Speakers tell us what they’re looking forward to at The Watercooler Event next week

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Ahead of this year’s The Watercooler and co-located The Office Event, we asked the speakers what they’re looking forward to about the show. Here’s what a selection of the 100+ speakers told us.

Their far-ranging comments reflect the breadth of the content that the event will be covering – enabling employers to find the right ways to support the holistic health and wellbeing of their people and create inclusive cultures of care where everyone can thrive.

Dr Nicola Millard, Principal Innovation Partner, BT Group: “I’m happy to be at an event which is discussing vitally important things such as how we can make work work better in the future – for people, productivity and the planet!”

Helen Tomlinson, Government Menopause Employment Champion: “I’m really excited to be part of this conversation looking at how cultural change in the workplace can have a positive impact on hormonal, mental and financial health”

Alan Mochrie, Wellbeing Manager, NatWest: “I’m looking forward to speaking alongside industry leaders and wellbeing specialists, and also listen in for new insights and ideas across the sessions”.

Maria Anderson, Global Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Cambridge University Press: “As the dates draw near, my excitement grows. Looking forward to immersing myself in knowledge, networking, and inspiration at The Watercooler on April 23rd and 24th of April. See you there!”

Isaac Harvey MBE, President, Wheels and Wheelchairs: “Excited to share the stage with Lee Chambers and connect with like-minded individuals”.

Nimisha Overton, EMEA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead, Canon: “I am looking forward to joining alongside other leaders in workplace culture, DE&I, employee health and wellbeing”

Gareth Hind, Director of Colleague Experience & Relations, First Bus: “I am really looking forward to joining other leaders in this important conversation – sharing what we do at First Bus and learning from others too”.

Jamie Broadley, Head of Health & Wellbeing, Serco: “I’m excited to get back to The Watercooler to hear from others driving change in this space, discuss the latest best practice and find new ways to keep improving workplace wellbeing for my colleagues”

Dr Catherine McKinven, Clinical Lead Psychologist, Lyra: “Wellbeing washing is such a hot topic and I’m excited to bring my passion and knowledge to the table discussing the necessity for quality clinical mental health support services to provide individualised support – this is essential to meet the evolved needs of the UK workforce and their families. It’s simple, we need to move beyond tick boxing and into meaningful action to make an impactful difference!”

Jackie Buttery, Head of Benefits & Reward, Travers Smith: “I am very much looking forward to the event, bringing together leaders who are spearheading efforts to enhance workplace culture and employee health and wellbeing”.

Natalie Jutla, Employee Benefits & Financial Wellbeing Lead, DEFRA: “Really looking forward to speaking at and attending The Watercooler event on 23 and 24 April 2024. It will be a great opportunity to discuss key areas of focus in the Wellbeing space -in particular for me the Financial wellbeing and fitness of employees as we continue to navigate the cost of living challenges”.

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Amanda Moore, Head of Reward, OVO Energy: “I’m excited to join other leaders in the wellbeing, culture and reward space to connect, be inspired and share experiences”.

Mark Wilson, Mental Health & Wellbeing Manager, Ford Motor Company: “I am excited and honoured to be speaking at The Watercooler about the importance of wellbeing in all our lives and the importance of nurturing a culture for it to thrive”.

Emily Warren, Global Wellbeing Lead, Avanade: “I’m delighted to be speaking, but I’m most excited about the opportunity to exchange ideas with other wellbeing professionals, which is vital to ensuring I can continue shape a strategy that delivers the best outcomes for our people”.

Prof Liza Jachens, Deputy Course Director, MSc in Workplace Health & Wellbeing, University of Nottingham: “Come and join us as we navigate the future of employee wellbeing, transforming into indispensable leaders for healthier, thriving workplaces”.

Dr Sabrina Robinson, Wellbeing Lead, Essex County Council: “I’m looking forward to contributing to discussions and learning from fellow panellists around how we can transform our understanding of our people and their priorities into a strategic advantage, weaving wellbeing into the core of organisational cultures.”

Dr Samantha Wild, Women’s Health Clinical Lead, Bupa: “I am excited to join the women’s health panel discussing topics from endometriosis to menopause, and exploring the integration of progressive strategies and comprehensive support mechanisms for women’s health into the workplace”

Francoise Woolley, National Lead for Mental Health, Acas: “I am looking forward to the opportunity to share collective insights on fostering health and wellbeing in the workplace”.

Sophia Nicholls, Culture Consultant, SMRS: “We are excited to look into the future of culture with other industry leaders during our workshop titled – ‘What does the future of culture look like?’ Hopefully see you there!”

Racheal Smith, Head of Learning, Entelechy Academy: “Looking forward to talking about all things culture at The Watercooler and helping people go to work with purpose. Such a great line up! Proud to be a part of it.”

Dr Gary Crotaz, host of The Unlock Moment leadership podcast: “It is my huge pleasure to be joining so many respected leaders in workplace culture, employee health and wellbeing at The Watercooler Event 2024.”

Chas Howes, Former CEO, Superdry: “I have been looking forward to this event for some time and it is now here! The increase in mental health issues is palpable and we need to do something about it quickly. The Watercooler event goes a long way to that end and I would urge you to attend!”

If you haven’t already, you can find out more about The Watercooler Event and co-located The Office Event and register free (for employers – nominal charge for suppliers) here.

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