I am a global leader in the field of wellbeing and I am founder Director of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing: the UK’s national body for wellbeing evidence and practice aiming to understand what governments, business, communities and people can do to improve wellbeing using research, data, professional experience & trying things out. The Centre is the first of its kind in the world and is working with the OECD, over 25 universities across the UK and globally, and in partnership with HM Government, Business and Civil Society.
I have a MSc in Coaching & Organisational Development, an LL.B (Hons) in Law and 15 years experience as a government policy professional and coach. I have worked as a coach of individuals and teams in across all sectors - government, business, charities - and at all levels from very senior leaders and on development programmes such as the Civil Service Fast Stream, both in-house as part of the Civil Service Learning coaching community and privately. Prior to setting up the Centre, I worked in the UK Civil Service as a policy professional and coach, delivering cross Government policies including on Constitutional Reform. She has worked with the UK’s top Civil Servants to introduce wellbeing into public policy and to establish the professional policy community in the UK and am a passionate advocate for learning systems.
I have written for the Association for Coaching magazine and my formal publications include
Delivering national public mental health – experience from England with Public Health England
Countries’ Experiences with Well-being and Happiness Metrics with the OECD for the Global Happiness Policy Council
Population levels of wellbeing and the association with social capital in South Australia with South Australia Health & Medical Research Institute
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