Jez Rose has spent his life learning about and is fascinated by the impact nature has on human health, well-being and behavior. He is passionate about how small changes in how we think and behave can produce extraordinary results.
In 2016, after more than a decade working with businesses worldwide as a behaviour insight advisor shaping culture, leadership and legacy, Jez Rose moved from his suburban 3-bed semi to a dilapidated 1850’s farmhouse with agricultural land to test his theories on the cognitive and emotional impact of nature on human psychology and become a bee farmer.
He is founder of the research program, The Good Life Project, supported by ambassadors the Soil Association; broadcaster Kate Humble and Gardener’s World’s Adam Frost. The Good Life Project develops practical, evidence-based guidance for organisations on the impact of nature on human health, well-being and behaviour. Jez believes that nature is not being taken seriously enough by organisations seeking to enhance their culture, improve wellness and achieve extraordinary results.
Jez’s reputation as a speaker and broadcaster is built on his ability to explore complicated topics in an accessible way with tremendous honesty, clarity, warmth, and humour. For over a decade he has been invited to speak at conferences and events in more than 14 countries; his uniquely entertaining, inspiring and informative style making him a firm favourite for organisations requiring a keynote speaker with lasting impact.
A childhood in the English countryside; a Grandmother with a passion for unconventional gardening methods and a background in healthcare each made an impression on Jez that fuelled his desire to explore how human behaviour and wellbeing benefit from a greater connection with the natural world. Some of his fondest early memories are gardening with his Grandmother, being rewarded with bread and honey and today when designing and creating the gardens on his farm, he always remembers the benefits of tea and honey!
The farm renovation – affectionately referred to as “Money Pit Farm” by Jez and his wife when they realised the extent of TLC the farm buildings and land needed – is ongoing and is home to chickens, Jez’s two Labradors, Zeus and Marley, and more than half a million honeybees as part of Bees for Business, Jez’s natural and innovative solution to corporate social responsibility, providing honeybee hives for adoption.
An award-winning author, he is a recipient of the Beverly Hills Book Award and his articles and features have appeared in titles as diverse as The Daily Telegraph, CNN, Liz Earle Wellbeing and BBC Countryfile magazines. His latest book is, ‘Flip The Switch: achieve extraordinary results with simple changes to how you think’ published by Capstone.
'I just wanted to drop you an e-mail to say a massive thank you for today. The Managers are buzzing and I understand that many of them are already following you on twitter (me included) and are friends with you on facebook. I know we asked a lot of questions up front, thanks for being so flexible and understanding Jez, I really did appreciate it. Linda was very happy with the presentation and has asked me to think about other opportunities we may have to work with you again… once you’ve recovered from today! Seriously though, I hope you enjoyed being part of our Avon family? A very short e-mail I know but I wanted to send you a personal thank before the day is over.'
'Thank you for making us think, and laugh; for taking our conference to a next level (up that is). You were amazing and absolutely spot on. Big thank you - a 6 star top performance.'
'Working alongside Jez has been a breath of fresh air. He has brought new, energetic ways to exhibit behavioural change in our organisation and hone our selling skills. The feedback we have received has been fantastic; the delegates loved his delivery style, making it fun and interesting and useable, with many of them taking his techniques and implementing them... we have so many requests for him to attend other meetings and everyone always leaves wanting more.'
'In a word - Fantastic! We invited Jez Rose to present at an internal event that lasted just over a week for over 250 employees and the feedback was sensational. His forward thinking enthusiastic approach really made our audience sit up and listen. Simple hard hitting facts delivered with vehemence.'