The Happy Museum is managed by a small team of freelancers – contact us.
Hilary Jennings, project director, works freelance across the arts and cultural sectors. In a varied career she has worked with greengrocers, lawyers, pharmacists, teachers, engineers, artists, writers, and (quite literally) butchers, bakers and candlestick makers. She worked for several years as an Associate of the Cultural Leadership Programme and has worked extensively in the craft sector including managing the inaugural Craft Skills Award and serving as Interim Chair of the Craft Industry Board. She was co-author of MMM’s Sustainable Ability (www.sustainableability.com) which mapped approaches to climate change across the cultural sector and is also a co-founder of the Case For Optimism (www.caseforoptimism.org.uk) a network which creates space for practitioners in the arts and cultural community to maximise their creative response to global challenges. She was founder co-chair of Transition Town Tooting and is a Trustee of both the Transition Network and Bioregional, founders of One Planet Living. Her interests include local drama and outdoor swimming.
Mandy Barnett , MBA FRSA, heads up our Research and Development. A consultant, her company, MB Associates, is at the forefront of understanding new ways to measure social impact so we can make a difference to people’s lives. Mandy is part of national steering groups for the DfE, DCMS and Social Return On Investment network. Mandy was formerly head of exhibitions at the Commonwealth Institute and Director of Bankside Arts Training Trust, which helped Tate Modern and others with socially responsible recruitment. She has an MBA from London Business School.
Lucy Neal OBE is Associate on the project. Co-founding director of the LIFT Festival, she is interested in social sculpture and how celebratory events act as a catalyst for change. Co-author of MMM’s Sustainable Ability (www.sustainableability.com), and co-founder of Case For Optimism (www.Caseforoptimism.co.uk), recent projects Emergence The Summit at the Centre for Alternative Technology and the Tooting Transition Shop explore the role of the arts in the shift to a more sustainable future. Active in the Transition Town movement since 2008, she has recently published Playing for Time, the Transition Book on the Arts. She was awarded an OBE in 2005 for services to drama.
Ruth Quinn manages Communications for the project. She also works as Museum Assistant at the Mental Health Museum in Wakefield. At the Mental Health Museum she works alongside the Museum Curator and a dedicated team of volunteers to use the museum’s unique collections to break down stigma and barriers to well-being. Ruth studied Cultural Studies and Art Gallery & Museum Studies at the University of Leeds and has a broad array of practical experience working in Museums & Galleries. Ruth has a keen interest in sustainability and is a passionate advocate of the power that cultural institutions have to change lives.