Wellbeing at Work Conference Programme 2016


8.15am – 8.45am: Registration & networking


8.45am: Welcome from the Chair

Poorna Bell, Executive Editor & Global Lifestyle Head, The Huffington Post

8.55am – 9.25am
: KEYNOTE – My Story: Brian Heyworth
Brian’s career spans over 25 years in high-profile roles at JP Morgan, Bank of America & now at HSBC. In our first keynote address of the day, Brian shares his inspirational personal story, his passion about mental wellbeing in the workplace and the reasons why it is a critical board-level issue. 
Speaker: Brian Heyworth
, Global Co-Head, Financial Institutions Group, Global Banking & Markets division, HSBC


9.25am – 10.30am: Leadership Panel debate on Workplace Mental Wellbeing
Our business leaders discuss mental health in the workplace, what are employers doing well and where they can improve.
Geoff McDonald, Former Global VP of HR, Unilever; Advocate & Campaigner 
Brian Heyworth, Global Co-Head, Financial Institutions Group, Global Banking & Markets division, HSBC
Jeremy Connick, Partner, Clifford Chance
Sophie Bostock, PhD, Chief Sleep & Mental Health Advocate, Big Health


10.30am – 10.50am: National employee wellbeing survey results revealed
Business in the Community and YouGov have conducted an extensive employee wellbeing survey through the lens of line managers with their network partners CIPD, Mind, ILM, Maudsley Learning and Mental Health First Aid. The results and findings will be shared during this session.
Speaker: Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community


10.50am – 11.20am: Morning break & networking


11.20am – 11.55am: Building a Culture of Health at IBM that Engages and Motivates Employees
Most of us realise that a culture of health in the workplace encourages employees to perform at their best professionally. Learn how IBM developed their culture of health as part of an overall engagement strategy that includes employee assistance and wellness programmes to help employees improve their health and productivity.
· Creating an environment that enables a culture of health
· Devising a strategy and implementing programmes and modalities
· Identifying future goals and next steps

When the pursuit of healthy goals becomes actionable and supported at work, the benefits accrue to employees and employers alike.

Patric Traut, Health Promotion leader (Western Europe), IBM
Ian Boys, Head of EMEA Account Management, Employer Solutions, Optum International


11.55am – 12.55pm: HR Leadership panel discussion. 
Our expert panel of HR leaders give their opinions on the following questions:

How do you get buy-in for your ideas from line managers?
What challenges do you face from the board and how do you overcome them?
How do you scale your wellbeing programme internationally?
Where do you think the wellbeing at work strategy will be in 12 months time?
Liz Nottingham, Former HR Director EMEA, Starcom MediaVest
Lawrence Mitchell, Global Marketing Director and Corporate Wellbeing Programme Creator, Reed Business Information
Patric Traut, Health Promotion leader (Western Europe), IBM
Alex Bailey, Managing Director, Bailey & French
Chaired by: Noel O’Reilly, Editor, Occupational Health Magazine

12.55pm – 1.10pm
 Shared reading session
Shared reading can be used as a therapeutic tool to help people articulate their thoughts, feelings, and life experiences. In our final session before lunch, Dr Jane Davis MBE will talk about how shared reading can be used in the workplace to improve employee mental health.
Speaker: Dr Jane Davis MBE, Founder and Director, The Reader 

1.10pm – 2.10pm
Lunch & Networking


2.10pm – 2.20pm: Singing with Sanderson Jones
Life is short, it is brilliant, it is sometimes tough.Sunday Assembly have over 70 chapters in 8 different countries where people sing songs, hear inspiring talks, and create community together. Join CEO & Founder, Sanderson Jones, for an inspiring start to our afternoon sessions.
Led by Sanderson Jones, CEO & Founder, Sunday Assembly 


2.20pm – 2.55pm: KEYNOTE: Why does workplace wellbeing matter so much?
For over 50 years, Lord Layard has campaigned and delivered significant change for people, communities and in business. In his keynote address, he will share some evidence based facts about why wellbeing policy can enhance the workplace and the wider society.
Speaker: Professor Lord Richard Layard, Director of Wellbeing, London School of Economics 


2.55pm – 3.20pm
BSI is the global business standards company that helps organisations make excellence a habit all over the world. This session will explore how they have shaped many of the world’s leading standards, what they have implemented in their own organisation & how this best practice can help make your business perform at its best.
Speakers: Morna Dason-Barber, HR Director EMEA, & Sally Sellers, Knowledge Solutions HR Director, BSI (British Standards Institution)


3.20pm – 3.50pm: Legal Workshop

Hine Legal, specialist employment lawyers
“Wellbeing: an alternative to managing sickness absence”

Nick and Jane will highlight the lawyer’s advisory role when ill health matters become long term or problematic. They will consider how absences due to stress and mental health should be considered reasonably and present a case study of how one client embraces wellbeing at work.
Led by Nick Hine, Partner, Hine Legal & Jane Wheeler, Hine Legal


3.50am – 4.15pm: Afternoon break & networking

4.15pm – 4.45pm
: My Story – Jonny Benjamin

Jonny Benjamin is a British mental health campaigner, author and vlogger. In January 2014 he launched a social media campaign called Find ‘Mike’ to search for the stranger who talked him out of taking his own life in 2008. The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness of suicide and mental illness. It went viral and received global media attention. Within just two weeks Jonny found the stranger he was looking for, Neil Laybourn. The story of the campaign was made into a documentary film that was released in May 2014.
Speaker: Jonny Benjamin, Award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger

: Laughter for Health Session

Laughter in the workplace can improve communication, teamwork, morale and performance and can reduce stress-related absenteeism and conflict.
In this short “laughter burst” you can experience how a right good giggle can help us to feel amazing, how the mind-body connection can powerfully influence our ability to cope with stress and how working with our body’s natural rhythms and cycles (rather than working against them) not only prevents stress but maximises performance.
Delivered by Jo Bluett, Laughter Consultant, Laughter for Health


5.10pm – 5.15pm: Closing remarks from the chair


5.15pm–6.30pm: Networking Drinks