The Meee team
From branding to business, education to neuroscience, it takes a lot of different skills to build the Meee Programme. Between all of us, we’ve:
- Held workshops, think-tanks and careers clinics with over 250,000 people over the last decade
- Built up over 30 years’ experience working with people of all ages
- Spoken to more than 1,000 businesses each year, from SMEs to PLCs
- Achieved qualifications in education, and developed in-depth knowledge about the latest thinking around cognitive and neuroeducational theory
Want to get to know us better? You’ll find our team profiles below.
A brand strategist with over 30 years’ experience, Sid set up his own agency, Mad Hen, back in 2009. Since then, he’s crafted brand identities for countless companies, and held workshops with over 1,000 businesses and 3,000 young people every year.
It was during one of these workshops that Sid developed the idea for the Meee Programme, realising that he could channel his branding expertise to help people believe in who they are. After asking a group of school pupils to pick one work to describe themselves, Sid was horrified that 15% used terms like ‘freak, ‘weirdo’ and ‘misfit’. These words would come up time and again - not just with students, but with adults of all ages.
Over the past two years, Sid’s been creating tools to help people feel more confident in themselves. Bringing together Sid’s in-depth knowledge of branding with techniques from psychology, neuroscience, education and sociology, the Meee Programme encourages everyone to recognise and believe in their abilities.
In March 2015, Sid was invited to Number 10 Downing Street to present the Meee Programme to Lord Young, who endorsed it as ‘a great initiative’. He’s now working with Job Centres, rehabilitation centres and educational establishments across the UK.
With her passion and experience in project management and operational procedures, Jo ensures the Meee Partnership is delivering at its best at all times. Jo has a real passion for people and displays a relentless attitude in ensuring we deliver our Meee’thos in everything we do.
Jo has worked within welfare to work for 18 years, creating, developing and delivering a range of Programmes in the employment and education sectors. Jo has supported young and older people in a range of settings, which allows us to ensure our Programmes are inclusive to all who access our services. Jo has a keen interest in alternative education as a means of ensuring access to education for all, which strengthens Jo’s passion for the Meee Partnership, believing that it is never too late to learn and to lead a life that we all deserve. Jo believes that lacking confidence in life can stop so many of us moving forward, not truly realising our potential. But with the help of our Programme, we can start to support people in realising who they are and what changes they are able to make in order to make a difference in how we live our lives.
Although Jo loves spreadsheets and reports, she also thrives on delivering our Programmes to keep in contact with those who access our services. Jo is hands on and never compromises on customer satisfaction, stating "people come first in our Company, we shape our services around them".
A desperate need to pay the rent on a bedsit lead Marc towards a career in writing. While working as a runner for a film production company in London, struggling to eat and pay the tube fare to get to work, he answered an ad for a trainee writer on a computer magazine.
It was the start of a career writing about technology and business and occasionally football, one that has seen work published in a range of national, consumer and trade titles including The Guardian, IDG Connect, The Register, New Statesman, Computer Weekly, Web User, Destinations and FourFourTwo. Marc has also ghostwritten articles and blogs for musicians, politicians, actors, academics, business leaders, entrepreneurs and leading lawyers, with work appearing in The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian, Wired, New Statesman, Politics.co.uk, Sky News, Management Today and many more. Marc became involved with the Meee programme after seeing his old friend and Meee founder Sid Madge in a Ted Talk video.
Anna and Michelle
"Developing self-awareness and believing that we can do something different is what allows us to succeed. Helping us to work with others and build strong relationships in all areas of life. To be able to share these insights with people who wouldn’t typically have access to them is very exciting. We can’t wait to spread the energy of Meee!"
Qualified business coaches with over 35 years’ experience between them, Anna and Michelle believe everyone can be a leader. Their time spent mentoring senior managers and teams in companies throughout the UK has taught them that, to be a successful leader, you have to be ‘Change-Able’. And, by embracing change, unlock their full potential - and inspire others to do the same.
In 2016, they brought this insight to the Meee Programme - along with an aspiration to share rewarding, beneficial personal growth techniques usually only accessible to business leaders.
Founder of The Zest Life, Laura discovered yoga quite literally by accident. She was thrown from a boat in Australia 15 years ago and broke her back. After three months of rehabilitation she could walk again, but a long period of recovery was on the cards. After being told that yoga would be the best exercise to help, she took it up - and it took her life in a completely new direction.
Laura now teaches weekly yoga classes and workshops to adults in north Wales. Over the past ten years she has instructed kids aged 3-18, many with physical and mental disabilities, pre- and post-natal women, individuals with breast cancer and clients with various injuries. Most recently, she set up luxury yoga retreats on Anglesey, which the Guardian listed among the top ten in the world.
Laura became involved with the Meee Programme last year, bringing her knowledge to workshops across north Wales, and sharing the benefits of yoga. She was fundamental in helping to organise and run the Meee summer camp in July 2015 for twenty local children aged 10-17. Her personable yet professional attitude towards both teaching and business management, and her passion for health and wellbeing, rubs off on all she works with.
While studying for his BSc in Geography at Bangor University, Richard honed his skills in producing professional work, based on meaningful research and clear data analysis. Skills he would apply not just to coursework, but to wider community projects. It was while working on the launch of a locally owned hydroelectric development that Richard met Sid, who invited him to join the Meee Programme team at the end of his studies.
Since joining Meee, Richard has been closely involved with developing the website but he has mainly been putting his talents for research and data analysis to good use by examining the success of Meee workshops. Working from questionnaires answered by participants of the workshops, Richard analyses the value of the programme components, helping to target improvements to the programme for future participants, making sure we are continually learning and improving. Richard now works part-time for the programme while he is completing a PhD in Environmental Science back at Bangor University.
Professional Actor Mathew David, has been working in the entertainment industry for over 6 years. He has worked on big productions with the BBC and American tv company Stars. Mathew a BAhons degree from Aberystwyth University and an MA in Acting from the Royal Welsh College.
Mathew works as a casting director for various production companies, recruiting the right actors for roles in films.
Mathew has been employed by many companies to train and assess their staff to improve interpersonal skills. He has trained those in the medical profession and also worked with companies like BMW and Costa.
On a part-time basis, Mathew works as a street ambassador for Cardiff working with the general public, vulnerable people and the homeless.
Mathew has worked in various industries such as insurance, student housing, retail, bars, cinemas restaurants and has a very good knowledge of the recruitment process.
Mathew now works with the Meee to deliver our programme, building peoples confidence and encouraging them to achieve their goals.
From the Armed Forces to Social Services, Marcus has gathered a range of skills to aid his current training role. For 13 years he worked within an innovative Local Authority, his roles have included being the Violence & Aggression Coordinator/trainer within a Social Services department, consulting on the personal safety of staff at a local and strategic level. He regularly delivers university lectures to social work students in this subject. For 8 years Marcus worked within a training department where he was responsible for producing and delivering bespoke courses to a variety of services throughout the Council.
As an Outdoor instructor one of Marcus’ passions are working with young people, "it was fantastic to see how much young people grew in confidence when they challenge themselves on an abseil/climb or mountain bike." Marcus has been an active member of the North Wales community having volunteered as a community First Responder for the Welsh Ambulance Service since 2005. His role as a trainer has spanned over the past 15 years and has continued to challenge and motivate him. Marcus now works with Meee to deliver our programme to our clients, helping them to achieve in every way they can.
Tia recently graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University where she studied English Literature. From an early age, she had a passion for books and was fascinated by the lives of the people she read about. Now, Tia uses this and has developed it into a flair for writing and a love of people.
Growing up in Holywell, Tia stood out from the crowd. With a craving for learning, Tia knew she wanted to go to University and with her determination and hard work improved her grades and got her where she is today. Tia believes that where we start out in life doesn’t have to dictate where we end up and hopes to help others realise their full potential.
Tia began working for Meee after meeting Sid and Jo at a marketing event, a chance encounter that helped her to become the marketing and communications officer. Tia’s key role is to support our clients with business communications, managing the website and social media marketing material. You’ll often spot Tia with a camera in hand and wanting to hear all about our client’s stories.
Jamie left school with hardly any qualifications, but a passion for sport. Building on this he worked in leisure, gained some actual qualifications, became a qualified football coach and worked for Bobby Charlton and Manchester United. Jamie then moved to Cardiff where he came to study at university as a mature student. His experiences here ignited in him a passion for working within communities to help people reach their fullest potential, especially those who's personal circumstances are sometimes the most challenging.
Most recently he has been mentoring prisoners into higher education as a way of reducing reoffending and paying back to society; both inside and outside of prison. This work has seen him work with prisons across South Wales and is unique in this field of education. Jamie works with the Meee programme to deliver our workshops, meeting all sorts of fantastic people along the way. His skills and experiences are well suited to working with the Meee: helping individuals become the best they can be and believe in who they are.
Sarah is our Meee Programme project coordinator, focused on Meee Education and the development of new ideas with Meee Employment; supporting the participants on a logistical and practical level. Having joined the programme in July 2017, Sarah has previously worked in community development and third sector since 2010 as a project facilitator and trainer.
Sarah had a non-conventional educational route when her destiny was challenged at the age of 7 due to health issues. She was no longer able to attend full time school and by the age of 10 was confined to the four walls of her bedroom. Her only contact with the outside world was through the letters she wrote to her pen pals. By the age of 18, Sarah felt she has completely missed the boat when it came to learning and had lost all faith in herself. With much trepidation, Sarah sought out education through distance learning and eventually found a tutor that understand both her medical and educational needs. With the help of her tutor Sarah was able to read and write to GCSE level and eventually went on to do her degree in 2008. Sarah found her love of learning through fun and is a value she brings to the Meee Education programme.
Since then she has ran her own business as a designer maker exhibiting and selling on a national level until 2015, worked in galleries, facilitated workshops, provided 1-2-1 support to business start-ups, coordinated and managed projects. Sarah is now passionate about people and supporting them to find their passion. She believes that "with passion there is aspiration and with aspiration you find determination and with determination, barriers can be broken".
Get in touch
If you would like to get more information on the team, our experience, and our capabilities, then give us a call on 01248 354 003, email email@example.com, or send us a message.