Judges

Meet The Judges

Debbie Alder

Debbie Alder

Debbie is a Fellow CIPD – starting her career in Human Resources with Marks & Spencer from University, she has experience in retail, manufac...

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Laura Andrews

Laura Andrews

Laura joined Haymarket Media Group in 2018. She business partners with both the automotive division and all professional service functions. Prior ...

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Louise Aston

Louise Aston

Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director, Business in the Community In the context of responsible business, the aim of BITC’s Wellbeing Camp...

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Danielle Bacon

Danielle Bacon

Danielle is Director of People and Business Services at Investors in People where she has worked for the last 5 years. She leads multi-disciplinary t...

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Louisa Baczor

Louisa Baczor

Louisa Baczor, Research Adviser, CIPD. Louisa specialises in research on professionalism, professional identity and ethical decision-makin...

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Richard Barton

Richard Barton

Richard is a Senior HR Generalist with specialisation in L&D, Employee Engagement and Internal Comms. Since becoming HR Director at Sogeti,...

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Katherine Bassey

Katherine Bassey

Katherine Bassey is an organisational development practitioner, an EMCC accredited executive coach and Head of Staff Engagement & Innovation for U...

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Heather Bond

Heather Bond

Heather joined the CIPD in 2002 and represents the CIPD as an expert on British and International Standards Committees that are developing Standards ...

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Jonny Briggs

Jonny Briggs

Jonny joined Aviva as the Group Head of Talent Acquisition in January 2016 with responsibility for global recruitment, last year he additionally t...

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Shakil Butt

Shakil Butt

Shakil Butt has extensive leadership experience and was the Director for Human Resources and Organisational Development at Islamic Relief Worldwide...

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Peter Cheese

Peter Cheese

Peter is the Chief Executive of the CIPD, the professional body for more than 150,000 HR and people development professionals around the world...

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Mary Connaughton

Mary Connaughton

Mary Connaughton is the Director of CIPD Ireland where she works on the growth, development and contribution of the HR profession in Ireland. With...

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Ken Cooke

Ken Cooke

Ken is Director of Marketing, Communications and Digital. He has responsibility for brand and communications, marketing programmes and our dig...

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Mark Corden

Mark Corden

Mark has been leading the evolution of Apprenticeships at Specsavers since early 2017. A member of the UK Leadership team at Specsavers, Mark'...

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Nelarine Cornelius

Nelarine Cornelius

Nelarine is Professor of Organisation Studies at the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary, University of London. She has made a number ...

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Sarah Corney

Sarah Corney

With almost 25 years’ experience in publishing and digital content, I’ve worked for the CIPD since 2013. I manage the teams responsible for cu...

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Charles Cotton

Charles Cotton

Charles Cotton is the CIPD’s senior performance and reward specialist. He directs the CIPD’s reward research agenda and is also responsible for th...

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Lizzie Crowley

Lizzie Crowley

Lizzie leads the CIPD’s programme of research and policy development on the UK skills system. Lizzie is a policy and research professional with over...

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David D'Souza

David D'Souza

David is the Director of Membership. He is responsible for growing our membership and ensuring we connect effectively with the profession to understan...

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Paul Deemer

Paul Deemer

Paul has been a human resources professional for over 30 years. He has worked in local government, the voluntary sector and the health service –...

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Garry Dickson

Garry Dickson

Garry’s current roles include People Strategy and Insight at RBS, three NED roles, a CIPD volunteer as Branch Chair and also a mental health...

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Jo Fairweather

Jo Fairweather

Jo Fairweather is Head of Reward and Wellbeing at OVO Energy. Joining OVO in 2016, Jo leads on all areas of its reward and wellbeing strategy. OVO...

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Louise Fisher

Louise Fisher

Louise has a successful track record as a senior HR leader and board member in several organisations in many industry sectors. She has demonstrated h...

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Jenny Gowans

Jenny Gowans

Jenny is Director of Research, Policy and Content. She is responsible for ensuring the CIPD’s voice on our key agendas in the world of work is ...

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Melanie Green

Melanie Green

Melanie joined the CIPD research team in 2017. She conducts research in a variety of areas, including learning and development and diversity and i...

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Stuart Haden

Stuart Haden

Stuart is the Programme Manager for the CIPD, refreshing, designing and delivering HR Content. A learning and development professional with ov...

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David Hayden

David Hayden

Since taking responsibility for three Youth Trainees back in 1988 as an Operations Manager, David has gone on to work in, and headed up, a...

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Oli Howard

Oli Howard

Oli Howard is currently Interim Head of Strategy Development at the CIPD, having joined the organisation in 2017. He has spent most of his career ...

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Warren Howlett

Warren Howlett

Warren is the CIPD’s Head of HR Content. He has responsibility for the professional development and learning products, digital content, tool...

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Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth

Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth

Valerie has worked in HR roles for over 30 years across a variety of sectors and countries. She is currently Group HR Director for the BBC and has bee...

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Katie Jacobs

Katie Jacobs

Katie Jacobs is the CIPD’s senior stakeholder lead, responsible for building engagement among the senior HR leader and business community. She j...

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Robert Jeffery

Robert Jeffery

Robert Jeffery is editor of People Management magazine, as well as overseeing the production and editorial development of Work. magazine for CIPD ...

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Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly

Michael was Vice-President Membership and Education for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development from 2006 -2011. As Vice-President he was...

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Janet King

Janet King

Starting her career in the civil service, Janet King joined Frimley Park Hospital in 1987 working for West Surrey and North East Hants Health Auth...

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Kelly Knight

Kelly Knight

I'm a chartered HR practitioner & Fellow of the IPA, with 23 years’ experience. I have championed HR initiatives for both AMV BBDO and th...

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Laura Overton

Laura OvertonFounder & CEO of Towards Maturity

Rachel Lewis

Rachel Lewis

Dr Rachel Lewis is a Registered Occupational Psychologist, who works both as an academic (in the role of Associate Professor in Occupational Psych...

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Claire McCartney

Claire McCartney

Claire is Diversity & Inclusion Policy Adviser at the CIPD having previously been Adviser for Resourcing and Talent Planning at the Institute for seve...

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Dr Jill Miller

Dr Jill Miller

Dr Jill Miller is the CIPD’s Policy Adviser for Diversity and Inclusion. Her role is a combination of rigorous research and active engagement with p...

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Jo Mosley

Jo Mosley

Jo is HR Director for the Salvation Army, where she has worked for the last 2 years, and has previously been a senior leader at Guide Dogs for...

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Esther O'Halloran

Esther O'Halloran

Esther set up her own independent HR Consultancy offering Business Savvy Commercial skills, practical solutions and insights to Senior Leaders and...

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Michelle Parry-Slater

Michelle Parry-Slater

A workplace learning innovator, Michelle heads up consultancy Kairos Modern Learning. Here she drives cultural shift from ‘Injection Education...

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Tim Pointer

Tim Pointer

Tim is an international HR Leader and Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, whose work has been recognised by the People Management / CIPD Awards (Overall...

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Alan Price

Alan Price

A leading authority on employment law and HR, Alan Price is CEO of BrightHR and Group Operations Director of Peninsula. Alan is responsible fo...

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Pash Reddy

Pash Reddy

Pash Reddy is a Senior Learning and Development professional with over 18 years of experience within the Professional and Financial Services sectors&#...

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Vanessa Robinson

Vanessa Robinson

Vanessa is Director of Operations for the CIPD. Her role covers all operational and programme management matters across the business, including th...

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Asif Sadiq

Asif Sadiq

Asif is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph. Delivering the strategic plan to drive a co-ordinated approach across the busi...

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Sam Westwood

Sam WestwoodSenior People Partnership Manager at The White Company

Christopher Schiller

Christopher Schiller

Chris is a highly successful and dynamic consultant trainer that challenges traditional approaches to training & development. He specialises in perfor...

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Fiona Scott

Fiona ScottSenior Manager

Fiona is passionate about the role business can play in addressing key societal issues. She began her career in the third sector as a corporate fundr...

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Peter Sheppard

Peter Sheppard

Peter is Global Head of the Ericsson Learning Ecosystem. In his current role Peter has responsibility for developing the learning ecosystem including ...

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Tali Shlomo

Tali Shlomo

Tali Shlomo (Chartered FCIPD) is the People Engagement Director of the Chartered Insurance Institute, a large international professional standards...

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Kerry Smith

Kerry Smith

Kerry joined the British Heart Foundation in October 2013 from the Royal Horticultural Society, where she headed up Human Resources for 8 years an...

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Monica Smith

Monica Smith

Monica Smith is a Partner and Head of Coaching and Development at the Consulting Firm, Hymans Robertson LLP. She has over 30 years’ experience o...

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Johnathan Smith

Johnathan Smith

Jonathan is passionate about helping individuals and organisations realise their full potential. He emphasises the importance of self-awareness, ...

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Jane Storm

Jane Storm

Brad Taylor

Brad Taylor

Brad is the CIPD’s Director of People and OD. He leads the CIPD’s own HR, OD and people development function, ensuring that the organisati...

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Perry Timms

Perry Timms

Perry Timms is founder and Chief Energy Officer of PTHR - a growing consultancy in progressive HR and the next stage of business evolution. He is als...

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Karen Ver

Karen Ver

Karen is the Digital Projects Manager at the CIPD. Karen’s career spans over 20 years in Learning and Development, and has included IT training&...

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Tony Vickers-Byrne

Tony Vickers-Byrne

Tony has over 25 years’ experience at HR director level, primarily in the NHS. This included roles at The Health Protection Agency, The Roya...

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Julie Welch

Julie Welch

Julie is the Chief People Officer at Carey Group, an agile and fast growing privately (family) owned civil engineering and construction group with...

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Gill White

Gill White

Gill joined CIPD in July 2012 as Head of CIPD Training and was appointed a Director for the newly formed directorate of Careers & CPD in September 201...

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Eleanor Whitehouse

Eleanor Whitehouse

Eleanor Whitehouse is deputy editor of People Management magazine, supporting the delivery and development of the brand's digital and social c...

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Denise Wilson OBE

Denise Wilson OBE

Denise is Chief Executive of the Government sponsored Hampton-Alexander Review, formerly the Davies Review for Women on Boards, which leads th...

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Victoria Winkler

Victoria Winkler

Victoria is Director of Professional Development at the CIPD. With overall responsibility for the CIPD’s professional standards and membership frame...

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Ksenia Zheltoukhova

Ksenia Zheltoukhova

Dr Ksenia Zheltoukhova is Director of Research Operations at Nesta, the innovation foundation. Ksenia is responsible for developing the strategic ...

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