Author & Board Member, Action for Happiness
Vanessa is a Board member of Action for Happiness (AfH), the leading UK-based not-for-profit that focuses on proactively building skills for psychological wellbeing and resilience. She leads the translation of psychological research into practical action for individuals, organisations and communities as well as Action for Happiness’ consulting work with organisations. She is the architect of the 10 keys for Happier Living, which have engaged and inspired people around the world to take action for themselves and others and have been used in a wide variety of ways, including in school curricula. She is one of a small group people globally to have completed a Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, studying under Martin Seligman and with many of the other leaders in this field and building on her previous psychology degree. She has been featured in the Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Express, Guardian Online, Huffington Post and Financial Times amongst other publications. And on Sky TV and the BBC. She has a regular column in Psychologies magazine, She regularly speaks nationally and internationally on AfH’s behalf, including two TEDx talks and a Guardian Masterclasses. Vanessa is also an experienced leadership, talent and organisational development consultant and has worked with a wide range of organisations around the world. She now combines in-depth knowledge of the science of well-being and resilience with her consulting experience help people get the most from themselves and from life and organisations bring the best out of their people.