Ciara Doherty has worked in radio and television for over a decade. She is a Barrister at Law and the co-anchor on Ireland AM on Virgin Media One, Ireland’s number one breakfast show where she presents from studio as well as broadcasting live from across the country covering everything from the world of sugar daddies to the world of country music. She studied law in UCD but later moved to London were she studied Broadcast Journalism at the London College of Communications. After spending 3 years as a researcher in ITV, working on everything from the Pride of Britain Awards to Celebrity Love Island, Ciara returned home in 2006 to take up a position on Newstalk Breakfast, a daily news and current affairs programme.
From there she moved to Virgin Media One and in front of the camera on the weekly social affairs programme MidWeek. From testing weight loss drugs to importing illegal abortion pills to her IFTA nominated report on the demise in rural Ireland, Ciara's reports generated headlines. She also began developing, producing and presenting a range of documentaries from At Home with the Healy Rae’s, an entertaining look inside the world of Ireland's best-known political family to Michaela: The Search for Justice, a documentary which took Ciara to Mauritius to investigate the murder and subsequent police investigation into the tragic death of Michaela McAreavey. In 2014 Ciara moved full time into the news and public affairs documentary unit before joining the Ireland AM team. She also did a report for BBC's The One Show, paying tribute to the late Sir Terry Wogan in early 2016. Eager to complete her studies in law, Ciara returned to Kings Inns College in 2012 and qualified as Barrister at Law achieving a merit grade. Whether it's news or current affairs, consumer issues or entertainment, Ciara is experienced covering a wide range of topics and is a popular MC. Ciara has previously worked with Ibec MC’ing the Employment Law Conference as well as The Keepwell Summit in 2018.
Bruce Daisley is one of the Europe's most influential voices on fixing work. His book was the UK's top selling business hardback of 2019 and is an international bestseller - translated into 14 languages. Previously he spent over a decade running Twitter and YouTube (the latter at Google) for Europe, leaving Twitter as its most senior leader outside of the US. Bruce runs the Apple #1 Business Chart topping podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat on work culture.Show more
Natasha Wallace is founder and chief coach of Conscious Works. As a former HR Director, Natasha left her job having reached burn out. It led her to recognise that we are struggling to take care of our wellbeing and performance in the workplace. She set up her company and wrote her book, The Conscious Effect, to help fix that problem. She now works with her team to 'inspire a well world of work', coaching leaders to become more 'conscious' and working with organisations to build wellbeing cultures.
Natasha is passionate about wellbeing and optimising human performance. With a background in culture change and leadership development, her career has been built around creating workplaces in which people can thrive.A popular keynote speaker on the themes of Conscious Leadership, building resilience, and how to create inclusive cultures, Natasha also chairs the Engage for Success Wellbeing Action Group. Her current projects include ‘building the business case for wellbeing’ and ‘Project Bright Spot’, a research project supported by University College London on the key traits of a conscious leader. Natasha spends part of her time working as the Head of Wellbeing for a scaling tech company and has had great success in helping the team to catalyse their performance – with wellbeing at the heart of the operation.
Contact Natasha on firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)7423 325666.
Clodagh joined Fitbit in October 2015 to lead HR for Fitbit’s growing international business, including its EMEA HQ in Dublin where she is based, but also in their global locations across Europe, and the Asia Pacific region including China. In this role, Clodagh works with the HR and business leadership of the company to design and implement the necessary strategies and programs to support the company’s organizational growth, structure and development. She is also responsible for the global People Operations function. She has built a 20 year career across a wide spectrum of HR experiences in the technology sector, including recruiting, change management, organizational design, generalist HR management and communications, working both in Ireland and international roles, including a number of years in Australia.Show more
Nikki Taggart is an Organisational Psychologist working towards chartership with the Psychological Society of Ireland. Completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology whilst on an athletics scholarship in the United States, she subsequently joined the pharmaceutical industry in the UK, building up 10 years of organisational experience across sales, marketing, human resources, and learning and development.
Nikki’s passion for life-long learning, instilled at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, led her to complete her MBA at Dublin Business School whilst working full-time. This experience led to the confirmation that the workplace was where she was best-placed to apply her foundation in Psychology, and so completion of her MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology at the University of Limerick followed.
Nikki excels at working with teams and organisations to improve both wellbeing and performance, generally striving to make work a happier and healthier place for all involved. Her work in leadership development is grounded in the psychology of collaboration and is guided by the contemporary challenges faced by all leaders in todays operating environment of constant change.
Nikki is a commended trainer and facilitator, who is able to inspire learning and consequent behaviour change across diverse audiences.
David works for DeCare as the Wellness Health Promotion Manager for Ireland and Europe. David Casey, RDN holds a national certificate in biology and a specialist in oral
health with health promotion. He has finished an M.A. in Health Promotion with
a specialist interest in mental health and workplace wellbeing at the school of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science at NUI Galway. David also guests lectures on the outreach specialist certificate and postgraduate health promotion programmes in Galway.
In May 2020 David took on the role as Mental Health Ambassador with See Change Ireland educating media, communities & workplaces on experiences with stigma & anxiety
and the positive promotion of mental health in Ireland.
David has over 10 years clinical experience in healthcare and has worked over the last 6 years
designing, building and implementing wellness and education programs for over
500 companies, organisations, and healthcare settings across Ireland and the UK.
He is a trainer with Skillnet Ireland and trains companies in workplace health
promotion and mental health practices.
Dave was involved in the setup of the brand new SFA Workplace Wellbeing Award 2020 for smaller businesses in Ireland. In 2017 Dave received the Irish Gerontology Society's 2017
Presidential Award for his research on health promotion and the aging population.
Jane Mitchell is a leadership and organisational development consultant with 15 years’ experience working with diverse groups across many cultures. Her approach is positively challenging, centred on creating clarity, developing opportunity and delivering impact through tangible business results.
• Designing and developing leadership development programmes
• Facilitating leadership teams’ strategy development and deployment
• Designing and supporting organisational development and changemanagement
• Talent development and succession planning
• Team building and group dynamics
Jane’s corporate career has included leadership roles at Boston Scientific and Stryker in HR, Leadership Development, Organisation Development and Talent Management. She has led diverse and remote teams across Ireland, UK and Europe.
Jane has a BSc (Hons) in Management from Trinity College Dublin, an MBS in Human Resource Management (University of Limerick), a Diploma in HRM (UCC) and Diploma in Coaching from the IMI along with certifications in MBTI, DISC, Gallup StrengthsFinder, EQI and Belbin Team Roles.
Nick Lawlor is the Managing Director of Employee Financial Wellness and one of the founding directors of The Wellness Crew. Nick designs and runs financial wellness programmes with companies of all shapes and sizes across Ireland. Nick believes in delivering corporate Employee Financial Wellness programmes across 3 pillars namely Measurement, Education and Communication. Nick is a Workplace Wellness postgraduate, Certified Financial Planner ™, Specialist Investment Adviser and Pension Trustee Practitioner.Show more
Ted is Principal Investigator at APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork and Medical Director of Atlantia Food Clinical Trials. He was previously Chair of Clinical Neurosciences and Professor of Psychological Medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. Before that, he was a Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Trinity.
He has worked in research laboratories on both sides of the Atlantic, with a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of London. He is a Fellow of the
Royal Colleges of Physicians and Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Ted’s main research interest is in the role of the gut microbiota in stress-related disorders.
In 1995, he was awarded the Melvin Ramsey Prize for research into the biology of stress. Last year, Ted was ranked by Expertscape as the top global
expert on the microbiota. His current research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Health Research Board and the European Union.
Loretta Dignam is an award-winning Marketer of the Year, who opened the doors to The Menopause Hub, Ireland's first and only dedicated menopause clinic in December 2018. Loretta is the founder and CEO.
In her clinic, Loretta has brought together a team of specialists to provide a range of services to menopausal women (premature, early, Peri, post and surgical menopause). The team includes doctors, a psychologist, a dietitian and nutritionist, an acupuncturist and physiotherapist.
Loretta also promotes menopause in the workplace awareness training and policy development.
She has had a lengthy and highly successful career working for many multinational, global businesses including; Mars Inc, Diageo plc, Kerry Group plc and Jacob Fruitfield, as a senior marketing and communications executive. She was awarded Marketer of the Year in 2011. She is a graduate of UCD and DCU and has lectured in the UCD Smurfit Business School on their executive MBA and MSc Programmes.
Loretta is a ministerial appointment on the board of the Abbey Theatre, chaired their Gender Equality Committee, driving change is gender equality policy across Irish theatre, Chairs the Development Committee, ,is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
The Mental Health First Aid Ireland Manager has been working and studying as a professional in the area of mental health and well-being for nearly 20 years. An occasional contributor to digital, television and print media, often speaking publicly on mental health in Ireland at Conferences, schools, colleges and the corporate world and has guest lectured at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Ireland. Most recently he was a guest speaker at the Oireachtas Forum on Mental Health hosted by the Ceann Comhairle. He has regularly worked with fellow thought leaders supporting and contributing to See Change (National Partnership on Stigma Reduction), Green Ribbon mental health campaign, Cycle Against Suicide and Spunout.ie. More recently he was appointed as the Manager of Mental Health First Aid Ireland and was tasked with overseeing the official launch, national roll-out, scaling and delivery of training.
“Gender balance, diversity and inclusion are key to the competitiveness and growth of Irish business and to developing the workforce of the future.”
Head of Social Policy acts as strategic advisor and support on diversity and inclusion, skills and labour market policy and practices to Ibec member organisations. Role includes the development of tools and guidelines, lobbying and developing policy positions at a national and European level. Board member of Skillnets, member of the Governing Authority, DCU and Chair of the Joint Equality Council at ESB. An organisational psychologist and practicing psychotherapist, formerly HR manager in industry with lecturing experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive level.
With Ibec since 2008, specialist in strategy development and implementation, public and regulatory policy, business representation and stakeholder engagement.
Declan Treanor of Performance Treanor has delivered several corporate workshops to European Commission and Parliament employees in Brussels and Luxembourg. He has also presented to the UK and Maltese Permanent Representations to the European Union. His workshops vary from incorporating better movement into the working day, fuelling the body with the right nutrition and hydration, practicing the perfect morning routine, and finishing the day with a peaceful restorative night of sleep.
While Declan has performed very well in lots of work and sport situations (a proud member of the Dublin Gaelic Football team in 2012), he also believes that with the right mental training and approach there was and is a great possibility for optimum not average performance.Declan now offers all corporate workshops online as well as a new online healthy mini break service for busy employees.No text in field]
As the Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for the Sodexo Group, a world leader in integrated facilities services, Margot has responsibility for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of its integrated global diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Limerick-born Margot joined Sodexo Ireland in the early 1990s and prior to her current role, was country president of Sodexo Ireland from 2015-2019. For her work in championing successful inclusive leadership in Ireland, Margot was regularly listed on the Financial Times’ Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French Ambassador to Ireland. She has also been the recipient of many other business and professional awards in Ireland and abroad.
Sodexo delivers services that improve the quality of life to clients in business and industry, education, financial, pharma and healthcare. These include food services, infrastructure build, facilities and estate management, optimising the workplace experience, wellness experiences, personal and homecare services.
Steve is the CEO of John Sisk and Son, the largest constructor in Ireland with a revenue of 1.5 billion and operates in the UK and Europe.
He has been the CEO at Sisk for five years and prior to that was the COO of a FTSE 200 construction company in the UK.
He has already witnessed 4 recessions in the industry, during his career.
His passion is improving performance of Sisk, and the mental health and well-being of everybody working with the Company.
The core values of Sisk are Care, Excellence and Integrity.
This value of Care goes back 160 years to the founder father John Sisk.
Steve is a passionate supporter of the Wales rugby.
Lisa Wilkinson is the founder of The elbowroom, The elbowroom escape, Yoflicks.com,
Leapfrog Training and Lisa Wilkinson & Associates. Having worked in wellness since 1999, she is passionate about delivering health and happiness, her prime focus is to bring about a true work-life balance through many differing services.
Her Wicklow mountain lodge is a multipurpose venue nestled in the Glen of Imaal
where we offer luxury accommodation and a host of facilities and activities. We specialise corporate team building, reliance training, company celebration and product launches. We also offer alternative weddings, parties or family get-togethers.
In Dublin, her city-centre location offers a comprehensive schedule of classes, workshops, events and services. We have a multidisciplinary clinic with experienced practitioners offering physiotherapy, psychotherapy, physical therapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, massage and more.
Heather is one of Ireland’s most experienced Nutritional Therapists. In addition to running busy nutrition clinics, Heather is also the Nutritionist for Virgin Media’s weekend breakfast show. She works with a wide range of corporate clients, providing engaging talks focused on encouraging participants to make small changes to the way they eat that can make big differences to their long-term health. A busy mum of three kids, Heather understands that healthy eating needs to be easy,tasty and not break the bank.Show more
“Improved wellbeing will lead to an overall happier and healthier workplace, improved company culture and ultimately a more productive, tuned-in employee body… When leaders personally invest in health and wellbeing, it has a natural impact on the whole business.”
Sophie Moran, KeepWell Mark Programme Manager
Sophie Moran, KeepWell Mark Programme Manager (2019 to date). With Ibec since returning from New York in 2016, firstly as BioPharmaChem Ireland executive, then as Food Drink Ireland executive specialising in promotion of workplace health and wellbeing. Oversees the delivery of KeepWell workplace wellbeing accreditation from Ibec. This includes managing programme delivery, communications, event planning, business development, positioning KeepWell at the forefront of the wellbeing agenda, and prioritising its future strategic development. BA English & Drama (UCD), Postgraduate Cert in Workplace Wellness 2020 (TCD).