Creating Happy Workplaces in the Public Sector

22nd February 2017 | National Audit Office, London

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Meet like-minded Public Sector leaders and share their experiences of creating a great workplace

The evidence is clear: happier workplaces are more productive, and have better staff retention and less sickness.

At this one day conference, organised by Happy and hosted by the National Audit Office, you will find out how change is coming to the public sector – and learn how to create this culture in your organisation. With speakers from the National Audit Office, GCHQ, Government Digital Service and Monmouthshire County Council, you will learn how to implement ideas such as “freedom within a framework,” how to help your staff to work to their strengths, and create workplaces based on trust to lead to better service for the public.

The day will be highly interactive, with the opportunity to network and discuss experiences with others in a relaxed and open environment.

"Imagine a workplace where people are energized and motivated by being in control of the work they do. Imagine they are trusted and given freedom, within clear guidelines, to decide how to achieve their results. Imagine they are able to get the life balance they want. Imagine they are valued and held accountable for the work that they do, rather than the time they spend at their desk. Wouldn’t you want to work there?"

Henry Stewart, Author of the Happy Manifesto and CEO of Happy

What will you learn?

Simple techniques to change the culture of your organisation – boost staff motivation and build trust, innovation and creativity

A compelling new way of working within the public sector, moving away from hierarchical systems to one of high trust and pre-approval

Be inspired by innovation leaders in the public sector, with real, first-hand examples and inspiring ideas of how to motivate staff

Our Speakers

Susan Ronaldson, Director of Engagement and Change, and Steve Mirfin, Head of Learning and Development, National Audit Office

Creating a culture that gets the most out of your people, at the heart of government

Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families

Building models of delivery based on people being confident, capable and having the capacity to think well

Alex Segrove, Government Digital Service

How GDS became one of the most innovative parts of government, and transformed the digital presence

Head of IT, GCHQ

Implementing happy workplace concepts in a large traditional public sector organisation

Tracy Jelfs, previously Head of Children’s Services, Monmouthshire County Council

The story of how this Children’s Services department transformed itself from being one of the worst rated to one of the best, by increasing trust in their people

Brendan O’Keefe, Managing Director, Epic CIC

Henry Stewart, CEO, Happy

How to create happy, productive workplaces in the public sector. An interactive session that will challenge and inspire

Who is the conference for?

Managers and policy makers in the public sector including LAs and NHS, Central Government advisors, politicians, Local Government Association (LGA), and public sector staff in general

The Venue

Happy Workplaces in the Public Sector will be hosted by the National Audit Office in central London.

157-197 Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria, London SW1W 9SP

The conference takes place between 10:00 – 17:00. Please arrive by 09.30 at the latest to allow for registration.

National Audit Office

Buy your ticket

Tickets are just £295 + VAT per person, with savings available for bulk purchases.

Your ticket price includes all refreshments and snacks throughout the day, a hot buffet lunch, and networking drinks after the event. Plus, all attendees receive a workbook to use during and after the event and a Happy goody bag.

Want to pay by invoice or have questions about booking? Contact Claire at or call 020 7375 7300 for assistance.