Exec Chairman & Co-Founder
Stephen is the Founder of OVO, the UK’s leading greentech company. Since launching in 2009, OVO has grown to serve more than 1.5m customers in the UK and Germany, with a vision for clean, affordable energy for everyone. Stephen was named Entrepreneur of the Year at The Telegraph National Business Awards in 2014, and in 2019 OVO was confirmed as a UK Unicorn.
One of the principles on which Stephen built OVO was to establish a company culture which excelled in harnessing and developing talent. He was instrumental in the conceptualisation and development of Just3Things in order to embed the transparent culture and align the goals of empowered teams to the company strategy
CEO & Co-Founder
Kim joined OVO Energy in 2012 when the team were 50 strong. As Chief People Officer she led the organisational design project to move from a traditional hierarchy to a network of teams, and when she could not find a piece of software to help to embed this way of working, hired a small software team and went about building her own. Just3Things made a huge difference to OVO, increasing productivity by over 10% and helping the organisation move from 52nd to 20th in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work survey. In Winter 2019, Just3Things span out as a separate business, and is now working with a wide range of clients globally.
Prior to OVO Kim was a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, consulting globally with organisations including HSBC, Virgin Atlantic and Novartis. She holds a BSc in Psychology from Bristol University and a MSc in Occupational Psychology from University of Cardiff.
Non Executive Director
Barry O’Reilly is the author of two international bestsellers Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results, and Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale—included in the Eric Ries series, and a Harvard Business Review must read for CEOs and business leaders. He is an internationally sought-after speaker, frequent writer and contributor to The Economist, Strategy+Business, and MIT Sloan Management Review and faculty at Singularity University. Barry joined Just3Things as an Advisor as he is incredibly excited about using the platform to embed the conditions required for innovation, agility and delivery of customer outcomes within enterprise organisations.
Polly has 15 years experience building teams and award-winning products. She has worked for market-leading businesses at key times in their transformation from print to digital, and adopting agile and lean methodologies including Auto Trader, and eBay.
Product people are often described as working at the intersection between business functions to guide people towards a vision so she understands the difficult challenge that companies face in aligning empowered teams around a common purpose.
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OVO Energy launched in 2009 with a vision to build a better energy company. Fast forward 9 years and the organisation has almost a million customers, 1,500 employees and has recently been named as one of the next UK unicorn companies by Forbes*. One of the competitive advantages that the organisation has always been proud of has been its ability to innovate and respond to market conditions. The organisation’s network of teams structure allows distributed decision making to happen in parallel. Just3Things has been instrumental in embedding this new way of working and led to a 10% productivity increase from OVO’s employees saving the company over £3m per annum as well as helping the business move from 52nd to 20th in the Sunday Times best places to work survey. Just3things span out as a separate business in 2018.
*Forbes ‘Here Are The U.K. Companies That Will Be Unicorns In 2019’ August 2018
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