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Shout out for speak up
Shaping a culture where colleagues feel encouraged to raise their concerns, free from fear of victimisation and confident that those concerns will be listened to and acted on, is a vital part of any business ethics programme. Yet getting buy in and support for the necessary investment is often a challenge.

In this event, Professor Kyle Welch of George Washington University will share some surprising insights from his research on whistleblowing which reinforce the business case for encouraging people to speak up. We will also hear from Dr. Henrietta Hughes OBE, the National Guardian for Freedom to Speak Up for the NHS, who will share insights from her work to make sure speaking up (and listening up) becomes business as usual to effect cultural change in health. She leads, trains and supports a network of over 650 Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in England who ensure workers can speak up about any issues impacting on their ability to do their job.

Jul 29, 2021 05:00 PM in London

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Please note this webinar will be recorded and shared with registrants after the event as well as hosted on the Institute of Business Ethics website and our YouTube Channel.


Mark Chambers
Associate Director - Governance @IBE
Mark brings 30 years of experience from a successful career in business to help grow the IBE’s interaction with boards, regulators and policy makers. After graduating in Zoology from Oxford University, Mark re-trained as a lawyer and spent his early years at Slaughter and May in their London and New York offices before moving into business. During his career, he managed world-class global functions responsible for governance, legal and regulatory risk management in large, complex, regulated businesses. He was General Counsel & Group Company Secretary at RSA Insurance Group and at Worldpay Group, and held senior positions at American Express and GE Capital. He retired as Deputy Group Company Secretary of HSBC in 2018 to pursue a second career, which also includes non-executive and advisory work.
Dr Henrietta Hughes
@National Guardian for the NHS
Dr Henrietta Hughes OBE FRCGP was appointed in July 2016 as the National Guardian for the NHS, a key recommendation from the Francis Inquiry into the events at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. She provides leadership and support to Freedom to Speak Up Guardians across England in NHS and Independent sector organisations, and other parts of the healthcare sector, with a view to making speaking up business as usual. In addition to leading a network of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians, the National Guardian’s Office also undertakes and publishes case reviews when it appears that speaking up has not been handled according to best practice. Part of the remit of the office is to provide challenge and learning to the healthcare system as a whole.
Professor Kyle Welch
Assistant Professor @George Washington University
Investigating the world’s largest database of internal whistleblower reports, Professor Welch has uncovered a counter-intuitive result. Firms with more reports and a more active whistleblower system are synonymous with organizations that are healthier, less susceptible to material lawsuits and face fewer fines. There are multiple stories in the news and in the public about employees being retaliated against for speaking up, the greatest story never told is that most cases reported to a hotline don't have retaliation, help stop problems at a firm, and the average manager has the right approach to investigating and using the feedback. Before becoming a professor at George Washington University, Kyle Welch worked on the investment team at the Stanford Management Company (Stanford University’s endowment).