Robb La Velle
Vice President

Robb is a thought leader in the domain of software quality assurance and based in London. His 20 years of consulting experience has included clients and project locations as diverse as a global energy concern in Cape Town, a multinational telecommunications company in Manila, a mining company on Borneo, a global bank in Frankfurt, a major semiconductor manufacturer in Shanghai and the United States Army at the Pentagon.

Rob Seels,

Rob is a Director at Cigniti for the UK & EU region. He is passionate about helping clients to solve their software quality issues and is responsible for helping to develop tailormade services for clients. Working with Cigniti’s excellent solutions architects and delivery teams to ensure clients receive ‘best in class’ solutions.

Rob has over 35 years business experience with almost 25 years in the Quality Assurance industry. Having started in software testing recruitment, he later founded and ran his own test consultancy before joining Cigniti a little over 5 years ago. He has experience across a number of domains including retail, energy & utilities, manufacturing and finally banking and financial services where he has focussed his energy for the last 15 years.

Rob lives in the Cambridgeshire countryside with his young son and his trusty black Labrador. In his spare time Rob participates in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, where he competes in the IBJJF. He currently trains under World Champions Tom Barlow and Chelsea Leah. In 2019 he was crowned European Ultra-heavyweight IBJJF Champion, a title he hopes to recapture post the pandemic. He also likes stand-up comedy. Among his favourite comedians are Bill Burr, Bert Kreischer and Jim Jeffries.

Jack Mortassagne,

Jack has more than 30 years’ experience within Quality Assurance and Software Testing. He started his IT career as a software developer and later worked as a business analyst within the Retail and Distribution sector, before moving into and specialising in Software Quality Engineering. His early move into Software Testing was motivated by the realisation and understanding that effective Quality Assurance and Software Testing was at least equally, if not more mentally challenging and stimulating than analysis, due to the multi-layered combinations and complexity of positive and negative logic built into and tested for in today’s ever more complex digital business critical systems. Jack worked for many years as an independent Test Management consultant alongside, and within some of the world’s leading Software Testing and Quality Engineering consulting firms before going on to cofound a successful independent Quality Assurance consulting firm with specific focus on the Banking and Financial sector. Jack was recently accredited as a TMMi Assessor by the TMMi Foundation.

Hosting Workshop

Title: Quality Assurance in the New World

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has been instrumental in accelerating QA transformation and the adoption of digital. Leading organizations have embarked on aDigital Transformation to remain connected to their customers and provide the digital experience they demand. There is now more pressure than ever for companies to speed up the cadence of software delivery but it is no longer acceptable to do so at the expense of quality. So how can you accelerate your Digital Transformation to stay ahead of the competition?