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  • Alastair Antell
    Alastair Antell
    Head of Propositions – Health and Well-Being, Aviva UK

    Ally has worked with Aviva’s Health division since 2005 and in his current role he’s responsible for developing wellbeing products & services to help all Aviva customers live healthier, happier and more financially secure lives.

  • Alison Pay
    Alison Pay
    Managing Director, Mental Health at Work

    Alison joined Mental Health at Work at its inception and has extensive experience across both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. She’s passionate about bringing knowledge and skills to the workplace to help normalise conversations around mental health.

  • Alison Thorogood
    Alison Thorogood
    Learning & Development Manager, Nando's

    Alison is Learning & Development Manager for the popular restaurant chain, Nando’s. She’s has extensive experience in the hospitality and retail sectors having worked in a variety of roles across operations and HR. Alison has been fundamental in raising the profile of mental wellbeing within Nando’s by working with Mental Health at Work to introduce a programme to help managers understand, manage and promote mental health.

  • Amandip Sidhu
    Amandip Sidhu
    CEO/ Founder, Doctors in Distress

    Amandip has worked in healthcare for 20 years starting his career as a pharmacist and eventually reaching Director level for a pharmaceutical company. Recently bereaved by suicide, he is now an active advocate for personal wellbeing and has set up a charity to achieve his objectives to help those in distress.

  • Anushka Davies
    Anushka Davies
    Head of Talent, Engagement & Diversity, Softcat

    Anushka has been at Softcat for 19 years and has seen the company’s focus on staff wellbeing evolve over this time. Anushka is passionate about improving mental health in the workplace to encourage employees to openly talk about mental health in the same way as physical health.

  • Ben Alcott
    Ben Alcott
    Ben Alcott, International Director, UK Civil Aviation Authority

    Ben Alcott is an engineer by background and joined the UK CAA in 1998, becoming International Director in 2015. Since 2017 he has been leading the CAA’s Well-Being Programme.

  • Brian Dow
    Brian Dow
    Chief Executive, Mental Health UK & Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness

    Brian is Chief Executive of Mental Health UK a coalition of four charities across the UK in addition to his role as Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness.

  • Chris Fitzgerald
    Chris Fitzgerald
    Client Manager, Charles River Development

    Chris works at Charles River Development, a tech company within State Street Bank. He holds a solid understanding of the importance of mental health and life balance from his extensive previous career in health & fitness and his own experience of PTSD as a result of the traumatic birth of his first son.

  • Claire Gillis
    Claire Gillis
    International CEO, WPP Health Practice

    As a pharmacologist, health economist, entrepreneur and business leader, Claire is passionate about using communications grounded in data to promote better access to healthcare.

  • Claire Hallmey
    Claire Hallmey
    Health & Well-Being Manager, Oracle

    As Oracle’s Health & Well-Being Manager, Claire’s focus is on the management of a bespoke wellbeing strategy to meet the unique needs of Oracle employees.

  • Darea Flanagan
    Darea Flanagan
    Well-Being Engagement Manager, E.ON

    Darea is an energetic and engaged wellbeing professional passionate about challenging culture and improving mental health and wellbeing in corporate life whilst ensuring organisational wellbeing remains a focus with the Board and Leadership team at E.ON.

  • David Hammond
    David Hammond
    Patent Attorney, Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

    David is one of Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP’s 20+ Mental Health First Aiders who form a working group focussed on awareness raising about workplace mental health, addressing related stigma and reducing occurrences of work-related mental health-related incidents within the firm.

  • David Stone
    David Stone
    Chief Executive, MRL Consulting Group

    MRL is a niche high technology recruitment company that has been established since 1997 with offices in the UK, Germany & France. As Chief Executive, David is passionate about the development & wellbeing of MRL’s people along with providing world class service everywhere they operate and achieving outstanding results.

  • Deborah Edmonds
    Deborah Edmonds
    Head of Occupational Health and Well-Being, Gatwick Airport

    Deborah is a qualified occupational health specialist who believes health and wellbeing underpin the success of a business whilst protecting the very people who make an organisation what it is. She builds and leads highly performing health teams, which add sustainable value to Gatwick Airport as an employer.

  • Dr Aarti Anhal
    Dr Aarti Anhal
    Founder, before nine

    Dr Aarti Anhal runs before nine, a consultancy on a mission to help future-proof organisations by integrating mental health, wellbeing and resilience considerations into their performance strategies.

  • Dr Nick Taylor
    Dr Nick Taylor
    CEO, Unmind

    Dr Nick Taylor is the CEO of Unmind, a digital workplace mental health platform that empowers employees to proactively look after their mental health. Through his work as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, he found there was a lack of preventative solutions available for people, despite prevention being universally recognised as best practice. This is what led Nick to co-found Unmind.

  • Ericka Fitzgerald
    Ericka Fitzgerald
    VP for eFX Sales & Trading, Mitsubishi UFG Financial Group (MUFG)

    Alongside her role on the FX Trading desk, Ericka is the founding Co-Chair of MUFG’s Family Network. After her first child was born, she suffered from PTSD and nearly died. She is passionate about helping others who’ve had similar experiences to hers.

  • Euan Hutton
    Euan Hutton
    Chief Nuclear Officer, Sellafield Ltd

    In October 2017
    Euan took on the role of Executive Sponsor
    supporting Sellafields’s work to improve staff mental health.

  • Gina Wills
    Gina Wills
    Leadership & Learning Manager, Central England Co-operative

    Gina is an experienced Learning & Development Manager with extensive experience in the retail industry. Her specialisms are in Learning Design, Leadership Development, Performance Management, Learning Evaluation & ROI and Coaching.

  • Graham McCartney
    Graham McCartney
    Trustee of Jonathan's Voice Charity, Jonathan's Voice

    Graham is a Trustee of Jonathan’s Voice, a charity set up following the death of his son Jonathan, a successful partner at a patent law firm, by suicide at the age of 35.

  • Harpreet Butoy
    Harpreet Butoy
    Regional Chair – Multicultural Network, Royal Bank of Scotland

    Alongside his day job as a mortgage adviser, Harpreet supports diversity and wellbeing across the bank focusing on staff within the Birmingham region.

  • Heather Edwards
    Heather Edwards
    Customer Insights Executive, MoneySuperMarket Group

    Alongside her day job as a Customer Insights Executive, Heather passionately leads a mental health employee resource group at MoneySuperMarket Group with the vision of empowering a company-wide culture supportive of mental health.

  • James Gray
    James Gray
    Partner, Withers & Rogers

    James is a Patent Attorney and Partner at Withers & Rogers LLP and he is a member of the firms Diversity and Inclusion team with a focus on mental health.

  • Jane Roques-Shaw
    Jane Roques-Shaw
    Board Director, Institute of Internal Communications Director, Internal Communications and Culture, Warner Bros. Entertainment

    Jane is responsible for leading the internal communications and culture strategy for Warner Bros. UK and is passionate about creating the best employee experience possible.

  • Joanne Thedoulou
    Joanne Thedoulou
    General Counsel, Simply Business; Board Trustee, Mind

    Joanne is the General Counsel of Simply Business, the UK’s largest business insurance provider where she is a passionate advocate for workplace wellbeing.

  • Julia Mazzafiore
    Julia Mazzafiore
    MHFA Programme Lead, Department for Work & Pensions

    Julia is the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) delivery lead for the DWP. With a background in psychology, her responsibilities include recruiting and developing hundreds of new Mental Health First Aiders and the construction of an interactive online community to provide instant multi-media access to a MHFA.

  • Julie Chakraverty
    Julie Chakraverty
    Founder & CEO, Rungway

    Julie is Founder and CEO of Rungway, a workplace advice platform used by leading organisations to support today’s workforces with wellbeing, mental health, inclusion and development.

  • June Clark
    June Clark
    Health and Well-Being Manager, Nestle UK & Ireland

    June’s role at Nestlé is to provide strategic leadership over the Nestlé UK & Ireland employee health and wellbeing programme. She’s passionate about health and wellbeing, supporting behaviour change and gets an enormous amount of pleasure in supporting employees to make well-informed lifestyle changes.

  • Karen Baxter
    Karen Baxter
    Partner, Lewis Silkin LLP

    Karen Baxter is an Employment Lawyer and Partner at international law firm, Lewis Silkin LLP and is responsible for leading her firm’s mental wellbeing initiative, #ThisPlaceMinds.

  • Kelly Leslie
    Kelly Leslie
    Senior Human Resources Manager, Farrer & Co, LLP

    At law firm Farrer & Co, Kelly is responsible for the delivery of strategic HR projects. She experienced severe postnatal depression following the birth of both of her children, who are now 8 and 3.

  • Laura Willis
    Laura Willis
    Co-Founder, Shine Offline

    Laura Willis is one of the UK’s leading experts on digital wellbeing at work and a thought-leader on thriving in our constantly-on world.

  • Laurie Rackind
    Laurie Rackind
    CEO, Jami

    At the same time as providing services to 1300 people at any one time, Jami’s aim is to transform the mental health landscape of the Jewish community, using communal social capital to provide a supportive and knowledgeable environment.

  • Lizzie Pickering
    Lizzie Pickering
    Film Producer and Grief Investigator

    A Film Producer by trade, Lizzie is also a motivational speaker on embracing change in the workplace and helping employees to stay at work successfully following major life events

  • Louise Goux-Wirth
    Louise Goux-Wirth
    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

    Louise is an equality specialist with over 10 years’ experience in enabling organisations to achieve strategic change in equality, diversity and inclusion.

  • Lubna Gem Arielle
    Lubna Gem Arielle
    Corporate Trainer, Executive Coach, Consultant

    Having spent 12 years as a City solicitor, Lubna now works with law firms on workplace wellbeing. She was lead advisor on ‘Mental Health for Lawyers,’ an interactive online programme.
    In response to a need to foster supportive environments, Lubna developed a unique model to enable ‘Conversations that Matter’.

  • Luke Adebiyi
    Luke Adebiyi
    Client Engagement Lead, Business Development Capital International Group

    Luke bravely spoke out about his Mental Health to 60,000 of his Lloyd’s Banking Group colleagues and has since been involved in the #gettheinsideout marketing campaign. He’s a two-time Ethnicity Role Model and is listed in the first Isle of Man 30-under-30 list.

  • Mari Throman
    Mari Throman
    Enterprise Architect Corporate Banking, HSBC

    Mari is passionate about bringing mindfulness into the workplace and making it available to all staff who’d like to learn how it can support them in their personal and professional lives.

  • Marisa Smallman
    Marisa Smallman
    Counsellor, The Living Room

    Marisa spent 16 years working as an Equity Derivatives Broker. A decade into her career she hit a rock bottom, catalysed through drug and alcohol abuse. Now 14 years clean and sober, she speaks to audiences candidly about her experience of addiction and her return to the City post sobriety.

  • Matt Morgan
    Matt Morgan
    Partner, Pinsent Masons

    Matt is a Partner at the international law firm, Pinsent Masons, and heads up a team of fifty people across three locations. He has been heavily involved in developing and implementing the firm’s mental health strategy over the last two years and he’s also played a key part in the development of the Mindful Business Charter.

  • Matthew Mitten
    Matthew Mitten
    Partner, Secondsight

    Matthew has been at the forefront of Secondsight’s wellbeing work, linking the broader concepts of money and mental health with financial matters, and traditional pension and benefits programmes.

  • Michael Frohlich
    Michael Frohlich
    CEO, Ogilvy UK

    Michael Frohlich took up the position of Chief Executive at Ogilvy UK in February 2018. Under his leadership, the agency is proud to be the first one in the UK to sign the Time to Change pledge to eliminate stigma around mental health in the workplace and beyond and has trained the first class of mental health first aiders in partnership with Mind.

  • Michael Pagnotta
    Michael Pagnotta
    Associate L&D Business Partner, Knight Frank

    As a Learning & Development expert, Michael uniquely applies his previous studies in the performing arts with his strong interest in human behaviour to help organisations understand workplace human behaviour, including staff mental wellbeing.

  • Moira Slape
    Moira Slape
    HR Director, Travers Smith

    Having worked in the legal sector since 2000 Moira brings to her role as HR Director her extensive HR and Learning & Development experience, alongside her deep interests in employee engagement, health and well-being, talent management and reward.

  • Myira Khan
    Myira Khan
    BACP Accredited Counsellor and Founder of the Muslim Counsellor and Psychotherapist Network (MCAPN)

    Myira serves as a Trustee on the BACP Board of Governors and was awarded the Mental Health Heroes Award in 2015.

  • Nadiya Hussain
    Nadiya Hussain
    Presenter and Author

    Nadiya was the winner of The Great British Bake Off in 2015. Recently she made a BBC1 documentary called Nadiya: Anxiety and Me where she openly confronted her constant feelings of panic and anxiety.

  • Nancy Lengthorn
    Nancy Lengthorn
    Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Future Talent, MediaCom

    Nancy is a diversity and inclusion specialist within the media industry and was responsible for setting up the industry’s first apprentice scheme and Mental Health Allies programme.

  • Natasha Wilson
    Natasha Wilson
    Employee Communication Manager, Fidelity International

    Natasha founded and leads the mental health champions group at Fidelity International where she works alongside employee volunteers to drive the mental health agenda forward. She is also a qualified Mental Health First Aid instructor.

  • Neil Peters
    Neil Peters
    Strategic Programme Manager – Samaritans/Rail Partnership, Samaritans

    Neil joined Samaritans in 2011 and is currently Strategic Programme Manager leading Samaritans’ partnership with the rail industry, delivering the ‘Tackling suicides on the railways’ programme. Since taking on his current role in 2018 he has overseen the launch of Small Talk Saves Lives Phase 3 and the recent launch of the Real People, Real Stories campaigns.

  • Nicky Hemmings
    Nicky Hemmings
    Lead Psychologist, BioBeats

    Nicky Hemmings is Lead Psychologist at BioBeats, responsible for ensuring that the science powering the preventative health technology is grounded in a responsible, ethical and research-based approach. She is also Co-Founder of the Evidence-Based HR Forum and a Guest Lecturer at Cass Business School.

  • Oliver Walker
    Oliver Walker
    Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges

    Oliver is a tax partner in the London office of Weil. He’s been with the firm for thirteen years and co-chairs the Wellness and Social Committee. He’s passionate about employee engagement and wellbeing and is a strong advocate for supporting staff mental health at Weil.

  • Paul Feeney
    Paul Feeney
    CEO, Quilter

    As CEO, Paul Feeney is responsible for creating and developing the vision and strategy of the Quilter Group, including the organisation’s approach to staff wellbeing.

  • Pauline Miller
    Pauline Miller
    Head of Talent Development and Inclusion, Lloyd's of London

    Pauline has notably been the lead of the Dive In Festival, supporting equality and inclusion across the insurance sector. Started in London, the Dive In Festival is now delivered in more than 50 cities around the world.

  • Rachel Lewis
    Rachel Lewis
    Registered Occupational Psychologist & Director / Associate Professor, Affinity Health at Work, Kingston Business School

    As a Registered Occupational Psychologist, Rachel is passionate about promoting evidence-based practice. Her research and practice have been multi-award winning.

  • Rebecca Priestly
    Rebecca Priestly
    Chief Executive Officer, Outer Temple Chambers

    Rebecca joined Outer Temple Chambers as Chief Executive from a background which includes experiences as an executive HR Director and a dual-qualified solicitor and barrister with extensive financial services and legal experience. As Chief Executive, she leads with an important focus on promotion of positive employee relations and wellbeing and improving support for those with mental ill health. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director of the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA).

  • Rohan Kallicharan
    Rohan Kallicharan
    Head of People (UK) & Talent, Receipt Bank

    Currently Head of People (UK) & Talent at Receipt Bank, Rohan has been involved in numerous mental health awareness projects in his own workplace.

  • Sarah Churchman OBE
    Sarah Churchman OBE
    People Director Chief Inclusion, Community & Well-Being Officer, PwC

    Sarah is one of the country’s most seasoned professionals in the field of Diversity & Inclusion. She is widely regarded as a thought leader and is frequently quoted in the media on issues such as women on boards, gender and ethnicity pay gap, social mobility, work-life balance and employee wellbeing, including mental health.  She is leading PwC’s focus on inclusion and wellbeing both within the workplace and across the communities in which PwC operates. 

  • Silvana Martin
    Silvana Martin
    Health and Well-Being Leader, Laing O’Rourke

    As Laing O’Rourke’s Health and Well-Being Leader, Silvana has been instrumental in creating a culture that proactively looks after the wellbeing of its staff, including having mental health champions across the business. Laing O’Rourke is currently ranked gold in Mind’s Workplace Well-Being Index.

  • Simon Blake
    Simon Blake
    Chief Executive, Mental Health First Aid England

    Simon Blake OBE joined Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England CIC as Chief Executive Officer in 2018, leading the organisation to achieve its vision of normalising society’s attitudes and behaviours around mental health, through training one in ten of the population in Mental Health First Aid skills.

  • Sinead Lynch
    Sinead Lynch
    Chair, Shell UK

    Sinead joined Shell in the role of UK Country Chair in September 2016. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Shell Foundation and Chair of the Board of the UK Shell Pension Trust. One of Shell’s core values is actively caring for its people, especially their physical and mental wellbeing to ensure their people feel supported and recognise it’s ok to say “I’m Not OK”.

  • Steve Demetriou
    Steve Demetriou
    Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Jacobs

    Steve joined Jacobs as CEO in August 2015 and the following year was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors. Steve has steered a profound reshaping of Jacobs’ business portfolio, operations and culture. Under his leadership, the firm has accelerated profitable growth and transformed into the leading, next-generation solutions provider.

  • Terry Streather
    Terry Streather
    Director and Head of Training Oakwood Training

    Terry is Director and Head of Training at Oakwood Training. He’s a Mental Health First Aid and Personal Safety Instructor, with extensive experience as both a frontline practitioner and trainer.

  • Tina Daheley
    Tina Daheley

    Tina Daheley is one of the BBC’s fastest rising stars and a versatile broadcaster whose TV and radio work stretches across news, current affairs and the arts, appealing to a wide range of very diverse audiences.

  • Tracy Forsyth
    Tracy Forsyth
    Executive Leadership Coach and Host, Yoga in the Boardroom, Walter & Wootze

    Tracy is the Creator and Host of Yoga in the Boardroom, a Creative Mentor for Channel 4, the producer of the renowned Women in Film & TV Mentoring Scheme, a Professional Executive and Leadership Coach and a Well-Being Columnist for Television Business International.

  • Will Bushell
    Will Bushell
    Brand Business Leader – Garnier Skincare, L’Oréal

    Will is a Senior Marketing Manager who works on some of the biggest brands in the beauty industry and he’s also L’Oreal’s Mental Health Business Sponsor.

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Nov 25 2019


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This Can Happen 2019

This Can Happen returns on 25th November, attracting over 1,000 delegates from 150+ companies to share, learn and discuss practical solutions for dealing with workplace mental health.

The award winning conference features 40+ sessions and over 80 speakers from diverse industries and will address critical issues such as The Future Workplace, Faith & Diversity, Grief, Post Natal Depression and the Importance of Internal Communications.

Plus we will be hosting a fascinating CEO Panel – 6 progressive Chief Execs will discuss why they have made mental health a top priority in their organisation.

Agenda Topics

Start time End time Main stage Stage 2 Stage 3
8:15 9:10 Registration    
9:10 9:20 Welcome to This Can Happen    
9:20 10:00 Addressing Mental Health at Boardroom Level – The CEO’s Speak    
Hear from 5 progressive Chief Execs on why they’ve made mental health a top priority in their organisations    
10:05 10:35 TCH Research Insight    
Mental health – what tomorrow’s workforce expects    
10:35 11:00 This Can Happen Awards 2019    
Sharing best practice from the judges and winners    
11:00 11:30


11:35 12:15 How an Industry Has Come Together to Address Mental Health Faith, Diversity, and Mental Health Starting Your Workplace Mental Health Journey
Bringing together three of the major retailers in the UK for an honest discussion on how the sector is joining forces to address solutions for improving staff mental health How companies are taking faith and diversity into consideration in order to build inclusive mental health support strategies An interactive session offering tested solutions to kick-start a mentally healthy workplace
12:25 13:05 The Power of Mental Health Champions, Advocates & Ambassadors A Deeper Understanding of Suicide Lessons from the Legal Profession
How to maximise these critical voluntary players to strengthen your mental health strategy.

Hear three personal experiences: from a father, a business partner and a doctor.

All of whom are leading successful missions to educate about suicide prevention in workplaces through their own stories of loss.

For this high-performance profession, there are many challenges firms face in terms of getting staff mental health support right. Learn from these firms pioneering innovative support strategies on what success can look like
13:05 13:50


13:50 14:30 The Importance of Internal Communication Campaigns in a Successful Mental Health Strategy How to Support Positive Behaviour Change First-hand Experiences of Addiction
What images, wording, branding are companies using to address mental health. See examples of successful case studies Having mental health support in place for staff is critical but equally as important is understanding how to support individuals to adopt the support and guidance on offer Following on from the overwhelming response to our session on this topic at TCH 2018, we’re looking at addiction again but from a lived experience point of view. Hear from two former addicts alongside an addiction specialist on how workplaces can be equipped to support staff living through this.
14:40 15:20 Keeping Momentum Going: Maintaining Engagement and Impact Money Matters: Personal Finances and Mental Health at Work Understanding Grief
Getting started on the journey is half the battle. Once your strategy is in effect, how do you maintain engagement and ensure long-term impact? Hear both the employee and employer perspective on the significance of this topic in building a mentally healthy workplace. Grief is a complex experience which doesn’t discriminate and many of us will face. Learn how to build grief support into your organisational wellbeing strategy
15:20 15:50


15:50 16:30 Your Mental Health Strategy: The Importance of Impact Measurement Navigating the Growing Marketplace – Finding the Right Mental Health Solutions for Your Workplace Understanding the Impacts of Post Natal Depression
Ticking the boxes is not always enough. To become a mentally well workplace, it’s essential to invest in measurement mechanisms to ensure that colleagues are truly benefitting. Learn the most effective tools for measurement. The market is being bombarded with providers, apps, wearables, trainers – how do you sort through the options to decide what’s right for Recognising the signs and successful strategies to support both mothers and fathers across your workforce.
16:35 17:05 The Future Workplace    
Agile working, remote working, automation: the traditional idea of a workplace is evolving. What implications will this have on mental health of staff. How can support be adjusted?    
17:10 17:40

Keynote Speaker

Nadiya Hussain, Presenter and Author

17:40 17:50 Closing Note from This Can Happen  

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