laughology's trainers and consultants have a wide range of skills and qualifications covering all aspects of individual and organisational needs (even when they were eight)!

Below we have listed some of the talents and skills of our team. Please contact any of us to chat further about what we do, we would love to hear from you.

Alan Matthews

Alan is our specialist consultant in the arenas of rehabilitation, health and public health. He has worked in the drugs and HIV prevention field for 25 years as a well-respected researcher and trainer.

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Barry the cat

Barry the cat

Psst! - did you know?

Most Bengal cats have type A blood according to a study held in the UK

Vital Stats

Dogs on leads.

The ability to use a human toilet.

If you take your claws out of my leg I will give you some more sardines

I don't talk about that.

Will work for squid.

Barry is the Laughology Bengal cat. He suffers from attention deficit disorder and enjoys breaking things and eating flies. He is not particularly clever but makes up for this with oodles of neurosis and psychosis. He is sometimes allowed in the garden but can’t be trusted to play nicely with the other animals. His skills include scratching, biting, climbing things and sleeping. He is custodian of the Laughology foam stress busters and guards them jealously. He is also the subject of the bestselling memoir A Tale of Kitties (the best book ever written about cats not named Bob) and has appeared many times in the national press. In 2017 he entered the cat equivalent of Crufts and came last out of over 200 competitors. He does not like to talk about this and frankly embarrassed everyone. He is working on his anger issues and, like most cats, remains coldly detached. If Laughology died in a locked room with him, he would eat our face within a week.

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Laughology people

Our people can talk to your people

We have a team of like-minded experts from a range of fields, including former headteachers and HR consultants, who continue to develop, grow and deliver innovative workshops and programmes.

Laura Drury

Lead Facilitator and Consultant

Laura began her professional career as a performer and trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Her passion lay in theatre; particularly Shakespeare, comedy and farce. She always felt she had great comic… wait for it… timing!

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Juliette Yardley

Lead Facilitator and Consultant

Juliette Yardley is a pint-sized dynamo who packs a powerful punch and often gets asked for ID when buying her favourite Rose. If its eggs you want, she’s your woman. She’s got a garden full of chickens. She is also bubbly and cool, but not as cool as…

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Dave Keeling

Lead Facilitator and Consultant

Dave ‘Billy Elliot’ Keeling grew up in a pit village in Nottinghamshire and was tap dancing three times a week by the age of ten. Never one to shy away from challenge and risk, he then moved into the world of acting and trained at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art...

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Kerry Leigh

Lead Facilitator and Consultant

Kerry is one of our most experienced and sought-after consultants and facilitators, having joined Laughology in its infancy. She is a professional comedian and compere and was the child star of the Operation board game TV ads. She has a talent for...

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Sarah Creegan

Education Consultant and Facilitator

The Red Arrows flew over Lincoln hospital on the day Sarah Creegan was born there; an omen perhaps, to indicate what a high-flyer she would become. Indeed we are lucky to have her as several years ago she almost came to grief when the snowmobile she was a passenger on was swallowed up by a crevice…

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Stephanie Wilkinson

PA to Stephanie Davies and Office Manager

Stephanie has over 15 years’ experience as a PA and worked for a large London healthcare company before she joined Laughology in 2016. She is an expert administrator and office manager who ensures the smooth running of Laughology operations...

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Stephanie Davies

CEO, Head of Happiness

Stephanie Davies grew up on the Isle of Man where she developed a belief in fairies which exists to this day. She has the smallest little fingers of any human being, ever, and can often be seen walking a cat on a lead in the Surrey village where she lives…

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Vicky Maitland

Children’s Facilitator

Vicky brings a wealth of experience, working with children and young people in education and community organisations.  She has a background in performing arts and has delivered literacy sessions to children using creative improvisation and drama.  Vicky has also helped develop... 

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Vicky Rowan

Learning and Development Advisor

She has over 25 year’s experience working in blue chip companies and global organisations. She has worked in hospitality, as a European Merchandiser for one of the world’s largest beauty brands and as a manager for an international call centre, responsible for training initiatives to develop and motivate staff...

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Nick Harding

PR Guru

Nick has lived with gypsies, been on holiday with a member of TakeThat and accidentally poisoned a horse that belonged to a member of S Club 7

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Barry the cat

A feline

Barry is the Laughology cat. He suffers from attention deficiency disorder and enjoys breaking things and eating flies. He is not particularly clever but makes up for this with oodles of neurosis and psychosis…

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Conference keynotes

ORGANISATIONS AND BUSINESS

CONFERENCE KEYNOTES

NOTHING MAKES US HAPPIER THAN THE SOUND OF YOUR APPLAUSE.

Our team of presenters, come from professional performance backgrounds and bring a wide range of skills including stand-up comedy, psychology and business and learning expertise. They deliver key messages and fascinating insights with laughs, sparkle and pizazz

We are renowned in the business for our entertaining and refreshingly different delivery style. When we deliver keynotes, conferences and event facilitation, we bring proceedings to life with fun, interaction and improvisation.

The secret is our team of presenters, come from professional performance backgrounds and bring a wide range of skills including stand-up comedy, psychology and business and learning expertise.  Delegates love us and the buzz we create. We are engaging and dynamic as well as knowledgeable and can help you deliver important messages and memorable moments - with guaranteed laughter.

To bring even more excitement to your conference why not try our ‘Funny businesses improv session. You can book us to deliver key messages through interactive improvisation.  Using comedy improvisation, we will engage your audience to think differently, debate and learn using creative dialogue techniques.  These sessions are fun and a great way to get people involved in positive debate and bring a conference to life.

Connecting with people is a vital skill for effective leadership. People who master it gain the keys to success and power 

Popular science and some ill-informed media delight in playing up the differences between male and female brains...

Most people do not realise that we are hard-wired to prefer people who look like us, sound like us and share our interests ...

Imagine having the power to take on challenge and change positively and turn them into opportunities... 

‘I can and I will’, goes the saying. David Brent probably had it printed on a mouse mat… and a mug. Maybe even a t-shirt ... 

The art of negotiation is one of the most valued skills in all walks of life – just asked the people tasked with delivering Brexit  ... 

Everyone likes to laugh, and unless you are unnaturally miserable, everyone enjoys humour ... 

Everyone wants to be happy at work. So why are so many people unhappy? This is one of the great paradoxes of modern organisations... 

Laughology keynote and conference speakers

Dave ‘Billy Elliot’ Keeling grew up in a pit village in Nottinghamshire and was tap dancing three times a week by the age of ten. Never one to shy away from challenge and risk, he then moved into the world of acting and trained at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Stephanie Davies grew up on the Isle of Man where she developed a belief in fairies which exists to this day. She has the smallest little fingers of any human being, ever, and can often be seen walking a cat on a lead in the Surrey village where she lives.

Kerry is one of our most experienced and sought-after consultants and facilitators, having joined Laughology in its infancy. She is a professional comedian and compere and was the child star of the Operation board game TV ads. 

Juliette Yardley is a pint-sized dynamo who packs a powerful punch and often gets asked for ID when buying her favourite Rose. If its eggs you want, she’s your woman. She’s got a garden full of chickens. She is also bubbly and cool, but not as cool as her grandma, who, at the age of 70, hung out at the Hacienda with New Order.

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Laura Drury

Laura Drury

Psst! - did you know?

Eating is Laura’s first love, but baking comes a close second. Not only does she enjoy the process, but she can rest easy in the knowledge that, if all else fails, there will always be cake. During a quiet patch in her career, Laura made a bit of money on the side baking carrot cakes, brownies and French toast cupcakes (yes, they are a thing) for her local pub.

Vital Stats

I see humour everywhere, laugh easily (mostly at myself), and sometimes wonder whether I’m in my own fly-on-the-wall version of the Truman Show. I’m constantly looking for hidden cameras…

Infecting cruel people with kindness.

During an education workshop I facilitated before I had children, a little girl asked me whether I had any of my own. When I replied that I didn’t, she told me I would make a lovely mummy.

Being picked out of a studio audience by Joan Rivers for my childhood nickname ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy’. This was made more embarrassing when I realised that I’d misread the pre-show form which asked the audience for their ‘romantic’ nicknames. Unfortunately there were definitely cameras filming.

You’re never fully dressed without a smile.

Laura began her professional career as a performer and trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Her passion lay in theatre; particularly Shakespeare, comedy and farce. She always felt she had great comic... wait for it... timing! She started delivering communication skills programmes as a ‘side-line’ but rapidly became interested in the psychology behind the work, and trained as a coach. She became passionate about helping others believe in themselves and achieve their goals. Laura is determined to help as many people as possible experience what positive psychology can do for them. Over the past eleven years, Laura has created, delivered and facilitated various training programmes at all levels within the public and private sectors. Some of her more recent clients include; EE, SSP, the CIPD, the Civil Service, Global and Exterion Media. She specialises in communication, impact, influence, coaching and leadership. Laura has also worked in education with the English Pocket Opera Company; devising opera workshops for children from ages 3 to 11. She has delivered physical education sessions based on mathematics for Key Stage 1 and facilitated programmes to raise financial awareness for teenagers.Described by her husband as vertically challenged (or just small), Laura is as spirited and determined as she is short. She is also warm, intuitive and has the ability to create an instant rapport with those she works with, using humour to help them push boundaries and go outside their comfort zones.

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Consulting

Our consultants, coaches and facilitators have experience and expertise in psychology and organisational development. We use flexible, dynamic techniques coupled with an investigative, analytical approach to design effective, engaging, bespoke business solutions.

Leadership skills

Truly human leadership

You don't need god-like powers to be a great leader, just an understanding of how your behaviours impact your team and organisational culture. This programme will help you understand what behaviours help make you a better leader.

Our Truly human leadership programmes help leaders inspire, coach and empower people to deliver and progress in work and life. The behaviours a leader demonstrates has a huge impact on how teams feel. Our courses are designed to focus on how and what behaviours drive effective human based leadership.

Course Modules can include areas such as:

Communication

  • Inspiring, simple and humour based communication and presentation skills
  • Team development
  • The neuroscience of human potential; how to help people be their best with growth mindset
  • The importance and power of humour, empathy and vulnerbility

    in leadership

Vision crafting and strategic thinking

  • Problem-solving and creative thinking
  • Driving change and smarter ways of working
  • Delivering an inspiring plan
  • Metacognition for higher level thinking

Resilience

  • Social and emotional intelligence
  • Positive thinking under pressure
  • Explanatory styles for managing stress
  • Developing positive thinking and realistic optimism

Our bespoke programmes are flexible and adaptable. We work with you to design a programme that is as individual as you and your organisation and that meets your needs and goals and can add other modules such as presentation skills and unconscious bias.

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Dave Keeling

Dave Keeling


Dave ‘Billy Elliot’ Keeling grew up in a pit village in Nottinghamshire and was tap dancing three times a week by the age of ten.

Psst! - did you know?

Dave is the author of ‘The Little Book of Laughter’, ‘Rocket up Your Class’, ‘The Book of Invisible Teaching’ and a contributor to the ‘Big Book of Independent Thinking’.

Dave is 6ft 2in, blue eyed and a little bit ginger and believes that within that description lies a little bit of something for everyone.


Vital Stats

  • Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts?

    Quick wit, the quicker the better i.e. Lee Mack, Peter Kay
  • What would your superpower be?

    GCSE maths C or above 
  • What's the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?

    "That's bigger than I thought."
  • What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

    Getting caught buying  a Bros record by my friends
  • What's your mantra?

    Got away with that 

Dave ‘Billy Elliot’ Keeling grew up in a pit village in Nottinghamshire and was tap dancing three times a week by the age of ten. Never one to shy away from challenge and risk, he then moved into the world of acting and trained at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Dave has worked extensively in theatre and television. His credits include:

  • Downton Abbey,
  • Eastenders,
  • Coronation Street and
  • Blood Brothers in the West End.

Dave also has a background in stand-up comedy and has gigged up and down the country, enjoying laughs, cuddles and salty snacks with anyone who cared to join him.

Dave has been Laughologist since 2008. Highly engaging, dynamic, fast-paced and quick-witted, he has been delivering workshops and programmes for Laughology in education, health and business.

As a facilitator, presenter and trainer, Dave has worked nationally and internationally in business and education for the last 20 years. He specialises in change management, improving teamwork and communication, developing creativity and enhancing wellbeing.

He has worked with:

  • Sotheby’s
  • Liverpool Victoria,
  • BP,
  • Regus,
  • Hewlett Packard,
  • British Aerospace,
  • Metropolitan Police,
  • Royal Bank of Scotland,
  • BNP Parribas.

In education, he has worked with students, parents, NQTs, teachers, SLTs and headteachers, delivering outstanding training on topics as wide-ranging as risk-taking, curiosity, managing change, leadership, thinking skills, memory, P4C and the brain. Dave has also worked on Laughology’s Happy-centred schools programme.

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DAVE KEELING

What is your background?

I trained for three years as a classical actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the same drama school that Benedict Cumberbatch attended. After I left, I realised very quickly that I wasn’t going to be acting full-time and even when I did get work it wasn’t very well paid. So, in my early twenties, I started to plan what else I could do. I didn’t want to work in a bar or wait tables like most jobbing actors. A friend asked me to do some work in schools for him. It wasn’t an area that I had thought about but in a very short space of time I learned loads and started to realise that with my performance skills and knowledge, I could put across information in an interesting way.

Did you have an interest in psychology before you started working with Laughology?

As an actor, I had always been fascinated by behaviour and relationships because that’s what acting is. I had a degree of intuitive emotional intelligence. I would watch people and study how they behaved. That developed into an interest in psychology. I wanted to learn more about people and their foibles and behaviours.

How did you get involved with Laughology?

I was presenting at a conference. I was doing the morning and Laughology CEO, Stephanie Davies, was doing the afternoon. She saw what I was doing and liked it. We talked and I became involved from there.

What makes Laughology different?

The real test for me is authenticity. Very few people who go out and talk to audiences practice what they preach. A lot say stuff, but they don’t do it.
The Laughology team have a broad range of learning and development skills to back up their specialisms, what would you say your strengths are?
I am great at being a catalyst in a room. I’m good at being deployed to create a buzz and an atmosphere. I can shift a room. Being a facilitator allows me to engage with people and be playful.

How are your skills best used?

I’d say that 60 to 70 percent of the time, you turn up to an event and people have had a long day of very dull keynotes. That’s the challenge I enjoy. You never know what you are going to get and it is my job to make sure those people leave that room feeling better than they did when they went in. The trick is to create an environment where people feel happy, and then hit them with some stuff that they’ve not thought about before. And that’s what Laughology does perfectly.

At Laughology, we have spent the last ten years campaigning for happiness and resilience in schools and workplaces to be recognised as an important development tool - do you think views are changing?

People are living longer and working longer. They no longer retire at 65 and businesses have started to realise that they have to keep people happy and healthier for longer so they can continue to be productive. There is also much more awareness of mental health issues. In education, primary schools have always been on board, and now Secondary Schools are getting there too. They are realising that although kids are leaving school qualified, they are not necessarily employable because they are missing the other stuff, which is what we talk about at Laughology; empathy, relationships, confidence, self-awareness and the ability to express thoughts and ideas. With all that’s happening in the world, people are having to get good at coping with change. And that feeds into everything we do in Laughology.

If you were Queen for a day, what would you do to make the world happier?

Simple. I’d ban homework. Nobody likes it. And I’d only employ people in schools who genuinely enjoy and like the company of young people.

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David Hodgson Biog

DAVID HODGSON

David has written eight books including the bestselling The Buzz and The Little Book of Inspirational Teaching Activities

Psst! - did you know?

David has written eight books including the bestselling The Buzz and The Little Book of Inspirational Teaching Activities.

Vital Stats

Overhearing conversations on public transport. Recently a man was telling a friend he'd been bitten by a dog on the South Downs which ripped a testicle. He decided against a tetanus jab as he'd heard dog's saliva contains a natural antibiotic.

Help everyone cut through the BS to reveal the real magic everywhere.

A teacher from a dangerous part of Pakistan had introduced some of my ideas to her students and came to a conference a year later to give me a present, a lucky elephant, from the students who now had so much fun as they learned.

After purchasing what I thought was sun screen lotion on a field-trip to Spain,via an equally awkward and elaborate mime, I was soon on the beach generously covering my face, shoulders and torso until a passing Spanish speaker saw the bottle and loudly proclaimed it was boot polish cream. The embarrassment lapsed but my red face didn't.

Listen, listen, listen then talk

David is our Ant and or Dec lookalike. He's also from the North-East of England where the mindset is all about community and being stronger together. This idea permeates the training courses he delivers across the world. He helps individuals, leaders and organisations to be the best they can be. He uses humour, warmth and the best bits from psychology and neuroscience to nudge everyone in the right direction for them. He has developed successful personal development courses, websites and workshops for private and public sector organisations. The personality quiz he developed for the charity icould.com has reached over 50,000 teenagers.

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Ed Elgood

Ed loves to instil passion and enthusiasm in children's minds as well as ensuring all sessions are filled with fun and humour and that children end their day with Laughology feeling confident and brilliant!

Psst! - did you know?

Ed can recite every British monarch in order since William the Conqueror. He is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese just in case you fancied flying him out to South America for any reason!

Vital Stats

Family Guy!

Telepathy. It would be great to know what people really think but don't say. Also, on a more practical level, a photographic memory would be great for learning lines!

I do (on my wedding day!)

On a DofE walk, I wasn't watching where I was walking as I was reading the map and ended up falling after stepping in a pothole and using my face to cushion the fall - ended up in A&E!

Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.

Ed first appeared on a stage at the age of 4 and hasn't looked back since. He tried to dabble in other interests including doing Spanish and Portuguese at university, but the stage was always calling to him. Added to this is his great joy at working with young people. This has taken shape in various guises over the years from working as a TA in both mainstream and SEND schools to running holiday clubs in Greece; from teaching English in a Chilean secondary school to running medieval workshops at historic sites.

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Nick Harding

Nick Harding

Psst! - did you know?

Nick once spent a week in Africa rescuing mangy dogs with Mark Owen from Take That

Vital Stats

Kim Jong-un

Correct grammar usage init!

OK, but not in my hair

Male pattern baldness... thanks dad!

I could and I might

Nick handles press and PR for Laughology and is an award-winning journalist, author and consultant with over 20 years experience in the media. He has worked in senior positions in national newspapers and magazines and also consults for some of the UK’s top PR agencies. He is a regular contributor to the national press generating and supplying news and features to a range of publications including The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Daily Mirror and The Sun. He has written several Sunday Times bestsellers, secured publishing deals and developed PR strategies for a range of individuals and organisations. He has interviewed some of the nation’s best-known personalities and has contacts across the newspaper, magazine, broadcast and publishing industries. Nick’s understanding and experience of how the media works and how to communicate effectively within it is unique.

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Juliette Yardley

JULIETTE YARDLEY


Juliette Yardley is a pint-sized dynamo who packs a powerful punch and often gets asked for ID when buying her favourite Rose

Psst! - did you know?

Juliette’s father was a real-life Caractacus Potts, who used to wake his children up in the mornings using a homemade intercom strung together with wires, switches and tin cans. Juliette once delivered a full day’s training with her dress on back to front, which highly amused her audience who delighted in not telling her.


Vital Stats

  • Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts?

    My kids, they do the daftest things that take me from being cross to laughing until my socks pop off in minutes.
  • What would your superpower be?

    Easy, I would like with every step I take to always have blossom petals and bubbles fall around me, doesn't everyone?
  • What's the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?

    That I have inspired them.
  • What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

    My dad mistakenly Skype calling me whilst in the middle of giving a Laughology presentation, everyone saw him on a big screen.
  • What's your mantra?

    I can do it, I can try.

If its eggs you want, she’s your woman. She’s got a garden full of chickens. She is also bubbly and cool, but not as cool as her grandma, who, at the age of 70, hung out at the Hacienda with New Order.

Juliette has a background in psychology and over 20 years’ experience in the field of applied positive psychology in the workplace. She has been with the Laughology team for over seven years and during this time has performing stand-up comedy as a part of her CPD.

She is a specialist in behavioural change and is passionate about emotional intelligence in any working environment. Her most recent clients include First Direct, EUREKA museum and NHS England. She works extensively in education with educational psychologists, teachers, headteachers and young people. She has delivered the Happy-Centred Schools programme to a wide range of primary schools nationally.

Fun, knowledgeable, energetic and engaging, she will stretch and challenge your thinking. Using her cheeky sense of humour to quickly put others at ease, Juliette will break down barriers and develop a creative, positive learning environment.

 

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Nick Harding, Laughology's very own award-winning journalist and author, and Laughologist Juliette Yardley, have a good old natter.

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JULIETTE YARDLEY

What is your background?

I used to work with vulnerable children and young people, mainly kids who had been excluded from school with behavioural problems. Before that I did a degree in psychology.

How did your background help you develop as a Laughology facilitator?

Working with challenging young people taught me how to deal with the unexpected, and also how to use playfulness and humour to break behaviour patterns. That is something I have been doing for a long time and it transfers to what we do as Laughologists. Although I haven’t got a performance background, I am a bit of a show-off and an extrovert, so that helps too.

How did you get involved with Laughology?

Around eight years ago, I was going freelance and wanted to work with someone who was doing something different. I heard about Laughology and sent in my CV. The ethos of what they were doing resonated with me and my values.

The Laughology team have a broad range of learning and development skills to back up their specialisms, what would you say your strengths are?

When I started working with Laughology, my specialism was around the emotional intelligence model and developing resilience in people. Because of my background, I am knowledgeable on the current understanding of psychology and neuroscience. I am passionate about understanding behaviour and behaviour change.

How has Laughology changed since you came on board?

It has changed massively. We started by having team meetings in the living room of the CEO’s house in Liverpool. Now we have them around a big table in a hotel in London with lots more people. It has become bigger and better but it has never lost the essence of what it is about. It is slicker and well-developed.

Can you remember the first session you facilitated?

It was a wellbeing session in Widnes. It was a half-hour session and I was terrified standing in front of all these grown-ups. I’d always worked with kids before that. It got easier as the years went on!

What are the high points?

I enjoy delivering keynotes in front of big rooms where I can watch the audience get into the session and enjoy it. And then there are those glorious times when you work with young people in primary schools and see the lightbulb moments as they realise they can use the skills you’ve given them to make a difference to their lives.

Why is the humour and psychology model of learning and development that Laughology delivers so important?

Because we all want to be happy. And the Laughology model isn’t about being happy all the time, because that is unrealistic. It’s about finding a realistic level of happiness and understanding how to deal with life when you are unhappy.

At Laughology we have spent the last ten years campaigning for happiness and resilience in schools and workplaces to be recognised as an important development tool - do you think views are changing?

People use Laughology because they want to make change happen. It is interesting to go to events where there are lots of different people who are not quite sure what you are going to do. They come up after and say ‘I really enjoyed that and haven’t thought of things in that way before’. It is an obvious solution to get people to be more motivated and enthusiastic and people are understanding that it works more and more.

If you were Queen for a day, what would you do to make the world happier?

Trampolines and slides. I’m a big advocate of promoting fun and encouraging people to let their barriers down and play. It makes people more open.

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Kerry Leigh

KERRY LEIGH

Kerry is a professional comedian and compere and was the child star of the Operation board game TV ads

Psst! - did you know?

When Kerry Leigh sees a rainbow, she gets more excited than a toddler on E numbers and has been known to scare/irritate/amuse strangers with her unbridled enthusiasm.

She’s Laughology’s queen of interpretive dance and has a rare form of chronology OCD which causes her to develop a deep sense of satisfaction whenever the numerals on digital clocks are identical. Her favourite times are 3.33, 1.11 and 5.55.


Vital Stats

  • Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts?

    My best friends
  • What would your superpower be?

    The ability to eat cake and remain healthy.
  • What's the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?

    My nanna told me I have a lot of love to give.
  • What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

    You only want one!
    I have a very long list...during a comedy sketch show I accidentally put nipple tassels on the outside of my top in a rush backstage and went back on to stage performing with them on show and only noticed when I went to take my top off for the big reveal and they were already there!
    Confused audience and myself.

  • What's your mantra?

    There is always a solution...and cake

Kerry is one of our most experienced and sought-after consultants and facilitators, having joined Laughology in its infancy. She is a professional comedian and compere and was the child star of the Operation board game TV ads. She has a talent for quickly building rapport with any group and is a captivating trainer and host. She has worked with clients across all sectors including:

  • Essex, West Midlands and Merseyside Police
  • RBS
  • Severn Trent Water
  • NHS
  • Head teachers and staff in schools nationally.

Kerry’s excellent psychology knowledge and training skills enable her to deliver across the spectrum of Laughology courses and workshops. Each year, Laughology works with children’s hospice Claire House to raise money by teaching stand-up comedy skills to office workers, culminating in a hugely entertaining performance night. In recent years Kerry has provided the training for this programme.

In 2016 Kerry was instrumental in designing and delivering our pioneering menopause awareness workshops, empowering staff to start conversations and implement support strategies for what had been previously a taboo subject at work.

Kerry consistently delivers, using humour and laughter to ensure people take away new ways of thinking and psychological tools to improve wellbeing, communication and performance. She has a deep appreciation of stationery and is particularly happy when she has a good quality notebook in her hand.

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KERRY LEIGH

What is your background?

I started working in customer services in various guises, but have always been involved in creative things. I did creative writing and theatre arts at university and have been involved in stand-up and sketch comedy for a long time. I also did a bit of acting.

How did you get involved with Laughology?

I have been involved since the very beginning. I met the founder, Stephanie Davies, doing stand-up comedy. We performed in a sketch show together.

What were your initial thoughts when you first heard about the idea for a humour and psychology based learning and development model?

I distinctly remember being at a gig with Stephanie when I was first getting to know her and she said ‘I am going to save the world with laughter’. She said it quite earnestly. I thought ‘okay, we’ve got one here’. But I also noticed how motivated she was. It sounded fun and although I probably didn’t realise at the time, it fitted my values and continues to do so, therefore it’s a pleasure to do.

The Laughology team have a broad range of learning and development skills to back up their specialisms, what would you say your strengths are?

I read a room and adapt very well because, as all facilitators know, no matter how well you plan, something will get thrown at you at the last minute or something will go wrong. Because of my comedy background, humour adds to how I facilitate. I am very much about positive humour and using it to lift people and make them feel good, as opposed to some comedians who might read a room and think it hilarious to put one person down and get everyone else to join in. I really like using comedy to lift people.

What specific projects have you particularly enjoyed?

I’ve loved doing the Let’s Talk Menopause programme with Midlands Police because I had some creative input in it. I loved it because it made people think differently about an important subject and you could see the change in the room happening as the sessions progressed.

At Laughology, we have spent the last ten years campaigning for happiness and resilience in schools and workplaces to be recognised as an important development tool - do you think views are changing?

They have never been particularly closed, but I have noticed more people placing more importance on wellbeing and mental health. Sometimes it is done to tick a box, but also businesses are starting to realise that people will come to work and stay at work if they are well and happy. The sector values wellbeing more.

If you were Queen for a day, what would you do to make the world happier?

I would make psychology part of the curriculum from primary schools and up, because everyone would benefit from understanding themselves and others more, rather than fumbling through life and then getting therapy to work it all out in their thirties and forties. You understand why situations happen when you can see the bigger picture.

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Sarah Creegan

SARAH CREEGAN


Sarah is one of our leading facilitators and consultants who designs and delivers learning and change programmes in the private, public and education sector.

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The Red Arrows flew over Lincoln hospital on the day Sarah Creegan was born there; an omen perhaps, to indicate what a high-flyer she would become. Indeed, we are lucky to have her as several years ago she almost came to grief when the snowmobile she was a passenger on was swallowed up by a crevice.

Vital Stats

  • Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts?

    Other people’s misfortunes – as long as they’re not too badly hurt!
  • What would your superpower be?

    I used to work around the corner from where I live. Now that I travel much further afield, the power of teleportation would be fabulous.
  • What's the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?

    When I left Headship, I was presented with a book which had really lovely comments from all the staff and children. One of my favourites, and the funniest, came from a Reception child: ‘I don't know what she does but she has yellow hair like me’.
  • What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

    In my leavers’ production at primary school, I was chuffed to get the role of the Tin Man. On the night of the performance, I was very nervous and accidentally asked the Wizard of Oz for a brain rather than a heart. The scarecrow was angry that I’d stolen his thunder and we ended up having a row in the middle of stage.
  • What's your mantra?

    Reach for the stars (S Club 7 style)

When Sarah chose to leave school at 16, she was told by 3 separate teachers that ‘she wouldn’t amount to much’. That didn’t put her off though!

Since then she has had a varied career, working with banks, businesses, retail, educational and sporting organisations, supporting their learning and development needs before becoming a head teacher.

In her first two years of headship, she successfully managed a £7m rebuild; an expansion programme to double the number of pupils and a culture-change programme. All of these projects ensured her school went from a satisfactory Ofsted ranking to a good. During this time she managed key stakeholders, including local authorities, school inspectors and governors, she also successfully guided her team through an improvement programme. 

Sarah firmly believes in the importance of happiness, humour and positivity in the workplace and is one the funniest former headteachers we know - apart, possibly from Greg Davies and Romesh Ranganathan.

At Laughology, Sarah’s learning and development knowledge, coupled with her leadership skills and experience have also stood her in good stead when designing and delivering programmes in businesses and organisations such as:

  • O2
  • Savills
  • Trafford Housing Trust
  • Office of Public Guardian
  • Oxford University

Sarah's experience as a highly-successful head teacher also makes her the perfect advisor and facilitator for Laughology's education programmes. Her wealth of experience and knowledge of the inner-workings of schools, the education sector and the business world are invaluable in helping us to help schools, teachers and young people flourish. She was also instrumental in developing the Laughology Happy-Centred School PSHE programme.

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We are L&D leaders who provide unique, fun, memorable training experiences that people love and that add value to organisations.

Happy people are better people. Laughter and humour improve outcomes. This is not fake news. Studies have been done. Science proves it. People who are happy tend to be healthier, more resilient and more productive than people who are not. And laughter and humour improve communication, engagement, learning, mental health and wellbeing.

At Laughology, we are on a quest to improve life with happiness humour and laughter and are pioneers in the field of workplace happiness and wellbeing. We are L&D leaders who provide unique, fun, memorable training experiences that people love and that add value to organisations.

We work with some of the biggest brands in the world and while we’ve been busy improving lives and organisations at the forefront of the happiness movement, the rest of the world has caught up. Businesses, and even governments, now realise that happiness is vital for growth, mental health, wellbeing and development. 

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HUMOUR AND LAUGHTER ARE EFFECTIVE TOOLS IN DELIVERING SERIOUS AND COMPLEX MESSAGES.

Happiness, humour and laughter are tools that can be used to improve outcomes. That is not just hot air. Boffins in lab coats have studied it and they all agree that people in a positive emotional state learn more, achieve more, produce more and are also healthier. Happy people even live longer. It’s all about the brain and the way it works when it's happy.

At Laughology we use this science and psychology to develop our courses, workshops and programmes and also to maximise their effectiveness.

It is no happy coincidence that we are renowned as one of the best in the business.

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All our workshops and keynotes can be structured to fit your event or conference.

  • Two-hour awareness training

    Raises awareness of the subject, with practical techniques to take away.

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  • Half-day introduction

    Gives a good understanding of the subject, with background theory and practical techniques to take away.

    Gives a good understanding of the subject, with background theory and practical techniques to take away.
  • Full-day

    Full practical and theoretical investigation of subject, with an emphasis on positive behaviour change.

    Full practical and theoretical investigation of subject, with an emphasis on positive behaviour change.
  • Laughter at lunch learning burst or keynote

    45 min – 1 hour lunch session or keynote, to introduce a topic and motivate

    45 min – 1 hour lunch session or keynote, to introduce a topic and motivate
  • Programmes

    Fully immersive embedded learning which leads to transformation and behaviour change for individuals, teams and organisations.

    Fully immersive embedded learning which leads to transformation and behaviour change for individuals, teams and organisations.

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Sarah Helms

Sarah Helm 

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Sarah’s childhood highlights include training and performing as a figure skater and having a (brief) role as a photo story model in My Guy magazine.

Vital Stats

  • Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts?

    My dog, Manny. He makes the funniest sounds (and smells) at the most appropriate and inappropriate times.

  • What would your superpower be?

    To be height adjustable. This would come in very handy at concerts or for getting comfy in an airplane seat. 

  • What's the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?

    That I look like Pamela Anderson pre-surgery. 

  • What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

    Commenting on a friend's Facebook status of 'The house feels so empty' with the response ‘Why, have you been burgled?’.  I later found out her dog had died. To say I was embarrassed and mortified does not even come close.  Luckily, we have a similar sense of humour and she said it was the only thing that made her laugh that day.

  • What's your mantra?

    Think before you comment on social media.

Sarah’s career began in Finance. After just one year, she realised that this had been a mistake. On the plus side, she discovered that the human resources department offered a stimulating variety of work and could give her the opportunity to focus on people; one of her favourite pastimes. 

After re-training and gaining a post-graduate degree in human resources, Sarah got a job as a human resources generalist, gaining experience in employment law, recruitment, payroll and, best of all, the opportunity to develop and coach people to maximise their true potential. She chose to specialise in the design, delivery and full implementation of high-impact, practical and relevant training courses and one-to-one coaching. 

With extensive experience in learning and development across pharmaceutical, telecoms, childcare nurseries and fast-moving consumer goods, Sarah is objective, empathetic and understands the needs of others and learning styles. She embraces projects with passion and thrives on developing creative ways to enable people to learn, enjoy, develop and become fully effective in their role.

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DAVE KEELING

What is your background?

I trained for three years as a classical actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the same drama school that Benedict Cumberbatch attended. After I left, I realised very quickly that I wasn’t going to be acting full-time and even when I did get work it wasn’t very well paid. So, in my early twenties, I started to plan what else I could do. I didn’t want to work in a bar or wait tables like most jobbing actors. A friend asked me to do some work in schools for him. It wasn’t an area that I had thought about but in a very short space of time I learned loads and started to realise that with my performance skills and knowledge, I could put across information in an interesting way.

Did you have an interest in psychology before you started working with Laughology?

As an actor, I had always been fascinated by behaviour and relationships because that’s what acting is. I had a degree of intuitive emotional intelligence. I would watch people and study how they behaved. That developed into an interest in psychology. I wanted to learn more about people and their foibles and behaviours.

How did you get involved with Laughology?

I was presenting at a conference. I was doing the morning and Laughology CEO, Stephanie Davies, was doing the afternoon. She saw what I was doing and liked it. We talked and I became involved from there.

What makes Laughology different?

The real test for me is authenticity. Very few people who go out and talk to audiences practice what they preach. A lot say stuff, but they don’t do it.
The Laughology team have a broad range of learning and development skills to back up their specialisms, what would you say your strengths are?
I am great at being a catalyst in a room. I’m good at being deployed to create a buzz and an atmosphere. I can shift a room. Being a facilitator allows me to engage with people and be playful.

How are your skills best used?

I’d say that 60 to 70 percent of the time, you turn up to an event and people have had a long day of very dull keynotes. That’s the challenge I enjoy. You never know what you are going to get and it is my job to make sure those people leave that room feeling better than they did when they went in. The trick is to create an environment where people feel happy, and then hit them with some stuff that they’ve not thought about before. And that’s what Laughology does perfectly.

At Laughology, we have spent the last ten years campaigning for happiness and resilience in schools and workplaces to be recognised as an important development tool - do you think views are changing?

People are living longer and working longer. They no longer retire at 65 and businesses have started to realise that they have to keep people happy and healthier for longer so they can continue to be productive. There is also much more awareness of mental health issues. In education, primary schools have always been on board, and now Secondary Schools are getting there too. They are realising that although kids are leaving school qualified, they are not necessarily employable because they are missing the other stuff, which is what we talk about at Laughology; empathy, relationships, confidence, self-awareness and the ability to express thoughts and ideas. With all that’s happening in the world, people are having to get good at coping with change. And that feeds into everything we do in Laughology.

If you were Queen for a day, what would you do to make the world happier?

Simple. I’d ban homework. Nobody likes it. And I’d only employ people in schools who genuinely enjoy and like the company of young people.

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Stephanie Davies

STEPHANIE DAVIES

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She caused a national security outcry in 2014 when she attempted to manhandle Prince Harry, but was stopped by his bodyguard.


Vital Stats

  • Who or what makes you laugh until it hurts?

    When my partner falls over or has an accident. Sometimes when I need a laugh, I set things up to make this happen.
  • What would your superpower be?

    Telekinesis.
  • What's the nicest thing anyone ever said to you?

    You’ve just made me wet myself (with reference to making them laugh, not anything weird).
  • What's the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?

    I thought my mic was off at a conference and let slip that I had just accidently dropped another mic in the toilet and weed on it but told the sound team I had dropped it in the sink.  I thought I was whispering to my colleague in the room next door but I was telling the whole conference.
  • What's your mantra?

    Take your mic pack off before you wee.

Stephanie Davies grew up on the Isle of Man where she developed a belief in fairies which exists to this day. She has the smallest little fingers of any human being, ever, and can often be seen walking a cat on a lead in the Surrey village where she lives.

She studied community arts at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts before embarking on a career as an award-winning stand-up comedian, appearing alongside Sarah Millican, John Bishop and Jason Manford.

She is Laughology’s founder and CEO and one of the UK’s leading voices in happiness and engagement in organisations. She has an unsurpassed reputation for designing and delivering interventions for top-performing teams across a range of sectors.

She has developed Laughology into the nation’s most talked-about training and development provider. In the past 15 years, she has worked on innovative projects and events in the private and public sector. Her creative and rounded approach to engagement, culture building and change, happiness in the workplace, continued development and customer loyalty drives success not only in the organisations she works with, but at Laughology too.

Stephanie’s unique experience as a comedian and expertise in psychology and business makes her one of the most sought-after consultants internationally, and a popular speaker on the business and after-dinner circuit. She provides consultancy and training programmes for some of the UK’s top exec teams, working with well-known blue chip organisations and government departments.

More recently she has pioneered thinking and behaviour programmes to promote diverse working practices and has addressed and advised several blue-chip organisations such as:

  • HSBC
  • RBS and
  • DTZ

Her client list includes:

  • First Direct
  • Department of Health
  • giffgaff
  • EE
  • O2

In 2016 she was invited to speak alongside Dr Martin Seligman and Sean Achor at the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) Festival. She is often asked to contribute to television and has appeared on the ITN news and BBC’s The Heaven & Earth Show as an expert on humour, happiness and health. She is a regular on BBC Radio. She is the author of critically acclaimed book, Laughology: Improve Your Life With The Science Of Laughter and is passionate about developing organisations and communities where people come first.

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Watch Stephanie deliver a sparkling 45 minute session for the Four Seasons Health Care, Home Managers Conference 2017, in Glasgow.

Laughology was commissioned to deliver a keynote on ‘Happiness Matters’ – focussing on The science of happiness, including our unique Happiness matrix that looks at equipping managers with cognitive tools to increase the happiness of their residents and the resilience of their staff.

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