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Mental Health & The Ethical Workplace

Wednesday 19th May | 9:30am

Lead Participant: Kay Hamblin – Director, Eight Legal

Kay developed a fascination with people dynamics during her years as a practicing vet. As part of Eight Legal, she has been supporting businesses with HR & people development for about ten years.

She received her Master’s in Business & Organisational Psychology from the University of Liverpool in 2019, and combines this expertise with HR experience to help businesses get the best out of their people. She has a particular interest in resilience, self-efficacy and Mindsets and how these relate to workplace well-being and engagement.

Other Participants:

James Cronin, Eight Legal Ltd

Su Porter-Scott, Respond Training

Victoria Lukins, Healthy Workplaces Gloucestershire

Camille Patricot, Clockwise Offices


Mental health, well-being and business values and ethics are all hot topics for discussion, but how do they relate to each other?

An ethical workplace will go beyond mere compliance in trying to create a healthy, happy workforce, but this needs to be more than a few nice ‘extras’ like fresh fruit and yoga. What are the fundamentals you need to address to ensure your people are positive and engaged? How do the values and culture of your business impact on the well-being of your team? Where do your responsibilities as an employer end and what about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Join us to discuss all this & more, to share best practice tips & ideas, and to learn about the Gloucestershire Healthy Workplaces initiative.

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#BI21.3 Question Storming – Mental Health

Wednesday 19th May | 2:30pm

Lead Participant: Sandra Baer, CEO, Personal Cities

Sandra Baer is the CEO of Personal Cities based in Washington DC

She is focused on building trusted relationships, creating new collaborations, and uncovering the skills to navigate bigger, bolder city transformations. Personal Cities works to inspire cities to make better, faster decisions around innovation, to enrich and improve their identity and to create a sense of belonging in every community


What role should the business community play in addressing mental health in the workplace?

In the second quarter of 2021, businesses need to plan ahead to adjust to a changed work-life environment. As the economy begins to open up and as employees return to offices, companies need to find a new equilibrium that helps employers and employees create a healthy, stable workplace.

Things will be different. Mental health was a serious, if under acknowledged problem before the pandemic.  How can employers help workers face unexpected challenges and proactively support their emotional and mental well-being?

Question Storming, is a unique process designed to tackle complex issues, to think beyond traditional approaches to problem solving. Participants may only ask questions, to see the issue through the lens of others.  Held under Chatham House rules, the most challenging questions will be taken forward to Solution Storming later in the day.

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#BI21.3 Students Mean Business

Wednesday 19th May | 3:15pm

Lead Participant: Julie Kent MBE, Chair, Open Door

Julie is an experienced Trustee working in the non-profit organization management industry & Fundraising.

She is named as one of the 50 Greatest Women in Gloucestershire, Top 100 Women in the West and recently Gained the Most Outstanding Woman in the Charitable Sector in the West.  Julie has been a housemistress at Dean Close for over 20 years specialising in teenagers coping with life!


Julie Kent MBE, formerly a house mistress at Dean Close, hosts a question time discussion with leaders from Gloucestershire’s business community around the journey that school leavers are facing as they think about the future, their careers and accessing the workplace.

It’s a challenging time for everyone and students presently in years 12 and 13 are dealing with disrupted education, uncertain HE and FE provision and an employment landscape that is heading towards significant redundancies and reducing opportunities.

Add into that anxiety, mental health, student loans and the inevitable uncertainty for any student about where they want to head for their career and we see ourselves in a position that is unlike any faced by students before.

Ethical Food & Drink – Provenance Matters

Thursday 20th May | 9:45am

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Ethical Food and Drink – Provenance Matters

Thursday 20th May | 9:45am

Lead Participant: Steve Ackroyd, The Job Guru

Steve is founder and Owner of The Job Guru, a recruitment business based in Gloucestershire.

As a Gloucestershire Business leader, Steve has long held an interest in understanding more about food provenance and the need to understand better the ethical values around food production and impact it has in the world we live in.

Other Participants: Claire Thayers, Happerley


Post Covid, more people are asking about their food – where does it come from – next door, the UK or abroad? What is the carbon footprint? Has it been ethically produced?  What are the welfare standards like? The list is endless! How do we find the answers, where should our priorities lie and are we motivated to make a difference?

Understanding where our food comes from becomes more and more important.  We have a panel of experts, from field to fork, food and beverage supply chain and a discussion that affects us all as we make important buying decisions every day.

The format will be a discussion on a video conference platform, we invite you to join the meeting, the chair will host the discussion with the panel and questions from the audience will be taken during the event.

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#BI21.3 International Trade Q&A

Thursday 20th May | 2:30pm

Lead Participant: Roger Mackrill, Director, Sabre UK Ltd

Following an extensive career in automotive, aerospace, nuclear power engineering and senior management in US, UK, Europe, India and China, Roger is the director and founder of Sabre UK Ltd. Founded in 2007.

With abundant experience as Quality Director, Managing Director in a wide range of global corporations, including GM, Rolls Royce, SKF, ISMT India, Kalyani Group India and Changan Group China, Roger is an experienced professional guiding clients through strategic direction and planning to enter and establish presence in Asian markets.


Following our International Trade Forum discussion, we bring together a number of international specialists to take questions around building business development though trading internationally.

Brexit has created both opportunity and vulnerabilities, the current pandemic has exponentially increased the use of online communications that have made it so much easier to reach out internationally and build new business relationships.

Culture, language and the simple interpretation or brand, graphics and body language are all areas of discussion and our panel will be looking to understand business concerns and uncertainties around how to build new international business.

You can submit questions via the event registration process, or on our dedicated email address: