On 23rd May in London, The Crowd convened 100+ senior health & safety, wellbeing and sustainability professionals for our 2nd X Health, Safety & Wellbeing event.

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.

The audience was carefully curated, with senior attendees invited based on their role type and their organisation.

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


  • Jennie Armstrong

    Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Thames Tideway
  • Jonathan Garrett

    Head of Environment, Health & Safety, Prudential Plc
  • Kesah Trowell

    Group Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Dixons Carphone
  • Tom Cheesewright

    Founder, Book of the Future
  • Peter Simpson

    Chief Executive Officer, Anglian Water
  • Emma Currie

    Founder, Acting Up
  • Laura Willis

    Co-Founder, Shine Offline
  • Joe Carr

    Director of Mining Enterprise, Inmarsat
  • Louise Aston

    Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community

Round Tables

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  • Contractor safety management
    Managing the health and safety of employees is one challenge. But for many companies, it is contractors who greatly outnumber employees. For businesses with large contractor numbers, the obligations for ensuring a safe, healthy working environment are the same, but the challenges of influencing their behaviour and safety performance can be substantial. This roundtable will consider how can companies can influence contractor safety performance at every stage of the contractor life cycle from Qualification through Project Close-out.
  • Integrating the supply chain into one OH&S system – a possible achievement?
    The introduction of ISO45001 is yet another sign of the importance of further involving the supply chain in one common OH&S system. How can the construction industry manage this? Is it time to mandate one common system on British construction sites? What are the advantages of having one common way of working on site rather than fragmented H&S working in silos? What are the success factors for making it happen? Join this roundtable to take part in mapping out the challenges and opportunities of having one common OH&S management system for everyone on site - and either share or learn from best practices within and outside the construction industry.
  • Leading safely
    There were 137 work-related fatalities in 2016/2017 according to HSE. Not to forget disasters such as Grenfell Tower which took 71 lives, and astounding rates of suicide in the construction sector amongst others. The health and safety industry is evolving in meaningful ways, however, we are still seeing catastrophic events and ongoing fatalities. Should this be attributed to shortcomings related to health and safety or leadership at large? How do we truly lead safely?
  • Recruiting, developing, and promoting well-rounded H&S talent
    The combination of technical expertise and the ability to move people to work in safe and healthy ways has been a compelling reason for professionals to join the health and safety industry for some time. Technical qualifications are not the be-all end-all, but with - out them H&S professionals lack the fundamentals to create health and safety improvement. How should H&S leaders guide up-and-coming professionals to ultimately master these two distinct skill sets and exercise them effectively? How is the effectiveness of teams in achieving long-term strategic goals impacted by organisational structure, health and safety role titles and responsibilities, and approach to professional development? All of these things look very different from one organisation to the next, so is there a consensus which can be reached on a formula for success regarding how you recruit, develop, and promote the best health and safety talent?
  • Removing the Stigma of Mental Health in the Workplace
    Awareness is growing that poor employee mental health is having a major impact on business, and whilst companies are becoming better attuned to the issue, there remains significant stigma, social shame, organisational hurdles and practical considerations that have kept the problem under the radar for too long. But how do companies turn this around? What can companies do to remove the stigma of mental health problems in the work - place? Which programmes have worked in which industries? How can business leaders create a culture that facilitates good mental health, but which also supports employees when they are struggling?
  • Safety Differently: The Business Case
    The way we manage and understand safety is changing rapidly. All around us, new technology, economic challenges and globalisation have created a very different workplace. Many companies have revolutionised their strategic objectives, however they still experience a demand for traditional metrics. This roundtable will look at how companies can measure a ‘Safety Differently’ approach. How do you measure performance without using incident data? How can you influence the board and senior management to make the leap?
  • Safety leadership and culture
    How can you inspire leaders - from the front line to the boardroom - to act decisively to improve safety culture and performance in the business? What are the best tools, techniques and strategies for transforming the quality of leaders’ engagements on safety? How do you equip them with the practical skills needed to change the culture, behaviours and performance in the field? How do you breathe new life into established safety processes and programs?
  • The Management of Wellbeing
    What is “wellbeing”? A seemingly simple question, but the corporate world has yet to yield a widely accepted, comprehensive yet succinct operational definition that is not unworkably vague. What should a “wellbeing programme” encompass? Whose remit in an organisation should wellbeing fall under (ie. HR versus Health & Safety)? The diversity of opinions that have emerged from these questions shine a light on the fact that we are still learning what type of model represents best practice. At the same time, perhaps approaches to wellbeing will have to remain quite idiosyncratic from one business to the next in order to thrive in different company cultures. What indicates a considered, robust strategy to address workplace wellbeing in the here and now, and how can organisations work together to bring different ideas into best
  • Wearable tech for workplace health and wellness
    When most people think of workplace health and safety, they think of efforts to prevent traumatic workplace accidents, dramatic injuries and death. But traumatic workplace accidents account for only a very small proportion of the total number of workplace in - juries. Degenerative disorders such as repetitive strain injury are 700% more prevalent – and they are frequently just as serious. But such injuries occur more stealthily, creeping up on victims. An ounce of prevention, is worth a pound of cure! How can companies get better at flagging risky manual handling, physical movement and employee health and safety more effectively? Increasingly the answer is through wearable tech. This roundtable will discuss use-cases and success stories for wearable tech for workplace wellness
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  • 12:30
  • 13:00
    WELCOME: Luke Clarkson , Managing Director, The Crowd
  • 13:05
    OPENING KEYNOTE: Tom Cheesewright, Founder, Book of the Future
  • 13:25
    LEADERSHIP PANEL Corporate communications, trust and purpose in a new power world Jennie Armstrong , Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Tideway Shaun Davis , Group Director, Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability, Royal Mail Peter Simpson , Chief Executive Officer, Anglian Water Moderated by Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community
  • 14:15
    ROUNDTABLE SESSION 1 Attendees join their pre-selected roundtables – see the first number on your name badge.
  • 15:00
  • 15:35
    NEW THINKERS SHOWCASE & PANEL Communications innovation and new thinking for a “new power” age Joe Carr , Director of Mining Enterprise, Inmarsat Kesah Trowell , Group Head of CSR, Dixons Carphone Laura Willis , Co-Founder, Shine Offline Moderated by Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community
  • 16:25
    KEYNOTE: Emma Currie , Founder, Acting Up
  • 16:40
    ROUNDTABLE SESSION 2 Attendees join their pre-selected roundtables – see the second number on your name badge.
  • 17:25
  • 17:20

Venue Details

Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DD

Who's Attending

HRD Adnams Plc
EU EHS Transportation Lead Amazon
Head of HSEQ Amey – Highways
Vice President QEHS ASN (NOKIA)
HSE Manager Babcock
Head of SHE BAE Systems Land UK
Divisional Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing BAM Nuttall Ltd
Group Health and Safety Director Biffa
Group Head of Social Responsibility BSI Group
Expansion Manager BuildSafe
Global Head of Health and Safety Bupa
Director of Health and Safety Bupa UK
Group HS&E Director Byrne Group
Head of Health & Safety Canary Wharf Group
EHS Manager Cisco
Head of UK Benefits Citi
Head of Health, Safety and Environment Clear Channel
Head of Risk, Health, Safety & Environment – Co-op Property Co-op
HSE Director Compass Group UK & Ireland
Director HS&E Durkan
Senior Account Director EMCOR UK
Head of HSEQ Exterion Media
Assistant  HSQE Director Ferrovial Agroman
HSQE Director Ferrovial Agroman UK Ltd
Head of Health, Safety, Risk and CI G’s Fresh
Head of Health, Safety, Security & Compliance Geodis UK ltd
Head of Air Quality Global Action Plan
Global Safety Manager HEINEKEN
Global Head of Health and Safety HSBC
Group OHSE & CR Director Imperial Brands PLC
Director of HSEQ & CR ISS UK Ltd
Wellbeing Strategy Manager Jaguar Land Rover
Group SHEQ Director Keepmoat Homes
Group SHEA Director Kier Group
Senior H&S Manager Lendlease Construction
Group HSES Director Lloyd’s Register
Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing Mace
Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director Mace
Associate Director of Health and Wellbeing Mace Group
Group Health, Safety & Business Resilience Director Manchester Airports Group
EMEA SHE Director McCormick UK Ltd
QHSE Director Mitie
Group Health & Safety Manager News UK
Head of Safety National Theatre
Global Health & Wellbeing Program Manager Nokia
Head of Safety and Certifications O2
Group Head Safety and Security Odeon
Global Director of Health and Safety Pearson plc
Group Head of Safety & Security Pennon
Head of HSE Polypipe
Director of Risk & Compliance Pret A Manger
Head of health, safety, environment and security Proton Partners International
Head of HSEQ Ringwayjacobs
QSHEC Director Salisbury Group
General Manager Savills
Group Health & Safety Manager SEGRO plc
Head of Health and Safety Selfridges
Chief SHE Manager Severfield
Director Shine Offline Ltd
Head of Continuous Improvement Sir Robert McAlpine
Senior H&S Manager Skanska UK
Health and Safety Improvement Specialist Sky
Health and Safety Manager Telefonica
Head of Department The Crown Estate
Head of H&S The Royal British Legion
Head of People Strategy and Insight Three
Director Turner & Townsend
Head of Health, Safety and Environment UK Mail/DHL Parcel
Group HSW Manager Vodafone
Property and workplace lead WaterAid
Head of Innovation Woodland Trust