Seddon’s business services director, Nicola Hodkinson, has become a member of the Mates in Mind Board of Trustees, supporting the company’s position as a key player when it comes to mental health in the construction industry.
One key element of this recognition has come from Nicola's involvement with and advocacy of Seddon’s Jordan's Conversation initiative, following the suicide of 25-year-old employee, Jordan Bibby. This scheme gives employees, customers and supply chain partners access to the knowledge, support and tools that support good mental health.
Speaking on the appointment, Steve Hails, chair of Mates in Mind's Board of Trustees, said: "We are pleased to welcome Nicola to Mates in Mind's Board and look forward to working together to drive our vision of empowering employers across the UK to foster mentally healthy workplaces where individuals can thrive.
"Nicola's previous work improving mental health within the construction sector makes her an ideal addition to our trustee board.
"As a custodian of the Seddon family business, Nicola is committed to assuring longevity and a sustainable future for the organisation. This dedication to the long-term health of her family business, and central belief that there is no health without mental health, reflects Mates in Mind's core values. We look forward to the valuable industry insight and innovative thinking that Nicola will bring to our charity."
Nicola added: "Here at Seddon, we have worked to ensure that we do business in the most responsible way possible – putting physical and mental health at the core of what we do.
"This belief is at the forefront of Jordan's Conversation, the campaign we partnered with Mates in Mind on to address mental health care in the workplace and get our staff talking. I look forward to working closely with this invaluable charity to continue creating a dialogue on mental health across the construction industry."