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 1 | 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: Tackling Mental Health Challenges Head On

      • Why living authentically and being able to bring your whole self to work is critical for mental health
      • A personal journey to wellness: highlighting obstacles faced and how they were overcome
      • Diversity as a key strength that organisations and teams can harness to improve wellbeing and performance
Keegan Hirst

keynote Speaker

Keegan Hirst
Former Professional Rugby Player

10.50 - 11.20

Is Hybrid-Working Working? A look at UK mind health in a changing world of work.  

      • Explore how hybrid working is changing our working life, as well our mental and physical wellbeing.  
      • Understand the skills and traits of those adapting best, and where these can be developed.  
      • Examine the relationship between good mind health, hybrid work and productivity. 
Chris Tompkins

Speaker

Dr. Chris Tomkins
Head of Wellbeing

AXA Health

11.35 - 12.20

Panel: Supporting Women's Health in the Workplace

      • Developing a tailored approach to women’s health including menopause, fertility and other health conditions which disproportionately impact female employees
      • Building a culture of openness to enable honest conversations the implementation of practical solutions
      • Recognising how factors such as stress, anxiety and the impact of caring responsibilities may also impact women’s health and wellbeing
Natalie Beresford

Speaker

Natalie Beresford
Retired Detective Inspector and Chair, Menopause Action Group, Thames Valley Police

 

Speaker

Lisa Macis
Menopause In The Workplace Project Lead and Senior Key Account Manager, Bristol Myers Squibb

 

13.50 - 14.20

Case Study: A practical way to create a holistic wellbeing culture that helps people to be at their best

      • Delivering holistic wellbeing through dedicated centres which are uniquely designed to support all colleagues across all areas of the business 
      • Offering a broad range of programmes and entry points to support the key elements of wellbeing; mind, body and life and to enhance existing digital and clinic-based support 
      • Taking an evidence based, clinically led approach to demonstrate the improvement to the business with data and metrics
Steve Iley

Speaker

Steve Iley

Chief Medical Officer and Global Head of Occupational Health and Safety, Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar-Land-Rover-Watercooler

14.35 - 15.05

Why Today's Multi-Generational Workforce Needs an Inclusive, Preventative Approach to Wellbeing

  • Understanding how a preventative approach to wellbeing can positively impact your workforce and create a competitive advantage.
  • Exploring the health and wellbeing needs of a multi-generational, hybrid workforce, who more than ever need personalised benefits rather than a one-size fits all approach.
  • Demonstrating how regular health screening and data-led personalised testing plans can provide a positive return through increased productivity and staff retention.

Alex Templeton

Speaker

Alex Templeton
CEO
Qured-watercooler

15.15 - 16.00

Panel: How to Increase Engagement with Your Wellbeing Initiatives

      • Identifying the factors that can increase engagement with wellbeing initiatives and encourage employees to take ownership of their wellbeing with the support of the organisation

      • Designing wellbeing interventions that meet the needs of individuals and avoid a one-size-fits-all approach 

      • Ensuring organisational culture supports the wellbeing strategy and that line managers are promoting and delivering the wellbeing practices that are in place

Ruth Pott

Speaker

Ruth Pott
Head of Workplace Wellbeing, BAM Nuttall

 

Nasrin Oskui

Speaker

Nasrin Oskui
Global Wellbeing Specialist, Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank

 

10.00 - 10.40

Keynote Panel: Building Inclusive Organisational Cultures of Care

      • How leaders and wellbeing champions can nurture workplace cultures of resilience and trust where employees can thrive
      • Understanding the critical drivers of organisational culture to ensure that all employees can contribute and feel valued, whatever their role in the organisation
      • Harnessing wellbeing and organisational culture to attract, develop and retain pipelines of diverse talent to ensure future business success
Emma Birchall

keynote Speaker

Emma Birchall
Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Ericsson

 

Arti Kashyap Ansley

keynote Speaker

Arti Kashyap-Ansley
Global Head of Wellbeing & Inclusion, Ocado
Ocado

 

10.50 - 11.20

Why Line Managers are the Wrong People to Manage Employee Health and Wellbeing

      • The barriers arising from the employee/manager relationship that impact on the effectiveness of wellbeing support being offered
      • How the expectation on managers to be frontline clinician, counsellor or therapist – while managing admin too – impacts on their own wellbeing
      • The advantages of alternative approaches, including how they actually strengthen employee/manager relationships

Alun Baker
CEO, Goodshape

GoodShape

 

11.35 - 12.20

Panel: Creating a Neurodiversity Smart Workplace

      • How can organisations create awareness, build their understanding and ensure that their recruitment and management practices attract and support neurodivergent candidates and employees?

      • Creating a positive working environment which enables neurodivergent employees to work at their best.

      • Understanding the factors that most often prevent neurodivergent employees from finding work and thriving in their roles

Sean Gilroy BBC

Speaker

Sean Gilroy
Head of Cognitive Design and Neurodiversity Program Lead, BBC CAPE
BBC Logo 1

 

 

Tania Martin

Speaker

Tania Martin
People and Operations Lead, Associate Director, Neurodiverse Centre of Excellence, EY
EY 2

 

 

Leena Haque

Speaker

Leena Haque
Senior UX Designer and Neurodiversity Program Lead, BBC
BBC Logo 1

 

13.50 - 14.20

Case Study: Digital Wellbeing - How to Ensure your Employees can Successfully Switch Off

      • As the boundaries between work and home have become increasingly blurred, and with more employees opting to work remotely and flexibly following the pandemic, how can organisations support employees to manage their own work-life balance and switch off from work.
      • With the introduction of legislation to enforce employees' right to disconnect in France, is this something organisations need to consider policies for?
      • Supporting teams to manage the boundaries between work at home while supporting the need for flexibility and asynchronous working, and embracing the benefits of technology.

14.35 - 15.05

Author Spotlight: Burnout Prevention: starting with you and creating a ripple effect of culture change

      • Who helps the helper? How noticing the signs of burnout yourself can begin a ripple effect of change
      • What is a culture that prevents burnout and how to get started
      • Internal activism and evolving our workplaces for the future
Petra V

Speaker

Petra Velzeboer
CEO and Founder, PVL and Author of Begin With You: Invest In Your Mental Wellbeing and Satisfaction at Work

15.15 - 16.00

Panel: Creating a Culture of Psychological Safety

      • Building a high-trust working environment that supports collaboration and social wellbeing and fuels high-performance, innovation and collaboration.

      • The key elements which support a psychologically safe workplace and the critical role of line managers and leaders

      • Establishing and encouraging the practices and behaviours that create a psychology safe culture

Mark Lomas

Speaker

Mark Lomas
Head of Culture, Lloyd’s of London
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Lucy Vallis

Speaker

Lucy Vallis
Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Save the Children
Save the Children 2

Daniel Chan

Speaker

Daniel Chan
Global Workplace and Wellbeing Lead, dentsu International
dentsu watercooler

10.00 - 10.40

Keynote: Thriving in the New World of Work

Discover how GSK's health and wellbeing strategy supports employees to thrive in the ever-changing world of work.

keynote Speaker

Dr Monika Misra
Global Head of Employee Health and Wellbeing, GSK

 

10.50 - 11.30

Understanding the Current and Future Financial Needs of your Workforce

      • Identifying and understanding the life stages and events that different employees are experiencing and how these impact their financial wellbeing 

      • Designing a financial wellbeing strategy that can adapt to meet these different needs and support employees as their needs change

      • Using financial education to help employees plan for future life events and take a proactive, long-term approach to financial wellbeing

11.35 - 12.20

Panel: The Critical Role of Financial Wellbeing in Supporting Employees’ Mental Health and All Round Wellbeing

      • Understanding the impact of the cost of living crisis and in-work poverty on employees’ physical and mental health, and how to identify and help those most at risk 

      • Using financial wellbeing interventions to support  employees in the current financial climate and beyond 

      • Developing a sustainable approach to financial wellbeing to reduce the long-term risks and support employees as their needs change.

Janet Leighton

Speaker

Janet Leighton
Director of Happiness, Timpson Group Limited
Timpson

 

 

Speaker

Rebecca Eaton
Group Occupational Health and Wellbeing Lead, Mitie

Kris Ambler

Speaker

Kris Ambler
Workforce Lead, BACP
bacp

 

13.50 - 14.20

Case Study: Wellbeing as a fundamental driver of individual and organisational performance

      • Shifting the perception of wellbeing as a 'nice to have' to an essential element of performance success and a critical part of everyone's role.

      • Designing a strategy which recognises and supports wellbeing as a fundamental driver of individual and organisational performance 

      • Building measurement and tangible accountability into the wellbeing strategy to understand the impact of the new approach  

Toni Graves

Speaker

Toni Graves
Global Head of Reward and Wellbeing, Allen & Overy
Allen Overy

14.35 - 15.05

Putting the wellbeing of employees into the ‘S’ of your ESG Strategy

      • Exploring how employee mental health and wellbeing is becoming a core part of responsible business as employers, stakeholders and regulators place greater focus on how it links to business profitability and sustainability

      • Understanding how employee health and wellbeing fits into an organisation's Environment, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) strategy

      • Considering wellbeing as an overarching output from a range of important inputs, not as a subset of health and safety inputs, where many businesses currently place it.

Henrietta Jowitt

Speaker

Henrietta Jowitt
Advisor to MindForward Alliance, Non-Executive Director Portfolio and Board Level Commercial Leader

15.15 - 16.00

Panel: Navigating the Provider Landscape to Find the Right Wellbeing Solutions

      • Identifying the suppliers that can effectively support the delivery of your wellbeing strategy, and how to ensure an aligned approach
      • Evaluating the solutions that are right for your organisation’s current and future needs to maximise the impact of your investment and minimise risk
      • Understanding the key questions to ask in order to effectively evaluate potential providers and identify the benefits and potential challenges of each solution
Fiona McAslan

Speaker

Fiona McAslan
Head of Health and Wellbeing, Royal Mail Group
royal mail

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Nick Pahl
CEO, SOM
SOM

Speaker

Rebecca Ormond
EMEA Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation