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Andrew
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Jess Brock VP of Consulting

Jess Brock

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Edward
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Duncan
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Michelle_Meakin

Michelle
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Paul
Grew

Brian_Carman

Brian
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Ilektra Kanaki Agility in Mind Coach

Ilektra Kanaki

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John
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Geoff_Goddard

Geoff
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Jess
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Dave Leach - Agile Coach

Dave Leach

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Andrew Jones

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

In leading the Agility in Mind team, Andrew brings focus to the needs of our existing and potential clients and ensures we have our own strategic framework to achieve sustainable, profitable growth. He provides the environment and support our team, as experts in their field, need to deliver the best service possible to our clients. By formulating new propositions, establishing new service lines and securing new clients, Andrew provides leadership from the front.

This is built on a career in technology from software engineer, business management and consulting across all sectors. The greatest reward for Andrew is seeing the efforts of the Agility in Mind team result in competitive advantage for our clients.

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Jess Brock

Vice President of Consulting

Jess is a dynamic agile coach (SPC), technologist, and writer with over 15 years of experience in the technology space. In addition to serving as a coach, she has served as a full-stack developer, scrum master, product owner, people leader, instructor, and entrepreneur.

Throughout her career Jess has worked closely with organizations (startups to large enterprises) on agility areas such as culture building, technical strategy, and product development and has led multiple Agile Transformations.

Jess attributes her deep and diverse career experience as one of her greatest strengths as a coach because it enables her to coach organisations with sincere empathy and truly meet people where they are at.

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Edward Scotcher

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Ed is a leading digital product delivery transformation expert, agile coach, speaker and author who helps organisations improve the way they work by removing the obstacles that get in the way of delivery. He specialises in Lean & agile coaching, training and consulting with a particular emphasis on helping senior teams navigate business change in an effective and sustainable way.

Ed’s hands-on approach brings depth and colour to the practical application of the theoretical, helping organisations, teams and individuals develop the confidence to take ownership of the adoption of new ways of working.

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Duncan Evans

Head of Training

Duncan is the Head of Training, using his experience as an agile project manager, Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) and scrum master.  He has a proven track record for delivering high quality products, using these skills to help others build better products as a consultant, coach and trainer. While working as a project manager his focus was to ensure relevant, valuable products were developed by facilitating decision making at regular intervals.

Now leading the development of Agility in Mind’s training services, Duncan creates and delivers new content, trains our clients across the world, on-site and through the Live Virtual Classroom he introduced and mastered. Along with this, he is one of the most active PSTs in Europe.

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Michelle Meakin

Business Services Director

Michelle was once described as the glue that holds the team together and as such, tries hard to live up to expectations.  She enjoys a challenge, helping people, making and consuming gin! With a background in business management and administration, Michelle thrives when very busy in a role that provides a lot of variety, so working at Agility in Mind is perfect for her.

Prior to joining the team, Michelle worked for various sized organisations, spent over a decade in the education sector and spent a year working in the USA.   These varied experiences help Michelle to understand the challenges and complexities any organisation faces when looking to change.

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Paul Grew

Head of Consultancy

Paul is the Head of Consultancy, leading the coaching practice as well as providing hands-on coaching to several of our clients. Paul’s coaching is deep-rooted in his passion as a 2nd Dan black belt martial arts instructor, having discovered the secrets of successful martial arts equally apply to agile teams: focus on the basics; train hard and constantly strive for improvement.

Paul started his career as a software developer in intelligent algorithms to command and control systems. He later worked in various leadership positions from scrum master, software development manager, programme director and further broadened his domain experience in the telecoms and pharmaceutical industries.

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Brian Carman

Agile Coach

Brian is an experienced digital portfolio and programme manager and has worked in sports, retail, education and entertainment sectors. A skilled scrum master in his own right, Brian has also recruited, managed and coached teams of scrum masters.

Brian has also introduced Lean and agile approaches, such as Kanban, when managing digital portfolios, improving the visibility and flow of the work. He enjoys working with people to find practical solutions to challenging problems with their delivery of digital products.

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Ilektra Kanaki  

Agile Coach

Ilektra started her career in Aerospace, implementing data analytics in a data processing platform. This role got her close to the in-house software development team, which was going through an Agile transformation at the time. Helping that team to improve the product gave her the opportunity to join the team as a Product Owner for the platform. She got introduced to new ways of working and agile methodologies including Scrum and Kanban. Her passion in enabling teams led her to become a Scrum Master for a variety of products. She has since worked for different industries, Finance in particular as a Delivery Manager and Agile Coach for software development teams.

As an agile coach Ilektra enjoys observing the change in the teams and businesses she’s working with, focusing on understanding what drives people’s behaviours, what helps them to achieve their goals on their agile journey, making sure the right approach is selected to meet their targets. Ilektra has worked with various frameworks in the past, Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, and she enjoys finding practical and specific solutions to ensure success.

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John Harrison

Agile Coach

John has worked in project and change management for nearly fifteen years.  Using his enthusiasm for agile and lean he has developed, transitioned and mentored teams and individuals, often in the face of resistance, to help them improve their productivity and delivery performance.

John’s main interest lies in supporting people to unlock their full potential, through coaching and training, and in expanding his knowledge of the psychology behind adult learning. What drives him most is creating eureka moments, seeing people fully understand a new concept and how it can help them, whilst ensuring they get enjoyment out of the learning experience.

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Geoff Goddard

Agile Coach

Geoff started his career as a software developer in financial and insurance systems and subsequently specialised in configuration management. During a period of 12 years in New Zealand he worked for an international consultancy at NZ Telecom and then in the education sector. He managed delivery teams and moved into change and project management. On his return to the UK, Geoff worked at Southampton University and the Government as an agile coach where he helped departments implement better ways of working and deliver value faster.

As a qualified management and agile coach, Geoff enjoys helping individuals at all levels understand and use the appropriate agile frameworks to support and complement their own innate common sense and natural ways of working. In the training environment Geoff always generates a sense of fun and enthusiasm to create a stimulating interactive learning space.

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Jess Edwards

Marketing Manager

Jess has a background in retail and has been working in the industry for the last decade. She has specialised in retail management and has developed skills in order to develop a team and lead from the front.

During her time in retail, Jess studied at Cardiff Metropolitan University completing a degree in Marketing Management. She believes that continuous learning is key in order to develop personally and professionally.

Jess has a keen eye for detail, and she enjoys being creative in her spare time by spending time on personal crafts.

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Dave Leach

Agile Coach and Trainer

With a background in technology and digital, across a number of industries and verticals, gaining significant experience in creating, supporting and leading people and teams. In turn, a move to agile ways of working has meant solid qualification and practice in multiple methods and frameworks such as Scrum and Kanban.

Advanced practice of specific techniques for setting strategy such as Balanced scorecard and OKRs.  Supporting leaders through the training and practice of leadership styles such as servant leadership and intent-based leadership.