Taking care of your talent: how to ramp up your employee wellbeing initiatives, post-pandemic
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Dr. Oliver Harrison is Founder and CEO of Koa Health. He is a qualified medical doctor whose experience includes practicing in London before spending seven years as Director Public Health in Abu Dhabi helping to build a modern healthcare system. He is also a member of WHO's expert panel on Digital Health and Non-Executive Director and Senior Commercial Advisor of Guy's and Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.
As People director at Koa Health, Noreen’s responsible for developing and implementing Koa’s people strategy, supporting the growth of the business through the acquisition and attrition of our fantastic talent. Noreen has considerable experience within the people field, having worked with internationally renowned brands for over 20 years.
Mark Barnicoat is the Managing Partner of Peeq; a specialist HR recruitment consultancy based in the South East of England. With over 20 years HR recruitment experience, Mark partners with CEOs and business leaders to help them make influential HR hires for their organisations. Mark has recruited HR talent for many of the world's most reputable brands including Sainsburys, Johnson and Johnson, Pepsi, BBC, Capgemini, whilst also supporting growth organisations like Transferwise and Gocardless scale their People functions.
Geoff McDonald is the former Global VP HR at Unilever with a considerable background in teaching, HR, marketing, communications and sustainability. His 25 years at Unilever have taken him around the world, working across Africa, the Middle-East and Turkey, Australasia and Asia, Europe and the Americas. Under his leadership he developed Unilever’s global talent and leadership centre of expertise. More recently he devoted his time, energy and effort to leading ground-breaking work where the HR function has played a central role in transforming Unilever’s business model with purpose at its core.
Geoff’s work today is truly global and he is a very much sought-after speaker, strategic advisor and consultant. He inspires and provokes organisations around the world to put purpose and wellbeing at the centre of everything they do. His experience in Unilever, under the pupilage of Paul Polman, allows him to provide a real practitioner's perspective with very practical insights on how to go about truly embedding purpose and how to address the taboo associated with wellbeing (particularly mental health) within workplaces today such as a large global multi-national organisation.
Geoff is a Co-Founder of the Minds@Work network, a charity which endeavours to inspire and equip individuals to break the stigma of mental ill-health within the organisations they work in.
Eleanor Whitehouse is acting editor of People Management magazine, supporting the delivery and development of the brand's digital and social channels, as well as production of the print publication. She has worked in an editorial capacity for more than nine years, formerly as an advertising copywriter and NHS communications manager.