Our Core Team

Our Core Team

Our core team is responsible for the implementation and delivery of the strategy set by the Task Force. This team is made up of our Managing Director, secondees from a range of private, public and Third Sector organisations and a number of volunteers. Find out more about how to join the core team.

Current Core Team

faran johnsonFaran Johnson

Faran joined Engage for Success in May 2018 as Managing Director following the newly formed alliance with CIPD. Faran joins us on secondment from the civil service and brings experience of large scale cultural transformation in the private and public sectors and in private equity.  As a Group HR or OD Director, Faran has worked within multinational, complex organisations undergoing significant change – HM Courts & Tribunals Service, Clear Channel Outdoor Holding Inc, Reed Elsevier plc, AXA plc, First Data Corporation and Viacom Inc.f


Jo Dodds

Jo is an independent Employee Engagement Consultant with specialisms in productivity and social and digital tools.

She supports us on a part time basis with our digital and social media and regularly represents the movement in speaking at events.

Gary Gill

Gary joined EFS as Director of Research in November 2016, on secondment from HM Revenue & Customs.

Prior to joining the Civil Service, Gary graduated in Mining Engineering and has worked in industry both in the UK and South Africa. Gary was also a director of a SME company for nine years.

Gary’s interest in employee engagement evolved through his direct experience as part of those diverse organisations and he concluded there is no single approach that works in all circumstances; but if organisations tailor and apply the Four Enablers to suit their circumstances then everyone benefits.

Siobhan Victoria Renshaw 
Siobhan joined the Core Team of EFS as our first student intern in March 2016 while completing her undergraduate degree in psychology. Her primary interest was in gaining practical occupational psychology related knowledge and research experience working alongside engagement experts.

She coordinated a number of thought and action groups before beginning her postgraduate degree in occupational psychology. She continues to coordinate the not-for-profit thought and action group chaired by Martyn Dicker with whom she co-authored the Not For Profit Toolkit.

Katherine Bassey

Currently Head of Staff Engagement & Innovation for UNISON,  Katherine is an experienced organisational development practitioner, an EQA coach, Fellow of the CIPD and ILM.  She is a qualified Time to Think facilitator and specialises in leadership development, team and individual coaching.  Katherine is also non Executive Chair of Relate London South East and works closely with Engage for Success, Chairing the Thought and Action Group on Apprenticeships

Sian Fording 

Sian joined EFS in February 2017 as Content Curator and is leading on setting up the ‘Virtual Content Team. She is on secondment from Academi Wales, Welsh Government, where she is the Website and Social Media Manager. Sian has a passion for excellent digital communications and believes sharing stories and information is an important part of improving leadership, employee engagement and the world of work!

jo moffattJo Moffatt

As Managing Director of Woodreed, Jo‘s led the development of the specialist agency’s ‘inside out thinking for brands’ proposition. Passionate about brands and brand techniques as the catalyst for employee engagement, she takes a hands-on role leading projects for clients.  Jo delivers workshops, speaks and writes on the topic of employee engagement as well as being a regular host of Engage for Success radio for over two years.

Cinthya Quijano

Cinthya Quijano is the Director of Change Differently Ltd which focuses on helping organisations inspiring sustainable business success through people, by creating people centred change and rehumanising organisations. She has an interest in the future of work, millennials and has had a multicultural upbringing which makes this a special interest. She has now decided to chair the new TAG focusing on the future of engagement with Brexit looming nearby. When she is not consulting you can find her acting.

Amy Lingard-Smith

Amy joined Engage for Success in October 2018 as the Communications/Digital Researcher and Project Manager on secondment from the Civil Service Fast Stream. Having joined the Civil Service in 2006, she developed a strong interest in employee engagement through previous roles leading on Health and Wellbeing. Amy is also a Mental Health First Aider with a passion for Diversity and Inclusion.

Hannah Johnson

As a psychology student looking to find a workplace that I will thrive in, Employee Engagement is important to me. We spend most of our days, and ultimately our lives at work so I would like to do so in a company that values its employees and understands that engaged employees are more productive and therefore beneficial to an organisation. With the ever increasing retirement age, I would like to know that the next decades of my life are well spent! I have joined Engage For Success in the hope to make a difference. Not just for me but for everybody today and generations to come!