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SAFe European Symposium Series – London

Atlassian Inc. is proud to present the SAFe® European Symposium Series.

Get ready for a knowledge-packed day featuring customer stories and thought-leadership shared through inspiring speaker sessions.


November 17, 2022, 9:00 am – November 17, 2022, 5:00 pm ECT


Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre London Kensington


Director, Change Agent

Event Overview

  • Connect with SAFe coaches, industry experts, and change agents
  • Get advice from subject matter experts on setting up a SAFe transformation
  • Network, ask questions, and share best practices with your peers
  • Discover firsthand how British and European organizations use SAFe and Atlassian Solutions to deliver value to customers


Tina Behers

VP Enterprise Agility (Adaptavist)

Tina is a Lean-Agile Transformation Professional, and an accomplished Business Leader with a proven ability to successfully create and execute value. Over 20 years of experience in leading organizational improvement initiatives with a strong focus on delivery and business alignment. Her expertise in delivering exceptional value, leading complex high-value technology, and business process improvement initiatives as a trusted advisor is proven in how she provides the right balance of consulting and the hands-on practical expertise.

Aslam Cader

Principal Atlassian Consultant (Valiantys)

Aslam Cader is based in London, and he leads the Agile at Scale practice for the Valiantys North EMEA region. He is an Atlassian Certified Expert and a Scaled Agile specialist with over 10 years of experience working with teams at all levels of scale. He has a Masters’ degree in Information Systems and Technology from City, University of London. He co-authored the book, Scaling Agile with Jira Align: A practical guide to strategically scaling agile across teams, programs, and portfolios in enterprises.

Fiona Chalk

Head of Portfolio Strategy and Funding (Vodafone)

Fiona Chalk is Head of Portfolio Strategy & Funding for the Lean Portfolio Management & Transformation team in Vodafone’s global Digital IT organization. Driven to support the implementation of SAFe for Vodafone by establishing how Digital & can organize to match strategic business priorities with the demand from multiple functions, in line with Lean Portfolio Management. Fiona has over 20 years of experience across Vodafone UK and Group in roles spanning Strategy, Sales, Marketing, Procurement, and Business Management. The last 15 years she managed large global Programmes launching major business products and solutions across multiple markets. Fiona enjoys fostering a culture of collaboration in large virtual teams in order to achieve transformational results. She adopted SAFe in 2017, implementing Lean Portfolio Management in 2019 for her programme. Fiona lives in Newbury, UK, with her husband, son and daughter. Outside work she enjoys time with her family cycling, sailing, skiing and walking the dog, and also supporting the local Scout Group. She can be contacted at or on LinkedIn.

Rick Cobb

Head of Global Solutions Sales (Atlassian)

Rick Cobb is the Head of Global Solutions Sales for Atlassian, a collaboration software company with a mission to unleash the potential of every team.
Rick is a strategic, high-integrity technology executive and passionate leader with 25 years of experience building innovative, high-growth software companies known for the quality of their employees and commitment to customer success. His background includes deep international expertise in commercial and government sales, customer support, professional services, business development, and marketing, as well as overall technology company operations.

Mary Gagne

Director, Product Owner of SaaS Business Applications (Boston Consulting)

Mary is a sought-after leader and technology expert at Boston Consulting Group. She spearheaded the Atlassian tool implementation as part of the scaled agile transformation. The success of the Atlassian implementations and adoption has positioned Mary as an internal asset for BCG consultants. She advises colleagues on implementation approaches, governance models, technical challenges and best practices for client cases. In her current role, as a Product Owner, she oversees BCG’s Enterprise Business Applications, spanning Adobe suite, WalkMe, Atlassian & others. Prior to BCG, she had over 15 years of Product/Program Management experience within large to medium sized software development firms. Mary’s ability to deeply understand the organization she works for, while having a pulse on the needs of the people, accelerates the success of any transformation that she is part of. She lives in Boston, MA with her boyfriend and their three dogs. Outside of work she coaches individuals to awaken their heart and find their life purpose. She can be contacted at or through LinkedIn at Mary C Gagne.

Raj Heda

Expert Associate Partner (Bain)

Raj leads Bain’s Global Agile and Product coaching practice. Raj has 25+ years of experience in Healthcare, Banking & Finance, Media, Retail, and Education. He has helped dozens of firms across industries and around the world improve the agility and effectiveness of their technology-based innovation.

Raj has co-authored Agile Project Management (2009) and Risk Management (2013). He has published 13 patents. He is an adjunct professor at Boston University. Previously, he was head of Business Agility at BCG. He is also an SPCT (C).

Aaron Monroe

Global Head of Enterprise Agility (Visa)

Aaron is the Global Head of Enterprise Business Agility at Visa. He is a dynamic transformation leader with over 20 years of experience helping Fortune 500 companies build high performing teams, accelerate speed to market, and increase the business value delivered. He has a proven track record of leading successful enterprise transformations, and is capable of defining and implementing high-agility behaviors and practices at scale. He is a senior-level Agilist proficient at leading analytical problem-solving efforts to improve the effectiveness of product development, engineering practices, and business operations. Aaron is a compelling communicator able to motivate leaders at all organizational levels to embrace an Agile mindset, adopt Agile practices, and embrace change.

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Odile Moreau

Strategic Advisor and SPCT (Scaled Agile Inc.)

Odile has over 20 years of experience helping profit and non-profit organizations in the fields of IT Service Management, Business Information Management, and Software Engineering across Europe. Over the last 10 years, Odilehas been helping leaders and teams adopt Lean and Agile values, mindset, principles, and practices at scale. Working as a Strategic advisor, Scaled Agile instructor, and consultant, Odile loves inspiring people and helping them develop the necessary skills, competencies, and behaviors in order to take the first step in improving and changing the way they work. By combining deep matter expertise with the ability to coach on behavior and leadership, she has proven to be a highly effective transformation coach for large organizations. Born and raised in France, after spending 27 years abroad (mainly in the UK and The Netherlands), she now works in Paris. When Odile is not working, you will probably find her exploring the world, immersing herself in local history, culture, cuisine, and arts.

Michelle Neilson

People and Practice Executive (The Adaptavist Group (Gravity Works))

As an entrepreneur, IT Professional and Enterprise Agile Coach in Financial Services and Telecommunications, Michelle has more than 16 years experience in developing and implementing progressive technology solutions for leading corporations. Coupled with her outstanding interpersonal and relationship management skills and talent for successfully leading large projects, Michelle thrives on coaching, mentoring, leading teams (across global locations) to deliver beyond expectations. Michelle is a critical thinker, passionate about high-quality, sustainable delivery across all facets of business and technology. Michelle is currently a Founding Member and Director of Gravity Works Business Consultants (part of The Adaptavist Group), a boutique consultancy focused on all facets of organisational and digital transformation in the financial services and telecommunications industry.Previously, Michelle was a Founding Member and Director of Freethinking Business Consultants, a financial services consultancy. Michelle has also held several senior managerial positions within large financial corporations.Her skills and expertise include Agile Methodologies, Six Sigma, Prince 2, ITIL, Release Management, Risk and Compliance Monitoring Solutions, TOGAF.

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Andrew Sales

Principal Consultant, SAFe Fellow & Framework PM (Scaled Agile Inc.)

Andrew is a SAFe Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT) and has many years of experience in delivering SAFe implementations across a wide range of different industries. He is an accomplished trainer, regularly delivering Scrum, Kanban, and Certified SAFe courses in both private and public settings.

Andrew possesses an excellent balance of technical and business acumen and has Masters’ degrees in both Philosophy and Software Development, and is part of the MBA program at Warwick Business School.

Sarah Sego

Agile Transformation Consultant (Cprime)

Sarah Sego is an Agile Transformation Consultant with over 10 years’ IT experience. Her career has focused on guiding Agile and Lean practices within large enterprises, both for process (Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, etc.) and tooling (Jira, etc.). Sarah helps enterprises achieve scaling, productivity, speed to market, and customer satisfaction. She champions a hands-on leadership approach, emphasizing transparency, learning, innovation, quality, and continuous improvement within all levels of an organization.

Derek Vaughan

Head of Presales Consulting Northern Europe (Valiantys)

As a member of the Northern Europe Leadership team Derek works closely on Agile at Scale deployment with strategic customers. Derek has a passion for helping customers to achieving their value creation objectives with a combination of digital and organisation transformation. As a SAFe(TM) Agilist Derek takes a hands-on role as Project Director, assisting executive teams steer the enterprise in scaling agile and the deployment of Atlassian tools. He has worked on strategic transformation projects with Booking, Boston Consulting Group, amongst others.

Stephen de Villiers Graaf

Managing Director (The Adaptavist Group (Gravity Works))

Stephen is an inspirational coach, trainer and entrepreneur. He has gained over 20 years of experience in creating environments where people can excel, having held senior leadership roles such as Head of Application Development, Development Manager and Support Manager. Stephen has worked in many different industries from the collar and tie of large corporates, to the hard-hats and steel-caps of manufacturing.As a keen methodologist, Stephen is all about helping people discover new ways of thinking, learning and relearning with a strong emphasis on focus, simplicity and continuous improvement practices. As a talented public speaker and thought leader, Stephen inspires people and organisations to become passionately curious, creative, expressive and collectively responsible.Stephen is currently a Founding Member and Director of Gravity Works Business Consultants (part of The Adaptavist Group), a boutique consultancy focused on all facets of organisational and digital transformation in financial services and telecommunications.

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