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Stress Prevention & Mental Wellbeing Forum 2011Thursday 7 April 2011 – CCT Venues – Canary Wharf, London

Take a pro-active approach to tackle the number one cause of long-term absence.



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A third (39%) of employers ‘struggle’ to take mental health seriously ( but with a cost of just under 4 billion to UK economy every year isn’t it about time they did?

Here’s how: Symposium Events’ Stress Prevention and Mental Wellbeing Forum. In its 8th year, this forum is packed with ideas and advice from leading professionals. This year’s conference has been designed to save your business money by giving you the tools to build resilience to stress. The aim is not to eliminate stress – as in most environments this is impossible – but to help your employees deal with stress appropriately.

Taking into account the recent rise in numbers of ‘stress’ absence cases Symposium Events Stress Prevention and Mental Wellbeing Conference will look at mental wellbeing as a whole at ways to build resilience, tackle stressful situations pro-actively and reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems.

The event will assist you in developing strategies to reduce rates of absence and presenteeism due to stress and encourage a successful, speedy return to work.

The Forum will also feature an interactive legal session that will cover the management of sickness absence and dismissal and how to avoid tribunal cases. It is here that you will be able to discuss and debate the challenges facing your organisation with your peers and put forward your questions to our legal expert.

Attend the Stress Prevention and Mental Wellbeing Forum 2010 to :

  • Reduce the stigma around mental health at work
  • Understand ways to integrate staff back into work after mental health related absence
  • Using best practice when dealing with a stress related claim
  • Revolutionise your mental health policy
  • Identify the skills line managers need to target and reduce stress-related absence
  • Analyse stress, stressors and stressful situations
  • Understand the legal implications of stress-related absence

Who Should Attend?

  • Directors and Heads of HR
  • Occupational Health Managers and Advisers
  • Chief Medical Officers
  • Managers of Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and Safety Advisers
  • Heads of Employee Relations
  • Rewards and Benefits Professionals

Speakers at the Stress Prevention and Mental Wellbeing Forum 2011 event include:

  • HSE – Peter Kelly, Higher Occupational Health Psychologist
  • Nuffield Health – Tom West, Physiology Governance Manager
  • E.ON – Fiona King, Occupational Health Business Partner & Alison MacGregor , Occupational Health Advisor
  • Bond Pearce – Tim Woodward, Partner
  • BT – Sarah Fawsitt, Head of HR
  • The Work Foundation – Stephen Overell, Associate Director – Policy
  • BSkyB – Dee Harrap, Occupational Health and Wellbeing Operations Manager
  • Microsoft – Ruth Morrissy, Occupational Health Manager
  • Microsoft – Mary Giles, Compensations and Benefits Manager
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car – Leigh Lafever-Ayer, Corporate HR Manager UK and Ireland


09.00 – 09.30 Coffee and Registration
09.30 – 09.50 Introduction and Opening Address by Conference Chair

Peter Kelly, Higher Occupational Health Psychologist, HSE

09.50 – 10.15 Encourage Good Work To Enable Greater Health
  • What makes work meaningful or meaningless for your Employees
  • The central components of what we might call “good work”: Learning appropriate skills to cope with periods of intense pressure
  • How does the UK fare?
  • What steps can employers and policymakers practically take to encourage employees

Stephen Overell, Associate Director – Policy, The Work Foundation

10.15 – 10.40 Creating A Healthy Environment
  • Recent developments
  • Integrating OH into your business

Sarah Fawsitt, Head of HR, BT

10.40 – 10.50 Questions and Discussion with Speakers

Submit your question in advance here

10.50 – 11.10 Coffee and Networking
11.10 – 11.35 Building Resilience To Pressures
  • The prevalence of stress-related illnesses
  • The Nuffield Approach to Assessing Resilience
  • Perceived Stress v Low Resilience
  • How Low Resilience links to other health risk factors
  • Low Resilience and at-work productivity
  • Interventions that improve resilience

Tom West, Physiology Governance Manager, Nuffield Health

11.35 – 12.00 Managing Mental Health: The Long Haul
  • Taking a proactive approach to managing mental health
  • How to keep people in work
  • Investing in a healthy workforce

Fiona King, Occupational Health Business Partner & Alison MacGregor , Occupational Health Advisor, E.ON

12.00 – 12.10 Questions and Discussions with Speakers

Submit your question in advance here

12.10 – 13.10 Lunch and Networking
13.10 – 13.50 Knowledge Share and Networking Session
    This is your chance to discuss and debate the key issues and seek solutions to your concerns. Knowledge Share is a great opportunity to talk through challenging issues in a structures environment with your peers.


    Split into roundtable groups and brainstorm and discuss with your peers:
  • Should you have a stress policy?
  • Do you use the term resilience or stress, why?
  • How do you reduce the stigma around mental health?
13.50 – 14.15 Measures to Reduce Stressful Situations
  • Understand the different situations that cause stress in your company
  • Reflect on the type of manager you have
  • Educate your managers
  • Exploring the services available and measuring the usage of statistics

Dee Harrap, Occupational Health & Wellbeing Operations Manager, BskyB

14.15 – 14.25 Questions and Discussion with Speakers

Submit your question in advance here

14.25 – 14.45 Coffee and Networking
14.45 – 15:25 Interactive Legal Session
    This is an interactive session where the topic of discussion will


    be decided by you. This is your opportunity to raise any of your


    legal concerns you have and put your legal questions to our


    expert presenter.
  • Is stress a disability?
  • Dealing with long-term absence and return to work
  • Avoiding Employment Tribunal and personal injury claims

Tim Woodward, Partner Bond Pearce

15.25 – 15.50 Supporting Your Employees
  • Training staff to cope with stressed employees
  • Make sure that you line managers understand procedures
  • Keeping in contact
  • Educating colleagues appropriately to encourage smooth reintroduction

Ruth Morrissy, Occupational Health Manager & Mary Giles, Compensations and Benefits Manager, Microsoft

15.50 – 16.15 Changing Attitudes and Reducing the Stigma of Mental Illness

• Case Management: What worked well
• Case Management: What didn’t work and why
• Challenges and changes we made
• Benefits to the employee and to the business

Leigh Lafever-Ayer, Corporate HR Manager UK and Ireland, Enterprise Rent-A-Car

16.15 – 16.25 Questions and Discussion with Speakers

Submit your question in advance here

16.25 Chair’s Closing Comments and Close of Conference


Speakers at the Stress Prevention and Mental Wellbeing Forum 2011 event include:

HSE – Peter Kelly, Higher Occupational Health Psychologist

Peter Kelly
Peter Kelly works for the Health and Safety Executive in the Business Health Psychology Unit. He is employed as a Higher Occupational Health Psychologist.

Peter has been involved from the beginning in developing the scientific knowledge base for the management standards approach to tackling work related stress. He provides scientific support also in relation to neuropsychological impairment, mental health rehabilitation and return to work issues for HSE.

He has a research interest in the malingering of neuropsychological impairment and has published on the development of a diagnostic battery of clinical test for the detection malingering of neuropsychological impairment in a UK population.
Peter is also a member of Sainsbury Centre, the SHIFT Expert Review Panel on promotion of mental wellbeing and management of mental ill health in the workplace.

Nuffield Health – Tom West, Physiology Governance Manager

Tom West is the Physiology Governance Manager for Nuffield Health. Having worked for Nuffield Health for the last 5 years, Tom now oversees the clinical practice of a national team of over 100 Health and Wellbeing Physiologists who deliver a range of Wellbeing products, including industry-leading Health Assessments. Tom’s clinical experience and educational background (including a BSc Sport Science, an MSc Exercise and Health, and the advanced Physiologist training provided by Nuffield Health) have provided him with an in depth understanding of the physiological responses to stress and effective lifestyle strategies that can increase an individual’s ability to cope with pressures.

E.ON – Fiona King, Occupational Health Business Partner

Fiona King is currently an Occupational Health Business Partner for E.ON with key health responsibilities for a number of the business units. Fiona has worked with E.ON for 6 years and during that time has been part of the wining team for RoSPA Astor Trophy for best Corporate Occupational Health Management and the Occupational Health award for stress management 2010. Previous roles have included working at Land Rover & Leo Pharma, Ireland

E.ON – Alison MacGregor, Occupational Health Advisor

Occupational Health Advisor E.ON employed at 11 months, retail area of the business which includes call centre advisors, door to door sales agents and gas heating engineers.
Prior to current role Occupational Health Advisor BUPA, contracts such as ambulance service for Midlands PCT, the rail industry including track maintenance, train workers, engineering and legal service office workers and chemical industry.
Previous management roles include 13 years NHS experience as a Cardiology Specialist Nurse and Coronary Care sister.

Bond Pearce – Tim Woodward, Partner

Tim has a wide range of experience spanning the whole Human Resources spectrum. He has significant experience advising on employment tribunal litigation, Board disputes, business protection actions, union and collective consultation issues and high value/sensitive discrimination matters.
Tim also has a wide range of commercial experience, including transactional, strategic and day to day Human Resources support. He has overseen a number of major reorganisation and redundancy projects in a number of different industry sectors.
Tim qualified as a pensions and employee incentives lawyer at Allen & Overy. He worked in the City between 1993 and 1997 and this experience gives him the ability to advise, in the round, on matters which overlap between employment and pensions disciplines.
Tim is recognised as a leader in the field of Employment Law in Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and has been described in Chambers as “Lauded for his thorough understanding of even the most complicated of employment matters”, “is recognised for giving clear and concise advice drawing on a wealth of knowledge to advise clients from many different industries” and “wins praise for his commercial and pragmatic advice” Chambers 2010.

BT – Sarah Fawsitt, Head of HR

Sarah Fawsitt

Sarah Fawsitt is Head of HR at BT PLC and lead for Health and Wellbeing for the Innovation and IT functions of the company, representing 14,000 people worldwide. Spending the last 4 years in BT Sarah started to focus on mental health absence in October 2009 when it became the leading cause of absence in this professional work force, and along with colleagues across BT has developed tools and interventions from building mental resilience, prevention, identification, and support of individuals with mental health difficulties. Previously Sarah was lead for Health and Wellbeing at Egg Plc where she set up the function and worked across the full spectrum of health and wellbeing management.

The Work Foundation – Stephen Overell, Associate Director – Policy

Steve Overell

Stephen Overell is an associate director at The Work Foundation where he currently is head of policy. Prior to taking up this role he was secretary to the Good Work Commission, a wide-ranging investigation of work involving senior figures from business, the public sector, trade unions and faith groups. He is the author of Inwardness: The Rise of Meaningful Work and Losing Control Again? Power and the Quality of Working Life. Prior to joining The Work Foundation he was an award-winning journalist writing on work, employment and management principally for the Financial Times.

BSkyB – Dee Harrap, Occupational Health and Wellbeing Operations Manager

Dee Harrap is the Occupational Health & Wellbeing Operations Manager for BSkyB England and part of the OH&W management team

Sky is one of the world’s largest broadcasting companies; Sky is on a fast track to growth. Their ambitions are big, and their aims are high therefore offering us lots of interesting challenges in the world of OH.

Dee has previously worked as nurse all over Australia including the outback and in the UK travel health, health screening and general medicine. As a Specialist Practitioner in Occupational Health for 10 years and in the field for nearly 13years Dee has worked in the NHS, manufacturing, consultancy which offered a wide variety of OH settings and was self employed until she started with Sky nearly 2 years ago.
The roles have varied from Senior Advisor to OH Manager supporting business development teams and as an Operations Manager implementing OH services to SME’s , public sector and private organizations.

Microsoft – Ruth Morrissy, Occupational Health Manager

Ruth Morrissy
Ruth Morrissy has been the Occupational Health Manager at Microsoft UK since 2007. Over her 10 years in occupational health she has gained an OH degree whilst working in a diversity of industrial settings including aviation, manufacturing, local councils, insurance and now in the IT sales and marketing arena at Microsoft.

Whilst at Microsoft she and her team have changed the way occupational health has been delivered to Microsoft employees. Ruth has worked closely with the HR departmentto help guide and educate managers on the importance of recognising health issues and being proactive in their approach to managing any identified stressors within their teams. This has included re writing Microsoft’s stress policy and instigating stress awareness and work life balance presentations to managers.

A fundamental aspect of her role is supporting employees who are absent from work and, when they are ready to return, helping them to reintegrate safely back into the workplace.

Microsoft – Mary Giles, Compensations and Benefits Manager

Awaiting Biography

Enterprise Rent-A-CarLeigh Lafever-Ayer, Corporate HR Manager UK and Ireland

 Leigh Lafever-Ayer

As Corporate Human Resources Manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Leigh Lafever-Ayer oversees all aspects of human resources generalist, talent acquisition, diversity and training / development for ten operating groups and the corporate headquarters within the United Kingdom and Ireland. She has over 20 years of experience with the company and has held a variety of roles in the operations and human resources department.

Leigh is originally from Cookeville, Tennessee, USA and graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a degree in Business Management. She lives in Surrey with her husband, Trace and daughter, Alexandra. She is involved in a number of professional organisations and is on the Board of Governors for Guildford College and a member of the Advisory Board for Global Diversity Practice.



Nuffield Health
Nuffield Health helps employees get healthy and stay healthy. We believe that the real health of a company should be judged, not just on its revenue, but also on the health and wellbeing of its employees.
We’ve brought together 15,000 experts from every area of health: Consultants, GPs, Physiotherapists, Physiologists, Nutritionists, Personal Trainers, Surgeons, Health Club Managers as well as Fitness Instructors and Spa Therapists. Clients can choose to use one or all of their services – whatever suits their company and employees best.
Our expertise combines health assessments, corporate fitness, hospitals, physiotherapy and medical services and over 50 commercial health clubs in a network of over 200 facilities throughout the UK. We’ve brought all this together to form one complete care service. It’s this alternative view that can help companies become so much healthier and more productive.
As a not for profit organisation we reinvest every penny we make back into our facilities, services and expertise – helping our clients run healthier, happier and more effective businesses.

Supported by

Workplace Healthcare

Workplace health is our passion. We see the value in organisations looking after their people, who undoubtedly are their biggest asset. We hope to share this passion with all organisations that we work with, helping them to achieve the level of duty of care that employees deserve when it comes to their health and wellbeing.

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 or 020 7231 5100.



CCT Venues – Canary Wharf
Isis Building – Thames Quay
193 Marsh Wall
E14 9SG London

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Early bird discounts

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  • 6th February 2011 and SAVE 20%
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  • 8th March 2011 and SAVE 10%

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Discounts codes and vouchers

If you have received a special offer discount code or voucher, please book online as normal. When you reach the shopping cart you will be asked to imput your voucher code and your price will then be adjusted to match the offer you have received.

Gold Club member discounts

Members of our elite Gold Club benefit from 25% discounts on all events plus invitations to attend at least four events completely free of charge every year.

With over 30 events covering HR strategy, diversity, health & safety, pay & benefits, recruitment, training, employment law and more each year, your organisation could save £000’s on training.

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Special Offers – Notes & Conditions

  • Delegates will be charged for the price agreed at the time of booking. We cannot exchange offers or discounts for alternative offers at a later date.
  • Only one offer may be applied to a booking at any given time.
  • All offers and discounts are cancelled if payment does not reach us by the due date as stated on the invoice.
  • If the ‘Second delegate at half price rate’ offer is taken up, the half price rate applies to the least expensive event.
  • 6th February 2011 and SAVE 20%
  • 21st February 2011 and SAVE 15%
  • 8th March 2011 and SAVE 10%

How to Book

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or call the booking hotline: 020 7231 5100


Venues We Use

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Hilton London Canary Wharf
South Quay, Marsh Wall, London, E14 9SH
Grand Connaught Rooms
London, WC2B 5DA
Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel
21 Lowndes Street, London, SW1X 9ES

Presentations and other documentation relating to the event is supplied free to delegates. Non-attendees: £145.00 – Click here to order.

Special Offers

Only one special offer applies at any time. All discounts lapse if invoices are not paid by their due date, at which point the full registration fee will be payable.

Cancellations, Terms and Conditions

Cancellations received in writing up to one month before the event will be refunded in full, less an administration charge of £100 + VAT. We cannot accept cancellations after that time.

Please see our full terms and conditions here .

How to pay

All payments must be received before the event.

Payment can be made online by credit card or by phoning the booking hotline on 020 7231 5100 .

Alternatively, if you request an invoice when booking you can pay by cheque, in GBP (£), made payable to Symposium Events and sent to: Symposium Events Ltd, Suite 5, No. 1 Mill Street, London, SE1 2DF. BACS payments and bank transfers can also be made – account details will be supplied on your invoice.