What is Connect 2021?


Connect 2021, on 1-30 June is your first opportunity to come together with likeminded professionals online to discuss the growing challenge of mental and physical wellbeing in the workplace. The month-long event, will allow you to connect with fellow wellbeing leaders and supporters, find solutions to workplace wellbeing challenges and access thought-leadership content from the comfort of your home.

Workplace Wellbeing Conference Agenda

An interview with senior leaders to share what they are doing to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health at work.

Karl Simons OBE, Senior Health, Safety & Wellbeing Officer Leader

A keynote address from the CEO of Mind, reflecting on the nation's mental health and the biggest challenges that currently face us. In the talk Paul Farmer will also outline the charity's current goals and initiatives.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding, and they say they won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

Paul Farmer, CEO, Mind

An introduction to the first global standard giving practical guidance on managing psychological health at work.

Kate Field will share best practice in prioritizing people and developing your health, safety, wellbeing, and diversity strategies in the context of ISO 45003.

Kate Field, Global Head Health, Safety and Wellbeing, BSI

Peter Kelly, Senior Psychologist, HSE

The importance of good mental health and wellbeing is proposed as being an essential part of an employer’s duty of care. Traditionally it has been suggested that being psychologically well and safe is an individual challenge to address but Novartis Professor, Amy Edmondson defined psychological safety as a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking. This extension of the original theory shifts the concept from individual behaviours to an organisational level. With the arrival of ISO 45003, there is an explicit intention to give equal parity to physical and mental health. What does this mean in terms of operationalising psychological safety not only in respect of the upcoming international standard but in real life? With environmental conditions and workplace culture being central to success, Jonathan explores the theory of Psychological Safety and discusses lessons learned as well as practical proposals for how to start the conversation.

Jonathan Gawthrop, Executive Director, Wellbeing, Sustainability & Assurance, EMCOR Group Ltd

Tim Eldridge, Vice President, IOSH and Global Head of Health and Safety, HSBC

Jigna Patel, Managing Director, British Safety Council

Tired of the confusion and muddle in the wellbeing space? NEBOSH wanted to sort that out and give a new perspective with the launch of a one-day qualification called Working with Wellbeing earlier this year. In this session NEBOSH’s Chief Operating Officer, Dee Arp, talks about the story behind the qualification – why it was developed, what it offers and how, with just one day of training, employers can start to make a positive difference to their teams.

Dee Arp, Chief Operating Officer, NEBOSH

A view from the Health & Safety Executive on recognising colleagues feeling isolated due to home working, with suggestions on how to support.

Senior representative, HSE

Heather Beach, Founder, Healthy Work Company

Charles Alberts, Head of Wellbeing Solutions, UK, Aon

Margo Mosley Director, Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

John Pares, Head of EHS Field Organisation, Givaudan

Nick Wright, Group Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager, Vodafone

At her debut Winter Olympics in 2010 Amy won Team GB’s only gold medal of the Games in skeleton. She became Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics champion in 30 years and the first female individual gold medallist for 58 years. In this live, interactive talk Amy will share her take on wellbeing.

As an Olympic athlete Amy worked on a 4-year cycle, but she made sure she had weekly, monthly, and yearly targets. She suffered many setbacks, but always overcame them. She did this through evaluation, which she believes is key no matter what your line of work. Amy says "If Covid has taught us anything it’s that we should concentrate on wellness. We should be taking care of ourselves mentally and physically, nourishing our bodies with wholesome food, having a good work/life balance.” .

Amy Williams, former Team GB skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist

Tom Dunning, otherwise known by his alias the ‘Mental Health Runner’, is a mental health advocate who will share various personal stories from attempted suicide to recovery.

At his worst, he often attended A&E twice a night because he couldn’t take anymore. He was diagnosed with PTSD, borderline personality disorder/emotionally unstable personality disorder and social anxiety disorder. With the help of his wife Amber, Tom discovered a love of running which had huge benefits for his mental health. He now has various initiatives to break down mental health stigma and support others with mental health issues.

Tom is a popular keynote speaker and has won various awards for his work, including the SHP Trailblazer in Positive Social Impact Award 2020.

Tom Dunning, Mechanical Engineer, British Sugar and TED speaker

Phil has been described as a ‘force of nature’ in the police, driving forward the workplace wellbeing agenda and changing the way mental health is thought about. He’s transformed how Cleveland Police supports staff and won SHP’s 2020 award for Trailblazer in Workplace Wellbeing because of it. In this talk he will share the engaging yet simple ways he’s done it.

Phil says: “Wellbeing and mental health has got to be any organisation’s number one priority – it is too important for it not to be. We will be needed more than ever once the pandemic is over and we need to support all of our people and beyond.”

Phil Spencer, Inspector and Blue Light & Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Cleveland Police, Winner of the SHP Trailblazer in Workplace Wellbeing award 2020

Before the Coronavirus pandemic hit the cost of poor mental health among public sector staff was between £9.0bn – £9.5bn per annum, with the average cost per employee higher than the private sector. When it comes to tackling the causes of work related mental health problems, and providing the right support for the workforce, the public sector is still some way behind. In this presentation, Faye will explore why this is the case and what public sector employers should consider to prioritise employee mental health and wellbeing. The presentation will also explore how to provide support to employees who do not work in traditional desk-based roles.

Faye McGuiness, Director of Programmes, Education Support

Stephen will be exploring what our own business can show us to help us build our business case for a robust wellbeing programme. He will be encouraging the audience to think about what their existing data can tell them, how to identify the gaps, how holistic a picture do they have at the moment and ultimately – how informed an approach can you take?

Stephen Haynes, Head of Program, Mates in Mind

No of course it hasn’t! While everyone’s attention has been quite naturally focused on the pandemic and keeping workplaces ‘Covid-secure,’ if you look at social media you would be forgiven for thinking that work-related stress has gone away. So let’s get back to basics, set that reset button and, get you thinking about how you meet your legal duty to protect your employees from stress using the Management Standards approach, and without an apple or banana in sight.

Jennifer Webster, Occupational Psychologist, HSE

Two months into a new job, the pandemic hit and Vicki’s life took a turn for the worst. Locked down alone, far from her support network of friends & family. Around the same time, she lost a close friend to Covid and two ex-colleagues who died by suicide. Vicki continued to work at full capacity, but it became too much.

Despite usually dealing well with stress, Vicki started to experience psychosis symptoms, hallucinations, panic attacks, suicidal dreams, among other mental & physical reactions. She sought medical advice and has been signed off work to give her time to recover.

Now she will share her experience and outline the outstanding support she’s had from colleagues, highlighting what workplaces can do to best support anyone in a similar position.

Vicki Simmonds, Director, Health & Safety – Europe, CHEP

Having personally experienced burnout, Ann now runs regular workshops for professionals who are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious. In this live, interactive session she will outline common patterns she sees with those who are close to, or have reached, burnout. She will share the practical methods wellbeing leaders can adopt to support employees struggling with work-related stress and will also share tools you can use if you’re personally close to burnout.

Ann Diment, Director, Work Safe and Well

A live, interactive workshop. For anyone who wants to get better at having a conversation to empathise and signpost further support with someone struggling with their mental health.

Heather Beach, Founder, Healthy Work Company

An inspirational keynote presentation followed by Q&A interview, in which Tim Peake will share his experience of:

• Mentally preparing for a trip to space
• Preparing for stressful situations and managing stress
• Looking after your mental & physical wellbeing in space, in a confined working environment with little interaction with others
• Risk management and safety in space
• The transition from life in space to life back on earth and impact on wellbeing

Major Tim Peake, CMG

Bringing in ideas from various fields is a potential source of essential innovation within Wellbeing. To achieve greater personal and organisational Wellbeing, insights from other disciplines may create greater novelty in the potential solutions, for two reasons: a) People from other fields may draw from different pools of knowledge, and b) they are not mentally tied to existing, “recognised” solutions to the problem at hand. The larger the distance between the problem and the discipline, the larger the novelty of the solutions. It is with this principal that clinician and trained chef Dr Rodriguez-Fernandez uses insights from music, gastronomy, golf, the military, and ballet to design and implement Wellbeing programs for large organisations around the world.

Dr Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez, Medical Director Wellbeing, International SOS

Catherine Attfield, Head of Nutrition & Wellbeing, Artizan

Insufficient and poor-quality sleep is widespread across society and leads to fatigue, poor performance and safety risks. No organisation is unaffected. In this presentation we will:

• Explore the incidence of poor sleep, sleep disorders and recent trends
• Review ways organisations tackle fatigue
• Explore some of the pitfalls in common approaches to managing fatigue
• Suggest alternative strategies that better address fatigue as a common problem for organisations.

Marcus de Guingand, Managing Director, Third Pillar of Health Ltd.

Alaana Woods, Commercial Director, Bupa

A view from the Health & Safety Executive on the wellbeing risks for lone workers, with suggestions of how to support.

Senior representative, HSE

• Understanding how the societal & political landscape is changing the driver for workplace wellbeing, taking it from being a business case based on productivity, to one driven by emotion
• The impact of change management for wellbeing leaders and creating a culture of embraced change
• How to adapt your wellbeing initiatives amid increased levels of autonomy within the remote office model
• Monitoring and managing the wellbeing of remote employees
• Employee communications & trust - how to engage your workforce and make them feel heard

Sarwat Tasneem, Founder, 14 Consulting

Who exhibits?

Discover new strategies for dealing with mental health, simple solutions for improving productivity and wellbeing, and methods for reducing drug and alcohol abuse from leading suppliers including Westfield Health, Go Vox British Heart Foundation, Cyclehoop and MyEva.

Discover a whole new audience of professionals invested in improving workplace wellbeing

HR Professionals

Facilities Managers

H&S Practioners