Meet the team
At Colabs we know that getting stuff done, real stuff, can be hard. We know collaboration takes work and risk-taking is scary. We also know that doing things differently, particularly in the public sector, takes courage. As Collaboration Lead, Abbie’s here to hold your hand as you dip your toe in. She’s expert at balancing risks and rewards, navigating the commercials and ensuring you end up better off than when you found us. You’ll also find her in the thick of everything we do, from stakeholder strategy sessions to workshop arts and crafts.
As our Facilitation Lead, James is the champion of facilitation techniques and workshop ice-breakers. But he’s also a dab hand at strategic planning and using visual design to engage stakeholders. James cares deeply about the environment and human adaptation. With years of public sector experience under his belt, he brings context and clarity to every engagement - with a healthy dose of ‘how can this be better?’ James is just the shot of energy and smarts your project needs.
When it comes to understanding the user, there’s a lot to be said for a background in service industries. Tesh’s jam is putting humans at the centre of it all, challenging assumptions, actively listening to users, and bringing them into the problem space to generate genuinely effective solutions. With an eye for design and a willingness to jump into anything, Tesh is a Colabs powerhouse. Oh and she also pours a hell of a flat white.
As the analyst of the team, Eila is at home in the world of data, information, and research. Her extensive experience in conservation, central government, and regional council domains makes her voice invaluable to public sector conversations. Eila is an expert at asking the right questions, challenging assumptions and ensuring we are creating logical, user-driven solutions.
Jacquie gets the public sector, having spent years in both local and central government building her business analysis and human-centred design skills. She thinks about those people at the pointy end, the ones who will use what our partners co-design. She asks what evidence we have and advocates for working with the people at the centre; to challenge assumptions early and deliver meaningful solutions that work.