Every creative professional needs a good team behind them.

childrens book illustrator

Happydesigner has developed massively over the last 15 years. I started off in my bedroom with a laptop, and now I have a full time studio with a full schedule of work :). I used to manage EVERYTHING by myself, spending more time on emails than drawing, working 7 days a week, and finding no time for myself. But then, I burnt out…! So I made the call to develop a team of people to help Happydesigner be the friendly approachable business it is today.

So here are the people you will meet along the way:

Sarah-Leigh

Illustrator, Designer & Company Director

I’m a happy, positive and well-driven person. I love music, and like a pot of yoghurt raisins on the go (although recently I’ve discovered Candy Kittens sweets…!). I have now been in business for over 15 years, and Happydesigner is like my child. Work isn’t a chore for me; it’s my passion. When I’m not illustrating (which I find hard NOT to do), you can find me sat in my armchair needle felting crazy little characters. Or I might be out enjoying the views on a nice walk. Then again, you may even find me on a stage somewhere, playing drums and keyboards, as well as singing! If you wish, you can find out more about me here.


Barry

Studio Manager & Gourmet Tea-Maker

I have known Barry for several years, and when I decided that it was time to employ a studio manager, he was undoubtedly my first choice (well, that’s what he told me to write!). He has worked for various major UK companies such as North Sea Ferries & Swift Caravans, in both customer care & managerial positions. Because of this, he has a wealth of experience to call on. He also ran his own, very successful business for 12 years and has the patience and understanding necessary to keep a tight control of my studio admin. Every day, you can find him beavering away in front of the computer screen, answering emails, formulating quotations, and organising my diary. However, one of his best attributes is his ability to brew some of the finest cups of tea you could ever imagine!  He has a good knowledge of the English language and has, in the past, carried out some proofreading for me. In his spare time (when he manages to find some!) he is a bass player, vocalist, songwriter, recording engineer, and operates his very own micro-recording studio.


Erik

Studio Fur Baby / cuddle buddy

I have wanted a cat for years now… Well he arrived March 2020, and the studio wouldn’t be the same without him. His eye for detail is mind-blowing and he’s also a great listener. Occasionally he may decide that some sections of the studio need ‘rearranging’, or he may wish to move his office to a different location in the room, but that’s fine! In fact, he has claimed several areas of the studio as his own, his favourites being on top of the bookcase and behind the computer, and regularly stakes his claim to these by snoozing in them! Oh, and the studio is a great playground for him too…!

Our Partners

Partnership Publishing

Deep in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside sits Partnership Publishing. A forward-thinking, creative and innovative, Independent Publishing House with an award-winning team of over 70 years combined experience; who offer a professional publishing & editing service – passionate about sharing untold stories and demystifying the publishing process. Contact us today to find out more, we’d love to hear from you!


Full Proof – Proofreading & Editing services

Established in 2004, Full Proof is a professional proofreading and editing agency based in Cheshire but with clients across the UK and beyond. One of our specialities is proofreading and editing for authors, as a number of our team are authors in our own right. Between us we have published children’s books, poems, short stories and novellas. We are also CIEP-qualified to Professional or Advanced level, so your words really are safe with us! With hundreds of positive reviews online, Full Proof is the proofreading company you can trust. Get in touch today – we’d love to talk to you and find out how we can help you with your writing!


Yola O’Hara – Social Media Management

Yola O’Hara, MSc – Managing Director and owner of Visually Explained since 2014, with over 20 years’ experience working in a corporate environment such as Motorola, Lucent Technologies and Dyson. Passionate about bringing a fresh attitude to social media concept for business and making it work alongside customer’s goals and marketing and sales strategies. Always with customer’s best interest in mind. Known for being fast and proactive. Introducing own social business, cost and time-saving methodology to established SME’s and global corporates.