Speakers' bios - Workshop - Creating Wellbeing at Work

Graham Lowe

President, The Graham Lowe Group


Graham Lowe is one of Canada’s leading experts on work. He has more than 25 years of organisational, labour market, and policy consulting experience as president of The Graham Lowe Group Inc., a consulting and research firm. He is a professor (now professor emeritus) at the University of Alberta. Graham also was a founding partner of the Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. Graham examines healthy workplaces, human resource development, organisational change and performance, labour market trends, and employment policy. His latest book is Creating Healthy Organizations: How Vibrant Workplaces Inspire Employees to Achieve Sustainable Success. Graham has advised governments and industry groups on how to implement and measure healthy workplace changes and his consulting experience includes a wide range of employers in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Graham is a recipient of the Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award. As a ‘thought leader’ on work issues, Graham has given hundreds of conference talks and workshops and is a frequent media commentator.

Frank O'Connor

Working Well Coordinator – Mental Health Foundation


Frank O’Connor has been a registered psychologist since 1987 and a management and organisational consultant since 1986.  Frank has worked in organisation performance, business performance improvement and managing organisational change.  He has had particular experience and interest in personal, group and organisation change processes and consequences for business performance.  Based in Wellington, Frank travels where needed to help organisations advance wellbeing.  He works especially with ‘soft’ skills, which increase the value people contribute to their organisations, as well as the benefits each person gets from work.  He typically does this by planning and delivering programmes of demonstrable change to organisational performance and capability, supporting organisations and individuals as they respond to mental health problems, creating psychologically healthy workplaces and work to increase employee wellbeing.  He is also Spike’s dad, part-time author and artist (look for their joint book My Dad is a Taniwha), maker of fun and amazing rose petal jam. He graduated with a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Canterbury in 1983.

Working Well is the New Zealand Mental Health Foundation’s programme designed specifically for workplace settings, covering mental wellbeing awareness, early intervention and whole-of-organisation promotion. Working Well increases the knowledge and skills of staff and managers to maintain and build mental wellbeing in individuals at work, teams and workgroups, and whole organisations. Working Well provides information and guidance for those responding to or recovering from losses of mental wellbeing in and around the workplace.