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Day 1 | Workshop Programme

FREE to attend workshop sessions for workplace and wellbeing, HR, mental health, and employee culture professionals to attend for working insight and tangible takeaways to apply to your strategy. 

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10.15 - 11.00

Uncover the 5 must-have features of an exceptional financial wellbeing programme!

Reaching the ‘third wave’ of financial wellbeing is the only way forward for people-led companies. 

Financial wellbeing that’s based on 1-to-1 guidance (instead of just benefits or education) is the only model that’s bespoke and flexible enough to help everyone, no matter their situation or money goals. But it’s tough to get there! HR leads have been working hard to get buy-in, building the right support, and getting employees engaged. Even so, 91% told us they want to do better. 

Now more than ever employers need a holistic approach to financial wellbeing that: 

      • builds knowledge
      • creates accountability
      • is fully personalised
      • accessible to all
      • always inspirational!

Join this session with Octopus MoneyCoach and get to grips with what’s needed to build an exceptional, holistic financial wellbeing that’s genuinely impactful for ALL your employees.

Neasa McNulty


Neasa McNulty
Employer Partnerships, Octopus MoneyCoach
Octopus MoneyCoach

11.30 - 12.15

How the Cost of Living Crisis is Shaking and Shaping HR Actions

With 92% of HR professionals feeling that their level of concern about employees’ financial wellbeing has increased over the past year. The cost of living crisis has become increasingly a pressing issue for

businesses. YuLife recently commissioned two surveys: one canvassing UK adults in partnership with YouGov, and another canvassing HR professionals, in partnership with HR Ninjas – and the results are eye-opening.  

Join YuLife at the Watercooler to hear first hand: 

      • HR leaders versus employee views on the cost of living crisis revealed.
      • How financial stress is increasing for workforces and impacting mental health
      • How HR leaders can support their employees’ financial wellbeing


Jonathan Roomer
Co-founder and Head of Customer Success

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13.30 - 14.15

How would you design the ideal mental health service from scratch?

Mental health services in the UK are fundamentally flawed. The NHS can’t help people quickly enough at their time of need, while EAPs offer unnecessarily expensive care as short-term crisis solutions.

With the digital advantages we have in 2023 and what we know about mental health and mindfulness today, we can do much better.

If we remove the limitations of traditional structures, what would we do differently? Would we:

      • Focus on mental wellbeing to prevent mental health problems in the first place?
      • Have 24/7 smartphone access to mental health coaches?
      • Keep counsellors’ time available for those that need it most at short notice?
      • Allow users to choose coaches and counsellors based on gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and language preferences?
      • Continue contact following recovery to prevent issues reoccurring?

This interactive workshop explains Headspace Health’s new mental health model, as the company continues to evolve from mindfulness and meditation into mental health. There will be opportunities to discuss these and other new  approaches to mental ill-health, and to learn what your peers at other companies think.

Jason Richmond


Jason Richmond
VP Sales Solutions, Headspace Health

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10.15 - 11.00

Changing trends in employee wellbeing – a discussion: Reaching the hard to reach and breaking down barriers to ensure employees can access the support they need

As the working world has changed in the post pandemic landscape, so to have employees ‘wants and needs’ for wellbeing support. 

During this interactive and thought provoking session our experts will be drawing on original data and discussing the new healthcare challenges when remote working is now the “new normal”.

They will explore the two fold problem of difficulty accessing services that were previously provided 'in-person and on-site', and how to communicate with employees who are increasingly hard to reach. 

      • A focus on wider health considerations and duty of care in supporting a hybrid workforce
      • Discussing what employees value most
      • Reviewing the importance of communication as-well-as service provision as key to reaching your people


Marc Holl
Head of Quality -  Primary Care, Nuffield Health



Louise Wright
National Physiology Lead


11.30 - 12.15

Embedding a Culture of Wellbeing

For organisations, the past few years have provided the catalyst for reinvention; whilst employees now find themselves moving from a place of persistent uncertainty, to being increasingly empowered with more choice, autonomy and accountability as employers wake-up to the need to place people and purpose at the heart of their business.

Your reward and benefits strategy can’t ensure a resilient culture of wellbeing on its own, but it can play a critical role in supporting employees and authentically demonstrating your value as an employer in this new world of work; from mental wellbeing to financial education; inclusivity to sustainability; leadership to learning.

Join PIB for this interactive workshop where we will explore: 

      • Using a tailored approach to design a cohesive wellbeing agenda which supports the evolving needs of the organisation to enable your business to perform at it’s best.
      • Integrating DEI and wellbeing to build a truly inclusive organisational culture and engage hard to reach employees with wellbeing initiatives
      • Embedding a wellbeing culture so it becomes part of the organisation's DNA and empowers your people to thrive
Clare Dare


Clare Dare
Head of Health, Risk & Technology, PIB Employee Benefits

Alison Dodd


Alison Dodd
Employee Benefits Manager, AWE plc

13.30 - 14.15

Your free toolkit for better-built wellbeing and performance

Wellbeing is keeping business leaders awake at night. For those in the know, the link between employee health and business performance is increasingly clear. But, for many, achieving that nirvana is a daunting and complex challenge. Just where do you begin?

This interactive workshop will give you the tools to build better wellbeing, with precision and impact. From targeting your support initiatives to measuring their value, and maximising engagement to getting ongoing buy-in from the Board, there’s something for businesses at all stages of their wellbeing journey.

It’s time organisations applied the same discipline and rigour to improving wellbeing as other business goals. Join us, and find your framework to make it happen.


Jonathan Best
Chief Customer Officer, GoodShape


10.15 - 11.00

Everyone welcome’: How Enhancing your Menopause Support Drives Inclusion

Join Peppy’s Chief Nursing Officer and menopause specialist Kathy Abermethy, and other HR and Benefits professionals for this interactive session as we discuss the future of menopause support as a tool of driving an inclusive workplace.

1 in 4 consider leaving their jobs because of menopause, whilst 1 in 10 actually do

As the fastest-growing demographic in the UK workforce, supporting midlife women during menopause is essential for businesses looking to cultivate diverse leadership, strong retention strategies, and a happy and healthy workforce.

We encourage you to join the session ready to share and learn. The following topics will be explored:

  • How menopause is impacting your business
  • The steps you can take to support your employees in the workplace
  • How to tackle menopause through your benefits strategy


Kathy Abernethy
Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Menopause Services, Peppy
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Molly Wilmot
Director of Corporate Partnerships, Peppy
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11.30 - 12.15

How to get tough conversations right at work—and keep your best employees

People’s personal worries don’t disappear when they’re at work.

Grief, finances, health concerns—we all face this stuff at some point. Most of the time, we don’t tell anyone at work. But when we do, the first place we turn is normally our manager or HR.

In these moments, how the manager shows up can mean the difference between a teammate handing in their notice—or forming a lasting bond with the team.

The goal of this workshop is to arm managers & HR folks with knowledge & tools to support teammates with whatever they’re facing—and to respond in the right way when these tough conversations pop up, however difficult or awkward they seem.


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Polly Haselton
Head of Care, Oliva
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Abi Williams


Abi Williams
CRO, Oliva
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