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.  

MEET REBECCA HILL

HOW I SPEND MY TIME

FACILITATION
25%
COACHING & MENTORING
40%
CONSULTING STRATEGY & CHANGE
20%
FRAZZLED HOMESCHOOLER
15%

Rebecca has a background working for major global professional and financial services organisations including latterly for EY where she was a global director specialising in business strategy focusing on people and organisational change and where she developed well-honed coaching, mentoring and facilitation skills.

After 25 years in the City, Rebecca is now well embedded in the entrepreneurial space having launched several businesses with her business partner including HaslerHill consulting focused on event and meeting moderation, facilitation and curation.

Rebecca has substantial experience of building and leading diverse teams and projects virtually including EY’s award winning global Women. Fast forward programme – an EY flagship programme profiled annually at WEF Davos.

"Rebecca is a great strategic thinker, innovator and collaborator. Her passion for diversity, in particular women in the work place is evident in the connections she makes and innovation she brings to her work. Rebecca is an inspiration to those she works with. She is always “in the know” and has good ideas that she sees through into actions to create positive change around all her work."

Emma Avignon, CEO Mentore

She has a strong interest in the economic empowerment of women as well as the broader diversity and inclusion agenda. She is part of the UK delegation to the Women20 (W20) – an official engagement group of the G20 – as well as member of a group of senior women developing the economic blueprint for women and enterprise (entrepreneurship) for the UK and to this end participates in a cross-party working group at the House of Commons to address this issue.

MEET KATHARINA SCHAAL-MULACEK

HOW I SPEND MY TIME

DESIGNING EVENTS
50%
ONLINE WORKING
30%
SOCIAL RESEARCH
15%
RUNNING LIKE THE WIND
5%

Katharina is the brains and the brawn behind our online events. Able to structure and organise events from twelve to twelve hundred, she is a marvel to work with. 

With almost an obsessive focus the make sure that clients get to create and collaborate in the online environments, her expertise is unparalleled. 

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

Most of our team started life working with Government Services or International NGOs. We’ve faced many of the challenges our clients continue to face on a daily basis.

Our parent company, based in the UK called Basis is renowned for its work in the field of Public Services. In fact, they have been recognised two years in a row by our clients and peers as one of the Financial Times UK’s Leading Management Consultants.

Based in The Netherlands but working globally, ImpactBasis has a wider brief. We aspire to work with Social Purpose organisations to help them achieve their mission. We do this through working with clients to create and deliver online events, workshops and conferences. We also roll up our sleeves in helping to solve messy problems through our Impact Sprints and offer Leadership development and coaching.

We are a deeply skilled team having worked with some of the most well known global organisations such as The United Nations, NATO, NHS, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and REN21.

JOIN US

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