We are delighted to announce our inaugural one-day conference on Work, Learning and Wellbeing to be held at the University of East Anglia (UEA).
The ESRC funded What Works Centre for Wellbeing is a national programme supported by partners including Public Health England and Department for Work & Pensions (DWP).
The conference brings together leading academics, early career academics, policy makers and senior practitioners to find out about the latest research from our Work, Learning and Wellbeing programme and discuss exciting new areas of research with experts in the field.
The event will focus on identifying areas of research relevance, and offer opportunities for iscussion and debate on how to identify and implement good practice.
Professor Kim Burton OBE, PhD, Hon FFOM, (Director, Spine Research UK)
Kim is a freelance occupational health and ergonomics consultant with a part-time appointment at the University of Huddersfield. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and an expert adviser to the DWP. Kim's current research focuses on exploring the nature of obstacles to return to work for people with common health problems, including development of novel vocational rehabilitation and educational interventions.
Dr Paul Litchfield OBE OStJ FRCP FFOM
Chief Medical Officer and Director Health, Safety and Wellbeing BT Group plc & Chair of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing
Paul has been Chief Medical Officer for BT since 2001 and has been active in the field of workplace health and wellbeing for more than 30 years. In 2015 he was additionally appointed Chair of the UK’s What Works Centre for Wellbeing, which is dedicated to promoting evidence for the improvement of wellbeing across society. He has contributed to the development of public policy in the UK for many years, undertaking independent reviews for Government into mental health at work and the controversial work capability assessment. Outside of the UK he has led a number of European Union projects on mental health and wellbeing. He has spoken recently at high level events for the World Bank, the OECD and the World Health Organisation as well as at a number of events in Australasia on workplace wellbeing. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to Occupational Health.
Mark O'Hagan MA FCIPD
Joint Chief Executive East of England Co-op
Mark is responsible for people at this independent Co-op covering circa 4500 colleagues in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. He has an extensive international background in HR with experience in sectors including retail, logistics, manufacturing, telecoms and financial services. Mark is very interested in the application of cost effective wellbeing solutions that fit with a values based ethos and offer practical support to colleagues. He believes this isn’t just the right thing to do but, from a business perspective, it’s also the smart thing to do.
Health and Safety Executive and Practitioner Chair of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology.
Peter’s current role is Psychologist at the Health and Safety Executive in the UK . He has had a long standing role at the HSE with his career there spanning 17 years. His expertise lies in provision of advice on mental health and health and wellbeing, stress prevention; human factor issues in the workplace and providing advice regarding human factors issues.
Peter is also heavily involved with the European Association of Occupational Health Psychology (EA-OHP). For the last 7 years, Peter has held the position of Practitioner Chair for the Association. This is a voluntary role and involves promoting occupational health psychology practices in Europe, and engaging with other international bodies on emerging issues in occupational health psychology, as well as having a strong presence at the biennial EAOHP conferences.