The Watercooler is FREE to attend for professionals with a workplace culture and wellbeing remit

The Watercooler conference and exhibition

25 – 26 April 2023

Excel London

In association with

Evening Standard
Make a Difference Media

Wellbeing Design Partner

Evening Standard
The Watercooler conference and exhibition

25 – 26 April 2023

Excel London

In association with

Evening Standard

Wellbeing Design Partner

Evening Standard

Day 2 | Conference Programme

FREE to attend conference sessions for professionals who focus on workplace and wellbeing, HR, mental health, and employee culture, from all sizes of organisation.

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10.00 - 10.40

Keynote: Opening up the Conversation on Workplace Mental Health

Former professional footballer Clarke Carlisle suffered mental illness throughout his professional career, now he and his wife Carrie share the insights they have gained from their journey to mental wellbeing and how organisations can apply these lessons to the workplace.

Understanding the barriers to honest and open conversations around mental health and how to overcome them to encourage employees to seek help when they need it.

Clarke Carlisle

keynote Speaker

Clarke Carlisle
Former Premier League Footballer and Carrie Carlisle, Journalist and Mental Health Speaker

10.50 - 11.30

Exploring Changing Attitudes Towards Personal Health and the Role of the Employer in Workplace Wellbeing

  • Uncovering the latest research findings on workplace wellbeing, employee health and attitudes towards corporate healthcare
  • Putting strategy into action - discover what matters most to employees in 2023 and what this means for employers
  • Gain expert insights and hear top predictions for the future of employee health and wellbeing to ensure your strategy reflects the latest developments

Speaker

Marc Holl
Head of Equality - Primary Care
Nuffield

11.35 - 12.20

Panel: Supporting Line Managers to Support Their Teams and Manage their Own Mental Health

      • Understanding the critical role that line managers play in wellbeing, as a first point of contact for team members who may need support and as the person who impacts most on social wellbeing, psychological safety and the reality of an employee's day to day working life.

      • Ensuring managers have the skills, capabilities and behaviours to deliver the organisations wellbeing policies in practice

      • Identifying the training and support that line managers need to manage their own wellbeing in this context.

Chair

Andrew Berrie
Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind

Mind

Carol Frost

Speaker

Carol Frost
Chief People Officer, Metro Bank

MetroBank Watercooler

 

Bola Ogundeji

Speaker

Bola Ogundeji
Deputy Director of Workforce and OD, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

MoorfieldsEyeHospital-NHS-Watercooler

 

Beth Samson

Speaker

Beth Samson
People Director, Investors in People

Investors in people

 

13.50 - 14.20

Case study: Defining and Measuring Wellbeing for Healthy Employees and Organisations

      • Building a culture of wellbeing by defining what wellbeing means in your organisation and developing strategies to measure the impact and effectiveness of your approach.
      • Understanding the relationship between wellbeing, organisational, and individual performance to develop the right definitions and metrics 
      • Identifying the key drivers of wellbeing and the outcomes you want for your business and your employees, to ensure an aligned approach which uniquely fits the context of your organisation.
Richard Heron

Speaker

Dr. Richard Heron

Former VP for Health at BP and Lead for the metrics sub-group, National Forum for Health and Wellbeing at Work

NFHW

Kelly Metcalf

Speaker

Kelly Metcalf

Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing, Fujitsu

Fujitsui-watercooler

14.30 - 15.15

Panel: Empowering Employees to Take Ownership of their Wellbeing

      • Encouraging employees to engage with wellbeing initiatives and take ownership of their wellbeing 

      • Providing support to employees who want to take charge of their own wellbeing 

      • How to balance organisational and individual responsibility to support behaviour changes 

      • Using principles of behavioural psychology to support sustainable, long-term changes

Becky Thoseby

Speaker

Becky Thoseby
Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Ministry of Justice

MinistryofJustice

 

Karen Sancto

Speaker

Karen Sancto
EMEA Benefits, Senior Specialist, Middle East and Africa and Chair, Families@Microsoft UK, Microsoft

Microsoft

 

Dr Clare Fernandez

Speaker

Dr Clare Fernandes
Chief Medical Officer, BBC
BBC Logo 1

 

10.00 - 10.40

Keynote: The Future of Work and Wellbeing

      • Exploring the factors that will fundamentally change where, when and how people work in the future, and the importance of employee wellbeing as an outcome
      • Understanding how developments in work, workplaces and the workforce will impact on employees and organisations and how companies can put wellbeing at the centre of their future plans
      • Building individual and organisational resilience and adaptability to manage uncertainty and change, and help employees navigate changing roles and careers, and new ways of working that can support their wellbeing
Peter Cheese

keynote Speaker

Peter Cheese
Chief Executive, CIPD

CIPD

10.50 - 11.20

Developing an Agile Wellbeing Strategy to Support the Changing Needs of the Organisation 

      • Linking wellbeing to organisational objectives to ensure it is a strategic priority with the focus and resources needed to drive meaningful change 
      • Ensuring board-level buy-in and support for investment in wellbeing by demonstrating the ongoing value and impact of an agile, adaptable approach 
      • Harnessing data and feedback to ensure your wellbeing offer evolves and stays relevant to the changing needs of employees.
Jo Payne

Speaker

Jo Payne
Chief People Officer, PIB Group
PIB Group 1

Dylan Wickenden

Speaker

Dylan Wickenden
Executive Director, Human Resources, EMCOR
EMCOR

Clare Dare

Speaker

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

pib

11.35 - 12.20

Panel: Redefining Success: The compelling case for putting thriving people at the heart of business strategy

Drawing on insights from BITC's new report with McKinsey Health Institute, this session will explore:

      • Ways to define, own and share the economic value proposition (EVP) as a business non-negotiable

      • How to influence a cultural shift across business, through leadership, so that wellbeing becomes business as usual

      • The simple and accessible tools that enable employers to adopt and integrate wellbeing best practice

Javier Echave

Facilitator

Javier Echave
CFO, Heathrow Airport, Co-Chair European CFO Leadership Network, HRH King Charles III Accounting for Sustainability Project, (A4S) and Chair of Wellbeing Leadership Team, Business in the Community (BITC)

Amanda Owen

Speaker

Amanda Owen
Global Safety, Health & Wellbeing Director, Heathrow Airport

Heathrow

 

Damien Shieber

Speaker

Damien Shieber
Head, Culture and Experience, Santander

 

 

Speaker

Barbara Jeffery
Partner, McKinsey and Affiliate partner with McKinsey Health Institute

 

 

David Taylor

Speaker

David Taylor
Group Commercial Director, Costain 

 

David Wright

Speaker

David Wright
Group Chief Engineer, National Grid

 

 

13.50 - 14.20

Author Spotlight: Conscious Inclusion: practical actions that build inclusive organisations

      • Exploring the everyday decisions to make organisations work better for colleagues, customers and community
      • Empowering people already good at what they do and who understand your organisation purpose, to do it more inclusively 
      • Disaggregating data by demographics to see who is benefiting most and least, and create social accountability for each leader
Catherine Garrod

Speaker

Catherine Garrod
Founder, Compelling Culture and Author of Concious Inclusion

 

14.30 - 15.15

Panel: Does a 4-day Week Reduce Stress and Boost Wellbeing?

      • Hear from organisations taking part in the UK 4-day week pilot programme and discover what motivated them to join and how the change has been received by employees and clients
      • Discover how employers are making the 4-day week and other alternative working patterns work in practice and what has changed as a result
      • Understand the benefits to employees and the organisation, and the impact on wellbeing, engagement and performance.
Anne Marie Lister

Speaker

Anne-Marie Lister
Chief People Officer, Atom Bank

Atom Bank 

Speaker

Shaun Rutland
CEO, Hutch

 

 

Joe Ryle

Speaker

Joe Ryle
Director, 4 Day Week

 

10.00 - 10.40

Keynote: How to Harness Purpose to Drive Wellbeing and Performance

      • Exploring why meaning, belonging and purpose are critical for employee wellbeing and performance

      • Understanding how organisational purpose impacts individuals and the business as a whole, and why ‘profit with purpose’ businesses perform better.

      • Decoding business purpose and values to understand how employees perceive and connect to them and how they can drive the wider business strategy
Dr Kate Goodger

keynote Speaker

Kate Goodger
Group Head of Human Innovation and Performance, Laing O’Rourke
Laing orourke

 

10.50 - 11.20

Case study: Adapting Work Spaces to Improve Wellbeing

      • Designing offices and workspaces to support employee wellbeing and meet changing needs as they adapt to agile and hybrid working

      • The key design elements that impact on wellbeing and how they work in practice

      • Exploring how workplace design can support the needs of employees, teams, the organisation and the wider community

Damien Shieber

Speaker

Damien Shieber
Head, Culture and Experience, Santander

 

11.35 - 12.20

Panel: Managing Environmental Wellbeing in the New Era of Hybrid Working

      • Ensuring your workplace strategy meets the changing needs of the organisation and offers the flexibility to accommodate new ways of working and the individual choices of where and how to work.
      • Designing a work environment that works for employees and supports hybrid working patterns and the need for collaboration and community
      • Employee-centred design that creates an accessible, inclusive environment that employees want to work in and engage with.
      • How the right environment can support innovation, productivity, recruitment and retention as well as employee wellbeing and engagement.
    Suzan

    Speaker

    Suzan Dixon
    Regional Head of Workspace, Europe and Americas, Standard Chartered Bank

     

     

    Maud Santamaria

    Speaker

    Maud Santamaria
    Workspace Director, GWI 

     

    Rachel kerwin

    Speaker

    Rachel Kerwin
    Head of Property and Projects, Eversheds Sutherland
    Eversheds sutherland

     

     

    13.50 - 14.20

    Case Study: Building a mission led business: how organisational purpose drives culture, wellbeing and sustainability

        • Building a people strategy and organisational culture that is completely aligned to the organisation's purpose and mission
        • Looking at organisational culture and connection through the lens of ESG to ensure an integrated approach in key areas including people proposition, inclusion and belonging, wellbeing and engagement
        • Reflections on organisational resilience and maximising engagement during periods of change
    Charlotte Eaton

    Speaker

    Charlotte Eaton
    Chief People Officer, OVO
    Ovo

     

    14.30 - 15.15

    Panel: Ensuring Your Reward and Benefits Offer is Designed to Support Employee Wellbeing

        • Using data to identify the needs of your employees and assess how you can adapt your reward offer to meet them

        • Ensuring an adaptable approach to allow employees to tailor their package as their needs change

        • Supporting employees to utilise the rewards that will be support their immediate and longer-term financial wellbeing
    Oluyomi Okunowo

    Speaker

    Oluyomi Okunowo
    SVP Total Reward and People Operations, Wella
    Wellacompany

    Natalie Jutla

    Speaker

    Natalie Jutla
    EVP and Employee Benefits Lead, DEFRA
    defra 2

     

     

    Speaker

    Michael Spiers
    Chief People Officer, London City Airport