Our Virtual Content Team

Our Virtual Content Team

Established in 2017, our Virtual Content Team are a group of volunteers who’re interested in spreading the word about employee engagement. The purpose of the team is to Amplify, Curate and Expand on content that’s relevant to employee engagement.

If you’d like to volunteer, read our ‘We’re looking for new recruits!’ article or get in touch with Sian who is currently leading on our Virtual Content Team: sian@engageforsuccess.org.

Meet the team…

Oliver Blackwell

Once upon a time, I ran global people strategy and international events.  Now I’ve followed heart and soul into working as a writer and consultant, with focus on people, culture and sustainability.  I work with subject matter experts to manage their projects from concept to completion, so they can focus on other priorities.

Working with leaders to help them inspire and influence has emerged as a defining purpose from my career to date – engaging my talent, energy and experience more powerfully than any other cause.

My children are my greatest inspiration.  I strive to be the best father I can by being the best me I can be.

LinkedIn | www.makeitmeaningful.co.uk

Cat Barnard

Co-founder of Working the Future – passionate about the future of work, and how to mitigate the impact that disruptive changes will have on humans.  An accredited business coach, with a deep interest in emerging technologies, psychology and anthropology and how technological advances impact societies.  Outside work, I love walking, theatre, music and swimming.

Inspired by the work of Adam Grant and Daniel Pink.

LinkedIn | @workingfuture1 | www.workingthefuture.com

Nathaniel Johnston

Nathaniel is lead for engagement and OD at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Nathaniel’s passion is helping teams and organisations to be the brightest places for their employees enabling them to be advocates that are inspired by the work they do. Outside of work, Nathaniel supports engagement and social media for Opening Doors London a charity supporting older LGBT people across the Capital.

Something that inspires me are the colleagues I get to work with who deliver care to the sickest people in the Capital. It is a privilege to work alongside them.


Pauline Foster

Pauline founded pfk in 1999. Recently refreshed, reinvigorated and relaunched as the communications agency to better reflect the business proposition, pfk provides everything needed from an internal communications agency – consultancy and planning, research and evaluation, creative services, copy writing, coaching…even branded cupcakes… with the ultimate aim of improving employee engagement and making work a great place to be.

Pauline was jointly commended with Grass Roots at the 2014 Institute of Internal Communication (IOIC) Central Awards, for a ten-month change programme she led at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group. Named ‘Engaging for Success’, the programme engaged over 1300 people at 17 events, where they worked together to help break down barriers and improve employee engagement.

LinkedIn | @pfkcommsagency | https://www.facebook.com/commsagency/

Kay Galpin

HR person, psychology student and researcher interested in how teams can maximise performance and well being through great team design, culture, engagement and leadership.

Inspired by walking with the dog, climbing hills, looking at the stars, hearing beautiful music and running as fast and as far as I can.

LinkedIn | The Human Factor

Richard Louw

I have spent over 14 years in the civil service in various frontline operational delivery and transformation environments.  I am  a Senior Officer in Border Force and a qualified Senior Business Analyst.

Inspired by Major Scotty Mills (Royal Marine Commandos) OC Hunter company – a true leader in every sense of the word, someone who leads by example and with Integrity. Major Mills is one of the few genuine, authentic leaders who inspire through a strong personal narrative and a rock solid core belief system.


Michelle Gant

Director of The Engaging People Company and passionate about empowering happy workplaces. Coach, facilitator, writer too, and committed to workplace wellbeing.

I am really inspired by the Time to Think approach as it empowers thinking in an inclusive way where everyone is an equal thinker.

LinkedIn | @engagepeopleco

Cathy Wright

I’m currently working at Newbury College of FE, supporting the aim of becoming an outstanding college through an engaged team. I’ve worked across distribution, retail, hospitality and now further education, I’ve met great people on the way and I’d like to think that I’ve helped to build successful teams through trust and working together. This is my first step for a while into something outside of the day to day workplace and being a mum and it feels good.

Inspired by my son and his friends, their enthusiasm and expectations of life and how we keep that alive through the teens and later in life. I see young students aged 14+ who need to feel engaged with life and work and inspirational lecturers who help them on their journey.

Liz Clayton-Jones

For many years my focus has been driving and embedding engagement across the different Mars business concerns in the UK, alongside sitting on advisory groups for the European region and Global engagement team. I now coach/mentor individuals and teams and support organisations in their engagement aspirations alongside a regional learning & development role.

My inspiring quote: “You don’t build a business. You build people, and then people build the business” [Zig Ziglar]

LinkedIn | @LizClaytonJones

Lindsay Narey

Internal communications person who has worked across local government, retail, criminal justice and housing.  I’m fascinated by people and their career journeys (some may say nosy) What motivates them to do a great job, believe in what they do and want to stay and thrive with a particular organisation.  And equally – what factors are at play when engagement goes wrong.

I’m inspired by discovering new places, new music and new things to read, and like to combine all of these things as often as possible. I always come back from a holiday, or time spent in a record store or a book shop, with a head full of ideas, along with a considerably reduced bank balance!

LinkedIn | @LinzeeN

Content written, curated and edited by our Virtual Content Team

How employee engagement helped to create EE and turn it into the number one ‘best big company to work for’


Let’s have FUN!


Why placing ‘People at the Heart of Business’ is vital for success in the future of work


Taking the ‘human’ angle – a positive approach from Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD


Addressing the Future of Work – what can we learn from Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA?


Multi-generational working and the dangers of pigeon-holing


The importance of being engaged


Reflective leadership


Curated article: Some food for thought on building a culture that supports engagement…


The role of the Engagement Business Partner is to make themselves redundant


EFS Task Force Interview: Nick Creswell


EFS Task Force Interview: Martyn Dicker – The Power of a Simple Thank You


EFS Task Force Interview: Francis Goss