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Rebecca Adlington OBE, Four Time Olympic Gold Medallist
Rebecca Adlington is Great Britain’s most successful ever swimmer. She became a household name following her two-gold medal winning performances at the Beijing Games in August 2008 and her unique blend of charisma and charm allied to her dedication and professionalism in the pool has made her a global superstar, and a role model for female athletes around the world.
Becky’s drive and thirst for success meant that she won a medal in each of the Olympic finals she swam. A four-time Olympic medallist in the 400m and 800m Freestyle, she won two Gold medals in Beijing 2008 and two Bronze medals in London 2012.
Following her success in Beijing, Becky was awarded an OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace and accepted the Laureus World Sports Awards ‘Breakthrough of the Year Award’ from Sebastian Coe.
Becky is an ambassador of the Encephalitis Society, a national charity and the only resource of its kind in the world supporting people affected by the illness.
In June 2016, Becky became a Patron of Women in Sport to help support the charity’s work in transforming sport for the benefit of every woman and girl in the UK.
Becky announced her retirement from elite swimming in 2013 and has since undertaken numerous roles in swimming commentary and punditry. A mainstay for the BBC’s coverage of the 2015 World Championships, the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, and the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Becky is an articulate and respected media presence.
Following her retirement Becky announced a vision for her legacy: Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars – a swimming initiative with the goal that every child in Britain will be able to swim 25 metres by the time they leave primary school. Her famous drive is now channelled into this vision and, given her track-record, she is well placed to achieve her most challenging goal to date.
Becky Adlington’s Swim Stars is now the fastest growing high profile learn to swim company in the country. Across the UK it teaches over 10,000 children a week how to swim. The programme, constructed by GB’s most successful ever Olympic swimmer, stands out in particular due to its exciting, innovative and engaging programme.
Colin Jackson CBE, Olympic Medallist, Two-time World Champion and Broadcaster
One of the finest athletes Great Britain has ever produced, Colin won a silver medal for the 110m hurdles at the Seoul Olympic Games and successive Gold Medals at the World Championships. Alongside this he is a much-loved media personality and speaker, including as a once-finalist on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and as a popular host on BBC Radio Wales’ Sunday morning show.
His multi-medal career made him the natural choice to join the BBC’s sports production team. Indeed, since the Athens Olympics (2004), Colin has been an integral part of BBC programming for all major athletic events, including the Olympic Games in London in 2012 and in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
In recent years, Colin has turned his attention more sharply towards mental health advocacy, speaking frankly and openly with the media and with live audiences about the various impacts of anxiety, eating disorders and body dysmorphia. In particular, Colin provides unique insight into the stressful demands of competing at the highest level, and he is keen that the public learn from his own experiences.
Colin works closely with Sport Relief, where he is a member of the steering panel, and is also an International Inspiration Ambassador for UNICEF as well as founding and fronting the Go Dad Run campaign for Prostate Cancer. Since 2014, Colin has been the Sporting Director for the Wings for Life.
Alistair Campbell, Writer, communicator, strategist and mental health campaigner
Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and overseas, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities and consultancy.
He has written fourteen books in the past ten years, including eight volumes of diaries, four novels, a personal memoir on depression and the pursuit of happiness, and Winners and How They Succeed, a Number 1 best-selling analysis of what it takes to win in politics, business and sport. His most recent book Living Better, published in October 2020, is an honest, moving and life affirming account of his lifelong struggle with depression.
He has for many years been chairman of fund-raising of Bloodwise, Britain’s main blood cancer charity, but in recent years has become increasingly involved with mental health charities and causes, speaking about his own experience of depression, psychosis and addiction, and of his brother Donald’s lifelong struggle with schizophrenia. A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for the Time to Change campaign to raise awareness about mental illness, ambassador for Alcohol Concern, patron of Maytree, the country’s only charity for the suicidal, and of Kidstime, which supports the children of mentally ill parents. He co-founded the all-party campaign, Equality4MentalHealth, which was credited in Parliament by then Chancellor George Osborne with securing an extra £600million for mental health services. He is an active supporter of the Heads Together campaign headed be Prince William, his wife Kate, and Prince Harry. In November 2017 Campbell was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his leadership role in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness, and in fighting for better services.
Dr. Nigel Wilson Group Chief Executive, Legal & General
Nigel was appointed Group Chief Executive in 2012 having joined as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2009.
Nigel was awarded City AM’s “Business Personality of the Year” in 2014. Nigel also won the ‘Most Admired Leader’ award at Britain’s Most Admired Companies Awards 2017, for Management Today. In 2019 Nigel won ‘Change Maker of the Year’ at the Seven Hills Change Makers Summit.
In 2015-2016 Nigel was a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group. Nigel was Chairman of the Investment Association’s review of Executive Pay (2016-2017) and the government’s review of Mission Led Business (2016- 2017). He was also a member of the government’s Patient Capital Review Industry Panel (2017–2018) and a Commissioner in the Resolution Foundation’s Intergenerational Commission (2017–2018).
He is currently a member of the expert group’s advising on the government’s Social Care Green Paper and the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy Implementation Board. He chairs the Bank of England’s Climate Financial Risk Forum, Innovation Working Group.
Qualifications include a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a Kennedy Scholar, and a recipient of the Alfred P Sloan research scholarship. Nigel also worked at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
Nigel has won numerous national masters Athletics Championships. He has five daughters. He is leading the 50/50 by 20/20 gender diversity initiative.
Vanessa Sallows, Claims & Governance Director, Legal & General
Vanessa has over 30 years’ experience working in the NHS, private industry and the protection market. Vanessa has responsibility for the claims and rehabilitation teams and oversight of the medical underwriting philosophy within Legal & General’s Group Protection business. Vanessa is passionate about the psychology of work, what prevents individuals from working during periods of ill-health and helping people return to ‘good work’. Vanessa developed the pro-active claims management, early intervention and vocational rehabilitation approach that Legal & General use to assess & manage their Group and Individual Income Protection claims. Vanessa led the implementation of the Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs) within Legal & General and in conjunction with colleagues developed and delivered Legal & General’s Not A Red Card campaign.
Adam Saville, Editor, COVER
Adam has been the editor of COVER since January 2018. An NCTJ-trained B2B journalist with a consumer publishing background, previously he was the deputy editor of DJ Magazine and has past experience writing about mortgages, captives/global risk and hedge funds. Adam was named ‘Protection Journalist of the Year’ at the Protection Review Awards in 2019, he has been shortlisted for the Headlinemoney Awards twice and COVER was crowned IPTF ‘Income Protection Champion of the Year’ last year amid stiff competition.
Dr. Pam Denton, Human Advantage
Dr. Pam Denton, author, speaker and coach is the founder of the groundbreaking Superpower Integrative Systems leadership program. Dr. Pam works with business leaders to activate high performance heart-centered leadership by employing her powerful strategy of Superpower Upgrades. Her intensively researched mind-body approach to empowerment has helped thousands of leaders plug into their innate power and activate mental well-being for unstoppable success. She is the author of numerous books, including She Means Business, Leadership Evolution, On the Other Side and Journey to Female Power.
Dr. Pam has inspired audiences for over 15 years with her motivational success-driven strategies driven by the science of transformation, she began her career as a chiropractor and integrative wellness practitioner, during which time she owned and operated two successful wellness and coaching centers. She went on to create her signature coaching programs in female empowerment, energy medicine for transformation, and heart-centered leadership, which evolved into her current Superpower Coach Training for Evolved Leaders. She is well known for her work with women in business and is the founder of many programs for women, including Project Woman Mastermind and the Rise to the Top Training. She served three terms as President of the Syracuse, New York chapter of the global network FemCity. She has created three successful conferences: The Embody Expo for Health and Wellness, Inspire Leadership Conference, and Superpower Your Success Conference.
Fusing positive motivation, heartfelt feeling, and physical movement into a dynamic and exciting presentation, Dr. Pam will catapult your audience to the next level of power. Dr. Pam brings to the stage and virtual presentation the power of movement, authentic Superpower expression, and the healing power of positive energy.
Dr. Pam’s Superpower Speaking system combines breathing exercises, visualization, and seated movement to fast-track effective change on a deep level. Her 20 years of experience as a positive motivational fitness leader delivers an unmatched depth of power. Dr. Pam’s positive approach is infectious and guarantees you will release stress and leave with unstoppable energy to fire up your life.
Jo Elphick, Marketing Director, Group Protection at L&G
Jo joined the business in April 2020. Most of Jo’s career has been spent in the Group Risk business, starting at Unum in the late 1990s and moving to MetLife in 2014. After graduating, Jo spent a few years in retail at both Sainsbury’s and Dixons Stores Group. Jo has a First Class Honours degree in Economics from Newcastle University.
Kim Carver, Principal, Culture Development, Human Advantage
Kim Carver joined Human in Advantage in 2019, specializing in Leadership Training, Group Learning & Development and Culture Evolution.
She has over 25 years experience in leadership, largely in cable and satellite media and she launched 11 television networks globally. Starting in Hong Kong, then on to Australia, followed by Singapore, she worked overseas for the News Corporation brand and ESPN for over 15 years. Kim returned to the U.S. to launch The Mountain West Sports Network as its first General Manager and the first woman to run a national sports network.
In 2011, Kim moved to Altitude Sports as their President and CEO and in July of 2013, she was also named the President and CEO of the World Fishing Network, running two networks concurrently. In May of 2013, she was named one of Broadcasting and Cable’s “Women In The Game” and also one of Sports Business Journal’s “Game Changers” in September of 2013. She served on the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame’s board from January 2012 until January 2016 and was their Chairman from June 2014, to June 2015.
In January 2015, Kim launched her own endeavour, The Leading Network, helping organizations understand and improve their culture.
Kim is on the board of Colorado Public Television, Red Rocks Community College Foundation and DNVR. She is currently attending Lynn University to attain her Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Radha Balani – Director of Design & Facilitation, thinkBeyond
Radha has created strategies, developed narratives and designed initiatives that contribute to achieving, and then communicating about, sustainable social change for a range of organizations, brands and talent including: ESPN, Euroleague Basketball, Michael Johnson, Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, Sport England, Welsh Rugby Union, World Rugby and numerous other national and international governing bodies of sport. Radha previously worked for the Football Foundation, Women in Sport and London Sport. She is also an experienced event host, MC, public speaker, voice artist and panel moderator, using her experience of strategy design, communications, marketing and relationship development to engage with audiences and facilitate discussions that lead to solutions, actions and outcomes, as well as curating innovative agendas. Radha has provided MC and moderator services for WWE, Special Olympics, Laureus, LiveWire Sports, Sport Industry Group, Sport England, The EU and The Sports Ground Safety Authority among others. Radha is a former Loughborough University Athletic Union President and graduate of its Sports Science and English programs.
Simon Griffiths, Partner, Market Development Leader, Mercer Marsh Benefits UK
Member of the MMB UK Team
– Proposition & Innovation team: Driving innovation across the UK benefits market and ensuring all MMB colleagues are clear on the latest market developments;
– Insurer Consulting Group: working with our insurer and provider partners to help them ensure their value proposition and engagement with Mercer and our clients is in line with our requirements;
– Consumer: working with teams across Corporate, Mid-Market and Commercial to deliver group leaver services to the retail PMI market;
– Actuarial: Delivering actuarial services to Corporate clients and developing data driven analytics to help clients understand and manage their healthcare risk.
Responsible for the development of the long-term strategic plan for MMB UK business, including the integration of 5 business units into MMB UK following the acquisition of JLT in 2019.
Prior to the current role, held leadership positions across Sales, Consulting and Partnerships across Corporate and SME teams.
A “Mercer-Lifer” approaching 25 years’ service in 2021. Loves in Cheshire with my wife Jo, having replaced 2 kids who have left home with a husky who is always pleased to see me and never asks for money!
Clare Nowell, Client Experience Manager, Health Assured
With over 12 years of experience in the employee benefit and wellbeing market, Clare has a proven track record and wealth of experience of collaboratively working with partners to drive forward their strategy, demonstrating enthusiasm and excellence in every interaction.
In her role at Health Assured as our Client Experience Manager, Clare is responsible for the seamless implementation of new clients as well as client satisfaction and retention across our partnership, SME and corporate portfolios. Clare provides close liaison between the relationship management functions and operational teams in order to ensure full understanding of client requirements and develop the necessary support for services around MI and client services.
Her involvement in driving the strategic development of our proposition is integral to ensure we keep ahead of market demand and continue to meet and exceed client’s requirements by providing strategic direction to the relationship management team.
Jason Butler, Head of Financial Education, Salary Finance
Jason is a Chartered Fellow of both the Personal Finance Society and the Institute for Securities and Investments. He had a 25-year career as a financial adviser, during which he interviewed in excess of1,000 people about their money.
He is a personal finance columnist for the Financial Times, the author of five personal finance and self-improvement books, and Head of Finance Education at Salary Finance.
Melissa Doman, M.A., Organizational Psychologist, Former Clinical Mental Health Therapist, & Mental Health at Work Specialist
Following years of clinical work as a licensed mental health therapist in universities, EAPs, and private practice, Melissa left the clinical sector and turned her focus to consulting and speaking in the worlds of organizational psychology and mental health awareness. Melissa has spoken and consulted for international, national, and local organizations and Fortune 500 companies – including clients like Salesforce, Charlotte Tilbury, and the Independent Publishers Guild.
Melissa has been featured as a subject matter expert in national conferences, summits, digital publications, local television shows, international mentoring programs, and as a panelist at Google U.K. about practical and inclusive mental health at work conversations. Having lived on 4 continents and travelled to more than 45 countries, Melissa calls upon her experiences working with professionals from around the world.
She is a prominent thought leader on mental health at work in the United Kingdom and dedicated 3 years of her career to this space while living in London. Melissa is also currently writing a book that will be published in October 2021
about changing perceptions of mental health and mental illness and how to have practical conversations about mental health in the workplace. Throughout her 10-year career, Melissa has impacted thousands of people and is determined to bring these topics to the forefront of everyone’s minds in business around the world. To learn more about Melissa and her work, visit www.melissadoman.com.
Jaime Kent – Head of Delivery Office, Group Change & Delivery
Jaime has been working within Group Change & Delivery (L&G) for 2.5 years now. Prior to this, Jaime worked for Lloyds Banking Group and RBS, in various business and IT based programme and enterprise PMO roles. “Jaime’s Story” was a recent feature, as part of Mental Health Awareness week (earlier this year), where he shared previous personal experiences of physical and emotional abuse and Jaime is a strong advocate of raising awareness as to the importance of talking openly about mental health issues and helping to improve mental health wellbeing (especially in the workplace).
Clare Price, Head of Head of Psychological Services, CBT Clinics
Clare has been with CBT Clinics for 4 years, as Head of Psychological Services she has responsibility for ensuring the development and provision of safe, high quality and well governed clinical services to customers.
Clare has 28 years’ experience in mental health services in both clinical and operational roles and began her career as a mental health nurse in 1992, working for 18 years within the NHS, achieving additional qualifications in Brief Solution Focussed Therapy, Risk Assessment, Managing Challenging Behaviour and undertaking the ENB 998 in Teaching & Assessing. She went on to specialised in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy achieving a Post Graduate Certificate in CBT at York University in 2003 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy at Salford (Manchester University) in 2006, completing IAPT supervision training in 2009 and further training in Dialetical Behavioural Therapy in 2013.
She was part of the original Doncaster IAPT pilot as a senior supervisor, became Clinical Lead of an IAPT service and lectured in CBT at Hull University on the IAPT training course prior to moving into the private healthcare sector. She has worked as an independent practitioner in this time and understands the challenges experienced by clinicians in this setting. In 2010, Clare moved to a private healthcare provider where she specialised in Occupational Mental Health going on to design and deliver award winning services across multiple sectors.
Sarah Murphy, Associate Director for Advice, Information and Training, Mental Health UK
Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in the third sector, in particular ensuring people affected by poor mental health are given the right advice, information and support to enable them to lead healthier, happier lives. In 2017 she set up Mental Health UK’s flagship service, Mental Health & Money Advice, the first UK-wide service aimed at improving both financial and mental wellbeing.
Sarah also leads the training and consultancy team at Mental Health UK, utilising the knowledge and experience gained from working directly with people affected by poor mental health to ensure they are well supported in to and within the workplace. This includes a focus on ensuring people managers know both their legal obligations and have the skills to confidently support the people they manage who may be struggling
with their mental health at work.
Previously, Sarah has managed a number of emotional support helplines and a large county wide IAPT service, always with a focus on employee wellbeing and ensuring a person centred approach to working with the individuals who are struggling with their mental health and need extra support.
For the past year, Sarah has focussed her attentions on mental health and insurance, conducting research and campaigning for people with mental health problems to be fairly treated by all within the insurance sector.
Francis Goss, Director, Organisational Wellbeing, Gallagher
Francis is a Director in Gallagher’s Organisational Wellbeing Consulting practice, delivering innovative solutions to improve employees’ mental, physical and financial wellbeing. With a specific focus on financial wellbeing, Francis advises organisations on strategies, tools and
technologies to educate and engage employees with their finances, pensions and benefits. Francis’s previous roles include Chief Commercial Office at pension communications consultancy AHC, and Head of Employee Engagement at global benefits consultancy Grass Roots providing employee wellbeing solutions including peer-to-peer recognition, tax efficient benefits and employee engagement measurement.
Francis holds a degree in Law and a diploma in employee motivation and has addressed audiences including the House of Commons HR Leadership team, the Pensions and Benefits UK Annual conference and the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Annual conference.
He is on the Board of Engage for Success, the UK’s employee engagement taskforce, a member of the Pensions Dashboard Steering Group and leads Gallagher Benefits Service’s Diversity and Inclusion team.
Charles Alberts, Head of Health Management, Aon
Charles Alberts leads the team of experts at Aon who advise employers on people health risk. He is actively involved in the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion agenda as a sponsor and ally, a member of the firm’s WorkAbility Committee, and also supporting colleague wellbeing through initiatives such as the Home Working Health, Safety & Wellbeing Committee and being an active Mental Health First Aider. He formerly chaired Aon’s Mental Health Group.
In addition to his work at Aon, Charles volunteers as a Board Trustee of the mental health charity Mind (Kingston branch) and on the Executive Committee of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA). Previously, he held office as a Board Trustee of the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM).
He is a qualified Mental Health First Aider and hold an MSc in Workplace Health and Wellbeing from the University of Nottingham.