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The Wellbeing in Construction Summit was launched in 2018 to support the industry's much needed awareness to the health and wellbeing of its construction workforce, to move away from the stereotype of the macho construction workers and to recognise that mental health is just as important as health and safety within this sector. The construction industry has the highest suicide rate over any other profession, with the national statistics showing a shocking 1,419 suicides which took place between 2011 and 2015.
This one day thought-provoking conference provides a platform for business leaders, HR and wellbeing professionals to come together to learn, network and share the necessary strategies on tackling suicide prevention and ways to improve physical wellbeing, personal and mental ill-health within the workplace and amongst their construction employees.
'Employees are the most important asset of every company'
The summit will highlight the importance of investing in your employee’s wellbeing and the benefits in doing so. Discover first-hand techniques on how to implement the right strategies in order to reduce mental ill-health, staff absence, turnover and management intervention, boost productivity, morale and retention and increase profits and the effectiveness of your business.
Value your workforce and join other like-minded construction organisations at the 2019 summit. Learn from the industry’s leading speakers who will share their knowledge and experiences through a variety of seminars, best practice case studies and the opportunity to participate in live wellbeing experiences. Leave with a clear understanding of the key business benefits (financial and people) and the right knowledge required to implement and strengthen a wellbeing strategy right away into your own infrastructure.
Registration and networking breakfast
Opening remarks from the Chair James Rudoni, Managing Director at Mates in Mind and Co-chair Joscelyne Shaw, Director of Strategy at Mates in Mind
'My Mental Health Story' - The real impact wellbeing and mental ill-health challenges have on construction professionals
Join Andy Stevens as he hosts a 40 minute live interview and panel discussion with those who work in the construction industry who have been through and overcoming wellbeing and mental ill-health challenges. Unless you have been directly involved with an employee who has opened up or faced similar challenges yourself, it’s difficult to imagine the impact this can have, not only on the employee but also on the business.
There could potentially be employees within your organisation today facing these challenges currently unknown to you. Andy will shed some light into the day and life of individuals and their organisations as they tell us how they have overcome their own challenges, the impact this has had on them, their jobs, working environment and business. He will also discuss how they opened up to their employers and working towards recovery.
Panellist chair: Andy Stevens, Builder & Broadcaster at Eclipse Property Solutions ltd
- Russell Stilwell, Managing Director at RSE Building Services Ltd
- Lee Jones CMIOSH PIEMA, Group Business Manager at Kier Group
- Maria Coulter, Managing Director at Construction Coach
Meditation, does it have a place in the construction sector?
Joanna-May will be discussing the topic of meditation and why a practice that has been around for thousands of years has suddenly experienced massive growth. The number of adults meditating in the U.S. is on track to surpass the number of those practising yoga. The Wall Street Journal has stated that in the U.S. meditation rate has tripled over the past five years.
Learn why meditation is such a powerful and accessible tool and whether it has a place in the construction industry.
The session will be informative touching on the neuroscience behind meditation and interactive with an opportunity for delegates to take part in a wellbeing exercise.
Presented by: Joanna May, Founder of Joanna-May: Meditation
Networking coffee break
Taking a ‘whole organisation’ approach to mental health
Overcoming isolation and stigma, there are still barriers when it comes to promoting better mental health in the workplace, so what can we do to build the business case. James Rudoni, Managing Director at Mates in Mind will talk about the impact of mental ill-health on employers, the associated costs and demonstrate how to enable change.
• Impact of mental ill-health on employers
• No health without mental health
• The impact of mental ill-health reported for the construction industry in GB
• Are your employees confident to disclose mental health conditions at work?
• What is the cost of not addressing mental ill health in the workplace?
• Employers have a duty of care to their employees
• Thrive at work – The Six core standards
• Creating an impact
• Enabling change to address the challenge
Presented by: James Rudoni, Managing Director at Mates in Mind
How to manage the issue of alcohol and drugs effectively in the workplace
The presentation will look at:
- Ensuring your Alcohol and Drug Policy is robust and fit for purpose (what terms should and should not be used)
- How to manage the misuse of alcohol and drugs with a clear process
- Mental health and the link to alcohol and drugs
- How to manage an employee with an alcohol or drug dependency effectively for the benefit of the employee and the company
- If testing is used, what should be considered
A clear understanding of the difference between an effective and non-effective policy the dangers of having no policy and how detecting that someone has an issue can help them going forward.
Presented by: Chris Wakeham, Alcohol and Drug Consultant at Hampton Knight
Networking refreshment break
Delivering wellbeing at site level
Learn how best to improve wellbeing on site from tried and tested measures and range of case studies.
This 45 minute seminar will give you with an introduction into why we need to tackle wellbeing, cultural and physical environment issues on site and the necessary tools required to develop an effective strategy.
The key areas that will be covered are:
- Introduction why we need to tackle wellbeing on site
- How to develop an effective strategy for wellbeing on site
- The priorities areas for improving mental wellbeing
- How to tackle cultural environment issues on site
- Approaches to personal physical wellbeing on site
- How to improve the physical environment on site
- Next Steps
Presented by: Sam Hall BSc, MSc, PGDip, MIEMA, CEnv, Director at SiP
An introduction to Mental Health First Aid
What is mental Health First Aid and why is it so important? Nicola Chamberlain dedicated Client Relationship Manager for the Construction industry at Mental Health First Aid England will provide you with an insight into Mental Health First Aid training. During this 45 minute interactive seminar you will learn key practical skills, understand the basics and take away downloadable material to implement back into your own organisations.
- MFHA England
- Stress signs and symptoms
- Stress container activity
- The kinds of training available and how to implement them in the workplace
- Who is the right person
- Case study
Presented by: Nicola Chamberlain, Client Relationship Manager at Mental Health First Aid England
Networking buffet lunch
Opening afternoon remarks from the Chair James Rudoni, Managing Director at Mates in Mind and Co-chair Joscelyne Shaw, Director of Strategy at Mates in Mind
A Journey to Better Health for the Construction Industry
The presentation will explain how we can coordinate ambitions and measure progress as one industry moving towards a healthier future for our workforce. Understanding what the industry needs and how we can communicate better to provide a clear voice that assists in pulling in one direction, avoiding confusion and conflicting messages. Bringing examples of coordination of efforts across different groups representing health for the industry and more generic health topic examples such as the UK Hearing Conservation Association.
Presented by Clare Forshaw, Occupational Health & Hygiene Partner, Park Health & Safety
Becoming Fatigue Free
With organisations working with: deadline, timescale and budget constraints employees often suffer fatigue which impacts the eventual outcome and negatively affects the bottom line of the organisation.
Employers have a responsibility to provide safe workplaces that do not damage an employee’s health and environments that support healthier lifestyle choices.
Key bullet points:
• An integrated approach – healthy people, healthy business
• Encouraging positive wellbeing
• Insight-led health and wellbeing strategies
• Improve employee health behaviours
• Encourage sustainable lifestyle improvements
• Improve productivity, improve employee retention, boost employee morale, reduce health care costs, reduce absenteeism.
Presented by: Anna Mason, Managing Director, The Healthy Employee and Dan Platten, Health, Safety & Wellbeing Director, Skanska, Costain, Strabag JV
Networking coffee break
Improving health, safety and wellbeing through the use of a "Platform approach"
Construction is the last industry after agriculture, manufacturing and mining that continues to throw thousands of people at a problem, with chronically low productivity, often working in physically and mentally challenging conditions.
While the sector has worked incredibly hard to improve safety on construction sites, fallibility rates remain higher in construction than any other profession (HSE) and low skilled male construction workers are nearly four times more likely to commit suicide than the national average (ONS).
The time has come to apply the learning from other sectors and vastly increase the wellbeing of our workforce through both the design and delivery of assets and using the best digital tools and manufacturing processes that are now available. This session will explore the implications of the government’s proposed "Platform Approach to Design" for Manufacture and Construction (P-DfMA) and will explain how it will achieve:
- Dramatic reduction in numbers of operatives on site
- Creation of highly productive, safe working conditions both on and off site
- Elimination of working at height (still the most common cause of fatalities in construction)
- Use of automation to reduce physical strain
- Creation of a new, highly trained manufacturing and assembly workforce who can be sourced more locally to sites, reducing the need for migrant / transient labour working away from home for extended periods
Presented by: Tim Ryan, Director and DfMA Lead at Bryden Wood
Belonging and Inclusion: a driver for Wellbeing?
I will explore the importance of shifting from Inclusion and Belonging and the benefits this brings for wellbeing and employee engagement.
- importance of creating a culture of belonging
- how to go beyond D&I data to measure Inclusion
- why it’s important to widen the diversity discussion to capture wider diversity
- the business case for Inclusion
Attendees will see the benefits of shifting to belonging and how this captures the whole workforce in working towards inclusion and how to measure true success through inclusion as opposed to diversity data.
Asif Sadiq MBE. Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at The Telegraph
Networking refreshment break
Implementing health and wellbeing into your business strategy
The health and wellbeing of your workforce is increasingly recognised as key to business success and not just an optional extra. But where do you start and how do you make a real difference over the long term? Our industry has embraced and implemented a strategic approach to safety, but health seems unfamiliar, complex and confusing.
Understanding how health and wellbeing work together in the context of an employers legal, moral and business responsibilities is the key starting point. This means managing the health of workers (occupational health), promoting healthy lifestyle choices (wellbeing) and protecting people from workplace health risks (occupational hygiene). So when it comes to health and wellbeing our people are supported in work, fit for work and protected at work.
In an industry that needs to both retain the experience of older workers and attract the drive of younger ones this makes eminent business sense. And as the HSE focusses on health first in its construction inspections it provides a way to manage the business risks of non-compliance.
Learn how you can develop and implement a successful health and wellbeing programme as part of your business strategy.
• Understand the relationship between medical, wellbeing and preventative health
• Making the business case for action on health and wellbeing
• Risk-based approach to health management
• Implementing the hierarchy of control
• Building a culture of health and wellbeing
• Health like safety
Presented by: Steve Perkins MA Oxf CDir FIoD FInstP, Executive Coach and Consultant, MD at Steve Perkins Associates
Closing remarks from the Chair James Rudoni, Managing Director at Mates in Mind and Co-chair Joscelyne Shaw, Director of Strategy at Mates in Mind
Close of summit
2019 Speaker Line-Up
Steve Perkins MA Oxf CDir FIoD FInstP
Executive Coach and Consultant
Steve Perkins Associates
Client Relationship Manager
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England
Builder & Broadcaster
Eclipse Property Solutions ltd
I write regularly for the glossy magazines, National Press etc. I have presented a load of How To videos for Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine which has done really well online. I have filmed for the Federation of Master Builders, presented social media videos for Caterpillar, Tuff Stuff and have Chandlers (big suppliers) and CT1 booked in. I also am in conversation with a lot of other brands about doing their social media videos.
I was in property developing for years before the 07/08 crash and since then have been running my building company where we have won several industry awards. We work mainly on extensions, refurbishments, kitchens, bathrooms etc. I am in the process of setting up a charity called TRYHAL (Trades Rebuilding Your Homes And Lives) where tradespeople are helping children (under 18) with cancer. We have done our first project where we renovated a bedroom and kitchen with a teenage boy who is suffering with Neuroblastoma. ITV London covered this on their 6 o'clock news as well as other media.
Mates in Mind
James Rudoni is the Managing Director at industry charity Mates in Mind. Mates in Mind was launched in 2017 to raise awareness, address the stigma of poor mental health and improve mental wellbeing in the construction sector. Mates in Mind has led in the creation of an innovative approach that helps companies nurture positive mental wellbeing amongst their workforce working in construction and wider construction-related industries. Key to its success is breaking the silence and stigma that can surround mental health in society in general, and the workplace in sectors such as construction in particular.
James has a 30year track record in charity and commercial sectors. Prior to leading Mates in Mind, he was Director of RBLI Living, Royal British Legion Industries leading on supporting some of the hardest to help veterans (including those with PTSD, depression and complex health issues), current service personnel and their families. During which time he was responsible for a sizable support housing portfolio, the provision of high dependency nursing and assisted living healthcare, welfare advice nationally, employment training services and vocational assessments. Also overseeing the transforming rehabilitation services to veterans in the Criminal Justice System. The development of this approach resulted in greater reach that doubled beneficiary numbers, the delivery of a range of innovative new services and RBLI’s first national training programme, LifeWorks.
Director of Strategy
Mates in Mind
Joscelyne is Director of Strategy at Mates in Mind, a new charity founded by the Health in Construction Leadership Group and British Safety Council which was launched in 2017. Mates in Mind seeks to raise awareness, address the stigma of poor mental health and improve mental wellbeing amongst employers and organisations across the construction and associated industries.
RSE Building Services Ltd
Russell Stilwell is a passionate advocate for changing attitudes towards mental health within the workplace. Throughout his career, Russell has experienced first-hand the negative impacts poor mental health can have in every aspect of business. Working from the ground up, Russell’s background charts the transition from working on the tools, to running a successful multimillion pound turnover business. However, this success has not come without its difficulties and he has experienced the sharp end of the construction industry on many occasions. Over the years he gained valuable insight and knowledge through hands on experiences at every stage, providing him with an expansive understanding of best and worst practice within the industry.
As a result, Russell is dedicated to changing the way the construction industry works for the better, and influencing the sector to become even greater. This includes proactively transforming the industry for the next generation via Constructionwise. Constructionwise focuses on proactively changing perceptions of the construction industry in order to have a positive impact on skills shortages and mental wellbeing for future generations. This already has the backing of local government/councils, a number of local schools and training organisations.
Russell is also a champion of the charity Mates in Mind, and delivered a speech about his experience with mental health at the charity’s launch event in September 2017.
Lee Jones, CMIOSH, PIEMA
Group Business Assurance Manager
I joined Kier in early 2017, my daughter, (15 at the time) had been unwell for some time but rapidly declined several months after I joined Kier, my daughter has both significant and complex mental health issues that have taken years to diagnose.
It was a few months later still before I told my line manager about what was happening, my role involves a lot of travel away from home and I was new to the business, so I guess I felt vulnerable as the new man on the block. Eventually I came to the point where I knew deep down that home pressures must be affecting my work, it was certainly affecting me and my mental health.
When I did tell Kier, they were brilliant, supportive in giving me the space when I needed it to be at home. They also listened to my wishes by not reducing my workload, that was an important factor to me both in terms of pride and self-worth. Kier were also very quick to provide reassurance, telling me I’d made a great start at Kier although they were disappointed that I didn’t open up sooner.
Seeing the decline in my daughters health was difficult and found myself not easily able to come to terms with what was happening, she spent over eight months in hospital in a (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) CAMHS facility, eventually returning home last summer. I struggled with the worry of my daughter returning home and Kier helped me with counselling when I asked for it, both my peers and managers were very supportive throughout.
We are now heading towards a year since my daughter returned home, every day is still a struggle but life is a little more stable. We still have a long road ahead and we are not out of the woods yet, we are working towards Cammy returning to education after two years out of school. My inspiration has to be Cammy, she has remained strong throughout and wants to get better, she has ambitions to work with children in Mental Health and could offer so much if she succeeds.
As for me, I’m in control of my physical and mental health, I know my stress points and running is my stress outlet, I’m fitter and stronger mentally now than I have been for many years and Kier have played a big part in that.
As a family we managed to “get by” for so long with so little support, but when we found help it was priceless, for me personally giving something back is important and part of my recovery, so I am, both by raising funds and awareness.
I’m running the Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford and raising money for the hospital where my daughter was, Kier have also helped by provided me with training as a mental health first aider, this way I can use my experience to help others.
Over the past few years my perception and understanding of mental health has changed radically. A year ago I couldn’t talk the way I can today, but now I talk freely about what has happened and indeed what is still happening… what a difference a year makes!
What would I tell people now? Look after yourself because nobody else can look after you, find a way to talk to someone… anyone and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Maria is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Project Manager and Risk Manager. She is also an RICS Regional Board Member and Chair of the East Midlands Construction Industry Council. A few years ago her interest in the world of personal development resulted in a qualification in coaching which then led her to join her industry and coaching experience together to start her own company and become The Construction Coach. Having been in the industry for the past 20 years she has experienced the stress and pressure we are under on a daily basis and she speaks the language (clean of course!)
Joanna- May: Meditation
Joanna started her career as an assistant on a building site, over the course of a decade she worked her way up to Commercial Director. In 2017 she left the Construction Industry to focus on improving mental health through meditation within the corporate world, this included an invitation to speak at ITV for World Mental Health Day. She is passionate about improving mental health win the Construction Industry and has delivered training to Galliford Try and Kirby Group Engineering as well as sessions to Balfour Beatty, Considerate Constructors and Morgan Sindall for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.
Alcohol and Drug Consultant
Chris has worked in the workplace alcohol and drug testing industry for over 20 years and during this time has supported many companies introduce policies and procedures that effectively manage the issue of alcohol and drugs in the workplace. Chris formed Hampton Knight in 2000 where he was Managing Director until Medigold Health acquired the business in 2017 to complement their health and wellbeing services. Chris continues to advise companies on their policies and procedures and he is a strong believer in a partnership approach with clients to ensure that together, we achieve a safer, healthier workplace.
Sam is a Founding Director of SI Partnership. He has over 20 years experience developing sustainability strategy and policy in the construction sector. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Sam is also a qualified psychotherapist.
Occupational Health & Hygiene Partner
Park Health & Safety
Clare is an Occupational Health & Hygiene Partner with Park Health & Safety Partnership. She previously worked at HSE and has over 20 years’ experience in workplace health management. Her role involves assisting organisations in achieving their goals in health risk management. With a strong interest and experience in assisting organisations develop a strategic and sustainable approach to health management, she also works closely with senior management teams to embed appropriate leadership and culture for organisational health maturity.
She has been involved with the Health in Construction Leadership since its conception and has assisted the group on communications, health by design, and musculoskeletal disorders. Clare is the founder and director of the UK Hearing Conservation Association which was launched in March 2019 and aims to prevent damage to people’s hearing health and other noise related health conditions; through a multidisciplinary approach to developing practical, evidenced and cost-effective communications and solutions.
The Healthy Employee
Anna Mason, Managing Director of The Healthy Employee Ltd, a workplace health and wellbeing company providing measurable health and wellbeing events and initiatives into organisations.
Anna’s background is sports science. She spent many years as a personal fitness trainer before forming The Healthy Employee Ltd in 2008. She is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of working people to impact positively on the quality of life both in and out of the working environment. Anna says ‘It is education that is important. It must be delivered in an inspiring and motivational manner to help people make simple, practical, down to earth and sustainable lifestyle improvements.
Health, Safety & Wellbeing Director
Skanska, Costain, Strabag JV
Director and DfMA Lead
Tim joined Bryden Wood in 2004 having spent a number of years working overseas, initially in Ghana overseeing the construction of a rural school project, and later in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with the Ken Yeang practice, TRHY, where he worked on a variety of local projects.
During Tim’s time at BWL he has worked across a great number of sectors including a number of aviation projects, commercial refurbishment, Metropolitan police facilities and artist studios, coming to specialise in design for offsite manufacture. Tim currently heads up BWL’s DfMA department.
Tim has extensive expertise in running multi-disciplinary design teams in the production and delivery of complex fast track projects. The scope of such work involves strong project management and team running skills, as well as extensive detailing knowledge and an ability to deliver BIM capable projects. This experience affords Tim a vast understanding of cross discipline design issues and the means by which such issues can be addressed to deliver the clients expectation.
Asif Sadiq MBE
Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
Asif is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph. He was formerly the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services and was also previously the Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. He has delivered the strategic plans to drive a co-ordinated approach across various businesses to focus both investment and intent on the broader inclusion agenda. He is a Multi-Award Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with a proven track record in achieving operational and strategic targets, managing quality, performance, risk and change through promoting equal opportunities and diverse cultures.
He is a passionate and inspirational global leader with the ability to empower individuals and create a truly inclusive environment for all. Asif is key in implementing D&I activities and programmes as well as connecting with stakeholders at all levels to build strong and influential relationships with business leaders and influencers. Asif acts as a role model, providing governance across businesses on D&I and cultural change and is committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all.
Asif has received a number of accolades for his professional and volunteering work that include the Mosaic (Prince’s Trust) Award for mentoring and NAMP Multi Faith Award, Police Officer of the Year Award, the Civil Servant of the Year Award, the prestigious Asian Professional Award and the highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards. Asif was honoured in 2017 in the Queen’s birthday honours list with an MBE for his services to Policing and the Communities and is a member of the HR Guild and is a Freeman of the City.
He is currently the Chair of the London Hate Crime Board, an Ambassador for Remembering Srebrenica, Member of the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Hate Crime, Special Advisory to the charity Penny Appeal, a trainer for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and a Special Sergeant with the City of London Police.
Steve Perkins MA Oxf CDir FIoD FInstP
Executive Coach and Consultant
Steve Perkins Associates
Steve is a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors, with over 20 years of management and executive experience in a range of organisations from corporate to charity and plc to SME. He has served in CEO, Executive and Non-Executive Director roles. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
Steve’s company provides executive consultancy and coaching solutions in the UK and internationally to help business and EHS leaders develop and improve their strategy, culture and leadership. Current projects include work with the UK Highways sector to develop a strategic health leadership framework.
Steve is the former Chief Executive of BOHS, the UK’s Chartered professional and awarding body for scientists and leaders in preventative occupational health.
Client Relationship Manager
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England
Nicola Chamberlain is a Client Relationship Manager at Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. In her role, Nicola supports organisations to identify and implement the appropriate level of mental health training, in line with their mental health and wellbeing objectives and in support of ‘whole organisational’ change – helping employers to build mentally healthier working environments for their people. Nicola has always had a passion for raising mental health awareness through education and training and ultimately breaking down mental health stigma.
In 2014 she joined MHFA England in its mission to normalise society’s attitudes and behaviours around mental health, by promoting the development of skills needed to look after our own and others’ wellbeing. She now works with employers across a range of sectors, with a focus on Construction and Manufacturing as well as Real Estate and Professional Services, supporting businesses to effectively incorporate Mental Health First Aid training into their wider wellbeing strategies. Nicola is part of the Business Disability Forum's Construction Industry Network and also leads for MHFA England in both the Building Mental Health and This is Me initiatives.
The importance of employee wellbeing has never been greater; the latest ONS report has highlighted construction workers as having poor metal health and wellbeing showing the staggering figures of 1,419 suicides that took place within the construction and building trades between 2011 and 2015. It’s also estimated that work-related stress, anxiety and depression cost the industry 400,000 work days a year.
The construction industry is now beginning to place the same level of importance on employee wellbeing as they do on safety and are now actively developing wellbeing strategies within their organisations.
It’s time to act, book your place at the Wellbeing in Construction Summit and in just one day you can learn how you can develop and improve your wellbeing strategy.
• Offer a dedicated focus on employee wellbeing within the construction industry
• Provide an insight of wellbeing and the key components that make up employee wellbeing (mental and physical)
• Explore the business benefits of good employee wellbeing
• Discuss the role of leadership in embedding a wellbeing culture
• Focus on wellbeing strategies
• Provide case studies to learn from
• Offer practical example
- Local authorities
- Construction companies
- Service providers – Water, transport, utilities etc.
- Chief Executive
- Managing Director
- HR Manager/Director
- Site Manager
- Health and Safety Manager
- Occupational Health Manager
- Wellbeing / Wellness Manager
- Health and Safety Professional
- Construction Director
- Head of Health, Safety and Security
- People Manager
- Health and Wellbeing Advisor
- Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager
- Health Director
- Head of Talent
- Head of Behavioural Safety
- Corporate Communications Director/Managers
- Internal Communication Director/Manager
- Director/Manager of policy