Leeds workplace health symposium

Date & time

Thursday 24 November 2016 @ 10.30am


Rose Bowl, City Campus, Leeds Beckett University, Room 408, Portland Crescent, Leeds, LS1 3HB


This symposium will open at 10.30am, with talks in the morning, followed by a complimentary lunch and afternoon talks. All-day refreshments will be provided, and doors will close at 3pm. You are welcome to attend all of the talks, or pick and choose the ones that interest you. Register now!



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Session 1

Research Update: Is sitting really that bad? YES! So what can we do about it?


Dr Michelle Mellis, Carnegie Faculty, Leeds Beckett University, Research Centre for Active Lifestyles University


An insight into the general findings that highlight the negative effects of sitting followed by an overview of interventions and possible changes in the workplace to improve employee health.

Presenter Bio

Dr Michelle Mellis is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at Leeds Beckett University. Her research is focused on preventative health, with a key interest into making the corporate environment more active and to help reduce risk of cardio-metabolic diseases in middle-aged adults.


Session 2

Support for employees experiencing mental health difficulties/conditions




Maintaining the mental wellbeing of your employees is one of the biggest challenges facing UK businesses. Remploy, the UK's leading provider of disability employment and support services for employers, discuss the options available to make a positive change.

Presenter Bio



Session 3

Why sitting won’t actually kill you


David Kirtley, Seating Consultant, Posturite


David will be looking at some of the most up-to-date research on office chairs and looking at why, despite all the recent media hype, sitting doesn’t have to be ‘the new smoking’. The talk will cover some of the most important features of a chair from a health perspective, and explore the idea that spending money on office seating is an investment and NOT a bottom-line cost.

Presenter Bio

David is our Seating Consultant and resident ergonomic office chair expert at Posturite, having progressed his career with the company for the last fifteen years. With his in-depth knowledge and vast experience working closely with suppliers and manufacturers as well as senior managers, directors and consultants, he is perfectly placed to support clients through the important chair selection process. For the past two years David has been the driving force behind our active working campaigns, encouraging businesses to take care of the health, happiness and wellbeing of their employees in a more holistic way. It all starts with the equipment we use, and David’s job is to make sure it’s as appropriate and well-matched to each unique business as possible.




Session 4

A Matter of Minutes - The value of defibrillators in the workplace & community


Brendan Mahood, Workplace & Community Territory Manager, Physio-Control


This seminar discusses sudden cardiac arrest and the value of defibrillators in public places, the workplace and community.

Presenter Bio

Brendan has been working with the medical device business for over 8 years and holds a B.Sc. in Genetics. For the past 4 years Brendan has been working within the workplace and community environment educating customers on sudden cardiac arrest and the value of the defibrillators in public places and the workplace.


Session 5

Mobile Working and Ergonomics


Roy Cochran-Patel Msc Ergo


Mobile technology has enabled us to work anywhere at any time. This talk will cover some of the common musculoskeletal risks associated with using mobile devices and working in ‘non-standard’ environments.

Presenter Bio

Roy holds a Master’s Degree in Health Ergonomics from the University of Derby. He has worked with employers from a number of sectors including manufacturing, office based and healthcare, to identify ergonomic risk factors, improve the ergonomics of the working environment and manage health risks. He now works within Bupa’s health, safety and wellbeing team to improve the health and wellbeing of employees in a number of working environments.