Rebecca Taylor

With an HR career that stretches back to the late 1990's, Beckie Taylor's not only an experienced people professional, she's a forward-thinker, and a strategist.

On an average day, you'll find Beckie driving business and people solutions for all sizes of tech start-ups. Business mapping, Talent and performance management, continuous employee development and engagement are just a few of her specialist areas. But to make a real difference, Beckie uses her finely honed skills to build relationships with people. That way, she can quickly get to the heart of the business, and design meaningful, long-term business and people solutions that work.

CLOS is a business with its foundations in this precise way of thinking. A clear line of sight. So making sure people strategies slot into the values of each client is at the crux of what Beckie does. This approach stems from her background as Global Head of HR, and one of the first employees for an international SaaS company based in the North West.

Despite having HR credentials that span almost two decades, Beckie is also a mum. She couples her busy day job along with her role as an Ambassador for Women in Tech, and Women in Leadership. And if that's not enough, she's also a founding member of the Women in Technology Northern Chapter for Microsoft.

Notable articles and contributions

Gender Equality in Technology Talk
http://talentleadersconnect.com/33#agenda

HR Magazine Article
http://web.archive.org/web/20150707162737/http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hro/features/1152369/getting-gender-equality-in-technology-firms-right

Continuous development
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/annual-appraisals-thing-past-rebecca-taylor?trk=prof-post

XYZ Events - Women in business panel
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/business-news/xyz-events-puts-women-business-11876123

Eveolution closing conference by the Business Growth Hub
https://youtu.be/B1DyTJ1wE5I

Ada Lovelace day - fireside chat
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ada-lovelace-day-fireside-chats-tickets-28186523651

Finalist Forward Ladies 2016 Rising Star Award
http://forwardladies.com/north-west/

Finalist Women in IT finalist Advocate of the year
http://womeninitawards.com/finalists/

Judge at UK Employee Experience Awards 2016

James Heggs

Originally trained as a software engineer, James has been busy developing his career in all areas of software development over the past 10 years.

His passion for delivering software solutions for growing tech companies started when he joined a North West SaaS company as the organisation's first and only software developer. This position of influence gave James the chance to flex his technical abilities when it came to introducing team structures, processes, and development methodologies across the business. Everything was about aiding growth, from training and developing staff, to introducing agile processes. And this immersive experience opened the doors to a genuine appreciation of creating impactful solutions for start-ups.

Now James turns the heat on at tech start-ups looking to scale-up by stacking the best tech solutions for individual need. Leading the transformation from monolithic to microservices models, while aligning team structures to fit. Decreasing time to market and increasing customer feedback through continuous integration and delivery.

Living and breathing his passion for the tech industry, James has also created and co-organises the popular Manchester DevOps community meetup.

Notable articles and contributions

Zero to continuous deployment - Feature on Google Cloud Blog
https://medium.com/google-cloud/zero-to-continuous-delivery-with-google-cloud-platform-8e3bf1312fb5

Continuous lifecycle London
http://continuouslifecycle.london/speakers/james-heggs/

Liverpool Google user group
https://www.meetup.com/GDG-Liverpool/events/235415054/

UNICOM DevOps Showcase - Midlands
http://conferences.unicom.co.uk/five-pillars/

DevOps Manchester group – Co-organiser
http://www.devopsmanchester.co.uk