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27th March 2024

Chamber launches the Men’s Health Network

On Friday 15 March, Chambers Wales South East, South West and Mid, launched the Men’s Health Network with an event focusing on breaking stereotypes and encouraging discussions on men’s health and wellbeing.

Sponsored by Tramshed Tech and Case UK, the event was held at Tramshed’s Grangetown space and brought together male Chamber members from across South Wales to hear from inspirational men in what will be the Chamber’s first step in supporting its male members and prioritising the health and wellbeing of all staff.

The guests were welcomed by Dai Rees, qualified transformational mentor and coach, and heard talks from Andrew Jenkins and Andries Pretorius, concluding with a panel session joined by Matthew Ace.

Andrew Jenkins, motivational speaker and life coach who also appeared on BBC One’s ‘The Traitors’, discussed his extraordinary health journey following a life-altering accident. His talk delved into a range of topics, from the realities of success to the stages of grief, and how prioritising his physical and mental health put him on the road to recovery.

At age 21, Andrew suffered a car accident that pronounced him dead at the scene. After doctors told him he would never walk again, Andrew defied all odds and is now a qualified NLP practitioner, and an inspiration to all.

Andries Pretorius, former Wales international, Cardiff Blues rugby player and business psychologist, gave an insightful look into his diverse expertise across elite sports, business psychology and leadership.

During his time as former CEO of Welsh Rugby Players Association, Andries was determined to improve workplace wellbeing. He committed himself, working with his executive committee, to introduce a world-class programme of support for professional rugby players across Wales. Since 2020, Andries has welcomed 20,000 attendees to his Brain Health – Mental Wellbeing course.

Matthew Ace is current director in Hydrock’s Cardiff office and, from leading his team of engineers through the pressures and challenges in the construction industry, provided a moving insight into his difficulties with his mental health, centred around stress and anxiety.

Paul Butterworth, CEO at Chambers Wales South East, South West and Mid, said:

“This event marks a significant step for the Chamber in looking after the physical and mental health of all our staff. Creating a safe and welcoming place where men can discuss their thoughts, emotions or just what’s going on with them is incredibly important, and something we want to take every opportunity to encourage.

“An extra thank you to Tramshed Tech and Case UK for making this event possible, and our incredible speakers, Andrew, Andries and Matt for sharing their stories. Their vulnerability and care over these subjects was inspiring and resonated strongly with our audience.”

In Wales, men are 3.3 times more likely to die by suicide than women. Chambers Wales South East, South West and Mid have created its men’s network to spark insightful and thoughtful conversations around men’s health, and ignite developments for improving workplace wellbeing.

Find out more about the Chamber’s future events.

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