Healthy people, healthy business: a thriving workforce for ‘23 and beyond

Date: Thursday 19th January 2023
Time: 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Location: The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS
Cost: £45+VAT - Member/ £60+VAT - Non Member
Key Events
Wellbeing & Wellness

Brought to you by the pro-manchester Wellbeing Champions

As we come into January we will be looking at employee wellbeing strategies, to kick the year off as we mean to go on.

Our inspirational line up of experts will share their insights on how to create achievable plans to develop a well, happy, engaged and high performing workforce, which will have a positive impact on business success. How do businesses go about creating the right culture to allow people to thrive? How can we educate and support employees regarding their health and wellbeing?

Prepare to be inspired by some incredible stories of lived experiences; the methods and techniques they have used to overcome extreme adversity and the overwhelming positivity.

Set in the iconic Bridgewater Hall, guests will be treated to a sumptuous but healthy lunch, with lots of opportunities to meet new contacts and expand your network.

About the Speakers:

Martina Witter Director - Rapha Therapy & Training Services

Martina Witter is a Director of Award Winning Rapha Therapy & Training Services, Accredited
Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Mindset coach ,Health and Wellbeing Consultant, Author , Podcast Host ( Rivers to Resilience), Blogger ,Resilience Trainer , Founder of Black Mental Wealth and Cofounder of Black Women in Business and Professionals Network.

Martina has over 20 years experience working within the wellbeing and mental health field helping diverse individuals ( children & Adults) to develop a strong mindset that allows them to turn bottlenecks into breakthroughs, increase performance and productivity in organizations. Due to her contributions to the field, she has been featured in HuffPost, Thrive Global ,Metro, The Voice, and BBC Radio Manchester.

Martina delivers transformational, dynamic and experiential training whilst also having a passion to see individuals thrive holistically in life through being revived, restored and refocused . Martina delivers Coaching and psychological therapy in innovative and accessible ways including online (video & instant messaging) and via telephone. Martina draws upon her life experiences including bereavements, rejection and stress to connect and empathize with her clients whilst sharing how she has successfully navigated adversity and utilized this for transformation and growth .

Phil Jones MBE Managing Director - Brother

Phil Jones is Managing Director of the UK arm of global technology manufacturer – Brother.

Brother UK are an Investors In People Platinum employer; also holding a special recognition for their initiatives around health and wellbeing.

A firm believer in the link between employee health and business health, Phil Jones is a qualified mental health first aider and aims to encourage all employers to take a holistic view on this topic of integrated business performance.

You can follow him on Twitter @philjones40

Dave Bolton Founder - Ahead of the Game Foundation

Dave Bolton has a very unique story to tell. One of overcoming extreme adversity, sheer tenacity, strength and overwhelming positivity.

Dave served in Air Ops Iraq, survived being crushed by an articulated lorry, to then go onto become a World Champion Kickboxer and served as a high flying Detective Sergeant tackling serious and organised crime.

Having already beaten cancer twice Dave continues to defy all the odds by continuing to out live his current terminal diagnosis.

As well as being a fitness expert he now also inspires people worldwide with his motivational talks and shares his experiences and knowledge to support and help fellow cancer patients such as Dominic Matteo.

Dave is the Founder of Ahead of the Game Foundation -a registered charity which provides free pre/rehabilitation and support for those individuals diagnosed with cancer.


Lee Chambers Business Psychologist, Coach & Founder - Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing

After a diverse career, including time in corporate finance, elite sports and the third sector, alongside scaling a videogame business, he has brought his knowledge and lived experience together to support companies in creating equitable culture, psychologically safe spaces and effective wellbeing strategies.

This has been borne from his own lived experience, which has included mental health challenges, time as a stay at home Dad, and learning to walk again in 2014 after illness.

He can often be found speaking about gender equity, employee experience and male allyship, and is the current Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for Service Industries.

Kirsty Collin Global Head of CRM - Gleeds

Kirsty is a seasoned professional with over 18 years in the construction industry, currently serving as the Global Head of CRM at Gleeds. Beyond her impressive career, Kirsty is a leader in construction and a passionate advocate for mental health awareness.

Kirsty’s non-traditional career journey showcases her tenacity and determination in forging her own path. She brings a unique perspective to the business world.

Her commitment extends to empowering voices in the business landscape. Kirsty is on a mission to dismantle the stigma surrounding mental health, leveraging her personal experiences to foster open conversations within the industry and beyond.



Maria Mander Health & Wellbeing Specialist - Mander Welllbeing

Maria Mander is a renowned Wellbeing, DEI & Culture Consultant with over six years of expertise in delivering transformative wellbeing strategies. As the founder of Mander Wellbeing, Maria specialises in developing positive work environments that enhance employee health, engagement, and productivity. With a holistic approach and a wealth of experience, Maria offers invaluable insights into creating high-performing workforces for the future.

Emma-Louise Fusari Founder / Clinical Director - In-House Health

Emma-Louise Fusari is the Founder of In-House Health. A Nurse for 20 years, Emma has acquired a vast wealth of knowledge and experience in the health sector, mainly through delivering public health programmes and chronic disease management initiatives.

Emma founded In-House Health to enable organisations to make a measurable impact on their people, performance and profits. With a focus on prevention, and getting to the root cause of issues, In-House Health provides actionable strategies and tangible results through a data-informed approach, so that organisations can sustain a healthy workforce for improved business outcomes and growth.

Recently recognised as a Top 40 Northern Gamechanger and winner of TalkTalk’s Tech for Good award at the Northwest Women in Tech Awards!

Dr. Lee Williams Business Mental Toughness Coach - JOWSA Consulting

Lee is a business mental toughness coach, management consultant and the commercial lead with My Wellbeing Index, a health-tech provider that specialises in helping organisations measure and baseline the employee wellbeing experience.  MWI’s KAYA Wellbeing platform connects employees to wellbeing solution providers and provides a set of tangible return on wellbeing measures, so organisations can demonstrate wellbeing is improving.  Lee has worked across a broad range of sectors and is recognised as an expert in customer management, continuous improvement and employee engagement.  He is passionate about people development and his research focus is mental wealth development through business mental toughness.

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