Rewards, Benefits & Wellbeing Summit
5th-7th June 2024
Dolce-CampoReal, Lisbon

2024 Topics & Themes

-How physical health impacts mental health and wellbeing
-Financial wellness strategies under the cost of living pressure
-Benefits on small budgets
-How to improve employee engagement
-Growth of personalised and inclusive benefits to support families across different life stages
-Supporting neurodiversity in the workplace
-Equality, diversity, and inclusion
-Rewards and recognition challenges
-Prioritising work-life balance

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Speakers & Abstracts

2023 speakers below!

Jo Salter

First Female Fighter Jet Pilot & Director of Global Transformative Leadership

Disrupting the norm
  • Biography

    Jo Salter is famed for becoming the first female fast jet pilot, having flown the Panavia Tornado ground attack aircraft during her services in the Royal Air Force. Joining the RAF aged 18, Jo has since taken Air Cadets into the skies as part of Air Experience Flights and become the Director of Global Transformative Leadership for PWC. Having developed first-class expertise in leadership, analytical thinking and performing under pressure, Jo is now a highly sought-after public speaker to share stories from her time in the skies.

    Aged 18, Jo joined the Royal Air Force and began her studies at the Royal Military College of Science. Initially passionate to become an engineering officer, Jo’s decisions made a U-turn when it was announced that women would be allowed to pilot jet aircraft. In 1992, Jo earned her wings to fly and she later completed her fast jet training at the end of the year. Becoming a Flight Lieutenant of 617 Squadron, Jo went on to claim the title of the first female fast jet pilot. Since then, Jo has piloted flights in the Air Cadets Air Experience Flights and inspired countless budding armed service members to pioneer a male-dominated sector. Since leaving the military behind, Jo has established a strong business career working in roles such as Head of Technical Services for NetConnect, European Operations Manager for Automated Power Exchange and Managing Director of Saltin Ltd.

    Jo is a passionate Trustee of The Royal Air Force Club and an Ambassador of the Global Angels charity, an organisation that gives communities around the world access to clean water, education, healthcare and encourages female and youth empowerment. Jo has also authored two books, titled Energy: 52 Ways to Fire Up Your Life and Become an Energy Angel and Energize: Spring Clean Your Mind and Body to Get Your Bounds Back Today and Every Day. In recognition of her achievements throughout her career, Jo has also been named as one of the 50 Most Inspiring Women in the World by Harpers & Queen. She is now working as the Director of Global Transformation Leadership at PWC, after working in other roles such as Director of Risk Technology Strategy, Director Chief of Staff to Head of Technology & Investments and the Director of People & Organisations. In 2022, Jo was invited personally by Tom Cruise to attend the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick.

  • Presentation Outline

    Get ready for an inspiring keynote speech by Jo Salter, who shattered the glass ceiling as Britain's first female fast jet pilot. Join her as she takes you on a journey of breaking barriers (including the sound barrier), overcoming challenges and disrupting the norm. With her compelling storytelling and candid insights, Jo will inspire you to challenge the status quo and embrace our own potential for greatness. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from a true trailblazer!

Chloe Kitto

Staff Health & Wellbeing Lead and Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London
Psychological PPE: Taking a Protective Approach to Wellbeing
  • Biography

    Chloe Kitto is currently the Staff Health & Wellbeing Lead at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London. Chloe is a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist with expertise in mental health and chronic pain. She completed her MSc Mental Health Sciences Research at UCL conducting innovative research on her frontline experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. She is also an Associate Clinical Lecturer with UCL on their MSc Musculoskeletal Science programme. Away from work, you will find Chloe sipping a flat white, listening to a podcast and counting the minutes until she is next singing karaoke.

  • Presentation Outline

    At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Chloe was rapidly redeployed to London's NHS Nightingale field hospital where she led the Staff Wellbeing support programme. Chloe co-designed an innovative training programme which took a proactive approach to helping protect staff from mental health distress and anticipated trauma. Coined 'Psychological PPE', this programme was named as one of the key successes to come out of the NHS Nightingale Hospital, London. Chloe will facilitate a Psychological PPE session for delegates and demonstrate her passion for proactively planning for stress in the workplace.

Emma Upton

Head of HR
Worldwide Recruitment Solutions
Creating a Unique Business Culture – drawing on your business’s strengths to define culture in a hybrid working world.
  • Biography

    Emma Upton is a CIPD qualified HR professional with extensive experience of varied aspects of HR including internal recruitment, learning and development, employee retention and engagement and HR legislation. More recently, Emma has implemented a number of culture-shaping policies and initiatives for a global multi-million-pound turnover business in the recruitment sector where she leads the HR division and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This has drawn on her skillset of communication and stakeholder management, as well as execution of global strategies. She understands the key to a successful working life is balance and focuses on positive wellbeing through running, spending time with loved ones, yoga and reading.

  • Presentation Outline

    Emma considers the challenges business leaders face in the modern working world where implementing and driving culture cannot always be done face to face in a traditional office environment. This presentation will equip you with practical actions to help unite workforces operating in different locations (including overseas offices and from home), replacing the fear of recruiting remote or hybrid team members with an excitement for the opportunity our modern way of working presents for growth in your business. We’ll talk about the importance of culture and how it can positively impact employee retention, engagement and attraction in a measurable way.

Vikki Gledhill

Senior Director, Total Rewards
Cox Automotive (International)
You offer great benefits, so what?
  • Biography

    Vikki Gledhill is the Senior Director of International Total Rewards for Cox Automotive International. In this role, she leads the total reward vision, strategy and team, encompassing compensation, benefits, recognition, wellbeing, performance, career development and employee recognition.

    Vikki is focussed on creating total rewards offerings that are culturally appropriate and competitive within the respective countries within the international market, including the UK, Continental Europe, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition to the annual compensation activities, Vikki is engaged to optimise the international Total Reward platform (branded Gear Up). Gear Up recently won ‘Most Creative Employee Engagement Platform Branding’ award in the 2022 Reward Gateway Employee Excellence Awards, which the Cox Reward Team are very proud of.

    Since joining Cox Automotive International, part of the Global company Cox Enterprises Inc, in 2019, Vikki has elevated her career and expanded her experience within the compensation and total reward space in a variety of progressive leadership roles. Vikki was the mastermind behind an enterprise-wide Total Reward strategy across international markets, including the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Vikki brings twenty years of leadership experience in Total Rewards and Compensation, including her tenure at MAG (Airports Group) in Manchester; 2 Sisters Food Group (food manufacturer); and Northern Foods (food manufacturer) in Leeds.

    Vikki holds a degree in business studies from the University of Huddersfield, as well as being a qualified Psychotherapist; holding diplomas in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy. Vikki is also the current Reward Strategy Reward Industry Leader; an award won in June 2022.

    Vikki enjoys spending time with her husband of 20 years and three grown children, as well as her 3-year-old granddaughter. She also loves spending time with friends.

  • Presentation Outline

    Why acting like a marketer, using branding and a structured promotional plan, can really drive awareness and employee engagement within your total rewards programme.

Kate Field & Lauren Chiren

Global Head of Health, Safety and Well-being & CEO & Founder
BSI Group & Women of a Certain STAGE
The Benefits of Becoming a Menopause Savvy Employer
  • Biography

    Kate is an Award Winning Thought Leader, Author, Journalist, Keynote Speaker and expert on health, safety and well-being. With over 20 years of experience across all sectors, from Regulator to consultant, Kate uses her experience, knowledge and expertise to drive BSI's global strategy for creating safer, healthier, fairer, and more inclusive workplaces.
    Kate uses her voice and work to reach global audiences to champion cultural change, which puts trust, engagement and well-being at the forefront and inspires colleagues and stakeholders around the world to make a difference. Kate’s work includes working with NGOs including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and research institutions to drive insight and policy change.
    Kate has developed the first global training and certification programme for ISO 45003 on psychological health and safety management and authored the best practice framework on workplace trust, engagement, inclusion and well-being - BSI’s Prioritizing People Model©, which has reached 8000 organizations across 119 countries and a global audience in excess of 4 billion.

    Lauren is an entrepreneur, passionate about supporting people to successfully navigate menopause. She is a global keynote speaker, trainer & coach on executive women's wellbeing.
    She left her senior role in financial services, in her early 40's believing that she was suffering from early-onset dementia. Imagine her surprise when her doctor informed her she had 'just' been through menopause?! Today she educates employers on why being menopause supportive, is business savvy and supports high performing women to navigate the changes and challenges of all things hormonal, from monthly cycle to menopause.
    As a trusted expert, Lauren has helped thousands of executives, celebrities and athletes globally. She is qualified in psychology, mental health, nutrition, coaching, personal training and more.
    Lauren shares her knowledge and stimulates the debate on what being well means, at all stages of life, with insightful directness, commercial pragmatism, and absolute passion for ensuring optimum wellbeing and resilience.
    Lauren’s goal is to transform global attitudes to menopause, helping organisations to support their teams through this transformation successfully and to empower women to retain their vitality andpresence through all their hormonal changes and life stages.

  • Presentation Outline

    • Reasons for becoming a menopause savvy & supportive employer
    • Practical steps
    • Case study to demonstrate one approach
    • Fitting menopause support into wider workplace well-being best practice

Daniel Chan

Global Workplace and Wellbeing Lead
Future of the Workplace and Wellbeing
  • Biography

    Originally training as a nurse, Daniel has worked in various roles throughout his career both in the public and corporate sectors. In his current role he leads on the Future of Work and Employee Wellbeing globally. Before this, Daniel lived in Hong Kong working in and around APAC consulting internally and externally with multi-national corporations, on their health and wellness strategy and delivery. Daniel is passionate about wellbeing and mental health in the workplace and creating healthy cultures.

  • Presentation Outline

    Following the pandemic our traditional ways of working have changed. As we move into the future and the new workplace, we need to think about the wellbeing needs of our people. During this interactive session we will look at why flexibility and choice is the way forward in supporting the wellbeing needs of our employees. We will also discuss effective ways and solutions to support our different populations and our generations of the future.

Simon Haben

Non Exec Director & Ex HR Director at Royal Mail
Magnox Ltd
Questioning People and Reward Strategies
  • Biography

    An Accomplished Senior HR Leader and Board Director who has led substantial HR activity and delivered significant business transformation. Extensive experience in complex, regulated, multi cultural organisations across industrial and SME environments working at board level.

    Provides leadership and expertise to support organisations who are looking to change in response to changing customer demand or competitive environments, as well as businesses seeking to develop strategic people plans, undertake large scale transformation or changes in culture & capability.

    Recent experience with Royal Mail, delivering significant business, functional and cost transformation in an organisation that had huge cost, competitor and customer pressures. Additionally a NED on the Board of Magnox Ltd, a nuclear decommissioning organisation and Chair of the Remuneration Committee. Recent pay policy work for a small charity and previous experience as a Governor and Chair of Remuneration Committee for United Colleges Group, London.

    A natural leader, effective guide and critical friend with a consulting background, agile and able to quickly adapt quickly to new settings with an ability to make an immediate impact building credibility and trust. Full range of HR experience, a commercial focus, strategic, insightful, and collaborative. Values driven with a real focus on integrity, transparency, inclusion and trust.

  • Presentation Outline

    Purpose of session – to discuss how using the right questions can help define an effective people and reward strategy

    Exploring People strategy in support of the business strategy and the role of Reward; How a Reward Strategy & HR functional action plan would underpin this; My thinking on a methodology and the benefit of questions in a strategy; The part different teams within HR need to play, particularly Reward; Providing some real life examples from organisations I have worked with.

Isha Smith

Director Total Rewards
Beyond traditional benefits: Implementing fertility and family forming support in the workplace
  • Biography

    Isha is Director of Total Rewards at SoundCloud, overseeing Compensation, Benefits, L&D and People Analytics globally. She has 7+ years of experience gained within higher education, Private Healthcare and professional services, across Rewards, Benefits and Performance Management. Prior to that her background was in accounting.

    Isha is the Executive Sponsor SoundCloud's Clouds of Colour diversity resource group. She has a keen interest in DEI, driven by previous experience at BLD Foundation which focused on the advancement of youth from ethnic minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds within the legal sector.

    Isha is a graduate of Durham University where she gained postgraduate qualification in human resource management, and Pune University where she completed her undergraduate qualification in accounting and economics.

  • Presentation Outline

    SoundCloud's approach to Total Rewards
    Implementation of fertility and family-building support
    Business case and challenges
    Insight into how this has benefited the business and supported the DE&I agenda

Hayley Farrell

Global Director Wellbeing & Resilience and Affinity Group Programme Manager
Wellbeing: the employee value proposition, risk prevention and sustainability
  • Biography

    Award Winning Wellbeing Practitioner with responsibility of developing and delivering global wellbeing & resilience strategy, host of the UK Psychological Health and Safety podcast and the first practitioner globally to be certified for the adoption and implementation of ISO 45003 occupational health and safety management — psychological health and safety at work certification. Hayley uses her voice to champion cultural change, evolve workplace wellbeing by creating parity between physical & psychological health & safety, and to create impactful and sustainable ways of working which have a net positive contribution on employee wellbeing and wider society.

    CIPD 7 PgD Personnel and Development qualified, a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Human Resources, a qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer and Specialist member of the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management.

  • Presentation Outline

    This informative session will look at how having a holistic and inclusive wellbeing strategy helps organisations reap the benefits of psychologically healthy workers, including improved attraction and retention, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and increased business profitability.
    We will discuss:
    -How an integrated wellbeing strategy prevents harm, then promotes and protects wellbeing and supports ill-health
    -Operationalising Psychological health and safety
    -The relationship between wellbeing and inclusion and it’s significance in an organisation’s ESG strategy

Speaker Programme

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

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