of policy, advice on the assessment and control of risks, emergency preparation and response, accident and incident investigation, the provision of information and training, and participation in a range of formal and informal Committees and groups. Occupational health supports a range of assessment services (including screenings for staff and students working in higher risk activities), health surveillance, advice on impacts on health from work, and a management referral service. Employee support provides independent advice to staff on work and other issues, provides a confidential listening service, advice on disability issues, bullying and harassment, and provides access to the Citizens Advice Bureau and a facilitated network of mediators .


Prior to taking up his post at the University of Birmingham in January 2013 Les was Head of Health and Safety Service at Sheffield Hallam University. He entered the University sector after having worked as a consultant for AMT International and for a period as a freelance consultant, which involved providing professional safety services across a number of employment sectors both in the UK and overseas. Before that, Les was the Health and Safety Adviser at the British Geological Survey and held technical roles in the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences (NERC), Institute of Geological Sciences (NERC) and the Royal Aircraft Establishment.

Les's main interests lie in safety leadership for research settings, workplace wellbeing, and organisational development. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, and has held roles of Associate Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and Sheffield Hallam University, and External Examiner at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Paisley (Now University of Western Scotland).