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
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
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.
Dr Stephanie Penney-Jones (PhD, Mphil, MA, BA), Research Manager & Facilitator, Big ideas and even bigger hair
Passionate about education and wellbeing, I joined Meee back in 2019 with the belief that education, knowledge and self development truly has the power to transform lives. I strongly believe that we all possess limitless potential and I wanted to be part of a team that encourages everyone to thrive, and to find their inner magic. I’ve worked in academia for nearly 10 years as a lecturer, researcher and consultant, after gaining a PhD in sociology and social policy.
During that time I have worked across many sectors and industries working on a range of portfolios and projects including economic development, poverty and inclusion, mental health and wellbeing, the Welsh language and mindfulness in education. One thing I’ve learnt during those years is the power of education and learning. As Nelson Mandela once said "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". I use my positive attitude and energy to encourage and enable others to flourish, to succeed in their goals and to embrace their uniqueness and sparkle.
Sarah Robinson, The fizzy pop lady
I’ve worked in communications for over 25 years in a variety of industries. From financial services to not-for-profit, from IT to energy, small businesses to global FTSE100 companies such as Barclays, BP and Shell International. The roles I’ve taken on have also been varied, covering all aspects of communications and content creation. One thing I’ve learnt during those years is superbly captured by the wonderful Maya Angelou. She once said, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
When you see, read or hear a piece of content that moves you in some way and makes you feel something, then a magical connection is made - between people, ideas and information. It is a connection that is fuelled by much more than logic, drawing on emotion and instinct. It is a connection based on what makes us human. There’s no better way to make a connection than through stories. So, that’s what I do. I create content of all different kinds, that tell stories, in order to find ways to make meaningful and magical connections.
Paula Harding, Executive Assistant, The magic gluer
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.
Sarah-Louise Tyler, The spark seeker
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.
Peter Roberts, The enigmatic dreamer
"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".
Anna Billes, Inclusive Facilitator of the Arts, Smiley Dungarees fanatic
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.
Gaz Jones, Video Wizard
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!
Phil Padfield BSc, PhD, PF HEA, The Wise Wizard
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.
George Philip, Music/Theatre and Education Practitioner, Joy-Seeker and Chocolate Eater
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.