Left hand of Fr@nk

Seamus Barden

With a strong entrepreneurial background, Seamus has extensive experience in start ups – from construction companies to olive oil. He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies in Enterprise Development, and a Master of Applied Practice in Technological Futures.

Seamus also has a number of Agile, Design Thinking, and Project Management qualifications. Combined with deep experience in leading large, complex programmes, Seamus brings practical experience to all his clients.

A proud, hands-on Dad to three young kids, Seamus helps coach junior sports teams, is a Board of Trustees member, and has been on a community Works and Finance Committee for the last 10 years.

With a genuine desire to help organisations deliver value faster, Seamus has the ability to gain real cut through, and successfully deliver transformational initiatives into BAU.

Right hand of Fr@nk

Jits Doolabh

Jits is co-founder of Fr@nk and leads the DevOps and Theory of Constraints Service Lines. Jits’ passion lies in making things better and can be heard over and over again saying ‘all improvement is change, but not all change is improvement’ and ‘what problem are we really trying to solve?’.

Jits’ engineering background is distinctly annoying as he likes to pull things apart and then put them back together, and like most engineers, there are always some spares after! Don’t get him started on things he is passionate about as you will be inundated with his opinions and getting him to shut up requires mammoth effort once he is on a roll.

In his spare time, which he tends to have more than the other co-founder due to his phenomenal delegation skills, he can be found on the golf course or socialising over a drink with clients and friends. Jits is easily tempted away from work so hit him up for a coffee or drink and watch him jump!

Head of Agile

Erika Barden

As Head of Agile for Frank Innovation and Transformation, Erika blends research and insights with practical experience as an Uber Scrum Master, Agile Transformation Lead, Agile Coach and authorised ICAgile trainer. 

Erika’s A+ thesis on ‘How leaders enable the successful delivery of Agile projects’, for her Master of Advanced Leadership Practice, sparked magazine articles, speaking engagements, and conference workshops. 

With over 20 years’ experience as a project, programme and change manager, Erika has led successful transformations in NZ, the UK and Ireland. She and the team now focus on bringing Agile ways of working to corporate and government clients, to enable greater transparency, quality and productivity. 

Erika is a passionate Agile advocate. She loves sharing her knowledge and seeing how a shift in mindset and behaviours can add genuine value to customers – and the teams serving them.

People Transformation

Beena Doolabh

Beena spent the early part of her career managing customer relationships and delivering exceptional experiences; this transitioned into operational services where, as a customer of projects, she realised there was a better way to drive change, by making sure the people focus was at the forefront.

Beena has a passion for doing things right the first time, never sacrificing quality and always making sure changes land successfully by building strong relationships at all levels. She has extensive experience in large transformational initiatives that involve both system and organisational change. Her role is to ensure a smooth landing for operations and a seamless change experience that is sustained.

Hospitality Lead

Jackie Leat

Hospitality Lead for Fr@nk, specialising in delivering Hospitality Technology across New Zealand and Millbrook Resort, IT Manager. Jackie has worked in IT for 28 years and now focuses on delivering technology in retail and hotels.

Moving to Auckland in 2012, Jackie helped SKYCITY Entertainment Group to deliver technology solutions in hospitality. Jackie has been instrumental in the planning of the systems for the New Zealand International Convention Centre and the new five-star hotels in Auckland and Adelaide. ​

At Millbrook Resort, Jackie is currently implementing a world class digital customer experience roadmap. This will strengthen the direct mobile engagement with their guests and bring quantifiable benefits to the Resort.

Head of People and Culture

Katie Barden

Katie is the lynch pin at Fr@nk. She is the one person that interacts with both clients and Fr@nk staff members on a daily basis, ensuring things are running smoothly and efficiently.

Katie finds paperwork a pleasure so takes away all the administrative functions from the consultants and allows them to focus on the clients.

When not at work Katie can be found running after three children (one of which is her husband).

Most importantly Katie organizes the company functions to keep everyone happy.

Programme Co-ordinator

Keri Strong

Keri is an experienced PMO Analyst/Programme/Project Co-ordinator and has worked in large IT & Group level PMO environments.

She has experience in a wide variety of portfolio and project administration functions, including governance, reporting, data analysis, financial reporting and budget monitoring, resource management, contract administration and procurement. Keri has developed project documentation, processes and templates and has experience in training and deployment of project tools, methodologies and applications.

Outside of work Keri enjoys spending her time coaching school netball teams.

SAFe Lead

Russell Andrews

Russell is a trainer, coach and agile transformation consultant specialising in large scale programs and Scaled Agile (SAFe). Russell is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Scrum Master, and SAFe Program Consultant (SPC), and has coached teams and run training for large teams wishing to find better ways of working with Agile. 

Russell has worked in the private and public sector driving large scale Agile transformations, and has a long history of delivering large programs and projects in a variety of methodologies. 

Russell lives and works in Wellington, and likes to spend time with his family, and run when he has free time.