Conference at a Glance


National Policy and Future of Work
Emotional Wellbeing
Mental Health
Coaching and Coaching Psychology
Working With Health Conditions
Employment Law and Policies
Managing MSDs and Ergonomics
Shaping Culture and Values


Mental Health
Occupational Psychology
Building Resilience
Diversity and Inclusion
Employee Engagement and Experience
Safety Behaviour and Culture
Women’s Health
Management and Leadership

The details of the full 2022 programme can be seen below

Conference Themes

Conference Programme Details


Chair: Dr Robin Cordell, Consultant in Occupational Medicine and Board Director, The Council for Work and Health

11.00 – 12.30

Prognosis for Work 2022 Onwards
Professor Dame Carol Black, Adviser, NHSI on Health and Work
Learning from Covid: The Impact on the Health and Safety of the Future Workforce
Professor Andrew Curran, Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research, HSE
Finding Your Resilience in Times of Uncertainty
Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health, Birmingham City Council

2.30 – 4.00

Future Workplaces – What Will They Look Like?
Neil Usher, Chief Workplace and Change Strategist, Gospace AI
Hybrid and Home Working – Is It Good For Us?
Mark Walton, CEO, Sensée
The Future of Work as a Diverse Workplace
Professor Binna Kandola OBE, Senior Partner, Pearn Kandola LLP
Chair: Dr Jo Yarker, Director and Occupational Psychologist, Affinity Health at Work

9.15 – 10.15

The Wellbeing Cost of Conflict at Work: Early Intervention and Building Positive Relationships
Francoise Woolley, Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Acas
Interview with Steve Thompson MBE – Why Employers Need to Talk About Early Onset Dementia
Steve Thompson MBE, former England Rugby Union Player Interviewed by Ben Thomas, Managing Director, All Things Management
Supported by Medigold Health

11.00 – 12.00

Emotional and Financial Wellbeing During Working Life
Sarah Porretta, Propositions, Insights and External Engagement Director, The Money and Pensions Service
How to Manage the Psychological Impact of Job Insecurity

Dr Jo Yarker, Director and Occupational Psychologist, Affinity Health at Work

2.30 – 4.00

A More Sustained and Effective Approach to Reducing Stress in the Workplace – A Question of Perceived Resources

Dr Nicola Eccles, Head of Wellbeing, Wellspace

Using Mindfulness to Reduce Stress in the Police Force

Jenni McIntyre-Smith, Detective Inspector, Bedfordshire Police

Addressing the Psychological Wellbeing of Volunteers
Dr Zoé M Brooke, Operations Manager and Trainer, March on Stress
Chair: Nicola Neath, BACP Workplace Division and Chair, Mental Health Group, The Council for Work and Health

9.15 – 10.45

Supporting the Mental Health Crisis in Farming

Kris Ambler, Workforce Lead, BACP
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)
Tim Ladd, Red Umbrella
Dr David Christian Rose, University of Reading and Elizabeth Creak, Associate Professor of Agricultural Innovation and Extension and Co-Director, Centre for Effective Innovation in Agriculture
Suzy Deeley, Head of Partnerships, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)

Workplace Mental Health Provision – What do we Need to Change?

Join members from The Council for Work and Health for a Q&A and help shape the future of workplace provision.
Nicola Neath, BACP Workplace Division and Chair, Mental Health Group, The Council for Work and Health
Nick Pahl, CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine
Abigail Hirshman, Director of Workplace, The Charlie Waller Trust

11.30 – 1.00

Mental Health in Politics
Dr Ashley Weinberg, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Occupational Psychologist, University of Salford
How to Support Employees Dealing with Family Mental Health Issues
Suzanne Alderson, Founder, Parenting Mental Health
Languishing – Understanding the Dominant Emotion of 2021 and Navigating the Crossroad Between Wellness and Illness
Gosia Bowling, Emotional Wellbeing National Lead, Nuffield Health

2.30 – 4.00

Female Suicides: What is Going Wrong?
Andrew Kinder, Head of Mental Health Services, Optima Health
Overcoming Toxic Masculinity in the Prevention of Suicide

Eugene Farrell, Chair, UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association

Risk Taking Behaviours and Suicide

Professor Nicola T Fear, Professor of Epidemiology, King’s College London

Chair: Dr Rachael Skews, Occupational Psychologist and Health Coach Manager, Headspace Inc, ISCP

9.15 – 10.15

Integrating Coaching, Positive Psychology and Lifestyle Medicine to Enhance Wellbeing

Professor Christian van Nieuwerburgh, Professor of Coaching and Positive Psychology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

11.00 – 12.00

How to Integrate Improvisation into Coaching
Julie Flower, Leadership and Team Development Consultant, Facilitator and Coach, The Specialist Generalist

2.00 – 3.00

Coaching For Gender Diversity
Dr Jummy Okoya, Associate Programme Leader, University of East London and Chair, UEL Women’s Network
Tackling Racism Through Coaching
Gigi Khonyongwa-Fernandez, Founder, GigiKF Coaching and Consulting and Professional Coach, Pearn Kandola

3.45 – 4.45

Walking Coaching for Wellbeing
Dr Zelda Di Blasi, Lecturer and Co-Director, MA in Positive & Coaching Psychology and Julie McCall, Lecturer and Wellness Coach, University College Cork
Performance and Self-Care
Dr Rachael Skews, Occupational Psychologist and Health Coach Manager, Headspace Inc, ISCP
Chair: Professor Anne Harriss, Emeritus Professor, London Southbank University and Past President, Society of Occupational Medicine

9.30 – 11.00

Lungs at Work Post-COVID
Adapting the Approach to Respiratory Health Surveillance and Workplace Spirometry Post-COVID
Dr Jo Szram, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Royal Brompton Occupational Lung Disease Service, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Assessing and Managing Occupational Lung Disease Referrals Differently
Dr Johanna Feary, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Royal Brompton Occupational Lung Disease Service, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Post-Covid Respiratory Outcomes and Beyond: Changing Perspectives of Lung Diseases During the Pandemic (So Far)
Professor Paul Cullinan, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Royal Brompton Occupational Lung Disease Service, Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

11.45 – 12.45

Emerging Themes in Long Term Conditions and Employment
Professor Ira Madan, Professor of Occupational Medicine, King’s College London and Academic Dean, Faculty of Occupational Medicine
Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Long COVID Clinic for NHS Staff
Dr Ali Hashtroudi, Clinical Director, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

2.15 – 3.15

Sleep, Alertness and Fatigue in Emergency Responders – The SAFER Programme
Dr Vikki Revell, Senior Lecturer in Translational Sleep and Circadian Physiology, University of Surrey
Managing the Symptoms of Long COVID – Why Sleep is Critical
Dr David Lee, Clinical Director, Sleep Unlimited

4.00 – 5.00

The Nutrition and Health Impacts of Shift Work
Sue Baic, Dietitian, BDA Work Ready
Employees’ Experiences of Obesity Stigma at Work
Dr Zofia Bajorek, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies

Chair: Dr Edward Palmer, Academic Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry, University of Birmingham and Trustee, Tourette’s Action

9.30 – 10.30

Neurodiversity at Work
Theo Smith, Founder and Neurodiversity Evangelist, Neurodiversity at Work
Managing Boundaries and Emotions in Neurodiverse Teams
Dr Nancy Doyle, Chief Research Officer, Genius Within CIC and Birkbeck University of London

11.30 – 12.30

Neurodiversity, Inclusive Design, Accessibility and Usability
Neil Smith, Inclusive Design Lead HS2
Understanding the Language of Neurodiversity
Aidan Healy, CEO, Lexxic

2.30 – 4.00

Living and Working with Tourette’s

Dr Edward Palmer, Academic Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry, University of Birmingham and Trustee, Tourette’s Action

Autistic and Thriving – Creating a Positive Culture for Autistic Employees
Nicola Whiting MBE, Co-Owner, Titania Group
How to Engage with Neurodivergent Employees
Ruth-Ellen Danquah, Neurodiversity Consultant, Celebrated Not Tolerated
Chair: Andrew Davidson, National Head of Employment, Hempsons Solicitors

9.15 – 10.15

Whistleblowing Update Including New EU Directive
George Nicholson, Partner, DLA Piper
What Employers Need to Know About AI

Raoul Parekh, Partner, GQ Littler

11.00 – 12.30

Long Covid, Work and Early Retirement
Helen Badger, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP
What the Law Says About Stress at Work
Charlotte Turnbull, Partner, Employment Law, W Legal
How to Respond to the Suicide of an Employee – Legal Duty of Care
Adrian Mansbridge, Legal Director, Addleshaw Goddard LLP

2.15 – 3.15

Disability-Related Reasonable Adjustments and Hybrid Working

Mark Landon, Employment Partner, Weightmans LLP

Creating an Inclusive Workplace for Neurodiverse Employees

Trish Embley, Head of Client Training, Employment Law, Pinsent Masons LLP

3.45 – 4.45

Conducting Effective HR Investigations – The Legal Framework

Andrew Davidson, National Head of Employment, Hempsons Solicitors

Managing Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Claims in the Workplace

Paula S Rome, Partner, Julian Taylor Solicitors

Chair: Nicola Suckley, Chair, ACPOHE

9.15 – 10.15

Be MSK Aware – Key Actions for Employers and Workers to Protect, Promote and Support MSK Health
Professor Anthony D Woolf, Director, Bone and Joint Research Group, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Tips and Guidance for Virtual Physiotherapy Consultations
Colette Owen, Clinical Director, Bespoke Wellbeing, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

11.00 – 12.30

Returning to Work with Long Covid – Best Practice and Case Studies
Paul Shawcross and Rob Kelly, Committee Members, ACPOHE
Supporting Employees with Long Covid
Lasse Flosand, Occupational Health Physiotherapist, Nordic Rehab
Fibromyalgia and Flexible Return to Work
Dr Julie Denning, Chartered Health Psychologist, Working to Wellbeing and Trustee, Vocational Rehabilitation Association

2.00 – 3.30

The Cost to Employees and Employers of MSK Disorders – Research Findings from an Employer
Dr David Roomes, Chief Medical Officer, Rolls Royce
Prevention, Support and Rehabilitation for Workers with MSK – Best Practice
Lina Chauhan, Ergonomic, Musculoskeletal & Wellbeing Specialist (Advanced Occupational Health & Musculoskeletal Health Physiotherapist), BT Group plc
Musculoskeletal Disorders and Mobile Working – Tackling the Risks
Louise Harry, EHS Director, Siemens

4.00 – 5.00

Remote Working – Managing Ergonomic Issues

Ed Milnes, Ergonomics Consultant, Guildford Ergonomics

Enabling Employees to Manage Chronic Back Pain – Best Practice
Veronica Swainson, Specialist Occupational Therapist, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Chair: Jo Moffatt, Engage for Success Core Team Member and Radio Show Co-Host and Founder and Managing Director, Woodreed

9.45 – 10.45

Being a Responsible Employer in a Post-Covid World
Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI
Creating Purpose and Values in SMEs
James Bolle, Director, PRPSFL

11.30 – 12.30

The Benefits of a Relaxed Working Ethic and How to Trust Your Teams to Work in Your Company’s Best Interest

Lara Morgan, Owner and Investor, Scentered, Kitbrix, Yogi Bare and Global Amenities Direct

How to Create an Ethical Culture at Work
Paul Hockley, Group Ethics and Compliance Officer, Mott MacDonald

2.00 – 3.30

Creating Social Impact – Best Practice in Business
Jon Lloyd, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Citizenship
Employee Volunteering as Part of a Wellbeing Strategy

Dr Sam Healy, Group Director, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, QinetiQ

Connecting Nature to Corporate Values, Wellbeing and Culture
Naomi Stone, Colleague Engagement Manager, St Monica Trust

4.00 – 5.00

Revolutionising Work Culture

Luke Kyte, Head of Culture & Business Improvement, Reddico Digital

How to Manage Toxic Cultures
Jo Moffatt, Engage for Success Core Team Member and Radio Show Co-Host and Founder and Managing Director, Woodreed


Chair: Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, Institute for Employment Studies

9.15 – 10.15

Supporting Mental Health in Times of Uncertainty – What is Best Practice?
Dr Steve Iley, Chief Medical Officer, Jaguar Land Rover
Managing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in the Workplace
James Clark, Business Trainer, Medigold Health/Hampton Knight

11.00 – 12.30

Supporting and Recognising Male Victims of Domestic Abuse

Mark Brooks OBE, Chairman, Mankind Initiative

Understanding Economic Abuse and Its Impact on Employee Wellbeing
Dr Nicola Sharp-Jeffs, Founder and CEO, Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA)
Domestic/Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage – A Lived Experience and How to Support Victims in the Workplace
Bal Kaur Howard, Consultant, Trainer and Survivor, BKH Training

2.30 – 4.00

Treatment for Moral Injury – A Pilot Study
Professor Dominic Murphy, Head of Research, Combat Stress and King’s College London
Self Employed Construction Workers – How to Support Their Mental Health
Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, Institute for Employment Studies
Sarah Meek, Managing Director, Mates in Mind
Managing Bereavement in the Workplace

Paul Fraser, Head of Workforce Support Programme, Hospice UK
Faith Holloway, Compassionate Employers Programme Lead, Hospice UK

Chair: Professor Kevin Daniels, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, University of East Anglia

9.15 – 10.45

Wellbeing and Productivity: Compatible or Conflictual?
Professor Kevin Daniels, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, University of East Anglia
Dr Christian van Stolk
, Executive Vice President, RAND Europe
Compassionate Leadership: How to Develop Wisdom, Humanity and Presence Through Relational Mindfulness
Dr Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Occupational Psychologist and Relational Mindfulness Teacher, Affinity Coaching and Supervision
How to Nurture Organisational Compassion and What This Means for Employee Wellbeing and Resilience
Dr Maria Kordowicz, Director, ResPeo and Associate National Centre for Organisational Resilience, University of Lincoln

11.30 – 12.30

Overcoming the Psychological Barriers That Limit Climate Action
Dr Derek Indoe, Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Sanabitur
Developing Organisational Culture and Trust at the House of Commons
Professor Jo Silvester, Professor of Work Psychology, Loughborough University

2.00 – 3.00

Considering the Workplace Wellbeing of Practitioner Psychologists: Pandemic and Beyond
Dr Adrian Neal, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Employee Wellbeing, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Organisational Interventions to Support the Mental Wellbeing of Frontline Clinicians
Dr Kevin Teoh, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London

3.30 – 4.45

Preventing Work-Related Violence and Aggression

Professor Sheena Johnson, Professor of Work Psychology and Wellbeing, University of Manchester
Dr Kara Ng, Presidential Fellow in Organisational Psychology, University of Manchester
Dr Helen Beers, Science Lead, Work and Social Change, Health and Safety Executive

Chair: Nicola Neath, BACP Workplace Division and Chair, Mental Health Group, The Council for Work and Health

9.30 – 10.30

Culture Precedes Performance: Mental Preparation and Resilience Lessons From Elite Sport
Matt Messias, Leadership Coach and Mental Health/Toughness Coach, Matt Messias Impact Leadership
The Role of Psychological Surveillance in Building Resilience
Dr Noreen Tehrani, Occupational Health Psychologist, Noreen Tehrani Associates Ltd

11.15 – 12.30

Team Resilience – How Does It Work and How to Improve It
Professor Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health, King’s College London and March on Stress
How to Minimise the Risk of Burnout in Yourself and Your Organisation
Dr Michael Drayton, Executive Coach and Clinical Psychologist, Opus Performance

2.00 – 3.00

How Can We Best Rebuild Health Worker Resilience Post-COVID?
Dr Jo Billings, Associate Clinical Professor, University College London and Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Ensuring the Resilience of Young Workers
Emma Codd, Global Inclusion Leader, Deloitte

3.30 – 4.30

How to Integrate Workforce Resilience into Business Strategies
Sally Sheen, Trustee, International Stress Management Association and Founder and Lead Consultant, Success Through Change
How to Build Digital Resilience in Organisations
Professor Gail Kinman, Visiting Professor of Occupational Health Psychology, Birkbeck University of London; Board Member, Council for Work and Health; Member, Occupational, Health and Work Psychology Special Interest Group, Society of Occupational Medicine

Chair: Emma Persand, Deputy Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Group, Society of Occupational Medicine

9.30 – 10.30

Best Practice in Supporting Inclusion and Diversity in Health and Social Care
Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers
Using Evidence to Support Wellbeing and D&I Activities in Organisations – A Case Study from UK Defence
Martin Short, Head of Wellbeing, Diversity and Inclusion, MoD Business Unit

11.15 – 12.15

Tackling Racism in the Workplace – Best Practice
Bola Gibson, Head of Inclusion & CSR, Osborne Clarke
Challenging Cultural Barriers to Equality
Sally Bucknell, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director, EY

2.30 – 3.30

How to Accelerate Women’s Progression and Advancement
Dr Tracey Leghorn, Chief HR and H&S Officer, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK
Increasing the Representation of Women Across the BBC and Beyond
Nina Goswami, Creative Diversity Lead, BBC

4.00 – 5.00

Taking an Intersectional Approach to Workplace Inclusion
Roland Chesters, Associate Consultant, Employers Network for Diversity & Inclusion
Meghan O’Neil, D&I Coordinator, Employers Network for Diversity & Inclusion
Chair: Jo Dodds, Co-Strategy Director, Engage for Success

9.30 – 10.30

Employee Engagement – Nailing the Evidence

Nita Clarke, Co-Founder, Engage4Success and Co-Author, Engage for Success

Building Trust in a Post Pandemic Workplace
Jo Moffatt, Engage for Success Core Team Member and Radio Show Co-Host and Founder and Managing Director, Woodreed

11.15 – 12.15

Using Gamification to Drive Employee Engagement – What’s on the Horizon?
Pete Jenkins, CEO, Gamification+ Ltd
How to Start and Open Up Conversations About Climate Change in the Workplace
Rebecca Nestor, Independent Organisational Consultant, Facilitator and Coach

2.30 – 3.45

John Drew, Director of Staff Experience and Engagement, People Directorate, NHS England and NHS Improvement
A Holistic Approach to Supporting the Health, Wellbeing and Engagement of NHS Staff: Lessons from the North West

Dr Christian van Stolk, Vice President, RAND Europe
Kathryn Grayling, Assistant Director of Engagement (North), NHS Employers
Alison Balson, Lead, NHS North West Human Resources Director Network and Director of Workforce, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Chair: Louis Wustermann, Trustee, One Percent Safer Foundation

9.45 – 10.45

How ISO 45003 Could Change the Landscape of Legal Protections – Implications for Employers
Dr Anne Sammon, Partner, Pinsent Masons
How to Become One Percent Safer Each Day
Louis Wustermann, Trustee, One Percent Safer Foundation

11.30 – 1.00

Why is Occupational Safety and Health Fundamental to Socially Sustainable Business
Louise Hosking, President, IOSH and Director, Hosking Associates
Creating a Culture of Dialogue Around Mental Health and Safety Behaviour
Dylan Roberts, Director of Health, Safety, Wellbeing and Quality, Skanska UK and Co-Chair, Health in Construction Leadership Group
Transforming Health and Safety Leadership in a Post-Covid World
Sue Parker-Tantush, Head of Health and Safety, Co-Op

2.45 – 4.15

Turning Safety Behaviours into Habits
Ken Gray, Chartered Occupational Psychologist, The Keil Centre
Workplace Exposure, Safety and Mental Health – The Link Between Physical and Chemical Exposures and Their Consequences for Safety and Mental Health
Professor Kevin Bampton, CEO, British Occupational Hygiene Society
How to Minimise Psychological Risks at Work
Peter Kelly, Senior Psychologist, HSE, The Health and Safety Executive
Chair: Professor Steven Nimmo, President, Faculty of Occupational Medicine and Honorary Professor, Peninsular Medical School

9.30 – 10.30

Pregnancy Loss and the Workplace: A Personal and Professional Perspective
Jennifer McClellan, HR Business Partner, Atkins
Natasha Knowles, Project Delivery Team Lead, Hallam

11.30 – 1.00

Menopause, Equality and Inclusion – Breaking the Bias
Deborah Garlick, CEO, Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace
Peri to Post Menopause – What Employers Need to Know

Lauren Chiren, Founder, Women of a Certain Stage

Impact of Menopause on Mental Health

Columba Urey, Psychotherapist and Lead Workplace Wellbeing Consultant, Optima Health

3.00 – 4.30

Supporting Employees with Breast Cancer
Barbara Wilson, CEO, Working With Cancer
More Than ‘Just PMS’ – Supporting Employees with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
Clare-Louise Knox, Psychologist and Women’s Health Consultant, See Her Thrive and Luna Hub
Managing Employees with Endometriosis
Dr Chami Rathmalgoda, Lead Consultant Occupational Physician, Transport for London
Chair: Dr Anne De Bono, Faculty of Occupational Medicine
9.30 – 10.30
Look After the Health of Your People and Your Business Will Outperform – So Why Isn’t Everyone Doing It?
Amanda Manser, Director of Operations, GoodShape
New Models in Occupational Health for SMEs
Dr Jayne Moore, President, SOM

11.15 – 12.45

The Value of Collaboration in Delivering an Outsourced OH and Wellbeing Service at the Metropolitan Police
Nick Kettle MBE, Head of Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Metropolitan Police Service
James Leckie
, Service Delivery Director, Optima Health
The Definition of Disability in the Equality Act: The Role of Occupational Health in Reporting to Management
Professor Diana Kloss MBE, Barrister and Honorary President, Council for Work and Health
Monitoring the Health of People at Home
Dr Peter Buckle, Principal Research Fellow, Imperial College London

2.20 – 3.30

How SEQOHS 2022 Can Add Further Value to Occupational Health Outcomes
Dr Robin Cordell, Chair, SEQOHS Review Steering Group, Faculty of Occupational Medicine
Championing Quality in Occupational Health
Hilary Winch, Chair, NHS Health at Work Network; Head of Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust; Head of Nursing and Quality, FOM
Clinical Supervision – The Benefit to Employers, OH Clinicians and Employees Alike
Neil Loach, President, iOH The Association of Occupational Health & Wellbeing Professionals and Senior Lecturer, University of Derby

4.00 – 5.00

The Squeezed Middle – Why We Should Be Hugging and Not Squeezing Line Managers
Dr Zofia Bajorek, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies
Writing Up Your Occupational Health Report
Christine Poulter, Honorary Strategic Clinical Advisor, SOM

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