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The Action for Happiness Team

Action for Happiness is a tiny organisation and our core team consists of just one full-time employee (Mark) and two others involved on a daily basis (Vanessa and Alex). In addition, we have an extended team of regular part-time volunteers who play a vital role in supporting our mission.

Our Core Team

DR MARK WILLIAMSON
Director

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Mark has led Action for Happiness since before its launch in 2010 and has overall responsibility for our work. He reports to our Advisory Board.

VANESSA KING
Head of Workplaces and Positive Psychology

Vanessa King

Vanessa is our in-house expert in Positive Psychology and leads our work with organisations. She has been a member of our Advisory Board since December 2010.

ALEX NUNN
Head of Courses, Campaigns and Communications 

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Alex leads on all our work relating to local courses and groups plus our communications and campaigns. He has been with us since January 2014.


Our Helpers and Heroes

TRACY AMPAH
Events Team Leader

Tracy Ampah

Tracy leads the amazing volunteer team that runs our monthly live events. She has been helping since May 2015 and leading the team since July 2016.

STAN ROSENTHAL
Happy Cafe Network Coordinator

Stan Rosenthal

Stan helped set up our very successful Brighton group and developed the Happy Cafe concept which he's now helping to replicate in other towns and cities.

KEITH COWLEY
Wellbeing Research Project

Keith Cowley

Since May 2016, Keith has been helping us run a research project to evaluate the impact of our Exploring What Matters course led by academics at the LSE.

VAL PAYNE
Happiness in Schools

Val Payne

Since May 2014, Val (a teacher and education consultant) has been helping to develop and roll-out the Keys to Happier Living toolkit for schools. 

PETER HARPER
Happiness in Schools

Peter Harper

Since May 2014, Peter (a consultant clinical psychologist) has been helping to develop and roll-out the Keys to Happier Living toolkit for schools. 

HARRIET OGBORN
Supporting our Advisory Board

Harriet Ogborn

Since our launch in 2011, Harriet has supported the Action for Happiness board and our regular meetings as well as various other events.

LUCY ROBERTS
Supporting Local Groups (former role)

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From December 2011 to January 2016, Lucy looked after all our local Action for Happiness groups and people wanting to run our course.

NATASHA WARNE
Community Courses (former role)

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From December 2014 to March 2016, Natasha led our work on running community courses to help improve mental wellbeing. 

PAUL ADNITT
Events / Wellbeing in Schools (former role)

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From May 2011 to August 2013, Paul was head of our Events team and led our work relating to happiness and wellbeing in schools. 

IZZY MCRAE
Strategy, Media and Projects (former role)

Izzy Mc Rae

From January 2015 to January 2016, Izzy was involved in supporting various different aspects of our strategy, projects and media engagement. 

Why happiness ?

"We all want to be happy and we want the people we love to be happy. Happiness means feeling good about our lives and wanting to go on feeling that way. Unhappiness means feeling bad and wanting things to change"

Richard Layard

Lord Richard Layard
Founder, Action for Happiness

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Action for Happiness is a small charitable initiative working hard to inspire practical action for a happier and more caring society. Our work relies on donations.

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Lucy's story

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Find out how Lucy used ideas from the Ten Keys to Happier Living to help deal with depression and anxiety: Read Lucy's story