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Workplace Wellbeing and Stress Forum 2019

Thursday, 7 November 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£449.00 – £499.00

Back for an incredible 14th 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 Partner - Stress Management Society


The Stress Management Society

Since their inception in 2003, the Stress Management Society's dream has been to create a happier, healthier, more resilient and sustainable world.

They do this by leading effective universal change by maximising your resilience, happiness, productivity and success with their passionate approach to reducing stress and promoting wellbeing.


Event Sponsors


Hive is an employee feedback platform and People Science consultancy; partnering with organisations to improve employee experience, engagement and performance. Challenging traditional annual surveys, Hive’s employee feedback platform enables organisations to quickly implement tailored and timely surveys that gather real-time workplace insights and provide actionable results.

Hive’s smart and intuitive platform is adaptable to any business, with People Scientists on hand to help customers maximise the platform and embed new processes centred around making every day at work a positive experience for employees.


Therapy Solutions

Future-proofing employee health and wellbeing, reducing stress and creating a resilient workforce for 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!

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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.



Firstbeat is the leading provider of advanced performance analytics for well-being and sports. We help every individual reach their health and performance potential with science-backed confidence. Backed by decades of research, we transform heartbeat data into personalized information on exercise, stress, fitness and recovery. Hundreds of elite sports teams, wellness professionals, and millions of consumers worldwide trust Firstbeat to enhance performance and well-being.



WW (the new Weight Watchers) is a global wellness company and the world's leading commercial weight management programme. Through their engaging digital experience and face-to-face group workshops, members follow their livable and sustainable programme that encompasses health eating, physical activity, and a helpful mindset. With more than five decades of experience in building communities and their deep expertise in behavioural science, WW aims to deliver wellness for all.



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 Destressing Officer, The Stress Management Society

09:45 Implementing a global wellbeing strategy

  • Integrating wellbeing into the strategic planning process
  • Linking wellbeing to organisational values and culture
  • Rolling out wellbeing campaigns

Dr Judith Grant, Director of Health and Wellbeing, Mace Group

10:10 Creating a workplace culture that fosters open communication and wellbeing for all

  • Getting senior leaders on board to send a clear message that wellbeing matters
  • Raising awareness and promoting discussion of mental health and wellbeing
  • Developing clear and open communication

Margaret Mercer, Global Health Services – Operations Lead UK, Johnson & Johnson


Do remote and home workers have different requirements when it comes to mental health support?

Resilience has been defined as the process of negotiating, managing and adapting to significant sources of stress or trauma. Truly resilient individuals are able to notice adversity early, recover and adapt. Remote and home working presents unique potential stressors that impact on the ability for the employee’s resilience and as such mental health. This roundtable provides an opportunity for attendees to:

  • Explore the key components of a resilient individual and how an employer can support these
  • Understand the challenges to resilience that home and remote workers can experience and where to increase the mental health support. 

Brendan Street, Professional Head of Emotional Wellbeing, Nuffield Health

11:00 Questions and discussion with speakers
11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:30 Implementing a comprehensive global Stress Management Programme using a three-staged approach:

  • Plan to be well – creating environments that address and remove potential sources and triggers of stress
  • It’s OK to not be OK – developing inclusive programmes that provide early intervention, support and resources to manage stress
  • Caring for our people – proactively addressing issues that arise, managing stress related absence and supporting people back at work

Clare Gowar, Global Lead, Health and Wellbeing, Philips

Anthony Wareham, Head of Health and Safety, Philips

11:55 The impact of a good night’s sleep on wellbeing, resilience and performance

  • See what thousands of measurements reveal about employee wellbeing
  • How what happens during the day – from stress, to exercise, to alcohol intake – impacts your ability to recover overnight
  • The knock-on effects this has on performance and wellbeing for employer and employee

Tiina Hoffman, Exercise Physiologist and Master Trainer, Firstbeat

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 Raising awareness of mental health issues across the organisation

  • Promoting communication of mental health in the workplace
  • Equipping line managers with training and support to deal with mental health issues
  • Encouraging employees to seek assistance for mental health issues

Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind

14:25 Designing resilience training programmes to support employees cope with uncertainty and change

  • Understanding what factors threaten resilience and mental health in the workplace
  • Enabling employees to raise their awareness of stress and build resilience strategies
  • Tailoring programmes to the needs of the individual and the organisation

Josh Krichefski, EMEA CEO, MediaCom

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:00 Refreshments and networking
15:20 Panel Discussion: Developing a strong financial wellbeing strategy to foster a happy, healthy and productive workforce

  • Putting personal finances on the agenda to ensure that employees are comfortable discussing it
  • Measuring financial health to identify areas of concern
  • Offering access to financial wellbeing services to support employee financial wellbeing

Anthony Wareham, Head of Health and Safety, Philips

Amy Priest, Wellbeing Manager, UK&I Experian

Josh Krichefski, EMEA CEO, MediaCom

15:45 Understanding what matters most to your people, taking action and finding a solution

  • Engaging with the many not the few
  • Creating a much-needed shift away from a culture of silence
  • Disrupting workplace wellbeing as we know it
  • The power and impact of being an ally

Amy Priest, Wellbeing Manager, UK&I, Experian

16:10 Question 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  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.

He  is  a  renowned  media  personality  on  the  subject  of  wellbeing and  also  writes  regularly  for newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Times, Men’s Health, Psychology’s Magazine, HR Magazine, Top Santé and The Huffington Post. He regularly appears on television and radio interviews and is now the BBC’s featured expert on stress appearing on BBC Breakfast, BBC Five Live and others.

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.


Amy Priest, Wellbeing Manager, UK&I, Experian

Driven by wanting to ensure everyone is heard, valued and feels they can bring their whole self to work, Amy is on a mission to destroy mental health stigma, to bring people together to create a fully inclusive workplace and empower people to take proactive control over their wellbeing.

Experian is on a journey to get it right for their employees and this year has seen a lot of good change in company culture, creating a more open dialogue between their people around mental health and embracing as many opportunities as possible to work with their wonderfully diverse workforce to progress their ambitious D&I and wellbeing objectives; helping their people be their best selves inside and outside of work.

Tiina Hoffman, Exercise Physiologist & Master Trainer, Firstbeat

Tiina is a Master Trainer for Firstbeat’s international partners in wellness and performance services. She has a B.Sc. degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and an M.Sc. degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Jyväskylä.

Before joining Firstbeat 11 years ago, she worked as a cross-country skiing coach at the University of Alaska and in applied research in athlete overtraining and heart rate variability field studies at the Research Institute for Olympic Sports and the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Tiina has significant experience in delivering heartbeat measurement -based corporate wellness projects. She regularly delivers webinars and lectures and writes blogs about the importance of balanced lifestyle and resilience, focusing on data-based findings about good stress management, high-quality sleep and the importance of physical activity.

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.

Clare Gowar, Global Lead, Employee Health and Wellbeing, Philips

Clare joined Philips in 2013 as Health and Wellbeing Manager for UK&I, responsible for planning, designing and implementing strategies that addressed employee wellbeing and proactively responded to the key drivers of absence and ill health.

In 2018 she moved to the role of Global Lead, Health and Wellbeing to further build and develop key priorities for wellbeing across the organisation, taking an integrated approach across markets and functions, with a particular onus on building and developing programs that support physical and mental wellbeing and align to Philips objectives – to be a healthy, inclusive and great place to work.

Anthony Wareham, Head of Health Safety for Royal Philips Health Technology

Anthony Wareham is Head of Health Safety for Royal Philips Health Technology comprising of 3 manufacturing Business Groups and 17 Markets supporting operations in the Heath Technology and Personal Health segments. Royal Philips has over 40 manufacturing locations worldwide and supports operations in over 100 countries. Anthony reports to the Chief Operations Officer and is responsible for implementing safety programs across Philips and integrating them into the Philips Business System.

Prior to joining Philips Anthony was the World Wide Director of Health Safety Environment and Remediation at Honeywell Transportation Systems for 16 years where he was responsible for the integration of Safety Excellence into the Honeywell Operating System (HOS) for Transportation Systems and accelerating the sustainability performance of the business.

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Thursday, 7 November 2019
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
£449.00 – £499.00
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Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf, London
South Quay, Marsh Wall
London, E14 9SH United Kingdom
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