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.

Dan Fish

Chief People Officer
Invosys ltd
Lockdown wellbeing lessons and what will the future bring?
  • Biography

    Dan joined Invosys in 2009 as the first full-time employee in a start-up company. Previous to that he worked at several Telco’s including Cable and Wireless (Vodafone) and Telecoms resellers. Since joining Invosys he has held a number of roles within the company. Dan became Director of Operations and HR in 2014 as the company grew organically. Dan Studied for CPID Level 5 in 2015 and is an Associate Member of CIPD eventually becoming Chief People Officer of Invosys in 2018 due to further organic growth and many company acquisitions. An HR/People Generalist with a professional rebellious side. Dan has experience in several areas including employee engagement, reward and recognition and is passionate about employee wellbeing.

    Outside work, Dan is a keen sportsperson with an interest in many sports including weight training, football and cricket. He has also run four marathons including Berlin and London and completed Ironman in 2017.

  • Presentation Outline

    Cast your mind back to January 2020. Packed buses, trains, tubes and motorway queues were the norm in many peoples everyday working practice. Many firms had huge offices, and this was just how it was. Then as if by magic in March this all changed. Companies were forced to adapt in double quick time, and to survive home working became the order of the day. For many, there was a novelty at first, and it would only be for a few months, right?

    Move forward to 2021. Lockdown fatigue is kicking in, homeschooling and trying to work is a major chore, you are on your 50th Zoom meeting of the day. You feel distanced from your colleagues, all conversations are work-related and the "socialness" of the workplace may have gone.

    In a pandemic world, employee wellbeing moved to the fore. Fruit baskets no longer cut the mustard (did they ever?). Employees want and expect more from their employer.

    How did Invosys step up its wellbeing game, live its values and innovate to ensure that all its employees benefited, were happy, comfortable and remained engaged? The World didn’t stop in 2020, it just changed, and we had to change with it, take on fresh inspiration and at times do more with less. What were our main successes and lessons that we have learnt from this and how will it potentially change the employee wellbeing landscape forever?

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!

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