23rd June 2021 | University of Oxford | UK


About the Conference

A day for senior leaders to engage with the latest research into leadership which enables people to thrive and, therefore maximise performance.

Hear Professor Jan Emmanuel de Neve of Oxford University’s Said Business School; Professor Lord Richard Layard; Professor Tyler VanderWeele, Director of the Harvard Human Flourishing Program; Sir Anthony Seldon and others speak about their research and experience. This will be a unique opportunity to engage with the latest research as well as to work with other senior leaders from all sectors on practical solutions for maximising wellbeing and performance.

There are limited places so we encourage registering as soon as possible.

The day will:

  1. Challenge current leadership practices
  2. Share practical ideas to maximise performance through maximising wellbeing
  3. Provide a forum to meet and hear from world thought leaders on leadership and wellbeing
  4. Connect senior executives from across a range of industries who are committed to supporting their people to thrive

If you would like to find out more or contribute to the conference, please contact:

Brought to you by

  • Oxford University Wellbeing Research Centre – The centre brings together scholars from Oxford and beyond to advance our understanding of human wellbeing and become a major platform for helping communities around the world put wellbeing at the heart of their decision-making.
  • Global Social Leaders: A global movement of socially conscious young leaders with participants in over 100 countries
  • Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute: Developing leaders who enable their people to flourish a part of Wellington College
  • Oxford Character Project: Cultivating wise thinkers and good leaders
  • International Positive Education Network: A global network aiming to create a flourishing society where everyone is able to fulfil their potential and achieve both success and wellbeing.
  • Future Foundations: An independent award-winning organisation which believes in the power of people to create a more sustainable and brighter future.

Our Speakers


Professor Lord Richard Layard

Professor Lord Richard Layard is founder and former director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. He is the author of the ground-breaking Happiness: Lessons from a New Science (2005), which has been published in nineteen languages, and (with David Clark) Thrive: The Power of Psychological Therapies (2014) and, most recently, Can We Be Happier? Evidence and Ethics (2020). He is co-editor (with John Helliwell and Jeffrey Sachs) of the annual World Happiness Report.


Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham, is a leading contemporary historian, educationalist, commentator and political author. He was Master of Wellington College, one of Britain’s leading independent schools, until 2015. He is author or editor of over 40 books on contemporary history, politics and education. Anthony was the was the co-founder and first director of the Centre for Contemporary British History, is co-founder of Action for Happiness, and is honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street.

Professor Jan-Emmanuel de Neve

Professor Jan-Emmanuel De Neve is an economist and professor at the University of Oxford where he directs the Wellbeing Research Centre. Jan is also the KSI Fellow and Vice-Principal of Harris Manchester College. He is best known for his research on the economics of wellbeing which has led to new insights into the relationship between wellbeing and income, productivity, economic growth, and inequality. His research was selected among “The Management Ideas that Mattered Most” by Harvard Business Review and he was awarded the Ruut Veenhoven Award for his contributions to the scientific study of happiness. Jan is an associate editor of the World Happiness Report.


Katy Granville Chapman

Katy Granville-Chapman served in the British Army as both a troop commander and an education officer, deploying to Iraq to co-lead the set-up of the education provision for the deployed British soldiers. She is now a Deputy Headteacher and reading for a DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford on leadership for flourishing. Katy is co-author (with Emmie Bidston) of Leader: Know your people. Love your people. Inspire your people (2020). She is an affiliated researcher at the Oxford University Wellbeing Research Centre, the founder of Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute and co-founder of Global Social Leaders

Dr Edward Brookes


Edward Brooks is the Executive Director of the Oxford Character Project and a Research Fellow of Oxford’s McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life. His work joins research in virtue ethics, leadership and character development to the design and delivery of leadership and character development programmes at the University of Oxford and other universities and commercial partners in the UK, Europe and Hong Kong. At Oxford, he founded and directs the Oxford Global Leadership Initiative, and is the Director of Virtues and Vocations a research project exploring culture, character and leadership development in business, finance, law and technology. Beyond Oxford he is part of an international research project on the role of exemplars and exemplar narratives in moral formation, centred at Wake Forest University, and he is leading the development of a character formation framework for UK Higher Education in conjunction with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham. Amongst current writing projects, he is editing a book on The Arts of Leading: Perspectives on Leadership from the Humanities and Liberal Arts, and finishing another book on the virtue of hope: What May I Hope For? Modernity and the Augustinian Virtue of Hope. He holds a BA in Modern History and DPhil in theology, both from the University of Oxford.

Emmie Bidston

After graduating from the University of Cambridge with a degree in economics – and before going into teaching – Emmie Bidston worked for the Civil Service developing policies for the British government, in a range of areas from education to contingency planning. She is currently head of economics at Wellington College and director of the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute. She co-founded a charity to help develop young leaders in Africa and runs conferences, coaching and leadership training for adults and young people. She is also the co-author (with Katy Granville-Chapman) of ‘Leader: Know your people. Love your people. Inspire your people’,


Professor Tyler VanderWeele

Tyler J. VanderWeele, Ph.D., is the John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Director of the Human Flourishing Program and 2019-2020 George Eastman Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University in mathematics, philosophy, theology, finance and applied economics, and biostatistics. He is the recipient of the 2017 COPSS Presidents’ Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies. He has published over three hundred papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is author of the book Explanation in Causal Inference, published by Oxford University Press.


 Jonathan Harper FRSA

Jonathan Harper FRSA is CEO of Future Foundations, Co-founder of Global Social Leaders and Our Future Group. He was recognised as global alumnus by Enactus, for the impact he has had on society, and supporting young people to reach their potential. He has worked with Vodafone, McKinsey and Amazon Web Services to design and deliver transformational employee development programmes which support the wellbeing and development of young people. He has worked with the British government to design and deliver youth leadership programmes including the National Citizen Service Leaders programme and The Youth of Today Fellowship, and was selected to be the Project Director for the West London Summer Programme, in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy. He is passionate about supporting people to thrive, and establishing sustainable cross-sector partnerships to enable sustainable change.



Young leaders in 102 countries have been creating and leading inspiring social action projects and building social enterprises. The winning UK Global Social Leaders team will present what they have learnt about leadership and the impact they can have on the world. Example projects and digital submissions from around the world can be found here:

Our Host

Harris Manchester College is one of the constituent Colleges of the University of Oxford.

Founded in 1757, it hosts a thriving academic community and the University of Oxford’s Wellbeing Research Centre, as well as The Centre for Resolution of Intractable Conflict; The Farmington Institute (for research into moral and ethical leadership); the Tseu Medical Institute and the Commercial Law Institute.

For more information visit


Harris Manchester College
Mansfield Rd

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Draft Itinerary

Wednesday 23 June September 2021

0930   –   Registration and coffee

1000     Welcome: Professor Jan Emmanuel de Neve and Katy Granville-Chapman

1010   –   Session 1: Professor Jan Emmanuel de Neve

1030   –   Session 2: Professor Tyler VanderWeele

1100   –   Session 3: Dr Edward Brooks

1120   –   Coffee 

1140   –   Break out session 1 – Building on sessions 1, 2 and 3

1230   –   Lunch and Networking

1330   –   Session 4 – Professor Lord Richard Layard

1400   –   Session 5 – Sir Anthony Seldon

1430      Session 6 – Emmie Bidston and Katy Granville-Chapman

1500   –   Tea

1520   –   Breakout session 2 – Building on sessions 4, 5 and 6

1600   –   GSL Global Goals UK winning team – showcase, introduced by Jonathan Harper

1630      Review of the day and next steps

1700   –   Close

1715   –   Optional guided tour of Oxford

Delegate Fees and Booking Forms

Full delegate fees are £195 (including VAT) and include:

  • Attendance at all sessions and wellbeing activities
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • A guided tour of Oxford

Please note that the delegate fee does not include any travel or accommodation costs.