I recently found out about Mad World Forum, a conference aiming to eradicate stigma and spark a new era of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace’. The conference and exhibition takes place on October 9 at etc venues on London’s Bishopgate and is Europe’s only solutions-focused conference covering such topical content.

The team behind the event appreciate that despite the best intentions and raised awareness, many organisations lack coherent, practical strategies that will create a real impact. Responding to this need, they are bringing all the best minds together to move beyond the “why” to the “how” and to ensure delegates leave with actionable insights to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their workplaces.


Topics to be covered include:

  • Innovative leadership thinking and the evolving role of the CEO
  • Mental health in the workplace: a 2020 vision of the future
  • Millennials: linking attraction, retention, wellbeing and mental health
  • Getting boardroom buy-in: building the business case for mental health and wellbeing
  • Who should be responsible for driving health and wellbeing strategies in the workplace?
  • What’s in the pipeline? Preparing for Gen Z’s mental wellbeing needs
  • Does every company need a Chief Happiness Officer?


Speakers include Sir Ian Cheshire – Chairman, Barclays UK and Campaign Chair, Heads Together; Josh Krichefski – CEO, Mediacom; Kimberley Swift – Health & Wellness Manager, PepsiCo; Kiera Lawlor – Director of Happiness & People; and Matthew Shaw – UK Futures Editor, BBC.

I’m delighted to be have been asked to write for Mad World Forum’s website in the lead-up to the event. You can read the first piece I penned – ‘Mindfulness in the workplace – a useful option but is it for everyone?’ here. The article provoked some discussion on LinkedIn with my experience of mindfulness questioned, while others shared my view that it should be part of a wellbeing strategy but shouldn’t be the sole component.

Look out for more posts from me and a variety of experts and esteemed authors on related topics via the conference’s news section where you can sign up for regular updates.