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Employee Wellbeing Congress 2018

For senior HR, reward & benefits professionals driving the wellbeing agenda in their organisations

Dedicated event driving the wellbeing agenda

The Employee Wellbeing Congress is the largest dedicated corporate wellbeing conference in the HR and wellbeing calendar. It attracts hundreds of senior benefits, reward, HR and wellbeing professionals who are the driving force behind the wellbeing agendas in their organisations.

Delegates include employers that are leading the way with their integrated wellbeing strategies, as well as those that are just starting out on the journey to develop a wellbeing strategy as part of their overall business strategy.

As well as high calibre delegates, the Employee Wellbeing Congress is also highly regarded by the industry with leading consultants, top benefits platforms and innovative young suppliers supporting it.

The Employee Wellbeing Congress always features a fantastic programme of thought-provoking and informative content presented by a series of expert speakers, industry thought-leaders and top employers.

Employee Wellbeing Congress 2018 highlights reel

Video Tutorial: Panel Q&A with Dept for Work & Pensions, London Business School and REBA

Video Tutorial: Meway NHS Health Trust's financial wellbeing strategy for all

Video Tutorial: Nuffield Health's Marcus Herbert on data-driven wellbeing strategies 

Video Tutorial: Metlife's Jo Elphick on low cost strategies to improve financial wellbeing 

Video Tutorial: Schroders' Charlotte Frost on creating a global wellbeing culture 

Video Tutorial: Coutts & Co's Michael Heyworth on avoiding wellbeing fatigue

Video Tutorial: Simplyhealth's Pam Whelan on the importance of mental resilience training

Video Tutorial: Standard Life's Catherine O'Connell on a personalised approach to wellbeing

Video Tutorial: Top tips panel Q&A on the challenge to change

Video Tutorial: Claire Hallmey on personalisation within your wellbeing culture

Video Tutorial: Cisco's Sheila Champion Smeeth on the role of digital in health and wellbeing

Video Tutorial: BUPA's James Willis on how to demonstrate ROI value to your board

Video Tutorial: Aon's Jon Bryant on creating a wellbeing brand

Video Tutorial: Legal & General's Vanessa Sallows on overcoming mental health barriers at work

Video Tutorial: Punter Southall and Anna Spender of Psyon debate wellbeing dashboards

Video Tutorial: Aviva's Ally Antel & Lisa Ost on a pro-active approach to employee mental wellbeing 

Video Tutorial: Willis Towers Watson's Gaby Joyner & Olga Skouteli on building resilience

Video Tutorial: A Volkswagen Financial Services case study on wellbeing programme evolution

Video Tutorial: Mercer's Jenni Kirkwood & Dr Wolfgang Seidl on a consolidated approach to wellbeing

Video Tutorial: Mace Group's Judith Grant provides a case stufy on using metrics

Video Tutorial: Award winner case study from Causeway Technologies' Fiona Buchanan

Video Tutorial: SAP's Neil Hopkinson on securing employee buy-in for wellbeing

Video Tutorial: Award winner case study into Virgin Atlantic's wellbeing strategy

Video Tutorial: Personal Group's David Walker on how to secure wellbeing buy-in

Video Tutorial: Close Brothers' Jeannette Makings & Simon Williams on finding the best solution

Video Tutorial: Scottish Widows' Stuart Hopley on how to make financial wellbeing fun

Video Tutorial: Capita's Alistair Dornan on wellness engagement for millenials

Video Tutorial: Premier's Allyson Gayle on using gap analysis to improve your wellbeing programme

Video Tutorial: Dept for Work & Pensions' Angus Gray on the next steps to 'Thriving at Work'

Video Tutorial: REBA's Debi O'Donovan on wellbeing as an asset

Presentation slides available below

Slides are attached to the relevant speaker photo below.

Speakers include:

Alistair Dornan

Alistair Dornan


Ally Antell

Ally Antell

UK Health & Protection Product Innovation Lead

Allyson Gayle

Allyson Gayle

Head of Risk and Healthcare

Anna Spender

Anna Spender

Director of Analytics & Wellbeing

Beth Robotham

Beth Robotham

Vice Chair, Executive Director

Catherine O'Connell

Catherine O'Connell

Head of Occupational Health & Safety

Standard Life Aberdenn
Claire Hallmey

Claire Hallmey

Health and Wellbeing Manager

Oracle 1
David Walker

David Walker


Personal Group 2
Debi O'Donovan

Debi O'Donovan

Co-founder & Director, REBA

Dr Shaun Davis

Dr Shaun Davis

Group Safety, Health and Wellbeing Director, Belron

Dr. Wolfgang Seidl

Dr. Wolfgang Seidl

Partner, Leader of Workplace Health Consulting UK and Europe

Fiona Buchanan

Fiona Buchanan

EVP Human Resources

Causeway logo.jpg
Gaby Joyner

Gaby Joyner

Senior Director

Gemma Nauman

Gemma Nauman

HR Business Development Director

James Willis

James Willis

Head of Clinical Sales

Jenni Kirkwood

Jenni Kirkwood

Investment Consultant

Mercer 8
Jo Elphick

Jo Elphick

Head of Marketing

Metlife 2
Jon Bryant

Jon Bryant

Head of London’s Consultancy Practise

Aon Employee Benefits 2
Josie Lazenby

Josie Lazenby

Senior Manager - OHW

Virgin Atlantic logo.jpg
Judith Grant

Judith Grant

Director of Health and Wellbeing

Lisa Ost

Lisa Ost

UK Employee Wellbeing Lead

Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton

Professor of Management Practice

London Business School
Marcus Herbert

Marcus Herbert

Health Assessment Business Lead

Neil Hopkinson

Neil Hopkinson

Total Rewards Partner

Olga Skouteli

Olga Skouteli

Employee Experience Consultant

Pam Whelan

Pam Whelan

Director of Corporate

Simplyhealth 1
Simon Williams

Simon Williams

Senior Financial Planner

Close Brothers 2
Michael Heyworth , FCSI

Michael Heyworth , FCSI

Executive Director

Dani Brackpool

Dani Brackpool

Senior Reward Manager - Benefits, Wickes

Sheila Champion-Smeeth

Sheila Champion-Smeeth

Total Rewards Leader - Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia, Cisco

Cisco 1
John Dean

John Dean

Consulting Development Director, Healix Health

Charlie Frost

Charlie Frost

Head of Wellbeing and Benefits (Global), Schroders

Angus Gray

Angus Gray

Senior Civil Servant

Jeanette  Makings

Jeanette Makings

Head of Workplace Financial Wellbeing, Close Brothers Asset Management

Close Brothers 3
Dr Chris Tomkins

Dr Chris Tomkins

Head of Wellbeing, AXA Health


The Employee Wellbeing Congress delivers latest thinking and successful strategies for corporate wellbeing. The topical programme features a streamed conference covering physical, mental and financial wellbeing along with building positive cultures. Delegates also take part in peer-to-peer sharing, plus plenaries, keynotes and panel discussions, plus they can pick up a hard copy of REBA's annual Employee Wellbeing insight report. 

In 2018 the event kicked off with a keynote presented by renowned HR expert, Professor Lynda Gratton of the London Business School, who discussed the effect that the rise of machines carrying out tasks is having on employee wellbeing. She suggested that organisations can get more out of their workforces by encouraging learning and helping enhance staff "vitality". Organisations and people must adapt to the changing environment we are now in, and we must place great importance on our wellbeing and vitality to be able to continue working into our later lives.

Throughout our sector the consensus is that businesses that strategically integrate employee wellbeing into their benefits programmes will be more resilient in the future climate due to improved staff productivity and motivation. And that's why the Employee Wellbeing Congress continues to drive the wellbeing agenda.


2018 Programme

09.00 Welcome: Philip Hayne, Director, REBA
09.05 Wellbeing as an asset: understanding the changing perspectives of government, investors and the boardroom
• Why asset managers are putting pressure on CEOs to think differently about employees, and what this means for wellbeing
• What leading CEOs say about employee wellbeing: a review of the research
• How government is driving change through employers
Debi O’Donovan, Director, REBA
09.20 Keynote: Transformation, resilience and survival
• Why organisations need to think differently about career lifecycles to transform their structure and culture and secure the long-term survival of their businesses
• How employers can support individuals’ need to think differently about their vitality, skills, social networks and personal transformation to meet changing workplace needs
• How government, employers and employees need to connect to drive the success of wellbeing strategies and support transformation
Professor Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice, London Business School
09.50 The government viewpoint: taking the next steps to ‘Thriving at Work’ – the Stevenson/Farmer review
Angus Gray, Deputy Director Work & Health Policy, Department for Work & Pensions
10.10 Panel Q&A, moderated by Beth Robotham, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs
10.30 Refreshments 
11.00 Pick and Mix Sessions: Before and after lunch, delegates will have the opportunity to pick and choose between three streams of breakout sessions designed to enable a more detailed focus on common wellbeing challenges.

NOTE: times of sessions to be confirmed week commencing 4 June, so order of these sessions could change.

11.00 CASE STUDY: Medway NHS Health Trust
How to build a financial wellbeing strategy that supports all the different demographics within your workforce
• Building a business case for the board to sign off
• How to begin the audit to understand the stress points within the workforce
• Using technology to enable engagement
Elizabeth Nyawade, Deputy Director of HR & OD, Medway NHS Health Trust
Case study brought to you by Neyber
Taking a consolidated approach – the better way to support wellbeing
• What are the benefits of taking a holistic approach to wellness?
• Why wellness is more than just having physically fit staff: integrating mental, financial and physical wellbeing strategies through a consolidated benefits offering
• Building the business case for a more strategic approach to wellbeing
Jenni Kirkwood, Investment Consultant, & Dr Wolfgang Seidl, Head of Health Management Consulting EMEA, Mercer
CASE STUDY: Volkswagen Financial Services
How to keep evolving your wellbeing programme to increase engagement
• Wellbeing is far from lip service at VWFS. It is central to their strategy and it’s how they’re going beyond expectations to help their employees live and work healthier lives
• A purpose-built Wellbeing Centre  and an ever-evolving managed programme has helped unlock real value for both employer and employee
• Join VWFS and AXA PPP healthcare for practical tips and to see how collaboration, trust and empowerment has helped shape the blueprint for success across the Volkswagen Group
Tiffany Wright - Reward and Benefits Manager, Volkswagen Financial Services
Dr Chris Tomkins, Chief Operating Officer, Proactive Health, AXA PPP Healthcare
11.25 Low cost, effective strategies that will change behaviours to improve employees’ financial wellbeing
Financial wellbeing is increasingly recognised as the critical element of an employee wellbeing strategy.  Employees need help, and businesses want to help them.  However, to change financial habits can be tough, and creating programmes that make a lasting impact requires a fundamental understanding of human behaviours.  We will discuss: 
• The business case for financial wellbeing
• Limitations of current approaches
• Ideas for low-cost, effective strategies 
Jo Elphick, UK Marketing Director, MetLife
Data-driven wellbeing strategies: how to use data and MI to drive the effectiveness of your wellbeing strategy
• How can you use absence data in a confidential and responsible way to help improve the health and wellbeing of your workforce? 
• Understanding how to work with aggregated anonymised data to identify strategies to mitigate or prevent work-related health problems - from offering physiotherapy for engineers with muscular-skeletal problems to offering free flu vaccinations
Marcus Herbert, Health Assessment Business Lead, Nuffield Health
Leadership, management and culture: how to build a resilient workplace
Highly dynamic work environments need energy and endurance from everyone involved. With 45% of employees finding stressful periods at work reducing the quality of their work and negatively impacting their relationships with family and friends*, organisations need to focus on helping their people (employees and leaders) be stronger, more resilient and ‘fit’ for work.
• Unpacking the three key pillars of a resilient culture
• Sharing client examples of practical interventions for leaders, managers and employees
• Offering employee insights for a more engaged, productive and innovative workforce
Gaby Joyner, Senior Director, and Olga Skouteli, Employee Experience Consultant, Willis Towers Watson
[*Source: 2017 WTW Global Benefits Attitudes Survey, United Kingdom]
11.50 Making financial wellbeing fun: strategies for engaging employees in money and mental health
• Exploring a variety of supporting ideas and techniques across digital media, including gamification and events, to engage employees in financial wellbeing and retirement planning 
• Why and how creating enjoyment around financial issues can change attitudes
• Learn from a number of employer experiences
Stuart Hopley, Workplace Pensions Specialist, Scottish Widows 
Creating your wellbeing dashboard: keeping metrics manageable 
•  Understanding what modern leadership teams expect from a wellbeing dashboard 
• Focusing on the ‘must-haves’ of your dashboard, including:
   -Strategic objectives
   -Agreed success metrics behind objectives
   -Benchmarking data as agreed
   -Actionable Insights
   -Exec outputs for Board, externally measurable reports
• Learn from practical examples of wellbeing dashboards in action 
Anna Spender, Director of Analytics & Wellbeing, Psyon & John Dean, Chief Commercial Officer, Punter Southall Health & Protection
Integrating a pro-active approach to employee mental wellbeing: creating processes to identify at-risk employees and ensure preventative action
• How to build a successful corporate mental health and wellbeing strategy
• What sort of resources can you use to support the strategy
• What training should leaders go through to be able to help identify and support colleagues
• How having a local champion network in place can help drive engagement
Ally Antell, UK Health & Protection Product Innovation Lead, Aviva & Lisa Ost, UK Employee Wellbeing Lead, Aviva
12.15 Tomorrow’s leaders in today’s workplace: tackling wellness engagement for millennials
Tomorrow’s leaders aren’t excited by today’s workplace
 How to be more successful in attracting and retaining the right talents your business needs 
 Learn how to reach millennials in more meaningful and intelligent ways
• Understanding how engaging employees in your appraisal can drive engagement in a wellbeing culture 
Alistair Dornan, Head of Health Management, Capita Employment Solutions 
CASE STUDY: Standard Life Aberdeen
Creating a personalised approach to employee wellbeing to engage all individuals across a workforce
• Why it is important to your business to create a digital health proposition to meet changing workforce demands
• How to integrate your digital wellbeing proposition within your broader healthcare plans and benefits strategy
• Case study: How Standard Life embraced digital health to allow staff to tailor individualised wellbeing programmes
Catherine O'Connell, Head of Occupational Health & Safety, Standard Life Aberdeen
Case study brought to you by Cigna UK
Incorporating mental resilience training as part of employee developing programmes
• Understanding the importance of mental resilience training
• How to implement line manager training and signposting to ensure early recognition of the early signs of mental ill health
Dr Shaun Davis, Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability, Royal Mail Group & Pam Whelan, Director of Corporate at Simplyhealth
12.35 Lunch 

Pick and Mix Sessions

13.45 AWARD WINNER CASE STUDY: Virgin Atlantic & Virgin Holidays
Working Well, Living Better: aligning benefits provision to meet wellbeing objectives
• Background and drivers
• Defining our Wellbeing and benefits strategy  - time for change! 
• Supporting our people with physical, mental and financial wellbeing 
• Providing insights to our leaders
• Communicating and engaging with our people 
Dani Brackpool, Benefits Manager & Josie Lazenby, Senior Manager Occupational Health & Wellbeing, Virgin Atlantic
Making the Most of our Digital World to Help People Redefine Health & Wellbeing 
• In our fast paced, dynamic environment where we are faced with overwhelming priorities at home and at work we listen to our people to help build a holistic and inclusive approach to live balanced lifestyles
• Working with leaders and teams to create a culture and environment around wellbeing which enables people to thrive
• How to use technology platforms to communicate and enable the conversations, the inspiration, and the 'how to' make wellbeing accessible for all; from virtual workouts to self-guided mindfulness sessions
Sheila Champion-Smeeth, EMEAR HR Total Reward Consultant, Cisco
(N.B. This session replaces the Three UK session)
AWARD WINNER CASE STUDY: Causeway Technologies
Successfully delivering an evidence-based mental wellbeing strategy to create cultural change
• Information gathering: identifying the causes for stress and the subsequent impact on wellbeing and productivity
• Creating a communication programme that engaged a predominantly male workforce around sensitive issues: choosing the right language
• Designing a package of support and benefits to meet clear objectives
• Measuring the impact to determine and improve ROI
Fiona Buchanan, Executive Vice President HR, Causeway Technologies
14.10 Financial wellbeing: finding the best education, advice and savings solutions for your people 
To succeed, a financial wellbeing strategy needs three things: education; access to advice for those that need more help; and access to a range of savings solutions for those that are happy to do it themselves. 
• When looking at education, what works and what doesn’t?
• What are the do’s and don’ts of appointing a financial adviser?
• How can you equip your employees so they can find the best savings and investments?
Jeanette Makings, Head of Financial Education, Close Brothers & Simon Williams, Financial Planner, Close Brothers
Mind the gap: Improve your wellbeing programme through gap analysis
• Learn how to determine where you are now, in order to understand where you need to go next.
• Wellbeing ROI – how to move wellbeing up your company’s agenda.
• Insights into how to repurpose and get creative with your existing benefit and wellbeing budget.
Allyson Gayle, Head of Risk and Healthcare, Premier
Not A Red Card: the barriers to talking about mental health at work and what employers can do to overcome them 
Based on learnings from roundtable sessions held at Legal & General’s Not A Red Card Forum in October…
• Identifying the 5 common challenges that businesses of all sizes face when breaking down the taboo surrounding talking about mental health at work 
• Learn practical steps that your organisation can take to overcome them
Vanessa Sallows, Benefits & Governance Director, Group Protection & Insurance, Legal & General 
14.35 Creating a brand: how to develop an effective communication strategy to boost engagement around wellbeing
• Understanding the distinction between ‘employer brand’ and ‘employee value proposition’
• Defining what ‘wellbeing‘ really means
• Using data to put wellbeing at the heart of your engagement strategy
• Bringing it all to life for your people
Jon Bryant, Director, Online & Communications, AON
30 facts that will change your approach to employee wellbeing forever & help you secure the leadership buy-in you need
• What are the realities of workplace wellbeing in 2018? 
• Learn more about some of the uncomfortable realities of workplace wellbeing that will give you the ammunition to get leadership buy in for your wellbeing investments this year. 
David Walker, CCO, Personal Group
Demonstrating ROI value to your board: using modelling and research data to show the impact of wellbeing on productivity and employee behaviours
 Insight into a new two-year study based on 148,000 health assessments analysing self-reported information against clinical information
 Ways to use the study’s results to target wellbeing interventions and prevention strategies more effectively for your workforce
• How to conduct evidence-based modelling to demonstrate productivity savings against the cost of initiatives
James Willis, Head of Clinical Sales, BUPA Health Services
14.55 Refreshments
15.25 Round Table Discussions
Prevention strategies – embedding wellbeing into your organisation before the problems arise
• Do you, and if so how, conduct horizon scanning protocols (that is, how do you explore what the future might look like to better understand uncertainties your organisation might face) to work out what could most impact employee health and wellbeing strategies?
• What are the biggest future wellbeing challenges that you wish to try to prevent or mitigate at your organisation?
• What initiatives have you run that really impacted employee behaviour to date?
• What proven ROI have you been able to demonstrate for prevention strategies, and what tips can you give to other employers trying to prove the business case for prevention?
16.10 Case study: MACE
How healthy is your business: using metrics to provide understanding and recommendations to your leadership team
• Tracking ‘good health’ data as well as absence: focusing on resilience, motivation and engagement
• Gaining an insight into the link between productivity and wellbeing
• Using the data to ensure interventions are more tightly targeted
Judith Grant, Associate Director Health & Wellbeing, Mace Group
16.30 Top tips panel: The Challenge To Change
What are the issues which most frequently threaten the effectiveness of an employer’s drive to create a wellbeing culture in the organisation, and how can you overcome them? Learn from our panel of employers who will share three top tips for dealing with the challenges they faced.

Speakers include:
Wellbeing Fatigue – how to keep up the momentum
Michael Heyworth, Executive Director, Coutts & Co: REBA Employee Wellbeing Award Winner for Leadership & Culture

Securing employee buy-in
Neil Hopkinson, Total Rewards Partner, SAP

Creating a global wellbeing culture
Charlotte Frost, Benefits & Wellbeing Manager, Schroders

Ensuring personalisation within your wellbeing culture

Claire Hallmey, Wellbeing Manager, Oracle
17.10 Summing up
17.15 Finish


Secure your place at Employee Wellbeing Congress 2018 whilst there is still availability. 

REBA Professional Members: you will receive a Promotional Code to gain 100% discount on the price of £499. (Look out for an email or email us at [email protected] if you don’t spot anything.)

Non-Members: if you are a senior HR professional involved in Wellbeing initiatives for your organisation and you would like to attend the Employee Wellbeing Congress 2018, please send us your details to [email protected] to request a promotional code. Eligible delegates are reward, employee benefits or HR practitioners working in-house for an organisation of 250+ staff.

At the Employee Wellbeing Congress delegates will gain the perspective to build well-rounded wellbeing strategies.


More about Professor Lynda Gratton:

Professor Lynda Gratton will open the event with the topic of "Transformation, resilience and survival" (more details in the Agenda below. Professor Lynda Gratton is a Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she directs ‘Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies’ – considered the world’s leading programme on human resources.

Lynda is the founder of Hot Spots Movement and since 2008 she has led the Future of Work Research Consortium, which has brought together executives from more than 100 companies. Over the last 20 years Lynda has written extensively about the interface between people and organisations including, in 2016, "The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity".