Core Team

Faran Johnson

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Managing Director

Faran joined Engage for Success in May 2018 as MD 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 & Tribunal Service, Clear Channel Outdoor Holding Inc, Reed Elsevier plc, AXA plc, First Data Corporation and Viacom Inc.

Jo Dodds


Co-Strategy Director

Jo has worked with Engage for Success since September 2012 initially in a purely volunteer capacity and then as digital lead looking after the website and other digital infrastructure for the Movement alongside her volunteering including as co-host of the long running EFS Radio Show podcast. She is an independent consultant specialising in employee engagement and wellbeing and she is a regular speaker, facilitator and chair at events.

Jo Moffatt

jo Moffatt

Co-Strategy Director

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 four years.

Gary Gill


Research & Communities Director

Gary joined the Core Team on secondment from HMRC as Knowledge Director and then subsequently picked up the Communities role.

Katherine Bassey

Katherine bassey

Volunteer TAG Chair

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

Cinthya Quijano


Volunteer TAG Chair

Cinthya 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.

Hannah Johnson

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As an occupational and business psychology student looking to help create optimal workplaces that people will thrive in, employee engagement, wellbeing and strong leadership are important to Hannah. She would like to believe that we work in a world that ultimately values its employees and understands that engaged and healthy employees are more productive and therefore beneficial to an organisation. She joined the EFS team to make a difference, not just for her but for everybody, today and in generations to come.


Pippa Sweeney

Executive Assistant

Pippa is Faran’s Personal Assistant and Project Manager. She manages all aspects of Faran’s diary, so please copy her in if you’re looking to meet up with Faran.

Pippa has worked for educational not-for-profits and publishers in various marketing and project management roles. She knows first-hand the importance of employee engagement – both from an employer and employee perspective – so says it’s great to be part of Engage for Success.