About Vanessa King

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 evidence-based 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, design schools, communities and workplaces.

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.

Her book 10 Keys to Happier Living was published in 2016 in the UK, in the US in 2017 and has recently been translated into Spanish for the Latin American market. Her new book for children age 7-11 years, 50 Ways to Feel Happy, has recently been published in the UK, US and Australia.

She is an experienced leadership, talent and organisational development consultant, facilitator and has worked with a wide range of organisations around the world, in both the public and private sectors and led the design and implementation of a wide range of workshops and programmes focused on building happiness, wellbeing and resilience, innovation skills and developing talent. These include: the ‘Doing Well from the Inside Out’ programme for managers, leaders and teams in workplaces; the Mindful Leadership programme for executive teams and leaders; The 10 Keys for Happier Living course for individuals in community, public health and education settings as well as many bespoke programmes for leadership and talent development.

Vanessa is regularly featured or quoted in the media, for example Sunday Telegraph, FT, Sunday Express, Forbes, Guardian Online, BBC Radio 4 You and Yours, Women’s Hour and the Today programme and on Sky Breakfast as well as numerous BBC regional shows and she has a monthly column in Psychologies magazine. She regularly speaks nationally and internationally at academic and business conferences and festivals and delivers keynotes in organisations. She has two TEDx talks, delivered a Guardian Masterclass, been an invited panel member for the Guardian and the London Literature festival.

Vanessa started her career as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen and PWC. She discovered though her real interest was the people side of organisations. This took her to an HR role at Morgan Stanley and then becoming a consultant with Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson).