Webinar 18th June: Henry Stewart of Happy Ltd & Brendan O’Keefe

Timings: 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Guest Speaker: Henry Stewart & Brendan O'Keefe

Henry Stewart is founder and Chief Happiness Officer of London-based training business Happy Ltd. Happy was rated one of the top 20 workplaces in the UK for 5 successive years and now helps other organisations (including social enterprises like Epic) create happy workplaces.

Henry was listed in the Guru Radar of the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential business thinkers in the world.  “He is one of the thinkers who we believe will shape the future of business”, explained list compiler Stuart Crainer.

His book, The Happy Manifesto, was published by Kogan Page in 2013 and short-listed for business book of the year.

Brendan O’Keefe led the creation of Epic CIC, the UK’s first independent youth service mutual. Set up to deliver services for vulnerable young people, Epic developed a high trust model of employee engagement based on the principles of the Happy Manifesto written by Henry Stewart. Brendan stepped down as MD of Epic last autumn to concentrate on freelance coaching and training, (timing he describes as ‘unfortunate’). He remains driven by the notion that there is a tremendous store of talent in the public sector just waiting to be unleashed and that it is within the grasp of every manager to create the conditions for this to happen.

Brendan is an accredited coach of  The Happy Manifesto and will be co-hosting with Henry on this webinar.


‘People work best when they feel good about themselves’

A happy and engaged workforce leads to improved well being, increased productivity and reduced staff turnover. This fundamental notion is underpinned by stacks of research. However, across all sectors, 80% of staff regularly report they do not feel engaged at work and of those, 17% claim they are actively antagonistic toward their employer. What on earth is going wrong?!

In this webinar, Henry Stewart, author of the Happy Manifesto, will outline the principles of creating a happy workforce and the significant benefits that can accrue. Brendan O’Keefe, former MD of Epic CIC, will describe how he went about applying the principles – what went well and (occasionally) what went awry.

With the experience of Covid 19 and lockdown, people are beginning to question how the workplace of the near future could be different and for the better. A more human centred work environment valuing trust and autonomy is a way forward – and that is what the Happy Manifesto is all about.

The session will be lively and interactive. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Facilitated by: This session will be facilitated by Craig Dearden-Phillips.

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