Meet the TEAM

MEET MATT BARNABY

HOW I SPEND MY TIME

DEVELOP AGILE PROJECTS & TEAMS
40%
COACHING INDIVIDUALS & TEAMS
25%
FACILITATION
25%
FLANUER
10%

Matt is able to get people rapidly engaged and focused to design and test their own solutions to the most complex of situations. He does this whilst all the while coaching and mentoring to avoid creating dependency.

Matt’s passion, energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Because people realise that he truly cares he is able to build trust to tackle and resolve issues that were previously undiscussable.

He did his 10,000 hours of practice in facilitation and problem solving with difficult youngsters in Youth Offending Teams and other youth social care work environments in UK Local Authorities.

"Matt is that rare human who knows how to remove those things that may be blocking your progress as an individual, a team or an entire organisation. He helps you tackle the thorniest of problems.“

Nick Tait, Former Head of GovTech

From there where he was headhunted by (now) Cognizant Consulting and worked for various public and private sector organisations (including Lloyds Bank).

However, his passion for social impact steered him back to public services and NGOs in 2010. Now with Basis (co-director) and ImpactBasis (Director), he works to encourage innovation in Children’s Services, Education and Youth Work, Adult Social Care, alongside most other local authority services. He has also delivered many highly successful projects for the organisations such as the NHS, MTR Crossrail and The British Red Cross.

Matt also delivers training in Agile and Service Design worldwide.

MEET DENNIS VERGNE

HOW I SPEND MY TIME

DEVELOP AGILE PROJECTS & TEAMS
40%
MANAGING COMPLEX PROGRAMMES
30%
DESIGN OF LEARNING
20%
DANGEROUS CYCLING
10%

Dennis’ career started as a youth worker for the City of Hague but at end of his undergraduate studies went into strategy consulting for multinational organisations. Passionate about the sustainable delivery of change, over the last 12 years he has worked as an organisational change consultant for consulting organisations such as Accenture and Agilisys during which he has combined both public and private sector work, including: Flemish Community (Belgian regional government), GE Capital, Lloyds TSB, Motorola, Norsk Hydro.

He is an expert on Agile and delivered projects and helped, in particular over the last 10 years,  many public sector organisations embrace Agility.

"Dennis has helped us deliver fantastic quality projects at real pace. He creates a genuine excitement and energy that inspires teams to want to get involved in delivering change.”

Louise Duffield, Director Waltham Forest Council

He was introduced to Agile in 2000 and since has worked to translate Agile thinking and methods to apply much more broadly in services.

He was head of consulting at Agilisys, and co-founder of RedQuadrant is currently a managing partner at Basis and ImpactBasis.

He has completed an MSc in consulting and coaching for change with HEC Paris and The University of Oxford. His dissertation (distinction) that developed a new model for change interventions has recognised and used in the field.

MEET RICK TORSETH

HOW I SPEND MY TIME

ADAPTIVE AGILE LEADERSHIP
50%
COACHING
30%
FACILITATION
15%
LISTENING TO BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
5%

Rick is a leader in the field of Adaptive Agile Leadership which has included over 10 years of direct involvement with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Combined with his work inside the US health care system, 12 years in the financial sector in New York and Seattle, and as Programme Director for Change Leaders (an international collection of people who lead in the field of change).

Rick has become an internationally renowned coach, helping individuals and organisations tackle deep complexity.

Based in the USA, Rick has been building his unique practice in the field of Adaptive Leadership for over 30 years, working with the likes of Shearson American Express, SportsMind and indeed the Gates Foundation among many others.

"A true expert in the field – his Adaptive Agile leadership work with me and my senior team made a real difference."

Mark Clark, Chief Exec - Generations for Peace

His ability to bring people together, to enable clarity where there is chaos and to unlock the potential of individuals and crowds truly needs to be seen to be believed.

His empathic yet challenging approach is as inspiring as his dedication to his craft. 

He holds a MSc from Oxford University and HEC (Paris) in Change. Today most of his work is with organisations working in the global health and development sector and health care.  

HOW I SPEND MY TIME

COACHING
30%
PRODUCT DELIVERY
40%
ORGANISATIONAL DESIGN
20%
OBSCURE MUSICAL REFERENCES
10%

With over twenty years of experience and growth in product delivery in the private and the public sectors, Nick works to enable individuals, teams and organisations think just a little bit differently about this experience we call “work” and shows that serious doesn’t mean sombre and that playfulness and curiosity are vital for our wellbeing.

Nick started his journey delivering software and hardware in the mobile telecommunications space where his own curiosity led him to question some of the more constrained ways of the working world. Five years as a Civil Servant at the Government Digital Service, in a number of senior roles, allowed him to turn these questions in to practices, leading and working for the Agile Delivery Community and the GovTech programme

 

"I loved working alongside Nick. They say that PMs and DMs should be like a married couple. I think that's how we were as heads of those communities. It was a harmonious, fruitful and fun partnership"

Ross Ferguson

Nick holds a BSc in Psychology from Plymouth University and an MSc in Work Design & Ergonomics from Birmingham University. The theories around Human Centred Design that were in textbooks then, and now celebrating the human in the workplace is where Nick is at.

Nick’s approach is open, honest and sometimes a little raw, but it’s fun coz why else would he be doing it?

MEET DEBORAH JONES

HOW I SPEND MY TIME

DESIGNING LEARNING
15%
COACHING INDIVIDUALS & TEAMS
50%
FACILITATING LEARNING
30%
TREADING ON LEGO LEFT BY BOYS
5%

Deborah is an experienced Organisational Development professional, specialising in coaching and developing leaders and managers in public and private sector organisations, through transformational and cultural change.  She designs and implements leadership development and team coaching programmes to improve leadership, communication and coaching skills. 

Her coaching draws heavily from neuroscientific research.   It is solutions focussed and is designed with the brain in mind, to encourage real improvements in thinking and performance.

"Deborah quickly made herself part of the leadership team, injecting high levels of enthusiasm and energy. She was very hands on and forged relationships fast, making sure the team got to know and trust her judgement. I would gladly work with her again"

Roma Chappell, Former Deputy Director of Public Policy Office for National Statistics

Over the past twenty years Deborah has led change programmes from an in-house position and as a consultant in both the UK and mainland Europe.

Deborah has worked in a wide range of sectors, but primarily in financial services, retail and the public sector.  Prior to becoming a consultant, Deborah led innovation and new concept development for egg plc (a dot com start up, at various times part of Prudential and Citibank) she was the proposition lead in the team that launched the first European Investments Supermarket. 

Deborah holds an MSc in Consulting and Coaching for Change from the University of Oxford and HEC Paris.

MEET THEA HAZEL

HOW I SPEND MY TIME

MANAGING COMPLEX PROBLEMS
40%
COACHING INDIVIDUALS & TEAMS
25%
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
25%
COOKING FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS
10%

Thea Hazel is a change leader with more than 20 yrs experience as a program manager, consultant, facilitator and coach in business and non profit for transforming organisations and for changing people’s behaviour.

Thea started her career as a consultant with KPMG, supporting clients in consumer markets, non-profit, pharmaceuticals and service industries in the Netherlands and Europe.

"Thea could run a small country. I worked with Thea creating conferences for an Oxford alumni group and experience, first hand, her ability to form an idea and then execute perfectly. Especially impressive is her ability to cause people to want to participate in building out a vision. Thea is brilliant, warm and a joy to work with"

Tom Miller, Western State Colorado University

She then worked in the business education sector within the strategy field. At Essent, an Energy company, she was responsible for transforming the operations organisation (1500 people, seven locations), implementing new roles, Lean way-of-working, customer focussed training and team manager development. And she worked as the director of a start-up for financial education, using co-creation with the young target audience to develop online and offline behavioural change interventions.

Since 2016 Thea has worked as a coach for multiple clients in business and non profit. Her work focuses on sustainable change, developing and enabling leadership, organizational development and business improvement.

Thea combines a helicopter view with attention for details, content with process, structure with an innovative mindset and analytical skills with people skills. Thea is deeply committed to making the world a better place by designing and facilitating change programs and interventions to enable people and teams to grow.

MEET DARINE NAJEM

HOW I SPEND MY TIME

DESIGNING & CURATING SPACES FOR CHANGE
40%
FACILITATING COLLABORATIONS
30%
COACHING INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS
20%
TRYING NEW THINGS WITH PEOPLE
100%

Darine is a consultant for behavioral, organizational, and systemic change with more than 17 years of professional experience across cultures, and economies, in the Middle East region, North Africa, Greece and Turkey; in the healthcare, FMCG and consulting industries.

Her main focus over the past few years has been on developing and delivering curricula for capacity building, executive coaching and network building in a variety of sectors, including health and education. She worked with UNICEF, the Ministry of Health in Jordan, the Ministry of Education in the UAE, Roche Pharmaceuticals, and the American University of Beirut (AUB) among others.

Prior to her work on social change, Darine held several leadership positions in the pharmaceutical and beauty industries as well as in consulting, including general manager at L’Oreal for Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, where she led the organization through sustainable growth amidst instability and change.

''Beyond her diverse experience, as well as great people, and organizational skills, I believe that Darine has the right attitude, agility and resilience to challenge status quo and champion change. Wherever she is, there is positive energy, movement and impact”

Iman Nuwayhid, MD. DrPH; Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB

Darine is passionate about emergent spaces for social change; believes in overcoming silos, and the value of experimenting with integrating seemingly opposite approaches, frameworks and change methodologies.

Darine has a Master’s degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from the Said Business School at Oxford University (UK) and HEC (Paris), where she serves as Program Director and Executive Board member of the Change Leaders. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from AUB, where she serves as Executive Board member of the Alumni Association, and President of the Alumni Chapter for AUB Health Sciences.

MEET JOSETTE DE GOEDE

Josette

HOW I SPEND MY TIME

LEADERSHIP & ORGANISATIONAL SCIENCE
50%
COACHING INDIVIDUALS & TEAMS
20%
SUPERVISORY BOARDS
20%
LONG DISTANCE BIKING
10%

With over 30 years in leadership and supervisory roles, Josette has delivered training, coaching, and change-consulting in various international and national contexts.

From her own experience, she knows the challenges of leadership in practice, and that has had a huge impact on her work.  She was managing director of executive education at the Rotterdam School of Management and director of international affairs at Leadership Centre De Baak.

She has two masters in Change Management. Josette offers surprising and keen perspectives to generate movement in people and organizations. With a particular eye for creating new realities: think out of the box and do the unexpected to achieve goals.

''Josette has made a substantial contribution to developing managers. Personally, I am very impressed how in our technological "men's world" she managed to hit the right chord of all those "egos" and opened these people's eyes to the impact on the business without breaking them down."

C. H. Geertsma; former CEO isdc

She passionately searches for new ways to organize and connect both poles and anti-poles that fit in with contemporary questions.  

She uses a multidisciplinary approach for realising changes with a focus on inspiring and empowering individuals and organizations.  And to connect all of this on a deeper level with the underlying forces of life. Seriously but with humor”.

People with purpose

We believe that in these times of ambiguity, complex organisations like Government Services or NGO’s benefit from embracing adaptive capacities.

We also believe that adaptive leadership and agile development are essential capacities to create greater impact and to work to a sense of purpose.

We believe this so much, we live it.

ImpactBasis strives to be a TEAL organisation whereby all team members work to an evolving sense of purpose, able to have equal input into how to deliver the best outcomes for our clients.

JOIN US

We want good people to join us in order to grow and do more of the things we’re passionate about.

We want to develop our TEAL community as a platform for you to bring your change work to scale and create a larger impact.

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