Health at Work Summit 2017 – Presentations


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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.

There is a wealth of evidence that suggests a positive link between the introduction of health and wellbeing strategies in the workplace and improved business performance. However, according to CIPD’s recent Absence Management Survey 2016, ‘nearly three-fifths report that their organisation is much more reactive than proactive regarding well-being’.

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 will address the key challenges face by organisations in driving the health at work agenda forward both from a mental and physical health perspective.

It will able 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
  • Attend smaller breakout sessions on the topics that really interest you
  • Network and share best practice insights with industry peers
  • You will hear from leading industry experts about the changes to the health agenda in the workplace



Please note this programme may be subject to changes

 09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Chair’s opening remarks – Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community (BITC)
 09:45 Developing a strategy to respond to the changing landscape of health at work

  • The legal, economic and sociodemographic developments impacting on the way we work and the health-related risks of the workplace
  • Navigating through these changes and challenges as a leader
  • Risk-proofing your health at work agenda

Clare Forshaw, Head of Centre of Health, HSL

10:10 ‘Making wellbeing a part of our blueprint – a case study of best practice

  • Understanding what workplace wellbeing truly means
  • Developing a robust wellbeing framework to safeguard employees throughout the employee lifecycle
  • Stratically driving and evolving the wellbeing agenda to respond to changing needs of employees

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

10:35 Questions and discussion with speakers
10:45 Changing behaviours and empowering individuals to take ownership of health and wellbeing

  • Tools and strategies to empower employees to take ownership of their health and wellbeing
  • Developing an engaging health and wellbeing campaign
  • How to keep up the momentum of your health and wellbeing programme

Dr Davina Deniszczyc,Charity & Market Development Director, Nuffield Health

 11:10 Refreshments and networking
 11:30 “Challenge,Change and Stay Curious – The Stormy Present”

  • People are the solutopm, they are not the problem
  • Safety is the positive capacity to adapt,not the absence of the negative
  • Safety is an ethical responsibilities not a bureaucratic activity

John Green, HSE Director – European Hub, Laing O’Rourke

11:55 Emerging studies on the importance of financial wellbeing on employee stress (TBC)

  • Latest studies on the impact of financial stress on employee wellbeing
  • Review of the commercial incentive to support and drive employee financial literacy, in particular amongst key employee groups
  • Tools and initiatives to assist your employees

Andrew Collings, Head of Sales, Neyber

 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 your key health at work challenges

  • Strategies to manage and communicate with various employee groups: office based, remote, flexible, sub-contractors and lone workers
  • Strategies to safeguard employees from stress and work related pressures
  • Managing the health and wellbeing of an aging workforce – during and after employment
 14:00 Developing a wellbeing strategy for a dispersed, remote and diverse worforce

  • Risks assessment and the business case for a wellbeing strategy and agenda
  • Developing an adaptable wellbeing programme to suit the needs of a dispersed international workforce
  • Safeguarding the health and wellbeing of employees in high fragile states

Andrew Spells, Wellbeing Lead, British Council

Making health, safety and wellbeing a management priority

  • Instituting leadership accountability for the health agenda
  • Ensuring leaders and managers are competent to drive health, safety and wellbeing
  • Embedding these initiatives into all areas of the organisational policies, practices and processes

Lisa McGrevy, HSEQ Manager, Wincanton

 14:25 Evolving the wellbeing agenda through a wellbeing programme

  • Continuously developing the health at work agenda as a business priority through periods of change
  • Evolving the wellbeing agenda through leveraging networks and stakeholder partnerships
  • Creative tools and strategies to deliver a first-class programme on a limited budget

Helen Houghton, Health and Wellness Lead, Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust

The importance of a supportive return to work strategy

  • A holistic framework to ensure employees get healthy, stay healthy and recover their health and wellbeing
  • Effective return to work assistance for individuals
  • Enabling continued health and wellbeing upon a RTW
  • Managing reasonable adjustments upon RTW

Steve Exall, Health and Wellbeing Lead, BT

14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers Questions and discussion with speakers
 15:00 Refreshments and networking
 15:20 Panel DiscussionSafeguarding health, safety and wellbeing now and into the future

  • Health at work – a legal, commercial or moral concern?
  • How has the health, safety and wellbeing function changed over time and how does this impact on the responsibilities, skills and functions of industry progessionals?
  • What emerging health issues are set to arise in the future?

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

Crispin Kenyon, Health and Safety Lawyer’s Association

Clare Foreshaw, Head of Centre for Health,  HSL

 15:45 Creating a mentally healthy workplace –  Why the stigma must end

  • Developing an inclusive workplace culture and its impact on the overall organization
  • How to support employees experiencing mental health problems
  • Developing frameworks that promote wellbeing among staff and tackle the work-related causes of mental health problems

Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, MIND

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


CHAIR – Louise Aston. Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community
Louise Aston began her career in textile design, working as a fashion buyer for Marks and Spencer. She transitioned into health campaigning by designing a children’s sun protective swimwear range for an award-winning Department of Health skin cancer prevention campaign. As Creative Director at COI, she led high profile public sector campaigns including 5 A DAY, ‘Don’t Give Up Giving Up’ and FRANK.
Since joining Business in the Community as Business Action on Health’s Campaign Director in February 2007, she has produced groundbreaking research, developed practical tools, by business for business, forged partnerships with Government Departments and secured the commitment of UK’s top companies to boardroom reporting on employee health and wellbeing by 2011.
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.
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.
Helen Houghton, Head of Health, Wellbeing and Occupatonal Health, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals
Helen is the lead for Health and Wellbeing at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (DBH). Her background is public health and health promotions where she has 14 years experience in the field.

Helen previously worked for public health in Nottinghamshire for six years with the portfolio for workplace health. In this role, Helen developed the ‘Wellbeing at Work Award Scheme’ and supported a vast number of organisations both large and small to achieve the ‘Gold Standard’. Helen is currently using this expertise to transform the health and wellbeing of staff at DBH.
Lisa McGrevy, Divisional HSQ Manager, Wincanton
As the Divisional HSEQ Manager for Retail and Consumer, Lisa leads the strategic and operational delivery of safety for the sector which covers operation for major multiple retailers, consumers, grocery, general merchandising and home & DIY customers including many household names.

As safety lead in this sector, Lisa’s role is to ensure that Wincanton deliver their customers’ expectations for the highest standards in safety, and to set Wincanton apart by educating, raising awareness and engaging teams in an active safety culture.
Lisa is also responsible for the management of the outsourced Group Occupational provider and the award winning Group Occupational Health and Wellbeing programmes including the HR Excellence Award for Wellbeing 2016 and the St Gobain Wellbeing Award 2015.
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.
Clare Forshaw, Head of Centre for Health, HSE
Clare is involved in assisting both government and individual businesses in achieving their goals in health risk management. She has pioneered the Complete Worker Health Solutions model to allow accessible and targeted solutions.
She is actively involved in various industry working groups and cross government committees to influence and evolve understanding and approaches to improving health through the workplace.
With 20 years’ experience in workplace health management working for HSE, Clare is an associate member of the faculty of Occupational Hygiene and Health Ergonomics.
John Green, HSE Director European Hub, Laing O’Rourke
John has worked in the oil, gas, petrochemical. electronics, heavy engineering, construction and aviation sectors and has 38 years’ experience of industrial safety. He is recognised and respected as someone who does safety differently and as a major force for change in how industrial safety is delivered.

He has spent periods living and working overseas within the UAE, Iran, Europe, Hong Kong , parts of the USA and has recently returned from a 4 year spell in Australia covering Laing O’Rourke operations in the southern hemisphere.
He has held senior positions with Motorola, British Airways and Board level positions with Alfred McAlpine and Laing O’Rourke. John holds qualifications in Occupational Health and Safety, Integrated Pollution Management, Change Management, Psychology, Law and Philosophy.
Steffan Groch, Chair of Health and Safety Lawyer’s Association
Steffan is Chair of the UK Health and Safety Lawyers Association and speaks regularly at IOSH, SHP and other industry events. He is also a committee member of the IOSH national construction group.
Steffan has advised companies, directors and managers in respect of a variety of health, safety and environment prosecutions brought by the Health and Safety Executive, Local Authorities and the CPS. Steffan, in conjunction with his team, advises proactively on health and safety systems and procedures, with a particular emphasis on corporate manslaughter, directors’ duties and FFI.
Steffan and his team continue to be actively involved in ground breaking cases, examples of which include R v HTM, R v Porter and R v Lion Steel,

Andrew Collings, Head of Sales, Neyber
Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in driving sales of employee benefits and financial services across the private and public sectors.

Andy joined Neyber’s senior management team as the Head of Sales and brings expertise in client acquisition and strategic business development.



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.



Neyber is a free financial employee benefit, taking care of the financial wellbeing of UK employees. They enable employers to support their workforce through access to affordable finance, attractive savings and sound financial guidance – all at no cost or risk to the employer. By partnering with Neyber, your employees have access to affordable loans designed to support them when they need to borrow money.

Neyber is also on-hand to help employees build financial knowledge and confidence – with a Financial Wellbeing Hub containing articles, podcasts and tools aimed at helping employees better manage their money.


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