Manchester-based tech-for-good developer, Culture Shift, has grown its workforce by with five new hires following VC funding earlier this year.

Kelsey Paske joins the business as head of customer success from University College London (UCL), where she headed up its behaviour and culture change department.

In addition, Vimla Appadoo, Ash McDowell, Scott McLellan and Chris Northwood join as head of experience, finance director, sales director and development lead respectively.

Paske, who spearheaded the implementation of Culture Shift’s anonymous reporting software at University College London, comments: “As a former customer of Culture Shift, I’ve seen first-hand the incredible work the organisation is doing to support those affected by unacceptable behaviour through providing clear and safe pathways for reporting.

“Having seen the remarkable impact a system of this nature can have on an organisation, I’m now excited to support others to shape a positive and inclusive culture,” continues Paske.

Culture Shift partners with customers by providing  products and consultancy to empower them to enact proactive and preventative change, and in turn reduce reputational risk.

It works with over 50 of the UK’s top universities, plus a number of corporate customers.

University College London has been using Culture Shift’s reporting software for over a year, enabling students and staff to anonymously report any incidents of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct, or to contact an advisor for support.

New head of experience, Vimla Appadoo, who has worked with various organisations to help embed diversity and inclusion into their core, is an advocate for removing barriers to positive change.

She adds: “I’ve been working in the culture design space for some time and look forward to being a part of Culture Shift’s mission in creating safer, happier and more inclusive workplaces. It’s an exciting time to join and to be part of such a passionate team which is focused on using technology to foster change for the better.”

Gemma McCall, CEO and co-founder of Culture Shift, says: “We’re thrilled to have Kelsey, Vimla, Ash, Scott and Chris on board, bolstering our strong, smart and innovative team even further.

“In addition to a wealth of experience in their respective fields, each new team member embodies the Culture Shift values which will be invaluable to our mission of implementing tangible positive change within organisations.”

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