Westminster Employment Forum

Mental health in the workplace - improving support for employers and employees

Morning, Monday, 20th November 2017

Central London


This conference will be a timely opportunity to consider the further steps that can be taken by government, employers and others to improve mental health support in the workplace.

It is timed to follow the expected publication of the independent mental health and employers review, examining how best to ensure employees with mental health conditions are enabled to thrive in the workplace and perform at their best.

Delegates will discuss the challenges for implementing the review’s recommendations and the further changes that could be made by government in this important area of employment policy. At this early stage, we expect sessions to examine the proposal for a new “partnership with employers”, challenges for equipping line managers with the tools and training to best support employees and further action for tackling discrimination and stigma.

The conference will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders including representatives of employers and trade unions, mental health professionals and campaign groups, lawyers, members of the HR profession, occupational health providers, academics, and members of the national and trade press.

Guest of Honour

Sir Ian Cheshire

Chairman, Debenhams, Barclays and Heads Together Campaign (Pre-recorded presentation)

Guest of Honour

Sir Ian Cheshire

Chairman, Debenhams, Barclays and Heads Together Campaign (Pre-recorded presentation)


Lord Low of Dalston


Garry Graham

Deputy General Secretary, Prospect

Genevieve Smyth

Professional Advisor, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Tracey Ayton Harding

Head of Health and Safety, UNISON

Jenny Edwards

Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation

Richard Daniel Curtis

Leading Behaviour Expert and Chief Executive Officer, The Mentoring School

Rachel Suff

Public Policy Advisor, Employment Relations, CIPD

Richard Frost


Marc Long

Partner, Clarke Willmott

Andy Croxford

Deputy Director, Research Environment Agency

Elizabeth Hampson

Director, Deloitte