We are delighted to have attracted such a great group of individuals who together as a team will be a phenomenal driving force for Digital Anthropology.
Catherine De La Poer
Catherine is a leadership coach, with a 20+ year career in senior commercial roles, within the media and recruitment industries. She has extensive experience working in start-ups/ fast growth businesses and generating revenue and profit from scratch. Catherine’s functional expertise covers, client service, business development and sales management. Pragmatic, reflective, with a commercial edge, best describe her coaching style. Catherine works with clients to motivate, build confidence and generate ideas to move their careers and businesses forward. Emotional intelligence (EQ) forms the centrepiece of her coaching approach.
Catherine’s early career began in B2B publishing, where she worked for the multi-award-winning Human Resources Magazine, as well as overseeing the successful launch of Global HR Magazine. Catherine was part of the founding team for the multi-million-dollar technology start-up, Vibrant Media. She was a key member of its global management team and enjoyed a successful 8-year tenure, growing the European and North American businesses. In 2010, Catherine joined f1 recruitment, a leading boutique marcomms recruiter. Here she worked as a Partner, alongside the business owner, to define business strategy and grow the fee income of the agency. More recently, completing her postgraduate certificate in business and personal coaching, accredited by the International Coaching Federation, she joined Archipelo in 2014 and has gone on to launch her own coaching business, halcyon in 2017.
Will is a Human Capital Partner with 25 years of experience in helping clients transform their business impact through their people. He leads Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting practice in the UK and specialises in the Technology, Media and Telecoms sector. He is a regular commentator on Human Capital issues in the press.
Will leads Deloitte’s research into Digital Leadership and has published a series of reports examining how organisations can organise and develop talent in a digital world. He founded a digital leaders industry network for the next generation of digital talent and he is a lead facilitator for Deloitte’s Executive Transitions programme.
His work has contributed to industry recognition, winning the MCA HR Consulting award twice and the CBI Human Capital award, and he is also an invited moderator at the main conference of the annual Mobile World Congress.
Nerys has a breadth of technical, business and leadership experience gained over a 20 year+ career with variety of companies including Xerox, Thales, Fujitsu and ServiceNow. She has held senior EMEA business, consulting and technical roles and is consistently recognised for her technical aptitude, business understanding and focus on driving value and innovation for her customers. She is an experienced transformational business and people leader and has held significant P&L responsibility across the EMEA region.
In her current role she provides strategic advisory services and thought leadership to executive teams of large multinational organisations to enable them to transform their business and operating models, as well as works with the top software vendors to co-develop and deliver complimentary solutions. She believes that people and culture are a key ingredient for digital transformation and enabling people with the right technologies will drive further innovation which is necessary to compete in today’s markets. Her passion for people centric transformation has led her to become a board trustee for the Digital Anthropology charity in order to help people and organisations better prepare for increased automation and develop the necessary skills for the future of work. She is also frequently called upon to write and contribute to a number of publications on topics including digital transformation, employee experience, workforce transformation and culture.
Nerys is consistently recognised for her technical aptitude and innovation and was appointed the highest technical accolade of Fujitsu Fellow in October 2018. She is one of only two women in the Fujitsu to have been awarded this. Encouraging more women into technology is very important to Nerys and she is an active STEM ambassador.
Nerys is married with two children and a golden retriever and lives in Hampshire. She has a huge passion for skiing and likes nothing more than exploring the mountains with her family.
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Jenny’s career began with a global recruitment business in Scotland. Within the first 12 months she had moved into an HR specialist role, with a focus on the Interim marketplace. As her career evolved, she started to take responsibility for the strategic direction of interims across the UK.
In 2011, Jenny moved into a newly formed SME HR Consultancy, taking on a more hybrid role -leading the in-house hiring of the best HR talent, whilst overseeing the growth and development of the interim management model.
Jenny moved to London 5-years ago to set up the new southern region. She credits this part of her career in forming who she is today. She had the opportunity to work very closely with her HR counterparts, manage the HR interim team of consultants and provide creative and fit for purpose solutions for her clients. She has supported many Director level projects, provided full project teams, and worked extensively with specialist requirements in areas such as OD and Reward.
Jenny felt the natural next career step was to move into an HR recruitment boutique, working for a market leader. At Oakleaf Jenny is responsible for the Executive Interim Management Solutions business across all sectors.
Jenny is passionate about the future of work, believing there are more than one way to provide the solution to a resource need within a business. I am very much a people person, build solid and lasting relationships with a purpose of happiness at the core.
Outside of work Jenny keeps active, she was training for the Chicago marathon in October this year, with her goal being to complete six major world marathons by the time she reaches 50! Sadly, Covid has delayed this plan a little but that didn’t stop her completing the virtual 100km Race to The Stones in July. Jenny loves spending time with son Charlie who keeps her entertained daily with his quirky, wonderful ways.
Rebecca Skellett is Head of Strong Cities Network (SCN) at the leading counter extremism think and “do” tank, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue headquartered in London. The organisation is dedicated to understanding and innovating real-world responses to the rising tide of polarisation, hate and extremism of all forms. They combine anthropological research, expertise in international extremist movements and an advanced digital analysis capability that tracks hate, disinformation and extremism online, with policy advisory support and training to governments and cities around the world. They work to empower youth and community influencers internationally through our pioneering education, technology and communications programmes.
Rebecca spearheads the network, advocating for cities to take a leading role in the identification, design and mitigation of hate, extremism and political violence. Drawing on the collective experiences of over 140 cities from across 45 countries, the network acts as a bridge, connecting cities across international, economic, cultural and ethnic boundaries to policies and practices that have worked well elsewhere. In five years, the network has supported over 5,000 professionals and community leaders, including 750 city officials and over 100 mayors to design, deploy and deliver their own response to these complex challenges in close partnership with both the SCN and the communities they represent. Rebecca oversees a growing team based across Bangladesh, Kenya, Lebanon, Jordan and North Macedonia.
Building on her previous experience as a frontline practitioner in the U.K. Prevent Strategy, Rebecca also leads the Institute’s de-radicalisation and returning terrorist foreign fighter’s programmes. She regularly keynotes conferences, advises national and multi-lateral institutions and in international media such as the BBC World Service and CNN.