Workplace Wellbeing and Stress Forum 2015

26 November 2015, Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf, London

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Building a healthier, happier workforce

SummaryWho’s it ForSponsorsA Message from the Chair

10th Annual EventThe 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.

This conference will offer HR, OH and wellbeing professionals the chance to uncover both the strategic and practical elements of implementing wellness programmes, building resilience and tackling stress amongst employees, as well as discussing the business case and getting buy-in from senior leaders.

What will this event will do for you?  You will:

  • Examine the impact of ageing workforces
  • Learn to embed mindfulness in to your organisation
  • Explore successful strategies to reduce stress and build resillience
  • Understand how to move the mental health agenda forward in your organisation
  • Be able to develop wellbeing champions and ensure longevity of wellness programmes

This event is for you, if you are:

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


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Unum has been providing employee insurance benefits in the UK for 40 years, offering policies to employers of all sizes, including 37 of the FTSE100. In particular we specialise in Group Income Protection.This provides staff with a back-up plan if they’re unable to work due to long-term illness or injury, by paying a proportion of their salary until they either get better and return to work or reach retirement An affordable alternative to private medical insurance, providing discretionary services to help manage sickness absence, support duty of care responsibilities and add value to employee benefit packages. Membership is £8.19 per employee, per month irrespective of age or medical condition.

To find out more, email or call 0800 414 8179

Simplyhealth logo RehabWorks logo
In a world where so many people can’t be bothered, we’re proud to be the healthcare company that can.
We believe in helping people access affordable healthcare and delivering exceptional personal customer service.We help two million individuals look after their health, and 11,000 companies choose us as their healthcare provider. You may have known us as HSA, BCWA, HealthSure, LHF, Totally Active, Remedi or Medisure.

RehabWorks delivers a full Health and Wellbeing suite of work-focused occupational health, physiotherapy, mental health, case management, vocational rehabilitation and EAP services.

Provided as an end to end service solution or on a modular integrated basis as required by the client, our range of interventions are all integrated and follow clinical best practice, thus eliminating the blockages associated with a fragmented traditional approach to Occupational Health and Wellbeing.



Therapy Solutions certainly know how to create happy, healthy and motivated staff.

Their Ergonomic Massage has been voted “Most Valued Reward” by 96% of employees.

A Tactical Reward, Employees appreciate managers have addressed the challenges they face daily such as stress and muscular aches but delivered the solution in the form of a reward!

The massage is backed up by a benchmarking wellbeing survey giving measurable results.

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.

Stress Management Society logoStress is the biggest hindrance to productivity, efficiency and even profitability. It can lead to absenteeism, low morale and increases in staff turnover. The solution – workplace wellbeing. It is one of the few areas that you can invest in your organisation to yield a massive return. According to Dame Carol Black, every £1 spent on workplace wellbeing can yield between £3 and £6 in gained productivity and efficiency. There are limited options that will give you that kind of ROI.

Neil Shah
Director of the Stress Management Society

Sponsored by


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09:00 Coffee and registration

Chair’s opening remarks

Neil Shah, Chief Executive, Stress Management Society

Improving the quality of working life

  • Key findings and insights from the latest research
  • The impact of organisational change
  • The pivotal role of line managers
  • Is new technology helping or hindering wellbeing?
Patrick Woodman, Head of External Affairs, Chartered Management Institute

Healthy workforce, healthy organisation: why well-being is business critical

  • The well-being challenges that should be at the top of your action list
  • What are the organisations that hit their absence targets actually doing?
  • What does the changing nature of the UK workforce mean for our well-being approaches?
  • Hear how Simplyhealth and CIPD have put their research insights into practice in their organisations
Meesha Birch, Employer Marketing Manager, Simplyhealth and Jill Miller, Research Adviser, CIPD

Questions and discussion with speakers

10:45 Refreshments and networking

Practical implications of introducing a wellbeing culture within an organisation

  • Looking at the why and how
  • Making sure it’s sustainable
  • Changing the organisation culture
  • Measuring the results
Evan Davidge, Head of Reward, UK Wellbeing Project Leader, ARUP

The benefits of early intervention

  • Benefits for employers and employees of taking a proactive position
Beth Rose Husted, Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manager, Unum UK

Questions and discussion with speakers

12:05 Lunch and networking

Let’s get active; yoga refresh

Pippa Richardson, Yoga teacher Yogamatters

Knowledge share networking

In round tables discuss your key wellbeing challenges with your peers.


Manager training; Common mental health conditions

  • Awareness and strategies to tackle mental health difficulties
  • Enabling managers to build resilience and look after their own stress
  • Ensuring engagement at board level
  • Changing culture across the whole organisation
  • Helping get people back to work faster
Alison MacGregor, Occupational Health Advisor, E.ON UK

Why invest in wellbeing

  • Integrating and maximising wellbeing
  • Prevention, early intervention & treatment
  • Creating wellbeing champions and ensuring the longevity of wellness programmes
Michelle Haste, Employee Wellbeing Manager, Gentoo Group

Building the business case for offering more proactive support to employees

  • Getting top level engagement and building traction outside of HR
  • Sparking a company-wide conversation on mental health
  • Embedding practical support, identifying what works well and where there are gaps
  • Providing mental health first aid training
Beth Ryder, Employee Wellbeing Manager, Marks & Spencer

Development and implementation of a successful wellbeing programme

  • Building the HR and wellbeing strategy
  • Engaging colleagues and the business
  • Wearables, new technology and the impact on wellbeing
  • Outcomes, measures and ROI
Lee Crowley, Head of Health & Wellbeing, Personal and corporate Banking, Barclays

Questions and discussion with speakers


Questions and discussion with speakers

15:05 Refreshments and networking

Reasonable adjustments and wellbeing passports

Clare Price, Psychological Therapy Service Lead,  RehabWorks

 Examining the Fit for Work Service

Lucy Goundry, Medical Director, Fit for Work Service and Susan Carty, Head of Health & Wellbeing, Tesco PLC

Questions and discussion with speakers


Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference


Expert speakers at this event:

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Evan Davidge, Head of Reward, UK Wellbeing Project Leader, ARUP

Evan is a seasoned reward professional with a breadth of experience largely gained in the armed forces, financial services, central government and professional services. Evan specialises in total reward and employee benefit solutions where he has implemented such programmes in corporate and independent consultancy roles.  Evan is currently a retained consultant for Arup, acting in the capacity of Head of Reward-UKMEA, and he is also the specialist thought leader globally. In this role he has led the design and implementation of a multi-award-winning healthcare programme.  Evan is a founder member of Reward Consulting Partners.  He is also a Reward Trainer and Consultant for the CIPD and World at Work Association respectively.  Evan has an MBA in Business Education Management and he is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

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Clare Price, Psychological Therapy Service Lead, RehabWorks

Clare qualified as a mental health nurse in 1995 and worked across a range of mental health services within the NHS. Following specialist training and accreditation as a CBT therapist in 2005, her NHS career culminated in the Clinical Leadership of an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service and lecturing in CBT at the University of Hull. Clare joined RehabWorks in 2010 to operationalise a Psychological Therapy Service (PTS) for common mental health disorders to be offered across occupational health settings and the insurance industry. As Clinical Lead, she has developed the PTS into an award-winning and industry-leading service for major employers such as BT, National Grid and PepsiCo UK.

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Beth Husted, Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manager, Unum UK

Beth is currently a Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manager at Unum UK and supports a team of consultants with their portfolio of return to work case management and delivering absence management solutions/education to clients. Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants develop tailored plans to support employees back into the workplace following illness or injury.  They work alongside employers and support the individual with ongoing case management with regular reviews to monitor progress and adjust plans if the situation changes. Beth started her career as an Occupational Therapist working across a range of Hospital Settings from Stroke Rehab to cancer care, Chronic Fatigue and Rapid Response.  She then specialised in Vocational Rehabilitation 7 years ago supporting individuals and employers with return to work facilitation.

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Lee Crowley, Head of Health & Wellbeing, Personal and corporate Banking, Barclays

Part of the Global ER team within Barclays PLC and responsible for the development and implementation of the Personal and Corporate Bank’s Health & Wellbeing programme – delivering across a colleague population of over 28,000 in the UK. Also currently developing a Global Wellbeing Portal  and supporting the development of a Global Wellbeing team and agenda.

Previous responsibilities at Barclays include implementation and leading of the Early Careers programme in Barclaycard – including both Apprenticeships and the ‘Barclays Degree Programme’ and HRBP within the Global Chief Operating Office.

Career background within in a variety of industries including retail, logistics, pharmaceutical and financial services. Original academic background including early human evolution and development and more recently Human Resources Management (Chartered MCIPD).

Patrick Woodman, Policy and Research Manager, CMI

Patrick Woodman, Head of External Affairs, Chartered Management Institute

As Head of External Affairs at CMI, Patrick is responsible for CMI’s thought leadership research, providing topical insights into the latest management practice and developing practical recommendations to help managers tackle the challenges they face.

Patrick has been the author or co-author of over a dozen CMI reports and regularly discusses CMI’s research findings and policy recommendations with the media.

Patrick also oversees CMI’s PR, membership communications – including Professional Manager magazine – and policy work, engaging with government departments and Parliamentarians on management and leadership skills issues and on workplace matters such as employee engagement, health and well-being, and equality and diversity.

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Dr Jill Miller, Research Adviser, CIPD

Jill joined the CIPD in 2008 as a research adviser.  Her role is a combination of rigorous research and active engagement with academics and practitioners to inform projects and shape thinking.  She frequently presents on key people management issues, leads discussions and workshops, and is invited to write for trade press as well as offer comment to national journalists, on radio and TV. She specialises in absence management, employee well-being and the importance of promoting good mental health as well as physical health.


Alison MacGregor, Occupational Health Advisor, E.ON UK

Alison MacGregor is an occupational health advisor employed by the energy company eon and is based in the East Midlands area. Her clinical work covers a broad spectrum of occupational health nursing including call centres, metering, street lighting services and power engineering.

Alison has a specialist interest in working with both employees who are experiencing symptoms associated with common mental health conditions and providing advice and guidance to managers within the organisation.  She has recently been working collaboratively with OH colleagues, senior managers within the organisation and external support services to tackle common mental health conditions within the work place.

Alison spent over 10 years as a NHS cardiology manager and gained a public health degree in 2008 before moving to the occupational health field of nursing initially working for an international occupational health care provider before moving to eon in 2010.

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Dr Lucy Goundry, Medical Director, Fit for Work Service

Dr Lucy Goundry is Medical director and Clinical Lead for the government-funded Fit for Work service and is responsible for the delivery of high quality assessments and advice on behalf of the service.

Previous to this Dr. Goundry worked in General Medicine, undertaking a structured training programme facilitating experience in several specialities. She worked as a specialist registrar in Cardiology and Diabetology at The Hammersmith Hospital before moving into  full time general practice. She worked as a GP Partner in Bexley Kent, where she developed an interest in Occupational Medicine, moving into this speciality in 2002. Prior to Fit for Work Dr Goundry was Medical Director at Nuffield Health, and Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing in Local Government.

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Michelle Haste, Employee Wellbeing Manager, Gentoo Group

Michelle joined Gentoo Group in 2001 spending her first 8 years progressing in many HR generalist roles with experience of supporting all divisions across the business. Michelle is now responsible for Employee Wellbeing at Gentoo and has been leading on this agenda for the last 3 years.

Her current role is to raise awareness, educate, demonstrate and signpost staff to a number of health services and programmes to enable individuals to be happier, healthier and more engaged in life at both work and home. The wellbeing programme has been recognised nationally as the 2014 Winner of Business in the Community Wellbeing and Engagement award.

Michelle is a member of both local and national steering groups: Sunderland Health Alliance and Public Health, Responsibility Deal; Health at Work.

Michelle is passionate for all things wellbeing and ensures she leads by example and gets involved in many of the activities at events taking place including taking part in her very first Great North Run in 2014

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Beth Ryder, Employee Wellbeing Manager, Marks & Spencer

Founded in 1884, M&S has grown from a single market stall to an international, multi-channel retailer. Employing around 80,000 people, selling high quality, great value products to 33 million customers through 852 UK stores and M&

With a background in Employee Relations and Engagement and implementing key people initiatives within M&S, Beth currently leads M&S award winning wellbeing strategy including its mental wellbeing programme. Beth also manages M&S EAP and contracted health services.

Employee Wellbeing is a key part of Employee Engagement strategy at M&S. The programme inspires employees to manage their physical, social and mental wellbeing and be in touch with their local communities. It also drives strong support and awareness through employee advocates within the business to help people to fulfil their potential and is mutually beneficial to employees and the business. The impact on engagement and performance is key in delivering M&S business objectives and its ability to compete in a competitive market both today and the future.

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Meesha Birch, Employer Marketing Manager, Simplyhealth

Meesha, a subject matter expert and Marketing Manager, has worked in the healthcare industry for 12 years. She has been working with the CIPD for the last 5 years tracking the trends of absence. Meesha’s role at Simplyhealth is to engage with businesses and intermediaries to help them with the challenges they face. She regularly meets clients and intermediaries to get first hand knowledge of developments throughout different types of organisations, SMEs and Corporates.

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Neil Shah, Chief Executive, Stress Management Society

Neil Shah is a leading international expert on Stress Management and Wellbeing issues. A highly engaging and inspiring motivational speaker and facilitator and an award winning serial entrepreneur, Neil has travelled the world to deliver his programmes and solutions.

He is the author of ‘NLP: A Practical Guide’ (Icon Books) and ‘The 10-Step Stress Solution’ (Random House). Neil is regularly featured in the media as a BBC expert on Stress, as well as in newspapers and magazines such as The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Men’s Health and Top Sante.

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Susan Carty, Head of Health & Wellbeing, Tesco PLC

Susan Carty is the Head of Colleague Health and Wellness at Tesco and is responsible for the colleague health and wellness blueprint.  Formerly Susan led the Imperial Health at Work Service and at this time she was the professional advisor to the five year DWP funded Health for Work Adviceline Pilot, which helped inform the specification for the Fit for Work Service.  Sue has an MSc in Occupational Health & Safety and an Executive MBA.

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Pippa Richardson, Yoga Teacher, Yogamatters

Pippa is the Marketing Manager at Yogamatters and a BWY trained yoga teacher. Pippa’s classes are open-level, spacious and intuitive, allowing time for exploration and contemplation. Her clear, focused approach on alignment honours the need for different approaches for individual structures.

This approach aims to build strength and flexibility in both body and mind, encouraging the body to return to its natural state of ease and freedom. Pippa is based in London and teaches weekly hatha yoga classes, private 1-2-1’s and corporate classes.



Frequently asked questions

Conference Attendee Questions

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The event presentations are added to this account shortly before the seminar and can then be downloaded. We will notify you when they are available.



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Lunch is served on full day events.  We arrange a buffet with a selection of options to accommodate different dietary requirements, but if you have specific needs please feel free add this on the ‘additional information’ section of the online booking for or to email us.  Contact us here.

I have a discount code – how do I claim it?

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If you added delegate details on the booking form when you completed your order or told us by phone or email the names of the attendees, these people will be registered and do not need to bring the ‘ticket’.


I am a supplier or consultant, can I attend?

Sorry, but suppliers may not attend as delegates.

We do allow a strictly limited number of suppliers to exhibit.  Further exhibitor information can be found here or by calling our sales team on 020 7231 5100.

How do I pay? Can I have an invoice? Can I pay with a credit card?

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Can you recommend a hotel near the venue?

Yes! Some of our events are actually held at hotels, but not all of them, so we have put together a page to help you find a suitable hotel near all of our main venues.

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  • Cancellations can be made up to one month before the event. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a cancellation charge of £100 + VAT.
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  • Substitutions may be made at any date and are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.
  • Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation.
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