We are thrilled to announce a special lunchtime talk at the Rising Festival 2024 featuring our very own Rising Festival Chair, Professor Dame Carol Black DBE. Join us for an insightful talk, 'From Positive Work Culture to Great Health: Workplace Well-being', where Carol will share her expertise on the importance of a positive work culture and its impact on health and well-being, with a particular focus on mental health.

About the Speaker:

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE is a renowned expert in the fields of health, work, and well-being. She has a distinguished career marked by her leadership in various influential reviews and initiatives aimed at improving societal health outcomes.

  • Chair of the British Library: In her current role, she provides strategic direction to one of the most prestigious libraries in the world.
  • Independent Reviews: Carol has led several high-profile independent reviews, including the impact of illicit drugs on society, and the effects of drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and obesity on employment prospects.
  • Government Initiatives: She successfully advocated for a cross-government approach and secured substantial funding (£780m over three years) to tackle drug misuse.
  • Academic Leadership: From 2012 to 2019, she served as Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge University.
  • Recognition: Professor Dame Carol Black was recently awarded the Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) in the New Year’s Honours List 2024.

In this session, Carol will draw on her extensive experience to explore what constitutes a positive work culture and how it can lead to enhanced health and well-being, particularly focusing on mental health.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights from one of the leading experts in the field.

Register now to secure your spot at this transformative session.

Meet Our


The Rising Festival Chair

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE 

Chair of the British Library & Centre for Ageing Better

Full Bio

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE is a leading advocate for societal change, renowned for her impactful independent reviews on drug misuse, employment, and health. She chairs influential boards including the British Library and the Centre for Ageing Better. Recently awarded the Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE) for her outstanding contributions.

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Event Tickets

Standard Ticket


  • Full access to Main Stage
  • Access to all Breakout Sessions
  • Lunch & refreshments
  • Goodie bag

VIP Pass


  • Enjoy the benefits of a Standard Ticket, plus:
  • Reserved VIP seating
  • Ability to pre-book your preferred sessions for guaranteed seating
  • Exclusive 45 minute 1-2-1 mentoring/coaching session
  • VIP networking opportunities
  • VIP Goodie bag

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  • Enjoy the benefits of a Standard Ticket
  • Empowerment and Leadership: Equip your team with the skills and mindset needed for success.
  • Authenticity and Self-Care: Promote a culture of well-being and authenticity in the workplace.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded professionals and industry leaders.
  • Innovative Insights: Gain valuable insights to drive your organisation forward.


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