Confirmed speakers

Emma Mamo, head of workplace wellbeing, Mind

Emma is Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind. Emma joined Mind in 2007 and, since 2010, has led Mind’s campaigning for mentally healthy workplaces - playing a pivotal role in thought leadership to position mental health in the workplace as a key priority for employers and Government. Emma has led culture change through engagement with employers, health and safety professionals, HR audiences and Government on mental health in the workplace and back-to-work support for people with mental health problems. She also supports networks of employers and stakeholders to share best practice and develop business-to-business peer support. Emma has worked in the disability sector since 2005 and previously worked for Mencap, the learning disability charity.

Ash Thomas, talent and organisational development manager, British Heart Foundation

Ash Thomas joined the British Heart Foundation in May 2018 as Talent & Organisational Development Manager and leads on their leadership, graduate, career development and apprenticeship offers and manages the internal coaching practice. A business psychologist and coach with special interests in identity, inclusion and authentic leadership, Ash previously worked in learning and diversity roles at KPMG and Stonewall. Recognised as an HR Future Leader by HR Magazine in December 2018, Ash is studying for an MA in Leadership with Henley Business School. He loves images, ideas, bearhugs and stories.

Louise Parkes, chief executive officer, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Louise Parkes joined Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity on May 1st 2019 as their Chief Executive. GOSH Charity is the UK’s largest hospital fundraising charity and the largest dedicated funder of paediatric research in the UK and Louise has responsibility for both strategic leadership and operational management of the organisation, which raises money to fund; rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital, vital medical equipment, pioneering child health research at GOSH and across the UK and services that support children and their families.

Jo Stone, head of public fundraising, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

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Peter Reeve, head of HR, Motor Neurone Disease Association and chair, Charity HR Network

Peter is currently the Head of HR at the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The MND Association is the only national charity focusing on the needs of people living with his condition and leading research into a cure. Prior to his current role Peter has worked in a number of HR roles and sectors including over 15 years in the NHS. Before joining the Association he was the Divisional HR Manager for Kier. Peter is also currently the Chair of the Charities HR Network, a charity that promotes and develops HR in the third sector. Peter is a regular commentator on HR in the sector for HR and People Management magazines. Peter was recognised as one of HR Magazines most influential practitioners in the Third sector in 2019.

Ama Afrifa-Tchie, head of culture and wellbeing, Mental Health First Aid England

Ama Afrifa-Tchie is a valiant cultural builder, who's specialism spans across people experience, workplace culture, diversity & inclusion, mental health and wellbeing and corporate responsibility. She is experienced in leading the design, analysis, and implementation of people-centric products/services, inclusion & wellbeing initiatives. Ama has built her career and expertise with different industries such as - startups, tech, professional services, legal, financial services, media & entertainment. She is a Fellow of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce UK, a Trustee of ArtsWork and a Governor on the Board of The Boxing Academy.

Rachel Suff, senior policy relations adviser, CIPD

Rachel Suff joined the CIPD as a senior policy adviser in 2014 to help shape the public policy debate to champion better work and working lives. Rachel is a policy and research professional with over 20 years’ experience in the employment and HR arena. An important part of her role is to ensure that the views of the profession inform CIPD policy thinking on health and wellbeing and employment relations. She has recently led a range of policy and research studies about health and well-being at work, and represents the CIPD on key advisory groups, such as the Royal Foundation’s Heads Together Workplace Wellbeing programme. Rachel is a qualified HR practitioner and researcher with a master’s in Human Resource Management from Portsmouth University and a post-graduate diploma in social research methods from Sussex University; her prior roles include working as a researcher for XpertHR and as a senior policy adviser at Acas.