2017 Beyond Budgeting Conference

Unlock your organisation's full potential

Aldgate, London | 6th February 2017 with optional workshop 7th February

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Beyond Budgeting is about rethinking how we manage organizations in a post-industrial world where innovative management models represent the only sustainable competitive advantage. It is also about releasing people from the burdens of stifling bureaucracy and suffocating control systems, trusting them with information and giving them time to think, reflect, share, learn and improve.

In short, Beyond Budgeting is about moving beyond traditional command-and-control toward an adaptive management model.

At this event co-hosted by the Beyond Budgeting Institute and Happy Ltd, you will be exposed to a range of organisations that, thanks to new innovative management models, have achieved substantial performance improvements.

While in day one you will hear case studies and practical examples from organisations who have tried, tested, and implemented these ideas, in the second day, our interactive workshop will give you the tools to do it yourself. Henry Stewart and Anders Olesen will answer all of your questions about how to get started, convince others, and start your journey Beyond Budgeting.

This is the third conference run in partnership between Happy and the Beyond Budgeting Institute. At first glance, they may appear to be very different organisations – but they both have the same aim, to create more flexible and happier workplaces.

Our exciting line up of speakers include:

Anders Olesen

Anders Olesen

Director, Beyond Budgeting Institute

Anders Olesen is Director of the Beyond Budgeting Institute, which has the Beyond Budgeting Round Table (BBRT) membership network as one of its core activities. In addition, Anders is Partner in Basico, a Danish consulting company specializing in helping organizations improve their business support functions. Before joining the Beyond Budgeting Institute, Anders worked 15 years in various finance and management positions in international industrial companies. Anders regularly writes articles and case reports which document the successful implementation of the beyond budgeting principles.

Bjarte Bogsnes

Bjarte Bogsnes

VP Performance Management Development, Statoil, and Chairman, Beyond Budgeting Institute

Bjarte Bogsnes has a long international career, both in Finance and HR. He is currently heading up the implementation of Beyond Budgeting at Statoil, Scandinavia’s largest company. Bjarte is Chairman of Beyond Budgeting Roundtable (BBRT).  He is a popular international business speaker and is the winner of a Harvard Business Review/McKinsey Management Innovation award. Bjarte is also author of “Implementing Beyond Budgeting – Unlocking the Performance Potential (2nd edition)”, where he writes about his implementation experiences. Statoil has recently opened up for Bjarte to undertake select external consulting work.

John Seddon

John Seddon

Author and Managing Director of Vanguard Consulting

John Seddon is the leader of the Vanguard organisations, now active in eleven countries. He is the originator of the Vanguard Method, the means by which service organisations change from a conventional command-and-control design to a systems design. John has received numerous academic awards for his contribution to management science and he won the first Harvard Business Review / McKinsey Management Innovation Prize for ‘Reinventing Leadership’ in 2010.

Mira Gvozdenovic

Mira Gvozdenovic

Finance Business Partner, LEO-Pharma

Mira Gvozdenovic has extensive experience within business finance and performance management. She is one of the key persons behind the successful implementation of the beyond budgeting inspired performance model in Coloplast, a Danish med-tech company specialized within intimate health care. Coloplast has since tripled its profitability, become a global player and created a base for sustainable high performance and growth. Mira recently joined LEO-Pharma; a Danish pharmaceutical company specialized within skin care, where she has participated in the re-design of the performance model, which is now under implementation.

Kevin McCoy

Kevin McCoy

UK Managing Director, NextJump

Kevin McCoy joined Next Jump in April 1997 as a co-founder of the organisation, growing their Cambridge, MA office from one employee to forty. He helped grow the business though the first dot-com bubble and subsequent crash that left the company with just four employees. Next Jump has been cited by Harvard as one of three “Deliberately Development Organisations” worldwide – a company that puts the growth of its people ahead of its profits. Kevin is passionate about product development, new business modelling, leadership and company culture.

Read more about Next Jump and their unique culture in Henry’s blog – Next Jump: 11 tips for creating a great workplace.

Henry Stewart

Henry Stewart

CEO of Happy and author of the Happy Manifesto

Happy has won awards for the best customer service in the UK (Management Today), Family Friendly Employer of the Year (Parents at Work), London Small Business of the Year (Business in the Community) and Most Inspired Workplace (Inspired Leaders Network). Henry will share the key secrets that made the independent judges rate Happy as the best in the UK, and share ideas from great workplaces that you can copy and learn from.

Workshop, 7th February 2017 from 10am – 5pm

On 7th February you will have the opportunity to learn the practical ways to implement the ideas from the conference, in a full day workshop hosted by Henry Stewart, Anders Olesen and Bjarte Bogsnes.

They will help to answer all of your questions, including: how do you get started? How can you convince others in your organisation – and more importantly, the CEO?

The workshops will be hands-on, with lots of small sessions and working in small groups throughout the day. You will learn from your own experiences, as well as each other.


Testimonials from some of Happy’s previous events

“[Liked the] interactivity of sessions, good delegate group. Most importantly, some practical steps that I can action tomorrow, as well as some for the longer term.”

Nick, March 2016

“I always come away with ideas and inspiration. I really enjoyed hearing and seeing people who have implemented [your ideas] and their successes. I should have brought my colleagues!”

Sarah, May 2016

Buy your tickets now

Contact Claire on claire@happy.co.uk to pay by invoice, or to discuss discounts for bulk purchases (5 or more tickets).

Places are £690 + VAT for the Conference and Workshop, or £390 + VAT per day for the conference and workshop separately – your ticket includes a hot cooked lunch and all refreshments on the day, as well as a workbook to use on both days and a gift bag to take away with you.

Any questions or want to book by phone?

Call our Happy hotline on 020 7375 7300 or email Claire at claire@happy.co.uk

Conference and Workshop Venue

Both the conference and workshop will take place here at Happy, in Alie Street, London.


The conference takes place between 10:00 – 17:00. Please arrive by 09.30 at the latest to allow for registration. Workshop times will be advised on booking.

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