Wellbeing at Work Conference Programme 2017


Event Agenda

08:15 – 08:55

Registration and Breakfast Networking


08:55 – 09:05

Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair: Lynette Oat, Chief Growth Officer, Optum International


09:05 – 09:25

Encouraging an Engaged and Purposeful Workforce

  • Create a flourishing & engaged employee programme
  • Use business expertise to help great social enterprises grow
  • Success stories from EY, IBM & Thomson Reuters

Adele Blakebrough, Chief Executive, Social Business Trust 


09:25 – 10:20

CEO Panel Debate: The strategic importance of Workplace Wellbeing

John Cleland, Managing Partner, Pinsent Masons

Vanella Jackson, Global CEO, Hall & Partners

Carl Fillery, CEO, Boundless

Facilitated by Alex Bailey, Leader, Bailey & French


10:20 – 10:45

Boost employee performance, productivity and wellbeing

Hear from the UK’s first female fighter pilot on how she is bringing her knowledge and expertise from life in a highly stressful environment within the RAF to the corporate world

  • Hear about the latest data and analytics insights and how they impact health and wellbeing
  • Understand how organisations can use sentiment analytics to boost their employees’ productivity
  • Find out how technology can improve productivity and wellbeing and listen examples of organisations that have seen improvements in their workforce

Jo Salter, Director (People & Organisation), PwC


10:45 – 11:15 Morning Break & Networking


11:15 – 11:35

Taking a holistic approach to workplace wellness

Lloyds Banking Group have taken a holistic and local approach to the wellbeing of their employees and Edward will be sharing some of the learnings and challenges they have faced.

Edward Thurman, Managing Director (Financial Institutions), Lloyds Banking Group


11:40 – 12:00

Personal Story: How EY have supported Mental Health in the workplace

David Brewin, Global Chief Operating Officer, EY 


12:00 – 12:30

Creating workplaces that help us flourish rather than wither

  • Stress depression and anxiety result in over 11 million working days lost every year in the UK and costs every single employer between £700 and £1000 per employee per year
  • We must find ways to create organisations and businesses that boost rather than undermine our mental wellbeing
  • Exploring how adopting the Gaia philosophy can create truly empowering workplaces, where everyone is a leader

Mark Manley, Partner, Gaia Leadership


12:30 – 12:50

The Impact of Quotient Balance and a Growth Mindset on Wellbeing

  • Quotient Balance – the skill-set of the future
  • The impact of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Social Intelligence (SQ) and a Growth Mind-set on wellbeing
  • Behavioural change, wellbeing and the bottom line

Natalie Dee, Head of Programmes & Charles Fair, Head of Insight, Quidnunc


12:50 – 13:45    Networking lunch


13:45 – 13.55

Energiser session 


13:55 – 14:20

Session to be announced shortly


14.20 – 15.05

HR Panel Debate: Developing a culture of wellbeing across the organisation

  • Implementation and the challenges?
  • How far have we come?
  • How will the role of HR change?
  • Where do you see the future of the workplace?

Marcus Hunt, Health & Wellbeing Manager (UK, Ireland & Europe), Unilever

Theresa McHenry, Senior HR Director, Microsoft UK

Carrie Birmingham, Former HR Director, News UK 

Jane Wheeler, Partner, Hine Legal

Dr Sara Kayat, NHS-registered GP, GPDQ


15.05 – 15.25

Wellbeing and Social Ergonomics in Workplace Design

Ergonomics in the workplace traditionally talks about the physical aspects of fit. For this presentation we will discuss a workplace that helps us initiate and regulate social interaction, and that takes into consideration factors like personal space, physical and psychological proximity, and territoriality, helps us feel better. And when we feel better, we work better.

Lillian Antonio, Senior Ergonomist, Herman Miller


15.25 – 15.45 Afternoon Break


15.45 – 16.05

Financial Wellbeing as an Integral Part of a Wellbeing Strategy

  • What impact does worrying about money have on overall mental health?
  • How is the rise of defined contribution pensions and increasing longevity impact stress levels?
  • What role can employers can play in supporting staff with complex financial choices?
  • Strategies for helping employees to improve their financial wellbeing immediately and for the future

Speaker to be confirmed shortly


16.05 – 16.35

Two Perspectives on Creating a Culture of Employee Performance Through Wellbeing

  • How can employers increase employee performance through the promotional of wellbeing initiatives?
  • What people strategies are most effective for communicating company culture to new talent?
  • What is the role of organisational wellbeing in a talent strategy?
  • What can organisations do now to implement an effective enterprise-wide wellbeing program?

Anthony Lawrence, Group HR Director, WHSmith

Katayoun Rezaiamiri, Senior Managing Consultant, GALLUP®


16.35 – 16:45

Chair’s closing remarks


16.45 – 18.00

Networking Drinks