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Workplace Wellbeing and Stress Forum 2018

Thursday, 15 November 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£449.00 – £499.00

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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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.


Therapy Solutions

Future-proofing employee health and wellbeing, reducing stress, and creating a resilient workforce fit for the 21st Century.

Therapy Solutions' ergonomic massage has been voted “Most Valued Reward” by 96% of employees, and is backed up with their benchmarking wellbeing audit, giving measurable results.

A tactical reward that addresses the challenges employees face daily, including stress and muscular aches and pains, but all delivered in the form of a reward!



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?

Catharine Blacklock, Wellbeing Advisor, Norfolk Constabulary and Suffolk Constabulary

Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, MIND

Andrew Curtis, Group Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager, Europe, Vodafone

Carrie Greene, Senior Consultant, Forster Communications

11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:30 Engaging for early intervention and prevention

  • Only 5% of employees feel comfortable discussing mental health concerns with their employers.
  • Focusing on early intervention and prevention to consider ways employers can remove this disconnect, destigmatise mental health and embed it as a part of their culture

Brendan Street, Professional Head, Emotional Wellbeing, Nuffield Health

11:55 Questions and discussion with speaker
12:05 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

Dorothy Martin, Wellbeing Consultant, Westminster Healthy Workplace Charter Scheme

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

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 From ‘Being’ to ‘Wellbeing’ – Putting Policy into Practice

  • 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 create a sustainable wellbeing culture
  • Promoting positive engagement and providing support systems

Lisa Fowlie, Deputy Head, Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai 

15:45 Mentally health workplace: creating the right framework

Creating a three-tiered approach:

  • Organisational level – policies, wellbeing pathways
  • Team level – role of line managers, positive behaviours
  • Individual level – positive support measures

Paul Woodruff, Services and Product Development Manager, Mind

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.

Stress Management Society

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. 

Andrew Curtis, Group Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manger, Europe, Vodafone

Currently working as Group Health ,Safety & Wellbeing Manager at Vodafone, Andrew has over ten years experience in risk & security as well as health, safety and wellbeing.

Andrew has previously been responsible for the implementation of health and safety policies and procedures and managing / supporting EMEA H&S. He has been at Vodafone since September 2015 where his responsibilities include the oversight and development of employee wellbeing within the global organisation.


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. 

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

Neill manages the employee wellbeing programme for Northamptonshire County Council, a large employer with over 3500 staff from Social Workers to Solicitors. Delivering a wellbeing strategy for such a large and diverse workforce, with no budget and limited resources, has driven Neill to create a specific approach where workplace health harms and evidence driven changes feature heavily in the strategy. 

Working for a struggling Council means that he has to be inventive and make everything count, so Neill will emphasise that a successful workplace wellbeing programme is about making a noticeable health improvement in every individual you engage with, whether that be physical or emotional.

Lisa Fowlie, Safety, Health and Environment Manager, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai 

Lisa graduated with an Honours Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Aston University in 1983 and has been actively involved in Health and Safety across a broad range of areas ever since.

She hold a Masters in Training and Human Resource Management completed with a dissertation: “Can Health and Safety Management be integrated with Human Resource Management to provide better training provisions for stress that contribute to the overall success and sustainability of an organisation?”

Lisa and has particular interests in strategy, communications, stress management, behavioural safety and training.

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.


Brendan Street, Professional Head, Emotional Wellbeing, Nuffield Health

Brendan is a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Supervisor, fully qualified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) practitioner, and NMC registered Mental Health Nurse.

With over 25  years-experience of treating mental health problems in the NHS and private sector, he has delivered mental health treatments in various settings; hospital, community, offenders/prison and homeless hostels, employment/corporate, to adults and children suffering from a wide range of conditions (psychosis, anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD).

Brendan is Professional Head – CBT with Nuffield Health.  He believes that we don’t just have emotional wellbeing needs when we are experiencing a mental illness. We all have emotional wellbeing needs and these needs change depending on our life situation. Brendan’s role within Nuffield Health involves helping communicate this message and the development of easily accessible emotional wellbeing support.

Dorothy Martin, Wellbeing Consultant, Westminster Healthy Workplace Charter

Dorothy Martin is an expert wellbeing consultant and verifier at the Westminster City Council for the prestigious Healthy Workplace Charter Award Scheme, endorsed by the Mayor of London and Public Health England.

She is an engaging and energising speaker and trainer with special interest in stress and psychological wellbeing. Dorothy is committed to increasing understanding about mental health in business to prevent burn-out, enhance resilience, productivity and creativity and as a result to facilitate environments where people and organisations can grow, thrive and prosper. 

Dorothy’s background spans fields of psychology, public health, and human nutrition. She is currently writing her first book called Transform Through Stress.

Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, MIND

Emma is Head of Head of Workplace Wellbeing at MIND. Emma joined Mind in 2007 and since 2010 has led MIND’s campaigning for mentally healthy workplaces – playing a pivotal role in thought leadership to position mental health in the workplace as a key priority for employers and Government.

Emma has led culture change through engagement with employers, health and safety professionals, HR audiences and Government on mental health in the workplace and back to work support for people with mental health problems. She also supports networks of employers and stakeholders to share best practice and develop business to business peer support. Emma has worked in the disability sector since 2005 and previously worked for Mencap, the learning disability charity.


Carrie Greene, Senior Consultant, Forster Communications

Carrie is a Senior Consultant at Forster Communications, the social change PR agency working across the health, fair work and sustainability agendas, with an award-winning wellbeing programme.

She has over a decade’s experience creating compelling campaigns that go beyond engagement and encourage people and organisations to take positive action.


Catharine Blacklock, Wellbeing Advisor, Norfolk Constabulary and Suffolk Constabulary

Catharine is the Wellbeing Advisor for Norfolk Constabulary and Suffolk Constabulary supporting around 5,500 Police Officers, Special’s and staff. 

As part of the Workplace Health, Safety & Wellbeing Strategy, she offers a range of services, workshops and initiatives to encourage people to recognise, understand and maximise their own wellbeing to meet the challenges of modern policing.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
£449.00 – £499.00
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