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Fit to Lead

CIPD Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Branch

Thursday, 26 January 2017 from 18:30 to 21:00 (GMT)

Fit to Lead

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Ticket Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
CIPD Committee Member 26 Jan 2017 Free £0.00
CIPD Member 26 Jan 2017 Free £0.00
CIPD Student 26 Jan 2017 Free £0.00
Non-Member 26 Jan 2017 £10.00 £0.00
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Our interactive, lively and practical session will focus on the role wellbeing plays in creating and influencing organisational culture through the leadership approach. The areas that will be covered, include:

  • Discussion around the importance of integrating wellbeing at leadership level: what is the current research telling us? Reference to Ashridge research projects  and Dr Howard Awbery’s research into Burnout.
  • Who out there is doing it really well? Examples of corporate companies who are recognised for great achievement in developing and sustaining wellbeing cultures. Sharing best practice and providing reflection on how you can learn and apply in your own organisations.
  • 21st Century leadership - why this, why now? What's driving the need for a different approach to leadership? What do we know about the current climate (VUCA) How does this relate to your own organisation? Group activity to reflect and consider your own world within the rapid change we are experiencing.
  • Research on corporate burnout – sharing the key findings from Dr Howard Awbery’s research and recent publication – Combatting Corporate Burnout.  A three year study exploring what causes burnout and how to proactively protect your talent, the ones at greatest risk. Concludes with the relevance of integrating  mindful practice  in your day.
  • What about your body?! A short session exploring the power of nutrition and exercise within leadership. An enlightening, interactive session delivered by a local nutrition and fitness expert, a Personal Trainer with Corporate background,  Cathy Mansell. A fabulous, lively insight into the changes you can make today to enhance your quality of life and your own wellbeing. 


Mary Sisson, Business Development Director, Awbery

Mary is passionate about wellbeing, recognising the critical link between leadership results and healthy minds and bodies.  An enthusiastic presenter, Mary brings to life the subject, ensuring an interactive, lively debate which adds to the richness to the content of the presentation she is delivering. 

With twenty years’ experience in the field of leadership, organisational development and coaching, Mary has held the position of Business Development Director for Awbery since January 2009 and works closely with national and international clients to help them effectively develop their leadership and management teams.

Awbery has a comprehensive research programme, which aims to explore ‘new thinking’ within HR, leadership and professional development. As part of this progamme, Awbery have led a pioneering research project into the subject of Corporate Burnout. The findings from this project provided the catalyst for the innovative Fit to Lead programme.

Mary is the Programme Director for Fit to Lead and is working with a number of Pan-European clients to co-create their strategy for wellbeing and leadership development and help them embed a wellbeing culture amongst their leadership teams.

Mary has spoken at a number of National and International events on the subject of Fit to lead, Corporate Burnout and Creating Coaching Cultures. 

Cathy Mansell, Principal Trainer, The Personal Fitness Company 

I set up The Personal Fitness Company in September 2010. Today the business supports the fitness and wellbeing goals and needs of nearly 800 people face to face, and over 4000 members online. During this time, and working with both private and corporate clients, I have been continually amazed by the positive impact taking control of one’s own physical health and fitness can have upon a whole range of attributes - from self-esteem and confidence, to prioritisation and empowerment, the list goes on. Improve and strengthen any one of these areas and you can very quickly see positive change both at work and at home. I have seen time and time again how the physical is entwined with the psychological and the emotional.

Prior to launching my own business, I worked for 17 years in the very fast moving corporate environment of field sales at Yell plc. I worked my way from field sales representative, through the ranks, to Area Field Sales Manager. Responsible for around 45 consultants and 5 managers, I feel I have valuable first-hand experience of the challenges that face most of my private and corporate clients today. This knowledge undoubtedly helps me understand and facilitate better their endeavours to take control of their lifestyle and prioritise their needs.

During my time at Yell I was responsible for the training and development of potential first and second line managers, and exceptional sales people. I was EQA regional champion as the business went through the process of competing for and winning that award in 2004 in the large business category. Responsible for the engagement and morale of my people, and facilitating the right environment for those people to flourish, my department posted regional best employee satisfaction scores, whilst at the same time, delivering National best business results. I feel that I am incredibly fortunate in my current work to have experienced and come to fully appreciate that the best results in whatever field come from a fully engaged, motivated and valued individual or workforce.

Amongst its corporate clients, The Personal Fitness Company delivers the wellbeing programme at Capital One Bank in Nottingham. I consult with employees, offer relevant fitness and wellbeing services, set up health stations and business focussed and National events - anti natal classes, posture events, and national men’s week for example. Probably our best testimonial comes the contribution my company has made to their winning the prestigious “Great Place To Work” award in both 2013 and 2014.

Working with Epic Partners and Nottingham City Homes, I have designed and implemented sessions that offer fitness and nutrition support aimed at women in deprived areas, often living in very difficult circumstances.  Engaging with and gaining trust from these women has been one of my greatest challenges. Yet I continue to see many members significantly change the lifestyle and quality of life for themselves and their whole family.  One of my greatest successes has been to see several women embark upon and complete their own training as fitness professionals.

Tickets for Non-Members will cost £10 including VAT and the admin cost - refunds can only be made if you cancel your place 3 days prior of the event.

Professional photography and video production will be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.

Do you have questions about Fit to Lead? Contact CIPD Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Branch

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Hotel Novotel Long Eaton
Bostock Lane
Long Eaton
NG10 4EP Nottingham
United Kingdom

Thursday, 26 January 2017 from 18:30 to 21:00 (GMT)

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