Who We Are

Traverse navigates complexity and controversy in the changing world of public services

Traverse is the new name for OPM Group.  OPM was founded in 1989 and provided services in consultancy, people development and research. Since 2006, OPM has been fully owned by its members (employees) through an employee share ownership trust. In January 2012 OPM acquired Dialogue by Design, an industry-leading engagement and consultation practice with specialist expertise and experience in the environment, infrastructure, and utilities markets. This acquisition complemented OPM’s own engagement services and provides the additional offer of a large scale multi-channel consultation service.

Traverse is building on the history of both OPM and Dialogue by Design to provide full-service consultancy in: Consultation, Evaluation, Engagement, Organisational Development and Social Investment.

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We have over 40 permanent staff and a similar number of long term freelancers (Associates).  We also have a number of longterm partnerships with other specialist organisations which supplement our core skills.

Our Team

Directors

Chih-Hoong Sin (Dr)

Chih-Hoong Sin (Dr)

Director

A passionate advocate of evidence-based and inclusive approaches to improving the quality and efficiency of public...

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Terry Parker

Terry Parker

Chief Executive

Terry’s leadership of Traverse is based on a career working inside, and for, many of our client groups including...

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Lucy Farrow

Lucy Farrow

Director

Lucy is a creative facilitator and project director with extensive planning and environment expertise. She also heads...

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Principals

Helen Ashley

Helen Ashley

Head of Science and Technology and Head of Consultation

Helen co-leads our Consultation team and leads the Science and Technology sector

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Caitlin Barrand (Dr)

Caitlin Barrand (Dr)

Head of Health and Social Care

Dr Caitlin Barrand has over ten years’ experience working across the health, charitable, academic, and government...

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Helen Brown (Dr)

Helen Brown (Dr)

Senior Principal

An expert in public service leadership, Dr Helen Brown is an experienced executive and team coach who contributes...

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Rob Francis

Rob Francis

Head of Central & Local Government and Head of Organisational Development

Rob is interested in local government, partnerships, community capacity building and systems leadership.

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Sue Goss (Dr)

Sue Goss (Dr)

Senior Principal

Dr Sue Goss specialises in leadership, governance and strategy development at all levels of government.

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Isabelle Guyot

Isabelle Guyot

Head of Infrastructure and Head of Consultation

As a Principal at Traverse, Isabelle has rich experience leading on large scale consultation projects with demanding...

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Zoe Khor (Dr)

Zoe Khor (Dr)

Head of Social Research

Dr Zoe Khor is an experienced mixed methods researcher and project manager with particular interest in using qualitative...

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Amélie Treppass

Amélie Treppass

Head of Utilities

Amélie is the Head of Utilities and draws upon her first-hand experience in community engagement and local...

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Peter Welsh (Dr)

Peter Welsh (Dr)

Head of Evaluation

Dr Peter Welsh is Head of Evaluation at Traverse. He is a highly experienced mixed-methods researcher and project...

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Senior Consultants

Killian Condell

Killian Condell

Senior Consultant

Killian joined the company in July 2016. He has experience of engaging with stakeholders at national and local levels in...

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Duncan Grimes

Duncan Grimes

Senior Consultant

Duncan is a qualitative researcher with commercial and public policy experience across the UK and Middle East.

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Ilina Georgieva

Ilina Georgieva

Senior Consultant

Ilina is an experienced qualitative researcher, report writer and project manager with strong expertise in public...

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Anna McKeon

Anna McKeon

Senior Consultant

Anna joined us in November 2016 after over 5 years working in International Development in South East Asia. Her...

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Bethan Peach

Bethan Peach

Senior Consultant

Beth is an experienced project manager and social researcher with a third sector background and expertise in evaluation...

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Lucy Smith

Lucy Smith

Senior Consultant

Lucy is an experienced qualitative researcher and project manager, with a particular interest in children and young...

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Tim Vanson

Tim Vanson

Senior Consultant

Tim is a Senior Consultant in Traverse's Evaluation and Research teams

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Barbara Lozito

Barbara Lozito

Senior Consultant

Barbara joined Traverse from the Royal Society of Arts where she worked in the RSA Lab, leading on experimental design,...

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Consultants

Tim Bidey

Tim Bidey

Consultant

Tim is an experienced social researcher and evaluator with a keen interest helping charities and other organisations...

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Jennifer Gisborne

Jennifer Gisborne

Consultant

Jenny Gisborne joined in January 2016 and is a consultant

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Fanny Goterfelt

Fanny Goterfelt

Consultant

Fanny joined Traverse in November 2016 as a project coordinator. With strong organisational skills and attention to...

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Chloe Juliette

Chloe Juliette

Consultant

Chloe joined Traverse as a consultant in August 2018. She had previously worked from 2011 as a freelance consultant and...

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Robin Kimber (Dr)

Robin Kimber (Dr)

Consultant

Dr Robin Kimber joined Traverse in October 2016 as a Consultant in Consultation & Engagement. He comes from a...

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Skye McCool

Skye McCool

Consultant

Skye joined Traverse as a consultant in November 2016. She has experience in facilitation, communication, and...

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Viviana Mustata

Viviana Mustata

Consultant

Having worked as a qualitative market researcher prior to joining Traverse, Viviana has focused on helping a wide range...

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Perla Rembiszewski

Perla Rembiszewski

Consultant

Perla joined the team in January 2016 and brings with her experience working for public, private and third sector...

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Matt Reynolds

Matt Reynolds

Consultant

Matt joined Traverse as a consultant in February 2016. He had previously worked as a temporary qualitative analyst for...

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LaShanda Seaman

LaShanda Seaman

Consultant

LaShanda joined Traverse in August 2018 after working for international and national public health charities within...

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Jane Simon

Jane Simon

Consultant

PRINCE2 Practitioner (APMG) and Productivity Specialist certified (APS), Jane has strong experience working with...

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James West

James West

Consultant

James joined Traverse as a consultant in September 2018, having previously worked as a qualitative analyst for the...

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Louis Horsley

Louis Horsley

Project Coordinator

At Traverse I’m primarily supporting consultations in public services and utilities, processing incoming...

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Product Team

Joe Carpenter

Joe Carpenter

Head of ICS

Joe coordinates our IT efforts including their software product developments.

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Andre Vejdani

Andre Vejdani

Senior Developer

Andre joined in December 2017 as a Senior Software Developer. His role is to design and develop the new software...

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Miriam Wodrich

Miriam Wodrich

Web Developer

Miriam has recently joined Traverse as a Front-End developer in the product development team.

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Khurram Zahid

Khurram Zahid

Senior Developer

Khurram comes to Traverse with a long background in web development.

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Business Development

Marcus Clissold-Lesser

Marcus Clissold-Lesser

Head of Business Development and Marketing

Marcus brings a passion for “making things work” as well as many years’ experience of the built...

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Sofia Tagliaferri

Sofia Tagliaferri

Bid Coordinator

Sofia's role involves identifying suitable opportunities, covering various market areas, and efficiently managing...

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Corporate Services

Siobhan Caulfield

Siobhan Caulfield

Resources Manager

Siobhan is a highly experienced administrator who manages the office in a range of capacities as Resource Manager.

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Tina Harding

Tina Harding

Sales and Purchase Ledger Accountant

It’s great to be part of an organisation that strives to make a real difference where it matters and is committed...

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Nick Midgley

Nick Midgley

ICS Officer

Nick joined the team in July 2012. Nick’s main role is to set up and maintain the IT infrastructure of databases...

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Harjap Roopray

Harjap Roopray

Systems Support Manager

Harjap worked in desktop publishing for several years before graduating with a degree in Human Centre Computing and...

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Dave Stannard

Dave Stannard

Head of Finance

I am the Senior Project Accountant and joined in May 1999. My key responsibilities are managing project finances,...

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Maximiliano Singh

Maximiliano Singh

IT Apprentice

Max is an system support apprentice and he started in November 2018.

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    Information Security is integral to Traverse’s projects and procedures.  We are proud to have been accredited to ISO 27001 by NQA since 2010.

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    Traverse's Quality Management System has been accredited to ISO 9001.

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    Traverse is proud to have been recognised as a London Living Wage employer.

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    Traverse is an accredited supplier for:
    RM949 Grants and Programmes Framework (Evaluation)
    RM1086 Market Research Services

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    Traverse is registered under our former brand Dialogue by Design Ltd, Achilles ID: 052486 in the following categories:

    2.2.29 Community Relations Consultancy

    2.2.30 Public Consultation Consultancy

    2.2.99 Other Consultancy

    2.6.14 Market Research Services

    2.6.99 Other Business & Administrative Services

    4.6.38 Integrated Design Team Services

    4.6.99 Other Sector Specific Consultancy

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    Traverse is proud to have been employee-owned since 1994.  Our Principal, Lucy Farrow, was awarded the distinction of Empoyee Owner of the year at the recent Employee Ownership Awards.

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