Future Wellness Summit

A successful organisation is based on healthy employees working in a supportive environment.

The Health & Wellness Summit focuses on how to make workers feel better and healthier. Looking after health leads to reduced absenteeism, enhanced motivation, improved productivity, and reduced turnover – building a positive caring company image and culture.

This summit will demonstrate how to implement effective wellness programs, collect and analyse data, measure your return on investment and further valuable information. No matter what size your organisation or industry is – you can benefit from attending this event.

Aidan Healy

 Head of Learning and Development at UnPlug

Biography

Aidan is the Head of Learning and Development at UnPlug, where he oversees the design and delivery of all of our evidence-based programmes.
Aidan comes from a background in psychology, coaching and leadership development. Over the last ten years, he has worked in organisations across the public, private and non-for-profit sectors, mostly recently at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Aidan brings a depth of international experience and intercultural competence to the UnPlug team, having previously delivered training and coaching programmes across six continents.

Speaking in Wellness Summit

Venue Liffey Meeting Room 2

Day 1

Time 12:35

Enda Campbell

Workplace Health Promotion Officer at Irish Heart Foundation

Biography

Enda co-ordinates the workplace health promotion programmes within the Irish Heart Foundation. He holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Limerick, an MA in Health Promotion from NUI Galway and applies his learning from both fields to workplaces across Ireland. His career to date has led him to work with a full spectrum of clients from elite athletes to corporate clients in both public and private sector. Enda also worked on the development of Ireland’s first postgraduate course in Workplace Wellness that launched in 2017. As a committee member of the Association of Health Promotion of Ireland and the National Men’s Health Forum, Enda advocates for health within multiple domains. With Irish Heart Foundation’s Well@Work programme, he helps workplaces plan, implement and evaluate their own bespoke wellness programmes basing it on the fundamentals of health promotion and best evidence.

Speaking in Wellness Summit

Venue Liffey Meeting Room 2

Day 1

Time 12:15 The Heart of the Matter: Engaging Employees in Wellness Activities

Chris Flack

Founder and CEO

Unplug

Biography

Chris is the Founder & CEO of UnPlug. He spent the first fifteen years of his career in senior consulting and sales roles for large tech companies such as CapGemini and Avnet. Chris also brings a wealth of international experience to UnPlug, as a number of career breaks in his corporate life allowed him to spend four years travelling and working in international aid  organisations across four continents. As a former tech worker, he has experienced first-hand many of the negative impacts of information overload, and witnessed how distraction and an ‘always on’ culture has changed the lives of many people.

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Speaking in Wellness Summit

Venue Liffey Meeting Room 2

Day 1

Time 10:00 to 13:10

Chair

Professor Dame Carol Black

Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England

Biography

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge and Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England,.   She chairs the board of Think Ahead, the Government’s fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers; the Board of Nuffield Health and Corporate Services Ltd; and the Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine and Science.    She is a member of the Bevan Commission on health in Wales, the board of UK Active, Rand Europe’s Council of Advisers, the Strategy Board for the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre, and the Advisory Board of Step up to Serve.

As Principal of Newnham Dame Carol is on several committees in Cambridge University, for example the Equality and Diversity Committee, the Advisory Board of the Centre for Science and Public Policy, and the Health and Wellbeing Working Group, and she chairs the Colleges Committee’s Working Group on Bursaries for Home and EU undergraduates.  She is a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, patron of the Women’s Leadership Centre in the Judge Business School, and a member of the University’s Leadership Network.

Dame Carol has compiled three independent reviews for the UK Government.   As National Director for Health and Work (2006-11) she completed in 2008 a review of the health of the population of working age, which led to a revised medical certificate of sickness; and in November 2011 she completed as Co-Chair an independent review of sickness absence in Britain whose recommendations have mostly been put in place.  Her latest independent review, of employment outcomes of addiction to drugs or alcohol, or obesity, and the benefits system, was published in December 2016 and is gradually being implemented.

Professor Black is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation, and past-Chair of the Nuffield Trust for health policy. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London is internationally renowned for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma.     She is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.

In February 2016 Dame Carol enjoyed the experience of being interviewed on BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs.

Speaking in Investing in Wellness Summit

Venue Liffey Meeting Room 2

Day 1

Time 11:35 Wellbeing in the workplace, Have we made progress?

John Ryan

CEO at Great Place to Work

Biography

John Ryan is the current CEO of Great Place to Work. He is a business graduate of Dublin City University. Initially he started his career as a broadcast journalist, before going on to establish his own training and development company focused on delivering behavioural courses across a range of disciplines including strategic decision making and negotiation skills. He is an international trainer and speaker focusing on workplace success, culture, trust and wellbeing. A regular media contributor John is also a director of Mermaid Arts theatre in his home town of Bray County Wicklow.

John joined Great Place to Work Ireland as CEO in January 2011 and has recently started a new organization called Healthy Place to Work in the health and wellness domain, which is developing a global standard for healthy workplaces focusing on a salutogenic model.

Speaking in Plenary Summit Day 1

Venue Main Exhibition Hall * Liffey B

Time 08.45

Speaking in Wellness Summit

Venue Liffey Meeting Room 2

Day 1

Time 11:55 A Health place to work

Sandy Joy Weston

Author of Train Your Head & Your Body Will Follow

Biography

Sandy Joy Weston M.Ed. received her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Temple University, and achieved her Bachelor of Science in Dance from West Chester University. She began her journey as a health club owner when she opened an in-home private training company called Specialty Fit. She then proceeded to open the first Weston Fitness in Bala Cynwyd, PA with the help of her mentors. After much success, she continued to open two more health clubs including one in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, PA, still operating today.

Sandy’s vivacious personality and positive attitude made her impossible to ignore, so when Philadelphia’s NBC 10 caught wind of her, they approached her to become their fitness expert. During her time with NBC 10 she hosted fitness segments with the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, and the 76ers. Her great TV personality took her to the Discovery Channel where she was the featured trainer on the Reality TV show “Health Cops”.

Speaking in Wellness Summit

Venue Liffey Meeting Room 2

Time 10:35 Weston Fitness

Dr Fiona Geaney

CEO and Founder of Food Choice at Work

Biography

 

Fiona is the CEO and founder of Food Choice at Work and holds an Adjunct Lecturer position with the School of Public Health. Dr Geaney completed a BSc in Nutritional Sciences, a Master of Public Health and in 2015 obtained her PhD in Public Health Nutrition. Dr Geaney was the lead investigator of the Food Choice at Work Study, where she developed, conducted and evaluated a large scale dietary intervention study which was funded by the HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research. Due to considerable interest from national enterprises, the study was successfully commercialised in 2015 as a spin-out company in UCC.

Food Choice at Work is an evidence-based, sustainable healthy eating management system for employees. The technology-based company has a proven health benefit for employees, long-term financial benefit for employers and a societal environmental benefit. The company is trading successfully with high-profile, large scale public and private workplaces like Microsoft, employs 6 female employees and has been recently accredited as a High Potential Start-Up with Enterprise Ireland. Food Choice at Work received the ‘Most Revenue Generating Company’ award in 2017 from the Gateway Incubation Centre in UCC.

Dr Geaney has published 16 peer reviewed publications to date, with more in preparation and has contributed to several national reports. Dr Geaney has shared her research at international conferences over the years and has been invited to speak at the International Congress of Occupational Health in May. Dr Geaney has developed many collaborations with key national and international stakeholders and has also had the opportunity to tutor, mentor and supervise over 45 undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students. Dr Geaney is a workplace health advocate that is striving to bridge the gap between research and industry for the benefit of all employees worldwide.

Speaking in Wellness Summit

Venue Liffey Meeting Room 2

Day 1

Time 09:55

Richard Kennedy

Owner , Fitness Freak

Biography

Richard is the owner of Fitness Freak, a fitness, and health food inspiring company. I am a motivational speaker, qualified Strength & Conditioning(BA)coach and personal trainer and I am the author of two cookbooks and I am a cook inspiring people to improve their lives by choosing healthy food alternatives via tastings, demonstrations, and nutrition programmes.

I run two mini-revolutions in my local town; Free Fruit For Kids in local shops and Free Fruit For ALL in South Tipp General Hospital. Here, baskets of free fruit, sponsored by local businesses, are available in three departments in the hospital administered by local secondary school transition year pupils.

Speaking in Wellness Summit

Venue Liffey Meeting Room 2

Day 1

Time 10:55  Free Fruit For All In Irish Hospitals

Maureen Walsh

CEO at Decare Dental

Biography

Originally from the US, Maureen moved to Ireland in 1999 to help establish DeCare Operations Ireland Limited, a claims and shared services centre based in Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Maureen has led DeCare Dental Insurance Ireland from start-up stages to become Ireland’s only specialist dental insurer and oral health company.  DeCare is proud to serve individuals and companies throughout Ireland, ranging in size from 10 to 5000 staff. Maureen has a Bachelor of Science (Marketing) from Boston College Carroll School of Management, a Masters of Business Administration from the National University of Ireland, Galway and has a Certified Insurance Practitioner qualification from the insurance institute of Ireland.

Maureen is the Regional President of IBEC West and has held the role of Chairperson of Mayo Cancer Association and is member of various associations such as: 30% Club supporter, Bizmentors Advisory Board, the MBAA Association, the American Chamber of Commerce, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and the Claremorris Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking in Wellness Summit

Venue Liffey Meeting Room 2

Day 1

Time 09:30

Speaking in HR Summit

Venue Liffey Meeting Room 2

Time 15:30

David Casey

Health Promotion at the School of Health Sciences, National University of Ireland

Biography

David Casey RDN holds a national certificate in biology and a specialist certificate in oral health with health promotion.He is currently completing his MA in Health Promotion at the School of Health Sciences at the National University of Ireland, Galway. David has over 9 years clinical experience in healthcare and has worked over the last 6 years designing, building and implementing wellness and education programs for over 500 companies across Ireland and the UK. He has also completed courses in essentials in palliative care training and essentials in Dementia care training. In June 2014, Dave was awarded the Annual Special Care Dental Professional Award from the Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health and most recently awarded the Irish Gerontology Society’s 2017 Presidential Award for his research on health promotion and the ageing population.

Speaking in Wellness Summit

Venue Liffey Meeting Room 2

Day 1

Time 09:35

Speaking in Elderly Care Summit

Day 2

Venue Liffey Meeting Room 2

Time 14:20

Richard Murphy

Founder & CEO of Zevo Health

Biography

Richard is the Founder & CEO of Zevo Health. Zevo Health has implemented wellness programmes successfully in companies throughout UK & Ireland. Working with companies with 50 to 10,000 staff he understands the pain points that go with organising and implementing a successful wellness programme.   His passion and determination in ensuring companies are healthy places to work both physically & mentally are evident, and he is happy to share this passion with you.

Speaking in Wellness Summit

Venue Liffey Meeting Room 2

Day 1

Time 10:15  –   Integrating wellness into company culture”

Click below to view the presentations

David Casey –   The future of Health & Wellbeing in the workplace

Dr Fiona Geaney –   Food Choice at Work: Evidence Based Healthy Eating Management System For   Employees

Richard Murphy –   Integrating wellness into company culture”

Sandy Joy Weston, Weston Fitness

Richard Kennedy –   Free Fruit For All In Irish Hospitals

Dame Carol Black – Wellbeing in the workplace, Have we made progress

John Ryan –   A Health place to work

Enda Campbell –   The Heart of the Matter: Engaging Employees in Wellness Activities

12:35   Aidan Healy, UnPlug

Switching off and Recharging in an Always on World

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