Who we are

From left to right: Dora, Vanessa, David, Sue, Marten, Felicia (Bridget (inset) wasn’t here that day!)

The Authors – The Positive World Collective


Bridget Grenville-Cleave is a positive psychology consultant and trainer for both public and private sectors in the UK and abroad. She designs and delivers evidence-based training such as the ‘Happiness and Wellbeing at Work Program’ for the UAE Ministry of State for Happiness, as well as school and university happiness curricula for staff and students, and runs online positive psychology courses. Bridget lectures on the International Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, specialising in positive psychology practice, and is an accredited trainer for the award-winning resilience programme ‘Bounce Back’. She is the author of five positive psychology books. More information at www.workmad.co.uk

Dóra Guðmundsdóttir is Director of Public Health at the Directorate of Health in Iceland where she leads work on health promoting schools, workplaces and communities. Dóra is a clinical and organisational psychologist with a special interest in evidence-based knowledge in policy making and interventions. She is director of the Graduate Diploma programme on Positive Psychology at the University of Iceland, and current president of the European Network for Positive Psychology (ENPP) www.enpp.eu.

Felicia Huppert is a psychologist with a long-standing research interest in the science of well-being and the promotion of human flourishing. Her work brings together approaches from cognitive psychology and neuropsychology with a population perspective derived from epidemiology. Felicia has advised governments and international bodies on the measurement of well-being, and on policies to enhance well-being. She is Honorary Professor with the Body Heart and Mind in Business Research Group, University of Sydney Business School . She spends part of the year in the UK, where she is Founding Director of the Well-being Institute at the University of Cambridge, and Emeritus Professor of Psychology. Specialising in the science of well-being and the promotion of human flourishing, her current research focuses on mindfulness and compassion training in education and healthcare, and high-quality measures of subjective well-being. More information at feliciahuppert.com.

Vanessa King is a strategic leadership consultant, writer, and public speaker. She designs and delivers development programs in workplaces around the world, and in public health and community contexts.  She is a Board Member, Head of Psychology and Workplaces at Action for Happiness (AfH), the leading UK-based not-for-profit that focuses on proactively building skills for psychological wellbeing and resilience. Vanessa is the architect of AfH’s 10 Keys for Happier Living and author of the book of the same name. She studied Positive Psychology with Dr. Martin Seligman and trained as a facilitator on the University of Pennsylvania’s Master Resilience Training programme. She has two TEDx talks, is regularly quoted in the print and broadcast media. Early in her career Vanessa qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC and worked in HR in investment banking.

David Roffey was a partner in an international management consultancy, where (amongst other things) he advised many post-communist and other governments – Czechia, Slovakia, Latvia, Bulgaria, Mauritius, India, Hong Kong – on how to balance competition with public interests and needs in the reform of communications and media markets. In 1988 he led a team advising the UK Cabinet Office on the benefits of a universal high-speed broadband network, yet to be fully acted upon. After retiring, he took a Masters in Political Economy from Sydney University, which belatedly confirmed that he’d been on the right track in his advice! In previous times David has been the General Secretary of the LSE Student Union, a magistrate, a trade union official, a local councillor in a London borough, a board member of the Child Poverty Action Group in the UK, and New South Wales state chair of Oxfam Australia. David is now based in the UK, and manages Growing Great Schools Worldwide.

Sue Roffey  FRSA FBPsS is a psychologist, academic, author, activist and speaker. She is an honorary associate professor at University College London, an adjunct Fellow at Western Sydney University, and an affiliate of the Wellbeing Institute at Cambridge. She is Director of Growing Great Schools Worldwide and was the founder of Wellbeing Australia. Sue is a prolific author on issues related to school and student wellbeing, behaviour, belonging, relationships and social-emotional learning. Now based in London, she continues to work internationally – though currently remotely – and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools. More information at growinggreatschoolsworldwide.com

Marten de Vries, emeritus Professor of Social Psychiatry at Maastricht University and anthropologist, responded to the global mental health challenge with studies in human development and the experience of mental illness under diverse socio-cultural and traumatic circumstances. Following on international academic, medical and NGO leadership positions, he has focused on producing mixed-media products with the Mind Venture International (MVI) group to reach diverse global communities for improving human resilience and providing social benefit. He was recently knighted for this work in the Order of the Dutch Lion (de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw).