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IoD Cheshire | Healthier workplaces, healthier people, healthier businesses

21 Jan 2020
The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

IoD Cheshire invites you to join us and our expert panel as they share their knowledge on the topic of wellness in the workplace.

We have seen a shift in recent year's towards the acknowledgement of workplace health beyond just potential 'hazards' or 'health and safety', whilst addressing these issues is still important, the need for employers to actively create workplaces that promote and support good health and well-being has never been more essential.

A healthy workforce can have an immense positive impact on the functionality and success of an organisation including increased productivity, positive culture and a significant drop in absenteeism. Stats from Workplace Mental Health show 'a total of 91 million days are lost to mental health problems every year, costing the economy approximately £30 billion per year'.

After a networking breakfast you will hear from our speakers, including:

- Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire
- David Pollock, Executive Chairman of Chess
- Stephen Law-Lyons MD of APC Cardiovascular
- Philip Dyer, Founder of Healthy Leaders
- Dr Colin Robertson of University of Bolton
- Chris Gold, Business Manager at Workplace Mental Health Limited

Each will be sharing their own expertise and experiences on the subject, offering practical insights to help you improve the health and wellness of your workplace.

Key details

Date & time: 21 Jan 2020 08:00 - 11:30
Location: The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington
CPD Hours:

Prices from

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Event manager:
Miss Lauren Mullan
Contact phone:
0161 806 0890
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08.00 Registration with networking breakfast

08.30 Welcome introductions from Stephen Law-Lyons, Managing Director of APC Cardiovascular and IoD Cheshire Ambassador, and Mark Brocklehurst, Managing Director of Sharples Group

08.50 Dr Colin Robertson of University of Bolton

09:20 Philip Dyer, Founder of Healthy Leaders

09:50 Chris Gold, Business Manager at Workplace Mental Health Limited

10:20 Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire

10:50 David Pollock, Executive Chairman of Chess

11:10 Panel with Colin, Anne, Chris, David and Philip Q&A with discussion session - Hosted by Stephen and Mark

11:30 Event closes


Stephen Law-Lyons
Managing Director
APC Cardiovascular
IoD Cheshire Ambassador

Stephen is the managing director and co-owns APC Cardiovascular Ltd with his wife Amanda.  APC Cardiovascular are a sales, marketing and distribution company in the medical device market and has a national sales force provide full coverage of the UK hospital market, backed up by an excellent team of office based sales and administration staff. The company represent medical device manufacturers from around the world, and supplies products that clinicians might not get to see otherwise to bring them together in portfolios that make sense for customers, suppliers and sub-distributors.  They acquired the business in 2012 after being business consultants to the previous owner.  They pooled their life’s savings to create an opportunity that would allow them to be rewarded for their efforts and the risks of running a business and also raise their 2 daughters in a nurturing family environment.  

Stephen started his career in research and development in the food industry, based in Brisbane, Australia, following his undergraduate degree in food science.  After returning to the UK, he joined the medical devices industry.  That was 27 years ago and during that time, he gained 2 post graduate qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, an MBA and had a career working in various sales, marketing and general management posts in the UK and internationally.  Since going independent 10 years ago he continued studying with the IoD on the certificate and diploma courses, been a business coach and mentor in the north west to a diverse range of SMEs.  He is an active member of the North West region and sits on the Cheshire branch committee of the IoD acting as the health and wellness ambassador.

Mark Brocklehurst
Managing Director
Sharples Group

Dr Colin Robertson
University of Bolton

Dr Colin Robertson has been involved in human performance and sports science his entire professional career, and is currently the Program Leader and Head of the Athletic Development Centre (Bolton One), and the Research Coordinator for the country’s leading Sports Rehabilitation department at the University of Bolton; whereby he is involved in the largest injury surveillance program in the world which caters for every Super League team in Europe. Further, Colin is a Research Lead for Greater Manchester Health Innovations Strategy (primarily focused on the reversibility of Type Two Diabetes through Exercise and Nutrition), and the Greater Manchester School Sports Strategy; measuring the impact of changes to PE on children’s health and wellbeing. 

Colin is also one of the founding Directors of the UTS (Underground Training Station) Gym, and the Executive Director of The UTS Foundation on the Wirral Peninsula. The UTS is a world-renowned gym, and one of the very first performance facilities in the United Kingdom to open its doors to the general population. The fitness centre aspect of this dual initiative was established back in late 2008, and was one of the very first gyms in the world to deliver world class athletic support to the general population. 

Philip Dyer
Healthy Leaders

Philip has a business career which has spanned 30 years and a broad range of sectors. Whatever the business sector his focus has always been people, identifying the barriers to personal growth and development and how these impact on organisational aspirations and ambition. 

Whilst Philip’s experience extends to international businesses, his passion lies with owner managed businesses; often referred to as the backbone of the British economy.  A recent article written by Philip and published in the International Business and Economics Review (IBER) focused on the complex nature of marketing and how it (marketing) is often misunderstood within small businesses. 

Philip is Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Central Lancashire and Honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University Management School, and is a regular presenter on the topic of wellbeing.

Chris Gold
Business Manager
Workplace Mental Health Limited

Chris has a diverse background particularly focused on people and overcoming disability and barriers to employment.

Over the last 3 years Chris has worked with key stakeholders within business, government and support organisations (across the Northwest) to specifically focus on mental health within the workplace. 

Chris has extensive experience in people management, project development, strategic leadership and performance management which has enabled her to advise and deliver on the development of Workplace Mental Health Ltd - a social enterprise dedicated to developing bespoke programmes that fit the needs of individual businesses. 

Chris is a strong advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health in the workplace to create resilient and healthy workplaces that recognize the stresses of modern life and develops positive culture change that benefits both employer and employees.
Chris is also a trained Mental Health First Aid Instructor which is currently being rolled out nationally.

Chief Executive
Active Cheshire

Anne is the award-winning Chief Executive of Active Cheshire; the lead body for physical activity and sport in the Cheshire and Warrington sub-region. She is born and bred in Cheshire where she lives with her 3 grown-up children. She has 20+ years of experience spanning public, private and voluntary sectors having held leadership positions within Sport England, NWDA, Local Government and her own award-winning business, which secured her a seat on a Prime-Ministerial think tank. Anne is a passionate contributor to her home county, donating her time to the British Red Cross as Vice-President , to Cheshire and Warrington LEP as a member of the Oversight and Scrutiny Committee and to the West Cheshire Poverty Truth Commission as a Commissioner. She is also a member of the Cheshire & Merseyside STP Clinical Advisory Group seeking to transform health services. Anne is extremely well networked as an active member of the Global Leaders Alumni and of HEPA Europe. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Royal Society of Public Health and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Anne is passionate about tackling inequality and has a particular interest in the improvement of mental health services. She is a supporter of women in business.

David Pollock
Executive Chairman

David established Chess in 1993, named after his two eldest children – Charlie and Jessie.
Chess is officially the best! It’s #1 in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for List 2018 and has been in the top 100 for the last nine years.

David’s also been awarded ‘Best Leader’ by The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2017 and 2018. David also won the ‘Innovation in Business’ for his unique happiness training in 2016.

His business career began at school, promoting bands to his friends. He quickly upscaled this, moving on to promoting music videos in Los Angeles. Over his career, he’s founded many successful businesses, across a range of sectors; from utilities, property, energy, organic food to online marketing. Today David’s Chess employs over 550 people throughout the UK, serving over 33,000 business customers in the Information Communications Technology sector and has completed over 100 acquisitions.

David has created an amazing culture at Chess, where “a great place to work, a great place to be a customer” is at the heart of everything they do. Chess’s culture focuses on maintaining a friendly, positive atmosphere where everyone feels valued and cared for. To provide a healthy, happy, energetic, safe place to work. To help others — one team.



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