About this webinar

Keeping culture alive and employees happy has always been a priority for HR leaders – but it’s never been more a challenge than now.

Whether it’s engaging a disparate workforce, keeping culture alive remotely, or acting on the threats to employees happiness, HR is having to adapt to keep culture strong and employees healthy, happy and productive. 

To answer these questions we talked to an expert panel including Catherine Allen, Head of Keeping People Happy at Ella’s Kitchen, Jack Tang, CEO at Urban, Alex Hirst, CEO at the Hoxby Collective and Mona Akiki, Interim VP of People at Perkbox.

They discussed the following topics: 

  • The most important ingredients to keeping company culture alive at this time

  • The biggest challenges to employee happiness and how to address them

  • The biggest changes to workplace wellbeing for employees and how to adapt

  • Practical advice on how to celebrate a socially distanced Christmas at work


What you can expect to learn

Ways to keep culture alive

How to preserve employee happiness

Practical tips & tangible advice

Live Q&A

Meet the speakers

Mona Akiki | Interim VP of People at Perkbox

Since 2019, Mona has acted as Perkbox’ Interim VP of People. Mona has more than 21 years of experience, 16 of which in HR advising leaders and organisations succeed in transformational and ever changing environments. Most recently, Mona founded Path Forward Ltd which helps leaders achieve their and their teams’ full potential through coaching and advisory services. Since joining Perkbox, Mona’s focus has been on Perkbox’ own culture, leadership team and internal employee experience.

Catherine Allen | Head of Keeping People Happy at Ella's Kitchen

Catherine’s job title is Head of Keeping People Happy and that’s exactly what she spends her time doing!! She is passionate about supporting the team to achieve their potential, focus on their wellbeing (especially during lockdown) and engage with Ella’s mission and values. Catherine worked in HR in different sectors from not for profit and charities to manufacturing, Business to Business and fashion retail. After becoming a consultant post maternity, she worked with Ella’s and was blown away by Paul Lindley’s entrepreneurial story, the fantastic culture and the great team and took a permanent role with Ella’s 8 years ago. Catherine has an MSc in Psychology.

Jack Tang | CEO & Co Founder at Urban

Serial entrepreneur and Forbes 30 Under 30 honouree. Jack Tang drives the vision, strategy and growth at Urban as it provides access to wellness services where and when urban people need it the most. His favourite massage treatment is deep tissue mixed with relaxing massage to help maintain a balance of good health, body and mind to continuously drive the mission of Urban.

Alex Hirst | CEO & Co Founder at Hoxby

Having reached burnout in his career within Marketing and driven by a loathing for his counter-productive daily commute and 14+ hour days, Alex decided to renegotiate his psychological contract with work. This led him to start Hoxby with Lizzie Penny in 2015 and with it a ‘workstyle’ movement. With a vision to bring equality to the world of work, Hoxby won the #WorkThatWorks Award in recognition of their success in creating new work opportunities. Alex is excited by the value that the workstyle system can bring to society, and also the opportunity it provides for step-changing productivity and efficiency for business. In 2018, Hoxby was shortlisted for awards by the IoD, Social Enterprise UK and the RSA while Alex has also been listed by DIMA as one of the top 50 Male advocates for equality in Marketing & Media and the Equality Advocate of the Year award by Women In Marketing. A father of two, Alex works around his role as a parent, representing the small but growing number of men who are reducing their working hours for the good of their families, and longer-term gender equality.