Conference Programme

Tuesday 23rd November 2021
DoubleTree by Hilton, MK Dons Stadium, Milton Keynes

Evening Prior to The SHE Show (Monday 22nd November 2021)

7:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Networking Evening Drinks Reception

A great way to kick start the evening prior to the show by networking with like minded individuals in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

8:00 PM – 10:15 PM


Networking Evening Dinner

Enjoy a scrumptious 3 course meal with light hearted after dinner entertainment.

The Vendee Globe

Pete Goss MBE, Outstanding Yachtsman, Inspirational Adventurer, Company Director And Author Of Best Selling Book ‘Close To The Wind’.

Pete first captured global headlines whilst competing in the Vendee Globe single-handed non-stop round the world yacht race. Risking his own life in the midst of a fierce Southern Ocean hurricane Pete turned his yacht around to rescue French sailor Raphael Dinelli. Once Pete had dropped Raphael off in Tasmania he completed the race, coming 5th. In recognition of his courage Pete was awarded the Legion d’Honneur, Frances highest bravery award, an MBE presented by Her Majesty the Queen and voted World Sailor of the Year.

He trained and led the original set of amateur crews for the British Steel Challenge (generally regarded to be the toughest yacht race in the world). Pete talks positively and with passion about leading teams through exciting but often complex, difficult and dangerous situations.

Always keen to defy convention he attempted a world record with a revolutionary catamaran, Team Philips (which was sadly brought to a halt by a freak storm in the Atlantic). This was a five-year project where Pete headed up a workforce of more than 100 employees, brokered multi-million pound sponsorship deals and assisted with the creation of several new companies. Handling these complex and often conflicting pressures, gave Pete a unique insight into the challenges that face every organisation.

Whether Pete is taking on the next sailing challenge or heading expeditions to the North Pole he combines a competitive tenacity with a keen ‘will to win’.

From design to completion Pete managed every aspect of the 15 projects he took on. His stories create an interesting, motivating tapestry through which he weaves business lessons learned. A natural communicator with a dynamic but informal style, Pete never ceases to amuse, entertain and inform.

On the Day of The SHE Show (Tuesday 23rd November 2021)

7:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Registration, Breakfast Reception and Exhibition Viewing

8:45 AM – 8:55 AM


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin

Overcoming Adversity and Resilience

8:55 AM – 9:45 AM


Finding Creativity and Innovation through Adversity

Stewart Hill

A truly inspirational story, Stewart is living proof of the brain’s ability to grow and of a person to flourish. Stewart faced many testing physical environments as a British Army officer, particularly in warfighting operations, all of which challenged his mindset and allowed him to become stronger and resilient. His life changed the moment shrapnel exploded into his brain, whilst on operations in Afghanistan in 2009. Medically discharged from the Army in 2012 after 3 years of rehabilitation it was an end to his 18 years of service, a life he loved.

–  Minimise negative emotions … Negative emotions are normal and cannot be eliminated. We need to identify and rid our minds of corrosive negativity to allow our minds to grow and be creative. Acknowledge, accept, advance.

– Promote positivity …Creating positive emotions and experiences can generate an upward spiral of growth and these should also be intentional activities.

– Generate new experiences …Teams that solve problems most successfully are those that use diverse experiences, skills and knowledge to debate and stretch thinking. Innovation is an iterative process: modifying, testing, adjusting, looking at improvements to existing ideas.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM


Go to Rome

Dr Helen Garr, The Wellbeing GP

Come on a journey, ending in Rome, learning along the way evidenced based, free and accessible tips and tools to recognise and prevent burnout, promoting wellbeing and happiness in life and work.

In this energetic and interactive session, you will learn about the five keyways to wellbeing and will be facilitated to identify goals to take forward to make sure you and your team are mentally and physically fit for the challenges ahead.

– Recognising when you or your team may be struggling with their mental health

– Learn about the most powerful legal performance enhancing drug we have and how to get it

– Learn 5 key, evidenced based, easy wellbeing wins for you and your teams that you can implement today

10:30 AM – 10:35 AM


Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin

10:35 AM – 11:35 AM

Refreshments and Exhibition Viewing

Behaviour and Culture Change

11:35 AM – 12:20 PM


How to spot a dead duck

Bob Cummins, Director, Sodak

When trying to reduce the chances of the reoccurrence of an accident, traditional actions usually include some sort of re-training and re-briefing, a revision of a process and perhaps a new or revised checklist. We might successfully carry out these actions only to be frustrated when a similar incident happens in another part of the business.

When trying to improve health and safety performance in general, we often look to some Behavioural and Cultural Change programme to help us improve attitudes and mindsets. We roll out some training with fanfare and taglines galore, only to become frustrated when performance stays where it is or perhaps even decreases.

How can we tell the difference between what will help to improve health and safety performance and what won’t?

How can we better spot the difference between things that sound good and things that will actually impact health and safety?

Bob will discuss

– How we can design environments that support more of the behaviours we want.

– How to spot things that may sound appealing but deliver little improvement.

– How to spot things that will deliver improvement (and probably don’t sound appealing).

Climate Change and Sustainability

12:20 PM – 1:05 PM


Hallmarks of a Robust Sustainability Strategy

Nicola Stopps, Founder and CEO, Simply Sustainable

Companies need to set bold, transformative, long-term visions –without necessarily understanding every step on the path to achieving them. Nicola will discuss how this can be approached and what companies are doing to achieve this.

– Learn how robust corporate sustainability strategies can leverage the unique strengths of a business to affect meaningful change, either through mitigating negative impacts or making a positive contribution.

– Used correctly, materiality, the process through which a business decides where to focus their sustainability efforts, can be a powerful listening tool which can help set the foundations for companies to move from incremental to transformative approaches to corporate sustainability. Nicola will explain how best to achieve this.

– Setting incremental targets for year-on-year improvement is no longer enough to demonstrate a serious strategic commitment to sustainability and to addressing the very serious challenges facing our societies and our planet.

1:05 PM – 1:10 PM


Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin

1:10 PM – 2:10 PM

Buffet Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

Inspirational Leadership

2:10 PM – 2:55 PM


When The Whistle Blows 

Brian McDermott

Brian will share with the audience how he’s enjoyed enormous success while coaching Leeds Rhinos but also how his team found itself in a relegation battle the year after achieving ‘The Treble’. The reaction he took to that failed season not only created once again the best team in the competition … but changed the course of his coaching there after. 


– ‘Real Communication’ 
– ‘Unity’ 
– ‘Make it funny’ 

Legal Advice and Updates

2:55 PM – 3:40 PM


Homeworking post-COVID; Questions and Challenges

Mark Scoggins, Solicitor Advocate, Fisher Scoggins Waters LLP

Many workers have returned to their “normal” offices in coming months, but the idea of working from home has taken hold and seems likely to remain the norm for a significant percentage of desk-based jobs once the pandemic is past. Employers have been able to assess the benefits and drawbacks of homeworking during the lengthy lockdowns.

The economic and potential lifestyle advantages to employers and staff of ditching the daily commute are at the core of most discussions about homeworking, but less attention has been paid to the health and safety implications.

Issues may also arise in relation to employers’ liability and property insurances, homeworkers’ own domestic property and contents insurance cover and mortgage terms, arrangements for monitoring mental health, the effectiveness of RIDDOR where a worker is working remotely, the process and frequency for reviewing homeworking arrangements, and whether the employer or worker should bear the cost of making safety-related improvements to a home office environment such as providing a fire extinguisher, installing cable trunking to avoid slips and trips, and making improvements to lighting.

To date limited and in most instances rather sketchy guidance has been published on the health and safety aspects of homeworking by the HSE, employers’ organisations and trade unions. More and more informative guidance will hopefully be available soon.”

Mark Scoggins will throw a light on some of the knottier questions arising.

– Must an employer carry out a formal risk assessment of all its homeworkers’ workstations?

– Should the assessment extend beyond digital display screen equipment ergonomics to include for example PAT testing, fire safety arrangements, trip hazards, perhaps even an asbestos survey?

– Can the employer insist on making a physical inspection of a homeworker’s environment and equipment?

– Must homeworkers allow employers access to their homes to assess safety?

– Can the duty be sidestepped by moving homeworkers from employed to self-employed status?

– Can the HSE or other enforcing authority insist on being given access to a homeworker’s house to check on safety arrangements?


3:40 PM – 3:45 PM

Closing Remarks

Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin


Very engaging and relevant subjects for challenging mindsets to consider how i can be more aware of myself, and to be more effective at implementing positive change at personal or leadership level


From start to finish this well organised event gave me something new to take away. I have been working in health & wellbeing for over a decade yet still found something new to take home and share with my colleagues from every presentation


Engaging, insightful, and fun; The SHE Show is a fantastic day of inspirational speakers and pertinent exhibitors engaging with she professionals of all career maturities across any sector.