Our team

Gareth Jones

Office Manager

Happiest when supporting others, solving & resolving, and growing with Happy City.

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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

Communications Manager

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.

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Ruth Townsley

Director of Operations & Programmes

I ensure we are effective and efficient. I lead measurement and evaluation work and stalk the office telling people what to do. I’m also a cyclist, runner, gardener, football fan, 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.

Trustees

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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’.

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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

Trustee

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.

Emma Reed

My profile is on it’s way

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Dawn Snape

Co-Chair

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.

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Claire Williams

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.

Babs Williams

Social Enterprise Lead

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

Associates, Consultants & Contractors

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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.

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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!

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Dave Forman

Design

I work here because I love to.

Kim Dolton

Book keeper

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.

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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.

Jennifer Faulkner

Social Media

I am helping Happy City to #InvestInhappy by using social media to spark conversations about what progress really means/ about happiness and wellbeing.  I love using social media to bring people together to support community and sustainability projects.

Sebastian Wells

Campaign Assistant

Resident economist here at Happy City working with the campaigns team to encourage people to #InvestIn what’s important to them.

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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…

Luna Toledo

Happy List 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!

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.

Zoltan Baranyai

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Helen Brown

Fiona Hull

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David Relph

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Richard Rogers

Becky Sumerling

Manjit Sylvester-Jhalli

Grace Youell

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Rachel Folan

Elsa Symons

Mo Forman

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Lisa-Jane Wyatt

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Janet Skeet

Nick Herbert

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Traci Lewis

Emma Seery

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