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
-ESG reward solutions and considerations

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Speakers & Abstracts

2024 speakers below!

Colin Jackson

Hurdler, Multiple Gold Medallist, World Record Holder, TV & Radio Broadcaster

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  • Biography

    Great Britain's Legendary Hurdler, Multiple Gold Medallist, World Record Holder, TV & Radio Broadcaster

    A World Record holder, much loved media personality and inspirational speaker, Colin Jackson is a national treasure and one of the most well-known athletes in Great Britain. When he retired from competing, his multi-medal career and infectious personality made him the natural choice to join the BBC's athletics commentary team. Over the last 20 years Colin has become an integral part of the team, covering the Rio Olympics in 2004 and all major athletic events since then, including the Olympic Games in London in 2012, Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and most recently Tokyo in 2020.

    Colin has also developed into a hugely important figurehead for diversity, inclusion and mental health over the last 5 years. His open and connectible honesty has captivated the media and live audiences alike, as he speaks from the heart about the stressful demands of competing at the highest level, as well as the impacts of anxiety, eating disorders and body dysmorphia. All of which was discussed in the BBC 2020 Panorama film Athletes which Colin fronted, bringing to light the darker side of being a professional athlete.

    For the last 5 years, he's co-hosted the popular Sunday Morning radio show on BBC Radio Wales with his sister, Suzanne Packer. Colin reached the final of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, and has also competed in Celebrity MasterChef where he reached the knockout week. Other credits include an outstanding "Who Do You think You Are" and The Real Full Monty, raising awareness of cancer and the impact it has on the lives of so many. Colin is a member of the steering panel for Sport Relief and is also an International Inspiration Ambassador for UNICEF, as well as founding and fronting the Go Dad Run campaign for Prostate Cancer. Since 2014, Colin has been the Sporting Director for the Wings for Life Red Bull charity.

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Antoinette Willcocks

Director, Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Inclusive Leadership
  • Biography

    Antoinette is a Director and the Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at one of the world’s leading PR agencies, FleishmanHillard. She is on the Management Board for the London agency, and sits as part of the client facing practice that provides EDI communications advice to clients, Mosaic.
    Antoinette spent the first 10 years of her career working in PR and crisis management. This included nearly eight years at magic circle law firm, Allen & Overy. In 2019 she moved into the EDI team at Allen & Overy, then went onto a global role EDI at international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Presentation Outline

    What does inclusive leadership actually mean and what does it look like in practice? This interactive session will leave seniors leaders with a greater sense of understanding of how to set the right culture in their teams, and the confidence to lead on EDI issues authentically and effectively. We will cover psychological safety (and the myths that exist around it), your impact as a leader, and how to exercise your role in a diverse organisation.

Janet McKenzie

Group Head of Compensation & Benefits
Merlin Entertainments
Unknotting the Global Benefits tangle
  • Biography

    Janet has worked in the Reward field for more years than she cares to remember and for employers across a range of diverse sectors. One of the main things she’s learned is to assess what feels fair - and communicate it effectively, which is especially challenging when most employees aren’t sitting in front of a PC. It’s not about doing what everyone else is doing – what’s important is doing what’s best for your organisation and employee population. She’s very clear that to be great in reward, you need to be emotionally intelligent & recognize how change is going to impact people on the ground.

  • Presentation Outline

    In 2023, Merlin recognised that we needed to grow our team, functional expertise & innovation to support our growth strategy and realise our overall ambition of ‘Making Merlin the greatest place to work & visit’. We reviewed our global benefits & gender-based policies to establish meaningful, fair and consistent standards that improve the employee experience and differentiate us in the global employment marketplace.
    Janet’s presentation will provide some hints & tips on how to tackle such a monumental task; share some of the surprising discoveries made; and give a roadmap on how to cost changes and next steps taken on the journey.

Sally Elcome

Head of Reward Services
Moore Kingston Smith
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  • Biography

    Sally is Head of Reward Services for the Moore Kingston Smith People Advisory team.
    Sally joined the People Advisory team in 2023 bringing with her over 25 years’ experience leading on the design and implementation of reward practice and policy, from reward strategy, salary and bonus reviews and benchmarking to job levelling and career frameworks. Sally has worked across multiple sectors and industries, both within the UK and globally for organisations with less than 10 employees to over 30,000 employees.
    Sally has also presented at reward and benefit events discussing sustainable reward strategy, job architecture, the value of a robust and fit-for-purpose employee benefits package, as well as the role of the business in supporting women’s health at work.

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Gazal Vishwanath

Global Director, Compensation, Benefits & Analytics
World Resources Institute
Driving organisations commitment to Sustainability goals through Reward Programs.
  • Biography

    Gazal Vishwanath is the Global Director, Compensation, Benefits & Analytics at World Resources Institute based in London and is responsible for the design and implementation of a strategic C&B framework across all its offices. She is passionate about bringing the fit for purpose reward practices to the development sector that balances the values of the sector but fairly rewards the passionate workforce of this sector.

    For the last 18 years Gazal has lead this specialist function with international development sector organisations like WWF, Save the Children, Oxfam, American Red Cross, South Korea based intergovernmental organization Global Green Growth Institute for their global, regional and national presence across the world. In her earlier avatar as HR professional for the private sector she has worked in organizations like Hewlett-Packard to set up large business process outsourcing Centres in India, managed the reward projects during the HP Compaq merger and led several reward related projects for the technology industry with Aon.

    Gazal is a graduate in Statistics and MBA in Human Resources. She is CIPD certified and certified Global Remuneration Professional (GRP®) by WorldatWork. She continues to contribute to the reward community of the development sector through industry specific forums, teaching at WorldatWork and is part of the Global Advisory Group of the Birches Group.

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Hazel Tritschler

Head of People & OD Operations & Reward
University of Manchester
Midlife and Menopause Mastery - Flourish (not flush) with confidence
  • Biography

    Hazel earnt an MSc in Human Resources Management from Edinburgh Napier University, her HRMPR from the University of South Africa, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (MCIPP).  

    She joined the University of Manchester in March 2022 to oversee People & OD Operations and Reward during a transformation programme and was appointed as Head of People & OD Operations & Reward in March 2023.  Prior to moving to Manchester, and a short spell in Reward & Benefits for Arsenal Football Club, Hazel has worked in Higher Education for 14 years, and has amassed experience in all areas of Human Resources over 25 years, working in South Africa, the Middle East, Scotland, and England.

  • Presentation Outline

    Let's open the door to be open and frank about navigating the changes midlife throws at us and how we can support this wellbeing challenge, especially from a Reward & Benefits portfolio. We're offering an insightful and inclusive session that addresses the impact of menopause and midlife crisis in the workplace — a crucial but often overlooked time of both men's and women's health. Key topics will include understanding this phase at work and how you can create a supportive workplace culture to support all colleagues. Aiming to break taboo subjects, enable the voice to be raised and explore best practices that are being initiated, and how these may offer ideas for participants to take away.

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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Tony Parker, Head of Reward & Benefits

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Robin Hood Energy