Our team

Wren Aigaki-Lander

Business Development

I aim to bring my passion for 21st century ways of living and working to Happy City – building the ecosystem of individuals, organisations and communities looking to build a thriving future for all.


Byron Lee

Head of Training & Consultancy

I’m here to help people grow and thrive through a love of learning. I’m inspired by nature and get a lot of pleasure from my garden.

Annabel Reddick


Happy City is about shining a light on the things that work, and I (rather grandly) like to think of myself as a storyteller who can help bring those stories to life. However I’m also a grammar despot who gets apoplectic about apostrophes, so it’s not all sweetness and light. Just as well I don’t work in a greengrocer.

Antonia Reynolds

Operations Manager

I’m here because it’s important for me to use my skills and experience to help improve our communities and society. I was an English teacher for many years, and have also worked in various roles within a software company. I love being with my children, making my own clothes, and completing a run (if not actually running a run).

Soraya Safazadeh

Senior Data Analyst

I’m here to help with all things data related behind the scenes of the Thriving Places Index and Happiness Pulse, so that we can measure wellbeing in a valid and accurate way.

Ruth Townsley

Director of Measurement and Policy

I lead Happy City’s measurement and policy work, providing wellbeing and happiness measurement expertise and support to a range of different clients, which is both energising and rewarding.  I’m also a cyclist, runner, gardener, football fan (only ask me about this if you have an hour to spare), fashionista, culture vulture and Northerner.

Liz Zeidler

Chief Executive

I try to keep Happy City’s incredible core vision running through everything we do.  I’m an activist and optimist at heart, driven by curiosity and a passion for the possible.

Mike Zeidler

Director of Development

I’m here because Happy City is my heart’s calling. I love to help people find theirs.


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Chris Budd

Commercial Guidance

I bring 17 years experience as a business owner from Ovation Finance. My work aims to improve people’s finances at the same time as overall wellbeing.  I’m helping Happy City with commercial nous to make good ‘deals’.


Robin Hague

Young People lead

Happy City asks great questions about what matters. I’m keen to help bring these powerful and important questions into the learning experiences offered to the young. After all, they have the biggest stake in our future society.

Paul Hardman


I’m delighted to offer my legal knowledge and experience to Happy City.  Clients are definitely looking for something beyond the profit imperative, so work on more wholesome measures of productivity is timely and important.

Carl Kneeshaw

HR Guide

Always keen to improve mental health and wellbeing, I lead 73 HR staff supporting around 134,000 employees. In this post, I bring a wealth of HR/Employment Law and operational experience across a number of sectors together with links to circa 36 government departments and agencies.

Jeremy Pannell


Emma Reed

My profile is on it’s way

Di Robinson


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Dawn Snape


The evaluation and analysis of measures of wellbeing, quality of life and social capital fascinate me.  I believe we can leave a more peaceful, stable and equitable world for our children if we re-focus our efforts around wellbeing as a purpose.

Babs Williams

Social Enterprise Lead

I’m interested in strategic leadership and helping build partnership links for Happy City across the diversity of Europe.


Claire Williams

Retiring Treasurer

I have a keen interest in Corporate Social Responsibility with a special interest in the green sector. It’s a real pleasure to be able to use my financial management and technical expertise to support Happy City’s ground-breaking work.

Associates, Consultants & Contractors


Saamah Abdallah

Wellbeing Advisor

I believe what we measure determines what we value, so for a happy planet, we need to rethink our measures of progress and stop obsessing over having ever-more stuff.   I love taking my toddler daughter to the local zoo (we live in deepest Germany) and listening to the wolves howl at dusk.

Angie Belcher

Community Organising & Development

I’m a professional actor, director, writer, and stand-up poet with a passion for using the arts to encourage creative thinking, confidence and ambition realization.

Kim Dolton

Book keeper


Dave Forman


I work here because I love to.


Marc George

Web Development

I’m here to help Happy City make the most of digital and to explore how we can apply technology to the question of wellbeing. When I’m not front of a computer, I’m running!

Luna Toledo

Happy List & Conference Coordinator

Doing my bit to help finding & publishing the Happiness Champions has being a pleasure. I hope to continue on collaborating to increase happiness in the U.K., Chile & worldwide!

Helen Wallis Dowling

Community Organising & Development

I have a passion for helping people work with each other in their communities. I get people moving from possibility to action so they can make positive and lasting change to boost their community wellbeing.  I live in the New Forest, love cycling and am always learning.

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Paul Wielgus

Mindfulness Man

My speciality is Mindfulness Training and my passion is to practically demonstrate how to grow Attention and Awareness Training in order to cultivate and enable people’s well being and resilience in communities in Bristol and beyond.


Sam Wren-Lewis

Wellbeing measurement guru

I’m here to help convert what we know about happiness in relation to ourselves, our organisations, neighbourhoods and cities into action.  I love this work because it’s so engaging on a personal and community level.

Claire-Louise Symonds

Mindfulness teacher

Happy City Volunteers

Happy City has developed with the support of so many (hundreds) of people over the past 7 years that we are unable to list them all here.  The people below are those currently supporting us on a regular basis.

Annie Roberts

Summer Intern

Lizzie Diplock

Summer Intern

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Imogen Smith

Evaluation & Ethics

I have been teaching the theory behind flourishing and wellbeing for many years and I really want to help put the theory into practice so it can make a real difference to people’s lives. I love learning new things – any opportunity I get!

Konstantinos Perdikis

Happy List Coordinator

I am happy to keep on contributing on so many things for Happy City. What the Happy List does is celebrate people that spread happiness to their groups and communities. And that is very inspiring…

Jonathan Trollope

Research & Administration

Politics graduate with a passion for equality and social change. A firm believer in the Happy City ethos – proud of just how far we’ve come as as an organization in the last few years. Have been helping out here (on and off) since 2012. Enjoy reading, sports and listening to music in my spare time. Currently working in Consumer Research.

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….and finally, here are just some of the others who until recently were helping us out here. We’re forever grateful for the part they’ve played, and for their continuing encouragement from afar.

Sebastian Wells


Helen Brown

Jennifer Faulkner


David Relph

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Richard Rogers

Becky Sumerling

Manjit Sylvester-Jhalli

Grace Youell


Rachel Folan

Elsa Symons

Mo Forman


Lisa-Jane Wyatt


Janet Skeet

Nick Herbert


Traci Lewis

Emma Seery

Zoltan Baranyai

Fiona Hull

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