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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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 has 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
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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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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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 and CEO EMEA
mediacom
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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GEOFF MCDONALD

GEOFF MCDONALD

GLOBAL ADVOCATE, CAMPAIGNER AND CONSULTANT FOR MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE (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 globally to put purpose and wellbeing at the centre of everything they do and to address the taboo associated with wellbeing (particularly mental health) within a large global multi-national organization with an emphasis on raising awareness of these issues and providing some practical strategies as to how one might go about addressing this growing modern illness.

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 has spoken at Cambridge, Oxford, Bologna and Warwick Universities as well as at corporate events across Australia, Japan, North America, Europe, South Africa, Turkey and Eastern Europe.

Geoff is a Co-Founder of the Charity ‘Minds@Work’, which has grown from 14 members to over 2000 in four years. Its purpose being to inspire and equip individuals to break the stigma of mental ill health in the organizations they work in. He is currently an Advisor to ‘United For Global Mental Health’ and has been appointed to the Advisory Board of City Mental Health Alliance. Geoff is a Patron of the International Stress Management Association and a Member of the Prince’s Trust Youth Opportunity Taskforce with the purpose of creating change that will unlock the potential in the UK’s youth. He was also recently appointed as an 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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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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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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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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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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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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