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  • The Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards

    The Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards recognises the people and organisations who are helping to make a true difference to the lives of our nation’s working population.


    Launched in partnership by the founders of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and industry experts and Great British Entrepreneur alumni brand Wellity Workplace Wellbeing, this programme shines a spotlight on those positively changing the lives of the Great British workforce.

     
    These awards have been launched to recognise and champion the incredible steps taken by many employers, service providers and individuals in response to our global wellbeing crisis.

    *ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED*
    SUNDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER

  • The Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards

     

    Recognising & championing Britain's workplace wellbeing heroes

    These awards have been launched to recognise and champion the incredible steps taken by many employers, service providers and individuals in response to our global wellbeing crisis.

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    How it works

     

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    Pick your categories

    Have a read of our category descriptions to see which ones you want to enter.

    (You can enter as many as you like!)

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    Create an account

    Create an account with our entry platform on the 'Enter now' buttons.

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    Get started

    Once you've created your account, you can make a start on your applications.

    You can save it, too. So you can always come back to it!

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  • Awards Categories

  • Judges

    We're supported by some of UK's leading wellbeing experts and individuals who have taken strides to improve wellbeing in their industries

    Simon Blake OBE

    Mental Health First Aid England

    Simon Blake OBE is CEO of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, leading the organisation to achieve its vision of normalising society’s attitudes and behaviours around mental health, through training one in ten of the population in mental health first aid skills.

      

    With over 20 years working with young people Simon has been involved in several projects and initiatives to promote positive wellbeing and mental health. He has written over 40 publications on all aspects of PSHE and Citizenship. 

      

    In his roles at the Sex Education Forum, National Children’s Bureau, sexual health and wellbeing charity Brook and, most recently, as Chief Executive of the National Union of Students (NUS), Simon has considerable experience in balancing the competing agendas of various high-profile organisations and stakeholders, finding ways to build consensus and collaboration to achieve positive social outcomes. 

      

    Simon received an OBE in 2011 for his services to the voluntary sector and young people. He is Deputy Chair at Stonewall, Governor at Bath Spa University, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow at Windsor Castle Society of Leadership Fellows.

    Steven Buck

    Glint

    Steven has over 20 years’ direct experience in the field of employee research and organisational development. Before joining Glint, Steven led CEB/Gartner’s Workforce Surveys & Analytics EMEA practice, responsible for all clients, consulting and operations in the region.

     

    A Registered and Chartered Occupational Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Steven has consulted to some of the world’s largest and most complex organisations, across multiple sectors and markets. He has worked with clients from the tip of Southern Africa all the way into the Arctic Circle.
     

    Steven's approach looks at the employee throughout their lifecycle with their employer and he believes analysis should be accessible to both senior leadership, managers and employees alike, ensuring the best possible transition of results to meaningful action. Steven applies his experience to help organisations understand how their results can be interpreted in a constantly changing economic landscape.

    Debbie Bullock

    Aviva

    Debbie is passionate about people and their wellbeing and is also very proud to be leading the award-winning Wellbeing@Aviva strategy and programme that supports the physical, mental, financial and social wellbeing for 15,000+ colleagues in the UK. At Aviva the work streams are Be Healthy, Be Mindful, Be Secure, Be Awesome.


    As a result of the programme 83% of colleagues believe Aviva values their Health and wellbeing helping create the right culture and environment to enable them to do the best work of their lives.
    Debbie has a reputation for top class delivery, collaboration and for bringing creativity to the role for the benefit of colleagues while also working within Diversity and Inclusion - 'without inclusion there is no wellbeing.'


    Debbie also manages a multi-site team and a network of wellbeing champions to successfully deliver their award-winning Wellbeing@Aviva strategy.

    Jo Dalton

    JD & Co

    Founder, investor and board Advisor - Jo advises the founders, funders and boards of high growth, ‘tech fuelled’ entrepreneurial led startups and scaleups and loves sharing insights and learnings from her decades of experience. As the founder of JD & Co, one of the leading headhunting and people advisory firms in Europe, she guides the company as they build amazing leadership teams for some of the fastest growing brands in the world & is known as one of the most experienced and trusted talent advisors in the UK today. She champions diverse and inclusive working environments, passionate about sustainability and is a self-confessed wellness devotee and dedicated health hacker.

    Jo is also an active investor, is part of Alma Angels network and has a particular passion for female founded businesses. Jo is also a board member to a number of exciting scale-ups, trusted mentor proud long term supporter and judge for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

    Ruari Fairbairns

    One Year No Beer

    Born in Mull, Ruari set up his first business on the island at the age of 16 selling and servicing PCs. A successful oil broking career in London followed where Ruari was quick to establish himself as a success.

    However, it was a career path that was fuelled by alcohol, and it led Ruari to realise the impact that regular drinking was having in other aspects of his life. After a few failed attempts, Ruari quit drinking and found the effects life-changing. Keen to spread the word, Ruari formed a friendship with fellow alcohol-free oil broker Andy Ramage and established OYNB in 2016 with the aim of helping other people realise the life advantages that come from changing their relationship with alcohol. OYNB has since helped over 80,000 people in 90 countries create healthier lifestyles. It’s not just about not drinking.

     

    Dr Andres Fonseca

    Thrive

    Dr Andres Fonseca is a dual-qualified consultant psychiatrist, medical director and CEO of Thrive: Mental Wellbeing. Completing his specialist training in 2007, Andres is dual-qualified in old age and general adult psychiatry. His first consultant post was in psychiatric rehabilitation, He then worked as a consultant old age psychiatrist in the NHS and he founded a young onset dementia diagnostic service. Andres then left the NHS to join an independent mental healthcare organisation as a consultant psychiatrist and medical director.

     

    Alongside Thrive co-founder Adam Huxley, he oversaw the growth of this company from 7 hospitals to over different 70 services including specialist schools and care homes. The company went on to be successfully listed in the London Stock Exchange. He then left this company to found Thrive in 2012 where he serves as CEO.

    Amanda Hammond

    Fujitsu

    Amanda is the UK Wellbeing Programmes Lead at Fujitsu and is responsible for driving programmes which support the wellbeing of all employees.

     

    Amanda is passionate about wellbeing and in particular about creating an inclusive environment where people feel that they are able to bring their full selves to work.

    Dr Jonathan Houdmont

    University of Nottingham

    Dr Jonathan Houdmont introduced the UK’s first Masters Degree in Workplace Health and Wellbeing at the University of Nottingham in 2007.

     

    Since that time many of the nation’s leading practitioners have completed the course which provides a theoretical and evidence-based foundation for action on the protection and promotion of workforce health and wellbeing.

     

    Jonathan’s research and consultancy focuses on psychosocial risk in high stress occupational groups, with a particular focus on policing.
     

    Andrew Hough

    Association of Professional Sales

    Andy is Founder and CEO of the association of professional sales which over eight years has grown into the world's only independent professional body focused on parity for professional sellers, providing learners and members with qualifications, certifications, forums, best practices and the world's largest on-line learning management system.

     

    With work undertaken at the association seeing the potential impact on sales performance through formal learning as delivered by apprenticeships in sales at diploma, degree, and masters levels, has led to starting the exciting research journey with Cranfield University.

    Ronnie Irani

    Former England cricketer

    Ronnie Irani is a former England Cricketer who moved from Lancashire County Cricket Club to play for Essex County Cricket Club in 1994. He quickly gained cult status before he became captain in 2000 where he did a fine job in charge. He helped bring through promising players such as Sir Alastair Cook (England Captain) and Ravinder Bopara (England Player) as well as winning four major One-Day Titles while at Essex CCC.

     

    His OrthoSole insole business is how Ronnie got introduced into R&D Tax Credits by his now business partner Kevin Auchoybur in R&D Advisors UK Ltd. After experiencing the positive effects of this Ronnie went about introducing the legislation to many of his friends and colleagues who are at board room level in large PLC’s or own their own businesses and collectively the company has grown in success over time having strong alliances with companies that turnover between £1m and £1.9 billion in revenue.

    Peter Kelly

    Health and Safety Executive

    Peter Kelly works for the Health and Safety Executive and is Practitioner Chair of European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology. He has been involved in working across the EU on a number of initiatives in relation to psychosocial risk and prevention.

     

    Employed as a Senior Psychologist, Peter is a technical expert on mental health and wellbeing and prevention of work related stress.

     

    Peter has also been part of the small team of psychologists involved from the beginning in developing the scientific knowledge base for the management standards approach to tackling work-related stress in Great Britain and is a co–author on a number of papers published on the management standards, health and wellbeing.

     

    Peter Kelly has sat as a co-opted expert on National Institute of Clinical Excellence Review of Mental Health Promotion within the Workplace and on the Department for Health’s United Kingdom SHIFT Expert review panel on workplace mental health guidance.

    Barney Mauleverer

    Fuel

    Barney has always revelled in the buoyant UK food and drink industry having carved out the early foundations of his career at the upstart and innovator brand Innocent Drinks. He left in 2006 to forge his own path launching Fresh Marketing. As a food and drink exporter, Fresh Marketing has been involved in internationalisation of some great brands over the years including Eat Natural Cereal bars, Burt’s Chips, Lizi’s Granola and more recently Deliciously Ella, Candy Kittens, Love Corn and Peter’s Yard.
     
    In 2013, Barney launched his own brand in parallel to the export business called FUEL10K aimed at younger people who demanded more from their breakfast. Now stocked in all good supermarkets FUEL10K has just been certified as a BCorp company - meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

    Dominic McGregor

    The Social Chain

    Dominic is the co-founder and COO of The Social Chain, an award-winning social first marketing agency and social media publishing house with offices in London, Manchester, Berlin and New York. The group owns 400 digital communities and is able to reach over 386 million, working with brands such as Superdry, Warner Music, New Balance and Coca Cola. Dominic is a speaker, entrepreneur and an advocate for young people’s mental health and personal development in business.

    Bavaneesha Nieuwoudt

    Workplace Options

    Bavaneesha is the Senior Director of Global Learning Solutions at Workplace Options, the world’s largest privately owned and independent provider of integrated employee wellbeing solutions. She has over twenty years extensive experience in the Employee Wellness industry, working across Relationship Management, Consultancy and Global Training roles, all of which are complimented by a Bachelor of Social Science Degree in Law & Industrial Psychology.

     

    Bav's experience has included working for leading PMI (Private Medical Insurance), Occupational Health and Employee Assistance Programme companies in the UK, USA and South Africa. Bavaneesha has played a key role in implementing Global Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) and Global Training/Consulting Solutions.

    Alix Popham

    Former Wales rugby player

    Alix Popham is retired international rugby player, with 33 caps for Wales, played in World Cups in 2003 and 2007 and a 2008 Grand Slam winner. Alix retired in 2011 and in April this year was diagnosed with probable CTE and early on set dementia as a result of traumatic brain injury suffered in his rugby career.


    Alix is passionate about the connection between sport and business, utilising his excellent network of relationships from the rugby family globally to successful introduce business partnerships across a variety of industries.

    Sadie Restorick

    Wellity

    Sadie Restorick is a global speaker, consultant, trainer and published academic scholar specialising in workplace mental health and wellbeing and psychosocial risk management.


    Sadie has worked in the field for over 10 years providing consultancy and training to some of the largest companies in the world. She has worked with companies of all sizes to develop mental health strategies that are fit for purpose, auditing organisations on their existing strategies and helping stakeholders develop an approach that fits the needs of their people and their businesses.

    Dr Sabrina Robinson

    Essex City Council

    Sabrina is Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Health Psychologist registered with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

     

    Sabrina’s current role is as Wellbeing Lead at Essex County Council, working within their Organisation Development and People & Service Transformation function with a focus of driving the wellbeing agenda for their 7, 500 employees. The purpose of her role as Wellbeing Lead is to build their employee wellbeing strategy, action plan and infrastructure, focussing on four keys pillars of wellbeing; mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing. In 2020, Essex County Council launched their workforce Wellbeing Strategy 2020 – 2025 with a focus on having a positive impact on the council’s wellbeing culture, being prevention focussed, personal wellbeing, improved standards, collaboration and impact and having positive and well equipped leadership and management role models.

    Simon Scott-Nelson

    Wellity

    Simon's first sales business was started in the property industry in 2009 which grew to two offices, included four business acquisitions and a successful exit in 2017.

     

    He realised there must be a way to improve the sales industry’s approach to mental health and wellbeing and this is now his burning passion. Following a period in his life where he experienced burn-out, he also gained a healthy appreciation for mental health, which in turn, through resilience, led to the birth of Wellity.

     

    Lucy Vallis

    Home Office

    Lucy leads on mental health and wellbeing for UK Visas and Immigration – the largest directorate in the Home office with a workforce of 13,000 people. She received an award from the Home Secretary as the most influential person in 2018.

     

    Moving to Brussels in 2008 Lucy worked for the European Commission on their gender equality programme and then in 2009 to Mental Health Europe where she managed a trans-European project on the mental health impacts of violence against women in the workplace.

     

    She holds an IOSH qualification and is an associate MHFA instructor. Currently she is studying for a CIPD qualification in Learning and Development.

     

    Lucy has always been interested in mental health, from her mother’s experience of Borderline Personality Disorder and her own experience with Bulimia Nervosa from the age of 12-24.

    Scott Ward MBA (CISM)

    Ayming

    Scott joined Ayming as a partner to lead their global efforts within the performance optimisations space He has studied and written global research on the effects of trauma people face during times of change, transition or fear. Leading with understanding the “why” and taking preventative action towards suffering or challenges, he is regarded highly in this field and leads various discussions on supporting better mental health and how through various approaches we can enhance performance while removing social and cultural barriers for success around the world.

     

    With individual expertise in well-being, future workforce skills and equality , Scott has led the developing landscape of performance optimisation for people and organisations. Designing and implementing training programmes in various jurisdictions including the USA, Caribbean, UAE, India and others, his work became the first globally assured (certified) approach.

    Sarah Walker (CISM)

    BT

    Sarah is a driven and visionary Executive Leader with a track record for leading highly motivated & performing sales channels. A mental health and wellbeing advocate, Sarah is also experienced in creating and executing strategic change and transformation programs to improve operational performance of business units, improving customer advocacy and employee engagement within the Major Business, Public Sector and Corporate Environment.

     

    Sarah's strong communication and relationship skills facilitate powerful advocacy and support across a diverse set of Stakeholders internally and externally, from front line through to Executive.
     

    Amanda Webb

    Gymshark

    Amanda is a forward thinking, dynamic and trusted reward & wellbeing leader working in one of the fastest growing and most recognisable fitness apparel and accessories brands in the world which, as you can imagine, is an extremely fast paced and continually evolving environment.

     

    Amanda Webb is Head of Global Pay and Perks at Gymshark and believes that having the right partners and platforms helps Gymshark deliver their physical, mental and financial wellbeing agenda. However, at Gymshark, they don’t stop at delivery; they continually review their data and communications to ensure that all of the benefits are relevant and actually utilised.

    Gail Weeks

    Nokia

    Gail Weeks is the Global Health and Wellbeing Program Manager at Nokia. She joined the Health & Safety team in 2017 after a long career in Marketing.
     
    Gail is responsible for leading global programs that focus on enabling everyone at Nokia to have a good day at work, managing people in a way that proactively supports positive wellbeing as being key to performance excellence, and ensuing that every employee has access to timely, professional care and support.
     
  • Frequently asked questions

    What is the entry criteria?

    If you are entering as an organisation, it must be registered in the UK.

     

    If you are entering as an employee, your employer must be registered in the UK.

     

    There is also some category-specific criteria which is detailed in the category descriptions.

    How much does it cost to enter?

    Absolutely nothing!

     

    The Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards are completely free to enter, and you're free to enter as many categories as you like!

    What is the entry deadline?

    The deadline has been extended to 11:59pm on Sunday 26th September 2021.

    Can I save my entry?

    Yes! Our entry platform allows you to save your application and come back to it before submitting.

    Can I enter more than one category?

    Providing you meet the criteria for each category, yes! You're free to enter as many as you like.

     

    The easiest way to do this is to copy your first entry from the My Entries dashboard. You'll probably need to tailor your content to the new category, but it will fill most of the application for you.

    What are supporting documents?

    The supporting documents are not a compulsory part of the application. It won't count against you if you do not include any, but they can help to illuminate your entry.

     

    Supporting documents could be testimonials, examples of press coverage, explainer videos, or impact reports, for example.

    Can I alter my application after submitting?

    Yes, you can make changes to your application after submitting right up until the entry deadline.

    I have some more questions...

    No problem at all!

    You can drop us an email at hello@greatbritishworkplacewellbeing.com

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