Mind - Keynote Presentation: Workplace Wellbeing, Health Inequalities and Culture
Emma is currently Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind. Emma joined Mind in 2007 and, since 2010, has led Mind’s campaigning for mentally healthy workplaces - playing a pivotal role in thought leadership to position mental health in the workplace as a key priority for employers and Government.
Emma has led culture change through engagement with employers, health and safety professionals, HR audiences and Government on mental health in the workplace and back-to-work support for people with mental health problems. She also supports networks of employers and stakeholders to share best practice and develop business-to-business peer support.
Emma’s prior role at Mind was as Policy and Campaigns Manager of the Social Inclusion and Rights team, leading on promoting social inclusion and upholding the human rights of people with mental health problems across the following areas: employment; benefits and welfare reform; debt and poverty; access to the criminal justice system; and equality and discrimination law. During this time, Emma led Mind’s successful national campaigns ‘Taking care of business: mental health at work’ and ‘In the red: debt and mental health’, both achieving awards and recognition for impact and innovation.
Emma has worked in the disability sector since 2005 and previously worked for Mencap, the learning disability charity.
Mental Health First Aid England - Presentation: My Wholeself Campaign
Ama Afrifa-Tchie is a valiant cultural builder, who's specialism spans across people experience, workplace culture, diversity & inclusion, mental health and wellbeing and corporate responsibility. She is experienced in leading the design, analysis, and implementation of people-centric products/services, inclusion & wellbeing initiatives.
She works with senior leadership, management teams, and employee engagement to; embed and integrate organisational culture through behaviour, processes and systems, and seeks to promote a positive, inclusive and supportive work environment and company culture by developing and evolving programmes and initiatives that support the organisation’s mission and values.
Ama has built her career and expertise (over 14 years ‘experience) with different industries such as - start-ups, tech, professional services, legal, financial services, media & entertainment.
Ama has an LLB in Law and a MA in Public Relations and Public Communications. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce UK, a Trustee of Artswork, a Governor on the Board of The Boxing Academy and the former Mentoring Chair of Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WITC UK).
National Centre for Suicide Prevention Education and Training - Presentation: Impact of COVID on Wellbeing and Suicidal Thoughts, The Future and Supporting Others
Jamie was born and live in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has 10 years’ experience in working in addictions services as a Regional Prevention Services Manager and currently works as the Head of Business Development for the National Centre for Suicide Prevention Education and Training. Jamie's passion is in prevention and brief intervention around substance misuse and suicide.
Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trusts - Presentation: Building Resilient Workplaces
Jo Smith is Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trusts Health and Wellbeing Strategic Lead, her areas of expertise are Public Health, behaviour change and leadership.
Jo’s NHS career began 16 years ago supporting the delivery of a 5 A DAY initiative, working across East Lancashire with a range of communities, her people skills, ability to motivate and educate being utilised to the full. Becoming part of a Health Improvement Service Jo was the Public Health Specialist for nutrition, a role which supported action on obesity from a population perspective. Appointed as Health Coordinator within this service Jo managed a team of Public Health Lifestyle Advisors whilst jointly supporting work within the Trust on developing approaches to workplace health and wellbeing.
Jo now has 6 years’ experience in workplace health and wellbeing, she recently undertook a Maters in Healthcare Leadership and applies compassionate and collective leadership theory to drive positive change. Working strategically on embedding a sustainable approach, Jo uses Public Health methodology she remains passionate about the prevention of ill health, leadership and supporting people in ‘working well’.