Wellbeing, Adversity & Strategy in 2020 Panel

September 02, 2020  |  HR and Leaders

The panel will cover how they approached and overcame the challenges of 2020. It will include sharing ideas around mental health initiatives that will help your workplace to be more efficient and achieve better outcomes.

Some key topics that the panel will cover:

  • The peak moments of 2020
  • Changing employment relationships
  • Maintaining or adapting culture
  • Initiatives that have worked


Jay was inspired to help people to self-manage their mental health and simplify the process of accessing professional, evidence-based care. He started his career working as a clinical psychologist treating patients but felt that he was seeing people too late in the progression of their illness. He then founded Uprise, a technology company that aims to prevent illness before it occurs and de-stigmatise mental health so that it becomes as important to us as physical health.

Jay Spence

Clinical Psychologist and CEO at Uprise

Amelia has over ten years experience working in Human Resources teams, designing and building tools to help teams scale and achieve company goals. Previous roles include Chief People Person at Sendle, and HR management consulting at Mercer. Amelia is passionate about new ways of working and helping founders navigate early stages of venture building.

Amelia Riddle

HR Consultant at Uprise

Jane is responsible for the development and implementation of Lendlease’s global health and wellbeing strategy. With a strong focus on mental health, Jane drives the mental health agenda and strategy at Lendlease, through a strategic mental health approach which includes a range of interventions and programs to decrease stigma and encourage positive mental health, she is also a mental health first aid facilitator. Recently Jane has taken the lead of the Lendlease Foundation function to ensure the successful delivery of programs globally, with a strong focus on delivering positive health and wellbeing outcomes and personal development.

Jane Gardner

Head of Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Foundation Programs at Lendlease

Wade is the current Head of Safety, Environment and Wellbeing at Serco Asia Pacific. Serco supports national, state and local government in the delivery of essential public services with more than 13,000 people working across Asia Pacific in the key sectors of defence, transport, justice, immigration, health and other citizen services. Prior to this Wade was part of the senior leadership team which delivered the $2.7B WestConnex M4East Tunnelling project in NSW, the $5.6B Roy Hill integrated Iron Ore Mine, Port and Rail Project and the $2.2B RioTinto Nammuldi Iron Ore Mine of the Future. He has completed tertiary studies in Management, Human Resources, OHS and Risk & Governance.

Wade Needham

Head of Safety, Environment and Wellbeing at Serco

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