The Workpond Team
the agile team: putting a wealth of experience and knowledge to work for you
Our team brings together a unique blend of strategic thinking and operational experience. We have deep insights into the labour market and future work, a deep understanding of agile working and how it is used in different industries. We pride ourselves on challenging your thinking – offering you game-changing solutions that you hadn’t previously thought of.
Amanda is the Founder and MD of Workpond, a Talent Strategy Consultancy, helping Organisations to increase their agility. She is a great believer in the benefits of agility and agile working in today’s rapidly changing world. She divides her time between consulting, conducting workshops and speaking on the topic of Agility and Agile working. She has a deep understanding of the UK labour market and business strategy.
Amanda began her career in Investment Management, working as an Investment Analyst at Fuji Lord-Abbett and ABN Amro Asset Management (Australia), Amanda took a short career break when her children were born. Surprised by the lack of flexible or remote opportunities for professionals (both men and women), she started researching the UK labour market and employment practices with regards to flexible working. She set up Workpond in 2011, initially as a marketplace for flexible work. This developed into full-service recruitment. In 2016, Workpond launched its Consultancy business providing support to businesses looking to develop more agile business structures, integrating agile working with their overriding company goals.
Outside work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and three children at their home in Surrey. Amongst other things, she enjoys dinghy sailing, golf and skiing.
Debbie brings a wealth of recruitment experience to Workpond. She started internally recruiting for Harrods, before moving to investment management recruitment consultancy, Badenoch & Clark for 7 years, managing a team. She then joined Venn Group, managing Corporate Communications, for another7 years.
Since having a family, Debbie wanted to rebalance her life whilst growing her career and adding value to an enterprising business. Having experienced various forms of part time employment, she wanted to work for a company that completely understood how a flexible way of working could boost its economic competitiveness and offer a work life balance. Workpond ticked all the boxes. She now not only works within a company that appreciates agile working can be extremely productive and beneficial to a fast growing business but also consults with other companies sharing this philosophy.
The successes of her role at Workpond are complimented with an active village life centred around family and friends, adventures and sport.
Tracy is an independent HR/Recruitment Specialist who, along with other clients, has been working with Workpond since January 2016, focusing on Recruitment. A CIPD qualified professional with over 20 years’ experience, Tracy specialises in selection and recruitment, induction, employee relations and all disciplinary matters.
Tracy started working in HR with The Merchants Group, before moving to Visa International and Norton Rose. For the past 10 years she has worked as an independent consultant for various companies in the travel, retail, online business and real estate sectors.
Tracy enjoys being with her family and going on long walks with her dog. She also enjoys Pilates, entertaining and putting on fund raising events for two charities.
Zira Skeats is our social media expert and loves everything digital. Zira has over 15 years marketing experience gained primarily from online product driven healthcare, pharmaceutical, legal and insurance markets within top FTSE publishers, plus B2C marketing within the luxury yacht industry. She also has experience within the expat market as Board level Marketing Director and more recently financial services. Zira has extensive line management experience of three substantial teams across UK, Europe and the US with responsibility for launching online apps, websites, e-commerce, social media initiatives and managing marketing strategy across products. She is extremely hands on and can be involved in the tactics of the marketing campaigns.
Although Zira works predominately full time she is passionate about flexible working and feels this is an area of growth and opportunity.
In her spare time she enjoys writing, travel when she gets the opportunity, particularly to cities, yoga, gym and cooking.