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
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.
Head of Workplaces and Positive Psychology
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
Head of Courses, Campaigns and Communications
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.
Project and Administrative Support
Tanya helps support our local courses and
volunteer course leaders. She has been volunteering with us for
many years and working in this role since October 2016.
Our Helpers and Heroes
Events Team Leader
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.
Happy Cafe Network Coordinator
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.
Wellbeing Research Project
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.
Happiness in Schools
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.
Happiness in Schools
Since May 2014, Peter (a consultant clinical psychologist) has
been helping to develop and roll-out the Keys to Happier Living toolkit for
Supporting our Advisory Board
Since our launch in 2011, Harriet has supported the Action for
Happiness board and our regular meetings as well as various other
Supporting Local Groups (former role)
From December 2011 to January 2016, Lucy looked after all our local Action for
Happiness groups and people wanting to run our course.
Community Courses (former role)
From December 2014 to March 2016, Natasha led our work on running community
courses to help improve mental wellbeing.
Events / Wellbeing in Schools (former role)
From May 2011 to August 2013, Paul was head of our Events team and led our
work relating to happiness and wellbeing in schools.
Strategy, Media and Projects (former role)
From January 2015 to January 2016, Izzy was
involved in supporting various different aspects of our strategy,
projects and media engagement.