Meet the team.
Jemma Gajic Jade Lorimer David Swain Hannah Nelson Lauren Balneaves Trixie Cole
Managing Director Jemma Gajic
I’m Jemma – Elysian’s founder, Managing Director and ‘Chief Everything Officer’.
And this is my team.
They’re a friendly, playful bunch. But you don’t get ‘Elysian’ on your business cards without serious drive, tenacity and expertise.
In their hands, expect a relentless, data-fuelled examination of every aspect of your business. Expect frank, inquisitive strategic chats that cut through the industry waffle. Expect to see your business and talent strategy in a whole new light.
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Head Of Operations & Client Success David Swain
“A lover of coffee, cake, fitness (clearly to combat the cake) and people, David is passionate about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging with a mission is to inspire people and allow them to bring their whole-selves to work.
He is a solution focused individual who delivers business improvement utilising customer service excellence and creating sustainable high performing teams through coaching. Originally from a little village in Kent David now lives in a small town in East Hertfordshire with his two young children and wife. He enjoys walks in the fresh air and living in the countryside. Like a true Protagonist, ENFJ-T, David takes a great deal of pride and joy in guiding others to work together and improve themselves and their community. He is a trustee in his (little) spare time of Accuro, a registered charity who offer support throughout West Essex to people of all ages with a disability and provide short breaks for their families and carers.”
Bonus Fact: During his twenties David moved ten times due to work and
adventure, living with different people from over ten international
countries in house shares across London, Brighton, and East Anglia.
You can see why he loves diversity so much!
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Director - Elysian Inside Jade Lorimer
“Jade is my right hand lady – the yin to my yang. You could set Jade a near-impossible task and she’ll have it done by lunch and pick you up a sandwich on her way back.
Jade’s our director of Elysian Inside. She runs people mapping, end-to-end delivery of projects and is our lead on all Inside projects. She also runs the data-profiling elements of Elysian Focus. A client once said of Jade: “She didn’t just build a team, she made a family.”
Jade joined us in 2015. She has a degree in International Business and Spanish from the University of West England. When her day’s work at Elysian is done, she moves onto working on other things, like raising money for cancer charities. And on the rare occasions she actually has some spare time, she’s usually enjoying family time, cooking new recipes and doing crazy HITT workouts.”
Bonus fact: Jade lived in Madrid for a year when she was 22.
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HR & Operations Manager Hannah Nelson
“Hannah’s the reluctant ‘mum’ of the Elysian family. (‘Reluctant’ because she knows she’s much cooler than that.) She’s one of the most caring people I know and she instinctively knows how to solve everyone’s problems – in work or in life.
Before Elysian, Hannah worked in Major Gift and Corporate Fundraising for palliative care charities. Hannah’s aware of the concept of free time – but with two children and work she rarely actually experiences it. On those rare occasions, she enjoys running and gin (separately).”
Bonus fact: Hannah once had a range of bedroom furniture named after her by a home interest company whose PR she helped to manage.
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Marketing Manager Lauren Balneaves
Lauren is a vital member of our team, helping us create our newsletters and videos whilst keeping our social channels up to date.
With a BSC honours degree in photography Lauren ran her own successful baby and family portrait photography studio for over 6 years.
Bonus fact: Lauren works remotely from the sunny island of Grenada where she lives with her fiancé Kevin.
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Chief Happiness Officer Trixie Cole
“Trixie is part of our happiness team. She’s a cheerful affectionate dog. There is nothing she likes more than having belly rubs and chewing mummy’s shoes.”
Bonus fact: The beagle breed has existed for hundreds of years and is one of the most familiar breeds in the world.
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Sonya Barlow Sonya Barlow
Sonya Barlow is an award-winning diversity business coach and motivational speaker delivering key notes to empower all those around her.
Focusing on empowering young professionals in Tech; she has delivered two TEDX Talks; a handful of European keynotes; 210+ workshops, had her business-based articles published in Metro newspaper and Sifted EU and partnered with global companies such as; Google, Santander, Vodafone, Oxford University, Institute of Coding and PWC.
In 2020, she was named as one of the most influential women in tech (Computerweekly) and winner of the women in software changemakers (Makers and Google). In 2021, Sonya will be a published author sharing her debut handbook on entrepreneurship, business & becoming your own boss!
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