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Workplace Wellbeing and Stress Summit 2014

Thursday, 27 November 2014 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

£349.00 – £399.00
Workplace Wellbeing and Stress Summit

Workplace Wellbeing and Stress SummitOverview

The business case for caring for workers is irrefutable. Being seen as a ‘caring organisation’ will build the business as an employer of choice thus driving engagement, retention and productivity. However, according to research by UNUM, one in five workers feel levels of wellbeing have got worse in the last three years.
This conference will offer HR, OH and wellbeing professionals the chance to uncover both the strategic and practical elements of implementing wellness programmes, building resilience and tackling stress amongst employees, as well as discussing the business case and getting buy-in from senior leaders.


What this event will do for you:

  • Examine the impact of agelessness and mindfulness
  • Successful strategies to reduce stress and build resillience
  • Move the mental health agenda forward in your organisation
  • Develop active working and look at the benefits of sit /stand
  • Embed wellbeing champions and ensure longevity of wellness programmes


Here’s some quick links to help you find the information you need about this event:

 Stress Management Society logo

“Stress is the biggest hindrance to productivity, efficiency and even profitability. It can lead to absenteeism, low morale and increases in staff turnover. The solution – workplace wellbeing. It is one of the few areas that you can invest in your organisation to yield a massive return. According to Dame Carol Black, every £1 spent on workplace wellbeing can yield between £3 and £6 in gained productivity and efficiency. There are limited options that will give you that kind of ROI.”

Neil Shah, Director of the Stress Management Society

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Coffee and registration


Chair’s opening remarks

Nick Achilleos, Director, The Stress Management Society

Wellbeing: why the Finance Director should take notice

  • Talent management and retention of the best talent
  • What’s the role of wellbeing in talent management and in creating a business environment that people want to work in?
  • Examining the trends that have driven this, and what do they mean for wellbeing priorities?
  • Impacts of future trends like agelessness and mindfulness
 Tim Jackson, Head of Marketing Strategy, UNUM

Exploring the concept of mindfulness

  • How mindfulness has been implemented at GSK
  • Examining the impact and benefits
Monika Misra, Commercial & Support Functions EHS Business Lead and Medical Director, GSK



Questions and discussion with speakers


Knowledge share networking session

  • Five top tips’ to establish a successful healthy working lives agenda

Refreshments and networking


Building personal resilience in leaders and managers

  • Positioning resilience differently to stress management
  • Thinking about your own context and pressure points
  • Developing strategies to foster resilience in yourself and in your team
Dr Amy Armstrong, Research Fellow, Ashridge

Managing absence and return to work

  • Examining the impact of the government’s tax exemption policy for employer expenditure on health-related interventions
  • How health & wellbeing benefits can support employees return to work and reduce absenteeism / presenteeism
  • Overview of ‘CIPD Absence Management report findings and opinions
Kelly Morris, Head of Employer Sales, Simplyhealth

Questions and discussion with speakers


Lunch and networking


Knowledge share networking session


Practical steps to recognising and relieving stress

  • Successful interventions that will reduce stress and develop resilience
  • Promoting individual management of mental resilience
  • Recognising warning signs and support
  • Stress risk assessments and risk factors
David Brackwell, HR Lead for Organisational Health and Inclusion, Fujitsu

Talking about mental health in Telefonica

  • Taking the stigma out of mental ill-health
  • Helping managers demystify mental health issues
  • Ensuring all employees feel supported
  • Getting senior managers on-board
Fiona Davidson, HR Operations Manager and Elsa Belugou, HR Consultant- Health & Wellbeing, Telefónica UK

Questions and discussion with speakers


Refreshments and networking


Proactive strategies to manage stress

  • Making the most of internal resources
  • Providing coaching and mindfulness sessions
  • Preventative strategies before a problem occurs
  • Building engagement and maintaining momentum
Lisa Fowlie, Health and Safety Adviser, Bangor University

Improving wellbeing on a budget

  • Top tips for wellbeing on a budget
  • Wellbeing champions involvement
  • The role of communications and line management
Nigel Wilkinson, Safety & Wellbeing Manager, Avis Budget UK

Questions and discussion with speakers


Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference



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Nick Achilleos, Director, The Stress Management Society

Nick Achilleos is a Director of The Stress Management Society – a leading international authority on work place wellbeing and recognising and managing stress. His passion and expertise lies with helping organisations from across the planet recognise the cultural and commercial impact of workplace stress, understand the exposure from a risk management perspective and providing guidance to maximise profitability. This is achieved through two way dialogue and the creation of programmes and initiatives designed to help staff and management excel under pressure and in turn increase productivity and efficiency.

He spends his time working with his clients at board level developing a strong business case in order to achieve high level buy in, engagement, and investment in the formation of strategic wellbeing initiatives.

His understanding of the value of staff performance maximisation and how to set business strategies to achieve this, has allowed him to excel in his field of expertise. Nick is a regular contributor to various media channels, providing his expert knowledge and opinion.

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 Tim Jackson, Head of Marketing Strategy, UNUM

Tim is the Head of Marketing Strategy for financial protection specialists Unum. There he has lead Unum’s extensive research into the importance of workplace wellbeing to employees, the role employers can take in providing support through wellbeing-enhancing practices and benefits like income protection, as well as the value to employers of doing this. Tim’s previous experience includes business strategy, finance and creative, and he has an MBA from London Business School. He is currently studying for Master of Wine

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Dr Amy Armstrong, Research Fellow, Ashridge

Amy is a research fellow and member of faculty at Ashridge. Her research and teaching span the topics of compassion at work, resilience, wellbeing andengagement. Amy is also interested in the concept of ‘reflexivity’ and reflexive practice among managers as a means of self-development. Amy holds a First Class Bachelor’s degree, an MBA and a PhD. Her doctorate is a biographic narrative study of the impact of personal trauma on the professional lives of managers in the UK. Amy is also a member of the Work and Organisational Psychology group at Aston University and leads the research within one of the sub-groups within Engage for Success, a government-led movement which is seeking to improve engagement and wellbeing levels across the UK.

In her spare time, Amy is a keen triathlete. She lives in Buckinghamshire with her partner Colin, four children and Alfie the dog.

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Kelly Morris, Head of Employer Sales, Simplyhealth

Kelly holds a BA Hons in Business Studies and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Insurers. She joined Simplyhealth in October 2000 and has extensive experience of the PMI and cash plan market. She has worked with large companies in both the private and public sector, designing and implementing healthcare benefit schemes and leading the on-going account management. Kelly also heads up our early rehabilitation service for our Occupational Health clients.

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David Brackwell, HR Lead for Organisational Health and Inclusion, Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Following an early career in the Health Service David has held a variety of HR specialist roles in major corporates in the UK. He has worked for Fujitsu UK & Ireland for the last six years, in  variety of specialist roles, his current responsibilities include management of the various health services that Fujitsu access, for example private medical care and Occupational Health and has responsibility for Inclusion & Wellbeing at a strategic level. He has a long standing interest in health issues and their impact on the workplace, in particular psychological health. David is Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and IOSH and holds an MSc in Organisational Development.


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Elsa Belugou, UK HR Consultant- Health & Wellbeing, Telefónica UK

Elsa joined Telefonica in 2001. She began her career with Telefonica in stores working as a Manager and Senior Manger to 21 stores. Elsa moved in to HR 8 years ago as a regional HR Consultant and is now working within the HR Operations team for Telefonica UK.

Elsa is currently the health and wellbeing lead, her role focuses on working with suppliers who provide health provisions to the UK based employees.

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Fiona Davidson, HR Operations Manager, Telefónica UK

Fiona joined Telefónica in 2006, managing the UK Resourcing Team between 2008 and 2012. She has managed the UK HR Operations function since 2013, which includes delivery of all Telefónica’s wellbeing services. Before joining Telefonica Fiona had previous roles in resourcing with companies including Matalan and TDG Logistics.


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Lisa Fowlie, Health and Safety Adviser, Bangor University, Trustee of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and Past President IOSH

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.

Lisa joined Bangor University in 1998 and has particular interests in audits, stress management, behavioural safety and training.

Within the University she has designed, developed and implemented a standard university health & safety management system audit program, introduced a refreshed approach to stress management supported by a ‘Be Your Best’ programme of activities and events and delivered a wide range of Health & Safety training courses.

Her professional interests away from the University include being a current Member of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Risk Management and Audit Committee and a past President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

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Monika Misra, Commercial & Support Functions EHS Business Lead and Medical Director, GSK

Monika Misra leads EHS for the commercial business within GlaxoSmithKline and heads up the energy and resilience group.

Her previous role was lead for the UK occupational health shared service offering employees a range of services including attendance management, health surveillance and travel health.

She chaired the Society of Occupational Medicine’s London Group from 2009-2010.

Her interests lie in the areas of employee engagement and mental wellbeing and she is an experienced global facilitator of an energy management programme which has demonstrated significant business benefits.

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Nigel Wilkinson, Safety & Wellbeing Manager, Avis Budget UK

Nigel is the Safety & Wellbeing Manager at Avis Budget Group, the leading car rental company.

Wellbeing has been embraced by Avis as a people business. By looking after their people and showing them that they are a caring employer, Avis have improved employee engagement and customer satisfaction. Nigel has launched a programme that focuses on the customer facing employees at the 100 UK car rental locations.

Nigel previously worked at Vodafone as Wellbeing Manager and implemented a Wellbeing programme over a 2 year period. He has been a Health & Safety practitioner since 1992 and worked in a variety of industries including mobile telecoms, energy and now car hire.


Professionals like you have gained from this event in the past.  Here is what some recent delegates said:

  • “Excellent & informative presentations” – Wellbeing Manager, Vodafone
  • “Very good spread of companies, as usual and makes for an interesting event” – CSI team Manager, ORR
  • “All presentations were very enjoyable + informative. Lots of information to take back to the organisation and plenty of actions” – Employee relations Advisor, Arriva Trains Wales
  • “Really informative and covered a wide range of topics” – HR Consultant, Mouchel
  • “Valuable information from each speaker – thank you” – Learning & Development Officer, Network Housing Group


Leading organisations represented at the 2013 event included…

ABook NowB InBev UK Limited, Ardagh Group, Arqiva Ltd, Arriva Trains Wales, B&Q Plc, BAE Systems Maritime Naval Ships, BAM Nuttall Ltd, BNP Paribas UK Ltd, Bournemouth & Poole College, Bournemouth Borough Council, British Standards Institution, Broadland Housing Group, Bupa, CABA, Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd, Catalyst Housing Ltd, Coca-Cola International, Colchester Hospital, Croydon Council, CSP Coaching LLP, Department for Communities and Local Government, Department of Education, Isle of Man, DHL People Services, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Financial Ombudsman Service, FirstGroup plc, Fujitsu, Kent County Council, Kier Group, Lend Lease, Linklaters LLP, London Borough of Croydon, LONDON FIRE BRIGADE, Maggie’s Dundee, Mars Chocolate UK, McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd, Ministry of Justice, Morgan Stanley, Mouchel, Navigator Health, Nestle UK Ltd, Network Housing Group, New Hall School, NHS Employers, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Novo Nordisk A/S, Office of Rail Regulation, Pepsico UK & Ireland, Princess Alice Hospice, Q. Learning Ltd, Rio Tinto, Robertson Cooper Ltd, Sheffield Hallam University, Simplyhealth, Southern Water, TeliaSonera, The AA, The British Council, The Somerset Care Group, The Stress Management Society, UCB, University of Bradford, University of South Wales, University of York, UNUM, Vie-tality, Vodafone, WESS – Wessex Education Shared Services, WorkGuru, Workplace Healthcare, Yara International


… their delegates included the following job titles:

Assistant HR Director, Associate Director, HRBP GO British & Irish Isles, Benefits amd Wellbeing Consultant, Benefits Manager, Business Support Manager, Chief Executive, Compensation & Benefits Manager, Construction Nurse, Corporate HR and Resourcing Officer, Corporate Relationship Manager, Corporate Training & Development Manager, Deputy HR & Development Manager, Director of Strategy and Corporate Services, EHS Manager, EHW Consultant, EMEA HR Director, Employee Engagement Manager, Employee Relations Manager, Employment and Reward Consultant, Employment Relations Consultant, Engagement Partner, Executive Director, Group Occupational Health Manager, Head of Employer Marketing, Head of Global Learning and Development, Head of Health & Safety, Head of Health & Wellbeing, Head of HR Business Services, Head of HR Solutions, Head of Organisational Health, Head of Pensions and Benefits, Head of Reward, Head of Staff Fitness Strategy Team, Health & Safety Advisor, Health Improvement Practitioner – Healthy Lifestyles, Health Specialist & Managing Director, Health, Safety & Facilities Manager, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager, HR Adviser, HR Business Partner, HR Manager, HR Officer, HSE Manager, L&D and Engagement Adviser, Learning & Development Officer, Managing Director, Member of Strategic Analysis Team, Occupational Health & Wellbeing Manager, Occupational Health Programme Manager, Occupational Health Services Manager, Occupational Health Strategy and Wellbeing Manager, Occupational Psychologist, Organisational Health Co-ordinator, Organizational Psychologist, Partner, Reward Analyst, Senior Director, UK & Global HR Business Partner New Medicines, Senior HR Advisor, Senior HR Resolution Manager, Senior Programme Support Officer, SHE Manager Health and Wellbeing, Sophrology Practitioner, Trainer & Complementary Therapist, Staff Engagement Officer, Staff Fitness Strategy Team, Therapist, Vocational Rehabilitation, Wellbeing and Engagement Manager, Wellbeing Manager





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Unum has been providing employee insurance benefits in the UK for 40 years, offering policies to employers of all sizes, including 37 of the FTSE100. In particular we specialise in Group Income Protection. This provides staff with a back-up plan if they’re unable to work due to long-term illness or injury, by paying a proportion of their salary until they either get better and return to work, or reach retirement.

In 2012, we began a partnership with the charity Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, to raise the issue of cancer in the workplace. Through a series of free workshops, held at Maggie’s centres around the country, we’re looking to promote HR and line management awareness and capabilities, for working with, supporting and managing people with cancer. This partnership won the Rehabilitation First Initiative of the Year Award in September 2013.

In a world where so many people can’t be bothered, we’re proud to be the healthcare company that can. We believe in helping people access affordable healthcare and delivering exceptional personal customer service.

We help two million individuals look after their health, and 11,000 companies choose us as their healthcare provider. You may have known us as HSA, BCWA, HealthSure, LHF, Totally Active, Remedi or Medisure. Our name has changed, but what’s not altered is our award winning commitment to do the right thing by our customers.

Supported by

workplace healthcare logo stress management logo ISMA logo
Workplace healthcare & wellbeing has certainly moved forward in the last ten years, quite possibly the word ‘wellbeing’ would not have even been used, but is now regularly applied in the corporate world when referring to the physical & mental state of your workforce.

There is a bigger picture.

Increasingly companies are realising that the ongoing wellbeing of their people is paramount.

Historically treatment has been reactive, this has now been allied with a proactive approach, the philosophy ‘prevention is better than cure’ has been adopted by organisations that want to keep their people fit, active and productive.

The Stress Management Society is one of the UK’s leading authorities on workplace stress and works with a broad range of companies – from advising British Airways on how to reduce passenger stress (www.ba.com/wellbeing) to working with executives from organisations as diverse as Shell, Allianz Insurance, Islington Council, Procter and Gamble and The Football Association

Our services not only help companies with stress management, they also help companies attain other benefits:
• Reducing sick leave by up to 20%
• Stabilising staff turnover
• Enhancing companies’ reputation as an employer of choice

International Stress Management AssociationUK
Globally acclaimed ISMAUK is the lead professional body for stress management, and wellbeing and performance. Membership benefits include practitioners’ listings, referrals and regular information updates. Members, national and international, can profile their work and businesses at events and in the quarterly e-magazine. Our accreditation service gives members’ products a stamp of quality and recognition.
Information for potential sponsors

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 here or email or call Sales at sales@symposium-events.co.uk or 020 7231 5100.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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For environmental reasons, we do not print conference presentations.  They become available as a download in your account on this site, shortly before the event.

When your order is completed online, an account it automatically created for you.

Please remember the account login and password you created during the event registration process.  You will need this to access the presentations.

The event presentations are added to this account shortly before the seminar and can then be downloaded. We will notify you when they are available.



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If you made the booking, you can download them for your colleague as you already have an account – or they can create their own account.

To create an account, the attendee will need to purchase the documentation directly from the site.  Don’t worry – we will email them a “Coupon Code” to input which makes the purchase free of charge. 

Normally we email all attendees to notify them when the documentation is available online about one week before the event.  We include account set up instructions and the Coupon Code with that email. 



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What food and refreshments are provided?

Generally coffee and light refreshments are available on arrival and at tea and coffee breaks throughout the day.  The times of these are made clear in the event programme.

Lunch is served on full day events.  We arrange a buffet with a selection of options to accommodate different dietary requirements, but if you have specific needs please feel free add this on the ‘additional information’ section of the online booking for or to email us.  Contact us here.

I have a discount code – how do I claim it?

If you have been sent a discount or special offer ‘coupon code’ this can be entered in the shopping cart while booking and your discount will be applied to your purchase.

I have a ‘ticket’ email but it does not say the right delegate names?

Don’t worry.  You don’t need the ‘ticket’, it’s just produced by the booking software to confirm the order.  

If you added delegate details on the booking form when you completed your order or told us by phone or email the names of the attendees, these people will be registered and do not need to bring the ‘ticket’.


I am a supplier or consultant, can I attend?

Sorry, but suppliers may not attend as delegates.

We do allow a strictly limited number of suppliers to exhibit.  Further exhibitor information can be found here or by calling our sales team on 020 7231 5100.

How do I pay? Can I have an invoice? Can I pay with a credit card?

Payment can be made by credit card when you book, or you can specify cheque, bank transfer or invoice etc. once you complete the registration form.

An invoice or receipt is automatically sent once booking is completed online.

For cheque and BACS payments, our account details can be downloaded here.

Credit card details can be taken by telephone, please call our account department on +44 (0)20 7231 5100. We do not store any credit card details used for payment.

Online credit card payments are transacted via Paypal – you do not need a Paypal account to use this facility.

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You can book online
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Event Date Changes

Changes are sometimes needed due to circumstances beyond our control such as trainers being ill, poor weather and so on.  In the very rare circumstances that we need to change the date for an event we will automatically offer you a place on the next available event date.  If this is not suitable for you we will refund your booking fee.

We cannot accept liability for travel and accommodation costs and strongly advise you not to book cheap ‘non-refundable / no change’ tickets and to check your insurance covers travel and accommodation in these circumstances.

Can you recommend a hotel near the venue?

Yes! Some of our events are actually held at hotels, but not all of them, so we have put together a page to help you find a suitable hotel near all of our main venues.

Can I cancel my booking or transfer to another event?

Please see our full terms and conditions here .

  • 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.
  • Cancellations at less than one month from the event date are be subject to full payment.
  • Substitutions may be made at any date and are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.
  • Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation.
  • If you want to change to another course date, or different event, we will do our best to accommodate your request, but we reserve the right to refuse changes. Any changes are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.



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Thursday, 27 November 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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