Christopher Francis

  • Christopher Francis
    Chief Executive Officer

    Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation

About Christopher

Christopher Francis is the CEO of Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation, one of Australia’s oldest and most reputable Indigenous organisations. Affectionately known Laynha, the organisation is based in the North East Arnhem where it employs 145 people and services 30 homelands.

Prior to this, Chris was the CEO of Mornington Shire Council and CEO at both Thamarrurr Regional Council (NT) and Kangaroo Island Council (SA). He is passionate about the promotion of happiness and mental health in the workplace, particularly in remote and challenging environments where access to external support is not readily available.


About this session

The new frontier for employers: Should your organisation develop and implement a happiness strategy?

Can a workplace be happy, not just the individual employees in it? In this case study Chris Francis will discuss how employers are striving to create happy workplaces that care for employees and their mental health and well-being. In doing so employers are increasingly pushing the boundaries of traditional workplace responsibilities to include such difficult issues as domestic violence and mental health in which the employer takes an active and positive role in their employees’ personal lives.

Chris will present case studies from his own organisation and others and discuss whether NFPs should develop a “happiness strategy” to consolidate initiatives to support their employees – and assist in promoting themselves as an employer of choice.

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