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We all know that health and wellbeing are important, but unravelling, understanding and acting on some of the information available can be challenging. There’s a lot out there and information can be fragmented, making it hard to know what’s credible if you’re not an expert in the field.
We’ve established a Wellbeing Advisory Board to help clarify information through a group of experts across a range of clinical, occupational and vocational rehabilitation fields as well as business consulting. Together they work together to do the heavy lifting for you on the important issues facing all of us today.
Whether you’re an employer looking for guidance or have an employee facing a health issue, we can help.
We’ll do the heavy lifting. Our experts will do the sorting and sifting to signpost useful content.
We’ll provide summaries and key information that don’t take an age to read, as well as stories and examples to bring topics to life and show how health and financial wellbeing issues can be addressed in various ways.
Topic one: Post-covid
We’re providing support and guidance around the topic of Post-Covid (often referred to as Long Covid). Making sure you have quick access to the best information.
Topic two: Financial wellbeing
As we continue to navigate our way through the cost-of-living crisis, our Wellbeing Advisory Board provide vital tools, resources and signposting to help support both businesses and their employees.
With our Group Protection proposition, we put the individual at the heart of everything we do. We see the person not the illness and that’s why our outcomes focussed approach to wellbeing focuses on enabling employees to Be Well. Get Better and Be Supported in the moments that matter most.
The Group Protection Wellbeing Advisory Board is a group of experts who work across the health and wellbeing spectrum. Specialities covered include Occupational Health, Vocational Rehabilitation, GP Practice and business consulting.
Meet the members
Vanessa Sallows, Claims and Governance Director, Legal & General Group Protection
Vanessa Sallows, our Group Protection Claims & Governance Director at Legal & General and has over 30 years’ experience working in the NHS, private industry and the protection market. Vanessa has responsibility for the claims and rehabilitation teams and oversight of the medical underwriting philosophy within Legal & General’s Group Protection business. Vanessa is passionate about the psychology of work, what prevents individuals from working during periods of ill-health and helping people return to ‘good work’.
Dr Tarun Gupta, General Practitioner and Medical Officer, Legal & General Retail Protection
Dr Tarun Gupta is the Medical Officer for Legal & General’s protection business and has around 20 years’ experience working in the NHS and private sector as a GP, Clinical Commissioner and Occupational Physician. Tarun serves as a resource for the claims and rehabilitation teams and provides medical opinion on complex cases, applying his expertise to comprehensively assess functional ability, interpret disparate medical evidence and address appeals, including decisions by the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Beverly Knops, Specialist Occupational Therapist, Vitality 360
Beverly has more than thirty years' experience. She has spent the majority of her career working with people experiencing persistent pain and fatigue. She worked in North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) for twenty-nine years, starting in the rheumatology service, then moving into the Specialist Pain and ME/CFS services. She also spent a period working one day for the Bath Paediatric Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) service, developing her knowledge and expertise in this age group. In 2012, Beverly started work as an associate therapist with Vitality360, a private company working exclusively with people experiencing pain and fatigue. She now leads this specialist team full-time. Beverly is a trustee of the British Association of Clinicians working in ME/CFS (BACME) and is passionate about sharing knowledge and skills with other health professionals.
Debra Clark, Head of Specialist Consulting, Towergate Health & Protection
Debra is the head of specialist consulting at Towergate Health & Protection. She has been in the employee benefits industry for over 25 years now, working in a number of specialist intermediaries. In all roles she has been dedicated to delivering first-class service to clients to ensure maximum retention and growth. She is passionate about mental health and all forms of wellbeing, particularly in the workplace as she strongly believes that people are any business's best asset and can ensure the success of a company if they are well. Debra has recently been recognised for her commitment to mental health by Cover magazine in their annual awards, winning the Mental Health and Wellbeing Champion category in 2022.
Dr Julie Denning, Managing Director, Working To Wellbeing and Chair of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association
Dr Julie Denning, Managing Director at Working To Wellbeing is a Chartered Health Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) therapist. She has significant experience designing and delivering vocational rehabilitation services that support people with long term conditions, including cancer, long covid and mental health, to self-manage their symptoms and return to the workplace when ready. She trains health professionals in health behaviour change, the cognitive behavioural approach and mindfulness. She also designs wellbeing programmes and supports organisations to deliver on their wellbeing strategy. Julie is also Chair of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA) and honorary lecturer at Kings College London.
Other Wellbeing Advisory Board Members
Jo Elphick, Marketing Director, Legal & General Group Protection
Charlotte Bray, Clinical Lead, Legal & General Group Protection
Mike Tyler, Co-Founder, Fruitful Insights
Laura Matthews, Senior Consultant, Barnett Waddingham
Lawrence Cramer, People and Culture Director, Inspired Villages
Louise Aston, Campaign Director, Business in the Community
David Newman, Director, Form Health
Anthony Brown, President and Founder, Onebright
Natalie Hyett, Programme Director, Care, Legal & General