The Wellbeing in Construction Summit is a one day thought provoking conference for business leaders, health & safety, HR, communication and wellbeing professionals to come together to learn, network and share the necessary strategies on improving physical wellbeing, personal and mental health within the workplace and amongst their construction employees.
Attendees will 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 a live wellbeing experience. Discover first-hand techniques on how to implement the right strategies and learn an understanding of the key business benefits (financial and people) of doing so.
Joanna- May: Q Yoga
Having worked in construction for over a decade starting as an assistant on a building site and eventually the Commercial Director of a specialist sub-contractor, Joanna is well aware of the deadlines and pressure at every level. The ability to deliver projects safely, on time, on budget and to specification will dictate whether or not you survive as a company in a competitive industry.
We spend the majority of our waking hours at work which is why wellbeing in the workplace is vital. As a trained yoga teacher Joanna knows first hand the positive benefits that yoga has on stress and anxiety. Chronic stress can lead to depression and a poor state of mental health. Working together with industry leaders who share the belief that wellbeing is of paramount importance, Joanna developed Q Yoga, a consultancy that focuses on reducing stress and anxiety in the workplace, giving team members the tools to take wellbeing into their own hands.
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.
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.