Henry Stewart, CEO
Founder, CEO and Chief Happiness Officer, Henry set up Happy originally as Happy Computers in his back room in Hackney 30 years ago. It was established both to make learning about IT an enjoyable experience and to discover how to create a truly great place to work.
In reaction to a fairly disastrous previous job, Henry was determined to find out what did enable a productive and happy workplace, enabling people to fulfil their potential. Learning from inspirational figures like Ricardo Semler (and his book Maverick), Happy Computers developed quite a reputation – being rated one of the UK’s top five workplaces for five successive years.
Henry now speaks at conferences in the UK and around the world on how to create happy, productive workplaces. His first book, Relax: A Happy Business Story, was published in 2009. His second book, the Happy Manifesto, was published in January 2012. Both are available from Amazon or as a free PDF download from the Happy Manifesto website.
In 2011 Henry was added to the Guru Radar section of the Thinkers50 list of the most influential business thinkers in the world. “He is one of the thinkers who we believe will shape the future of business,” explained list compiler Stuart Crainer.
Outside of work, Henry lives in Hackney and is married with 3 children. He was, for 15 years, Chair of Governors of his local primary and comprehensive school (which his children attended). His other passion is cycling. In 2008 and 2010 he completed the Etape, the public stage of the Tour de France. In 2016 he cycled the Haute Route, 7 days through the Alps, climbing the equivalent of a third of Everest every day.
Press: Feel free to contact Henry directly on 07870 682442 (but please avoid Friday evenings and Saturdays).
Cathy Busani, Group Managing Director
At Happy since March 1995, Cathy originally started as an IT Trainer. Although having little prior experience in the industry, it was her attitude that made Henry realise he had found someone special.
Sure enough, within just six months she was voted in by the training team as their manager, and shortly after took over the role of Managing Director.
Today, she is responsible for maintaining Happy’s award-winning and celebrated culture.
In 2005 she co-founded Happy People, dedicated to providing training, coaching and mentoring for organisations and their managers looking to permanently change their culture for the better. She is also co-author of Relax: A Happy Business Story. You can buy a copy of Relax from Amazon or visit the Happy Manifesto website for a free PDF download.
|Winner of the 2001 HR Manager of the Year Award (Personnel Today)|
|Winner of a Special Commendation for Innovative Management in 2000|
|Parents at Work/Lloyds TSB Best Boss Competition|
|Winner of the 1999 Trainer of the Year Award (Institute of IT Training)|
|Best Business Leader 2004 (Daily Telegraph Awards)|