UK’s pioneering wellbeing event

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Join us for a day of keynote presentations, interactive workshops, 10-minute talks, wellbeing question time, networking and more.

Event open/networking

09:00 – 10:00

10:00 – 12:00

Session 1

(subject to change)

Ben McGannan – Wellbeing People

10:00 – 10:05

Health Is An Investment, Not A Cost
Christine Hancock – C3

10:05 – 10:35

Illnesses, particularly chronic non-communicable diseases, are crippling individuals, the National Health Service, and the economy. The good news? We already know what works to reduce this burden of illness and disease.

In Health is an investment not a cost, founder and director of C3 Collaborating for Health, Christine Hancock, outlines the substantial evidence available indicating the benefits of health and prevention. Examples from C3’s global work, including with businesses, workplaces, communities, and health professionals, illustrate ways we can make it easier for people to live healthier lives by focusing on just three risk factors.

Wellbeing can be dramatic!
Martin Cleverley – Hazlitt Theatre

10:35 – 10:45

If attention to wellbeing starts in childhood, we may, in the future, overcome some of the health challengest that we face today. But how do you promote wellbeing for children? 

Wellbeing People, Golding Vision and the RBLI looked to The Hazlitt Theatre’s Manager Martin Cleverley for a fun solution.

An animation series called ‘Eddie and Friends’ was born; an interactive, educational resource aimed at preschool children, it address early years issues on hydration, nutrition and inclusivity. Early years professionals have been involved in the project and the DVDs are engaging and enable preschool age children to learn in a fun and non-threatening way. The third in the series called ‘Disability Eddie’ even featured a celebrity voice over with Baroness Grey-Thompson as Tammi the tortoise!

Making Health Everybody’s Business

10:45 – 11:05

This innovative proof of concept project seeks to use a new approach to tackling obesity. Commissioned by Kent County Council, for whom reducing incidents of obesity is a major public health objective, the project is being undertaken in the Maidstone Borough by Wellbeing People with support from a number of partners including Golding Homes.

Energy Gap
Lucy Tomlinson – Kent Sport

11:05 – 11:10

Change of Mind
Charlotte Wiseman – Change of Mind Moderator

11:10 – 11:20

Change of Mind is an innovative, fresh thinking look at understanding mental health. The sessions focus on developing tracks of music with words to guide delegates through what it’s like to have mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

Health and well-being in the workplace
Robert West & Debbie Dunkley – Baker & McKenzie

11:20 – 11:50

What are the legal obligations underpinning health and wellbeing? How do they affect employers, individuals and the community? Translating legal requirements into an effective workplace strategy

Morning ‘Wrap Up’
Roger Gough – Cabinet Member for Education and Health Reform at Kent County Council

11:50 – 12:00

Cllr Roger Gough is Cabinet member for Education and Health Reform, and has served in a variety of Cabinet roles since 2006 . Cllr Gough will wrap up the morning session of the 2017 Wellbeing Symposium with a run through of the key points from the morning; a summary that delegates can take away to start delivering better wellbeing in the workplace.


12:00 – 13:00

13:00 – 16:00

Session 2

(subject to change)

Short Film ‘Lets Make Our Day Harder’
Doctor Mike Evans

13:00 – 13:05

Mind the Gap
Christian Van Stolk – Vice President, RAND Europe

13:05 – 13:35

Mind the Gap, reveals the impact on the modern workplace of lost productivity caused by staff health and wellbeing issues, resulting in an annual cost to the UK economy of nearly £64 billion. Chris will share findings that suggest such factors as common mental health problems, lack of sleep, financial concerns and bullying contribute to losses in workplace productivity.

One You
Anna Skeats – Mytime Active

13:35 – 13:45

How do Mytime deliver this masterminded contract nationally, what are the challenges and the impact of delivering this type of contract.

Supporting carers in the workplace
Raman Sankaran – Simply Health

13:45 – 13:55

Currently in the UK, three million people combine caring for a loved one with paid work.

The true scale of this can be hard to recognise at work. A study showed that 7% have felt isolated due to their caring responsibilities, 34% admitted to using their annual leave to care, and 21% had been forced to use sick leave.

In 2017, Simplyhealth will launch Care for Life. It is designed to support not only employees who are active carers but also those who may one day be a carer. It helps plan for the future and minimise the negative impact that caring may have on their health, wellbeing, and work readiness.

Energy Gap
Grant Payne – Life Partnership

13:55 – 14:00

Question Time
Chaired by Julie Maddocks


Leaders v Individuals; Who’s responsible for health & wellbeing in the workplace?
Simon James – KIMS Hospital

14:40 – 14:50

Simons session looks at a case study on KIMS Hospital and what it takes to secure an “Excellence” award for workplace health and wellbeing.

Awards Presentation

14:50 – 15:15

Networking with Question Time Panel

15:15 – 16:00

Event Close


Specialists & spokespeople debating the industry’s hottest topics.

When is

The Event




09:00AM – 16:00PM

Where is

The Venue

Main Hall

Augustine Hall


Canterbury Christchurch University
Rhodaus Town
Canterbury, Kent

Wed 22 February 2017

Specialists & spokespeople debating the industry’s hottest topics.