Workplace Wellbeing, Mental Health and Resilience

Workplace Wellbeing, Mental Health and Resilience

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This event, in association with KinchLyons, will help you make sense of new ways of working and what you need to do to look after workplace wellbeing, mental health and resilience.

Most of us were used to working in one place, surrounded by colleagues, being affected by and contributing to a workplace culture. Organisations recruited on the basis of organisational culture and the buzz in the office, the opportunities to meet and engage with lots of colleagues and clients. It made us feel well and welcomed.

That’s gone for many of us – not only are millions now working from a room in their home, but organisations have also had a different focus – staying afloat in many cases. They have discovered that they can survive and thrive without employees being in one specific location. As we begin to return to work and open up the economy further, one thing is clear – workplaces won’t be like they used to be.

Course overview

Our sessions will cover some of the most important issues in wellbeing in 2021 including:

  • The legal responsibilities and pitfalls employers must be aware of
  • Remote management, supporting staff and Employee Assistance Programmes
  • The Right to Disconnect and a work-life balance
  • Managing stress and building resilience
  • Employee engagement for remote and hybrid workers

Why is this event important for YOU?

We live in an age of ambiguity. The pandemic has prompted – or forced – many people to re-examine their values, goals, and behaviours, and thrown many businesses into disarray. The findings of a recent report by Aviva highlight the knock-on effects on workplace relationships and how businesses can best embrace the challenge to maintain engagement with their workforce and ensure their wellbeing.

  • Are employees prepared to return to work full time?
  • What will happen to engagement levels if you try to force the issue?
  • Is there a competitive advantage for organisations who embrace ambiguity?

As we move forward into a time of ambiguity and hybrid working, individuals and organisations will need to be resilient and mentally healthy to survive and thrive. This event shows you how to do just that.

Who is it for?

This event is ideal for HR professionals and others throughout Ireland and the UK responsible for wellbeing, mental health and resilience in organisations.

When & Where?

This event will take place online between 9.15am and 4.00pm on the 20th May 2021 on the Hopin Platform.


Standard Rate: £195 +VAT
NOTE: We have a special multiple booking discount on this event for any organisation registering 5 or more attendees, Please contact or call 028 9446 3888 for more details.

Save an additional £20 when you pay online when booking.

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Stream 1

Stream 2


Welcome: Scott Alexander, Head of L&D, Legal Island


Introduction and Meet the Chairs: Becky Jones, Global Employment Counsel – HR, Citco and Niamh Gaffney, Executive Coach & Facilitator, KinchLyons


Keynote Opening Presentation: Transitioning to a New Normal - Surviving & Thriving in a Post-Pandemic World

Billy Byrne, Executive Coach at KinchLyons, sets the scene for today’s event and asks: What does wellbeing mean now for employees and their employers?


Let’s Look at Your Options for This Morning


It’s the Law, Stupid! Legal responsibilities for managing mental health, removing mental health stigma, and embedding a culture of wellbeing within your workplace.

In this session, Jennifer Cashman, Partner, RDJ sets out common themes in employment equality laws in relation to mental health and discrimination and how wellness programmes might mitigate risk.

Understanding Long Covid: An Employer’s Response

Occupational Health Specialist and registered occupational health-chartered physiotherapist, Stuart Nottingham, Director, Sun Rehabilitation, explains the impact of long covid on people, their working lives and what employers and colleagues can do to help employees with long covid. 


Screen Break


The Business Case for Wellbeing: The Positive Impact of Wellness OR The Top 7 Reasons to Have a Wellness Programme

Emer Hinphey, Managing Partner, Think People analyses data linking productive workplaces with positive mental wellbeing and asks the obvious question - why aren't more of us running wellness programme?

Building Your Robust Wellbeing Strategy: Redefining Resilience and Organisational Wellbeing.

Eibhlin Johnston, Author, Speaker, Transformational Coach and founder of The Resiliency Hub argues we need a more holistic definition; one that promotes our physical, psychological and social wellbeing. 


Screen Break


Case Study: How to Ensure Employees Can Work Effectively from Home.

Sarah Balmforth, HR Director at Hughes Insurance, explains Hughes Insurance's decision to implement permanent remote working for their 250 employees, and how they plan to tackle feelings of isolation and employee wellbeing.


Screen Break


Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion


Lunch and Networking


Welcome Back


QUBeWell: Creating a Wellbeing Strategy for Staff and Students.

Conor Curran, Head of Diversity & Inclusion Unit at Queen’s University Belfast explains how Queen’s has successfully developed and implemented a wellness programme that can be accessed by students as well as staff. 

Boosting your Working Parents’ Wellbeing and Resilience from Bright Horizons

There is a moment now for employers to step up in recognising and supporting working parents as a part of talent retention and inclusion Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership Bright Horizons UK, sets out tried and tested approaches used by top employers.


Screen Break and Networking


Keynote Closing Presentation: Building your own Resilience OR Positive Psychology Perspective: Building Resilience & Maximising Your Energy

This session provides brain-hacking techniques to accurately analyse your thoughts, feelings and subconscious responses, manage your worries, and regain control when you feel overwhelmed. Leadership Consultant, Peter Nolan of Coaching Mindsets discusses a positive psychology approach to wellbeing places the emphasis on not just surviving, but thriving.


Screen Break


Panel Discussion: All 3 Afternoon Speakers


Discussion Round-Up


Conference Close


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  • Becky Jones
    Becky Jones In-House Global Employment Counsel

    Becky is In-House Global Employment Counsel at Citco. Becky’s primary objective in Citco to provide counsel to senior leaders on employment related legal issues, policies and procedures influenced by domestic and international employment legislation. As part of the CITCO’s HR team Becky has a global consultancy role, with responsibility for designing, coordinating and communicating the implementation of best in class employee relations practices across Citco offices.  She is also responsible for driving Diversity & Inclusion and best employment practices across the company.

    Previously Becky worked in FMCG as Legal Director, Compliance Officer and a member of senior management teams for Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland and also Regional Legal Counsel for Diageo Ireland providing practical commercial legal solutions for the entire business as well as pioneering new technological solutions and creating diversity and inclusion networks.  She is passionate about personal development and is a coach and mentor to a number of people.  She regularly speaks about D&I matters including mental health and resilience as well as providing training on a variety of legal topics.

  • Niamh Gaffney
    Niamh Gaffney Executive Coach

    Niamh is an award winning psychology coach with a particular focus on change management and mental strength development. She is passionate about empowering clients to better navigate changing landscapes. She is a licensed medical coach, an experienced speaker, facilitator and trainer and an accredited member of the International Coaching Federation , the Psychological Society of Ireland and the International Society for Coaching Psychology. Also a chartered certified accountant and with almost 15 years’ senior and leadership level corporate experience, Niamh brings with her an business understanding that allows her to connect with and empower clients at all organisational levels.

  • Scott Alexander
    Scott Alexander Head of Learning and Development
    Legal Island

    Scott Alexander joined the CIPD in 1987 and is a certified member of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland and a member of the Association for Coaching Ireland. Scott was appointed as a member of the Governing Body of Southern Regional College from 1 August 2015. Scott is also a mentor under the CO3 Mentoring Programme for chief officers in the 3rd sector and an HR Committee member for the Bruiser Touring Theatre Company. Scott has over 30 years’ experience in employment relations and employment law. He worked for the Labour Relations Agency in Northern Ireland for 14 years in a variety of roles, including collective and individual conciliation and enquiry point manager, before joining Legal Island as its Head of Learning and Development in January 2006.

  • Billy Byrne
    Billy Byrne Leadership Development Specialist & Coach

    Billy is an executive coach and leadership development specialist at KinchLyons. He is also an associate faculty member at the Irish Management Institute (IMI) in Dublin where he lectures on a range of topics including high-performing teams, organisational development, organisational culture and critical thinking.  He is a guest lecturer at NSPC London where he is module leader on their Masters level coaching programme. He has extensive coaching experience with clients from across a broad range of industries. He has a particular interest in the development of Emotional Intelligence and Authentic Leadership in order to enhance performance within organisations.

  • Jennifer Cashman
    Jennifer Cashman Partner, Practice Group Leader Employment Group
    Ronan Daly Jermyn

    Jennifer Cashman is Practice Group Leader of Ronan Daly Jermyn’s Employment Team and a member of the firm’s Healthcare and Cyber and Data Protection Teams.  Jennifer has more than 20 years’ specialist experience advising a wide range of employers across a number of sectors. A trusted advisor to employers in both the public and private sector, her clients include scaling and established Irish companies, public authorities, universities, and multinational companies in the technology, pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostics sectors. Her focus is on providing strategic business advice and practical, commercial solutions for clients.

  • Stuart Nottingham
    Stuart Nottingham Director
    Sun Rehabilitation

    Stuart is a registered occupational health chartered physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience in the field of occupational health. He is also an NLP Master Practitioner with a keen interest in Ergonomics, Active working strategies, and Mindfullness in the workplace. Out of work Stuart is a keen cyclist, walker and yogi.

  • Emer Hinphey
    Emer Hinphey Partner
    Think People Consulting

    Emer Hinphey is an experienced HR and talent development professional.   In her role as Partner in Think People Consulting, Emer has worked with a range of local and global companies across industry sectors, developing strategy, managing complex HR projects and delivering successful leadership development. 

    Prior to setting up Think People Consulting, Emer worked as HR Manager for AIB International Financial Services and as Head of HR for a Telecommunications company.

  • Eibhlin Johnston
    Eibhlin Johnston Managing Director
    The Resiliency Hub

    Eibhlin is the Managing Director of The Resiliency Hub.  She is an author, speaker, executive coach and highly experienced facilitator.  Eibhlin has 30 years’ experience working in financial services across of range of business areas.  The Resiliency Hub provides resilience and wellness coaching and training across a range of levels and businesses.  Eibhlin has 15 years’ coaching and training experience across a broad client base.   She delivers highly interactive and practical relevant talks, webinars and trainings on a range of topics, including resilience, management skills, communication and strategic change initiatives.  

    Eibhlin is also qualified as an iheart practitioner to deliver resiliency training to young people.  Her book, Gut Throat Leadership – Bouncing Back is an exploration of leadership and the way we think and lead with resilience.   Eibhlin Qualified with a BA Hons in Economics in 1990.    She has a  Diploma in Personal and Executive Coaching, is a Licensed Practitioner of NLP and a facilitator of the iheart Resiliency Training Programme.   Eibhlin is certified with the Workplace Resilience and Wellbeing (WRAW).  She is a Senior Practitioner accredited with the EMCC and sits on the Council of the EMCC in Ireland. 


  • Sarah Balmforth
    Sarah Balmforth HR Director
    Hughes Insurance

    Sarah is an experienced HR professional, working within HR for over 15 years. Sarah is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and has a BA Hons in Psychology and Postgraduate diploma in Human Resource Management;

    Sarah is currently HR Director at Hughes Insurance, with responsibility for HR and Learning & Development. She has worked at Hughes Insurance for just over 6 years and her work has primarily focused on Cultural Change, Organisational Development and Employee Experience.

    Sarah's role allows her to work at both a strategic and operational level, partnering with the key leadership team to deliver results through people and culture. Sarah has a passion for getting the right people into the right roles and Hughes is committed to investing in talent and dedicated to attracting and retaining the best people. 

  • Conor Curran
    Conor Curran Head of Diversity & Inclusion
    Queen's University Belfast

    Conor is a qualified employment lawyer and HR professional with over 15 years’ experience of embedding effective D&I strategies in large complex organisations, having previously worked in the policing, justice and health sectors. In his current role as Head of Diversity & Inclusion, he has helped Queen’s University Belfast develop a reputation as leader in Equality, Diversity & Inclusion best practice, both locally and nationally. A Russell Group University, with a workforce of 4,500 staff and 27,000 students from almost 100 different countries, Queen’s is also widely recognised as Northern Ireland’s top university and one of the country’s most diverse organisations.


  • Peter Nolan
    Peter Nolan Leadership Consultant
    Coaching Mindsets

    Peter believes that every person has the capacity to live the life they choose. He is driven by the desire to support people in achieving their goals, overcoming their limiting beliefs and contributing meaningfully to teams and communities.

    For over 15 years, Peter has supported individuals and businesses in achieving their goals. His diverse experience and unique skills provide him with the ability to ask insightful and challenging questions. A natural innovator and persuasive speaker, Peter improvises and shapes creative solutions with ease. He has a track record of building collaborative teams, guiding strategic partnerships and delivering effective and sustainable solutions in diverse markets.

  • Jennifer Liston-Smith
    Jennifer Liston-Smith Head of Thought Leadership
    Bright Horizons UK

    For over 20 years, Jennifer has been relentless in pursuit of innovation, identifying, defining and sharing best practice and ‘next practice’ for leading global employers in flexible working, family-friendly and wellbeing programmes, closing the gender pay gap and promoting gender-inclusive parenting. She is a sought-after speaker, writer, conference moderator and consultant on these topics and more.

    Jennifer set-up, and for a decade led, the Coaching & Consultancy side of what became Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions advising employers in banking, professional services, STEM and wider sectors on programmes for working parents and carers and evaluating their impact and ROI, as well as developing coaches and coaching capability.
    She now focuses on identifying overarching trends through research and through advising employers and translating these insights into solutions and practical actions.

Event details


9.15am - 4.00pm


20 May 2021




Standard Rate: £195 +VAT

Save an additional £20 when you pay online when booking.