Product Panel

S&S Expert Panels are made up of senior practitioners who meet up every 90 days to discuss and push the boundaries on new concepts and methods that can positively affect the work we do with our clients and help define what we stand for.

Each panellist has an initial 12 month tour of duty as we actively look to refresh each group to ensure we are gathering as diverse a set of ideas as possible. Our panels also continue the conversations outside of our quarterly sessions with almost daily ad hoc communication via their dedicated WhatsApp groups, as well as taking part in live Q&A sessions with our executive communities

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Christian Miccio

Associate

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Dimitra Retsina

Associate

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Hugo Pickford-Wardle

Associate

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Jason Tunstall

Associate

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Neha Datt

Associate

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Nicholas Wodtke

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Darren Linden

Chief Transformation Officer

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Paul Johnson

Associate

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Sarah Mavriopoulos

Associate

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Pat Lynes

CEO / Founder

Pat is the Founder of S&S and created the “The Change Society” movement to shake up tired recruitment and consulting models.

Pat’s personal mission is to change the way the world engages with Interims and unite them globally through our proprietary “Teams as a Service” (TaaS) model. Pat believes interim teams can solve all business problems in today’s rapidly changing environment, which he has brought to life in his book, “the interim revolution” – How interim teams can transform your company”.

He has been placing interims for 15 years for companies of all shapes and sizes, has resourced over 50 successful transformations for the likes of Burberry, Argos and Sky and recently won Global Interim Recruiter of the Year by a major industry body. Father to Sullivan and Stanley and Husband to Helen, Pat enjoys a nice Pale Ale, fishing at a variety of locations around the world and is an avid Arsenal fan.

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Emma Goodbrand

EA to CEO

Emma is the Executive Assistant to Pat Lynes and the Sullivan & Stanley team. Emma oversees and ensures the smooth day to day running of the office and is the first point of contact for clients, candidates and colleagues in the absence of the CEO. Emma has worked as a Personal Assistant for almost ten years, seven of which have been within the recruitment industry.

Emma loves to travel and is always planning her next experience and trip. A keen scuba diver, she enjoys traveling to new places to dive; top of her list so far is Iceland.

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Adrian Stalham

Chief Strategic Coach

Adrian is a Transformation expert and Executive Coach. His career has always been focused on delivery – projects, programmes, transformations, agility, omnichannel and change management. He has worked across most departments of most industries (Life Sciences, Retail, Telco, Broadcast/Media and Financial Services). He therefore has a unique breadth of experience across business and IT that is hard to replicate, and valued highly by Executives.

Outside of work, Adrian has a passion for photography, clay pigeon shooting and motorbikes (3 hobbies not easily combined) – and raising 2 little people to be fully rounded global citizens.

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Darren Linden

Chief Transformation Officer
With nearly 20 years of experience in digital change, Darren has led large-scale client-side transformation in blue-chip brands including AOL, T-Mobile, O2UK, Sky TV and Barclaycard. Darren is a member of the S&S Leadership Team, shaping its highly differentiating consulting  proposition and principles as well as working hands on with our clients and Associates across all sectors.
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Kevin Corne

Chief Operating Officer

Kevin’s role as Chief Operating Officer is to complement Pat in his Chief Executive position driving the S&S vision, whilst building, implementing and operating a scalable and sustainable business, that supports the needs of our customers today and in the future.

Outside of work, when Kev is not spending time with his wife Helen and their three kids, you’ll find him playing a round of golf or fishing on a quiet lake. Kev also enjoys mountain biking, motorsports such as F1, baseball, rugby and is a big fan of Sci-Fi.

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Jacqueline Shakespeare

Transformation Partner

Jacqueline is one of our Operating Partners here at S&S, working mainly client-side with the likes of Mastercard, Three and BCG. An experienced Change and Transformation Lead across multiple industries, she specialises in strategy to execution, people and culture and being ChangeReady.

Jacqueline strongly believes that the only way to be sure of success in a world where 84% of transformations fail, is to have strong foundations in place – allowing organisations to navigate through the complexities of change and ultimately deliver sustainable value.

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Ken Towning

CxO Advisory

Ken started his career working with mainframes and moved through operations, support and project roles to hold a number of CxO roles. Ken is now an advisor and works closely with S&S on client sites on a fractional basis. Ken has coached children in football for eighteen years.

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Matt Bradley

Head of Product & Engineering

Head of Product & Engineering at S&S, Matt develops cross-functional teams to deliver successful Products & Agile Transformations. He has ten years of experience in the software development market partnering with top companies to build high performing teams. He is passionate about driving deeper engagement with talent communities through knowledge sharing, crowd sourcing and community driven events. When not working Matt can be found on the golf course, at a wedding in Ireland or dabbling in politics over an ale.

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Jacob Perring

Partner - TMT

Jacob is the Teams Partner for the TMT practice at S&S and is devoted to providing on-demand services to the CxO suite and partnering in transformation and innovation. Having spent his early years specialising in Strategy & Architecture, Jacob utilises his network of high-performance interims to feed into S&S’s fresh teams concept.

Away from work, when he’s not jet-setting overseas, Jacob can be found sampling foreign lagers and attending sporting events.

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Tom Goodyear

Partner - Financial Services

Tom comes to S&S with 7 years experience in tech recruitment focusing on the financial services industry. Prior to this, Tom worked as a Portfolio Manager in Dubai for 2 years advising clients on the sell and acquisition of their commercial and residential property.

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Ryan Doel

Associate Teams Partner

Ryan’s role is to help create a world-class associate experience by building and nurturing our top 5% expert network, The Change Society. Ryan uses his relationships to create pre-gelled and fully aligned delivery teams to help our clients solve the challenges their face when undertaking change. From on-boarding, right through to a variety of conversations about rates and contract extensions, the role is fully immersed in the associate world! 

Outside of S&S, you’ll find Ryan either on a golf course, playing football or chasing around after his little boy Ralph.

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Mat Stanley

Head of Client Engagement & Services

Mat is the vital connection between S&S and its clients, ensuring effective client engagement to identify and assure deliverables and outcomes. Building on S&S’ foundations of delivering continuous value, Mat ensures ongoing team orchestration with a laser focus on client value and outcomes. Mat brings over 20 years of experience in Professional Services, Consultancy and Delivery focussed on technology and business transformation.

Mat is married to Jen and has two young boys, Ollie and Jacob. They love to spend time being active outdoors; especially paddleboarding and rugby in Chelmsford, Essex where he is a coach from Chelmsford RFC minis. He is also a passionate music fan, playing the guitar and catching live music wherever possible.

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Charlie Clark

Client Engagement and Services Manager

Charlie takes care of the client-facing relationships, through interactions with Key Stakeholders, Consultants and Associates alike. Acting as a first touchpoint, Charlie is responsible for service delivery, roll-off, setting and managing expectations and co-creating the deliverables which underpin S&S’ world-class service.

Charlie’s previous roles have seen her supporting clients from a variety of backgrounds from military and government organisations to high net worth individuals and large corporations around the world.

Charlie is passionate about working with organisations that put the customer at the heart of their organisation.  She believes providing a positive customer experience is more than just good customer services, for her it’s about customer-centric culture and leadership, it’s about focusing on the customers wants and needs and developing products and services to meet those requirements, while making a commitment to delivering recognisable customer value and building long term relationships based on openness and integrity.

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Callum Chambers

Head of Digital

As the Head of Digital, Callum ensures the business strategy is aligned with our digital and marketing output, leads asset development and tells the stories that are uniquely S&S. He has essentially been our head storyteller since we started in 2016.

Callum also works closely with our partners and consultants on developing their personal brands as well as building our ChangeMedia product client-side.  Yet another Australian occupying London, he previously worked for 7 years in a sports governing body in Melbourne, also within digital and content.

Away from Sullivan & Stanley HQ, Cal can be found on the basketball court, jetting over to random places in Europe or heavily critiquing the best flat whites London has to offer. If you come to London Bridge, he’ll let you know where the best spots are.

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Sonia Sullivan

Compliance Manager

As the Compliance Manager, Sonia ensures that there is accuracy and compliance in everything that we do. She has seven years of experience in back office operations within the recruitment industry and is well equipped to answer the day-to-day contracts and compliance queries from our Associates.

Outside of the office, Sonia can be found exploring London looking for the best brunch spots and discovering new restaurants. She also loves to travel and is often planning her next adventure abroad.

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Amy Woo

Sales Operations Coordinator

As the Sales Operations Coordinator, it is Amy’s role to enable the Teams Partners by providing operational support and working closely with the COO to manage the sales activity. Amy previously worked at a large Law Firm, where she built her experience in office management support and was a Personal Assistant to a large team of attorneys. Outside of the office when she is not immersing herself in a new Netflix series or book, Amy is usually out and about exploring art galleries, restaurants, and taking in all that London has to offer.

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Shabana Begum

Financial Controller

As the Financial Controller at Sullivan & Stanley, I am responsible for managing the company’s accounts and internal controls, and therefore, ensuring the company is operating effectively and efficiently.

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Jane Logie

Associate

Jane is an analytical, quality-focused professional with extensive, multicultural experience of shaping and directing financial services functions within demanding settings. As a strategic change agent she is skilled in identifying and capitalizing on areas of strategic operational improvement, delivery of complex change and the realisation of benefits. Jane is a strong communicator focused on building positive relationships with clients, peers, senior executives and external stakeholders.

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Kerry Gregory

Associate

A driven and highly experienced Transformation Office Lead, successfully helping to deliver large scale multi-faceted strategic programmes, portfolios or enterprise direction within an international framework. Alongside the expected scope of a gold standard service, also provides full ownership of the Delivery layer, giving Directors/Heads of the freedom to focus on the Leadership layer and Change Owners the opportunity to concentrate on the Execution layer.

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Hanna John

Associate

I’m a consultant who loves being part of client teams – asking the difficult questions, making a plan, clarifying objectives, setting up, telling a compelling story, helping leaders support their teams, testing, learning, changing. I have experience working across telco, retail, finance, pharma, media and the non-profit sectors.

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Roger Lewis

Associate

An APMG Certified Change Management Practitioner and Programme & Process Manager with a track record of driving successful large-scale transformation and change programmes for financial services, technology and logistics companies. Strong skills in leading business change management initiatives, process improvement and M&A integration programmes.Portfolio highlights include consulting with Ocado PLC’s Transformation Office to support their global expansion programme, coordinating multiple change initiatives across functions, as well as leading on the establishment of Ocado’s Centre of Process Excellence.

Insurance sector SME engagements with Markel International’s ‘One Wholesale Programme’ helping to redesign the Wholesale underwriting process, data & systems and redefine relevant process architecture for the Wholesale underwriting team.Career insurance sector experience of C-suite leadership of acquisition and merger integration programme, combining five companies into a U$ 60m insurance premium business in London, Guernsey and North America, and five years’ prior leadership of a highly profitable international market leading U$ 50m premium insurance company.

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Zoltan Homoki

Associate

Living in Hungary, he has been working in software engineering for over 12 years and has broad experience across the Travel, Retail and e-gaming industries.
His main technical interests are Cloud, DevOps and running applications at scale. He is experienced in leading multiple teams, solving interesting problems and complex challenges.
Nowadays his work is very much focused on Retail, helping transform the way we shop for groceries.

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Marcel Britsch

Associate
Marcel Britsch is an independent Digital Consultant, Product Owner and Business Analyst; born in Germany he has been living and working in London for 20 years. He has worked with creatively and technically focused agencies and all sorts of clients across a wide variety of industry sectors including retail, automotive, finance, healthcare and energy. These days he helps organisations build solid products and services in a sustainable way, by facilitation, pairing, coaching or hands-on product management.
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Christian Miccio

Associate

I help companies improve their products and achieving their business objectives. My work covers in-depth vision/strategy/roadmap/execution; coaching the product team; revisiting the org structure to maximise effectiveness; getting buy-in from boards. Give me a shout!

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Sarah Mavriopoulos

Associate

Background in tech and business with roles in product and project delivery. It’s all about the people and the vision.

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Nicholas Wodtke

Associate

Over 20 years leading digital transformation at Fortune 500 companies such as Samsung, Disney and Sony as well as CEO and founder roles at venture backed companies such as Nuddge and Snap TV. A global leader in digital transformation and innovation and a seasoned media and technology executive with experience leading companies and large teams in the digital media space across the United States, Asia and Europe. Hands-on operational experience pioneering new technologies, transforming legacy businesses, building teams from scratch and growing revenue generating businesses in the mobile, new media, video, music, internet of things, big data, health-tech and gaming industries.

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Dimitra Retsina

Associate

Multi-disciplinary executive with broad experience in software product development and management.

Combining technical expertise with business analysis, organization skills and sales mindset.

On Product, I have built and mentored Product Design teams with Lean and Design Thinking methods, from concepting, assumptions validation to ideation and data-driven learning.

On strategic context, I carry in my belt tools like business model canvas, product canvas and 3 Horizons framework e.o. to inform the teams’ perspective and help assess opportunities.

I believe in Getting-Things-Done-Right, and that a (web) product’s success depends on 3 pillars: data, logic and user experience, applied on customer-validated assumptions for problem(s) and solution(s).

In the end, it is all about finding your sweet spot where you create worthy business value and maximizing the outcome while minimizing the output.

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Hugo Pickford-Wardle

Associate

A leader that has the commercial acumen and technical expertise and entrepreneurial drive to help businesses succeed in the age of the digital customer and constant technology disruption.

I have enabled 17+ CxO level management teams to understand where they are on their digital journey, where they want to get to and how to get there. I provide unique perspective having driven change in complex, regulated corporate environments (Insurance, Legal, Finance, Investment) and start-up and scale-up environments too.

With 15+ years of experience in every aspect of digital spanning innovation, emerging technologies, customer and user experience, Technical delivery, Product Development and of course talent management I combine the essential business skills needed to deliver the ‘how’ with a clear vision for transformation to deliver the ‘ why’.

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Paul Johnson

Associate

I am a user obsessed, creative and results-driven leader who has pioneered, delivered and grown multi-device B2C and B2B products and services around the world.

My adult life has been driven by a relentless passion for digital products, user engagement and monetisation, which has lead me to becoming a thought leader and influencer on disruptive technology, business models, trends and user behaviours.

I have deep knowledge in the areas of tv, entertainment, publishing, sports, gaming, eCommerce, telecoms, marketing, advertising & high tech.

I translate vision into clear and impactful strategy, drive P&L performance into ROI and growth, build strong and high performing teams, mentor & nurture talent, design digital experiences, deliver genuine value to end-users.

A world traveller with direct experience in different consumer markets for multi-national, SME and start-up businesses in UK, Europe, Eurasia, APAC and the USA.

On a mission to help make the online world stay a connected, useful, fun, engaging, safe, educational and rewarding place for future generations.

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Neha Datt

Associate

Senior digital advisor, agile leadership coach and conference speaker with a strong background in strategy, organisation design and human change.

Almost 20 yrs of collaborating with teams to deliver great products and services for global customers, across various industries. Focusing now on ethical, sustainable, purpose-driven businesses.

Starting with my users, delivering value, learning, challenging ways of working.

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Jason Tunstall

Associate

I’m a product and digital leader with international experience in Europe, the Americas and Australia.

I’m famous for:
– Assembling and directing high-performing, multi-discipline, international teams of 150+ people
– Exploration of new ideas and execution to realize them
– Solutions to problems – whether technical or political
– Creation of plans to gain C-level buy-in for initiatives
– Connections to the key people to add value and enjoyment to work
– Calm, considered direction in heated situations
– Interim leadership; dropping in to stabilise and grow organisations while helping to find the permanent fit

I enjoy:
– Creating compelling customer and client experiences
– Introducing data-centric products; gaining fresh benefits from new and existing technologies and relationships
– Building sustainable partnerships in multinationals, joint ventures and start-ups
– Being part of a diverse team of different cultures and disciplines

I deliver:
– Revenue (>€100m pa) from the introduction of data-driven digital products and services
– Strategic insight leading to partnerships, joint ventures and acquisitions
– Agile product development and project delivery processes
– Organisation and decision-making structures to remove friction and increase speed of execution

It’s great to make new connections, so get in touch if you want to talk about business, products, technology, data, monetization or interim leadership

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Sean Reilly

Associate
Sean is a technology leader with over 20 years of professional experience as a software developer, technical lead, and technical architect. He has worked in a wide range of industries from complex capital goods and e-commerce to telecoms, and nearly everything in between. Currently, Sean is leading engineering at a startup bidding for the fourth UK National Lottery licence.
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Aubrey Stearn

Associate
Aubrey is a hands-on CTO who can generally be found in the start-up or Intrapreneur space, well known in the DevOps community for her brand of engineering she can often be found sharing a stage at London meet-ups and conferences.
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Roderick Cain

Associate
Rod has over 25 years of experience coaching and successful delivery of working software into multiple blue-chips. Having experienced every part of the product life cycle, Rod currently mentors organisations on how to continuously improve in order to implement the best operational processes and procedures to enable smoother delivery and faster time to market.
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Remi Caron

Associate
Remi is an innovative, accountable hands-on IT Executive with an accomplished 25+ year career reflecting a track record of taking business to the next level through technical expertise and decisive leadership. Provoking thought-leadership by challenging the beaten path or status quo, improving people and enabling businesses to be more competitive. Where others see problems, Remi sees opportunities.
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Reda Hmeid

Associate
Reda has over 20 years of experience in software engineering and for the last 10 years has been a consultant. As a technology strategist, Reda focuses on delivering technology and change and has recently been instrumental in transformations at HMRC Digital and Thames Water.
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Ralf Jeffery

Associate
Ralf has more than 12 years of agile experience and 30 years overall experience within IT software and digital transformation. Throughout his career, Ralf has delivered innovative customer-centric digital solutions for multiple international blue-chip organisations including WorldPay, VISA, Santander, Coutts, O2, LEGO, as well as early-stage startups.
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Suzie Williams

Associate

Suzie was most recently the IT Director at Pets at Home and prior to that worked for Shop Direct (The Very Group) after a career as a consultant. Suzie is North West based and has recently landed her first interim role. Suzie gives up some of her spare time as a Scout leader.

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Nigel Lemmon

Associate

Nigel began his career in the Armed Forces, completed an MBA and then spent nine years with British American Tobacco in HQ, regional and executive board roles. Since then, he has held national, international and global CIO roles. He is also a NED Trustee for one of the UK’s largest social care charities.