Keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci
Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci

Keynote Topic: Workplace Mental Health: Ignorance, Progress or Success?

Keynote Abstract: In many developed countries one in six adults suffer from a mental disorder, the great majority from depression of anxiety. Poor mental health accounts for half of all illness up to age 45. This makes it the most prevalent illness among people of working age. Mentally sick people are less likely to be in work, and if employed are more likely to take sick leave, or to be present and not fully engaged. Mental illness also accounts for over 40% of disability benefits in many countries. This should not be the case.

This keynote address will consider these challenges and also the opportunities for improvement. It will examine how stakeholders - employers, governments, health professionals, trade unions, the voluntary sector and other bodies - can all play their part and work together.


Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England, and Chairman of the Nuffield Trust for health policy.   She chairs the Board of Think Ahead, the Government’s new fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers, and the RSSB’s Health and Wellbeing Policy Group.    She is a member of the Welsh Government’s Bevan Commission on health in Wales, of the board of UK Active, of the West Midlands Mental Health Commission, of the North East Combined Authority’s Commission for Health and Social Care Integration, and of PwC’s Health Industries Oversight Board.   

In November 2011 when acting as the National Director for Health and Work she completed as Co-Chair an independent review for the UK Government of sickness absence in Britain.   The recommendations of this report are now being put in place, with for example a national Fit for Work Service.   She is now finishing a further independent review for the Government, of addiction to drugs or alcohol, or obesity, and the benefits system.   

Professor Mo Wang, Ph.D., R. Perry Frankland Professor of Management

Professor Mo Wang, Ph.D.  R. Perry Frankland Professor of Management
Professor Mo Wang, Ph.D. R. Perry Frankland Professor of Management

Keynote Topic: Working after Retirement: Psychological Forces and Environmental Constraints

Keynote Abstract

Working after retirement has become a prevalent phenomenon in countries that experience the trend of population aging. This presentation will explore different forms of work after retirement.  It will also examine various psychological forces and environmental constraints that shape this phenomenon.  In particular, this presentation will take a multilevel perspective to evaluate how individual attributes, job and organizational features, family factors, and socioeconomic context are related to working after retirement. Multiple research issues and avenues for future research and practices will also be discussed.


Professor Mo Wang is R.Perry Professor of Management at the Warrington College of Business, University of Florida. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He is the recipient of 2013 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Applied Psychology from the American Psychological Association and the 2016 William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award from the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Dr Wang is the author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters on topics ranging from workplace stress to teams, to ageing and retirement. Together with the outcomes of his research, Dr Wang’s application of novel research methodologies in the context of organisational behaviour has offered a much greater understanding of the some of the more complex relationships between organisational factors. The result is an opportunity for more targeted and ultimately more successful organisational interventions to improve productivity and employee health and wellbeing.