agiLab Steering Committee


Dr Emma Russell is a Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologist, Senior Lecturer and Course Director of the MSc Occupational & Organizational Psychology programme at the University of Sussex Business School. Emma is a member of the ESRC funded Digital Futures at Work (Digit) Research Centre where she co-leads the Mid and Early Career Researcher stream. Emma’s research focuses on agile working in applied organisational settings, particularly in relation to digital communications, personality, and well-being. Her work has been funded by a number of research bodies, trusts and private organisations and has been published in high impact academic journals, conference proceedings, books, and working papers/reports. She is a regular guest speaker/author to organisations, and in the media. Emma has undertaken several research projects with the NHS in the past five years: examining uptake of a young person’s health app, evaluating interventions for developing children and young people commissioners, planning GP transitional retirement, and leadership in midwifery.

Dr Emma Russell, Director of agiLab


Liz Gambrell is the Deputy Director of Engagement and Assistant Director of Engagement for the South for NHS Employers. An HR Professional in the NHS at provider, regional and national level, Liz is a Postgraduate in Human Resource Management and has a Masters in Strategic Human Resources.

Liz Gambrell

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Paul Renshaw is a senior HR leader with more than 30 years experience in directing HR and organisational development functions. 

Paul has worked for Devon’s system since October 2020, having previously held similar roles at NHS organisations across the country. 

Skilled in developing HR functions with a focus on leading change and transformation projects, Paul is well-versed in building partnerships across functions and stakeholders to deliver plans that meet organisational objectives.

Paul Renshaw


Rebekah Giffney is an experienced Chartered Occupational Psychologist, with more than 17 years’ experience working with individuals, teams and organisations. Rebekah makes a difference through delivering evidence-based, bespoke applied learning that drives demonstrable, on-the-ground change and performance improvement.

Rebekah started her career in the NHS. Working across primary and secondary care Rebekah led a variety of large-scale service improvement and change programmes, prior to working as a Healthcare Management Consultant for 8 years with Arup. As a Principal Consultant Rebekah developed and led the Healthcare Consulting Business within Arup working with all parts of the healthcare system.

She is at the forefront of the provision of leadership, culture and team development for clinicians and managers in health and care settings across the country. She strives to challenge mindsets, build belief and support change through the use of psychology-based development.

Rebekah Giffney


Alison Jennings has been a part of the NHS Leadership Academy since its inception in 2012 and has been a member of NHS Strategic Health Authority Leadership teams and NHS Health Authority Leadership teams since 2004 specialising in growing and developing leaders at all levels across healthcare. In her current role, as Head of Leadership and Lifelong Learning (South East) Ali leads the NHS South East Leadership Academy team in delivering national and regional people plan priorities across the region.  With over 20 years’ experience in Leadership, OD, Talent Management and HR, Ali’s work in recent years has focused on building leadership and OD capability in organisations and systems. Ali also recently co-led the South East HWB response to the Covid pandemic. She is an experienced coaching supervisor, team and executive coach, board development and system OD practitioner

Alison Jennings


Louise McKenzie joined Ashford and St Peters NHS Trust in April 2013 and is the Director of Workforce Transformation. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and holds a degree in Public Administration and Economics.

Louise has worked in the NHS since 1994, primarily in the acute sector, in a number of senior HR roles including Head of Operational HR at Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Director of HR at Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust, and most recently as Director of HR & OD at South London Healthcare NHS Trust. In her previous role she was a member of the London Partnership Forum working with senior NHS managers and trade union organisations on workforce policy implementation and complex change management programmes.

Louise Mckenzie

Deepali D'mello is an Organisational Psychologist and PhD researcher at the University of Sussex. Her research interests are in understanding how people control their management of digital communication and how that may impact their well-being and productivity. She is interested in individual differences that impact one’s decision to manage their digital communication. Outside of university, Deepali also works as a Research Specialist conducting research related to pedagogy and race inequity in organisations.  

She has more than 15 years of work experience in sales, marketing, and client relationship management working in UK and India, before she resumed her passion for psychology. Agile working and growth mindset are at the core of all her career decisions. Deepali holds degrees in B.A. Psychology (Mumbai University: 1st Class), MSc Occupational Psychology (Kingston: Distinction), MRes in Business and Management (Kingston University: Merit) and she is currently pursuing her PhD (University of Sussex). 

Deepali D'mello, Research Operations Manager of agiLab


Marc Fullman previously worked for 15 years in IT (11 at Microsoft). Towards the end of his time at Microsoft, he became interested in personal development and what makes people tick leading to him leave IT to study psychology. He did a BSc with the Open University and a MSc with Kingston University. His MSc dissertation allowed him to link his interest in technology with his studies in psychology by examining whether personality affects the strategies people use when dealing with incoming email. His PhD follows this theme in that he will be researching how digital incivility is experienced through the medium of channel-based messaging and instant messaging on enterprise social media (e.g. Slack, MS Teams) and how this impacts the future of work. This research is part of the Future of Work Hub research portfolio and is in partnership with the Roffey Park Institute.

Marc Fullman, Technical & Communctions Manager of agiLab

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Jay McCloskey is a Management PhD student and Research Assistant at the University of Sussex. His research focuses on informal feedback in the workplace, specifically looking into what kind of person is more likely, in an informal way, to seek or provide feedback. Additionally, Jay will be investigating how working virtually affects feedback conversations.

Before starting his studies, Jay worked as a Psychologist in a global talent measurement consultancy. As part of the assessment consulting team, he worked with clients to help enhance their assessment and selection processes.

Jay has an MSc in Occupational and Business Psychology and is a verified psychometric Test User with the British Psychological Society.

Jay McCloskey, Interim-Technical and Communications Manager

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Mike Cracknell

Jane Roe

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