Rewards, Benefits & Wellbeing Summit
6 - 8 December 2021

Topics & Themes

Innovative reward practices
Exploring creative approaches to employee benefits
The art of feedback
Diversity & inclusion and employee recognition
Predicting trends in workplace wellness
How to engage with a difficult to reach workforce
Financial wellbeing
Mental Health for all
Implementing employee rewards/ benefits on a large scale

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Speakers & Abstracts

2021 programme - speaker line up so far!

Dave Cornthwaite

Adventurer, Speaker & Author
Yes Man
Do something new everyday...
  • Biography

    Dave has a habit of doing things differently. Since quitting his job as a really bad graphic designer in 2005, Dave Cornthwaite has developed a successful career based around his passions. At the core, he is a record-breaking adventurer.

    Dave has created hundreds of short films, delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide, travelled over 20,000 non-motorised miles as part of his Expedition1000 project, founded the life-fulfilling brand SayYesMore and, finally, has made up for being a total loser in his early twenties.

    At the core, he is a record-breaking adventurer twelve journeys into his groundbreaking Expedition1000 project: 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport. If his enthusiasm for simple living, the power of adventure for good and the glorious pursuit of enjoying Mondays isn't enough to get you ready for a new challenge, nothing will.

  • Presentation Outline

    Dave's uniquely entertaining and motivational keynote presentations have been enjoyed on six continents and his passionate advocacy of the word YES has contributed to the sprouting of countless adventures worldwide, big and small. He has written three books: the bestselling Life in the Slow Lane, a hapless search for love in Date, and BoardFree, the story of how he left his job to skateboard further than anyone ever had.

    Dave will speak about his commitment to helping others reach their own potential and about how in 2015 his motto, SayYesMore, transformed into a different beast when he accidentally founded a social enterprise of the same name and a community of doers called The YesTribe, which offers a gentle solution to the mental health pressures of today's society.

    You will hear about adventure, living life on our own terms and maximising efficiency of choice in order to magnify the positive impact of our work and lifestyle.

Debra Corey

Speaker, Author and Chief Pay it Forward Officer
Banishing the monsters created through reward & recognition programmes
  • Biography

    Debra Corey is a highly experienced and award-winning HR leader, consultant, world-class speaker, and three-time best-selling author. She has been named one of the top 101 global employee engagement influencers and one of the Top Reward Industry Luminaries.

    Over the last 20+ years she's worked for a variety of global companies such as Gap Inc, Merlin Entertainments and Reward Gateway, where she’s developed and delivered HR strategies in a rebellious way, pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo to truly drive employee engagement. She continues on this mission as Chief Pay it Forward Officer at DebCo HR.

  • Presentation Outline

    The reward and recognition programs we create have a huge impact over the actions of our employees, and as a result, the success of our businesses. But, have you ever considered the wrong actions that they actually encourage and the monsters they create? In this session, I'll be addressing some of these monsters, and provide tips and solutions to help you rid your company of them - today and in the future.

Arti Kashyap-Aynsley

Head of Health and Wellbeing
Navigating the role of the Wellbeing Leader
  • Biography

    Arti Kashyap-Aynsley started her career by qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, whilst also embarking on a 15-year journey in the Professional Services Sector. She has worked between all of the audits, tax and advisory services, spending the largest chunk of her time in the world of Management Consulting, where she focused on large scale Finance Transformation programmes that had her looking at strategy, learning and development, stakeholder and change management, technology implementations, process improvement, executive coaching and other things alike.

    Working and travelling the globe opened Arti's eyes up to the impacts of what our working lives can have on our overall wellbeing, along with the truth behind not being able to easily compartmentalise the lives we live between home and work. With the experience she gained in her career, she decided to pivot a few years ago into the world of wellbeing, where she first worked with Deloitte in Consulting in the UK, to design, develop and deliver on a comprehensive wellbeing strategy that was linked to the overall business focus. By being able to create positive shifts and change in the business, Arti was inspired to continue to grow in this area and is now leading the Ocado Group Globally from a wellbeing standpoint. Outside of her day to day working life Arti continues to emulate a life committed to the wellbeing agenda as she is also a qualified life coach and personal trainer, as well as an Advisor to organisations such as Mind and the Allbright on topics surrounding the Responsible Business Agenda.

  • Presentation Outline

    2020 was a year that will and has gone down in history for so many reasons. One of which has been the impact it has had on the wellbeing agenda in organisations. You could argue that wellbeing was always on the agenda of organisations, but what 2020 did was elevate it, move the conversations years ahead and increase the accountability that lays at the heart of businesses. What all of this in turn did was to increase the need for roles such as the "Wellbeing Leader." And whilst this is something very exciting, it is also something quite challenging. There is no roadmap for roles such as this and one would likely classify it as a "trailblazing role". So how then do we obtain success? How do we create impact, and not just be seen as a leader that is there simply to address a tick box exercise? In this session join Arti Kashyap-Aynsley, Award-winning global wellbeing leader, as she breaks down the environment we are in currently, the challenges we face and most importantly some key strategies to help navigate this highly visible and impactful role.

Theresa Winters

Senior HR Manager, Employee Experience Proposition
From surviving to thriving - Why supporting menopause at work matters.
  • Biography

    Theresa Winters is an experienced HR leader with a passion for creating cultures where individuals can truly thrive. Over a career of 30 years she has worked across FMCG and Financial Services industries in a range of business and HR roles. In her current role she leads the Employer Brand and Employee Value Propositions for Santander and is passionate about creating the peak moments that drive great employee experience. Theresa also leads the menopause programme of support at Santander which started in 2019. This includes becoming the first major employer in the UK to offer expert clinical support for employees going through menopause through their partnership with Peppy. She is also an active advocate for improved menopause support in organisations and across society as a whole.

  • Presentation Outline

    Menopause awareness is growing both in social online media platforms as well as mainstream media. There is a current open debate in parliament and we are now teaching it as part of the secondary school curriculum. All of this is in no small part to a growing number of passionate advocates and organisations who have made it their mission to make discussion and support for menopause, commonplace in our society. Many organisations are waking up to the fact that good menopause awareness and support in the workplace isn’t just the right thing to do from a wellbeing and inclusion perspective, but it can bring many other positive impacts including, increased engagement & productivity, reduced presenteeism and absence, and retention and attraction of talent.

    In this session, I'll be addressing some of the ways you can start and then maintain the conversation about menopause in your organisation including the power of personal stories, and share some tips and solutions to help you in supporting and enabling your employees to thrive rather than survive on their menopause journey.

Ben Wharfe

Chief People Officer
Evolve or Die - using iterative design to create leading edge Reward, Benefit & Wellbeing programs
  • Biographies

    Ben is the Chief People Offer at Fiit, the number 1 rated digital fitness experience in the UK. Not only are Fiit on a mission to disrupt the fitness industry but they are also looking to disrupt the world of work. Ben passionately believes that the way companies are structured and designed are rooted in archaic Tayloritsic command and control mindsets. Approaches that fail business’ and the people that work for them in today’s volatile and constantly changing world.

    Before entering the world of start-ups Ben worked in business consulting across a variety of companies and industries including Accenture, Disney, Diageo, Shell, BP and National Grid. Most recently prior to Fiit Ben worked at EDF Energy as their Director of Future HR, a large-scale strategy, IT and business transformation programme of all HR processes and systems.

    Ben is also the Founder and Chairman of Universal Chance, a charity to help underprivileged children in Uganda.

  • Presentation Outline

    Over 50% of the Fortune 500 firms in 2000 don’t exist today. The world around us is changing at an accelerating pace and today’s organisation designs and processes are no longer fit for purpose. We are living through a global productivity crisis, a deepening mental and physical health pandemic, and the continued explosion of technological advancement and data.

    At the heart of this 87% of employees globally are disengaged and 13% are actively disengaged. Disengaged employees lead to unproductive organisations, high employee turnover, reduced innovation and sick employees. We explore the challenges facing companies today and what can be done to overcome them to create a culture and environment where people can thrive.

    Many organisations and industries were looking dangerously archaic and on the verge of disruption prior to the COVID pandemic. Roll the clock forwards a year and the need for changes in how we design work, jobs and organisations has increased tenfold. Companies that fail to heed the warnings will go the same way as Blackberry, HMV, Nokia and Kodak.
    We’ll look at Fiit’s agile and iterative approach to designing a rewards, benefits and wellbeing program that is constantly adapting to the ever-changing business environment we exist in.

Dommy Szymanska

Global Head of Pay & Reward
Stella McCartney
  • Biography

    Dommy is the Global Head of Pay & Reward at Stella McCartney, and is an experienced Reward professional with a demonstrated history of working in various global industries. Like many others, she ‘fell’ into pay & reward after graduating with a degree in Journalism.

    Member of the Reward 300, with a real passion for Employee Wellbeing. She has experience in global payroll implementation, flexible benefits, reward communication and process improvements. Professionally, an advocate of good work-life balance, personally a passionate foodie!

  • Presentation Outline

    Coming soon!

Mark Chadwick

Head of Pensions and Benefits
NatWest Group
Breaking the stigma of talking about money – NatWest Group’s financial wellbeing journey
  • Biography

    Mark is Head of Pensions & Benefits at NatWest Group. Since joining the Group in 2005, he’s led HR teams in the UK and internationally, and spent three years defining and delivering pay and benefits strategy for Citizens Financial Group, one of the largest banks in the USA. Prior to joining the NatWest Group, Mark was a Senior Consultant with Willis Towers Watson. He has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Warwick and is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He’s Leader of the Scottish Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and a member of the Board of the David Hume Institute.

  • Presentation Outline

    Across the UK, our personal finances aren't looking great…The Bank Workers Charity estimate that 15 million people regularly fall behind on their bills and use credit to plug the gap. That’s a lot of people who don’t have financial security, and it’s important that banks lead the way in helping customers and colleagues to get back on track. Money doesn’t just affect our financial health; it’s linked to our physical and mental wellbeing too. Being in control of your finances doesn’t just give you a healthy bank balance, it means you’re less likely to be poorly or to be knocked off track when things get difficult. It’s a myth that just because you work for a bank, you’re likely to be better at managing your money, and in these exceptional times things can be harder than ever. Over the last few years, NatWest Group’s built an award-winning financial wellbeing strategy on a shoestring budget – and we think you can do the same too.

    The business case for a progressive financial wellbeing strategy is clear… Our financial wellbeing is directly linked to physical and mental health. If you’re struggling with money, it effects your mental health. If you’ve got poor mental health, you’re more likely to have poor physical health. And a combination of poor mental and physical health makes it harder to manage your money. 74% of people with debt worries say it made them stressed, anxious and it affected their mental health (CIPD). 72% of people with a mental health problem say it made their financial situation worse (Money and Mental Health). If you have a mental health problem, you’re 53% more likely to be diabetic or develop cardiovascular disease and 30% more likely to have muscular-skeletal problems (Kings College London).

Sally Hopper

Assistant Director of HR
Hertfordshire county council
Reward and misrecognition
  • Biography

    Sally is the Assistant Director of Human Resources at Hertfordshire County Council where she leads on all aspects of people management for a diverse workforce of over 8,000 staff. During her time in this role her priorities have been diversity and inclusion, where staff can bring their ‘whole self’ to work. Her work was dominated in 2020/21 by supporting and deploying the workforce in response to Covid-19. In 2019 she was recognised as one of HR Most Influential Public Sector by HR Magazine. She has researched Reward for Contribution and in recent years she has been researching organisational change and the behaviours and ethical considerations that emerge for those affected by the change. She is a Trustee of the London Playing Fields Foundation and works to ensure ethical and fair people management.

  • Presentation Outline

    The rate of pay ordinarily increases the higher one progresses up the hierarchy. Common to public, private and voluntary sector, and often helped by the factors that make up job evaluation schemes, the more influence, the bigger the budget, the higher up in the grading structure ones’ pay is placed. But what if you are at the bottom of the hierarchy and there is no job evaluation scheme, no notion of benefits and a culture of your employer getting your skills as cheap as they can? This is in a society where in the UK, according to Institute for Public Policy (IPPR) research (2021), rates of working poverty have grown steadily over the past 25 years, from 13% to a new high of 17% the pay and terms and conditions can make all the difference to mental health and wellbeing and the difference between a reasonable quality of life and poverty. You may say, I don’t recognise this but do we contribute to this misrecognition by what we value and depend upon as a society?

Speaker Programme

The Rewards & Benefits Summit programme consists of 6 Strategy Group sessions – case study led presentations followed by Q&A and 2 Action Learning workshops – key topic roundtable discussions.

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6 - 8 December 2021, Warwick Conferences, Coventry

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“As always the Reward & Benefits Summit never disappoints - 2 days of engaging thought provoking conversations with likeminded individuals as well as great seminars. Well worth the time spent!”

Tony Parker, Head of Reward & Benefits

“This was my first Summit and I found the whole experience invaluable. Everyone I met, whether other delegates, guest speakers or suppliers provided different insights and experiences that I can use in the shaping of our future strategies. The event was exceptionally well organised and thoroughly enjoyable.”

Daniel Appleby, Head of HR & Training
Robin Hood Energy