Our People

We have a London-based office with colleagues all over the country, including Darlington, Cheshire, East Sussex and Wiltshire. We work with researchers in universities and organisations across the UK and Europe in an ESRC-funded research programme.

We’re a collaborative Centre, so please feel free to contact us.

Meet our teams

Nancy Hey

Executive Director

Nancy Hey

Executive Director

Nancy Hey is a global leader in the field of wellbeing. Prior to setting up the Centre, she worked in the UK Civil Service in nine departments as a policy professional and coach, delivering cross UK Government policies including on constitutional reform. 

She has worked with the UK’s top civil servants to introduce wellbeing into public policy and to establish the professional policy community in the UK. She has degrees in law and in coaching and development, specialising in emotions, and is a passionate advocate for learning systems. 

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Stefanie Barczy

Programme, Governance and Operations Administrator

Stefanie Barczy

Programme, Governance and Operations Administrator

Jamila Boughelaf

Head of Programme, Governance and Operations

Jamila Boughelaf

Head of Programme, Governance and Operations

Jamila is an accomplished senior manager with significant experience managing international programmes, policy research and campaigns in the areas of prevention, education, health and human rights. 

Passionate about demonstrating the potential of knowledge mobilisation and evidence-informed policy in lowering social inequalities, she has led internationally recognised programmes in the field of substance use prevention.  Jamila is also an independent consultant in the fields of Health, Education & Prevention, with focus on evidence-informed capacity building,  impact & evaluation, and policy research.

Margherita Musella

Evaluation Lead

Margherita Musella

Evaluation Lead

Margherita Musella advises charities and funders on how to conduct and strengthen their wellbeing evaluations by advising on appropriate methods, measures and approaches and promotes the use of evaluation data from UK projects and pilots to learn about “what works” to improve Wellbeing.

She also works as an Evaluation Consultant using social return on investment and social impact measurement to evaluate work-based learning programmes and international development advocacy interventions and has helped to set up an evaluation competence centre to strengthen the evaluation support available to third sector organisations in Italy.

Magdalena Soffia

Work and wellbeing analyst

Magdalena Soffia

Work and wellbeing analyst

Magdalena is a Doctor in Sociology with experience on quantitative measures of job quality and wellbeing in European and Latin American settings. Before joining the Centre, she worked as a research associate for the University of Cambridge and Police Care UK. Magdalena was a consultant at the Population Division of ECLAC-United Nations for four years.

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Eileen Donnelly

Business sector lead

Eileen Donnelly

Business sector lead

As a senior leader with experience at Director level within FTSE 250 businesses, Eileen has supported companies to build purpose-driven business strategies and workplace cultures. She believes that it is a company’s investment in its human capital that ensures an effective bridge between strategy development and strategy implementation.

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Ingrid Abreu Scherer

Civil Society Lead

Ingrid Abreu Scherer

Civil Society Lead

Ingrid works with charities, social enterprises and those who support them to develop effective programmes and build the evidence on what really works.

 Ingrid is co-founder and chair of trustees of The Mill, an asset-based community development project in East London. She has advised other charity boards, local authorities and social enterprises on asset-based approaches to community development.

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Patricia Curmi

Head of communications

Patricia Curmi

Head of communications

Patricia specialises in research and policy change communications, with a focus on human rights and social justice. Her background is in development; humanitarian aid; and children and young people.

She developed a participatory communications technique to better involve service users in charity campaigns, and ran a social enterprise for several years to support charities.

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Joanne Smithson

Local government and health sector lead

Joanne Smithson

Local government and health sector lead

Joanne works to understand what local government, health organisations, communities, and individuals can do to increase wellbeing and effectively translate this into practice. She is an experienced policy professional and has led service improvement activity across local government; the voluntary and community sector; housing associations; and secondary care. She is studying part-time for a Masters in Public Health, and is passionate about Parkrun.

Marta Moratti

Head of evidence and analysis (maternity cover)

Marta Moratti

Head of evidence and analysis (maternity cover)

Marta is an evidence and evaluation expert, with a passion for using data to inform policy. With a background in development economics and more than 10 years’ experience in designing, managing, implementing and communicating evidence and evaluation projects.

Interested in wellbeing, poverty, disadvantage and how evidence can inform policy, in UK and in international development.

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Nicola Robbins

Media and communications officer

Nicola Robbins

Media and communications officer

Nicola specialises in strategic communications, social media and copywriting and has worked for more than 15 years in the communications and PR industry including for the Home Office. She is passionate about helping people and organisations communicate effectively in order to make a difference. She also spent six years as a Chair of Governors and is now a trustee for her local homeless charity Helping Herts Homeless.

Deborah Hardoon

Head of Evidence and Analysis (on maternity leave)

Deborah Hardoon

Head of Evidence and Analysis (on maternity leave)

Prior to joining the Centre, Deborah was Deputy Head of Research at Oxfam GB, and Research Manager at Transparency International, responsible for the global corruption measurement tools, including the Corruption Perceptions Index.

She was an ODI fellow in Lesotho between 2009 and 2011 and before that worked for three years as a commercial analyst at BP. Deborah holds a BA in Economics and Business management from Newcastle University and an MA in Economics from the University of British Colombia in Canada.

Deborah is currently on maternity leave.