Howden Employment Seminars: Your FREE invitation!

Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing is delighted to announce the launch of a new series of educational, engaging and enjoyable seminars in the South West. Our seminars and workshops are free to attend and focus on the complex challenges of People Management in the 21st Century.  


Our first really wild event takes place at Bristol Zoo, and we really hope that you (and/or an appropriate colleague) can join us for this important seminar. The event will be chaired by Adam Harding and includes the following topics and expert speakers:

  • The changing world of Employee Benefits with Howden’s Steve Herbert
  • How to ensure Occupational Health really works for employers with Charlie Vivian
  • An update on all the key Employment Law issues from Stephanie Merritt

The event will take place in the beautiful surroundings of the Clifton Pavilion at Bristol Zoo Gardens.  The zoo is one of the oldest in the world, with more than 400 rare and endangered species on display including lions, sloths, penguins and gorillas.  Delegates will be able to take coffee overlooking the zoo, and will also have free access to the attraction once the seminar concludes.

Free parking for delegates will also be provided.


Seminar details

Date:  Tuesday 24th September 2019
Timings:  Coffee & registration 09:00; Seminar commences 09:40; Concludes 12:00 
Location:  Bristol Zoo, The Clifton Pavilion, College Road, Bristol BS8 3HH
Suitable for:  Senior Human Resources, Finance, & Payroll Professionals
CPD:  The seminar will qualify for 2 hours CPD
Cost:  FREE! (includes post-event access to Bristol Zoo)

This event promises to be an enlightening insight into the complex world of people management against an unprecedented mood of uncertainty for UK businesses.  Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so please respond soonest to avoid disappointment.

I do hope that you are able to join us for the first in this series of enjoyable and educational Howden Employment Seminars in the South West.

Best regards

Steve Herbert
Head of Benefits Strategy
Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing


Howden Employment Seminar -  Tuesday 24th September 2019  -  Agenda

09:00      Registration, coffee and networking


09:40      Welcome    


09:50      Employee Benefits:        “From Rogue Male to Rogue Mail”    

The uncertainty of Brexit currently dominates the business landscape, yet there are still plenty of other people management issues that employers must tackle without delay.  Steve will remind the audience of some key topics including workplace mental health, the ageing workforce, and the vital (but often overlooked) issue of good succession planning.  An engaging (and hopefully entertaining) session from Howden’s well-known Employee Benefits thought-leader.

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


10:25      Absence Management:    “Getting the most out of Occupational Health”

The use of Occupational Health to assist in the management of long-term sickness absence is often viewed rather negatively by UK employers. Yet this important offering could – and should – be a central component of employer policy and procedures.  Dr Charlie Vivian will explore this topic in this informed and entertaining presentation.  

Speaker:  Dr Charlie Vivian, Consultant Occupational Physician, Icarus Health Solutions Ltd


10:55      Break/ Refreshments/ Networking


11:15      Employment Law:        “Employment Law Update”

Stephanie Merritt will provide delegates with the latest updates on the always relevant subject of Employment Law. Topics covered will include executive and gender pay gap reporting, upgrading worker rights following the “Good Work Plan”, IR35 reform for businesses, and of course the first Supreme Court ruling on restricted covenants in the last 100 years.  A necessary and useful session for all delegates.  

Speaker:  Stephanie Merritt, Senior Associate, Knights Plc


11:45      Closing comments/ Prize draw (the chance to win a Luxury Hamper)


12:00      Event concludes/ Optional FREE access to Bristol Zoo Gardens


Due to the number of topics to be covered, the level of detail may vary.  Speakers will focus on the subject areas that are topical and most likely to be relevant at the time of the seminar


Howden Employment Seminar – Acceptance Details

To accept this invitation, please respond by email as detailed below.

Please note the following terms and conditions of acceptance:
1)    All acceptances must include the following detail for each delegate:

  • Full name
  • Job title
  • Company name
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Please add “Bristol Zoo” to the subject line of your email 

Failure to supply this information may result in non-acceptance of your reservation.

2)    A maximum of 2 delegates from any one organisation may attend each event (unless previously agreed with the event organiser).

3)    All pre and post seminar communications are undertaken by email.  Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing cannot be held liable for communications which do not reach the recipients as a result of spam-filters, quarantine procedures or other external IT failures.  If in doubt re event details, please contact Gina Ellis via email [email protected] or via telephone 07843 360001.

4)    All acceptances are at the discretion of Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing.

5)    In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, any personal data supplied will be held securely.

6)    Delegates agree to be contacted by Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing and our seminar partners regarding future events, products and services.

7)    Cancellations or non-attendance should ideally be notified to the event organiser at least 5 working days prior to the event date so that places can be allocated to other delegates that may wish to attend.


To accept this invitation:

Please provide all the details listed in (1) above to:  [email protected]

Please note:  Every effort is made to ensure that you receive all seminar details via email.  In some cases company spam filters may obstruct bulk emails, so please check your junk email folders and error messages carefully.  If in doubt, please contact Gina Ellis via email [email protected] or via telephone 07843 360001.

Closing date for Acceptances: 13/09/19