Past Conferences and Events

Catch up on our past events with videos and transcripts of the talks

Below you can find out about some of our previous conferences and events, with video footage, transcripts and PowerPoint presentations.

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2017 Beyond Budgeting Conference

6th and 7th February 2017

This was Happy’s third Beyond Budgeting Conference in partnership with the Beyond Budgeting Institute, held at Happy’s training centre in Aldgate. Speakers included Anders Olesen of Beyond Budgeting Institute, Bjarte Bogsnes of Statoil, Mira Gvozdenovic of Coloplast, Chris Hannay and Kevin McCoy at Next Jump, and John Seddon of Vanguard Consulting.

2016 Happy Workplaces Conference

11th May 2016

At Happy Workplaces 2016, we welcomed John Housego of WL Gore (makers of Goretex), who explained how Gore has created an award-winning international company through its trust-based leadership. Simon Perriton of Just IT, Philippa Ward of Global Action Plan and Valentina Culatti of UNIT9 each explained how they had used the principles of the Happy Manifesto to create their happy, successful workplaces, while Shannon Banks spoke about the importance of connection in the workplace. Finally, Tarun and Henry explained how Next Jump operates with a ‘no fire’ policy.

Transforming the Public Sector 2016

9th February 2016

This event was co-hosted with Epic CIC. Alieke van Dijken gave an inspiring presentation about Buurtzorg’s structure with no management staff and less bureaucracy. We also heard from June O’Sullivan with ideas about how to keep your staff happy, Brendan O’Keefe of Epic with advice on hiring for attitude and how to re-motivate staff, and lessons from the private sector from Dom Monkhouse of iomart. Rekha Mehr of MassChallenge UK and Dr Sally Howes of the NAO also spoke about the struggles of creating change in the public sector, and how they have sparked innovation and change within their respective organisations.

Beyond Budgeting 2015

4th November 2015

Held in partnership with the Beyond Budgeting Institute, this event demonstrated that the Beyond Budgeting philosophy is a holistic and coherent management model. Speakers included John Seddon, occupational psychologist, researcher and global authority on management change; Andy Copsey, Chief Operating Officer of Handelsbanken in the UK; Julian Birkinshaw from the London Business School; Jesper Kruger of AP Moller Maersk; and Ulrich Gammelgaard of Velux.

Happy Workplaces Conference 2015

13th May 2015

At this exciting event, our speakers shared how they have built and sustained happy workplace culture and practices, in line with the principles of the Happy Manifesto. Speakers included Simon Fowler, Board Director at John Lewis, Stuart Jones, Communications and Customer Service Director at CarillionAmey, Brendan O’Keefe, Managing Director at Epic CIC, and Shannon Banks, Director at Be Leadership and former HR Director at Microsoft.

Happy Workplaces Conference 2014

This interactive event was hosted at Google’s offices in London, and featured two speakers from Google – Jennifer Kelly, Global Head of Real Estate, and Yvonne Agyei, Head of Benefits. Other speakers included Julian Birkinshaw of the London Business School, Tansy Drake and Tim Dorsett of Innocent, and Kate Grimes, CEO of Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Happy Workplaces Conference 2013

This was our first ever happy workplace conference – Happy Manifesto 2013. The conference was hosted by Google at their London Victoria HQ with over 80 attendees. It featured speakers from Google, Cougar Software and Action for Happiness, as well as Marion Jenner, Nigel Paine and Dom Monkhouse.

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