X Health, Safety & Wellbeing 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

13:00 - 19:00

On 23rd November in London, The Crowd will bring together 120+ senior health & safety, wellbeing and sustainability professionals for X Health, Safety & Wellbeing.

This impactful half day event will explore how to apply exponential and disruptive thinking and solutions to corporate health, safety and wellbeing strategies. inspiring and connecting the leading minds from a mix of industry sectors.

We'll explore how disruptive technologies like augmented and virtual reality, and new supportive initiatives for employee mental health and wellbeing are exponentially changing traditional health and safety programmes in large organisations, sharing knowledge and latest thinking amongst the community.

The programme on the day is a mix of inspiring keynotes, high level panels, peer roundtable discussions and structured networking.

The audience for X Health, Safety & Wellbeing is carefully curated, with senior attendees invited based on their role type and their organisation.

Please drop kate@thecrowd.me an email if you’d like to find out more, or apply for a place below.


13.00 Refreshments and networking

13.30 WELCOME: Luke Clarkson, Managing Director, The Crowd

13.35 KEYNOTE: Paul Sweeney, Vice President & General Manager of DAQRI
How disruptive Augmented Reality technology empowers you to visualize and interact with data in a completely new way, bridging physical and digital worlds with revolutionary 4D experiences.

Judith Grant, Associate Director, Health and Wellbeing at Mace Group
Matthew Rae, Director, Safety and Wellbeing at Vodafone
Ruth Denyer, Group Head of Health, Safety and Insurance Risk Management at ITV
Moderated by: Axel Threlfall, Editor-at-large, Reuters

14.45 ROUNDTABLES: Attendees select their roundtables before the event. Peer discussions on a range of topics in groups of 10-12.


Sally Uren, Chief Executive at Forum for the Future
Saverio Romeo, Chief Research Officer and Principal Analyst at Beecham Research
Oliver Heath, TV presenter, writer, architectural & interior designer
Moderated by: Axel Threlfall, Editor-at-large, Reuters

16.50 ROUNDTABLES: Attendees select their roundtables before the event. Peer discussions on a range of topics in groups of 10-12.

17:35: CLOSING KEYNOTE:  Geoff McDonald, ex- Global Vice President HR for Marketing, Communications, Sustainability, and Talent, Unilever
Employee Wellbeing: A Competitive Advantage? A growing body of research indicates that there is a direct correlation between employee energy and performance – and that energy is largely driven by “wellbeing”. But what is wellbeing and why should it be considered as crucial for competitive advantage? Drawing on ideas on his 25 years’ experience in HR leadership at Unilever, and his own deeply personal story, Geoff will outline how companies can build wellbeing into development and performance as well as changing the narrative and stigma associated with mental health.

18.00 DRINKS


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Axel Threlfall Reuters

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Geoff McDonald Minds@Work

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Judith Grant Mace Group

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Matt Rae Vodafone

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Oliver Heath Oliver Heath Design | Interfa...

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Paul Sweeney DAQRI

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Ruth Denyer ITV

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Sally Uren Forum for the Future

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Saverio Romeo Beecham Research

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Round Tables

A new hierarchy of controls: Moving from reactive to data-driven preventative risk

The concept of "hierarchy of controls" holds that risks should be reduced to the lowest reasonably practicable level through preventative measures, in order of priority. Risks can never be fully eliminated, but in today’s world, real reduction of risk requires new thinking. Traditional approaches are often vague, and lack data-driven rigour. How can companies overcome resistance to new thinking? How can companies wield data to better quantify and manage risk? How can business take a more proactive approach to preventative HSE risk?

Behavioural competency vs technical competency

How are leading organisations creating more effective H&S teams and positive H&S cultures? What are the key non-technical skill sets a H&S professional needs in order to be effective? How can an organisation objectively evaluate its H&S functions non-technical competence? How can an organisation move beyond a traditional safety culture (compliance and enforcement oriented, driven by avoidance of negative consequences, etc.) to create continuous improvement? If we do not measure success in H&S by the absence of negatives (ie. incidents), what tangibly signifies success?

Beyond compliance

Health, safety and wellbeing practice has traditionally been focused on a compliance mindset.  But is this setting the bar too low? Is it possible to move beyond compliance? How can tech-enabled health, safety & wellbeing help companies transcend mere compliance? How can tech-enabled HSW data alongside integrated information management improve business performance? How can wellbeing data from wearables and other sources improve employee performance? What other integrated data will help drive companies ‘beyond compliance’?

Doing safety differently - towards Safety 2.0

The world of work is changing rapidly. All around us, new technology, economic challenges and globalisation have created a very different workplace. In many ways, traditional approaches to health and safety are no longer fit for today’s world. This roundtable will look at how companies can move towards “safety differently”. What is the current state of the industry? Where is it heading? How can we strategise for Safety 2.0? How can you influence the board and senior management to make the leap? 

Minding employee mental health & wellbeing

As leaders in HSE what is the most effective method for driving the Health & Wellbeing agenda, a standalone wellbeing strategy? Or implementation under a broader HSE approach? What is the role of technology in Health & Wellbeing implementation? Is it more effective to appoint wellbeing managers or should HSE professionals be upskilled? There are many ways of measuring improvement in other areas of HSE, what are the most reliable tools and indicators when measuring wellbeing?

Technology’s role in employee engagement with safety

A 2016 meta-analysis study of 1.8m workers by Gallup found that employees in safety-engaged teams have 70% fewer accidents than less engaged peers. But when it comes to technology, does the safety tech you use help or hinder engagement? Can companies use communications tech to drive engagement? What works, what doesn’t? How do you see the role of communications technology in safety? Should tech be focused on strengthening compliance and enforcement only, or to also support positive behaviour reinforcement via sharing data and team engagement?

When and how to implement digital and tech innovation for HSW

New innovations in Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality, wearables and the Internet of Things, along with better uses of data, are helping companies radically transform the way they manage health, safety and wellbeing. But the challenge for companies lies in knowing what problem can be addressed by which tools, how the tools can be deployed effectively, and how they can be scaled up for broad impact in the organisation.

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The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales


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