We are delighted to be welcoming a broad selection of health and wellbeing experts to speak at Working Well: Your Strategy for a healthy business. Below is a brief summary about our speakers:
Ruby Wax OBE - Keynote Speaker
After arriving in Britain from the United States in 1977 and training as an actress, Ruby Wax began her career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She went on to a hugely successful career with BBC television as an interviewer and comedian, and has written, and edited numerous scripts for TV and film including Absolutely Fabulous. Ruby then turned her attention to the study of psychotherapy and neuroscience, graduating from Oxford University in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She is also an Alumna and Honorary Senior Fellow of Regent’s University London’s with an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling, and a is Visiting Professor in the School of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey as well as holding an Honorary Doctorate from the School of Psychology from The University of East London. She is shortly to be awarded with a City Lit Lifetime Fellowship. Continue Reading.
Sir Bill Callaghan - Chair
Bill Callaghan has had substantial experience in public life. He is currently chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH). He has held this position since 2011. He was appointed as Chair of the then Health and Safety Commission in 1999, and served until 2007. He has also chaired two other Government Bodies, the Legal Services Commission (2008 to 2013), which was then responsible for Legal Aid, and the Marine Management Organisation (2011 to 2018) which is responsible for licensing marine activities and managing fisheries in English waters. He also chaired the Board of a charity, the British Occupational Health Research Foundation from 2007 to 2017. He was awarded a knighthood in 2008 for services to Health and Safety.
Jan Mills, The Bradley Group
With almost 30 years working in Occupational Safety and Health, Jan was one of the first women working in health and safety. In her long and varied career, Jan has worked across a myriad of industries, including the construction, power distribution, education, manufacturing and warehousing sectors. A captivating speaker, Jan is an extremely experienced trainer who has both written and delivered a large number of courses, seminars and workshops for staff at all levels of organisations. She is also championing the next generation of Occupational Safety and Health experts as an Examiner for the NEBOSH Diploma. In her session, Jan will be discussing the ageing workforce and how it may affect British businesses.
Sarah Tapley is an experienced Chartered Ergonomics and Human Factors specialist. She has had extensive experience of identifying, assessing, inspecting, investigating and advising on ergonomics and human factors, and occupational health and safety issues across the whole spectrum of working environments in the UK, including the office environment. This work included investigation of workplace issues to understand underlying and root causes of issues, working with both staff and management within companies. Work also included checking compliance with relevant regulations. This experience has been gained from many years working for HSE as a Specialist Inspector and as an independent practitioner. Sarah will be speaking on the subject "Putting the Human at the centre: How an Ergonomics and Human Factors approach can help improve the health and wellbeing of your staff and your business." This presentation will bust some myths about Ergonomics and Human Factors and demonstrate how using a human centred and holistic approach can help to improve staff health and wellbeing, reduce presenteeism and sickness absence and increase productivity.
Helen has worked in mental health services for thirty-four years having started her mental health nurse training at Friern Hospital in London in 1983. She has worked across a range of settings during her career including acute inpatient psychiatry, low secure services and with Mind in London where she worked to resettle patients from Claybury Hospital in to the community.
Helen led the establishment of the first rehabilitation team in Brighton, a forerunner of what would later be described as Assertive Outreach and was appointed to her first executive role in 2002. She was an Executive Director of Nursing for fourteen years before being appointed as KMPT’s Chief Executive in June 2016.
Mary started her career as a staff nurse in Lewisham and Guys Mental Health Trust. She has worked in senior nursing leadership roles, clinical governance and quality improvement across community and inpatient settings. Mary has extensive knowledge of mental health services having worked in a number of mental health and learning disability provider Trusts in London and East of England. She joined the Trust from Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust where she was the Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality.
Mary has a keen interest in quality improvement that is led by front line staff. Her strong values of fairness, transparency and equality have shaped her leadership style and she is passionate about ensuring that staff are developed, trained and supported to provide the best care possible.
Wellbeing People - Seminar and Interactive Activities
Wellbeing People strive to empower organisations, communities and individuals to make positive choices around their health and wellbeing; taking an innovative approach, supporting customers towards positive, measurable outcomes. Working with the private, public and third sector, Wellbeing People offer a portfolio of programmes and products; including wellbeing engagement, health screening, health MOTs, cholesterol and blood glucose screening, wellbeing workshops, occupational health audits, consultancy and more. Wellbeing People will be providing a number of interactive activities throughout the day