Employers who take aggressive action toward implementing wellness programs will see decreased health care costs, increased awareness for both low- and high-risk employees, and reduced absenteeism, which can save the company thousands of dollars.
This summit will show you how to implement effective wellness programs, how to collect and analyze data to find out what’s working, how to measure your return on investment and so much more. No matter what your organization’s size or industry, you can benefit from attending this event.
Head of Learning and Development at UnPlug
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.
Workplace Health Promotion Officer at Irish Heart Foundation
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.
Founder and CEO
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.
Professor Dame Carol Black
Principal of Newnham College Cambridge
Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England
Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci chairs the Board of Think Ahead, the Government’s new fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers. She is a member of the Welsh Government’s Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales and Bevan Commission on health in Wales, the board of UK Active, Rand Europe’s Council of Advisers, PwC’s Health Industries Oversight Board, and the Advisory Board of Step up to Serve. As Principal of Newnham she is on several committees in Cambridge University, for example the Advisory Board of the Centre for Science and Public Policy, and is one of the Deputy Vice- Chancellors.
In November 2011 when National Director for Health and Work she completed as Co-Chair an independent review for the UK Government of sickness absence in Britain. The recommendations of this report are now being put in place, with for example a national Fit for Work Service. She is now finishing a further independent review for the Government, of employment outcomes of addiction to drugs or alcohol, or obesity, and the benefits system.
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, of the Work Foundation, and of Uppingham School.
In February 2016 Dame Carol enjoyed the experience of being interviewed on BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs.
CEO at Great Place to Work
John Ryan has been CEO at Great Place to Work in Ireland since January 2011. Previously, John was self-employed as a management consultant, providing services to indigenous organisations as well as foreign multinationals in the areas of Strategic Decision Making, Communications and Positive Behaviour Building.
A former broadcast journalist, John is a graduate of Business from Dublin City University having a specialisation in Marketing. He also holds a qualification from the University of Maynooth.
John lives in Bray, County Wicklow, with his wife Kelly and three young children. He loves golf and football (Arsenal fan). He also has a passion for current affairs and was Mayor of his local town. John was recently Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council.
Sandy Joy Weston
Author of Train Your Head & Your Body Will Follow
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”.
Dr Fiona Geaney
CEO and Founder of Food Choice at Work
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.
Owner , Fitness Freak
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.
CEO at Decare Dental
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.