Kate Rand

Kate is an award-winning People Operations Director and certified Agile HR practitioner based at Beyond. Most recently she has been shortlisted for HR Director of the year and best D&I Strategy. Beyond is a design and technology ideas company, founded in 2010 and is featured in the Sunday times 100 SME best places to work.

Kate regularly speaks at events on HR and business-related topics, producing content for publications including the Forbes HR council. She specialises in advising start-up and growth stage organizations on scaling their structure and people functions and is passionate about driving a progressive and transformational approach to HR so that the sector can support the businesses of tomorrow in a human-centric way.

Having worked across multiple industries in leadership roles, her core belief is that people are at the heart of every organisation, and that HR needs to shift away from the ivory tower mentality, evolving from dictators of best practice to facilitators of success.

Melanie St. James

A forward thinking leader and strategist, Mélanie is the Chief Experience Officer at The Co8 Group, a company focused on bringing digital transformation and self-sustaining improvement through cultural assessment, alignment and skills development. Her ability to seamlessly integrate Service Design, User Experience with Design Thinking allows for the rapid alignment of customer and business needs while her expertises in facilitation and team development create high performing, cross-functional team able to deliver high value products and services.

As Associate Director of User Experience at Tufts University, Mélanie has led key initiatives to integrate human-centered design methodologies within IT, Finance, HR and academic departments, increasing customer satisfaction and service adoption. She also integrated design thinking across the university to enable innovation in the rapidly changing landscape of Higher Education.

Robert Frohman

An innovative and engaging leader, Rob is the founder and CEO of The Co8 Group, a company focused on enabling organizations to deliver products efficiently, with quality and predictability. He believes that understanding who you are is key to identifying what you need. Rob’s ability to identify the core of a company’s potential and needs drove him to create a company that allows him to share this expertise.

Trained as an electrical engineer, Rob blends his experience in software engineering, product development and agile and lean practices with strong leadership and management to bring alignment to complex environments. A natural systems thinker, Rob’s work as the head of Agility Transformation for Fortune 500 companies has led to the successful integration of agile and lean practices and brings organizational alignment and growth to team, program and portfolio levels.


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