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...

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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 f...

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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 BIT...

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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 ...

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Louisa Baczor

Louisa Baczor

Louisa Baczor, Research Adviser, CIPD. Louisa specialises in research on professionalism, professional identity and et...

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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 Di...

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Katherine Bassey

Katherine Bassey

Katherine Bassey is an organisational development practitioner, an EMCC accredited executive coach and Head of Staff Engagemen...

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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 d...

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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 ye...

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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...

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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 profession...

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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 profess...

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Ken Cooke

Ken Cooke

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

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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 Spec...

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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. Sh...

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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 team...

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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 als...

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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 pr...

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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 pro...

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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 th...

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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 ...

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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 wel...

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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. Sh...

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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 t...

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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...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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...

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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, digit...

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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...

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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 busin...

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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...

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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 V...

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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 Ea...

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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 ...

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Laura Overton

Laura OvertonAward winning industry analyst

30 years experience of investigating learning innovation in learning and development

Rachel Lewis

Rachel Lewis

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

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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 th...

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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 acti...

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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 lead...

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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 t...

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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 ‘I...

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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 / ...

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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. Al...

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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 Financia...

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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 busine...

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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 appr...

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Sam Westwood

Sam WestwoodHead of People 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 s...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 pr...

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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 Reso...

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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 y...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 i...

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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 ...

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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 con...

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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 & ...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 devel...

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