Meet the team

Passion for culture is what drives us to pursue a better workplace for all.

Dedicated to Employee Engagement and know that having the right work place culture can mean the difference. After years of trialling what fancy dress works, and whether an annual sports day is the answer to engagement – they can truly say they’ve tried and tested it all.

Having passion for culture is what drives them to pursue a better workplace for all, and have learnt that culture dictates profit growth along the way. So they may not be hosting pancake flipping competitions, or deliberating over whether a ping pong table will drive engagement, but they have a clear focus on the modern workplace and how to build the right culture for the right organisation.

Meet The Team Hero
Kate

Kate Wood

MD & Founder

I am determined that everyone can maximise their potential at work. Over a decade ago I was a struggling single parent with 2 children Bebee and Rye (now adults), never thinking I would have a career, being engaged at work changed our lives as a family, so now I want to change the lives of others.

Harnessing what worked when I was Culture Director for Chess, where with a team of Cultural Ambassadors we galvanised the 120 million pound turnover Technology Business go from 63rd to 1st in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work for in the UK, I set up Engage Your People Ltd.

I am continually driving the Women in Technology agenda and I am proud to sit on the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partner Board, Women in Technology North, Women in Technology UK Boards and Women of the Channel Advisory Board.

I really believe in inclusion and belonging for everyone and want to try play my part in achieving that.

Favourite thing about your job
It’s really really scary, I am always out of my comfort zone, I am continually learning, every single day I find out something new and every day I Interact with people who I learn from.

If you were on death row what would be your last meal?
Smoked Salmon and prawns, Steak Salad, Sticky Toffee pudding with custard and a glass of Baileys

If you were going to live on a desert island and could only take 1 book and 1 film what would they be?
Book - If I could tell you just one thing – Richard Reed Film - It’s a Wonderful Life

What song would you like played at your funeral?
Remember Me – Diana Ross

If you could invite 3 famous people to your house for dinner who would they be?
Tracey Emin, Michelle Obama and Satya Nadella

Megan

Megan

Head of Customer Engagement

Leaving university with a degree in Psychology, I had already focused on the effect of Stress on employees as part of my dissertation, so I immediately wanted to work in a business environment that cared about its people.

I joined Chess in June 2015 and straight away knew the culture was something I wanted to be a part of. Working in roles all over Chess, including Customer Service, Escalations, Sales, and Leadership I had the chance to learn everything there is about customers.

The culture at Chess over the 4.5 years I worked there, enabled me to develop into a driven individual with a passion for engaging the workforce. Working for the Cultural Team there has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in my career. Now working as Head of Customer Engagement at Engage Your People I can put my passion for culture in work and my passion for customers together.

Favourite thing about your job?
Speaking to so many new people every day and being able to work in an area of business that I believe in and interests me most

If you were on death row what would be your last meal?
Prosciutto and gruyere tart, Dominos Cheese Pizza, and Marks and Spencer profiteroles

If you were going to live on a desert island and could only take 1 book and 1 film what would they be?
Film – Moulin Rouge, Book – DIY Guide What song would you like played at your funeral? Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland

If you could invite 3 famous people to your house for dinner who would they be?
Judy Garland, Winston Churchill and Leah Remini

This is what people say about us!

  • Kate Brunning
    We’ve learnt simple changes to our people’s experience and lift their engagement on the spot by understanding individually what was motivating them and demotivating them. ​
    Kate Brunning Director of People at Virtual 1
  • Capture
    "We connected as a leadership team and this session has helped us to develop a clear roadmap to develop and enhance our working culture”
    Helen Ratcliff Marketing Director - UK & ROI at Michelin
  • Paul Mason
    To say that Kate is passionate about engagement and the development of her colleagues really doesn’t do it justice - her enthusiasm/energy come through in spades.
    Paul Mason Director of Programme Delivery, Mobile, Voice, Sport, TV and Broadband at BT at BT

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