Our team

Wren Aigaki-Lander

Head of 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.

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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

Head of Communications

I am a storyteller whose happy role it is to shine a light on the things that work so others can also bring them to life. I’m also a grammar despot who gets apoplectic about apostrophes, so it’s not all sweetness and light.

Antonia Reynolds

Head of Operations

I’m here to use my skills and experience from teaching and the software industry to help improve our communities and society. Things that bring me joy are my children, sewing my own clothes, and finishing a run – if not actually running!’

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

Head of Measurement/Policy

I lead Happy City’s measurement and policy work, providing expertise and support which is energising and rewarding.  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

Special Projects

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

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Saamah Abdallah

Wellbeing Advisor

I believe by rethinking our measures of progress, we can stop obsessing over having ever-more stuff and start valuing what really matters. I live in deepest Germany surrounded by forests, beavers and wild boar.

Kim Dolton

Book keeper

I keep Happy City’s financial records nice and well organised. Things are so much happier when Quickbooks and the bank agree.

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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

Brand & Design Advisor

I work here because I love to.

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!

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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.

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.  I have HR/Employment Law and operational experience across a number of sectors with links to c.36 government departments and agencies.

Jeremy Pannell

Treasurer

I’m part of the Corporate Finance team at Triodos, with past experience in audit, equity, valuations and management buy-outs.  I’m very motivated by Happy City’s mission to change the way we think of – and measure – prosperity.

Emma Reed

I wanted to support a charity where I could usefully apply my 11 years experience in government as an analyst working on complex policy areas of public health and social care.  In Happy City, I’ve found the perfect match.

Di Robinson

Director

I’ve spent my whole career addressing disadvantage & inequality to create the conditions for community empowerment, resilience and sustainable local economic development.  I believe Happy City has a significant part to play in changing the game for good. 

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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.

Babs Williams

Social Enterprise Lead

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

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.

Henry Chan

'Stepping Up' Stretch Assignment

Helen Orphin

Event planning

Cheerleading supporters

….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

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Helen Brown

Jennifer Faulkner

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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

Zoltan Baranyai

Fiona Hull

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