People First

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Welcome to the Howden Employee Benefits and Wellbeing HR blog.

Howden is incredibly proud of its People First workplace culture. It’s the main reason we’re one of the fastest growing businesses in the UK.

We’re an award-winning Employee Benefits and Wellbeing Consultancy, helping 1,000s of businesses both in the UK and internationally. We spend a good deal of time talking to clients, journalists, government departments and policymakers about employment and HR issues.

We’ve always got our ear to the ground, and we like to share knowledge so you can stay one step ahead.

Our ingrained People First culture and connections mean we’re well placed to offer ourselves as a source of balanced information and honest opinion on topics that affect HR people and business leaders.

We’ll be sharing useful insights on a range of topics including:
  • Employee benefits
  • Wellbeing
  • Employee engagement
  • Mental health
  • Benefits technology
  • Human resources
  • Workplace savings & pensions
  • Legislation
  • Flexible benefits
  • Benefit communication strategies
  • Global trends
  • and working life in general.

We’ll analyse key news stories and trends, share important research and offer experienced insight on changes in the world of employment.  

It will always be interesting. You never know, it might even be entertaining. An entertaining blog about pensions. Fancy that. They said it couldn’t be done!




Steve Herbert

Steve Herbert, Head of Benefits Strategy, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing

Steve Herbert is an award-winning thought leader on Pensions and Employee Benefit issues, and is well known to employers, industry journalists, and insurers across the UK.

Steve is a regular columnist for the Employer News website.

He regularly leads fun and informative events for Human Resources and Finance professionals. Find out more here.

Steve also acts as a judge in HR and Employee Benefits industry awards, is a product innovator and contributor to Department of Work & Pensions (DWP)forums, and a compulsive responder to formal Government Consultations on pension and benefit issues.

He is occasionally accused of making employee benefits interesting!

Connect with Steve on Linkedin here.

Adam J. Riley

Director, Global Client Development and Head, Legal Sector Practice

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.

Cheryl Brennan

Director of Corporate Consulting

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.


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