Our Founders

Originally set up as Happy Computers by founder Henry Stewart, Happy was established 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.

Following this success, in 2003 Henry and Cathy Busani, Group Managing Director since 1996, developed a range of management and leadership programmes so Happy could bring Happy’s management style and philosophy to other organisations.

Henry Stewart

Founder, CEO and Chief Happiness Officer

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.

You can email Henry at henry@happy.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @happyhenry.

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.

She passionately believes that people work best when they feel good about themselves. Everything she does has that as the underlying aim – if you believe the best of people, you get the best they have to give. Her leadership purpose is simply to help others be great.

Cathy is responsible for maintaining Happy’s award-winning and celebrated culture. She also provides executive mentoring and coaching externally to managers, enabling them to create happy workplaces and become leaders of choice. She successfully facilitates client events at Board level and below, including leadership and management training programmes, as well as team events to agree on accountabilities and establish credibility. She is an impassioned speaker at conferences and enjoys supportively challenging those she works with to raise their game, to step up and bring the best version of themselves.

Outside of work, Cathy lives in North London and is married with 2 stepdaughters. She is also now a grandmother. One of her favourite things in life is to walk her little cockerpoo on a gloriously sunny day. She has a passion for doing anything creative, which often involves paper, scissors and glue!

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)