Wellness Speakers

Meet the Speakers

Laura Capell-Abra, Board Director, EventWell & Founder, Stress Matters

Founder of event-industry coaching company, No More Ifs Or Buts and event industry pledge scheme, Stress Matters; Laura Capell-Abra believes in working with others to invigorate businesses and maximise efficiencies through the power of processes and teamwork.  Laura is also a Board director of EventWell, a campaign to improve wellbeing in the events industry. 


Laura is a business and career coach, working with teams from graduate level up to C-board level.  Breaking down subjects such as leadership skills, stress management and conflict management into manageable, fun and interactive sessions for teams who want to refresh or learn new skills with limited time.   

Laura previously ran marketing events agency, Sledge Ltd and is well-versed in the pressures senior management teams deal with.  Her work as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and as a trainer on an apprenticeship programme, has also allowed her to develop a good understanding of the lives of juniors entering industry.  The entry and exit process of the events industry is a focus for Laura.  Whether that be helping train the new team or helping business owners sell their agencies, this broad overview enables her to spot trends and help prepare her clients for industry issues.      


Laila Datoo, Founder, a.life.more.mindful

Laila has a long career in managing global events for governments, media companies & financial institutions. For the past 10 years Laila has worked at board-level with businesses to build and develop successful, bullet-proof operational structures. The companies she worked with rebranded into global businesses, grew significantly and were highly successful.


However many years working in high-pressure environments led to an inevitable burn-out. This led her to take some precious time away from the corporate world and travel the world, to rediscover core skills she picked up 15 years ago of mindfulness and meditation. She returned to London with an overwhelming desire to understand and address why stress occurs in the workplace. She launched a wellness programme at her workplace, running weekly yoga classes and a mindfulness programme which took on 20 participants and had overwhelmingly success results.


Last year Laila founded her own business a.life.more.mindful – focusing on how businesses can optimise their operations, processes and people- using mindfulness-based techniques, to power growth productivity & happiness.

Nel Flint, Director of Operations, Capita Travel and Events


Nel has always been an organiser, she started off organising club nights when she was 15 and has never stopped! Nel left home at 18 & went to live on a tiny Hebridian island called Iona to work in a family run hotel. Eventually she went to university in Glasgow and graduated with an Events Management & Hospitality degree.


Since then she has worked in various roles, both within hotels and agencies. Operations & people are her passion. Since having her son in 2013 Nel has become acutely aware of how important a good work life balance is and believea that this starts with being mindful every day.

Capita Travel and Events has a passion for wellbeing, and has implemented some simple yet effective measures to support staff in their personal wellbeing, with great impact.

Brian Thomas, CBT Clinical Lead, Nuffield Health

Brian has worked in the mental health field for over 27 years and has experience in group and individual psychotherapy, within the NHS and Private sector. He has also taught CBT principles at Bucks University.

Brian delivers mental health treatments in various forms including 1:1, groups, telephone, and guided online therapy to adults and adolescents presenting with a range of problems including Anxiety (GAD), Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Panic Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Low Self-Esteem, Phobias, Bi-Polar Disorder, and Bereavement.

Brian is the CBT Clinical Lead for Nuffield Health and delivers, presentations and teaching sessions, along with supervision and induction training to the Nuffield Health in-house therapy team. 

Fri 18 May Andaz,London

08:30 - 08:55

Registration & Refreshments

08:55 - 09:10

Welcome & Mindfulness moment

Laila Datoo, Founder, a.life.more.mindful


09:10 - 10:00

Panel Session - The challenges & successes of creating a wellness culture & how you can do it to!

Chair: Laila Datoo, Founder, a.life.more.mindful

Laura Capell-Abra, Board Director, EventWell

Nel Flint, Director of Operations, Capita Travel & Events

Brian Thomas, CBT Clinical Lead, Nuffield Health

10:00 - 10:10

​Chair Yoga

10:10 - 10:30

Networking break

10:30 - 11:20

Wellness workshop - how to create a successful wellbeing action plan

Attendees will be guided through the steps to create a robust action plan that they can implement in their teams or business. You will be given tools, techniques & solutions that can be tailored to your business and will have the best route to success.

Facilitator: Laura Capell-Abra, Board Director, EventWell

11:20 - 11:30

Round up and close of event

11:30 - 12:00

Yoga session / hotel show round