Happy Workplaces Conference 2016

Bridewell Hall, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ | 9:30am - 5pm

11th May 2016 with optional workshop 12th May

Speaker videos available shortly


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Meet like-minded professionals and share their experiences of creating a great workplace

The evidence is clear: organisations which focus on creating happy workplaces are more productive and more successful. But the knowing-doing gap persists. Many managers struggle to build the culture and practices required for real engagement and performance. Could you be doing more to engage your people at work?

Happy Workplaces 2016 is a one day conference for leaders who are ready to embrace high-trust, high-autonomy, high-performance management. Building on previous Happy Workplace Conferences, our focus for 2016 is squarely on doing. You will leave not only inspired, but fully equipped to take concrete action steps in your organisation.

Hear real examples of how people have created truly great workplaces. From small enterprises to billion dollar companies, and from the CEO to people seeking change from within.


Speakers include:

John Housego

John Housego

WL Gore

WL Gore (makers of Goretex)  has been rated the most innovative company in the US. John will explain a culture that has put this company in the best workplace lists for 18 successive years.

Libby Gordon and Esther Stevenson

Libby Gordon and Esther Stevenson

Heads of Performance and Development, Christian Aid

Libby and Esther will explain how they used the Happy Manifesto ideas clear principles to provide a clear framework within which people have autonomy.

Shannon Banks

Shannon Banks

Managing Director, Be Leadership Ltd

Shannon will discuss the power of connection in creating a happy workplace, based on her years at Microsoft as Head of Talent for Western Europe, and her work with clients at her company, Be Leadership.

Simon Perriton

Simon Perriton

CEO, Just-IT

Simon will explain how implementing the Happy Manifesto ideas has both increased his company’s profits and got them into the Sunday Times Best Workplace list.

Philippa Ward

Philippa Ward

Partner, Global Action Plan

Learn Philippa’s secrets to creating and keeping a great charity workplace.

Tarun Gidoomal and Henry Searle

Tarun Gidoomal and Henry Searle

Co-Heads of UK Office, NextJump

Described as “The Most Successful Company You’ve Never Heard of,” this billion dollar internet company has a unique approach to company culture. This includes a “no fire” policy, where employees cannot be sacked for poor performance. Find out how they do it, and how you can do it too.

Valentina Culatti

Valentina Culatti

Managing Director, Unit 9

Unit 9 has simply the most positive staff survey we have ever seen. Valentina describes how this design studio achieves it.

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.

Optional Workshop: 12th May at Happy, Alie Street

For 2016, we have added an optional 1 day workshop with Happy’s Lead Facilitator Nicky Stone on How to create a happy and productive workplace. This workshop will give more practical ways that you can use straight away to achieve happy and productive workplaces, and become a leader in your workplace.

The day will be structured around lots of small sessions and practical exercises. You will work with the other members of your group throughout, enabling you to learn from your own experience as well as each other.

Testimonials from previous attendees

“Usually at conferences I come away with 2 or 3 good ideas. At Happy Workplaces I had 4 pages worth. Brilliantly done.”

Paul Boot

“… like arriving at a party when everybody else is 4 drinks in. I was hit by a wave of euphoria and joi de vivre.”

Stefan Stern

For last minute availability, please call our Happy hotline on 020 7375 7300 or email Claire at claire@happy.co.uk

Libby and Esther: Creating clear principles and values at Christian Aid [FULL VIDEO]

In this twenty minute video, Esther Stevenson and Libby Gordon explain how they made Christian Aid’s values and principles clear to every member of staff and volunteer, and why you should do this in your organisation.

John Housego: On WL Gore and its trust-based leadership

W.L. Gore has been listed on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For since 1984 due to their value and trust-based culture. John Housego explains what makes W.L. Gore so special.

Shannon Banks: Why friendships in the workplace are vital

People with a best friend at work are seven times more likely to be motivated and productive – and yet only 42% of people in the UK say they have a friend at work. Find out the importance of connection in this talk from the 2016 Happy Workplaces Conference by Shannon Banks, coach and consultant at Be Leadership.

Conference Venue

Due to increased demand, the conference will now take place at Bridewell Hall in Fleet Street from 9:30am to 5pm.


This new venue is centrally located – the nearest Tube stations are Blackfriars (approx 5min walk) and St Paul’s (7min walk), and City Thameslink is only 2mins walk away.


Entrance is available via St Bride’s Passage (adjoining St Bride’s Church) and Bride Lane.

PDF map and directions to St Bride Foundation

Bridewell Hall, Fleet Street