The Leading Wellbeing research festival is organised by the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria and Brathay Trust. It is the third in a series of wellbeing research conferences organised by these partners. In 2015 the event is expanded to become an international research festival, attracting 200 people. Leading Wellbeing is supported by Futerra and Lifeworth. Media partners include, Emerald Publishing (Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal) and Taylor & Francis Publishing.


The academic organising committee includes Professor Jem Bendell, Dr. Pete Boyd, Dr. David Murphy, Professor Diane Cox and Jamie McPhie (all University of Cumbria); Dr. Lucy Maynard and Dr. Kaz Stuart (Brathay Trust); Richard Little (Impact International); Dr. Neil Sutherland (Bristol  Business School); Dr John Foster (University of Lancaster) and Dr. Michael Edwards (Open Democracy).


Organisations represented at the event include the United Nations, Zegna, L’Oreal, WWF-UK, Futerra, NESTA, Francis C Scott Trust, Impact International, Open Democracy, New Economy Organisers Network, Lifeworth and the Robert Kennedy College.


Relevant organisations can become a content partner and provide a programme of events in a room at the venue. This is particularly relevant to organisations that provide professional training and organisational change services. In addition, sponsorship of the music programme would enable more bands and poets to be booked. Please contact Philippa.[email protected] if interested in this opportunity.


Can’t make it but love what we do? Consider one of our courses, with more information at There you will also find links to our Linked In group where many of these issues are discussed by engaged scholars and professionals.


Website designed by Xavier Malagoli of Lifeworth and Ana Canha, with Professor Jem Bendell, based on design by John Manoochehri and the Future Perfect Festival.