Would you like to be part of creating a happier and more caring society? If so please join our movement, add your pledge and take action - at home, at school, at work or in your community. Together we can make a difference

I will try to create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around me


Mark Williamson

Our Director: Mark Williamson

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Dr Mark Williamson has been Director of Action for Happiness since October 2010 and has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organisation. He has taken it from an idea on paper to a mass participation movement with tens of thousands of members and a wide range of activities. He has a long-standing interest in happiness and well-being and is passionate about creating a more balanced, collaborative society that focuses less on consumption and material wealth and more on helping people and communities thrive.

Since overseeing the launch of Action for Happiness in 2011, Mark has engaged with a vast range of organisations, projects and people on the topics of happiness, wellbeing and resilience - including leading academics, major multi-national corporations, public sector organisations, policy makers, SMEs, schools, charities and community organisations. He has overseen the development of all Action for Happiness resources and activities and has spoken regularly on related topics at events and conferences across the UK and around the world.

Prior to Action for Happiness Mark had a diverse range of experience across private and non-profit sectors, from start-ups through to large multi-national companies. He was previously Director of the Innovation unit at the Carbon Trust, non-executive director of clean technology start-up Solar Press and founder of online initiative What You Can Do. Previously, Mark spent nine years as a management consultant at Accenture, leading a wide range of projects relating to strategy, technology and change management. Earlier in his career he also worked for Hewlett Packard Labs and Orange. After more than a decade of corporate life, Mark decided to change direction and is now using his energy and leadership skills to help build a better society.

Mark has an MBA from IMD business school in Switzerland, where he received the Presidents Award for outstanding achievement. He also holds a PhD and first class honours degree in Electronics and Communications from the University of Bristol. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, a Sainsbury Management Fellow and a Chartered Engineer.

He lives in Surrey with his wife and their three young children. He loves cycling and football and is a long-suffering Aston Villa fan. He's also passionate about music and enjoys playing guitar and singing (some would say rather too enthusiastically) in his local community choir.

"We urgently need a change in priorities. So if you believe in a more caring society that puts well-being before wealth, and prioritises the things that really matter, then join us - add your voice and take action. Together we can create a better, happier future".

Mark Williamson

Mark Williamson
Director, Action for Happiness


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