Steven Gilbert offers his support to develop anti-racism approaches, tackle racial inequality in organisations and to improve the lives of people struggling with mental health issues overall. As Lead Coach at the Anti Racism Leader Coaching, Steven is a trusted consultant and coach for organisations that want to action meaningful change. Having been in the industry for 10 years, Steven is a champion at tackling racism and improving the lives of those living with mental health issues.
Steven’s teenage years were rife with challenges, having dealt with high-functioning levels of depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder and suicidal thoughts. Growing up in a bi-racial family and predominantly white neighbourhood led to Steven feeling as though he did not belong. He very quickly learnt the meaning of racial discrimination, and this took a toll his mental health. It took magnificent amounts of determination and grit on Steven’s part to overcome these challenges, and today Steven has dedicated his life’s work to prevent the next generation from feeling this way.
An Organisational Development Consultant at Steve Gilbert Consulting, Steven has lent his services as an expert on racial inequality and mental health issues to numerous organisations. He has been an Anti-Racism Consultant at Kooth, an Advisor on Race Equality at Mind, an Advisor at the Directors Group Mental Health Act Reform for the Department of Health and Social Care and an Advisor for the NHS. However, these are only few of his many accomplishments.
In recognition of his contribution to the mental health field, Steven was appointed OBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Through his work, Stevem wishes to challenge perceptions of Black men’s mental health, reduce racial discrimination in mental health care and reform the mental health act. He has also been the Vice Chair of Independent Mental Health Act Review at Department of Health and Social Care – an incredible service. Steven is now available to speak at a myriad of events having talks about anti-racism at work, why allyship matters, and what tools are required to dismantle systemic racism in a workplace. If you are looking for an experienced and passionate speaker on matters related to race and mental health, look no further than Steven Gilbert.
I had the immense pleasure of working with Steve has he chaired the panel discussion for the
TEDxNHS Unlocked episode ‘Somebody Must Go First’ which discussed the experience of
mental health/mental ill health and accessing mental health services in black and brown
Steve brought with him a wealth of experience both personally and professionally and shared
this generously. He approached the task with maturity and care to support the contributors and
to challenge the audience.
Steve was an absolute joy to work with. I cannot recommend him enough. His experience is
not unique however his approach and his courage are remarkable. He has a skilful way of
holding a mirror up to injustice in a compassionate way which encourages action as well whilst
Steve will be asset to any team or project.
I worked with Steve as founder of Xenzone – now Kooth Plc- and was impressed not just by his
grasp of the issues but his ability to listen to people across the organisation. Steve is warm,
intelligent open and funny. He understands peoples pain and yet able to navigate a way
through the mess and disruption that inevitably follows when a company is facing its mistakes
and trying build an anti racist future.
I have had long chats with Steve over the last couple of years and can recommend him whole
heartedly as a consultant to help you and your business move forwards.
I have worked with Steven over many years. He is very intelligent and thoughtful. Steven’s
lived experience has provided invaluable insight which has informed the work we have done
together. I first met Steven when I was asked to chair a Mental Health Commission in the West
Midlands. Steven joined the Commission and proved to be an outstanding work colleague.
Always a pleasure to collaborate with and always constructive and helpful. Since then Steven
joined the Advisory Board at Kooth – which I chair. I have a very high regard for Steven and
would strongly recommend him.