The Speakers


Professor Stephen Bevan

Stephen is Director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at The Work Foundation and an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University. Stephen has conducted research on high-performance work practices, employee reward strategy, staff engagement and retention and Good Work. He has a special interest in workforce health and wellbeing, leading a number of national and international projects focusing on workforce health and the impact of chronic illness on productivity and social inclusion. He is an advisor to a number of UK government departments and has advised employers and policymakers in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australasia and North America. In 2014 he was named the 6th most influential HR thinker in the UK. Stephen is a reviewer for several academic journals, including The Lancet, a regular columnist for HR Magazine, a judge at the Global Healthy Workplace Awards and is a member of Public Health England’s Health & Work Advisory Board, the Health and Work Group of the Public Health Responsibility Deal and the British Society of Rheumatology International Strategy Group. Stephen is Chair of the UK Fit for Work Coalition and Director of The Work Foundation’s Health at Work Policy Unit.


Professor Diana Kloss

Diana is a practising barrister in Manchester, a former judge in the employment tribunal, an honorary Senior Lecturer at Manchester University and a visiting professor at London South Bank University. She has many years of experience in practising, teaching and writing on employment law.  Since 2009 she has been the Chair of the UK Council for Work and Health which represents all the professions concerned with the provision of occupational health services. In 2009 she was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to occupational health and in 2010 received the Distinguished Service Award of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.  She is an honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.


Michael Feuerstein

Michael Feuerstein is Professor of Medical and Clinical Psychology and Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University (military medical school) in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a 13-year survivor of a malignant brain tumor. Since becoming a cancer survivor himself, he has focused his research, clinical activities and much of his spare time to improving life for cancer survivors. Prior to his involvement in cancer survivorship his research and clinical work was in the area of occupational musculoskeletal disorders and work disability. He created the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation in 1992 to address work disability related to various chronic health problems and has served as its Editor since inception. His main contribution to this area has been facilitating an understanding of work disability from a multidimensional perspective.  Over the past decade he has applied such a model to cancer survivorship and work. In 2007, he launched the Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice to help disseminate knowledge directed at improving the health, health care, function and well being of cancer survivors. At the CANWON meeting, he will be speaking about his research on the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and cancer survivorship. He will focus on the recent change in the ADA law that allows for more flexibility in the workplace for employees with various chronic illnesses. The findings will focus on trends in workplace disputes in cancer survivors prior to and following the revision of the law.