Retail industry leaders host ‘For the four’ retailTRUST virtual wellbeing event

Leaders from the UK retail industry host first ever online event, created by retailTRUST

Boots COO Tracey Clements, Dixons Carphone Chief People Officer Paula Coughlan, former Asda CEO Andy Clarke and ASOS non-exec director Rita Clifton CBE are among the impressive line-up of senior retailers speaking at the For the four virtual event, from 19-21 October.

Building on retailTRUST’s mission to provide support for every individual whenever they need it, the industry charity is launching an exclusive week of content free of charge.

The three-day programme of content is designed to equip workers, colleagues and employers with the skills to manage their emotional, physical, vocational and financial wellbeing during these uncertain times.

retailTRUST CEO Chris Brook-Carter and Chief Medical Advisor Dr Adrian Massey will lead sessions in a diverse programme that is free to join here. The sessions are structured to provide information and guidance on the themes of how to ‘lead the industry’, ‘lead teams’ and ‘lead themselves’.

Leading the industry

On Monday 19th October, Paul Martin, Global Retail Lead and UK Head of Retail, KPMG will join Chris Brook-Carter, Chief Executive, retailTRUST in a session ‘Economics and people – the shape of retail in a post-COVID world’. In this opening conversation, Paul will dissect the impact of COVID-19 on retail and explore the long-term impact of the crisis, its effect on strategy and the implications for the sector as the most important private sector employer in the UK.

Providing a medical professional’s perspective on how businesses should care for the health of their teams, Dr Adrian Massey, retailTRUST Chief Medical Advisor lifts the lid the role leaders should play for a healthier world.

Andy Clarke, former Chief Executive of Asda and Chairman of Newton is one the biggest figures in grocery in the last decade and will discuss his unique perspective of people, purpose and profits.

Leading teams

Featuring on the second day of the virtual event, Hannah Meium Harman, Creative Programme Manager Europe, Pinterest will lead ‘ The power of positivity’ session on how trends shaping the way we think, work and consume can bring hope and purpose to customers and colleagues.

Paula Coughlan, Chief People Officer, Dixons Carphone, Paul Szumilewicz, Global Head of Agile, Global Marketing, HSBC and Tracey Clements, Chief Operating Officer, Boots UK and Republic of Ireland will participate in the panel discussion on leading teams in a new world. The role of the leader during unprecedented periods of change will be central to their discussion.

Rita Clifton CBE, Portfolio Chair and Non-Executive Director will present ‘ The new world of leadership’ encompassing how the business world needs a new type of leadership to be truly effective – one that’s more human, more authentic, and focused on building sustainable relationships with customers, employees and broader society as a whole.

Described as ‘Brand guru’ by the Financial Times and ‘The doyenne of branding’ by Campaign magazine, Rita Clifton’s illustrious career has included being a Vice Chairman and Strategy Director at Saatchi & Saatchi, as London CEO and Chairman at the global brand consultancy Interbrand as well as the co-founder of BrandCap. She is now a portfolio chairman and non-executive director on the board of businesses including ASOS, Ascential plc, Nationwide Building Society and Populus Group, and her non-profit boards have included WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature), the UK Sustainable Development Commission and now as Trustee of the leading environmental think tank Green Alliance. Rita’s new book on leadership ‘Love your imposter’ is available here now.

Leading yourself

On the final day of the For the four virtual event Alex Partridge, Wellbeing Ambassador and Partnership Director, Wagestream and Erik Porter, Founder and CEO of Cheddr will host a financial wellness workshop on financial resilience and mental wellbeing: the inextricable link. This will explain how financial wellness is a core pillar of mental health and what are the tools required to take control of the new economic challenges.

Resident psychologist, Andrea Woodside, Training Lead, retailTRUST will lead the mental health workshop – the new tools for resilience on emotional wellness and staying focused and optimistic.

A physical health workshop – ‘You are what you eat’ will be hosted Matt Lock and Gavin Eivers, Co-founders of Outliers Wellbeing.This practical guide to the power of food and its influence on performance and happiness will teach how to influence how you look, feel, think, behave and perform through nutrition.

Tim Robson, Managing Director, NSU Media will host the final session of the three day event, a ‘Vocational health workshop’ on how to navigate the new world of work with the best version of you.

Sign up to the For the four virtual event for free here.

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