Our History


Jul 2021 400th Engage for Success Radio Podcast aired

Mar 2021 Kick off of the #EFS10YearsOn anniversary celebrations

Jan 2021 Last secondee moves into a volunteering role and the movement becomes 100% volunteer led


Dec 2020 Most viewed blog post ever '10 COVID friendly engaging games for team building' 22,991 views, and counting!

Jun 2020 Ranked #1 blog for high quality, engaging and varied internal communication content

May 2020 Ranked in the 50 Best Internal Communication Blogs of 2020 by workvivo.com

May 2020 Team Engagement Diagnostic Tool launched in conjunction with Ashridge, Survey Lab and Stillae.

Apr 2020 Strategy refresh confirms strategic outcomes: Inspire, Influence & Impact and captures the new themes of Wellbeing, Good Work & People Productivity

Jan 2020 New Hub structure planned and implementation kicked off to create a robust process for continuing to recruit and engage volunteers, and drive action


Nov 2019 Wales Conference 2019: Engaging And Inspiring In Uncertain Times

Jun 2019 300th Engage for Success Podcast Radio Show aired, 'How a 'Squad Mentality' Leads to Engaged Performance'

Jun 2019 Website design refresh completed


Nov 2018 Jointly published 'Shades of Grey' with Hult Ashridge and Oracle

Nov 2018 Scotland Conference, Putting People At The Heart Of Your Business

Jul 2018 CIPD and Engage for Success alliance begins

Mar 2018 QEII Conference 'People at the Heart of Business' & subsequent Masterclass with David, Nita and Cathy

Jan 2018 Public Sector Conference - Outcomes Through Engagement


Nov 2017 Comprehensive response from EFS helps shape Government's new Industrial Strategy

Oct 2017 First Annual Wales Conference, Leading for Engagement


Oct 2016 QEII Conference 'Engage by Design


Nov 2015 QEII Conference ‘Engage or Bust’ 

Nov 2015 revamped EFS website unveiled with new content and clearer signposting

Sep 2015 Special Interest Groups, Task Force Sub Groups, and Regional Groups all brought together under new umbrella of Thought and Action Groups

Aug 2015 over 600,000 visits to the EfS website (27,000 a month) and 1.4m hits on EFS pages!

Feb 2015 EFS hosts the 100th ‘Engage for Success’ radio show

Jan 2015 EFS appoints a full-time Executive Director; the core team of secondees expands


May 2014 Cross Cultures Group host 'Engage the World'

May 2014 Wellbeing and Engagement White Paper published, showing links between employee engagement and employee wellbeing


Jun 2013 David MacLeod and Nita Clarke, EFS's co-Founders, receive OBEs in the Queen's Birthday Honours

May 2013 Job Design and Engagement White Paper published

Jan 2013 Inclusive Engagement and Unconscious Bias and Engagement through CEO eyes White Papers published.

2013 A national programme of groups and events starts to unfold as individuals step forward to organise awareness raising events in their towns and cities


Dec 2012 EFS launches the Engage for Success radio show.

26 Nov 2012 Landmark gathering of 300 practitioners at Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London, and CEO breakfast summit at Westminster

Nov 2012 EFS website launched – engageforsuccess.org – to build an employee engagement community, promote employee engagement, and share case studies, practical resources and tools, and ideas and tips

Nov 2012 – The Evidence report published proving an indisputable link with organisational performance

Nov 2012 Senior Sponsorship letter signed by 43 CEOs from a diverse range of organisations invites UK business to embed employee engagement as the way it works, and quantifies the possible GDP loss to the UK from low levels of employee engagement


2011 The Task Force launches Special Interest Groups looking at particular topics in the employee engagement area; work begins on an EFS website

29 Mar 2011 The Prime Minister, David Cameron, gives his backing to the new independent Employee Engagement Task Force during a launch event at 10 Downing Street. The Coalition Government mandates EFS to begin a national conversation about employee engagement right across the private, public and Third sectors, with a view to improving the UK economy. The Task Force is supported by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills because its work supports two of the UK Government’s top priorities – delivering sustainable growth & productivity for the UK, and developing new approaches to help people improve their wellbeing.

Feb 2011 EFS Task Force established. EFS recruits its first secondees, and begins building practitioner and ‘guru’ groups


Jul 2009 Engaging for Success report presented to Peter Mandelson, SoS Business, Innovation and Skills. A seminal report in persuading Government, CEOs, practitioners to take employee engagement seriously, and to begin applying its principles. David MacLeod and Nita Clarke recommend the setting up of a Task Force of business leaders to start a national campaign to raise awareness of employee engagement and to share good practice


Autumn 2008 John Hutton, SoS Business, Innovation and Skills, commissions David MacLeod and Nita Clark to write a report answering  three questions: What is Employee Engagement? Is there evidence to suggest it matters? and What were the four, (as it turned out) things present in organisations that were successfully engaging their people?

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