Is Executive Burnout Inevitable?


John Earls

Lead Wellbeing and Burnout Consultant, The Learning Curve

John Earls is one of the UK’s leading researchers of Burnout in the workplace. He has an MSc in Psychology and Mindfulness and is currently researching how to treat workplace burnout as part of his PhD. Having experienced burnout himself after years at the top of the legal profession as a lawyer, John has dedicated the rest of his career to solving the mystery of the burnout syndrome so other professionals are able to perform at the highest levels without ‘crashing out’, which significantly impacts every aspect of a person’s life. As part of his current PhD, John is investigating how to reduce the symptoms of workplace burnout by synthesising the successful components of mindfulness, coaching and exercise into a novel workplace intervention.

John works at executive and leadership levels with a wide variety of corporate clients in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He facilitates burnout interventions, resilience programmes, and burnout executive coaching. John’s psychological background enables him to blend human behavioural change with systems and process change ensuring targeted and impactful business results are achieved.  

John’s approach is to support leaders to re-frame perceived problems and generate agreed simple, pragmatic and highly impactful solutions that deliver personal and business results. He places great emphasis on enabling individuals and teams to prevent burnout and be resilient as well as tracking and measuring change, from a behavioural and commercial perspective. John is known for ‘seeing the wood from the trees’ and his honest, challenging, and supportive style make him an excellent critical friend, sounding board and impactful coach.

Aileen Evans

Chief Executive, Grand Union Housing Group 

Aileen Evans is Chief Executive Officer of Grand Union Housing Group and at the end of June 2021 completed her term as the president of the Chartered Institute of Housing, the professional body for those working in housing.

A qualified coach and NLP master practitioner she has a strong interest in understanding healthy organisational cultures and the impact on performance.

An emerging mental health campaigner, she was, as part of her presidential campaign, working with the metal health charity MIND to provide a guide for housing organisations on creating mentally health organisations and had set a fundraising target of £50K to support MIND this year.

Franceska Okosi

Executive Director of People and Organisational Effectiveness, Nursing and Midwifery Council

Francesca Okosi is the Executive Director of the newly formed People and Organisational Effectiveness directorate at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  This directorate is responsible for enabling a fit for purpose organisation, with a healthy and inclusive culture, through effective people, governance and continuous improvement strategies. 

Francesca joined the NMC in October 2020 from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) where she was Director of People, and she brings extensive experience as a deputy CEO and executive director level leader in Corporate Services, Operations and Human Resources. 

Francesca has a breadth of experience from Central Government, NHS and Local Government with a strong strategic and operational background in business change and transformation working in partnership across the government, health, public, not-for-profit and private sectors. 

Fran Hoey

Managing Consultant, 4OC

Fran joined 4OC, after a number of years in operational Director roles in the Insurance and Employer Support sectors.  He has worked on a wide variety of projects, leading on a number of change, performance, and service improvement programmes. He also has recent experience of direct leadership of the transition and mobilisation of large-scale complex government contracts to a combined contract value of over £1 billion.

Fran has a particular interest in sustainability, equality and diversity and with a strong operational background seeks to deliver practical solutions that lead to positive realisable outcomes. He has worked with a number of Housing Associations and Local Authority Housing teams to develop new strategies, enhance leadership teams and address sustainability challenges.

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Date: 15th October 2021 

Time: 13:00 – 15:30

Venue: Central London

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