Nancy Hey is a global leader in the field of wellbeing. Prior to setting up the Centre, she worked in the UK Civil Service in nine departments as a policy professional and coach, delivering cross UK 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. She has degrees in law and in coaching and development, specialising in emotions, and is a passionate advocate for learning systems.
She holds a wide range of advisory roles across the UK and globally to bring evidence into decision making and to fill evidence gaps including on Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters Expert Advisory Group, Well Schools, Pro Bono Economics, Loneliness & Social Isolation Research Network and Early Intervention Foundation Knowledge Mobilisation. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate, a Fellow of the Zinc Academy and a Leadership Fellow at the Windsor Castle Society of Leadership Fellows.
Previous advisory roles include as specialist advisor on wellbeing to the UK House of Lords Life After Covid Inquiry into wellbeing impacts of the acceleration of digital of the pandemic, Brookings Working Group on Despair and Economic Recovery, the UAE Global Councils on Sustainable Development Goals, Department for Education Teacher & Leader Wellbeing, DCMS Loneliness Technical Advisory Group, Civil Service UK Strategic Framework, Stockholm City Region, Carnegie UK Trust’s Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland, RSA & British Council Heritage for Inclusive Growth, Centre for Homelessness Impact Advisory Group, RSA & Carnegie Job Quality Metrics, UUK’s Mental Health in Higher Education and the British Academy Where We Live Now project, Inclusive Economy Partnership Farmer Stevenson Review implementation and City Mental Health Alliance Research Working Group.
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