Build a wellbeing strategy for a happier,
healthier and engaged workforce

Wellbeing in the Workplace was a snapshot into the current world of wellbeing and we want to thank everyone who helped make it a success!

Encompassing everything from how to have a happy and engaged workforce on a budget to the importance of leadership when implementing wellbeing strategies, we hope the day was enlightening and inspiring.

We look forward to seeing you at future Reward events!



Meet and greet – tea, coffee and registration
Welcome address
Maggie Williams, consultant editor, Reward
Keynote address | A healthy ageing workforce: Fuller Working Lives policy and practice
Andy Moody, policy lead, Fuller Working Lives team, Department for Work and Pensions

Panel discussion | Beating stress in the workplace – Impact and prevention

  • Practical methods of preventing stress within your workforce
  • What are the impacts of stress on performance and general wellbeing?
  • Reducing stress through improving financial education
  • How government and NHS policies and guidelines can help employers

Debbie Jeremiah, head of leadership mindfulness programme, GE
Andrew Pennie, marketing director & head of pathways, Intelligent Pensions
Nigel Wilkinson, safety & wellbeing manager, Avis Budget Group


Advisory session | Recruiting, retaining and motivating: the future belongs to those who prepare today
Research shows 76% of millennials would leave a job if they felt unappreciated. But how do we demonstrate appreciation? Health Insurance? Gym membership? Is that really enough to make your organisation attract the best talent?

This session discusses how traditional benefits can prove futile when trying to build a proactive, forward thinking, engaged team. We explore a truly unique benefit that will redefine the landscape, making your employees feel valued 10, 20 years into the future.

Stem cell banking. Saving and changing lives today and tomorrow.
Dr Amr Abid, chief operating officer, Precious Cells
Read more: 5 minutes with Precious Cells

Re-energise – tea, coffee and networking
Case study | Creating a sense of community: building an employee engagement strategy
To have mentally well employees, it’s crucial to create a good atmosphere in the workplace. Whether if it’s about recognition or work-life balance, it’s a must for employers to design a strategy which improves and increases employee engagement. So, what should employers be focused on? How can they put their ideas into practice?
This case study will examine the current trends in employee engagement and ask how you can successfully build a sense of community within your workforce.
Susan Coulson, director of people, Home Group
Advisory session | Wellbeing on a budget
How UK-based companies with subsidiaries abroad can give employees access to local wellbeing benefits and services – helping to improve employee engagement and absence management – even on a limited budget. We take a full end-to-end view from ensuring local compliance to achieving global consistency of approach and competitiveness.
Damian Ross, regional manager – UK, Ireland & Nordics, Generali Employee Benefits Network
Read more: 5 minutes with Generali Employee Benefits Network

Advisory session | Could your employees be suffering in silence? Strategies for managing employee mental health

  • Stress is now the top cause of employee absences lasting four weeks or more
  • See how research shows employers are mis-reading their employees’ willingness to discuss mental health issues with a company representative
  • Why do 32% of employees surveyed feel that they have no one to talk to?
  • Learn how to encourage workplace conversations that will benefit your company
  • Take away useful ideas to raise awareness of the support available

Charlotte Bray, head of rehabilitation, Legal & General

Refuel – lunch and networking

Advisory session | Financial wellbeing: the last taboo of the workplace

  • Taking action: how to influence employees’ saving behaviour and support their financial wellbeing
  • Impacts of poor financial wellbeing on employee engagement and productivity
  • Educating your workforce throughout their working lives
  • Aligning the financial wellbeing strategy with the existing business objectives

Monica Kalia, co-founder and chief strategy officer, Neyber


Interview | Musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace: the role of HR
Each year, 140 million working days are lost to sickness absence. Approximately 60% of this absence is due to musculoskeletal disorders, such as back pain, or upper and lower limb pain.

  • Who should manage the return to work of an employee who has had a musculoskeletal disorder?
  • How do HR and line managers make decisions with regard to the type of work the employee could be doing?
  • How quickly can they return to full duties?
  • What happened if the return to work fails?

Catherine Linaker, senior research fellow, Arthritis Research UK/MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work

Advisory session | The future of salary sacrifice for cars
Identifying the right benefits to positively impact the lives of your employees can be a tricky prospect. Car Benefit Schemes remain a sought-after benefit which continue to provide tax and NI savings for both employers and employees, where other salary sacrifice products are no longer able to. Join Paul Gilshan, COO at Tusker, the market leading Car Benefit Scheme provider, as he reveals some exciting news about salary sacrifice and be a part of his Q&A session at 14.45PM.
Paul Gilshan, chief operating officer, Tusker
Re-energise – tea, coffee and networking

Advisory session | Looking forward: old philosophy enhanced by new technology

  • The concept of Eudemonia in the workplace
  • The use of technology by the corporate to identify workplace issues and concerns
  • Technology use for members
  • Evidencing potential return on investment through a coherent wellbeing solution

Damian Stancombe, partner & head of workplace health and wealth, Barnett Waddingham

Keynote address | Developing a culture of wellbeing
Averil Leimon, co-founder and director, White Water Group

Summary and close
Maggie Williams, consultant editor, Reward

Programme and speakers correct at time of publication but subject to change.


Wellbeing in the Workplace is an unmissable opportunity to showcase your credentials as a wellbeing expert.  Our programme is packed with opportunities to build brand awareness, generate leads and demonstrate thought leadership – contact Kavita Brown, commercial director on 020 7618 3099 to build your perfect package.

Thanks to this year's sponsors

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Kavita Brown
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Shaun Weeks
Sales executive
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Rocio Sarriegui
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Event management

Natalie Richards
Head of events
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