Tony graduated from Surrey University with a BSc in Sociology, before beginning a career that has spanned over 30 years working across the voluntary and statutory sectors in the UK and Australia.
His entrepreneurial approach has seen him take on a number of service and business development roles including co-founding STATUS Employment, a charity supporting people with disabilities into work. Tony took his interest in the power of employment to promote health and well-being into the NHS, where he managed the vocational services for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest mental health services in the UK. Tony then took on the role of Head of Mental Health Promotion, setting up and managing the Trust's mental health promotion service. He has been developing well-being services and interventions that apply the evidence for promoting positive mental health in both workplaces and communities for more than 20 years. Tony has played a key role in creating a range of innovative approaches and resources, including the Wheel of Well-being (WoW), happier@work and the Mental Well-being Impact Assessment toolkit. In 2017 Tony moved from the UK to Australia to take up the challenge of working for the University of Wollongong developing a positive residency model, a system of university accommodation is based on the principles of positive psychology and flourishing. He now works between the UK and Australia.
Tony founded Thrive Wellbeing Consultancy in 2014 and, in addition to his role as Director, Tony is also the Lead Associate for Population Mental Health for Implemental (formerly Maudsley International). He has supported the Qatar Ministry of Public Health to develop their national mental health promotion and prevention strategy and action plan. This included a program of delivery for workplaces. Tony also advises the Queensland and New South Wales Mental Health Commissions on the practical application of population mental well-being approaches, including facilitating major capacity building programmes in both MWIA and WoW.