Business and education leaders in East Anglia are being invited to attend a major conference which will put wellbeing at the heart of leadership in the region.
The ‘Leaders in Wellbeing’ event – taking place during Mental Health Awareness Week – is aimed at chief executives, senior managers and HR directors and will showcase the latest thinking from speakers who are leading the way in wellbeing in the region.
Taking place from 9.30am – 1.30pm on Tuesday 15th May at The Space in Norwich, the free event will focus on the role of leadership in wellbeing. It will include personal stories from leaders as well as ideas about practical ways to role model wellbeing, and how to embed it within organisational culture.
The event has been co-organised by Tim Handley, an education consultant who heads up TEDxNorwichED. Underlining the emerging importance of wellbeing as a leadership and workplace priority, both New Anglia LEP and Norfolk Chamber of Commerce have pledged their support. Charlotte Purves of New Anglia LEP said: “This is a really important issue to address if the East is going to stand out as the place to live and work. Wellbeing should be top of the agenda for every business and this event will provide business leaders with tools to embed this in their own organisations.”
Stuart Rimmer, Chief Executive of East Coast College who will be chairing the event explained: “Coming together to discuss wellbeing in leadership creates space to consider innovation and better ways to run our businesses for the twenty first century.”
Also speaking at the event will be Sadie Lofthouse, Director of Culture & Performance, Adnams. She said: “We take this issue extremely seriously at Adnams. Our people are the key to our success and it makes perfect business sense to ensure they receive as much help as possible when they need it. The only way we will provide the best service to our customers is by ensuring we have happy, healthy and well-motivated teams.
Kevin Daniels, UEA Professor of Organisational Behaviour and leader of the Work, Learning and Wellbeing Evidence Programme for the Economic and Social Research Council funded What Works Wellbeing centre will also be speaking. And there will be personal testimony from Nigel Cushion, Founder of Nelsonspirit, Ian Hacon, Founder of Yellow Brick Road, and Michelle Gant, Director of The Engaging People Company.
Aviva’s recent experience of delivering a widescale wellbeing programme will also be in the spotlight with Katherine Billingham-Mohamed and Gemma Sandwell on hand to share their knowledge and experience. Katherine said: “Wellbeing is quite a buzz word at the moment, but essentially healthy and happy employees generally result in happy customers! It’s about helping people to make small steps to change behaviour, be that in their mental, physical or any other aspect of wellbeing”.
Chris Sargisson, Chief Executive of Norfolk Chamber added: “Wellbeing and the culture of wellbeing starts at the top and should always, always include the valuable and influential people at the top. By doing so means organisations can genuinely lead by example in the building of brilliant, healthy, high performing places of work.”