Proudly Sponsored by: Guildford Borough Council

Supported by: Alliotts

Time: 08:00 - 12:00

Price: Member Rate: £25.00 +VAT | Non Member Rate: £25.00 +VAT |


Location: The Refectory (Seasons)
Guildford Cathedral
Stag Hill

Parking is free of charge

The Modern Workplace – Thriving or Surviving?

Surrey Chambers of Commerce in partnership with Alliotts Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors are delighted to bring you an innovative look at Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace. During the course of the morning we will hear from an exciting line up of speakers with expertise in a variety of Health & Wellbeing areas including research, prevention, compliance, digital world resilience and more.


08:00 - Registration, informal networking, and teas & coffees

08:25 - Welcome address and introduction

08:30 - Perspective from the "Real World"

  • Creating mentally healthy workplaces - Rachel Suff, Senior Policy Adviser Employment Relations, CIPD
  • Personal Perspective - Geoff McDonald, Former Global VP, Unilever
  • Staying Sane in the Digital World - Jane Nathan, Founder and Clinic Director, Healthcare on Demand Clinic & Education 4 Health

10:00 - Networking brunch & opportunity to visit our partner village

10:45 - Looking to the Future

  • Returning to Work - the Role of Charities / the Voluntary Sector - Clive Stone, CEO Oakleaf / IoD Mental Health Ambassador
  • Staying Well in Our Working Lives - Gary Evans, Owner, Holistic Healing Therapies
  • Case Study: Effecting Cultural Change in the Workplace - Rosemary Hedgecock, Head of HR, Alliotts Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors

12:00 - Wrap up and close


Who is this event for?

  • Business owners, HR managers, companies who wish to create a positive H&W culture within their workplace.
  • Delegates who attend this event can expect to receive an informative insight into the importance of H&W in the workplace, the impact positive H&W has on a business and ultimately the bottom line.
  • Hear from experts in their field, business case studies and about the H&W workplace charter.

Partner Village

Delegates will have an opportunity to visit our Health and Wellbeing Partner Village for expert advice and information. Current exhibitors include

  • BMI Mount Alvernia
  • Healthy Home & Office Ltd
  • Holistic Healing Therapies
  • The Working Mind
  • Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Trust
  • Margaret Dabbs
  • Guildford First
  • Active Surrey
  • More exhibitors to be announced shortly


Geoff McDonald – Former Global VP HR Marketing, Communications, Sustainability & Water, Unilever, Talks about Culture, Leadership, Resilience, Sustainability

Geoff speaks with brutal honesty about his work-related depression whilst at Unilever – a taboo subject in even the most progressive organisations – and reveals how he is challenging the culture of silence around mental illness. Geoff’s background in HR, marketing, communications and sustainability is impeccable. During his 25 years with Unilever (with a turnover of £50 billion, 170,000 employees in 90 countries around the world), his experience has been truly global, working across Africa, Middle-East, Turkey, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

His HR experience has spanned leadership and talent development, organisation change, capability development with particular reference to marketing and business transformation with purpose at its core. Today, Geoff is a much sought-after speaker, inspiring and provoking organisations to put purpose at the centre of everything they do and to challenge the stigma of mental illness in the workplace.

He has spoken at Cambridge University, Warwick and Oxford as well as corporate events across Australia, Europe, Japan, North America, and Africa. Central and Eastern Europe.


Rachel Suff– CIPD

Rachel joined the CIPD as a senior policy adviser in 2014 to help shape the public policy debate to champion better work and working lives. Rachel is a policy and research professional with over 20 years’ experience in the employment and HR arena. An important part of her role is to ensure that the views of the profession inform CIPD policy thinking on health and wellbeing. She has recently led a range of policy and research studies about mental wellbeing at work, and represents the CIPD on key advisory groups, such as the recent Stevenson-Farmer review of mental health and employers, and the Royal Foundation’s Heads Together Workplace Wellbeing programme. Rachel is a qualified HR practitioner and researcher with a master’s in Human Resource Management from Portsmouth University and a post-graduate diploma in social research methods from Sussex University.


Clive Stone – Oakleaf

Clive has been the CEO of Oakleaf Enterprise a Guildford-based mental health charity for the past twenty years. He is also a Director of the national charity The Association of Mental Health Providers, Chairman of the multi-agency Surrey based Suicide Prevention Group for High Risk Groups. Clive is the Mental Health Ambassador for the Institute of Directors Surrey and he also runs his own private counselling and supervision practice.

He is passionate about helping people to recognise that they always have choice and the impact this can have on their mental health. His deep understanding of the effects of mental wellbeing on the individual and those around them has been strengthened by his own lived experience. He supports employers with mental health awareness training, regularly undertakes talks and interviews, most recently a Tedx at the University of Surrey and a collaborative event between Guildford First and Minds at Work.


Jane Nathan – Healthcare on Demand

Jane's principal background is in Clinical Research (development of new medicines within GlaxoSmithKline; International R & D) and Medical Education (including taught courses, clinical experience programmes in hospital settings and e-learning, worldwide).
Her early career started in Botany at the University of Manchester, and she subsequently taught Biological and Health Sciences at undergraduate level in both London and Sussex.

In parallel to running the Medical Education company she founded in 2002, Jane has also established a multidisciplinary clinic in Guildford, Surrey with a focus on mental health and emotional wellbeing. This clinical team includes a 30-strong strong panel of psychological/ psychiatric practitioners, including Consultant Psychiatrists, Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, Counsellors/Psychotherapists, plus other related disciplines, such as Dieticians, Speech and Language Therapists etc.

Jane is particularly interested in mental health education within the settings where she hopes to reach those who can have an influence on the lives of people suffering from mental illness and their families.

Jane is a MHFA Youth and Adult Instructor, and a Resilience Instructor (Penn University Programme).

Gary Evans - Holistic Healing Therapies

Surrey-based Holistic Healing Therapy LTD. (HHT) is an innovative relaxation events company founded by Gary Evans and Olga Terebenina in early 2016.
Events run by HHT combine a variety of disciplines including mindfulness, Yoga, Sound and Nature Therapy, Gary and Olga have brought their combined skills together to create a company built on strong foundations and principles. HHT clients include Canon, Surrey Wildlife Trust, RSPB and the Woodland Trust. HHT also have many ongoing collaborations with various universities, including the University of Essex. Gary & Olga are always happy to hear from companies and individuals interested in learning more about stress relief and relaxation.


Rosemary Hedgecock - HR Manager at Alliotts

As head of Alliotts HR management Services, Rosemary covers two areas; overseeing all things HR within Alliotts and providing an HR consulting service to organisations in a broad range of sectors. Rosemary is an advocate for positive mental health awareness in the workplace, but she also appreciates the challenges that employers face in implementing a culture shift towards a mentally healthy working environment. Arguably the workplace has come a long way in cracking the health and safety nut; Rosemary believes levels of awareness associated with mental health and safety should not be different, yet sadly stigma and a reluctance to genuinely acknowledge the importance of mental wellbeing is still costing businesses more than they realise. Rosemary is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.



Event Details
15 May 2018
8:00 AM
The Refectory (Seasons)
Guildford Cathedral
Stag Hill
Surrey Chambers of Commerce and Alliotts
01483 735540
Member Rate: £25.00 +VAT | Non Member Rate: £25.00 +VAT