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Sir John Kirwan to Speak at FM Summit

By July 12, 2022No Comments

FMANZ today finalised the programme for FM Summit 2022 with the announcement that Sir John Kirwan will present a plenary session on Thursday 15 September.

The All Blacks legend, mental health advocate and co-founder of workplace mental wellbeing platform Groov will talk about the importance of performance care and how it is central to a mentally healthy workplace environment in a session titled ‘Creating A Culture Of Performance Care: An Investment, Not A Cost’.

He will also share some of his story, and how it led him on the path to co-founding Groov and provide insights from the hundreds of global CEOs he connects with every year, along with advice on how performance and care are not at opposite ends of the spectrum, but tightly integrated, and deliver business results.

Sir John, or ‘JK’ as he’s known, will also share some great ideas on how delegates can take care of themselves, “as we understand it’s hard to lead well if you don’t have your own daily mental wellbeing plan in place first”.

Sir John played 63 test matches for the All Blacks from 1984 to 1994 and was part of the 1987 Rugby World Cup team. He’s also had success with the Warriors and as a coach, including on the international stage with Italy and Japan.

The former All Black started talking about mental health, and his personal story of depression, at a time when there was quite a bit of stigma associated with these conditions. He’s been at the forefront of public campaigns about mental health since and has led the charge to see talking about mental health normalised. In 2018 he co-founded Groov (formerly Mentemia), a workplace mental wellbeing platform that embeds mental wellbeing into workplace cultures and helps individuals build great wellbeing habits day to day.

He was knighted for services to rugby and mental health in 2012.