Movers and shakers in workplace culture, employee health and wellbeing

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Our Movers and Shakers articles highlight who’s moving up, out or across in the rapidly evolving world of workplace culture, employee health and wellbeing. Here are a selection of “movers and shakers” that have grabbed my attention over the last few months.

True leader

Forward-thinking, purpose-led Jonny Jacobs, who was also the winner of the Make A Difference “True Leader” Award in 2023, has moved from his role as Finance Director EMEA, Starbucks to become Group Finance Director, Holland & Barrett.

Sharing the announcement on LinkedIn Jonny said: “There are some things in life you cannot say no to, and for me joining the Leadership of health & wellness brand Holland & Barrett is one of them. I’m driven by the opportunity to combine my passion for Wellness with the huge potential of this unique heritage brand.”

“Looking forward to working each day in partnership with our talented colleagues and associates to deliver on a promise of customer wellness and, of course financial wellbeing too”.

You can read more about the source of Jonny’s positive energy, his secret for engaging stakeholders and his tips on leading with empathy here.

Making things fly

In a little over two years, the dynamic Jane Lloyd, has been promoted from Talent & Development Director – to Human Resources Director – to Chief of Staff – Civil Business Line – with global automotive industry company GKN Aerospace.

Writing on LinkedIn, Jane says she’s looking forward to: “Leveraging my HR background to support driving strategic initiatives and aid our team’s success”. We’re looking forward to seeing how Jane takes this to the next level and where workplace culture, employee health and wellbeing fit into the mix.


As part of the wider DEI and People and Culture team at PMI, Jake Sanders’ role required him to develop PMI’s data-informed Wellbeing strategy alongside Yulia O’Mahony Global Head of health and resilience.

He worked with PMI’s 92 affiliate markets across the world to implement a global framework with a local lens. This required collaboration with PMI’s DEI, HR, L&D, benefits and employee listening teams to
understand the balance between their global and local wellbeing offerings.

Now, Jake is taking the skills he’s gleaned to his new role as Global Health and Wellbeing Manager at Diageo.

You can read more about award-winning approaches to supporting employee health and wellbeing globally here.

The power of communication

Vicki Sloan, like Jonny Jacobs, is a long-standing member of our Make A Difference Advisory Council. After 7 years and 5 months at Anglian Water, where her role evolved from Senior Internal Communications Business Partner to Head of Wellbeing, Vicki has started a new role as Head of Wellbeing with the Post Office.

Announcing her appointment on LinkedIn Vicki said: “Today marks the start of a new chapter for me supporting employee wellbeing at the Post Office. Really excited to get started!” We’re excited for you too Vicki and look forward to hearing all about it at the Leaders’ Summit at MAD World this year on 17th October where Vicki will be facilitating a roundtable.

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Vision and value

Jack Wardingley, former Senior Benefits and People Experience Manager with luxury clothing and beauty products e-commerce company Farfetch, has taken on the new role of Global Benefits Lead with The Economist.

Jack’s core competencies include designing and delivering innovative and competitive benefits programmes, leveraging technology platforms and recognition tools, and developing talent and culture initiatives that enhance employee engagement and wellbeing.

On his LinkedIn profile Jack shares that he’s passionate about creating a positive and inclusive people experience that reflects the values and vision of The Economist.

It’s great to see talent with such diverse backgrounds dedicated to developing and embedding workplace culture, employee health and wellbeing as business as usual across these organisations. More to follow in our next Movers and Shakers focus.



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