Conference Programme

Tuesday 21st September 2021
Old Trafford, The Home of Manchester United

Evening Prior to The SHE Show (Monday 20th September 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.

Living life on the edge

Nicola Minichiello

Nicola was a leading member of the Great Britain Bobsleigh team from 2001 until 2011, and regularly pushed the barriers in terms of what was expected from a competitor living in a non-Alpine nation.

She was the British number one driver for over 10 years and competed in three Winter Olympic Games, leading GB to their best ever result by finishing 9th at the Turin Olympic Games. At the 2005 World Championships Nicola won a silver medal, marking Great Britain’s first in over 40 years. In 2009 she eclipsed this, making history by becoming the first British female ever to win the World Championships.

in April 2011 Nicola announced her retirement as a driver and took up a position as Head Development Coach at the sport’s governing body, the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation

In August 2012, she became the head of performance for the Netherlands Olympic Bobsleigh team, becoming the first woman to head a Winter Olympic sports organisation.

Prior to competing in Bobsleigh Nicola was a top ranked heptathlete, representing Great Britain for over eight years at a variety of European and World level competitions.

Growing up, Nicola struggled to fit in at school. She felt like an outsider and was bullied throughout much of her school life. Her determination to defeat the bullies has helped her to become both the athlete, and the person, she is today.

Nicola’s inspiring story is one of triumph over adversity and her journey through the rollercoaster of life shows that with the correct mind-set anything is possible


On the Day of The SHE Show (Tuesday 21st September 2021)

7:15 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


Sustainability and Social Value Thrash Out

Lucinda Farrington-Parker, Head of Sustainability, VolkerStevin
Sarah Fraser, Head of the Willmott Dixon Foundation, Willmott Dixon

Scott James, Partner, Ward Williams Associates

Following on from the success of our monthly online Thrash Out sessions, we are bringing the discussion live to the stage. As the name suggests this will be a frank, open and honest discussion on Sustainability & Social Value.

The panellists will tackle some of the burning issues, challenges and opportunities businesses and individuals face.

Our aim of this Thrash Out session is to provide new thought patterns, inspiration and a few golden nuggets to really make a difference.

What will be discussed?

– How to identify, assess and prioritise sustainability and social value goals within your organisation?

– How to embed sustainability and social value into your business activities and how can it be reported/measured?

– How to empower individuals to drive sustainability and social value  within your business?

– People now take a much greater interest in the sustainability and social value credentials of businesses, how effective is your current approach to engage with new clients, or attract new team members to join your business?

1:05 PM – 1:10 PM


Duncan Aspin, HSEQS Director, VolkerStevin

1:10 PM – 2:10 PM

Buffet Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

2:10 PM – 2:25 PM


The Energiser: Mind Matters

Dr Shelley Stiles, Director, Gateway HSW Consultants
Clare Richardson, Managing Partner, Gateway HSW Consultants

As health and safety professionals we rely on communication, particularly verbal communication, as an essential component of our health and safety management systems. A better understanding of the limitations of our memory can help refine the ways in which we communicate critical information in a manner that people will remember more readily.

Join in the energiser and learn some top tips to make your health and safety communications memorable.

Inspirational Leadership

2:25 PM – 3:10 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

3:10 PM – 3:55 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?


3:55 PM – 4:00 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.