Health @ Work 2016 – Presentations


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The aim of the summit is to present an overview of the current national policies and initiatives in relation to workforce health, the cost of absenteeism and stress-related absence, as well as presenteeism.

The event will also include networking sessions and smaller breakout groups which will tackle mental and physical health challenges; the importance of happiness and purpose in the workplace; and the benefits and techniques of mindfulness.



09:00 Coffee and registration
09:30 Chair’s opening remarksAnn McCracken, Vice President, ISMA International Stress Management Association UK
09:45 Overview of the current national policy and initiatives: What employers need to know

  • Why the government wants more employers to invest in workplace health
  • Early intervention, job retention and vocational rehabilitation support
  • ‘Good Work’ vs the Medical model of workplace health
  • Public health interventions in the workplace?

Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, Institute for Employment Studies (IES)

10:10 Efficiently Prevent and Manage Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in the workplace

  • The role of Human Resources in Population Health. Returning the physical “H” to “HRM”
  • Make the case for MSD prevention and intervention programs and integrate them in the business strategy
  • Understand the impact of MSDs on productivity, medical costs, and global disability
  • Analyse the negative outcomes of poor posture including back and neck pain, cardiovascular problems, obesity and endocrine changes
  • Successful case studies with a positive ROI

Dr Andrew Hatch DC, MBA, PhDc, CEO Founder, Global Wellness Centres

10:35 Leaders and their role in tackling health issues

  • Importance of having a robust and visible health & wellbeing strategy
  • Addressing the needs of the workplace, the worker and the wider community
  • Strong leadership – essential drive for the creation of an effective healthy working environment and culture

Joseph Hall, Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing Operations, Thames Water

11:00 Questions and discussion with speakers
11:10 Refreshments and networking
11:25 Purpose, Wellbeing and Productivity. Inseparable trio. The Business Case: How Lindt developed its purpose

  • Having a Purpose – what is an organisational purpose and why have one?
  • Wellbeing Focus – approach to identifying key wellbeing initiatives Productivity – how we engaged leaders
  • Productivity – how we engaged leaders and they in turn, inspire their people

Jenny Lawrence, HR Director, Lindt & Sprungli

11:25 Mental health through men’s eyes

  • Understanding why men’s health and mental health is important
  • Helping employers to understand men and mental health issues
  • Improving and supporting men’s health in the workplace
  • What works in male mental health interventions

Martin Tod, Chief Executive, Men’s Health Forum

11:50 Tips for implementing a successful worksite wellness program

  • Understand your employees
  • Create a plan
  • Get the board involved
  • Communicate

Helen Houghton, Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing Health, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals

11:50 Ergonomics and its impact on employees’ health

  • Link between ergonomics and health
  • What kind of problems can ergonomics solve?

Martina Clooney, EHS Specialist – Ergonomics, GlaxoSmithKline

12:15 Questions and discussion with speakers 12:15 Questions and discussion with speakers
12:25 Lunch and networking
13:25 Let’s get active! – Tai Chi SessionBeat the post-lunch slump with this 15-minute session. Learn how tai chi uses deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movement to reduce stress, improve balance, and increase muscle strength in the legs. Then put it to the test for yourself.

Chris Allen, Owner, Corporate Wellness & Events Ltd.

13:40 Knowledge share session
14:10 Why the future of wellness is digital

  • Delivery, engagement & data: 3 key challenges for company wellness initiatives
  • Why digital is an essential part of a multi-channel, wide-reaching, inclusive strategy
  • Tracking and measuring success

Andrew Reynolds, Managing Director, Revitalised Ltd

14:35 The impact of the Fit for Work service – a year on

  • Impact of health and work service on OH
  • Summary and conclusion
  • How is it working and what is not working

Chris Rhodes, Chief Nursing Officer, Fit for Work

15:00 Questions and discussion with speakers
15:10 Refreshments and networking
15:20 How can you leverage technology to measure and enhance employees’ wellbeing?

  • Role of the employer in an employees’ health and wellbeing
  • Impact of wearables
  • Innovative wellbeing solutions for your HR strategy
  • Benefits of tech-driven health and wellbeing programmes

Jo Salter, People and Organisations, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

15:45 Why the costs, causes and impacts of presenteeism can no longer be ignored

  • Presenteeism: What is the cost of ignoring it and why it should be measured?
  • Health and Wellbeing initiatives are no longer “nice to haves” but, critical to a business’s bottom line
  • Ensure your Health and Wellbeing initiatives deliver ROI and VOI

Kate Markland, Managing Director, The Markland Consultancy and Susie Griffin, Business Director, The Markland Consultancy

16:10 Promoting positive mental health at work

  • Your duty of care: taking action to improve wellbeing and minimise work-related triggers for poor mental health
  • Recognising and providing support to employees experiencing a mental health problem
  • Useful tools and approaches

Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind

16:35 Questions and discussion with speakers
16:45 Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference



Ann-McKracken 150x150 Ann McCracken, ISMA – International Stress Management Association UK

Ann McCracken specialises in developing a positive and resilient working culture in organisations by introducing effective strategies in performance and wellbeing at all levels.

Having initially trained as a scientist, she carried out research with DEFRA and consultancy in the NHS. She spent 10 years in Education before retraining as a stress management practitioner in 1996. Ann is a Director of AMC2 and the vice president of the International Stress Management Association (ISMA UK) – the professional body for stress management Practitioners. She is the author of Stress Gremlins©, regularly writes/broadcasts and is an external lecturer at Westminster University.

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SBevan 150x150 Professor Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, Institute for Employment Studies (IES)
Stephen was Director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at The Work Foundation and anHonorary Professor at Lancaster University.

Stephen has conducted research on high-performance work practices, employee reward strategy, staff engagement and retention and Good Work. He has a special interest in workforce health and wellbeing, leading a number of national and international projects focusing on workforce healthand the impact of chronic illness on productivity and social inclusion.

He is an advisor to a number of UK government departments and has advised employers and policymakers in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australasia and North America. In 2014 he was named the 6th most influential HR thinker in the UK.

Stephen is a reviewer for several academic journals, including The Lancet, a regular columnist for HR Magazine, a judge at the Global Healthy Workplace Awards and is a member of Public Health England’s Health & Work Advisory Board. Stephen is Chair of the UK Fit for Work Coalition and Director of The Work Foundation’s Health at Work Policy Unit.

Institute for Employment Studies (IES)

Dr Andrew Hatch Dr Andrew Hatch DC, MBA,PhDc, CEO Founder, Global Wellness Centres
Dr Andrew Hatch is a researcher and US Board certified and licensed physician, technique specialist and international lecturer. He specialises in functional neurology, neuro-musculoskeletal re-education, posture correction providing whole person preventive and therapeutic care.

Dr Hatch’s passion is providing treatment and preventive education for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace. He is an expert in corporate wellness and work-related MSDs, providing guidance on risk assessment, prevention and early intervention to address physical, emotional and chemical stressers impacting employee wellbeing and performance.

Global Wellness Centres

Joe Hall Joseph Hall, Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Thames Water
Joe is Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing for the Wholesale Water business at Thames Water and has worked at Thames since 2013. Joe has been instrumental in setting the strategic direction for Thames Water in regards to Safety, Health and Wellbeing and assisted in the development theirHealth & Wellbeing maturity model, which focuses on Worker, Workplace and Wellbeing. He has 15 years of experience as a Safety & Health practitioner, in operational, field and strategic positions and has worked across a number of safety critical industries and construction.
Thames Water

Jenny Lawrence Jenny Lawrence, HR Director, Lindt & Sprungli
Jenny joined Lindt in Jan 2014 and is their HR Director, responsible for the UKI HR strategy.

Jenny is passionate about health and wellbeing, recognising this as one of the biggest HR strategic challenges facing the workplace today. Last year, she implemented a number of successful initiatives that earned Lindt a place in the top 50 Great Places to Work and Britain’s Healthiest Company.

The HR strategy “making Lindt an inspiring place to work” is a key pillar within the company strategy and aligned to the company purpose “making people feel special”. Prior to Lindt, Jenny worked forUnilever.


Martin Tod Martin Tod, Chief Executive, Men’s Health Forum
Martin joined the Men’s Health Forum in January 2013 as Chief Executive. Before joining the forum, he worked for Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, in a range of roles including Head of Strategy Development and Deputy Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns.

He previously worked in the corporate sector as UK Head of Brand & Marketing Communications forVodafone and as a Marketing Director for Procter & Gamble. Martin is currently a Winchester city and Hampshire county councillor, where he focuses on social care and public health issues. He has a degree in economics from the University of Cambridge.

Men’s Health Forum

Helen Houghton Helen Houghton, Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing 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 promotion 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.

Doncaster & Bassetlaw NHS

Martina Clooney Martina Clooney, EHS Specialist – Ergonomics, GlaxoSmithKline
Martina Clooney is an EHS Specialist – Ergonomics, in Environment Health Safety & Sustainability services at GSK headquarters in West London. Since joining GSK, 17 years ago, she has gained a range of experience in the Corporate, Commercial, Research & Development and Manufacturing workplace environments. For the past 5 years, her main area of focus has been in Ergonomics and Human Factors, providing regional and currently global support to the business.

Previous to that she held a variety of Occupational Health management roles at GSK and prior to GSK worked in Occupational Health in both the NHS and Private sector. She gained her RGN qualification at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, Occupational Health Diploma and BSc(Hons) in Health Studies at the RCN and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Ergonomics and Human Factors at the Robens Institute at Surrey University.


Christopher-Allen-150px Christopher Allen, Owner, Corporate Wellness & Events Ltd.
Christopher Allen is a 4th Degree Black Belt Martial Arts Instructor who owns and operatesCorporate Wellness & Events Ltd with his business partner Elizabeth Hough who is a Master Practitioner of NLP and Hypnosis.

Chris has taught Martial Arts to executives up and down the country at both large events and in small groups. His team also works with companies to implement events as part of Workplace Wellness Programmes and offers sessions on sales coaching and executive leadership; smoking cessation and phobia elimination; and corporate kickboxing and Tai Chi, to name but a few examples.


Andrew Reynolds - Revitalised Andrew Reynolds, Managing Director, Revitalised Ltd
Andy Reynolds, founder of Revitalised Ltd, has been providing digital solutions to the health & wellbeing industry for more than 12 years. An accomplished speaker, he is passionate about making the latest technology available to businesses and endusers, helping to educate, communicate and motivate people to lead a balanced healthy lifestyle within the workplace and wider community. He studied English, PE & Sport Science at Loughborough University and foundedRevitalised in 2004.
Revitalised Ltd

Chris Rhodes Chris Rhodes, Chief Nursing Officer, Fit for Work
Chris has spent over 20 years delivering and managing occupational services across a wide client base that includes the gas industry, rail, construction, NHS services and media. She developed a keen interest in tropical disease working with the BBC and their Natural History Unit.

Prior to working in the occupational health sector, Chris spent time working in the Falkland Islands as a ward sister in trauma and general medicine, as well as working as a UK-based practice nurse. She has worked with Fit for Work, assembling and managing a large multi-disciplinary team of health professionals to deliver the Fit for Work service, since October 2014.


Emma Mamo Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind
Emma is 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.


Kate Markland Kate Markland, Managing Director, The Markland Consultancy
Kate is an experienced health professional, who has worked within the Health and Wellbeing arena for over 15 years.  Kate set up Centres of Excellence for Physiotherapy within Swindon and Cirencester.  It was through the clinic corporate contracts, that she realised Health and Wellbeing, within the workplace, needed an injection of care and strategic planning.  Kate is passionate about delivering excellence and care through strategic analysis to assist businesses understand thecosts, causes and impacts of presenteeism and absenteeism.    In 2014 The Markland Consultancy was formed to help businesses understand how the poor health and wellbeing of their employees impacts their bottom line and crucially, how to measure and implement targeted interventions to ensure ROI and VOI.
The Markland Consultancy
Susie Griffin Susie Griffin, Business Director, The Markland Consultancy
Susie started her career as a Captain in the Army and went onto to develop an outstanding career, spanning 20 years+, within Operations in a variety of global conglomerates including Amazon, Sara Lee and PepsiCo.  Her work within Operations covered Health, Safety and Security, Facilities and Estates Management and Business Cultural Development. Susie joined Kate in 2014 and The Markland Consultancy was born out of their different skill sets, backgrounds and expertise.  The Markland Consultancy is uniquely placed to understand a businesses operational and health needs.  Susie is passionate about delivering excellence of performance and care through an aligned business culture to ensure ROI and VOI.

Jo Salter Jo Salter, People and Organisations, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Jo currently leads a team at PwC focusing on innovation in digital, analytics and insight for the People & Organisation practice. She is passionate about technology and the ways that digital solutions can impact employee health and wellbeing and in turn business performance.

Jo has over 25 years’ of experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and has led a variety of transformational change and strategic review programmes across industry.

For over 15 years, Jo has worked as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University Business Schoolteaching management and is the author of two books focusing on using personal energy for high achievement. She was also the first female fast-jet pilot in the Royal Air Force and has a real interest in what drives high performance.



Corporate Wellness Corporate Wellness & Events Ltd works with companies who want their employees to be healthy, resilient, motivated, focused and take less time off for sickness or stress through our bespoke Corporate Wellness Programmes or Stand Alone Events.  Based in London, we can service clients across the country and even in Europe.  We look forward to meeting you.
Global Wellness In House corporate Health and Well-being service provider. We obtain high ROI for companies by empowering employees toward increased productivity, job satisfaction, decreased medical costs, absenteeism and presenteeism. Our proprietary clinical strategy analyzes, corrects and prevents the most costly causes of productivity loss. Musculoskeletal disorders, life style choices and emotional stress.

Find out how we can help you towards Medical Cost Avoidance.

Revitalised Ltd Revitalised provides digital solutions to the health, fitness & wellbeing industries.
Founded in 2004, the team is passionate about making the latest digital technology available to businesses and end-users, helping to educate, communicate and motivate people to lead a balanced, healthy lifestyle.Our range of white-label health, fitness and wellbeing platforms have been developed for businesses in the public and private sector, schools and universities, health clubs, gyms and leisure trusts.
The Markland Consultancy As one of a very few providers, in the UK, The Markland Consultancy, are experts in assisting businesses understand the prevalence, causes, costs and impacts of health and wellbeing presenteeism and absenteeism. They proactively assist businesses realise the ROI and VOI benefits, of analysed and targeted interventions that meet employee needs, by:

  • Objective statistical analysis of workplace performance/productivity
  • Reporting and resolution design
  • On-going analysis and continuous improvement


BHWA logo BHWA is the new industry body for health at work. We’re an advice body for employers and an alliance for experts. If you need to learn more about workplace health, access service providers or find an expert who can advise you, then our fully integrated digital platform does the hard work for you. We’ve created the first and only one-stop-shop for workplace health, purpose built to make finding help and information straight forward.


 Stress Management Society The Stress Management Society is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping individuals and companies recognise and reduce stress. Since our inception in 2003, our dream has been to create a happier, healthier, more resilient and sustainable world.

Stress is a much used (and abused) term these days. You frequently hear people say “I’m stressed” or “I’m depressed”, yet there is still much confusion about what these terms actually mean and how best to tackle them. But we know. We are the UK’s leading authority on stress management issues, which is why you will regularly hear us talking about this topic in the media.

For years, we’ve been empowering individuals to take charge of their wellbeing through our workshops, guides and regular updates. We also act as a trusted advisor for many companies such as British Airways, Standard Life and Shell, guiding them through the mental wellbeing solution maze.