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ISMAUK Masterclass Series

Every month we host an online Masterclass featuring a different expert presenter on subjects related to stress management, mental health, productivity, wellbeing, relationships, business tools and connected topics.

“Really enjoy these monthly events. Love the content and the interactions”


Online Masterclass Dates

Our Online Masterclasses were very well received in 2021 and we are delighted to be hosting them again in 2022.

Masterclass dates for the first six months are:

Thursday 27th January Thursday 28th April
Thursday 24th February Thursday 26th May
Thursday 31st March Thursday 30th June

The first one, The Power of Collaboration: How to Build Partnerships That Really Count is being held on Thursday 27th January.

The second one on Thursday 24th February is Suicide Prevention: How You Can Make a Difference.

Further information on these is available lower down this page, so mark your diary now

What’s the Format?

Masterclasses are held online on every last Thursday of the month from 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm. Following a welcome by ISMAUK, our presenter will speak for 45 minutes followed by a Q & A session. The final half hour is devoted to networking, enabling attendees to catch up, exchange thoughts on the presentation or about current issues.

Who are the Masterclasses for?

ISMAUK Masterclasses are of value to anyone with an interest in stress management, HR, workplace performance, wellbeing and associated themes. They will be especially relevant for organisers and practitioners in stress management, business leaders, managers and employees, HR managers, consultants and trainers.

What Attendees Say

ISMAUK Masterclass events are growing in popularity all the time – make sure you don’t miss out on these informative and often inspirational online webinars! This is what attendees have to say about them –

“A very professional insight”


“Excellent session – well worthwhile”


How Can You Book?

Tickets must be booked in advance
Follow link to Eventbrite booking page for each Masterclass

ISMAUK members: free
Non-members: £10 per Masterclass

Register Your Interest

To find out about forthcoming ISMAUK
Masterclasses please complete the registration form here.

Masterclass Programme 2022

We are busy putting together our Online Masterclass programme 2022. A summary of each monthly Masterclass will be added as soon as the details are confirmed, and you can find information on content, speakers and how to book below. Keep checking this page for further updates.

If you have suggestions for subjects that could be covered in future Masterclasses, please contact Carole Spiers, – we are always open to ideas.


Thursday 27th January, 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm

The Power of Collaboration: How to Build Partnerships That Really Count

A Panel Discussion moderated by Dave Plunkett

ISMAUK Ambassador, Founder and Chief Collaborator, Collaboration Junkie

2021 was the year that collaboration really came to the fore. It motivated famous brands and powerful social initiatives at one end of the scale, through to small businesses and individuals at the other end, to come together to form something more powerful than any of them could deliver individually. But why do some partnerships flourish while others flounder? In this panel-led Masterclass we’ll be exploring the key components to successful collaboration, giving you the skills to implement them more effectively in 2022.

This Masterclass panel discussion will be moderated by Dave Plunkett of Collaboration Junkie. Setting the tone as our first event of 2022, it will introduce Collaboration as ISMAUK’s theme for the year.

As the leading professional body for stress management, wellbeing and performance, our aim is to reach out and collaborate with individuals and organisations who have an interest in stress management and mental health and work to help people and communities improve their levels of wellbeing and resilience.


Our Panel

Renna Markson MPRCA

Deputy Director General and Engagement Director at the Public Relations and Communications Association


Renna has a background in client services and marketing and has worked with the PRCA for over 4 years. Originally from London, Renna spent 10 years in Sydney, working in various engagement and client services roles, before returning home in 2017.



Alexandra Stevens

Head of PR & Communications Recruitment, Reuben Sinclair


Reuben Sinclair is a leading PR, digital and marketing recruitment consultancy. Alex works with in house PR teams and PR agency leaders to advise on all aspects of talent acquisition, from best practice recruitment processes to employer branding. Alex also offers career guidance to PR professionals from entry to board level.



Keith Fraser

Chair Of Youth Justice Board for England and Wales at Youth Justice Board for England and Wales


Keith was made a Commissioner for the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities on 16 July 2020. Prior to this, he was a police officer for 32 years and a senior officer for 14 years.
He is passionate about children and young people and supports others to get the best out of themselves.






Thursday 24th February, 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm

Suicide Prevention: How You Can Make a Difference

A Panel Discussion moderated by Marie Faire

Co-founder and Owner, The Beyond Partnership


There is no common thread that links the incidence of suicide – each case has its own complexities and needs to be understood individually. However, it is very likely that austerity and other difficulties related to the pandemic have had a bearing on the numbers of suicides during 2020, reported as 5,224 by the ONS (figures may be subject to adjustment due to registration delays). No suicide should be seen as acceptable, yet there is still too little understanding of suicide and how those contemplating it may be helped. The panel will discuss important questions including -


  • What to say to someone who is feeling suicidal
  • How to relate to a person who returns to work after attempting suicide
  • How can employers help vulnerable employees?
  • What role can we all play to help those experiencing suicidal crisis?
  • What support is offered to those bereaved by suicide?
  • Which agencies are there to help support people in a crisis?


Our Panel

Harry Bliss

CEO and Founder of Champion Health


Harry founded Champion Health in 2018 to drive positive change in workplace health and provide innovative, evidence-based health and wellbeing solutions for the workplace. The company is proud to have improved health and wellbeing outcomes across the UK and works with companies including England Athletics and NHS Derbyshire.



Louise Aston

Wellbeing Campaign Director, Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network


Louise is an award-winning workplace mental health and wellbeing campaigner. BITC’s wellbeing campaign is a national collaboration of business leaders, government and other stakeholders positioning employee mental health as a boardroom issue on a par with physical health..



Further details to follow




Thursday 31st March, 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm

Designing Your New Normal: Enhancing Motivation and Performance Post-Covid

with Marcus J. Fila PhD,Speaker, Researcher, and Management Consultant

Moderated by Sally Sheen, Executive Coach, Facilitator and Management Consultant

Organisational values may not have changed in the light of Covid-19, but expectations around work have. Many organisations are seeking a return to pre-Covid norms, however, the struggles to satisfy demands for new working arrangements are well documented.

It is critical to balance returning to the workplace with a continuation of what has been working during the pandemic, in order to achieve the key objectives of optimal performance and maximum employee motivation, without incurring avoidable staff turnover. This can be harder to accomplish than it sounds, particularly given the urgency of meeting day-to-day targets.

This Masterclass is designed specifically to help people accomplish these objectives in a way that works for employees and organisations alike.

Our expert speaker is Marcus Fila, whose major area of focus is excessive work-related stress and its effects on wellbeing, anxiety levels, motivation, commitment, and staff turnover. He helps leaders understand the root causes of stress and their impact on an organisation’s mission and financial health, offering research-based solutions that will benefit organisations and employees alike. Marcus presents at international conferences and works with leaders across numerous sectors. He is an Associate Professor of Management at Hope College, USA.

Sally Sheen MSc, FCIPD, MAC, MISMA, MPSA is an award-winning HRD professional with extensive board-level leadership experience. She led business turnarounds and transformations in large organisations prior to setting up her coaching and consultancy business, Success Through Change. Sally provides executive coaching, consultancy and workshops, enabling senior leaders and organisations to adapt and transform by developing leadership, culture and resilience at every level. She is often invited to speak on these subjects. Sally is an ISMAUK Trustee and has co-edited ISMAUK’s new book Workplace Wellbeing: 21 Lessons for the New World of Work.




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