Workplace Wellbeing and Stress 2014 – Presentations


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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, 1 in 5 workers feel levels of wellbeing has got worse in the last three years.

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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


Managing demographic changes in the workplace

  • Employing an ageless workforce
  • Addressing the need for people need to work for longer and maintaining personal energy levels
  • Ensuring age doesn’t define you as a worker
  • Managing physical age related changes & effect of physical labour
  • Creating a culture of health and wellbeing
Suzanne Goodland, HR Manager, Arena Seating

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

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

Refreshments and networking


Sit-Stand for a healthier workplace

  • Examining the health risks impact of sitting throughout the working day
  • The costs of prolonged sitting to the employer and employee
  • Creating a platform for “Active Working”
Gavin Bradley, Campaign Director, Get Britain Standing

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.


Suzanne Goodland, HR Manager, Arena Seating

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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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Gavin Bradley, Campaign Director, Get Britain Standing

Gavin has 20 years of experience in emerging market consultancy, working for variety of global brands including Coca-Cola, Mars, Cable & Wireless, Liberty Global (owners of Virgin Media). He is also managing partner of Global Sports Licensing contracted to FC Barcelona, Arsenal FC, FC Bayern Munich and Chelsea FC in Asia.

After working for a charity in Sweden where he first discovered Sit-Stand workstations (considered the norm in offices across Scandinavia) Gavin soon became alarmed by the growing research detailing significant health risks & engagement restraints of “Prolonged SITTING”. Gavin founded the social enterprise ACTIVE WORKING C.IC and campaign “Get Britain Standing” in 2014.

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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.

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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.

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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 ( 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.