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Workplace Wellbeing and Stress Forum 2018

15 November @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£249.00 – £299.00

Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf


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Back for an incredible 13th year!

The business case for managing the wellbeing of employees is irrefutable. Organisations that value the safety, wellbeing and health of their employees improve their engagement, retention and productivity, in turn promoting their brand image and their profitability.

This conference will showcase best practice and key trends in workplace wellbeing and stress management. With speakers from leading businesses in the public and private sector, it will offer HR, OH and wellbeing professionals insights into how industry leaders have designed and implemented successful wellbeing initiatives. Topics covered by the conference include:

  • Promoting mental health: What can companies do to reduce stress and avoid mental health problems among employees?
  • Workplace culture: How can businesses create a workplace culture that fosters open communication and wellbeing for all?
  • Emerging trends: From financial wellbeing to gender equality, what are the key areas HR professionals need to focus on at a time of cultural change and growing uncertainty?
  • Demonstrating value: How can HR professionals prove the value of wellbeing initiatives to the business to gain executive support?

The conference will offer case studies and practical takeaways presented by professionals who are pioneering novel approaches to wellbeing. You will have the chance to discuss current issues and practical problems with experts on workplace wellbeing and stress management and engage in interactive knowledge-share sessions. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking with colleagues and leading professionals.

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Can you recommend a hotel near the venue?

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Can I cancel my booking or transfer to another event?

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  • Cancellations can be made up to one month before the event. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a cancellation charge of £100 + VAT.
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Event Sponsors

Nuffield Health

Nuffield Health is the UK's largest independent health & wellbeing not-for-profit organisation, working to advance, promote and maintain health and healthcare for all.

They deliver complete and connected health and wellbeing services for thousands of employees across the UK, to help people get healthy and stay healthy, Nuffield Health provides access to thousands of health experts through 31 hospitals, 111 fitness & wellbeing clubs, 212 corporate fitness and wellbeing centres and 4 stand-alone medical centres.

As well as their gyms and hospitals, Nuffield Health's broad health and wellbeing services also include health assessments, nutritional therapy, occupational health, emotional wellbeing, primary care services, diagnostics and physiotherapy, of which they have the largest network of physiotherapists outside of the NHS.



If your organisation would be interested in promoting itself through the wide variety of exhibitions, sponsorship and marketing opportunities available at this event, please visit our sponsorship mini-site or contact our sales team at sales@symposium-events.co.uk or 020 7231 5100.



09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Chair's opening remarks

Neil Shah, Chief De-Stressing Officer and author of The 10 Step Stress SolutionStress Management Society

09:45 A Long Road: Implementing Health and Wellbeing Programmes in an International Organisation

  • Developing an organisational response to workplace stress
  • Mental health: moving beyond awareness-raising into positive action
  • Challenges of implementing wellbeing programmes in an international organisation with employees in over 100 countries

Andrew Spells, Head of Wellbeing, British Council

10:10 Introducing Financial Wellbeing – Practical Tips and a Case Study from Hays

  • Where does financial wellbeing fit into employee benefits?
  • The business case for financial wellbeing and examples of what companies can do on a practical basis
  • Overcoming hurdles such as budgets, resources and concerns about how far a company should ‘stray’ into an employee’s personal life
  • Measuring success and looking at how financial wellbeing can make a difference

Rosemary Lemon, Group Head of Rewards, Hays

10:35  Questions and discussion with speakers
10:45 Panel discussion

Workplace Culture and Wellbeing

  • How important is a 'company culture' for employee wellbeing?
  • In what ways can a better workplace culture improve employees' mental and physical health?
  • How important are inclusivity and equality as the foundation for wellbeing at work?
  • What opportunities and challenges does flexible working bring for employee wellbeing?

Three panellists to be announced soon

11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:30 Speaker TBC
11:55 Panel discussion

Discussing Mental Health in the Workplace

  • What can companies do to promote communication about mental health in the workplace?
  • How can employees be encouraged to seek help and assistance for mental health issues?
  • What is best practice for in-house training and support for line managers?

Anastasia Vinnikova, Junior Recruiter and Co-Chair of the Mental Health Network, Bank of England

Andrea Vogel, Head of People and Achievement, War Child

Third panellist to be announced soon

12:20 Questions and discussion with speakers
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Knowledge-share networking session 

Roundtable discussions with your peers to share solutions to key challenges

14:00 Stream A: Managing Stress and Resilience 

How Organisational Stress Risk Assessments Can Be Used to Detect 'Stress Injury'

  • The benefits of an organisational stress risk assessment
  • Definition and understanding the term 'stres injury'
  • Key approaches to reduce 'stress injury'

Ann McCracken, Author, Psychotherapist, Trainer and Vice President, International Stress Management Association

14:00 Stream B: Thinking outside the Box for Wellbeing

The Impact of Nature for Wellbeing at Work

  • Introduction to biophilia - the human-nature connection - and its relevance to the way we live and work
  • Evidence and research into the benefits of nature for wellbeing at work
  • Practical steps for all organisations to enhance wellbeing and improve productivity

Naomi Stone, Business Psychologist and Employee Engagement Manager, St Monica Trust

14:25 Resilience Training at Avis Budget UK

  • Research background on resilience and why it matters for employees and employers
  • Designing and implementing resilience training for customer-facing employees
  • Providing personalised face-to-face training based on personal profiling

Nigel Wilkinson, Health & Safety Manager, Avis Budget UK

Matt Smeed, Business Psychologist and Founding Director, SISU Psychology

14:25 Managing Employee Wellbeing on a Shoestring Budget

  • Lessons learned and take-home ideas from implementing a wellbeing programme at one of the country’s most cash-strapped councils
  • Utilising data and research to set priorities and deliver tangible wellbeing improvements
  • How to achieve lasting wellbeing results through scaling up, working with external partners and using the (free) power of your employees

Neill Boddington, Health and Wellbeing Advisor, Northamptonshire Council

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers 14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:00 Refreshments and networking
15:20 Wellbeing and Structured Risk Assessment at the University of Bradford

  • Case study of structured risk assessment in a higher education setting and the benefits it brought to the organisation
  • How to identify and develop measures to tackle stress and promote wellbeing more broadly
  • Insights into range of initiatives such as on-site support centre, carers' group or mindfulness sessions

Lisa Fowlie, Deputy Head, Health, Safety and Wellbeing, University of Bradford

15:45 Speaker to be announced soon


16:10 Questions and discussion with speakers
16:20 Chair's closing remarks and end of conference


Some of the experts speaking at this event include...

CHAIR - Neil Shah, Chief De-stressing Officer and CEO, The Stress Management Society

Neil Shah is leading international expert on Stress Management and Wellbeing.  An engaging and inspiring motivational speaker and success coach, he has extensive expertise in hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming and strategies to promote wellbeing, and has extensive expertise in these fields.

He is the author of Amazon number one best seller ‘NLP: A Practical Guide’ (Icon Books) and ‘The 10-Step Stress Solution’ (Random House). Neil is the founder and Director of The Stress Management Society and in 2016 was voted number twenty eight on the list of world’s Top 30 NLP Professionals.

Anastasia Vinnikova, Co-Chair of the Mental Health Network, Bank of England

Anastasia Vinnikova is currently Co-Chair of the Mental Health Network at the Bank of England, where she works to decrease the stigma around mental health, and to ensure that colleagues can bring their whole selves to work. Anastasia is also a member of the Commission for Equality in Mental Health, at the Centre for Mental Health. 

Anastasia has previously written about her experiences of mental health and wellbeing both in the workplace and in a personal capacity, for the Royal Society for Public Health, the Samaritans and Spotstar. 

At the Bank of England she also works in Early Careers Recruitment, where she takes a particular interest in social mobility and diversity initiatives - Anastasia has been involved in supporting the Bank’s African-Caribbean Scholarship and the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship schemes, amongst other inclusion programmes.

Ann McCracken, Author, Psychotherapist, Trainer and Vice President, International Stress Management Association

Ann is an experienced and highly successful scientist, educationalist, speaker, writer, trainer, coach and therapist. She specialises in developing positive and resilient work cultures in organisations through
effective performance and wellbeing strategies. 

Ann is the current vice-president and former chair of the International Stress Management Association (ISMA), a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Institute of Biology.

Andrew Spells, Head of Wellbeing, British Council

Andrew Spells is Head of Wellbeing at the British Council, a global organisation with 1000 employees in the UK and a further 9000 in 110 countries around the world. The British Council aims to create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

Andrew's main area of focus currently includes running a global wellbeing campaign, enhancing support for staff working for the British Council in fragile states, highlighting and addressing mental health and workplace stress issues, and improving management of sickness absence. Andrew has worked in a variety of operational and HR roles in the British Council in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the UK.

Andrew is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a Fellow of the RSA

Rosemary Lemon, Group Head of Rewards, Hays

Rosemary is an executive remuneration, international reward and benefits professional who has held positions in major global organisations in the fields of oil and gas (Texaco Ltd), container shipping and logistics (P & O Nedlloyd), luxury retail (Burberry), financial services (Legal & General) and professional recruitment (Hays).

At Hays, she has recently overseen a range of initiatives focused on financial wellbeing and at the conference will be exploring practical tips and advice from these initiatives. 

Nigel Wilkinson, Safety and Wellbeing Manager, Avis Budget Group

Nigel is Safety & Wellbeing Manager at Avis Budget Group. He has experience in health and safety management across the logistics, communications and energy sectors, including previous positions at Vodafone, British Gas and T-Mobile.

At Avis, Nigel provides specialist expertise and resource to bring about a safe and healthy work environment and culture for all Avis Budget employees, customers and visitors.

At Workplace Wellbeing and Stress 2018 Nigel will be presenting a talk on resilience training at Avis, and their successful strategy. 

Matt Smeed, Founding Director, SISU Psychology

Matt is a business psychologist and the Founding Director of SISU Psychology. A psychology graduate with a masters' degree in Occupational Psychology, Matt is an expert in the areas of resilience, wellbeing and engagement.

Having worked with hundreds of individuals and organisations in the UK and Europe, Matt has seen first hand the business benefits that a healthy, high performing workforce can bring.

Naomi Stone, Business Psychologist and Employee Engagement Manager, St Monica's Trust

With twenty years' experience as an HR practitioner, Naomi's ethos is to apply psychological evidence to practice to engage and motivate teams and individuals.  She uses the principles of positive psychology to elicit behavioural change and to improve people's working lives. 

Naomi's specialism is biophilia (the human-nature connection) relating to well-being at work, which stemmed from conducting a systematic review and a dissertation study into biophilia and the workplace. She sees our innate connection with nature as a driving force to emphasise the ‘human’ in Human Resources, while maintaining a culture that respects and values people and our planet.

Naomi's career spans the legal (Osborne Clarke, DAS Beachcroft and Womble Bond Dickinson), charity, logistics and academic sectors. 

Neill Boddington, Health and Wellbeing Advisor, Northamptonshire County Council

After a career working within commercial leisure where he specialised in setting up and managing new leisure centre builds, Neill made the change across into public health and started to specialise in the delivery of employee-specific health improvement.

Focusing on using employee data alongside local public health figures, he targets specific interventions to fit with the demographics of the workforce at Northamptonshire County Council.

Neill will be presenting a talk on how to manage employee wellbeing on a shoestring budget.

Lisa Fowlie, Deputy Head, Health Safety and Wellbeing, University of Bradford

Lisa has over 30 years experience in Health and Safety. She is the Past President of IOSH (Institution of Safety and Health) and has spoken at numerous national and international events.

As Deputy Head for Health, Safety & Wellbeing at the University of Bradford, Lisa has overseen a major risk assessment for wellbeing and the implementation of a number of wellbeing initiatives for university staff.

Andrea Vogel, Head of People and Achievement, Warchild UK

Andrea Vogel is the Head of People and Achievement at Warchild UK, an International NGO supporting children affected by conflict. In this role, she has set up a new HR team and is currently implementing her people revolution paper, which aims to support Warchild in its rapid growth.

Andrea started her career as a Learning and Development specialist before moving into more generalist people management leadership roles. She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, a Mentor in the CIPD Mentoring program and a certified conflict coach for mediation in the workplace.


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15 November
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
£249.00 – £299.00
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020 7231 5100


Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf, London
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