Collage of the team of staff at Meee

The Meee Team

The Magic that is the Meee Team

It’s easy to look at other people’s lives and be amazed at what they’ve achieved. But success of any type is never just one heroic individual battling the odds to win. There is always magic behind the magic that we may not immediately see or be aware of. No one achieves anything alone.

This amazing team of people is all the above and magic in every way. We are a sum of why we do what we do, and together we create and do truly magical things. Here are our stories as to why we do.

Sid Madge, Founder, Madgician

Sid Madge

I absolutely love brands. And, for over 30 years, I worked for and led some of Europe’s most renowned creative agencies, supporting many of the world’s biggest companies. Then, in 2015, my life changed forever. While giving a talk to a group of teenagers I was shocked to hear how they thought about and described themselves. For many, this lack of self-esteem had spiralled into a cycle of anxiety and depression. I’d already seen how brands could transform the fortunes and futures of businesses - and that sparked an idea: what if I could use this knowledge to bring out the potential in others? That’s how Meee began.

Now I use the ideas and methods of branding to inspire, educate and challenge the deep-set beliefs that hold us back. I use words, imagery, colour, numbers, music and a variety of sense-based tools to change the way people see, think and feel. Not just to transform their outlook on the world, but to help them make sense of what can seem like insurmountable life challenges. Today the purpose of Meee is to inspire everyone, everywhere, every day to find, live and give their magic. And so far, we’ve helped change the lives of over 20,000 people. My ambition is to take Meee to millions more, bringing that spark of magic to individuals, organisations and communities around the world. To spread the Meee message, I’ve built a team of (not so) like-minded individuals - from mavericks to misfits, disruptors to developers. If you’d like to join our team of magic makers and givers and help others find their spark, then please get in touch.

Joss Mathieson, The people magic guy

Joss Mathieson

Do you know that moment when the penny drops, the lightbulb goes on and suddenly the future looks brighter? When you realise that there is opportunity, where before there seemed to be barriers? Where you feel a surge in confidence and believe this is your moment to shine? That’s what gets me out of bed every morning, helping people to experience that moment and appreciate that they are truly capable of magic.

When people feel they are in a safe space, they can think boldly and build the courage to step out of their comfort zone and into their zone of genius. And it’s even better when people in a team or a whole organisation do it together, which amplifies their magic and rubs off on others. During a 25-year career working for a number of complex and diverse international companies like Barclays and GlaxoSmithKline, I’ve been lucky enough to work with lots of magical people, learning from them, driving for better and inspiring others to join in. When I first met Sid in the mid-noughties, we found a spark which has endured and got stronger to this day. It’s a joy to use that spark, the amazing tools and life-changing experience of Meee to help lots more people be their best selves.

Paula Harding, Executive Assistant, The magic gluer

Paula Harding

My Mum always says "What’s for you won’t go by you". I truly believe that things definitely happen for a reason and I know that Sid and I were meant to meet. For most of my career I’d felt like a failure, I felt unseen, unworthy and that my voice didn’t matter. That changed when I started working for someone who recognised my unique strengths and abilities and appreciated the effort I made. This gave me a lightbulb moment where I realised I not only loved working as an Executive Assistant, that I was also really good at it.

I decided there and then to make myself the best assistant I could be. That took me on a journey of learning and growing and as part of that I started using LinkedIn. I met Sid via LinkedIn after I entered a competition to win a set of the Meee books and 9 months after that, I joined the Meee team. I always knew I wanted to make a difference with my life and now I have the opportunity to work with the amazing people at Meee to inspire others to find their magic, to be seen, to realise their worth and to know that their voice matters.

Richard Dallison, Data Advisor

Richard Dallison

I first met Sid in 2014 during my geography degree at Bangor University, while we were both working on the launch of a local hydropower scheme. Following a successful working relationship on that project, Sid asked me to join the Meee team at the end of my studies. In the early days of Meee, when we were a small team, I helped with a variety of different elements, from social media to data entry, from writing research reports to developing the new website, and much more! This was an exciting time to be part of the Meee team, and it was great to see the programme develop and grow.

A short while later, however, I was lucky enough to get offered the opportunity to undertake a PhD, which meant reducing my involvement with Meee. I’ve never fully lost touch with Meee though, and I am happy to now be able to volunteer my time to advise the team on data analysis, visualisation, and communication, helping to ensure that the fantastic work that Meee does in changing peoples’ lives is communicated effectively. Through making the best use of the data collected from the courses Meee runs, I hope Meee can continue to improve its offering and bring even greater understanding, growth and progress to those who participate.

Peter Roberts, The enigmatic dreamer

Peter Roberts

"I crossed paths with Sid in the London graphic design world 20 years ago, having got there via law and print, as you do! And we hit it off immediately, kinda stayed in touch on and off since as I started my own business, trained as a coach, moved to Somerset and opened a bakery and cafe until the pandemic knocked them for six, then he messaged me last year asking if I would be interested in getting involved with Meee. If it hadn’t been over the phone I’d have bitten his hand off. The serendipity of it is incredible.

Meee feels like the home I didn’t know I’d been looking for for some time. The culmination of so many of my life’s experiences coming together in one place where I can draw on those experiences to help others change their lives for the better and continue to learn myself as part of the Meee team in a positive supportive environment is just a dream come true. I can’t wait".

Phil Padfield BSc, PhD, PF HEA, The Wise Wizard

Phil Padfield

From an early age I have been fascinated by the wonders of the natural world and in particular the workings of the human body. This led me to pursue a career as an academic and research biologist. I have held faculty appointments at leading universities in both the UK and USA and been fortunate to collaborate with colleagues from across the globe. During my formative years as a junior academic I was blessed to be mentored by several inspirational individuals, and without their help and support I doubt whether I would have achieved half what I eventually did. Because of this I have always considered it a privilege, but also a great responsibility, to educate and develop future generations. For me as an educator there is no better reward than seeing a student grow as an individual and surpass their expectations. Being part of this journey, supporting students during the hard times and then helping them celebrate their achievements kept me motivated and something I now miss in retirement.

On meeting and chatting to Sid I knew we were of similar minds. Sid’s approach and MEEE’s underpinning philosophy came as a breath of fresh air to a crusty old academic. So much so that I have volunteered my services to Sid and MEEE. My hope is that my 20+ years experience of managing and developing educational portfolios will help MEEE to reach its full potential and deliver maximum benefit to the wider community.

Ian Rasmussen, The Madgemaker

Ian Rasmussen

I hold a degree in African Studies from the University of Birmingham and a Master's in Politics and the Mass Media from the University of Liverpool. I gained a postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching in higher education from the University of Chester and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I was a senior lecturer in communication and the media at the University of Chester for 18 years, having previously taught at the Universities of Birmingham and Liverpool. Whilst at the University of Birmingham, I was made assistant director of admissions liaison and made speeches on higher education worldwide. I was honoured to be elected a life member of the Guild of Students for my 'student-friendly approach.'

At Chester, I worked extensively with FE colleges as the link tutor for their higher education programmes, helping with curriculum design and retention strategies.

I have recently worked as a projects coordinator at a school for visual and other sensory impairments and have undertaken courses in neurodiversity and also mobility for visually impaired (VI) children. This is where I met Sid and Paula, who devised a curriculum for the VI children. I was fascinated by them and their fantastic programmes from day one. My vocational and academic interests have always concerned communication and helping people achieve their maximum in life and work. This is why Meee makes much sense to me. Sid and the team have the vision and audacity to mine every individual for the real magic in everyone, but which is often lost through poor opportunities and low self-belief. Working with the Madgician is one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences of my professional life.

I have appeared in broadcast media concerning areas as diverse as education, food, politics and the media. I have contributed to cookbooks and written food reviews and articles. I lobby on food and animal welfare issues. As a keen amateur cook, I own an extensive private library of cookery books and related literature. That interest has led me to meet and interview many notable people in the food industry, such as Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, and Sheila Dillon.

As speech-writer and Public Orator, I have written and delivered speeches for many luminaries, including Her Majesty, The Queen Consort, actors Dame Patricia Routledge and Sir David Suchet and the former Director-General of the BBC, Lord Tony Hall.

As a professionally trained and qualified civil celebrant, I enjoy writing and delivering ceremonies for people at the most significant stages in their lives.

Gaz Jones, Video Wizard

Gaz Jones

It’s 2016, I’ve just arrived at the job fair; I walk in and see Sid at a table. He gestures me over and just asks how I am. He isn’t trying to sell me anything; he is just interested in why I’m there. At 23 years old, I am fresh out of university and struggling to find work in my chosen career path as a video editor. After our conversation he tells me about the Meee Programme, I’m instantly drawn in by his charisma and ability to empathise with my situation, so I agree to come on the course.

I’m quiet at first and don’t contribute much to the group during the initial session, but gradually I feel more at ease and become more engaged in the conversations we have about life, the world and where we exist in it. At the end of the programme I am determined to become more involved and help to deliver Sid’s vision to more people.

Sid tasks me with creating a promotional video for the programme shortly after. Years later I am still creating content to help spread the message of Meee. In turn this has given me the confidence to pursue more work as a video editor.

I currently work with a team of individuals at Meee, we come from different backgrounds and all walks of life with a common goal of bettering society. I’m proud to have been one of the first attendees of the Meee Programme, and now one of its many success stories!

Sarah-Louise Tyler, The spark seeker

Sarah-Louise Tyler

I knew that my life would never be the same again, after assisting on a Meee programme a number of years ago. It was here I experienced first-hand the power of Meee and witnessed the incredible way it impacted upon others. From here on out, the spark was lit and that was it!

I am a professional juggler - well, ok, not an actual juggler but I thrive on doing many and varied things with my life. From acting, to teaching, to running music workshops with people with profound disabilities. Within this variety, there is a definite common thread - connection and finding ways to enable people to BE the best versions of themselves; to FEEL the best versions of themselves. For me, there is genuinely nothing more rewarding than seeing a person start to shine from the inside out, from the amazing tools that Meee enables them to unlock. Because it’s all there anyway, actually. Sometimes it just needs a little navigation to find the key.

It is those ‘aha’ and ‘penny dropping’ moments in sessions, where learners really experience that shift for themselves that are just so wonderful and, as I very much know myself, this is really only the beginning of something really wonderful.

Meee is not just a job or a course for me; it has genuinely become a way of life - a way of looking at myself and the world in the most supportive, sparky way. As one of my favourite authors once said; ‘And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are hidden in the most unlikely of places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it’.

Meee one hundred percent helps to uncover that magic.

George Philip, Music/Theatre and Education Practitioner, Joy-Seeker and Chocolate Eater

George Philip

When I look back at my 16 year old self, I think she would be surprised to see where I am now. I never really knew what I wanted to do and I still don’t really now! I’ve always been creative and have loved the performing arts for as long as I can remember. That love of music and theatre led me into performing. A job for a Theatre in Education company then led to teaching, facilitating, pastoral work and mentoring young people from a range of backgrounds. Working in arts education opened up a world where I could combine my love of the arts with a side of myself that deeply cares about people and so I have continued on this path ever since. I’m highly sensitive and deeply empathic and am always drawn to the roles that provide me with an opportunity to affect some kind of positive change.

Joining Meee gave me the opportunity to continue to make a difference to people’s lives. I absolutely adore working with young people as they have so much to offer and too often they don’t get to reach their full potential. I love making connections with them, hearing their stories and providing a space where they can explore their thoughts and feelings. No two groups or sessions are the same but they are always interesting and insightful. I genuinely believe that every single student has something wonderful to offer, and if I can play some part in helping them discover it then I couldn’t be happier.

Anna Billes, Inclusive Facilitator of the Arts, Smiley Dungarees fanatic

Anna Billes

The capacity for growth in every human being - that is what really captures me. For the last ten years I have been working with people of all ages and stages in the fields of support work, the creative arts (music, voice work, art, movement), and in meditation. In 2020 I achieved my BA Hons Degree in Creative and Therapeutic Arts from the University of South Wales. I have always been passionate about facilitating physical, emotional, mental and spiritual growth in myself and in the participants whom I work with on a daily basis.

The process one goes through on the journey of self-discovery is so unique to every individual, and having the privilege to support my participants to realise their fullest potential feels like such a gift to me. I feel so blessed to be a part of the Meee Facilitators Team as I believe so strongly in the importance of celebrating people in their uniqueness and in every human being having the chance to change their life for the better.