Speakers

DR FIONA ADSHEAD

DR FIONA ADSHEAD

CHAIR
SUSTAINABLE HEALTHCARE COALITION
DR FIONA ADSHEAD

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.

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CHARLES ALBERTS

CHARLES ALBERTS

Global Head of Wellbeing and Employee Experience
Clifford Chance LLP
CHARLES ALBERTS

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.

 

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LAUREN APPLEBEY

LAUREN APPLEBEY

Mental Health Program Manager
Meta
LAUREN APPLEBEY

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. 

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GOSIA BOWLING

GOSIA BOWLING

Emotional Wellbeing National Lead
Nuffield Health
GOSIA BOWLING

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.

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PAUL CAUDWELL

PAUL CAUDWELL

HEALTH WELLBEING MANAGER
CO-OP
PAUL CAUDWELL

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.

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Teodora Chatzisarros

Teodora Chatzisarros

Fashion, Business Development and Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy Leader
Amazon
Teodora Chatzisarros

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.

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Sir Ian Cheshire

Sir Ian Cheshire

Chairman
C4
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.

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Naeema Choudry

Naeema Choudry

Partner
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and member of Business in the Community's "Better Work" Advisory Board
Naeema Choudry

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.

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JUNE CLARK

JUNE CLARK

Market Health and Wellbeing Manager
Nestlé UK & Ireland
JUNE CLARK

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.

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CATHERINE DE LA POER

CATHERINE DE LA POER

Founder
Halcyon Coaching Ltd and Adjunct Professor, Hult International Business School
CATHERINE DE LA POER

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.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-de-la-poer/

 

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TIM DUNN

TIM DUNN

Chief Commercial Officer
Onebright
TIM DUNN

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JAVIER ECHAVE

JAVIER ECHAVE

CFO
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 ECHAVE

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 multi[1]billion 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.

 

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HAYLEY FARRELL

HAYLEY FARRELL

Global Wellbeing & Resilience Manager
Arcadis
HAYLEY FARRELL

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.

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MARINA GLASGOW

MARINA GLASGOW

Chief Conciliator
ACAS
MARINA GLASGOW

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.

 

 

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IAN GLENDINNING

IAN GLENDINNING

Director of Reward & Benefit
Specsavers
IAN GLENDINNING

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.

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NICKY HEMMINGS

NICKY HEMMINGS

Workplace Scientist
Koa Health
NICKY HEMMINGS

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.

 

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Paul Hendry

Paul Hendry

Global Vice President for Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)
Jacobs
Paul Hendry

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.

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Vashti Holland

Vashti Holland

National Wellbeing Lead
Guide Dogs
Vashti Holland

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.

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RYAN HOPKINS

RYAN HOPKINS

Global Workplace of the Future Lead
Finastra
RYAN HOPKINS

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.

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LUCILE KAMAR

LUCILE KAMAR

Head of Diversity and Inclusion
ITN
LUCILE KAMAR

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.

 

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Arti Kashyap-Aynsley

Arti Kashyap-Aynsley

Global Head of Health & Wellbeing
Ocado Group
Arti Kashyap-Aynsley

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. 

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JOSH KRICHEFSKI

JOSH KRICHEFSKI

Global COO
EssenceMediacom
JOSH KRICHEFSKI

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.

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DR FRAN LONGSTAFF

DR FRAN LONGSTAFF

Head of Psychology
Fika
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.

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ROBERT MANSON

ROBERT MANSON

Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing
RWE Generation
ROBERT MANSON

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.

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GEOFF MCDONALD

GEOFF MCDONALD

Global Advocate, Campaigner and Consultant for Mental Health in the Workplace; Co-Founder, Mind@Work; Previously Global VP HR, Unilever
MINDS@WORK
GEOFF MCDONALD

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.

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DANIEL MUNSLOW

DANIEL MUNSLOW

Group Communications
FirstRand
DANIEL MUNSLOW

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.

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SARAH NEWTON

SARAH NEWTON

Chair
Health and Safety Executive
SARAH NEWTON

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.

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Katherine O’Hara

Katherine O’Hara

Therapy Area Specialist and Wellbeing Ambassador
Pfizer Oncology UK
Katherine O’Hara

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.

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YULIA O’MAHONY

YULIA O’MAHONY

Global Head of Health and Resilience
Philip Morris International
YULIA O’MAHONY

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.

Connect with Yulia on LinkedIn.

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AMANDA OWEN, MBE

AMANDA OWEN, MBE

Wellbeing, Health and Safety Director
Heathrow Airport
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.

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HANNAH PEARSALL

HANNAH PEARSALL

HEAD OF WELLBEING
HAYS
HANNAH PEARSALL

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.

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CLARE PRICE

CLARE PRICE

Director of Clinical Services
Onebright
CLARE PRICE

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.

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SOMAYEH RAHIMI

SOMAYEH RAHIMI

Wellbeing Manager UK
Computacenter
SOMAYEH RAHIMI

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.

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DAISY REEVES

DAISY REEVES

Global Inclusion & Diversity Partner
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
DAISY REEVES

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.

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JON SLADE

JON SLADE

Chief Commercial Officer
Financial Times
JON SLADE

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.

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DR NICK TAYLOR

DR NICK TAYLOR

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO
UNMIND
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

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PETRA VELZEBOER

PETRA VELZEBOER

CEO of PVL, Mental Health Consultant, Psychotherapist, TedX Speaker
PVL
PETRA VELZEBOER

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.

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DR JO YARKER

DR JO YARKER

DIRECTOR, AFFINITY HEALTH AT WORK
BIRBECK, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
DR JO YARKER

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.

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