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Health at Work Summit 2014 – Webinars


A streamed audio file and slide presentations from the conference.

Fifteen sessions recorded live at the event.


Type: Presentation recorded at conference
Format: Clickable slide presentations plus streamed audio file only
Duration: 15 Sessions – Varying lengths

Where to find the presentations

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The Event Programme:

Sessions from this conference available in the webinar include:

Session 01: Introduction and opening by the conference chair

Ann McCracken, Vice President, ISMA UK

Session 02: Health and work: Designing and delivering the ‘Health and Work Service’
• Implementing the Health and Work Service: the government’s response to the Sickness Absence Review including:
o Design of the Service
o Involvement of employees, their GPs and their employers
o Where we are with the contracting processAdam Bailey, Policy Lead for Health and Work Service, Health and Wellbeing, DWP

Session 03: Questions and discussion with the speakers

Session 04: Why do wellbeing at all?

• The role of wellbeing and health benefits
• Benefits on engagement and retention of being a caring employer
• Building an evidenced based business case
Linda Smith, HR Director, UNUM

Session 05: Questions and discussion with the speakers

Session 06: The ageing population: The myths and the facts

The Ageing Population: The myths and the facts
• The economic situation
• Dispelling the myths of older workers
• Types of older workers
• What this means for your business

Howard Hughes, Head of Employer Marketing, SimplyHealth

Session 07: Educating employees on healthy lifestyles and minimising cardiovascular risk

Helen Knight, National Wellbeing Manager, British Gas

Session 08: Developing a mental health strategy

Developing a mental health strategy
Susannah Robertson-Hart, Health and Wellbeing Lead (Mental Health), BBC

 Session 09: Questions and discussion with the speakers

Session 10: Engaging employees through wellbeing

Resilience, wellbeing and the individual’s responsibilities
• Understanding the responsibility of the individual
• Supporting staff to build their own resilience skills
• Empowering employees to change their behaviours

Ella Weston, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Arqiva

Session 11: Building resilience for sustained performance

Building resilience for sustained performance
• Proactive approaches to psychological health
• Building the ability to bounce back
• Focussing on energy levels
• Making individual and team action plans that stick

Sally Evans, Senior Manager – Diversity & Inclusion and Employee Wellbeing, PWC

Session 12: Questions and discussion with the speakers

Session 13: A personal story: Working with a mental illness

Nicola Oliver, IPS Coordinator, Centre for Mental Health

Session 14: Questions and discussion with the speakers

Session 15: Work life balance: Examining the impact on wellbeing and organisational effectiveness

Work life balance; examining the impact on wellbeing and organisational effectiveness
• Looking at the positive and negative perceptions
• Policy and implementation implications
• Using flexible working to ease work-related stress

Andrea Broughton, Principal Researcher, IES


Selected speaker biographies:


Ella Weston

Ella Weston, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Arqiva

Ella Weston is the current health and wellbeing manager for Arqiva, a communications infrastructure and media services company, operating at the heart of the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets. The Arqiva employee wellbeing programme, “Be Healthy”, is focused around four key areas, active line managers, the work environment, employee support and employee ownership.

Prior to joining Arqiva in June 2013, Ella spent four years working at BlackBerry (formerly RIM) as the health and wellbeing specialist for their Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Ella’s interest in employee wellbeing stems from a degree in Ergonomics from Loughborough University followed by two years focusing on office ergonomics working within the WorkRite division of Posturite.

Susannah Robertson-Hart

Susannah Robertson-Hart, Mental Health Lead, BBC

Susannah is an Occupational Psychologist and in the last ten years has consulted to organisations on workplace stress, mental health and wellbeing, engagement and resilience. She has also managed a national vocational rehabilitation service supporting clients to return to work following health related absence. Susannah is now the BBC’s lead on mental health and is responsible for developing and implementing the BBC’s strategy on mental health and wellbeing.

Helen Knight

Helen Knight, National Wellbeing Manager, British Gas

In 2011, Helen Knight joined British Gas as their national wellbeing manager. Since then she has worked to coordinate activities and gain widespread support for a series of activities that form part of an integrated resilience programme. Helen has had many years of experience working within the wellbeing industry, having previously introduced and developed a high-energy wellbeing programme for Amey, a large service and facilities provider. Before that she was a Wellbeing Consultant for The Validium Group, working closely with a wide range of clients.

Nicola Oliver, IPS Coordinator, Centre for Mental Health

Nicola was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder following work related stress and a mental breakdown in 2007. Nicola gives an honest account of her decline into mental illness, her dismissal by her employer and how she manages her condition within the workplace.

Previously a management consultant she now works at the Centre for Mental Health helping healthcare set up employment services to support people with severe mental illness to find or return to sustainable competitive employment. She is also currently writing her PhD research proposal which investigates the links between the immune system, mental illness and nutritional therapy.

Andrea Broughton

Andrea Broughton, Principal Researcher, IES

Andrea Broughton is a principal research fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies (IES), where she has worked since 2006. She has a degree in modern languages and a Masters in International Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management. She has more than 20 years of experience of research and writing in the areas of employment relations, working conditions and industrial relations, specialising in international comparative research.

Before joining IES, Andrea edited the journal European Industrial Relations Review. She has wide experience of managing international projects and working in international teams, working for clients such as the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

Andrea’s specific areas of interest include workplace-level industrial relations, social dialogue, restructuring and change management, and employee involvement. In the area of flexible working, she is a member of the project team that is currently working on the fourth work-life balance employers survey for BIS. She has also carried out a range of European comparative projects on issues related to work-life balance, flexible working and atypical forms of work.

Ann McCracken

Ann McCracken, Vice President, International stress Management Association

Ann McCracken is a Director of AMC2 and the vice president of the International Management Association (ISMA UK) – the professional body for stress management Practitioners.

She specialises in developing a positive and resilient working culture in organisations by introducing effective strategies in performance and wellbeing at all levels. The effectiveness of such a positive working culture is measured and assessed using AMC2 Corporate Diagnostic innovative surveys which include measurement of psychosocial factors, stress and wellbeing. 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. She is the author of Stress Gremlins©, regularly writes/broadcasts and is an external lecturer at Westminster University. She is also a Key Note/Motivational speaker/Conference Chair.

John Hamilton

John Hamilton, Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Leeds Metropolitan University

John Hamilton is the head of safety, health and wellbeing at Leeds Metropolitan University. John is a chartered safety and health practitioner whose career started in property management that naturally lead to the field of health and safety. His expertise in the management of work-related stress developed as head of health and safety at a UK bank, and has lead him to extensive research and practitioner work in this area. In 2010 he wrote a free guide for employers’ legal duties regarding work-related stress that was jointly published by CIPD, HSE and Acas. John’s recent work has centred on the identification, prevention and management of burnout particularly in academic staff.

Whilst at Leeds Metropolitan John has lead the team responsible for the implementation of a Wellbeing Excellence programme for staff and students that has combined resources and expertise from across the institution in development wellbeing tools and interventions. This programme has achieved recognition in a number of national awards including the overall winner of the 2010 Occupational Health Awards.

John is a visiting lecturer at a number of academic institutions and maintains a regular blog at

Sally Evans

Sally Evans, Senior Manager – Diversity & Inclusion and Employee Wellbeing, PWC

Sally is a senior manager in the diversity & inclusion and employee wellbeing team at PwC. She leads the UK firm’s wellbeing approach, which won the Sunday Times Best Companies wellbeing award in 2013 and 2014. Her current focus is building resilience and engagement for sustained performance

Claire Forty

Claire Forty, Occupational Health Nurse Manager, RWEnpower

Claire qualified at the Royal Masonic and Roehampton School of Nursing “too many years ago to remember.” She has worked in Occupational Health & Wellbeing for the past 21 years and joined RWEnpower from the nuclear industry 16 years ago. With responsibility for the company’s 12 OH Nurses, team of administrators and her own clinical workload, Claire is committed to delivering a first class OH&W service to all employees.


Howard Hughes, Head of Employer Marketing, SimplyHealth

Howard has worked in the health insurance industry for over 27 years with 15 years in
marketing. Howard has a BA (Hons) in History and Politics and MBA. As head of employer marketing at Simplyhealth, Howard’s role involves helping companies understand the broad range of employee benefits and how they add value to the business. Howard is a family man.

He has three children and a dog called Poppy. Howard also follows Newport Gwent Dragons and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Linda SMith  

Linda Smith, HR Director, UNUM

Linda has gained significant global HR experience working within the investment banking, legal and consulting sectors. She has a Masters in Human Resources and is a Fellow of the CIPD. Her experience has focussed on designing and implementing HR strategies to lead HR teams and organisations through business, structural and cultural change, working for companies such as HSBC and Nabarro Nathanson.

Linda joined Unum in early 2012 as the UK human resources director where she plays a leading role in designing and implementing the HR Strategy, aligning it to the evolving business needs. She works closely with her global colleagues to develop harmonised strategies to improve the ease of developing and sharing talent across the global organisation. She supports the business development strategy at UNUM, identifying ways to engage with HR directors and the wider HR community to discuss the topic of income protection and promote the benefits to employers and employees.