Make your organisation a great place to work.

October 1st 2020


Happy Workplaces 2020 is a one day conference for leaders who are ready to embrace high-trust, high-autonomy & high-performance management. Key speakers will share how they build and sustain happy workplace culture and practices – and how you can do the same. You will leave not only inspired, but fully equipped to take concrete action steps in your organisation.

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?

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Henry StewartHenry Stewart

CEO, Happy

Happy have won numerous awards for not only being a great place to work but also a democratic workplace. Henry is one of the Worlds leading speakers on workplace happiness. Author of the The Happy Manifesto, highlights the organisations which have achieved success by implementing Happy principles, all presented in Henry’s usual dynamic style.

Stephen DarganStephen Dargan

CEO, Wake Up!

In 2007 after 9 years working within management in the Manufacturing industry Stephen came to the conclusion that for many of us, we only work because we have no other option. Many of us spend almost a third of our lives accepting a life of disengagement with little or no purpose and a feeling that we have no control over our daily working lives.
It was while studying management that he had discovered “Maverick” by Ricardo Semler and realised that most of what we do within our working day leaves us unfulfilled and most workplaces are just examples of absurdity and stupidity. So he left work and bought a round the world ticket.
Since returning (he had to come back eventually- or maybe he didn’t) Stephen has concentrated on what makes us happier in life in all forms and particularly what we can do to change the way we think about work.

Timen BaartTimen Baart

Author of Win With Trust

Timen Baart is the author of Win With Trust. Timen presents why an empathetic approach to trust is the key to success in business. He explains that employee trust requires leaders to view employees not as liabilities, nor assets, but as individuals who are the hero in their own story. Trust starts as an elusive concept, but Timen presents a framework to identify trust issues and provides a way to systematically improve trust. It arms managers and leaders with the awareness and skills to increase trust, and to make the business case for trust. As the CEO of TrustXP, he works with companies and consultants to measure and enhance employee trust.

Julie PôneJulie Pône

Soul-level career coach

Julie Pône is a soul-level career coach and stress management trainer. She helps professionals who feel stressed, stuck or unfulfilled to restore a sense of purpose in
their careers. Since 2012, she has used HeartMath stress management technology to teach them how to leverage the power of their heart to build resilience and make better decisions in their lives and careers.But, tired of seeing too many conscious professionals unable to thrive in soul-crushing environments, she is turning to companies to advocate for heart-based workplaces and helping to provide supportive positive environments where, instead of wasting their precious energy to overcome stress and negativity, people can productively focus on doing their best work.

Ynzo van Zanten Choc EvangelistYnzo van Zanten Choc Evangelist

Tony’s Chocolonely

Tony’s Chocolonely are a company founded by Teun van de Keuken, a Dutch journalist who launched the crusade against (child) slavery in the chocolate industry on the consumer watchdog show Keuringsdienst van Waarde. Tony is the English equivalent of Teun. Teun was shocked to discover that slavery still existed in the cocoa sector. He tried to discuss the problem with the large chocolate makers, but they ignored him. So he took action. He decided to lead by example and make 5,000 Fairtrade chocolate bars himself. Tony’s Chocolonely was born. And because he felt as if he was the only person in the chocolate industry who cared about eradicating slavery, he named his chocolate ‘Chocolonely’. Make sense? The chocolate industry was a lonely place for those crusading for 100% slave free! We are delighted to have Ynzo Van Zanten sharing what Tony’s are doing to create fairer working supply chains and great chocolate and an insight into how Tony’s values permeate their workplace.

Timen BaartAoife O’Brien

Empowerment Coaching

Before launching her own business, Empowerment Coaching, Aoife had a successful 17 years in the corporate world, working with global companies to solve marketing problems. She is passionate about empowering people to be happier at work. She works with organisations and individuals, running workshops, consultancy programs, and one-to-one sessions. She is passionate about ‘fit’ and specifically how creating the right environment can help individuals to reach their full potential and support organisations to thrive. Understanding humans and how they behave at work is key to this. She has lived and worked in Dublin, London, Perth and Sydney and is currently studying for a MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour. She has a podcast called Happier at Work.

Luke KyteLuke Kyte

Head of culture at Reddico

Luke Kyte is the head of culture at Reddico, a digital marketing agency with a culture of trust, freedom and responsibility. There’s full autonomy as the team self-regulate their annual leave, decide when, where and how they work, choose their own targets, and don’t have managers – with incredible results in both team and client happiness.

Andrew BarnesAndrew Barnes

Innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist

Innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. Most recently, in New Zealand, Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries, and the transformation he has led as the founder of Perpetual Guardian has positive implications both locally and globally (as evidenced by his announcement of the four-day week, which made headlines around the world).
The result has seen him establish 4 Day Week Global and the 4 Day Week Global Foundation with his partner, Charlotte Lockhart. Their vision for this is to provide a community environment for companies, researchers/academics and interested parties to be able to connect and advance this idea as part of the future of work. Through this work he is on the advisory boards of both the US and Ireland 4 Day Week campaigns and the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.

Sarah Metcalfe.Sarah Metcalfe.

From Sure Petcare

Sarah joined Sure Petcare in 2010, taking responsibility for the company’s customer service and guiding it through an extraordinary period of expansion and growth. She now leads a talented multi-lingual team who deliver outstanding customer service and happiness to all Sure Petcare customers around the world. Sarah is passionate about happiness in the workplace, and she knows the positive impact this has on the customer experience. Through continuing to innovate and improve the customer journey, Sure Petcare now has a Net Promoter Score of 90+ in over 20 countries around the world. Sarah also runs her own consulting company Happy Coffee Consulting to help companies create great customer service & happy workplaces. Sarah has trained with Happy Ltd, and Woohoo Inc, and has recently become a certified partner of Woohoo Inc and a certified Chief Happiness Officer to provide training & keynotes on creating happiness at work. Sarah is also an Organiser and coordinator of the Global happiness at work summit which takes place each September.


Happy Workplaces 2020 is designed for delegates in both private and public sector organisations:

You are an executive or manager in general management, L&D or HR.

You understand the link between open, high-trust culture and sustainable high performance.

You are committed to changing your organisation for the better.


If you have any questions about the event, please contact us directly. We will respond for sure.

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