Movers and Shakers in Workplace Wellbeing

Our monthly Movers and Shakers article highlights who’s moving up, out or across in the rapidly evolving world of wellbeing. These movers and shakers caught my attention in January.

Going global

In 2020 Sean Tolram was on a sabbatical when he guest edited our Make A Difference Newsletter. Sean is now back at the multinational bank HSBC and has secured a role as global programme manager for the internal mindfulness programme.

The goal of Sean’s team is to roll out and embed mindfulness globally across the organisation by the end of 2021. He told me: “We’re creating sustainable, employee led communities who will drive culture change and help our people to be at their best at home and at work. This is part of our ambition to build a bank fit for the future. A recent example is where we quickly scaled and mobilised in order to support our colleagues through the COVID pandemic. We’re also keen to collaborate and share our experience with other organisations who want to achieve similar goals”.

Keeping it professional

Donal Scanlan has made the move from Manager with Mental Health First Aid Ireland, to Accenture’s People Support and Advocacy Manager in Dublin. Mental health support, advocacy and training will be central to his new role.

Perfect balance

Dr Sally Hemming has joined real estate advisors JLL as ER Director EMEA. She told me: “Its a shift to support JLL’s employee relations proposition including wellbeing over this year. JLL is supporting me to balance the role with continuing researching workplace health including Covid which is great”.

Sally’s career has varied including partnering with mental health and wellbeing specialists Robertson Cooper and EY. She has an expert interest in employer support for workers with health problems.

Teacher’s pet

Faye McGuiness has taken on the role of Director of Programmes with Education Support –  a mental health and wellbeing charity that supports all educators. Faye says:  “The new job is going really well. My role will be leading the development of mental health programmes and services for the education workforce”.

Before joining Education Support, Faye was Head of Workplace Wellbeing Programmes (Strategy & Development) with leading mental health charity Mind.

Woven into the fabric

Loretta Smith has been promoted to Senior Director, Human Resources UK&I with global pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers Squibb. When I asked whether her remit would include wellbeing she said: “Yes of course, wellbeing is at the forefront of our employee agenda, wellbeing is part of all of our roles.” Sounds like they have some great initiatives in place. I’m keen to hear more.

Supply and demand

Wrapping up, a couple of moves I noticed on the supplier side.

Caroline O’Keeffe has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer with employee engagement survey and feedback solution provider The Happiness Index. It’s good to read in a post Caroline shared by the company’s Co-founder Matthew Phelan that: “One of the outcomes of this pandemic is more businesses are taking happiness more seriously”.

Meanwhile, Jack Williams has been promoted to Director of Consultancy with holistic wellbeing provider Hero based in Leeds. Before joining Hero, Jack was Strategic Sales Director EMEA with Virgin Pulse. Hero were part of our supplier showcase at the 2020 Digital MADWorld Summit. You can find more about them here.

If you’re changing role or you’ve got a vacancy to share in the wellbeing space, I’d love to hear about it. You can contact me at [email protected].

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Claire Farrow is the Global Director of Content and Programming for the Mad World and Make a Difference Summits. She also drives the content for Make A Difference News. Claire is on a mission to help every employer – large, medium and small – get the insight, inspiration and contacts they need to make real impact on workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing in their organisation. She has been freelance for more than 15 years. During that time, she has had the honour of working with many leading publishers, including the New York Times







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