Our team

Staff

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Rachel Folan

Office Manager

I’m here because I believe in spreading happiness. I love discovering more about myself.

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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.

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Traci Lewis

Fundraising & Business Development
My focus is on our wellbeing training and digital tools. I really enjoy working in the Happiness Hub – interesting work, lovely people and near St Nicks Market for lunch! I also love camping and wild swimming in Devon.
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Richard Rogers

Communications Manger

I’m here to help facilitate conversations about how society can be improved.

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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 (www.savetheorient.com), fashionista, culture vulture and Northerne.
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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.

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Mike Zeidler

Director of Development

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

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

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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.

Jim Sheppard

Book keeper

I love solving problems, especially those relating to numbers and computers. I’m as interested in organisational data and information strategy as I am in new technology, technical training and accountancy.

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

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

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David Relph

Health lead

I work in the health sector and on city level collaboration and try to bring an understanding of this to Happy City.  My aim is to provide help, ideas and advice which boost Happy City’s success.

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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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Manjit Sylvester-Jhalli

Quality lead

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Claire Williams

Treasurer

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Lisa-Jane Wyatt

HR lead

I have a background in training HR professionals and over 20 years of HR experience from the public, private and voluntary sector. I bring value through understanding the different sectors, employment and business law and the HR processes, as well as a bucket full of joy.

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Liz Zeidler

Chief Executive

Facilitating leadership development with multi-cultural groups in Africa, the Middle East and Europe taught me a vast amount about how we can get the best out of each other. My knack for swift strategic analysis is a good asset for the board.

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Mike Zeidler

Partnership lead

I bring 22 years of experience from the boards of many public, private and voluntary sector companies.  I add value to Happy City’s board with the exceptional breadth of talented, experienced and helpful people I know.

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.

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Helen Brown

workplace wellbeing research

I’m really interested in applying psychology to work and organisations. I love the way Happy City works with such a diverse bunch of brilliant people for positive change.

Jennifer Faulkner

Social Media

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Jules Hellens

Change Management

I volunteer here to help develop and expand the Training & Consultancy strand of the charity. I love to travel.

Fiona Hull

Instagrammer

I want to be part of the change I’d like to see in the world, less consumption more connectivity, greater consciousness and wellbeing.  I love my beautiful lurcher sami, rescued from a life on the streets in Cyprus.
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Janet Skeet

Evaluation & Statistics

I do research for and analysis of media campaigns as part of the communications team.  I love teaching and learning languages – my favourite thing about language is grammar.

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