Our Staff

Manny Gatt

MBA, BA (hons), CertBC, FIBA, FRS, CTArcf

Managing Director, Director Facilitation & Mentoring

Manny Gatt

MBA, BA (hons), CertBC, FIBA, FRS, CTArcf

Managing Director, Director Facilitation & Mentoring

Manny Gatt has been a leader in the field of public sector partnership and collaborative working for over 20 years, first as chief executive of the Enterprise Agency in Derby and latterly as managing director for Business Link Nottinghamshire. Prior to that he was a director with Coats Viyella plc.

He is cofounder of Shared Service Architecture Ltd (SSA) a research and teaching company specialising in equipping individuals and public sector organisations with the skills and knowledge to successfully initiate innovative shared-service solutions. He has authored six books on collaborative leadership and shared services. He has taught over 1100 senior personnel from across the public and private sectors in the skills to manage in-house shared service projects. Manny has advised numerous public sector organisations on how to build their collaborative advantage working across local government, further and higher education, LEPs, housing associations, police and fire services and the NHS. He is a visiting lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University on shared services, a Collaborative Transformation Architect (CTArcf), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Magda Zurba

CTPrac, BA(Hons)

Business Development Director

Magda Zurba

CTPrac, BA(Hons)

Business Development Director

Magda joined SSA in 2016 after graduating in Business Studies at the University of Derby.

Magda is the Business Development Director of Shared Service Architecture Ltd and has worked with over 100 public sector organisations (at senior level), supporting £multi-million transformation by: effective account management, ensuring oversight of existing clients through extensive interaction with key stakeholders; overseeing sales, planning and delivery of top team development/ facilitation and capacity-building sessions, while sustaining and enhancing client retention rates; shaping and implementing new product strategies.

Magda is a recognized CTPrac™ (Collaborative Transformation Practitioner™), highly experienced in developing multi-agency transformations and implementing shared service solutions across the public sector. She has extensive experience supporting the co-design and co-delivery of facilitative sessions, providing strategic leaders with ‘safe spaces’ where they can build trust, articulate their strategic vision and build consensus on how they lead change and transformations in a collaborative manner, be it within their organisation, inter-organisationally or at system-level.


Our Associates

David Weaver

MSc

SSA Associate Tutor and Facilitator

David Weaver

MSc

SSA Associate Tutor and Facilitator

David Weaver is an LGA Associate and senior partner of DWC, a leadership and strategic change organisation that works with individuals, organisations and communities to help them achieve their full potential.

With over 20 years’ experience in the field, his clients include large and small organisations, teams and individuals across the private, public and not for profit sectors. His work has focused on designing, co-creating and delivering interventions that build higher levels of organisational / personal performance to achieve outstanding results.

A former social worker, university lecturer and local authority senior manager, David’s work currently majors on interventions with top teams within public services including with local authority cabinets and senior leadership teams. He also works on leadership and organisational effectiveness issues within the education sector, NHS, government appointed bodies and large charitable organisations.  His work is complemented with significant experience as a life / career coach and mediator / conflict management facilitator.

David is a former political advisor to Home Office ministers including the Deputy Home Secretary and Home Secretary in the late 1990s. A key part of his remit was development of the government’s strategy for working with the Voluntary Sector, community cohesion and on creating the rationale for, and eventual establishment of the Macpherson Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence. David represented the government on the Council of Europe body (European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia) during this period.

For over a decade, David has been part of a team commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) to facilitate the Leadership Academy for elected councillors in England and Wales.

In December 2016, David was appointed President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) having previously served as a Governor / Trustee (2012 to 2016) and Vice President (from 2004 to 2009). David has played a key role in the drive to embed social justice as a core principle and aspect of BACP’s work as well as effecting strategies that demonstrate the relevance of the counselling professions for ‘ordinary diverse people and communities’.

David holds an MSc in Human Resources Management and qualifications relating to coaching, mediation and psychological profiling.

Kaye Burnett

MSc HRD, BSc, PgCert Teaching and Learning

SSA Associate Tutor and Facilitator

Kaye Burnett

MSc HRD, BSc, PgCert Teaching and Learning

SSA Associate Tutor and Facilitator

Kaye is passionate about people and bringing out the best in individuals, teams and organisations. She is a highly experienced trainer, facilitator and coach, working across all sectors, often supporting significant change programmes.  She is energised by supporting people to make a difference, to themselves, their organisations and wider communities.

Kaye has a strong track record in leadership development having delivered in-house and bespoke programmes for a range of clients, predominantly in the public sector. In particular, she has worked with clinical leaders in the NHS who are increasingly leading multidisciplinary teams with restricted resources, higher demands, and working across boundaries where the need for  personal resilience and collaboration is key. Kaye has designed and delivered major leadership and change programmes with diverse clients including NHS Trusts, local authorities, national charities, universities and international companies.

As a senior leader herself, Kaye also brings the latest thinking from real world challenges that require new ways of working and developing relationships. She began her career with one of the UK’s leading Human Resources organisations, has held senior leadership roles in the NHS and Police Service, and has been working independently for over 15 years.

Kaye has operated at a national level advising on policy development. She has held Board level posts in the NHS for over 17 years. She also has international experience delivering training and facilitating major change programmes within large public administrations in central Europe and Asia. She has a masters degree in Human Resources Development, is an associate of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, was a visiting lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.

Mike Green

B.Sc., Dip Psych., MBA, FCIPD

SSA Associate Tutor and Facilitator

Mike Green

B.Sc., Dip Psych., MBA, FCIPD

SSA Associate Tutor and Facilitator

Mike Green is an experienced facilitator and leadership trainer who has worked in partnership with the LGA over many years. Mike is also a Visiting Executive Fellow at the Henley Business School, University of Reading.

He has designed and facilitated on the LGA’s flagship Leadership Academy for leading members since 2001, ensuring the development of leadership capacity and capability across local government in both England and Wales.

He has facilitated senior management, cabinet/policy committee, and cabinet and senior management development sessions in Bridgend, Cardiff, Fylde, Hackney, Hounslow, Milton Keynes, Reading and Swansea and also lead a longer term service improvement in Bristol City Council. Mike is currently working with the managerial and political leadership at South Ribble and Worthing Borough Councils.

In addition Mike has researched and written a number of public sector specific manuals for the LGA including Inside Top Teams, Emerging Leadership and Politicians and Personality. His other published work – Making Sense of Change Management (2015) and Essential Leadership (2017) are highly relevant across all three sectors.

Alasdair Robertson

(MA)

Associate Tutor on the Postgraduate Certificate

Alasdair Robertson

(MA)

Associate Tutor on the Postgraduate Certificate

Alasdair is an experienced local government shared service practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in efficiency, change and improvement work. His work ranges from international assignments with multi-national corporations to in-depth shared service business case development and modelling across the UK public sector. His assignments typically involve both the soft aspects of change and advanced analytical approaches using mathematical modelling and simulations.

Alasdair has been an IDeA managing consultant, leading improvement teams in a wide range of councils across the country. He has also established a highly regarded business transformation team for the Mid Kent Improvement Partnership (comprising Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford and Swale Borough Councils).

This included a secondment period working as a shared service manager across two of the authorities. In this role he has undertaken efficiency and shared service reviews, in planning and other areas, leading to net savings of over 20% while also improving service outcomes.
Alasdair is the co-author of the ‘Shared Service Architect’s Business Case Toolbox’ and lectures on the Canterbury Christ Church University Postgraduate Certificate in Collaborative Transformation.

Mhairi Cameron

MA, MSc

Facilitation and Mentoring Associate

Mhairi Cameron

MA, MSc

Facilitation and Mentoring Associate

Mhairi Cameron is an organisation and management development consultant based in Bristol, UK, specialising in leadership and team development, strategic change and executive coaching.

She has over 20 years experience of working with individuals, teams and organisations in small and large organisations, in the public, private and third sectors, within the UK and internationally, designing, co creating and delivering interventions which focus on building higher levels of performance to achieve outstanding results.

Her ongoing motivation is to work with clients to deliver powerful learning, lasting improvement and tangible benefits to individuals and their organisations. She aims to combine an approach which provides challenge and support, which inspires and is relevant and which engages individuals to be active directors of their own learning.

Mhairi is qualified in the use of MBTI, an accredited associate of Insights Learning and Development Ltd and an accredited practitioner of Cognitive Edge, an international network which focuses on the use of narrative and complexity theory in strategy and policy making. She is also accredited to use Saville Consulting Wave Styles and Performance 360 products. She has a Masters In Arts (French and German), a Masters in Group Relations and Organisations (MSc) and is accredited in coaching (ICF).

Rob Milford

MA CFIIA CMgr FCMI CIA QIAL, CTArc

Associate Tutor Governance & Risk Management

Rob Milford

MA CFIIA CMgr FCMI CIA QIAL, CTArc

Associate Tutor Governance & Risk Management

Rob Milford is Director of Milford Research & Consultancy Ltd and an academic practitioner working in the field of collaborative assurance, governance, risk and control. He lectures at Coventry and Worcester Universities and works with public sector clients to develop their internal and collaborative audit services. Rob has been an internal auditor for over 18 years, including 8 years as the head of an internal audit. He also designed, built and operated his own internal audit shared service in local government for 7 partners, and advised on many other programmes for collaborative transformation. He is vastly experienced in the assurance, governance and risk problems encountered in collaborative working. He is completing a PhD in “The evolution and devolution within shared internal audit services in Local Government” which includes real life action based research.