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

This impactful half day event explored 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 explored 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 was a mix of inspiring keynotes, high level panels, peer roundtable discussions and structured networking.

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Event for: Directors / Heads of: Health and Safety | Wellbeing | HS&E | Sustainability | HR


  • Geoff McDonald

    Advocate & Campaigner, Minds@Work
  • Judith Grant

    Associate Director - Health & Wellbeing, Mace
  • Matt Rae

    Director, Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Vodafone
  • Oliver Heath

    Director & Biophilic Design Ambassador, Interface
  • Paul Sweeney

    VP & General Manager, DAQRI
  • Ruth Denyer

    Group Head of Operational Risk, ITV
  • Sally Uren

    CEO, Forum for the Future
  • Saverio Romeo

    Chief Research Officer & Principal Analyst, Beecham Research

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


  • 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.
  • 13.55
    LEADERSHIP PANEL 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.
  • 15.30
  • 16.00
    NEW THINKERS PANEL 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
  • 18:00
    Drinks and Networking

Venue Details

The Great Hall, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), One Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA

Who's Attending

Head of HR Adnams
Vice President Quality, Environmental Health and Safety Alcatel Submarine Networks (NOKIA)
Head of HSEQ Amey
Health, Safety and Environmental Manager Babcock International
HSE Director Balfour Beatty
Divisional Head of HS&W Bam Nuttall
Global Director EHS Barclays
Health and Wellbeing Manager Biffa
Director of HSEQ Bouygues UK
Head of Talent Bovis Homes
Head of Health Safety and Wellbeing Bupa
Group Health & Safety Director CALA Homes
Head of Fire, Safety & Environment Canary Wharf Management
Group SHE Director Capita Group
Director. Health, Safety, Environmental & Quality Management Durkan
Safety Manager Durkan
Head of Site Safety & Assurance EDF Energy
Head of HSE Eight2O
Senior Account Director EMCOR Group UK
Head of Occupational Health & Safety, UK&I Ericsson
HSQE Director Ferrovial
Group Head of Health and Safety First Port
Global Director of Health & Safety G4S
Head of QHSE Gather and Gather
Head of Safety, Rick and Continuous G’s Fresh
Head of Sustainability GVA
Senior Environmental and Acoustics Advisor Hochtief UK Construction
CEO IM2 Group
OHSE Director Imperial Brands
Key Account Manager Interface
Senior Health & Safety Manager ISG
Head of Health & Safety ISG
Director of HSEQ & CR ISS UK
Sustainability Manager JLL
Group EHS Director Johnson Matthey
Health & Safety Manager Keller Group
Group Safety & Compliance Risk Kingfisher
HSE Leader Construction Laing O’Rourke
HSEQ Director – European Hub Laing O’Rourke
H&S Manager Mace
Senior Sustainability Manager Multiplex
Group SHE Director NG Bailey
EMEA H&S Manager Pearson
Lead SHEQS Business Partner Pennon Group
Head of HSE at Polypipe Group Polypipe
Health & Safety Lead RELX
Head of Health and Safety REM
Corporate Head of HSEQ Ringway Jacobs
Head of Health & Safety Royal British Legion
QSHEC Director Salisbury Group
Head of Health and Safety Selfridges
Group SHEQ Director Severfield
Head of HSQE Siemens
Head of Continuous Improvement Sir Robert McAlpine
H&S Ops Manager Corporate & Content Sky
Director Sustainability Taylor Wimpey
Head of Health and Safety Taylor Woodrow
Head of UK & Group People Safety Tesco
Head of Health, Safety and Environment – Estates The Cooperative
Director Turner & Townsend
SHEQ Director United Living
Head of Health and Safety Virgin Media
Head of Safety and Environment (SHEQS) Viridor Waste Management
Principal Manager Health & Safety & Sustainability Vodafone
Group Health Safety & Wellbeing Manager Vodafone
Group Health, Safety & Wellbeing Director Vodafone
Group H&S Manager WHSmith