DR FIONA ADSHEAD
SUSTAINABLE HEALTHCARE COALITION
Fiona chairs the Sustainable Healthcare Coalition that inspires partnerships and action on sustainable healthcare. She also works as an independent expert advisor and board member for national and global organisations on wellbeing and sustainability.
She is a high-profile wellbeing and public health leader with a track record of reframing thinking and developing innovative strategy and programmes at the heart of business and government. Her previous roles include Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director General in the UK Government, Director of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion at the World Health Organisation and Bupa’s Chief Wellbeing Officer.
Fiona is a visiting Professor at UCL and is a Senior Associate at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Fiona’s recent board roles include British Land’s Sustainability Advisory Panel, Marks and Spencer’s Sustainable Retail Advisory Board, and Business in the Community’s Wellbeing Leadership Team.
Clifford Chance LLP
Charles is Global Head of Wellbeing and Employee Experience at Clifford Chance, a leading international law firm, where as a member of the Global HR Leadership he focuses on delivering industry leading employee experiences and protecting & enhancing the wellbeing of employees in all locations. He is a member of the Alliance Manchester Business School’s National Forum for Health and Wellbeing at Work and volunteers as a Board Trustee of the mental health charity Dorset Mind. He is a Chartered Manager (CMI), a Mental Health First Aider (MHFA England) and holds an MSc in Workplace Health and Wellbeing from the University of Nottingham.
Lauren Applebey has over 16 years’ experience in corporate health, safety and wellbeing, and leads the mental health strategy for Meta, across EMEA.
Having previously supported companies such as Nestle, Serco, The Telegraph, Eurostar, ITV, Mace, Luton Airport and Astra Zeneca on their mental health training, programs and resources with The Health Work Company – Lauren’s expertise lies in systemic, organization-wide preventative programs that support better mental health for employees and managers – whilst ensuring organizations embed best practice at every level.
Having previously held the Role of Editor at The Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP), and Barbour EHS, delivering hundreds of Mental Health First Aid courses to some of the UK’s largest organizations – and co-writing the Highfield accreditation First Aid for Mental Health – Lauren has a deep understanding of the role HR, EHS, Risk, Legal and so many more play in better management of mental health at work.
Trades Union Congress
Shelly is the Health and Safety Officer at the Trades Union Congress.
Rosie is a passionate, Wellbeing Consultant at Virgin Pulse; committed to helping organisations deliver impactful and meaningful wellbeing and engagement solutions for their people. Her work in wellbeing is about using experience and behavioural insights to inform the most effective investments to equip employees with the tools and resources they need to get the most out of their life and their career and encourage long-lasting, effective changes to an individual’s health behaviours. Rosie is passionate about creating a work environment where individuals are supported to thrive and be their best, most authentic selves. Rosie’s goal is to make wellbeing support accessible and available to all.
Profile to follow.
DAME CAROL BLACK
Centre for Ageing Better & Independent Adviser to Government on Combatting Drugs Misuse
Professor Dame Carol Black is currently Chair of the British Library, the Centre for Ageing Better, and Think Ahead, the Government’s fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers. She chairs NHS Improvement’s Advisory Board on Employee Health and Wellbeing, and is Adviser to NHSI and on Health and Work. She is also a member of RAND Europe’s Council of Advisers, and of the Board of UKActive. She recently completed her seven-year term as Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, where she was a Deputy Vice-Chancellor. She still sits on the University’s Advisory Board for the Centre of Science and Public Policy, and the Strategy Board on Student Mental Health and Wellbeing. She is a Patron of the Women’s Leadership Centre in the Judge Business School. Dame Carol has completed three independent reviews for the UK Government: of the health of the working-age population in 2008 as National Director for Health and Work; of sickness absence in Britain in 2011 as co-chair; and of employment outcomes of addiction to drugs or alcohol, or obesity, in 2016. In February 2019 the Home Secretary announced that Dame Carol would lead an independent review on illicit drugs, demand, supply and treatment. Professor Black is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation, and past-Chair of the Nuffield Trust for health policy. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London is internationally renowned for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma. She has recently been a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.
SIMON BLAKE OBE
Mental Health First Aid England
Simon Blake OBE joined MHFA England as Chief Executive in October 2018, leading the social enterprise to achieve its vision of normalising society’s attitudes and behaviours around mental health, through training one in ten of the population. He Chairs the Dying Matters Campaign, the Support after Suicide Partnership the Headspace International Advisory Board. He is also a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute was awarded an OBE for services to the voluntary sector and young people. He enjoys running, equestrian eventing and his dog.
Gosia Bowling is National Lead for Emotional Wellbeing. She is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and an EMDR UK & Europe accredited EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) Psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience of working in mental health and helping individuals and groups overcome emotional difficulties. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy having worked as a senior Lecturer in UK universities leading programmes and delivering training in counselling and psychotherapy.
Nick has been part of Peppy since the early stages. His position means he is perfectly placed to comment on the evolving conversation of health and wellbeing within an organisation. Aside from managing direct sales with clients, he also looks after Peppy’s NHS work stream and the revenue operations side of the growth department. Nick joined Peppy after working for the largest importer of Italian wine in Thailand. His background before sales is in hospitality operations, which brought him to work in Asia for seven years.
Clarke Carlisle is a former Premier League footballer with a vast wealth of experience across many sectors through to executive and governance level.
He played professional football for 17 years, over 550 appearances across all 4 leagues in England, and received England U21 international honours. He moved into broadcasting as a commentator and pundit for ITV, BT Sport and Absolute Radio amongst others, being a key part of ITV’s World Cup 2014 team in Brazil.
During his playing career he was on the Management Committee of the player’s union, the PFA, for 10 years and was Chair of the Union from 2010-14.
Other board roles include:
- Kaleidoscope Plus Group Board of Trustees (5 years – 3 years as chair)
- Manchester FA Inclusion Advisory Board (2 years as chair)
- UCFB Advisory Board (3 years – overseeing the expansion of the university to their Etihad and Wembley Campuses)
Clarke has been at the forefront of addressing key social issues. He presented 2 award winning documentaries for the BBC, “Is Football Racist?” and the critically acclaimed “Football’s Suicide Secret”, the latter being seen as a watershed moment in addressing Mental Health within sport and society. More recently he was appointed to the Expert Advisory Panel for the government’s Fan-Led Review into Football Governance, working closely with the Chair, Tracey Crouch CBE MP, on the Player Welfare and ED&I strands of the report.
I have the great pleasure of leading the Co-op’s wellbeing team and have been evolving the Co-op’s approach to supporting the wellbeing of its c62,000 colleagues across retail, logistics, funeralcare and support functions since the team was first established in 2016. My team of 5 now leads on all Co-op wide wellbeing initiatives and manages all colleague benefits. Connected to our Co-op vision of co-operating for a fairer world, we are on a mission to make things fairer for our Co-op colleagues.
We’ve done a lot in the last 5 years and really have put wellbeing on the map at the Co-op where we’ve seen positive growth, year-on-year, of our colleagues feeling empowered to take control of their own wellbeing using the tools, products and services we provide. Now I want to use my experience to help others evolve their thinking and joining the mad world advisory board feels like a great way to do that.
Abi has spent the last 13 years translating and aligning business strategy to pragmatic solutions that bridge the gap between technology, process and policy, and the human beings that need to interact with them. Delivering programmes across multiple industries, countries and cultures. Abi’s goal is always to enable growth and performance by building a culture where people can learn safely, be themselves, and thrive.
Drawing heavily on her experience as an elite athlete, playing rugby for England at both 7’s and 15s and ultimately being given the opportunity to captain the England 7s team through their transition from amateur to professional.
Teodora is a well tenured Amazonian with 6 years of experience in EU Retail and a strategy leader for the mental health & wellbeing initiative at Amazon Fashion in Europe. Teodora has been on a transformative journey herself and studied closely the scientific and spiritual concepts of mental health and wellbeing. Teodora is an advocate for self-healing and shares her experience through talks and workshops on multiple topics from managing subconscious patterns, mind-body-soul unity and self-love. Teodora speaks regularly in Amazon wellbeing events, at London Business School and in podcasts.
Sir Ian Cheshire
Ian was Chair of Barclays Bank UK until December 2020. Current appointments are Chairman of Channel 4, Chairman of Spire Healthcare Group Plc, non-executive director BT Group plc, Chairman Menhaden plc and chair of Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund. Previous appointments were Chairman of Debenhams, CEO of Kingfisher plc, B&Q, Chairman Maisons du monde, and Lead Non-Executive Director for the Government. He was Chairman of the British Retail Consortium, Chairman of the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, President of the Business Disability Forum President’s Group and chaired the Ecosystem Markets Task Force. Sir Ian retired as non-exec director of B&B plc in 2010. He has won a number of awards including Lifetime contributions to retailing and Fortune WEF award for leadership. Sir Ian was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to Business, Sustainability and the Environment and is a Chevalier of the Ordre National du Merite of France.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and member of Business in the Community's "Better Work" Advisory Board
Naeema is a partner in the Employment, Labor and Pensions practice group based in Manchester. She is an expert on equality law and heads up the firm’s discrimination and employment litigation practices. Naeema advises on all aspects of employment law for clients in the public and private sector, including for a number of large employers who are household names. Naeema regularly works in a cross border environment.
Naeema is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences. She contributes to a variety of publications and broadcast media. She is also featured in the Legal 500, Legal Experts and Chambers directories in which she is noted for her “articulate and professional manner” and “high level of competency in various areas, from tribunals, to pension issues, to discrimination” and as someone “you would want in your corner“.
In 2013, Naeema was appointed a fee paid Employment Tribunal Judge sitting in the Midlands (West) Region. In November 2019 Naeema was appointed to sit as a Deputy Chair in the Central Arbitration Committee adjudging on collective employment disputes.
Naeema is also Co-Partner sponsor of the Eversheds Sutherland ethnicity network, Verve. In addition, Naeema is a Trustee of the Eversheds Sutherland Charitable Trust, is an Ambassador for Women on Boards and sits on the Race Leadership Team for Business in the Community.
Nestlé UK & Ireland
June is proud to be leading the Nestlé UK&I Health and Wellbeing strategy. She is passionate about improving the lives of employees by giving them the opportunities and support to make the right lifestyle choices to be fitter, healthier and to be able to live life to the fullest.
Jordan joined the CBI In 2014, following a role with the MoJ in HMPS. In the seven years with the CBI, Jordan has held both commercial and policy roles, including Assistant London Director and Head of Policy. In December 2021, he became the CBI’s first Health Director, leading a new team and the organisation’s engagement across DHSC, NHS, BEIS, OHID, UKHSA and HMT on industry priorities in health and life sciences. Jordan studied Law and Public Policy & Management at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, respectively. Jordan lives in South London and is active within local politics.
World Wellbeing Movement
Sarah Cunningham is Managing Director of the World Wellbeing Movement, a coalition of global leaders from business, civil society, and academia that have come together to help put wellbeing at the heart of decision-making in both business and public policy.
Sarah is a senior business leader, board director, and Future of Work strategist with over 20 years’ experience, gained in companies including Mastercard, Google, BT, CapGemini, and Accenture.
Prior to being appointed to her current position, Sarah was Vice-President and lead of Mastercard’s European Technology Hub in Dublin, where she was focused on creating a great place to work with employee wellbeing as the cornerstone. Under her leadership, Mastercard’s Dublin operation grew from 450 employees to just over 1,000, with employee engagement scores improving year-on-year.
A firm believer in the importance of continuous education, Sarah recently graduated with distinction from LSE’s Executive Master’s in Psychological and Behavioural Science, where she was awarded the Best Overall Performance and Best Dissertation prizes. Sarah is also a graduate of the Smurfit Business School Senior Leadership programme in partnership with Darden University. In 2019, Sarah was honoured to be named “Business Role Model of the Year” at the Women in IT Ireland awards.
Dorothy Day is Chief People Officer at GoodShape, who are committed to enabling better business performance through effective workplace wellbeing and health management. She oversees GoodShape’s people and culture strategy to ensure healthy, happy people are at the core of the organisation.
Ultimately, her mission is to enable GoodShape to provide the very best customer experience by ensuring their own people are in good shape too.
With over 22 years’ experience, leading and delivering people strategy, organisational design and change in commercial sector businesses, Dorothy has driven organisational transformation through people-centric strategies that have helped change to ‘stick’.
Her résumé includes large corporates such as EON, Boots, Weetabix and NFU Mutual alongside small and mid-sized start-ups and charities. She is excited to share the learnings of her broad strategic experience and people-first approach with session attendees at MAD World Summit.
CATHERINE DE LA POER
Halcyon Coaching Ltd and Adjunct Professor, Hult International Business School
Catherine is a leadership coach, working with clients to create more resilient and agile individuals, teams and organisations. Emotional Intelligence forms the centre-piece of her coaching approach. Catherine is also a keynote speaker, podcast host (The Future of Work) and writes extensively on a range of subjects, including; trust, psychological safety, mental health and wellbeing and why building healthy human systems at work unlocks the imagination premium. Most recently she has joined the faculty at Hult International Business School.
As the Chief Commercial Officer for Onebright, Tim leads and manages all aspects of Onebright commercial functions, including sales, marketing, and product development. Tim has over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare and insurance industry, he joined Onebright from healthcare and insurance company, Cigna, and has also held roles at AXA. The bulk of Tim’s career has been spent understanding the healthcare needs of UK corporates, working across multiple channels, such as prevention and behavioural change within the wellbeing sector, as well as access to care and pathway design in key areas such as oncology, MSK and mental health. In the corporate arena Tim is developing new solutions that “cut through the noise” within the mental health benefits space. Their agnostic position alongside key benefit channels such as PMI, GIP, OH and EAP allow Onebright to play a central role in the development of an employer’s mental health strategy.
Heathrow Airport, Co-Chair European CFO Leadership Network, HRH Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S), and Chair of Wellbeing Leadership Team, Business in the Community (BITC)
Javier joined Heathrow in January 2008 and has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2016. He is responsible for leading the organisation financially by enabling a sustainable growth strategy and transforming Heathrow’s approach to risk, cost and investment. He leads the investment of our multibillion capital plan driving long-term sustainable value generation to consumers and shareholders. He was closely involved in establishing the current capital structure and positioning Heathrow as a strong credit in the financial markets, including more than £10bn of fundraising since he became CFO. Recently, Javier has successfully led Heathrow’s financial response to the global pandemic creating an unprecedented 97% decline in revenue by securing business continuity and accelerating its recovery. Javier is Board Member, member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Investment Committee. Outside Heathrow, Javier co-chairs the UK Leadership Network of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (‘A4S’) under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales. He also chairs the Wellbeing Leadership Team of Business In the Community, the UK largest and longest established business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. Javier provides classes on strategy and change management at the MBA programme of UNIR Business School (Spain). Prior to joining Heathrow, Javier worked as senior manager with Ferrovial, a Spanish-based global operator of sustainable infrastructure.
Hayley Farrell is an Award Winning Wellbeing Practitioner with responsibility for developing and delivering global wellbeing & resilience strategy and the first practitioner globally to be certified for the adoption and implementation of ISO 45003 occupational health and safety management — psychological health and safety at work certification. Hayley is CIPD 7 PgD Personnel and Development qualified, received a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Human Resources and is a qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer. She is a specialist member of the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management and holds an internal auditor certification. Hayley supports cross industry thought leadership & panel discussions to evolve and create parity between physical & psychological health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace.
Make A Difference Media, the MAD World Summit and The Watercooler
Claire Farrow is the Global Head of Content for Make A Difference Media, the MAD World Summit and The Watercooler. Claire is on a mission to help every employer – large, medium and small – get the insight, inspiration and contacts they need to make real impact on workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing in their organisation. Over the course of her career she has had the honour of working with many leading publishers, including the New York Times.
Alex Fryer trained at Guy’s Hospital, London. She has over 35 years experience as a women’s health practitioner. Her work at Peppy ensures that women have access to the support and guidance they deserve as they navigate through their menopause journey.
Business in the Community
Emma is a wellbeing campaigner, advisor, and practitioner who spends her time influencing, and galvanising wellbeing action alongside 600 of the UKs most prominent businesses.
She takes a multidisciplinary approach to drive wellbeing impact spanning HR, organisation change, campaigning, and coaching. She has worked in a range of industries including hospitality, health care and not-for-profit.
As Campaign Manager for Business in the Community’s (BITC) Wellbeing campaign, she is driven by her experience of friction in the system for employers to truly prioritise wellbeing. Most recently, she co-developed BITC’s Your Job Can Be Good for You campaign with BITC’s Wellbeing Leadership Team. The end goal was to reduce poor mental health contributed to by work, and since starting this campaign, there has been a 3% reduction.
Emma is a chartered member of the CIPD, she has recently completed a MSc degree in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, she holds a degree in Human Resources and International Business, and a Diploma in Yoga Teaching.
The bottom line: Emma believes there should be no conflict between business priorities and wellbeing, and that we need to unlock the power of wellbeing to tackle the challenges we face today across business, communities, and the planet.
Lea Ghanem has been working at Starbucks for the past 3 years.
In her day job, she works in Strategy and Business Planning. She is also a trained Mental Health First Aider and alongside Robert, is the co-chair of the Wellbeing Blend at Starbucks.
Lea is passionate about breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health, driving more open conversations on wellbeing and supporting people to embrace themselves no matter where they sit on their wellbeing journey.
Daniel is the Business Development Director for MyEva and has over 8 years’ experience with corporate employee wellbeing and benefits. He has had a wide-ranging career with experience across several business sectors. Previously, Daniel focussed on employee health, risk and wellbeing at an international insurance intermediary. More recently, Daniel was a founding member of the team tasked with launching Vitality Health’s shared value and proactive health insurance proposition. During his time there, as the stigma around mental health declined and people became more comfortable with requesting assistance; Daniel recognised the increased demand for digital, hybrid and human support services. Motivated by a desire to be part of the solution, Daniel now enjoys assisting employers to help their teams debunk the stigma to engage with their Financial Wellbeing.
Marina joined Acas in 2001 having spent almost two decades with the Ministry of Defence serving as a Contracts Officer and then latterly Claims Officer, with postings covering both the UK and overseas.
She has extensive experience in the field of dispute resolution through her work in conciliation, both individual and collective, in addition to being an accredited trainer, facilitator, mediator and qualified MBT practitioner. Marina admits to enjoying researching and ‘translating’ employment legislation and has a particular interest in TUPE legislation, Communication Skills and Managing Mental Health in the workplace.
She was appointed as acas first female Chief Conciliator in 2022 to promote greater engagement with a wide range of stakeholders to better understand how acas can assist with the prevention and resolution of workplace disputes. Having greater insight into what is happening across all workplaces post pandemic helps to ensure that acas is agile in its approach and able to support employers and their workforces to meet those changing demands.
Ian has more than a decade of experience driving Rewards & Benefits programs for employees across the globe. He has worked both in-house and as a consultant for companies like Specsavers, Screwfix and Bidfood UK. He has firsthand experience seeing how wellness in the workplace has evolved over the last ten years. With a generalist HR background, Ian is passionate about ensuring that solutions are real and pragmatic.
Ian is also a member of Headspace’s International Advisory Board; a forum of 15 professionals across science, policy, business and philanthropy. The board’s collective objective and passion is to advance intellectual discussion around key mental health topics and increase awareness of mental health inequalities in underrepresented groups.
DR JUDITH GRANT
Dr Judith Grant has 20 years of experience in public, community and corporate health, working with organisations and individuals to understand both personal and organisational health and wellbeing. Judith has worked in strategic organisational health and wellbeing roles, in business development for wellbeing providers, in local authority health and as a personal trainer and coach. Previously Director of Health and Wellbeing at Mace Group and Head of Health and Wellbeing Royal Mail Group Judith has experience of delivering occupational health and wellbeing programmes at scale. With a PhD in Occupational Health Psychology and Management, Judith is focused combining health research with business outcomes to create sustainable organisational wellbeing programmes that not only support employees but deliver organisational results. Judith now offers consultancy and coaching to organisations and individuals seeking to maximise their wellbeing at work.
Nicky Hemmings is an Occupational Psychologist with a background in HR, L&D, and the design and development of evidence-based digital interventions for preventive mental health in the workplace.
Nicky has over a decade of experience applying an evidence-based approach to workplace performance. She considers herself a practical academic, and as such is committed to finding evidence-based solutions to real-world problems in the workplace and beyond. At present, Nicky’s working on completing her Doctorate in Organisational Psychology. Based in Bristol, UK, Nicky advocates for ethical and accessible health technology for all.
Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Paul joined Jacobs in 2011 and has been involved in many iconic projects across the globe. Paul challenges the accepted of how Jacobs plan and executes health, safety and environment programs, focusing on integrated risk and the wellbeing of the people at the sharp end who deliver projects for all of our benefits.
As global Vice President for Health, Safety and Environment, Paul leverages his construction management experience and knowledge to drive Jacobs BeyondZero culture of caring, creating excellence by inspiring the organisation to aim higher when thinking about health, safety and wellbeing. Paul passionately believes that to achieve great performance, we have to focus on mental health and ensure people have the right tools, resources and support to help them thrive. This passion led to the development of One Million Lives, Jacobs’ free mental health check-in tool.
As the National Wellbeing Lead at Guide Dogs, Vashti’s passion and commitment to creating a culture of health and wellbeing is reflected through the implementation, development and engagement of their People and Wellbeing Strategy (PaWS).
Vashti’s been instrumental in maintaining energy, focus, accountability and commitment across the organisation, establishing a National Wellbeing Team, launching Regional Wellbeing Teams, securing sponsorship from senior leaders and establishing a successful Wellbeing Buddy programme, to offer listening support for staff.
Creating a culture where everyone brings their whole self to work, and speaks openly about health and wellbeing, ensures that Guide Dogs is a great place to be. Vashti’s currently studying an MSc in Workplace Health & Wellbeing to support her role and recently sat on a panel of Judges for the This Can Happen Workplace Wellbeing Awards.
Ryan is the Global Future of Work Lead at Finastra, creating a workplace where 10,000 people love to work. From unlimited paid vacation and developing thought leadership around how to switch off from tech with Microsoft to world first innovations – ‘the In office OOO’; all of this being shared in a fun and engaging manner on socials, going viral on LinkedIn & TikTok (over 2M views across all platforms). Ryan is creating workplaces/cultures (beyond his own) where people thrive, not just survive, where wellbeing isn’t simply a nice to have, or something which is thought about when people are sick or as a one off event.
The overriding purpose of all his work is to create the culture/environments for the workforces of the future to flourish and did so at Sainsbury’s, where he was able to improve colleague happiness throughout the pandemic. Prior to that, Ryan was shortlisted for the U.K. Consulting industry’s ‘Rising Star’ award for his contribution to wellbeing while working at Deloitte, where he developed the future of work strategies for the world’s biggest companies.
Mark Hopkinson has dedicated 20 years of his life to teaching and working at City Lit. He is the first deaf person to be the Head of the Centre for Deaf Education at City Lit, a role that he started in 2019. He has taught and assessed all levels of British Sign Language (BSL), from Introductory to Level 6, and is a qualified Internal Verifier, as well as providing consultancy and advice for BSL tutors in other colleges. He has lectured on the City Lit / London Met University ‘Deaf Studies’ Degree and has coordinated a number of training programmes for external businesses across London. Mark is a Board Member of Signature, a body for deaf communication qualifications in the UK.
Jill is a Managing Director in Accenture Song, leading Marketing Transformations for Health & Life Science Clients. Jill joined Accenture 5 years ago as part of the acquisition of Brand Learning, where she had been a Board Member, growing the business since 2002, from start up to a global leader in marketing & sales capability. Prior to that, Jill was a Principal Consultant in Marketing at PwC for 5 years.
Jill is a client-side marketer by background and began her career at Unilever. She worked in several brand and marketing management roles across personal products, foods, and ice cream. Given changing consumer needs, she remains more passionate than ever about inspiring marketing teams to put consumer and customer understanding at the heart of their strategies and plans.
Since joining Accenture, Jill has been part of the movement to reduce stigma around mental health. Having become a Mental Health Ally, Jill witnessed the power of a committed community of people, united across the business in a common purpose. Jill became Executive Sponsor for Accenture UK’s mental wellbeing programme in 2021 and is proud to lead the community of nearly 3000 mental health allies in Accenture UK.
Lucile is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at ITN, one of the UK’s most respected news provider, reaching over 10million people every day. A go-getter with a creative mind, she is an award-winning leader with a decade of experience specialising in driving and implementing cultural change as well as empowering individuals to help them become conscious leaders. Lucile is also a Guest Lecturer in Business Schools across Europe, lecturing on a variety of topics such as International Business Ethics, Inclusive Leadership and Harnessing the power of Consumers’ new behaviours.
From a French and North African background, and the first person in her family to attend university, Lucile believes in the power of diverse and inclusive teams to transform the workplace. She enjoys helping others explore the intricacies of intersectional identities, the psychology of inclusion and behaviours that promote authenticity and belonging. She is passionate about creating safe and brave spaces to facilitate conversations and connecting with people to create long-lasting relationships by bringing everyone on a change journey.
Lucile comes with a wealth of cross industry experience having worked within the third sector, construction, legal sector and the media industry and has a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations and a MA in Human Rights Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
Arti Kashyap-Aynsley started her career by qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, whilst also embarking on a 15 year journey in the Professional Services Sector. She has worked between all of audit, tax and advisory services, spending the largest chunk of her time in the world of Management Consulting, where she focused on large scale Finance Transformation programmes that had her looking at strategy, learning and development, stakeholder and change management, technology implementations, process improvement, executive coaching and other things alike. Working and travelling the globe opened Arti’s eyes to the impacts of what our working lives can have on our overall wellbeing, along with the truth behind not being able to easily compartmentalise the lives we live between home and work.With the experience she gained in her career, she decided to pivot into the world of wellbeing, where she first worked with Deloitte in Consulting in the UK, to design, develop and deliver on a comprehensive wellbeing strategy that was linked to the overall business focus. By being able to create positive shifts and change in the business, Arti was inspired to continue to lead in this area and is now leading the Ocado Group Globally from a wellbeing standpoint. Outside of her day to day working life Arti continues to emulate a life committed to the wellbeing agenda as she is also a qualified life coach, mentor through the moving ahead scheme as well as a non-exec advisor and director to various organisations. Arti is also the Executive Sponsor for the Ethnic Minorities Community at Ocado Group and is committed to elevating the opportunities available to minority populations.
Josh has been at MediaCom for more than a decade in a variety of leadership positions at Global, Regional and Local levels. He is currently both our Global COO and CEO EMEA, where he is responsible for 4,400 people across 37 offices, driving the vision and culture in EMEA and ensuring that MediaCom is the strongest agency network in the region.
Previously Josh was MediaCom’s UK CEO, the country’s No.1 media agency billing over £1.8bn across 6 offices. He has not only worked in media agencies but on the creative agency side too, working at St. Luke’s in the early 2000s and he also ran his own digital agency, Kword.
KIRSTY LAMBERTI FISHER
Kirsty is a creative and highly accomplished internal communications leader with a career track record of success in driving internal communication and brand engagement for diverse cross-functional team and multi-geography alignment. She is group head of internal communications for one of Africa’s largest financial services organisations, FirstRand. She is a strategic partner and thought leader, delivering powerful internal communication programmes that shape culture and support in the positioning of a strong employer brand that attracts top talent. Kirsty leverages her expertise in creatively leading and executing company values, initiatives and culture that encourages meaningful connection between employee activities, business objectives and overall corporate strategy. She is committed to and passionate about developing and delivering thoughtful and innovative communications strategies that inspire and engage employees at a global level.
DR FRAN LONGSTAFF
With more than 15 years’ academic and applied experience in sport and exercise psychology, Fran oversees Fika’s Behavioural Science output, designing and implementing organisation-wide mental fitness training programmes for Fika’s client-base of more than 80 businesses, education institutions and healthcare organisations.
She is passionate about training teams’ mental fitness in order to transform the culture, output, productivity and happiness of their workplaces.
Dr Carolyn Lorian
Dr Carolyn Lorian, PhD CPsychol, is Head of Clinical Transformation at SilverCloud Health focused on transforming the way we improve accessibility of mental health interventions. As Deloitte UK’s former Workplace Wellbeing Consulting lead, she has extensive experience working with organisations across all sectors to help them reimagine their approach to workplace health and wellbeing, mental health and resilience. Passionate about innovation and scaling mental health and wellbeing, after completing her Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, she was involved in shaping the early pioneering research on internet-based CBT. She later joined one of Australia’s largest corporate psychology consultancies developing proactive approaches to improving wellbeing and resilience for individuals, teams and organisations more broadly. Since moving to the UK in 2015, she has applied her breadth of experience in clinical and business psychology to develop innovative mental health and wellbeing solutions for organisations in the UK, Europe and North America.
Charlie has been in marketing for over 20 years, is a self-confessed process and data geek. Charlie develops close working relationships with all her team and aims to support employees in this post covid world, helping them establish work life balance and overcome life’s hurdles. Outside of work Charlie has gone from ‘Dog botherer’ to dog owner and has first-hand experience of when help is needed!
Awaris UK, and Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Said Business School
Sophie Maclaren is a Director of Awaris UK, and is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Said Business School where she leads mindfulness, resilience, and wellbeing programmes for MBA students and executive education.
Sophie’s work focuses on human and organisational flourishing drawing on the latest neuroscience, wellbeing science, and management and leadership studies. She is a leading expert in mindfulness in the workplace and has been a facilitator for over 20 years for clients including the UK Parliament, the European Commission, Formula 1, HSBC, Unilever, Jaguar Land Rover, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Itau Bank Brasil, Harvard University and the University of Oxford.
‘Mindfulness has been a key practice in my own life and remains the most impactful tool I have found in my work with clients to optimise their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Finding and integrating the right mindfulness practices for leaders and teams has measurable impact on their performance and wellbeing and supports their resilience in challenging times.’
MARK MALCOMSON CBE
Mark has been Principal and Chief Executive of City Lit, Europe’s biggest adult education college, since 2011. Previously, he was the Director of Executive Education at London Business School and President of the New York Institute of Finance.
Together with Baroness Hollins, Mark co-founded the Mental Wealth Festival, which is now in its 8th year. The Festival brings together talks, events and courses highlighting support for improving mental well-being.
He possesses a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Edinburgh; a Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Strathclyde; and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Kent. His roles as trustee have included the National Institute of Adult Continuing Learning; University of Kent; and The English Speaking Union.
Mark was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List for services to adult education.
Robert Manson is currently Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing at RWE Generation and provides a service to over 4,000 employees across Germany, Netherlands, Turkey and the UK.
The focus of the team is to protect and also promote the health and wellbeing of employees utilising both internal and external providers and resources to meet global and local requirements.
The support and services are provided using a participatory approach with involvement of in country Wellbeing Champions and stakeholders at all levels. The vision is to co-create a culture of care by empowering employees to thrive in a sustainable way and achieve a healthy high performance.
Robert has presented at international conferences and written several articles on the management of mental health, case management and workplace wellbeing programmes. He has been recognised with the Safety and Health at Work – European Good Practice Award.
He has a BSc in Occupational Health, an MSc in Health Ergonomics and a NEBOSH Diploma in Health, Safety and Environment.
Robert is a volunteer for provides safety health and wellbeing advice for the group.
Richard Martin co-chairs the central steering committee for the This is Me campaign and has been involved since the Lord Mayor’s Appeal first launched the programme outside of Barclays. A former senior lawyer in the city of London, Richard experienced his own serious mental illness in 2011 and since then has focussed his working life on mental health in the workplace. He leads the mental health work at leading workplace consultancy Byrne Dean and is the Executive Officer of the Mindful Business Charter. He is a qualified coach and Mental Health First Aid instructor and in 2018 published a memoir of his experience of mental illness and recovery – This Too Will Pass, Anxiety in a Professional World – a book inspired in part by his work with This is Me.
Geoff’s work today is truly global, and he is a very much sought-after speaker, strategic advisor and consultant. He inspires and provokes organizations around the world to put purpose and wellbeing at the centre of everything they do. His experience in Unilever, under the pupilage of Paul Polman, allows him to provide very practical insights and to speak on how to go about truly embedding PURPOSE and how to address the taboo associated with wellbeing (particularly mental health) within a large global multi-national organization. With this experience comes some real learning on what may or may not work.
He is a very active campaigner for breaking the stigma associated with Mental Health in the Corporate world and has participated in a number of BBC programmes and campaigns regarding this subject, as well as writing and producing articles for the Huffington Post, the Financial Times and HR-related journals. He previously convened a meeting at No 10 Downing Street with Prime Minister David Cameron and CEOs from Footsie 100 Companies to address their role and agree actions to break stigma in the corporate world. He also provided some support to the Royal Foundation (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex) in their mental health campaign.
Geoff is a Co-Founder of the Charity ‘Minds@Work’, which is a network that has grown from 14 members to over 2,500 plus in 6 years. Its purpose being to inspire and equip individuals to break the stigma of mental ill-health in the organizations they work in.
He was previously a Trustee of the global campaign ‘It’s a Penalty’, combating the exploitation of young children around the world and was a Trustee of ‘Family Links’, a Charity promoting and educating parents and teachers to develop emotionally healthy children and young adults. He was also a Member of the Prince’s Trust Youth Opportunity Taskforce with the purpose of creating change to unlock the potential in the UK’s youth and was on the Advisory Board of City Mental Health Alliance. He is currently a Patron of the International Stress Management Association and an appointed Advisor to a number of small Tech Start-Ups looking at how technology can pro-actively enhance the mental health and wellbeing of individuals.
DR HEATHER MELVILLE OBE CCMI
Teneo People Advisory
Heather Melville is a Senior Managing Director with Teneo’s People Advisory team in London and leads the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practice.
With a career spanning over 40 years, Heather brings a wealth of experience across corporate and international banking, technology, and most recently in professional services, which positions her to advise leaders on both the challenges and opportunities in building commercially strong and inclusive businesses. She has a proven track record of helping companies to attract, develop and retain the very best talent whilst ensuring they create inclusive cultures that nurture innovation.
In 2017, Heather was awarded an OBE for her work, as well as an Honorary Doctorate from Portsmouth University, recognising her influence and impact on diversity in business. In 2021 Heather received the prestigious President’s Medal for leadership from the British Academy of Management. She holds a number of trustee positions, is Chair of CMI Women, NED , Enfield Enterprise. Patron of Women in Banking and Finance and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), a global network of C-Suite leaders.
In January 2023, Heather will officially take on the role of Chancellor of the University of York, helping them to drive inclusion across the university, to attract more diverse students and to collaborate with business leaders to build more inclusive businesses.
Ian is an Employee Wellbeing Consultant at Virgin Pulse and has worked in consultative roles most of his professional life. Joining Virgin Pulse 2 and half years ago, Ian has worked with some of the largest global companies and helped shape their future wellbeing strategy by leveraging the technology that Virgin Pulse provide. He is experienced in employee engagement, digital wellness, reward and recognition.
With a degree in Economics and Public Policy, Ian’s experience is perfectly set to provide insights on how to maximise your wellbeing initiatives, and deliver value on investment.
Ian is passionate about creating a work environment where individuals are supported to thrive and be their best, most authentic selves.
Daniel is an experienced strategic communicator and reputation management advisor, having worked for international organisations across internal and external communications, employee engagement and crisis communication for the past 17 years. He has a deep understanding in analysing, developing, and communicating complex information to stakeholders, as well as deploying compelling corporate communication strategies and narratives to meet business objectives. Daniel leverages data-driven insights and research to formulate strategic approaches that shift the dial. He has worked in over 20 markets globally with diverse sector experience, including banking and financial services, insurance, higher education, energy, aviation, retail, motoring, telecommunications, and the United Nations.
Health and Safety Executive
Sarah has thirty years’ experience of strategic planning, leadership and change management, dealing with complex issues across the business, voluntary and governmental sectors. She has considerable experience of building partnerships between diverse people and organisations to deliver shared aims. She has served on a wide range of boards and is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.
Between 2010 and 2019 she was an MP and served for three years as a Member of the Science and Technology Select Committee before becoming a Minister in the Home Office and latterly at the Department of Work and Pensions, where she had the honour of working with the HSE and leading the Health and Work unit. Amongst other responsibilities while at the Home Office she led work on tackling modern slavery, human trafficking and human exploitation.
Before entering the House of Commons, she was Director of the International Longevity Centre – UK, Age Concern England and American Express Europe. She also served as a Councillor in the London Borough of Merton.
Sarah was educated at Falmouth Comprehensive School and Kings College London. Sarah won a Rotary International postgraduate scholarship in the USA.
Sarah is married with three children.
Royal Mail Group
Angela Noon was appointed as the UK CFO of Royal Mail in March 2022, joining from Siemens UK as CFO and Executive Director.
Prior to her move to UK, Angela was Partner and Global CFO for Next47, the corporate venturing arm of Siemens AG. Based in Germany, Next47 is a fund investing and partnering with Startups to foster disruptive ideas and to accelerate the development of new technologies.
During her 20-year career with Siemens, Angela has held several senior management positions in the UK and overseas including Global Vice President and CFO for the Digital Enterprise Software segment, a key unit for the industrial digitalization strategy of Siemens.
Earlier in her career Angela was Commercial Director for North West Europe for Siemens IT Solutions and Services before the Unit was acquired by ATOS in 2011.
She is a Non-Executive Director and Member of the Audit Committee of the Compound Semi-Conductor Catapult based in Cardiff –one of Innovate UKs world leading innovation centres.
Angela is Chair of the CBI Economic Growth Board and is a Chartered Companion (CCMI) of the Chartered Management Institute. Angela is a qualified Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA).
Pfizer Oncology UK
Katherine studied Pharmacy at Nottingham University and moved into the pharma Industry 15 years ago. She is currently working in Pfizer Oncology Sales as a Therapy Area Specialist. Her passion for health and fitness alongside her competitive running led to Katherine turning professional and racing Ironman Triathlons during the 11 years that she was living in Melbourne, Australia.
Whilst on maternity leave, Katherine also studied to become an ICF certified Advanced practitioner in Life Coaching. Tapping into her own experience of endurance racing alongside her qualifications, she has been working to help the Pfizer Oncology Leadership Team and colleagues to sustain their wellbeing, most recently through the pandemic. She has coached colleagues 1-1 and in their teams to work holistically on their wellbeing. She is a qualified Mental health first aider and Culture champion and has led these two colleague groups to support their respective teams with the aim to embed daily practice into individual development plans. More recently Katherine has been working closely with Colleague Wellness and HR for a check in Manager campaign as part of a wider Wellbeing strategy that she is leading on in Oncology.
Philip Morris International
Yulia O’Mahony believes that sustainable high performance can be achieved only when there is an open, trusting culture, and promotion of individuals’ wellbeing, rooted in a holistic approach to people’s health.
She is the Global Head of Health & Resilience at Philip Morris International, responsible for developing a global wellbeing framework and strategy, a role she took up in April 2021.
Previously, she become the John Lewis Partnership’s first ever Head of Wellbeing and D&I in 2017. In this role, she crafted a new aspirational vision for culture of wellbeing and inclusion and developed a strategy to realise it, collaborating with JLP’s senior leaders. She piloted and rolled out several innovative solutions, working with tech startups, as well as charities such as Samaritans and Wellcome Trust.
Yulia has a wealth of experience in strategy, operations, and finance, having worked for leading consulting firms such as Bain & Company and AlixPartners in USA and Europe, as well as holding senior commercial leadership roles in John Lewis Partnership.
She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, PG Certificate (distinction) in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health from King’s College London, and MA in computer science from Moscow State Academy of Management.
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AMANDA OWEN, MBE
I am Heathrow Airport’s Wellbeing, Health and Safety Director and have previously held risk management and global health and safety (H&S) roles across retail, banking, healthcare, and aviation industries.
I started my career almost 30 years ago when there wasn’t much health in H&S. That’s changed of course, and I couldn’t be more certain that putting colleague’s wellbeing at heart of organisations is key to not just H&S performance, but engagement and business performance. That’s one of the reasons that I recently joined BITC’s Wellbeing Leadership Team.
I was honoured to be awarded an MBE in the 2021 New Years Honours for my services to Transport. I am a Chartered Safety Practitioner, with a degree in Economics, a MSc in Security and Information Technology, and an LLM in Employment Law. Outside of work I am a Board Trustee of a Charity for young people with special educational needs.
The Employee Resilience Company
Tracey has extensive experience of managing both public and private sector employee wellbeing services. She has 30 years’ experience working within the NHS as a practicing clinician and senior hospital manager and sits on the National Accreditation Board for The Royal College of Psychiatrists. She has an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and leads a team that offers a comprehensive 360-degree package of mental health; physical; financial, legal and carer support that builds resilience and mindfulness in employees. Tracey’s expertise spans trauma, stress, work-life balance, anxiety, neurodiversity, workplace mediation, critical incident support and any one of the myriads of conditions that can affect employee mental health.
Hannah Pearsall is the Head Of Wellbeing at Hays UK&I. Hannah has held many different roles during her time at Hays but since 2019 has been supporting employee wellbeing alongside her role as Client Engagement Director. Hannah leads a national network of wellbeing ambassadors which forms an important part of the wellbeing strategy at Hays. In 2022 she was appointed as Head Of Wellbeing. Hannah has a deep interest and curiosity in wellbeing, which stems from her own lived experience. She is also a qualified mental health first aider and accredited Wellbeing Coach.
Headspace for Work
Neelum leads the global expansion of Headspace Health’s enterprise business including healthcare partnerships. She has over 20 years of B2B experience, having held significant sales, commercial and customer success roles in the telco, payments, and aviation sectors.
Before returning to her hometown of London to join Headspace Health, Neelum worked in Australia as the Head of Business Sales for Qantas Airways and the GM Enterprise for Vodafone Australia and New Zealand. She spent 9 years at American Express in Sydney and New York as a Director in Global Merchant Services, leading enterprise growth teams for multiple markets.
Neelum also spent 8 years managing European tech alliances and key corporate accounts for British Telecom in London and Barcelona.
Clare joined Onebright in 2016, she is a mental health nurse by background, an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and former lecturer on the Post Graduate CBT course at the University of Hull. Having worked in the mental health sector since 1992, Clare has experience across a variety of NHS, third sector and private sector organisations in a wide range of clinical, operational and strategic roles. Clare is responsible for our internal clinical team and the delivery of excellence in clinical services and outcomes for the people we serve. She has designed, developed and implemented a wide range of clinical services and pathways within the corporate wellbeing sector winning awards for innovation, service design and training provision.
Somayeh Rahimi has worked in wellbeing for over 10 years in a range of industries including construction, charity and technology. Somayeh has a wealth of experience in implementing and delivering wellbeing strategies and programmes. She has been a mental health first aider for 10 years and has helped train over 300 others in the role. She has been instrumental in opening up the conversation around difficult subjects, such as menopause, fertility, grief and bereavement, by creating networks and discussion groups. Somayeh believes no subject that impacts the health and wellbeing of the people in an organisation should be off limits for supportive and constructive conversation
Somayeh is the UK Wellbeing Manager at Computacenter, overseeing the wellbeing of 4000 UK employees and helping to develop the wellbeing strategy of the global team, spanning over 16 countries and 18,000 employees. Somayeh has created a simple, inclusive and accessible wellbeing strategy for Computacenter and is now in the process of helping to create a cultural change within the global organisation.
Daisy Reeves, a long-standing partner since 2012, is Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s inaugural Global Inclusion & Diversity Client Relationship Partner. She sits at the intersection of many diversity strands including LGBTQ*, Gender, Disability and Mental Health, working with other experts, clients and communities in helping to develop best, and next, practice in these spaces.
Daisy is a known game-changer in the field of Inclusion & Diversity, both within the legal industry and more widely. Recently, Daisy has been ranked as the 5th most influential LGBTQ* Executive in the world in the 2021 OUTstanding LGBTQ* Executives Role Models List, which features C-suite and business leaders worldwide for her efforts in making the global workplace more welcoming for LGBTQ* populations.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Daisy has explored the intersectionality between Mental Health, high-impact work environments and inclusion, including her own experience in this space. Daisy has helped develop thought leadership around the importance of psychological safety and inclusive leadership within the corporate workplace, which has included engaging with a broad range of global organisations to increase awareness in this area and across the wider inclusion landscape.
Daisy is a contributing author to Financial Regulation: Emerging Themes in 2022 – an extensive collection of articles around the themes of Sustainability & ESG; Talent & People and I&D; Regulatory Risk & Enforcement; Governance; Technology; and Changing Markets.
Lisa is the Founder & CEO of companiions, a B2B and B2C marketplace app that brings together people who need a little help or companionship with trusted companions quickly, easily and safely.
Investors in People
Eddie is a highly experienced HR professional with over 25-years operating at a senior leadership level in both UK and International strategic and operational roles. He is a passionate advocate for advancing the people agenda.
In his current role as Global Customer Success Director at Investors in People he works with thousands of organisations of different sizes, sectors and across various geographical regions.
Eddie is committed to helping promote, build and embed high performance working practices and positive workplace cultures, supporting employee wellbeing and driving the Investors in People purpose of ‘Making Work Better’.
Eddie holds an MA in Strategic HR Management, is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, Fellow of the Institute of Training and Organisational Learning and is also a qualified Action Learning Set Facilitator and Coach.
Investors in People
Beth is the OD and People Lead at Investors in People. She brings the purpose – make work better – to life for the Investors in People team and network of fantastically talented practitioners. Beth is super passionate about mental health and wellbeing more widely at work, and the role employers can take in improving this for their teams.
Zoe has predominantly worked in the employee benefits market, including health and wellbeing with a recent focus on financial wellbeing. Driven by the opportunity to create a positive impact for thousands, she switched from a corporate insurer to a small intermediary with a big mission: to close the advice gap in the UK by making advice accessible. Believing that everyone has to deal with money, so everyone should have the right to understand it is at the core of what Zoe stands for. Her passion for the subject is often demonstrated by the end
Digital executive, entrepreneur and private equity investor, Ranjan has been innovating and investing in sectors on the cusp of transformation for over 20 years. Prior to forming HealthHero, Ranjan held leadership positions in high growth digital companies and private equity firms.
DR RACHAEL SKEWS
Rachael is a highly experienced behavioural scientist and internationally recognised subject matter expert in coaching. She is the scientific lead for technology-forward service evolutions within Headspace. She has deep expertise in technology-delivered health coaching interventions and workplace-related behaviour change.
Prior to her current role, Rachael led the Health Coaching team at Headspace and supported business operations in preparing to scale a coaching service in North America. Before joining Headspace, Rachael was an academic at the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she led the MSc in Occupational Psychology and PGCert in Coaching programmes. She also has extensive commercial experience as a business consultant with clients from industries across the private, public, and charity sectors.
Rachael is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Centre for Evidence Based Management.
As chief commercial officer, Jon Slade oversees the Financial Times’ subscriptions business, global advertising sales operations, print and digital consumer marketing, customer services, business development and FT Strategies. He is the FT’s first CCO, and was appointed to the FT Group executive board in December 2014.
Slade was previously the FT’s B2C managing director, and before that he was the commercial director for global digital advertising and insight, where he spearheaded the overall strategic direction for the FT’s digital advertising business. In this role he also established the FT’s first Global Commercial Academy to drive learning and development for the advertising team.
Slade joined the FT in 2002 as technology client manager working with European technology and telecoms clients. He left the FT in 2005 to join News International, and returned to the FT in 2007 as commercial director for digital advertising.
Profile to follow.
Toni Smith is a CIPD & CMI Leadership qualified Human Resources professional with 30+ years’ experience in HR. The past 4 years she has focussed on Reward, Recognition and Benefits and is also a Company nominated Pension Trustee for Ricoh UK. Toni is responsible for the Financial Wellbeing of circa 1900 employees at Ricoh UK and has a keen interest in ensuring that Ricoh employees are getting the most from their benefits on offer at Ricoh UK to help with their Financial Wellbeing. Since Ricoh UK launched Wealth Wizards ‘MyEva’ financial tool in 2019, Toni has been the ambassador for this benefit and continuously promotes the value of this to employees and has now reached 32% engagement with this benefit. She now wants to share her success story with as many other organisations as possible and is delighted to be able to support Wealth Wizards at MAD World Summit this year.
Jade Stanley has 15 years experience in the media industry, more recently with six years at Spotify leading the account management team, as well as leading a global unit within Heart and Soul – Spotify’s mental health and wellbeing team. Jade’s, and Heart and Soul’s ambition, is to cultivate a stigma-free workplace that is open and caring about all mental health issues, from wellbeing to illness. Everyone’s experiences of mental health should be welcomed, respected and championed in the workplace, and Jade believes that cultural change and success is driven by the people of the organisation, from managers to employees, and an ambassador approach is key in shaping that work.
Katharine is a purpose driven Australian, passionate about changing the way we work. With an MBA and 16+ years in the Human Capital space across consulting and industry roles, Katharine is uniquely positioned to provide an integrated and strategic viewpoint on how organisations can integrate wellbeing and inclusion into the work, workforce and workplace. Katharine leads the Sustainable Work practice within Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting team in The Netherlands.
DR NICK TAYLOR
From a young age, Nick had a deep fascination with the human mind. This passion guided him to volunteer as a Samaritan and then as a support worker for the mental health charity, Mind, before studying psychology and gaining his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Sheffield, and embarking on a career with the National Health Service as a clinical psychologist.
While leading a team in the NHS, Nick became interested in corporate wellness, and how organisations can benefit from looking after their employees. He realised there was a clear gap in the market for a platform that enabled organisations to offer employees proactive and preventative wellbeing support. It was this vision that led Nick to co-found Unmind in 2016.
Six years later, Unmind is a leading international workplace mental health platform offering 2.5 million employees access to expert tools for measuring, understanding and improving their wellbeing, while enabling organisations to drive real cultural change
Petra is a renowned mental health expert, TedX speaker and CEO of mental health consultancy, PVL. She captures, surprises, and inspires audiences with her incredible story of transforming adversity into advantage, and challenges her audiences to take responsibility for their mental health. Petra is a psychotherapist with an MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development and is a qualified ORSC & CTI Coach. She speaks around the globe and virtually on a variety of topics relating to mental health with her first book set to be published in May 2023 by Kogan Page.
Francine Watson is the programme Director for Be Well, the global wellbeing programme at Barclays. Francine is responsible for evolving the Bank’s wellbeing strategy, with a focus on giving colleagues the tools to enhance their physical and mental fitness and build their confidence in addressing stigma and supporting others. Francine is passionate about the importance of mental health, healthy habits and inclusive behaviours in creating supportive workplace cultures where people are supported to actively manage their wellbeing and be at their best both in and outside of work. She joined Barclays in 2012 and was previously chief of staff in HR for HR and Compliance HR. Prior to joining Barclays Francine was an HR consultant at KPMG, Mercer and Buck.
Ngozi Weller is a qualified mental wellbeing and productivity coach who works with progressive businesses to deliver sustainable and effective employee wellbeing and productivity solutions. Calling on her unique experience and expertise, she helps leaders skilfully navigate the challenge of balancing workplace productivity with employee wellbeing in a competitive post-COVID era.
Having worked for over 15 years in the world of Big Oil, Ngozi has experienced first-hand how challenging the corporate world can be. Following her own battle with work-related depression and anxiety, she set up Aurora with her psychologist cousin to normalise the conversation around workplace mental health and to provide strategic wellbeing support designed to strengthen your employees’ mental resilience and improve workplace productivity.
When she’s not doling out advice, she can be found sitting mute on the sofa watching tv with her husband or refereeing fights between her two kids. She is an avid cook and lover of good food, good music and great company (not necessarily in that order!). She is a skilled writer and has her own blog as well as having featured in guest blogs and magazines including HR Magazine.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Andrew Wells is a Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) working in the European IP team. Between 2014 and 2018 Andrew suffered a prolonged and, at times, severe bout of anxiety and depression. Having recovered, Andrew went public with his struggles and has become an advocate on mental health issues in the legal profession in the UK, at the same time as continuing his legal career and starting a family. He has shared his experiences with a range of organisations through his talk ‘Mind Your Head! What I Wish I’d Known About Anxiety & Depression’.
Amongst other activities relating to mental Health, Andrew has participated in panel discussions at Cambridge, Oxford and Bristol Universities and the Legal Week Commercial Litigation & Arbitration Forum on the subject of mental health and the legal profession. He has also been interviewed on the BBC 5 Live in relation to mental health at work and walked 100 kilometres along the Thames Path over two days raising awareness (and over £4,800) for Mind, the mental health charity. HSF has supported Andrew in all these initiatives, having actively promoted conversations around mental health in the workplace in recent years.
Robert has been working at Starbucks for over 2 years.
He leads the total rewards team, so has an element of wellbeing in his job, and alongside Lea he is the co-chair of the Wellbeing Blend at Starbucks.
Having faced his own mental health struggles Robert wants people to understand that this is nothing to be ashamed of, and knows from experience that if you get help you will get better. That is what the Wellbeing Blend Network is set up to achieve.
Theresa Winters is an experienced HR leader with a passion for creating cultures where individuals can truly thrive. Over a career of 30 years, she has worked across FMCG and Financial Services industries in a range of business and HR roles. Her current role is Senior Manager, Employee Experience for Santander UK, leading a team responsible for the development of a compelling Employer Brand and overall Experience proposition. Theresa also leads the menopause programme of support at Santander which started in 2019. This includes becoming the first major employer in the UK to offer expert clinical support for employees going through menopause via their partnership with Peppy. She is also a strong advocate for increased awareness and understanding of menopause support in workplaces both in the UK and globally.
Ministry of Defence and Squadron Leader, Media Operations Officer, RAF Reserves
A motivational keynote speaker sharing communication lessons from the front line, she offers inspiring insights to help you ‘bulletproof’ your corporate narrative and stories.
With a background in Public Relations, Lesley has 20+ years’ experience of curating and creating compelling content. Her career has taken her around the world, working with international partners to shine a light on the work of her military colleagues, from celebrating Christmas in Kandahar to delivering humanitarian aid to the Central African Republic.
As a current serving senior Royal Air Force Reserve officer, Lesley brings unique perspectives gained from her operational experience to your organisation. Her mission is to get you out of the (communication) trenches and into new territory, to get you thinking differently about how you can emotionally engage your people and your audiences.
In her civilian role she leads the Campaigns team in the UK Ministry of Defence Communications Directorate, a team that aims to ‘give a voice to the men and women who serve so that their stories can be heard’.
To help the UK Armed Forces reach new audiences she has led collaborations with films, TV series and documentaries, from influencer events with Disney to a PR partnership with the producers of James Bond.
She once lost half an eyebrow evacuating a TV documentary crew from a burning US Marine Corps toilet tent in Afghanistan….whilst wearing ballistic pants.
Business for Health
Tina Woods is a social entrepreneur and pioneer in health innovation – connecting science, government, business and academia to align thinking and take action – solving real world problems and capitalising on new opportunities amidst uncertainty and change. She is Chief Executive, Executive Board Member & Director, Business for Health She is also the Founder and CEO of Collider Health and Collider Science and Co-Founder and CEO of Longevity International that runs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Longevity (APPGL). She is also the co-author of The Health of the Nation: A Strategy for Healthier Longer Lives published by the APPGL in February 2020.
DR JO YARKER
BIRBECK, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Organisational Psychologist, specializing in work, health and wellbeing.
Director, Affinity Health at Work, Birkbeck, University of London
Jo is passionate about understanding what we can do to foster fulfilling, healthy and productive work, particularly under times of challenge. She is an award winning organisational psychologist, specialising work, health and well-being. Jo is a Director of Affinity Health at Work, and leads the Professional Doctorate in Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. Jo works in a job-share with Dr Rachel Lewis. This enables them to both thrive in their dual roles, while sustaining their own mental health.
Working with a network of leading academics, Jo’s research has been sponsored by the HSE, DWP, CIPD and the Mental Health Foundation. She is author of more than 150 articles, book chapters, research reports, guides and toolkits and presents frequently at professional and industry conferences.