Health and wellbeing round table discussion


Experts from Benenden Health, the British Safety Council, Fortis Therapy and Training, and OCAID Wellbeing discuss how employers can best support employee health and wellbeing, how to measure the success of interventions and the pitfalls to avoid.

Watch the full health and wellbeing discussion below.

A trimmed version of the transcript is available here.

Part 1 

Duration: 33 minutes


Part 2

Duration: 35 minutes

About the participants

Helen-Smith-chief-commercial-officer-Benenden-HealthHelen Smith, chief commercial officer, Benenden Health 

Helen is a member of the society's executive team as well as business sponsor for its health and wellbeing strategy. Having held this role since March 2017, she first joined Benenden Health in 2013 as head of sales and marketing. She oversees all commercial activities at Benenden Health, driving business development opportunities and entering new markets through visionary strategic planning. She is also responsible for the oversight of product development and the distribution and delivery of sales and marketing programmes and targets.

Helen has more thsn 16 years’ experience in the health and wellbeing sector, previously having worked for Engage Mutual Assurance in multiple roles including head of marketing.




About Benenden Health 

Benenden Health is a not-for-profit organisation that’s been supporting employees’ health and wellbeing for more than 110 years. 

Our simple, smart and affordable range of health and wellbeing services are here to help any business seeking commercially viable ways to support the health and wellbeing of their employees – before, during and after health issues occur. 

We work closely with businesses to develop an affordable health and wellbeing package that could help increase productivity, improve employee attraction and retention and tackle absenteeism.




James  Mansbridge, head of digital learning, British Safety Council  

James has worked at the charity for three years. Prior to that, he worked as a digital learning developer and award-winning trainer in the telecom sector. James first became interested in digital learning while teaching in the Far East. After spending several years teaching mathematics and physics, he moved into a senior leadership role, managing a digital learning programme in a bilingual high school in Bangkok. He is passionate about technology in teaching, having seen its capacity to make learning more engaging, more inclusive, and more effective.








British-Safety-Council-logo-wellbeing-discussionAbout the British Safety Council  

The British Safety Council believes that no one should be injured or made ill at work.

Since its foundation in 1957, the British Safety Council has campaigned tirelessly to protect workers from accidents, hazards and unsafe conditions, and played a decisive role in the political process that has led to adoption of landmark safety legislation in the UK. Its members in more than 60 countries are committed to protecting and improving the wellbeing of workers believing that a healthy and safe work environment is also good for business.

Taking a partnership approach, it tailors its support to the business’ needs and where the business wants to take health, safety and environmental management. EEF’s expert team helps to keep businesses informed, maintaining compliance, implementing a management system and upskilling its workforce. 

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Alexis-Powell-Howard-founder-and-MD-Fortis-Therapy-and-TrainingAlexis Powell-Howard, founder and managing director, Fortis Therapy and Training

For nearly 20 years, Alexis has been practicing as a BACP-accredited psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, trainer, mediator and coach. She believes that the best way to approach mental health is in a pragmatic, educational, and engaging way, implementing a psychology-first framework.  Culture change programmes, such as Fortis’ TRIBE for Business, incorporate interventions, training, mediation, reflective practice, and coaching to create environments that are productive, effective, and successful. 

Alexis has over 25 years’ experience as a Director, developing a reputation for being innovative, progressive and collaborative in her approach. As a public speaker, she has delivered talks for businesses, HR networks, law firms, schools, emergency services, the Ministry of Defence, and public events including TEDx





Fortis-therapy-and-training-wellbeing-discussion-revAbout Fortis Therapy and Training

Established in 2012, Fortis Therapy and Training is a leading provider of therapeutic services, delivering high quality and accessible wellbeing services to people of all ages, genders, and circumstances.  

The company works collaboratively with businesses, organisations, and local authorities to implement a whole-organisational approach to mental health in the workplace. Their programme, TRIBE creates Psychologically Informed Environments through training, coaching, reflective practice, and therapeutic interventions. Fortis has offices in Northern Lincolnshire and the Humber, reaching clients across the Lincolnshire and Yorkshire regions. 





DRCARO~1Dr Carolyn Yeoman, organisational psychologist & operations director, OCAID Wellbeing Limited

Carolyn is Operations Director of OCAID Wellbeing. She is an organisational psychologist with over 20 years industry experience in the health, safety and wellbeing field. Before joining OCAID to head up its wellbeing business, she spent two years at the HSE working closely with the work-related stress policy team. Carolyn has a proven international track record in several industry sectors.

She has co-authored a book about Employee Assistance Programmes with Professor Sir Cary Cooper and is an experienced conference speaker, having a number of papers and publications to her name.

She is highly skilled and practised in benchmarking and designing organisational wellbeing interventions that enhance employee engagement and wellbeing, resulting in resilient people in resilient organisations.

 Wellbeing Limited

OCAID Wellbeing Limited specialises in organisational culture and individual development. Working worldwide across multiple sectors we focus on wellbeing, engagement and leadership. Our services range from wellbeing culture assessment, organisational stress/psychosocial risk, personality and leadership capability, through strategy development to training in stress awareness and management, leadership developmennt, designing and organising high-impact wellbeing days. Recently we have introduced StressFactor™ which provides an organisation with a stressor Heatmap enabling the efficient targeting of resources to support maximum productivity, compliance and caring.