Mark Newns - Health and Wellbeing Manager, Keltbray Group

Keltbray Rail Companies, the Thrive health and wellbeing programme

Keltbray Rail Companies, the Thrive health and wellbeing programme, an holistic approach to helping our people be fit and well for work and life.

In 2014 I started to deliver the Thrive health and wellbeing programme into Keltbray Rail Companies, it’s fair to say, it was met with a cynical response. Even with my 25 years industry experience and a solid programme, I was treated with suspicion and avoidance, quickly picking up the moniker ‘Dr Christian’ after the famous celebrity TV Dr!

The game changer came when I gave a 30 something employee a health check and discovered undiagnosed diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, in fact his estimated heart age and likelihood for a heart attack and stroke was more like a 70 year olds! He duly disappeared to his doctors telling everyone who would listen “I was ok and had saved his life!”

Please join me and share our journey breaking down the communication barriers through physical health checks, enabling us to tackle the taboo of mental ill health in our macho industry.