Thursday 10 October

Supporting staff wellbeing, mental health and work-life balance?

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Date and time

Start: Thursday 10 October 2024, 12:30 PM

End: Thursday 10 October 2024, 01:30 PM

Event Overview

Join us this World Mental Health Day for a discussion about supporting wellbeing in the IP professions. This webinar is a collaboration between IP Inclusive, CIPA, CITMA and Jonathan’s Voice and is free to attend for anyone who works in the UK’s IP sector.

Covid-19 and the resultant new working arrangements have had an impact on our community’s wellbeing and mental health – not forgetting, of course, the effects our often high workloads can have on stress levels and work-life balance. With the growing importance of mental wellbeing, work-life balance and inclusivity as factors in how happy and productive we are at work, World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to focus on these issues and talk about what the IP professions are doing.

Our panellists from a range of different working environments will talk about the challenges they’ve faced in supporting staff wellbeing, mental health and work-life balance. They will also share some of the solutions that their organisations and departments have implemented, and discuss the role that hybrid working can play in delivering them.

There will then be an opportunity for the audience to share their own experiences and solutions, and to ask the panellists questions.

We hope you’ll come away with some valuable ideas to implement in your workplace, as well as some reassurance that you are not alone in the challenges you face…



Dr Anna Molony, Co-founder & Director, Two IP

Dr Anna Molony, Co-founder & Director, Two IP

Anna co-founded her first patent firm, Chapman Molony, in 2003. After almost 10 years’ building Chapman Molony, she decided she wanted a better work-life balance, so she sold out of Chapman Molony and set up Ingenium IP. In 2020, just as the global pandemic hit, Anna decided that it was time to provide a vehicle for other patent attorneys to enjoy the work-life balance she had achieved. So she evolved Ingenium IP into Two IP, a ‘new breed consultancy model’ patent and trade mark firm, which enables consultant attorneys to work for their own clients under the Two IP brand and within Two IP’s ecosystem of back office, patent formalities and business support functions.

Michael Carter, Gowling WLG

Michael Carter, Gowling WLG

Michael is a Director in Gowling WLG’s intellectual property practice, based in Birmingham. He has extensive experience managing patent and design litigation in the English courts (from IPEC to the High Court) and coordinating international patent litigation. In his role as Head of Automotive IP (UK) Michael also has experience of advising clients on transactional issues and the development of IP & innovation strategies more generally, particularly in the automotive and engineering sectors.

Penelope Aspinall, Jonathan’s Voice

Penelope Aspinall, Jonathan’s Voice

Penny has nearly 30 years’ experience as a counsellor, psychotherapist and trainer, working in a range of settings, including Zeneca (Huddersfield), Arla Foods, the NHS and in private practice as a counselling and organisational mental health consultant. However, most of her career has been spent working in Higher Education, most recently at the University of Bradford as Head of Disability, Counselling and Mental Health. After leaving Bradford in 2018, she joined the Charlie Waller Trust where she continues to work as a mental health consultant, developing and delivering training and creating written materials for both Charlie Waller and Jonathan’s Voice.

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