A specialist in human resource development, Jamie Ford works to unlock the potential of every organisation's most valuable asset, its people.
Jamie leads the University of Auckland's "Mental Toughness" short course at the Business School. This course is in the top five of all short courses. He also leads courses on "Resilient Leadership" and "Mental Toughness for Leaders" for the Australian Institute of Management.
He has worked in the area of business and personal development for more than 20 years and has a passion for the "people" side of business. Jamie has worked as a training, safety, and human resource manager across a broad range of industries.
Jamie is a charter associate member of the International Positive Psychology Association and a founding member of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology.
Starting the conversation on wellness within our industry - changing mind-sets and challenging the status quo.
In the hospitality industry, we often overlook the high pressure associated with owning a business or having a career in food and hospitality. We want to start the conversation about supporting wellness in our workplaces and address the stigma associated with mental health in our industry. The Restaurant Association is committed to assisting owners to do better business and an important part of this is examining our workplaces and working lives so we can assist ourselves and our teams to deal with mental health. This panel brings together some of the key leaders in the New Zealand hospitality scene, including Marisa Bidois, Ben Bayley and Anton Leyland to openly discuss industry-specific challenges and discuss what we can do as an industry to start changing mind sets and challenge the status quo. Also on the panel will be a Jamie Ford from Foresight and Lisa Ducat from The Mental Health Foundation to offer insights into providing tools for owners, managers and the whole team to address and improve wellness in workplaces.