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Do you find yourself reading emails at all hours? Eating lunch at your desk? Not starting a fitness routine because you had to work late again? Finding it hard to nod off because your brain is full of to-do lists? 

In this hyper-connected, high demand age it’s all too easy to find more excuses not to switch-off or improve your fitness and diet. Health and wellbeing is a hot topic in the workplace, but where do you start? In a recent survey, 89 percent of our entrepreneurs said that the physical and mental health of their team is very important to them. Equally, as a founder – your mental health is just as important as your teams’

Join us in the second part of The AXA Growth Leaders Series, where The Supper Club and AXA PPP healthcare will bring together successful entrepreneurs and leading thinkers to share insight on how they are making health and wellbeing work for them and their teams. 

Liz Earle MBE is confirmed as the keynote speaker for the second installment of The AXA Growth Leaders Series, on Tuesday 4th June, discussing the importance of investing in health and wellbeing at work. 
A global brand pioneer, Liz Earle MBE founded Liz Earle Wellbeing. Alongside her work as one of the world’s leading wellbeing entrepreneurs, Liz is also a best-selling author of over 35 books covering health and wellbeing topics.
Liz and a panel of inspirational thought-leaders and business owners will discuss:

  • Why does wellbeing help you as a leader?
  • How does wellbeing drive a growth culture?
  • When should you be implementing healthcare and wellbeing programmes?
  • What can you do to improve your teams’ wellbeing now?

For over a decade, The Supper Club has seen first-hand how being open to different perspectives and passionate about life-long learning leads to breakthroughs in life and business. Those who look after their health and wellness put themselves in the best position to ensure that their business flourishes.
At this event you will also hear from:

  • Eugene Farrell, Mental Health lead, AXA PPP healthcare
  • Alex Malcolm, Founder of Jacada Travel
  • Monique Drummond, Founder of Relish Research
  • Harry Hugo Founder of Goat Agency
  • Jan Vickery, Head of Clinical Services at AXA PPP healthcare
  • Praveen Vijh, Founder of Eat Natural
  • Leon Taylor, Olympic medallist and performance and wellness coach
  • Dan Kirby, Co-Founder of Tech Dept

Liz Earle MBE, Founder of Liz Earle Wellbeing
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A global brand pioneer, Liz Earle MBE founded Liz Earle Wellbeing. Liz is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine (published internationally by Hearst), founder of Liz Earle Fair and Fine, an award-winning range Fairtrade gold botanical jewellery and hosts the popular Wellness with Liz Earle weekly podcast. Her work has won countless awards for beauty, health and wellbeing. She received an MBE from HM The Queen and has two honorary doctorates.
Alongside her work as one of the world’s leading wellbeing entrepreneurs, Liz is a TV presenter and the No 1 Amazon bestselling author of over 35 books on a range of health, beauty and wellbeing topics, including her recent No 1 bestsellers The Good Menopause Guide and The Good Gut Guide. She has also hosted hit TV shows for the BBC and ITV, including Beautywise, The A-Z of Food & Beauty and Liz Earle’s Lifestyle. Liz’s recent ITV mini-series, Who Wants to Live Forever? was filmed in Greece and Italy for This Morning and focused on health and wellbeing ways to live well, for longer.
A passionate campaigner, Liz co-founded the Guild of Health Writers and The Food Labelling Agenda (FLAG). In 2010 she founded the humanitarian charity LiveTwice. She is a Patron and Ambassador for several charities including Ace Africa, The Sustainable Food Trust, The Prince’s Trust, Love British Food, CURE International, The National Osteoporosis Society and others.

Harry Hugo Founder of Goat Agency
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Harry set up his first business when he was 16, a football fan site network with 60 websites and over 500 global writers. He was then invited to write for Liverpool’s official website as an influential blogger. He then became Head of Social at Sportlobster by 18 and built relationships with every major influencer in the UK. Since Harry founded Goat, the company has grown from 3 to over 100 staff in three years, with offices in London, New York, Singapore and Monaco and has worked with brands including BBC Sport, New Look and Malibu. Agency relationships include Havas, BBH and Mediavest.
As Chief Campaign Officer Harry oversees campaign success, ensuring we hit every guaranteed KPI for our clients. Ensuring the strategic fit of our influencers with wider brand goals, his expertise in social media publishing and influencers enables Goat to drive real results for our clients. Harry also takes a proactive approach to advancing the industry and regularly feature at events and speaking panels

Monique Drummond, Founder of Relish Research
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Monique has worked in qualitative research for 25 years and is the Managing Partner of Relish Research - a full service qualitative and quantitative consultancy dedicated to helping brands make the right decisions via fresh thinking. Its dynamic and fast growing team, based in London and Leeds, also partner with like-minded international consultancies on a wide range of global research challenges.

Praveen Vijh, Co-Founder of Eat Natural
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Eat Natural was created 22 years ago this year after founders Preet and Praveen decided to invent a wholesome yet delicious snack. Something with an uncompromised, uncomplicated, natural taste. Something that didn’t rely on processing, fake flavours, or additives. Something that you could make yourself by hand from things in your store cupboard, such as nuts, seeds, chocolate, coffee, and dried fruit. Years later, the brand now offers as many bars as its years – 22 in total – and we sell our bars in 38 countries around the world.
There are vegan bars, protein packed bars, bars which are good for your digestive system, and much of the range is naturally gluten free too. They also make granolas and toasted mueslis too, packed full of wonderful ingredients such as coconut blossom nectar, buckwheat, dried apricots and chocolate. Preet and Praveen agreed early on that they were only going to use the best possible ingredients, sourced from like-minded growers around the world. Every bar is made pretty much by hand from start to finish, by Eat Natural, in their ‘Makery’ in Essex.

Leon Taylor, Olympic medallist and performance and wellness coach
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Leon is an Olympic Silver Medallist. During his diving career, Leon enjoyed sustained success at the highest level. He participated at 3 Olympic Games and was a member of the Great Britain team for 16 years. The highlight of his career was Silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics. In 1998 he invented "the world's most difficult dive. After 20 years in elite sport, he has gone on to become the BBC's "Voice of Diving".He is now a valued mentor to Olympic and Paralympic athletes. In addition to coaching corporate clients and delivering workshops on a variety of high performance topics.Since retirement he has also been mentor to, among others, diving sensation Tom Daley. This latter role led him to write his first book, "MENTOR - The most important role you were never trained for". A book aimed at organisations wishing to engage and nurture talent through mentoring. Leon's mentorship skills are now put to good use in his work with SportsAid, the UK’s leading charity for young athletes. He also delivers mentoring workshops as well as continuing to raise funds for this important charity.
In 2015 Sheffield Hallam University awarded Leon an honorary doctorate. Leon continues to collaborate with the University on their mental wellness strategy. His work on the new state-of-the-art Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre is particularly exciting.Leon has a passion for engaging a wide audience about the challenges of mental health. His enthusiastic and accessible style is also put to good use for the Young Minds charity. Helping their important work with young people is a role Leon relishes

Eugene Farrell, Mental Health lead, AXA PPP healthcare
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Eugene is qualified in health economics and psychology and he has more than twenty five years of experience in the UK healthcare arena. He has worked in a variety of roles in both the public and private sectors and, for the past fifteen years, has specialised in the development and provision of psychological support services, including trauma and critical incident. He is Head of Trauma Support for AXA PPP healthcare, managing a specialist trauma support service for organisations of many sizes. As well as delivering training on stress, resilience, mental health and managing critical incidents, he has worked with mental health providers, charities and government, advising on the management of mental health in the workplace and the management and delivery of organisational crisis support.

Alex Malcolm, Founder of Jacada Travel
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Alex Malcolm founded Jacada Travel in 2008 after cutting his teeth in the tourism industry in Brazil for a few years. While working in Brazil, he was lucky enough to travel the country with local friends who took him to places and shared things he would never have experienced on his own. He felt there was a space to create these unique travel experiences with a personal, human touch for others – and flew back to the UK to start his own company. Jacada has now grown into an international travel company, selling trips around the world.

Dan Kirby, CEO Techdept & creator Getahead Festival 
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Dan went to art school before dropping out to become a businessman. He has only ever worked in start-ups, founding his first business in 2001 (a branding agency which he sold in 2009).Dan is co-founder and CEO of Techdept – established in 2004 – which improves their customer’s businesses by improving their technology. The company’s mission is to unlock potential & reduce stress. Clients include BBC Children in Need, NBC Universal and Activision. He’s also creator and co-founder of Getahead, a not-for-profit initiative with a goal to help a billion people ‘get ahead without burning out’ by 2043. It launched in 2018 with a 24-hour urban festival in London, which returns on June 14th 2019. He was listed as one of the 25 most innovative people in Europe, Middle East & Asia for 2018 by The Holmes Report. In 2017 he was named by the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) in the UK's "Hot 100", as a Digital Ambassador. In 2015 he was listed no34 in "The Digerati" (100 most influential people in UK digital). Techdept was in the Elite of UK agencies in 2015 Drum Digital Census, and a Top 100 Agency in 2016 Recommended Agency Register. Dan has been a BAFTA member since 2004 and has spoken at international conferences including Cannes Lions, London Tech Week and SXSW. 

Jan Vickery, Head of Clinical Services at AXA PPP healthcare
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Jan, a chartered physiotherapist and chartered ergonomist and human factors specialist, is head of musculoskeletal health for AXA PPP healthcare’s specialist Health Services division. She is the immediate past chair of the executive committee of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE) and in April 2015 was elected to the board of directors of the Council for Work and Health. Jan graduated with a BSc in physiotherapy from the University of Cape Town in 1993 and worked in South Africa for a short while before relocating to Michigan in the USA where she began her first work in occupational rehabilitation. She subsequently moved to the UK where she completed an MSc in health ergonomics at the Robens Centre for Health Ergonomics at the University of Surrey in 2000. Jan has extensive experience of the management of musculoskeletal health and has experience across a wide variety of employment settings, including aviation, financial services, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, retail and the NHS. Her understanding of musculoskeletal pathology and expertise in ergonomics give her a powerful insight into effectively managing work-related musculoskeletal issues

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Tuesday 04 June, 2019 8am

The Royal Institution 21 Albemarle Street London W1S 4BS