Speakers to date:

Professor Sir Cary Cooper 
Summit introductory address: ‘An overview of work-related stress issues in the UK’.

One of the world’s leading authorities on health and well-being in the workplace, Sir Cary is Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Manchester Business School. He is the author/editor of over 160 books on occupational stress, women at work and industrial and organisational psychology, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, The Royal Society of Arts, The Royal Society of Medicine, The Royal Society of Public Health, The British Academy of Management and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Cooper is President of the British Academy of Management, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the (American) Academy of Management. He is Chair of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences, Chair of The Sunningdale Institute, President of the Institute of Welfare, and President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Richard Frost
‘The Mindful Employer programme’.

Employed by Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Richard is an Employment Specialist Team Lead for Job Retention at Workways in Exeter which provides information, advice and practical support for people with mental health problems in finding and maintaining employment (www.workways.org.uk). He leads on the UK-wide MINDFUL EMPLOYER initiative which provides information and support for employers in recruiting and retaining staff who experience mental ill health (www.mindfulemployer.net).

Rachel Suff
‘Research summary: impacts of work-related stress’.

Rachel Suff joined the CIPD as a policy adviser in 2014 to increase the CIPD’s public policy profile and engage with politicians, civil servants, policy-makers and commentators to champion better work and working lives. An important part of her role is to ensure that the views of the profession inform CIPD policy thinking in ER areas such as health and well-being, employee engagement and employment relations. As well as developing policy on UK employment issues, she helps guide the CIPD’s thinking in relation to European developments affecting the world of work.

Professor Stephen Bevan 
‘Employee stress management in the emergency services’.

Professor Bevan is Head of HR Research Development at the Institute for Employment Studies, and was previously Director of Research at The Work Foundation. Stephen has conducted research on high-performance work practices, employee reward strategy, staff engagement and retention, and ‘good work’. He has a special interest in workforce health and wellbeing, having led a number of national and international projects focusing on workforce health and the impact of chronic illness on productivity and social inclusion. Stephen is an advisor to a number of UK government departments and has advised employers and policymakers in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australasia and North America.

Carole Spiers
Show Stress Who’s Boss!‘.

Under today’s pressures, the need for resilience grows by the day.  Learn to bounce back decisively from the worst setbacks.  Carole Spiers is an International Motivational Speaker and business consultant, as well as CEO of Carole Spiers Group, a leading Stress Management & Wellbeing Consultancy. As a C-suite Executive Consultant, she specialises in communications skills and building resilience. Carole is a sought after BBC Guest-Broadcaster and best-selling author of Show Stress Who’s Boss!  She is chair of the International Stress Management Association [UK].

Dr. Heidi Hanna
‘The Neuroscience of Stress, Gender and Motivation’.

Dr. Hanna is founder and Chief Energy Officer of Synergy, a consulting company providing brain-based health and performance programs for organizations, the Executive Director of the American Institute of Stress. She has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit, ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table. 

Health & Safety Executive (speakers tbc) 

‘Work-related Stress: HSE’s Management Standards approach’

The HSE have a remit to help make Britain one of the safest places in the world to work, preventing injuries and reducing the economic and social costs of health and safety failures. We will hear about the HSE standards to address work related stress; how individuals can start dealing with personal issues; and how organisations can structure management systems better. These will be illustrated with business case studies.

ACAS (speaker tbc)
‘Resolving conflict at work’.

Acas, along with many other organisations, has commented on the link between the economic climate and the nation’s mental wellbeing. Stress can be triggered by organisational or individual factors. Organisational factors include poor communication, bad working environment and ineffective job design. Individual factors include personal problems such as bereavement, money worries and illness. This talk will focus on organisational strategies to avoid conflict and bullying.

Simon Michaels
‘Practical approaches to using mindfulness at work’.

Simon is the director of Mindful Work, the organisers of this Summit event. Simon is a mindfulness trainer and business coach. Simon has 20 years’  experience of mindfulness practice and offers a range of training inputs, including company-wide workplace stress strategies, mindfulness taster sessions and workshops, online learning resources and webinars, and individual coaching. Simon will offer some practical tools and links to free resources to help you stay clear-headed and focused even when things are getting manic!

Emma Falkner
‘How Action Learning can help resolve dysfunctional teams’.

Emma Falkner is a leadership consultant. Her vision is of a society where leaders are leading from the values of integrity, fairness, and cooperation. Their leadership focuses on the well-being and achievement for all, not just the few. Action Learning allows people the time and space to come together and positively solve key problems. The results normally include supportive, collaborative and value–led team work, which culminates in a new common vision or goal created and inspired by all.

Joanna Crovini

‘The importance of eating and drinking well to manage stress’.

Nutritional therapist Joanne Crovini works in organisations, and with individuals, to assist businesses in identifying their health and wellbeing needs and developing ongoing wellbeing programmes.  Good diets are critical in high stress environments, where snacking and caffeinated drinks can add to the body’s stress response. Joanne offers some practical advice on daily habits of eating and drinking well.

Vishvapani Blomfield
‘Mindfulness initiatives in the Probation Service’.

Vishvapani is a mindfulness teacher, writer and broadcaster, best known for his contributions to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.  He also teaches mindfulness in criminal justice and healthcare settings. He’s an Associate of Breathworks Mindfulness, The Mindfulness Initiative and the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group in the UK Parliament.

Emma George
‘Wellbeing initiatives in Wales’.

Emma is an organisational development consultant providing robust and focused advice and support to organisations in the UK and beyond on all matters relating to employee and organisational performance. Emma co-ordinates the assessment of organisations bidding for awards under ‘ The Corporate Health Standard’ and ‘Small Workplace Health Award’ – a health and wellbeing initiative targeting NHS trusts, local authorities and other large organisations and SMEs throughout Wales.

John Drowley

‘Turning the energy of conflict into positive team building’.

An experienced facilitator, mediator and coach, specialising in challenging and conflicted issues, John was a founding director of Mediation at Work – an independent provider of workplace mediation services, consultancy and training.  John has a particular interest in conflict resolution, not just to resolve problems, to but as a springboard to better team interactions.

Ruth Steggers
‘Fresh Air coaching’.

Ruth helps individuals and organisations through ‘Fresh Air’ coaching. Research now shows that success follows happiness, not as most people think, the other way around. Fresh air coaching helps create happiness and when you get that success follows. Ruth and her associates coach both in small groups and one to one. All sessions are held outside (whatever the weather). Coaching in the fresh air has an amazing effect,  helping to facilitate change, and support growth through happiness.

Mike Young
‘Practical tips for body awareness and healthy posture’.

Mike is a teacher of yoga and Alexander technique.  He is interested in how we can learn to move more freely and with less effort, not just when doing yoga but also in our everyday activities. How we hold our body at work, in meetings and in other interactions, communicates a lot about us and can contribute to better energy levels and stress management. Mike will share some simple practical tips to start using right away.

Other speakers to be confirmed:

The Stress Management Society:  Speaker and topic tbc.

Razeea Lemaignen: Mindfulness initatives at Glaxo Smith Kline

Carolin Quinn: Healthy Working Lives Scotland

Chris O’Sullivan: Mental Health Foundation

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