Health and Wellbeing Forum 2020

Recorded 2020 | 8 expert led sessions | Run time: 3 hours, 16 minutes


Workplace Wellbeing and Stress

About this event

The changing nature of work, unpredictable environmental factors and the tightening of health and safety penalties mean that reviewing and strengthening your health and wellbeing strategy is now more important than ever.

Awareness of mental health and stress issues is at a new all-time peak, with an estimated 1 in 6 people of working age being diagnosed with a mental health condition. The correlation between physical wellbeing and mental wellbeing is becoming more pertinent with statistics indicating that out of all employees who have a physical health condition, 1 in 5 also reported having a mental health issue. The focus of this conference is to address the key challenges faced by organisations in driving the health at work agenda forward both from a mental and physical health perspective.

It will enable you to:


  • Gain insights to best practice case studies from a range of industries
  • Take away practical tools and strategies to develop a holistic health and wellbeing strategy
  • You will hear from leading industry experts about the changes to the health agenda in the workplace

Event sponsor

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The Safety Elf

At The Safety Elf, we think ‘elf and safety’ is all about people – truly putting people’s physical and mental health, safety and wellbeing at the heart of your business.

Making a difference in business sectors including Care, Commercial and Industrial, ranging from small independent companies to large corporates. We are based in the Midlands, and our service is UK wide.

Your expert speakers

Susan Gee

Susan Gee, Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Yorkshire Water

Susan is a commercially astute, innovative and highly influential Occupational Health Manager with comprehensive experience gained within public and private sector roles. Susan was previously employed for 16 years at Bradford Metropolitan District Council as Head of Occupational Health & Safety,

Susan is currently a visiting lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where her specialist subject is Sickness Absence Management and Wellbeing. Susan has a BSc (Hons) in Public Health (OH) an MA in Health Care Law and an MSc in leadership, Management and Change in Health and Social Care.

Naomi Stone

Naomi Stone, Employee Engagement Manager, St Monica Trust

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

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

Rebecca Eaton

Rebecca Eaton, Occupational Health and Wellbeing Manager, Highways England

Rebecca has over 20 years’ experience of working within occupational health and wellbeing, having worked within several large companies predominantly within the utilities and infrastructure industry.

She is passionate about wellbeing and the enormous benefits that it brings to both business and individuals.

Alison Thomson

Alison Thomson, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Consultant and Trainer, The Safety Elf

Alison Thomson brings passion and energy to her subject, a ‘can-do’ attitude and an engaging and interactive approach.

Qualified in Occupational Safety and Health, Alison has a special interest in posture and ergonomics.

Ann McCracken

Ann McCracken, Author, Scientist, Educationalist, Psychotherapist, MHFA and Training Consultant

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.

Neil Shah

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

Neil Shah is the founder and Chief De-Stressing Officer of The Stress Management Society and a leading international expert on wellbeing and stress management.

Neil is a highly motivated, inspiring individual who has spent many years working with large corporations and has a multitude of skills to appeal to a broad spectrum of individuals and companies. Through his consultancy, International Wellbeing Insights, he has delivered successful strategic wellbeing programmes across the UK, Europe, The Middle East, Africa, Asia and the USA.

Katy Rowlands

Katy Rowlands, HR Consultant and Nutrition Expert

Katy Rowlands is an independent HR Consultant and Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach and the former Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Jaguar Land Rover.

Katy supports clients to ensure that their holistic wellbeing strategies address all aspects of the employee experience, and not only focus on good health interventions. By doing so, Katy firmly believes that the achievement and realisation of a proactive and holistic approach to wellbeing will not only to protect and promote better health, but will also contribute to enhanced employee engagement, high performance and resilience.

Having over-hauled the Jaguar Land Rover catering offer with wellbeing at the centre of the change, Katy trained and qualitied as a Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach and advises organisations on how to incorporate good nutrition and positive lifestyle choices as fundamentals to any wellbeing strategy.

Dr Claire Douglas

Dr Claire Douglas, Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing, SCS Railways

Having over twenty years experience in Occupational Health, Claire has introduced innovative Health and Wellbeing strategy at both national and international levels.

Working in a number of industries including retail, global technology and construction, Claire has managed teams of Health Professionals, assessing and advising on risks to health and wellbeing, writing ambitious health management plans and putting in place a program to ensure that wellbeing is embedded in the organisation.

With specialist knowledge of Mental Health at Work Claire has spoken at many conferences such as the Mad World Summit, HR, Employee Benefits and Business conferences. She is passionate about health and wellbeing at work and a firm believer in the difference this role can make to the resilience of organisations.

Seminar programme


Session One

Conference Producer Introduction

    Enabling an open culture towards health and wellbeing

    Creating an environment where staff can speak openly about both physical and mental health
    Promoting a healthy work-life balance
    Appointing mental health champions across the organisation

    Rebecca Eaton, Occupational Health and Wellbeing Manager, Highways England


    Session Two

    When ‘temporary’ is no longer so temporary – reviewing the health, safety and wellbeing of your home workers

    • Whole environment safety
    • Personal safety and wellbeing
    • Value of checking, evidencing and acting on outcomes learned from review process

    Alison Thomson, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Consultant and Trainer, The Safety Elf


    Session Three

    Occupational health and wellbeing: what is it and why does it matter?

    • Welbeing and the public health agenda
    • Strategic elements of Yorkshire Water wellbeing strategy
    • Intervention and their impact

    Susan Gee, Group Occupational Health and Wellbeing Manager, Yorkshire Water


    Session Four

    Building blocks of wellness in a post-normal world

    Strategy vs Initiative
    The four pillars of wellbeing: People, Culture, Wellness and Environment
    The five building blocks of wellness: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Social and Spiritual

    Neil Shah, Chief De-Stressing Officer, The Stress Management Society


    Session Five

    Addressing sleep to improve employee wellbeing

    • The impact of insufficient sleep on productivity
    • Educating employees to help them to identify sleep problems and improve time management and sleep hygiene
    • Addressing sleep problems efficiently and cost effectively through a wellbeing programme

    Ann McCracken, Author, Scientist, Educationalist, Psychotherapist, MHFA and Training Consultant,


    Session Six

    Creating a healthy working environment

    • The impact of a healthy workplace on boosting engagement and productivity
    • Creating an effective Wellbeing Strategy
    • Building a team that thrives

    Dr Claire Douglas, Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing, SCS Railways


    Session Seven

    The impact of exposure to nature on wellbeing at work

    • The Biophilia Hypothesis – the need for nature for our personal fulfilment and identity
    • How to introduce nature into our working lives
    • The impact of introducing nature into the working day

    Naomi Stone, Employee Engagement Manager, St Monica Trust


    Session Eight

    Nutrition & Lifestyle Choices: The Next Pieces of the Workplace Wellbeing Puzzle

    Nutrition in the workplace – why is it becoming more of a focus and what role can you play.
    Lifestyle choices – if your organisation a help or a hindrance? How to influence, encourage and support employees wishing to make changes.
    The case for change – how to add these elements to your wellbeing strategy

    Katy Rowlands, HR Consultant and Nutrition Expert,

    Conference Producer Closing Address

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