The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

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Welcome to our Blog!

We’re an award-winning Employee Benefits and Wellbeing Consultancy, helping thousands of businesses both in the UK and across the globe.

We spend a good deal of time talking to our clients, journalists, government departments, and policymakers about Employment and Human Resources (HR) issues.  It follows that we are really well placed to offer ourselves as a source of balanced information - and honest opinion - on topics that impact both HR professionals and business leaders across every business and employment sector.

In this Blog we will aim to analyse key news stories and trends, share important research, and offer experienced and objective insight into the changing world of employment.  We’ve always got our ear to the ground, and we really like to share our knowledge so that you can stay one step ahead of your competition, employee needs, and of course legal requirements too.

We’ll be sharing useful insights on a range of topics including:

  • The Workplace & Employment
  • Employee Engagement & Productivity
  • Relevant Legislation
  • Employee Benefits
  • Workplace Savings & Pensions
  • Physical & Mental Health
  • Financial Wellbeing
  • Flexible Benefits & Technology Solutions
  • Workplace Communications
  • National & Global Trends

…and indeed anything else that catches our eye, and which we think might be interesting and relevant to our HR audience.

We always aim to be informative, interesting, and (sometimes) even mildly entertaining too! 

Please scroll down for our latest thoughts and insights…


Steve Herbert

Head of Benefits Strategy, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing

Steve Herbert is an award-winning thought-leader on Pensions and Employee Benefit (EB) issues and is well known to Human Resources (HR) professionals, employers, industry journalists, and insurers right across the UK.

Steve is a regular columnist for the "Employer News" website, offering insights on a range of workplace issues, with a particular focus on HR and EB topics.

He is a notable keynote speaker, the creator of a number of hugely popular seminar series over the last 20 years, and the guiding hand behind the very successful Howden Employment Seminars.  Additionally, he delivers topic-focused workshops and webinars covering a variety of important themes. 

Steve often acts as a judge in HR, Employee Benefits, and Industry awards.  He is a contributor to Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) and industry forums, and has been asked to respond to a range of formal government consultations on pension and benefit issues in recent years.  His work and research has even featured in the “corridors of power” on more than one occasion!

He is sometimes accused of making Employee Benefits interesting.

Connect with Steve on Linkedin here.

Cheryl Brennan

Executive Director, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing

Cheryl has over 25 years’ experience within the Health, Protection and Wellbeing industry. She works with clients to help them design, build and implement employee benefit strategies that work for the individual needs of their business and their workforce – both now and in the future.  She is particularly interested in how benefits are adapting to reflect the changing world of work, ageing populations and the importance of employee wellbeing.

Cheryl leads our employee benefits services in the Property and Construction sector and is working closely with a number of clients in this sector to address some of the specific challenges they face, particularly around improving mental health within the sector.

Cheryl regularly speaks at industry events and has won awards for the consultancy delivered by both her and her team. She is a member of the Howden Environmental committee and committed to supporting changes in working practices for a better future. She is also a founder member of the Hyperion4Women group

Connect with Cheryl here.

Matthew Gregson

Director, Head of Corporate, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing

Matthew is our Corporate Market leader, across all aspects of our service to clients. He has 18 years’ experience in employee benefits, including 15 ½ years at Thomsons Online Benefits, where he helped create their flexible benefits proposition and led the UK market. Matthew has helped many large and complex clients introduce transformational change to their benefits programme, launching flexible benefits, wellbeing and global initiatives, for which many of those clients won awards.

Connect with Matthew here.

Adam J. Riley

Director of Global Sales, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing

Adam is a dual-national (Australian / British) and a Senior Global Benefits and Legal Sector expert with over 20 years’ experience. He specialises in UK domestic employers, cross-border transactions and working with multinational organisations.

Adam is a member of the Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Executive Committee, Chairman of Howden’s Employee Benefits UK Development Group and is Head of the UK’s Legal Sector Practice. He is responsible for the UK’s Employee Benefits & Wellbeing business’ global client development, including our Multinational and UK Legal Sector Practice, and collaborates with our Howden international offices.

Adam is widely regarded as a thought leader on Global Benefits and is regularly invited to speak at events around the world. He has a particular interest in mental health and employee wellbeing and works closely with clients to help them implement effective benefit solutions for their global workforces.

Connect with Adam here.


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