Nic Marks

Nic Marks is Founder of the award winning centre for well-being and has led the welfare programme at nef (the new economics foundation) since 2001. A robust keynote speaker, Nic will engage an audience by explaining why happiness is a serious business. TED speaker, scientist, environmentalist and author Nic is a master of all trades. 

Nic Marks is Founder of the award winning centre for well-being and has led the well-being programme at nef (the new economics foundation) since 2001. Nic is a recognised expert in the field of well-being research and undertakes innovative research in the use of well-being indicators in public policy environments. He is an experienced an adept keynote speaker.

The lead author of nef’s innovative Happy Planet Index, a global index of human well-being and environmental impact, Nic was an advisor to the UK Government Office for Science’s Foresight project on ‘mental capital and well-being’ which included the creation of the five ways to well-being. He devised, together with others at the centre for well-being, the model and methodology behind nef’s report on National Accounts of Well-being.
Nic is a regular public speaker and occupies a number of advisory positions as a result of his pioneering research. In July 2010 he gave a talk at the prestigious and influential TED global conference in Oxford. In 2011 TED published Nic’s first book Happiness Manifesto, as one of their three inaugural TEDbooks, short books for the digital download market.

Unusually charming and accessible speaker who manages to truly engage the audience; he is himself unusually credible with his subject.
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Nic has a degree in Management Studies from Cambridge University, a Master’s degree in Operational Research from Lancaster University and a postgraduate diploma in Change Agent Skills and Strategies from the Human Potential Research Group at the University of Surrey.  He is also a qualified psychotherapist and a member of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies – ISQOLS.  In 2007 nef won the ISQOLS ‘Betterment of the Human Condition’ award in recognition of their work on the Happy Planet Index. 

In 2008, nef was commissioned by the UK Government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Well-being to review the inter-disciplinary work of over 400 scientists from across the world.  Nic had the idea to present the set of actions as the mental health equivalent of the well-known public health dictum of “five-a-day”: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give.

The cost of ill health to the UK economy is around £100 billion a year, this is equivalent to running another NHS. ‘Presentee-ism’ costs (being at work but not really working) are estimated to be twice the number of absent days lost from the business bottom line. Nic has worked with nef consulting to create a well-being@work tool  to help organisations to measure and promote the well-being of their employees.

Nic started the well-being work at nef in 2001 with the question: what would government policy look like if well-being was its aim? This led to the creation of the centre for well-being, a globally renowned research centre that seeks to understand, measure and influence well-being.

Speaking Topics

Nic Marks is Founder of the award winning centre for well-being, and is an adept and experienced keynote speaker.

  • Change
  • Well-being

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What people said about Nic Marks

Nic is a deep and original thinker, with an extraordinary ability to communicate and engage with an audience.
Director of Well-being Programme, LSE and best-selling author of Happiness: lessons from a new science
Nic Marks is an inspirational speaker, who imparts his extensive knowledge of well-being in an entertaining and engaging style.
Head of Mental Health Promotion, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
The widespread recognition of the importance of measuring well-being is in no small measure a tribute to the work of Nic Marks.
The National Statistician, UK Statistics Authority
Promoting sustainable happiness and well-being should be the aim of nations and people alike. TED were happy to give him a platform.
TED Curator
The most inspiring and charismatic speaker, even hard-to-please audiences, were absolutely impressed by the insight of his speeches.
Managing Director, Gallup Europe, Brussels
He shares his thinking in a simple and engaging way, he provoked very valuable discussion amongst the team.
Global Brand Director, Coca Cola, The Coca Cola Company, Atlanta, USA
With his enthusiasm and competence he clearly communicated the importance of the subject.
President of the Italian Statistics Institute
He has that precious knack of being able to communicate this both engagingly and authoritatively.
Founding Director of Forum for the Future, Co-Director of the Prince of Wales’ Business and Environment Programme
An audience with Nic is an unforgettable experience. You will leave enthused and delighted, and, without any pain, that much wiser.
Headmaster Wellington College and Biographer of both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown
Nic is particularly strong on themes around well-being and happiness, his perspective is always grounded and relevant.
Senior Public Policy Advisor, CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development), London
I have known Nic Marks for over a decade and his work in the fields of the environment, sustainability and well-being is outstanding.
Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University
Nic is an extremely engaging speaker. His talk was one of the most popular, attracting a new audience to our evening lecture series.
Director of the Gaia Foundation, London
His deep knowledge of the well-being agenda takes us beyond the frivolous headlines about happiness, to something that can be applied.
Director of WDM – World Development Movement, London
Nic Marks is an excellent speaker who we were happy to have speak at our TEDxTallinn "Future is born today" conference.
Organiser of TEDx Tallinn, Estonia 2011
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