Nancy Hey

Executive Director

What Works Centre for Well-Being, UK


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 is currently 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, a member of the UAE Global Councils on Sustainable Development Goals and on a wide range of advisory groups including on Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters Expert Advisory Group, Carnegie UK Trust’s Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland, Well Schools, UUK’s Mental Health in Higher Education, Stockholm City Region, Pro Bono Economics, Loneliness & Social Isolation Research Network and Early Intervention Foundation Knowledge Mobilisation. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate and a Fellow of the Zinc Academy.


Setting the Stage: Live Plenary Panel
May 7, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Setting the Stage: Live Plenary Panel
Moderated plenary session with live panel presentation and discussion
John Helliwell
Professor Emeritus of Economics, UBC & CIFAR
Nancy Hey
Executive Director, What Works Centre for Well-Being, UK
Carol Graham
Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Lisa Helps
Mayor of Victoria
Chris Barrington-Leigh
Associate Professor, McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Bieler School of Environment
Danny Graham
Chief Engagement Officer, Engage Nova Scotia
Strategy and Vision for Better Lives
May 28, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Strategies and Vision for Better Lives
Live moderated panel discussion on key challenges and strategies from wellbeing policy action plans developed in May 14th session & Closing Keynotes: Vision for Better Lives
Lord Gus O’Donnell
Member of the House of Lords, Former Cabinet Secretary, Head of Civil Service, Permanent Secretary of the UK Treasury and Press Secretary, UK Government.
Nancy Hey
Executive Director, What Works Centre for Well-Being, UK
Nora Spinks
Chief Executive Officer, Vanier Institute of the Family
Don Drummond
Canadian Economist, Matthews Fellow and Visiting Scholar, School of Policy Studies, Queens University