Meet The Judges

Aggie Mutuma

Aggie MutumaGroup People Director, Argent Foods

Aggie Mutuma is an experienced and passionate HR Leader, coach, mentor and Inclusion champion with a keen passion to...

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Alyson Weeks

Alyson WeeksCommercial Learning Consultant, CIPD

Ally is an HR practitioner with 20 years UK and international experience within small, medium and large blue chip businesses....

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Andy Lancaster

Andy LancasterHead of Learning, CIPD

Andy Lancaster leads learning at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) where he is responsible for the...

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Apoorva Chandra

Apoorva ChandraHR Director, Prudential plc.

Apoorva heads Human Resources for Global Functions at Prudential. He joined Prudential in 2010, as a global lead for...

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Asif Sadiq MBE

Asif Sadiq MBEHead of Diversity and Inclusiveness FS UK, Ernst & Young

Asif is a leading Diversity and Inclusion expert with a background in establishing and sustaining stability across international...

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Baljinder Kang

Baljinder KangExecutive Director Corporate Resources, Midland Heart

An HRD with over 15 years' experience operating at Board and Executive level traversing multiple sectors from media,...

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Ben Willmott

Ben WillmottHead of Public Policy, CIPD

Ben leads the CIPD’s Public Policy team, which works to inform and shape debate, government policy and legislation in...

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Brad Taylor

Brad TaylorDirector of People, OD and Workplace, The CIPD

Caroline Nugent

Caroline NugentDirector of Human Resources, Financial Ombudsman

Nugent is director of HR & OD at the Financial Ombudsman Service As part of the executive, Nugent is responsible ensuring the...

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Chadi Moussa

Chadi MoussaClient Partner, Let's Talk Talent

Chadi is a Senior HR professional and Occupational Psychologist turned consultant with over 15 years' experience. He's...

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Charles Cotton

Charles CottonSenior Adviser, Reward and Performance, CIPD

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

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Chris Schiller

Chris SchillerLead consultant and owner, Archway MTD

Claire McCartney

Claire McCartneySenior Policy Adviser, Resourcing & Inclusion, CIPD

David Brown

David BrownDirector of Executive Education


Denise Wilson OBE

Denise Wilson OBEChief Executive, Hampton-Alexander Review

Denise Wilson OBE, Chief Executive, Hampton-Alexander Review Denise is Chief Executive of the Government sponsored...

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Eileen Donnelly

Eileen DonnellyBusiness Lead, What Works Centre Wellbeing

A previous winner of both category and overall people management awards in 2018, Mark has a keen interest in great people...

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Elaine Grell

Elaine GrellGroup People Director, The Collective

Eleanor Whitehouse

Eleanor WhitehouseDeputy editor, People Management, Haymarket

Emma Taylor

Emma TaylorUK & Ireland People Director, Tesco

Emma joined Tesco in 2001 as part of the Graduate scheme. As part of her development, she completed a number of roles across...

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Esther O'Halloran

Esther O'HalloranDirector, EOH Business Solutions

HR Consultant & Business Coach for the last 7 years, providing integrated practical bespoke HR & Business solutions to help...

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Eugenio Pirri

Eugenio PirriChief People & Culture Officer, Dorchester Collection

A multi-award winning industry leader, Eugenio Pirri has dedicated his 30-year career to ensuring that people are the...

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Fiona Scott

Fiona ScottSenior Manager, Social Impact, CIPD

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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Garry Dickson

Garry DicksonPeople Strategy, RBS

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...

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Heather Bond

Heather BondStandards Adviser, CIPD

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

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Jabbar Sardar

Jabbar SardarHR Director, BBC Studios

Jabbar Sardar is Global HR director for BBC Studios, the commercial subsidiary of the BBC which oversees TV production,...

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Jan Smallbone

Jan SmallboneDirector of Learning & Talent Development, Mitchells & Butlers

Janet King

Janet KingDeputy Chief Executive, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

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

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Jemeela Quraishi

Jemeela QuraishiActing Head of Social Impact and Innovation, CIPD

Jenny Roper

Jenny RoperEditor, People Management magazine

Jenny Roper is editor of People Management magazine and former editor of HR magazine. She has also worked at a range of other B2B...

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Jill Miller

Jill MillerSenior Policy Adviser - Diversity and Inclusion, CIPD

Jo Mosley

Jo MosleyHR Director, Salvation Army

Joanna Fairweather

Joanna FairweatherHR Business Partner - Learning and Organisation Development, University of Edinburgh

Jo Fairweather is HR Business Partner - Learning and Organisation Development, University of Edinburgh. Prior to joining...

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Jonathan	Smith

Jonathan SmithSenior Lecturer in HRM, Exeter University

Jonny Briggs

Jonny BriggsHead of Talent Acquisition & Inclusion, Aviva

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

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Juliett Campbell

Juliett CampbellHR Director, Papa Johns

After spending 17 years in aviation and 6 years in hospitality I understand the power of engaging our young people so they can...

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Katherine Bassey

Katherine BasseyExecutive Coach, Katherine Bassey Coaching

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

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Katie Jacobs

Katie JacobsSenior stakeholder lead, CIPD

Katie Jacobs is senior stakeholder lead at the CIPD, the professional body for human resources and people development. She is...

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Kessar Kalim

Kessar KalimDirector of HR, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Kessar Kalim is an award-winning HR leader with experience spanning across the social work and higher education sectors....

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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 Andrews

Laura AndrewsHR Business Partner, Haymarket

Laura Overton

Laura OvertonAnalyst

Lizzie Crowley

Lizzie CrowleySenior Skills Advisor, CIPD

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

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Louise Fisher

Louise FisherChair of the Board, CIPD

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

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Mark Corden

Mark CordenGlobal Director of People Technology and Operations, Specsavers

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

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Mary Connaughton

Mary ConnaughtonDirector, CIPD Ireland

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

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Matt Elliott

Matt ElliottChief People Officer, Bank of Ireland

Melanie Green

Melanie GreenResearch Advisor, CIPD

Melanie joined the CIPD research team in 2017, and conducts research in a number of areas, including D&I and L&D. Recent...

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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...

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Mike Davis

Mike DavisDirector of Open Programmes & Marketing

Mike Davis is the Director of Open Programmes & Marketing for Imperial College Business School Executive Education. Mike is...

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Monica Smith

Monica SmithHead of Coaching and Development, Hymans Robertson

Nelarine Cornelius

Nelarine CorneliusVice President, CIPD

Nelarine Cornelius is Vice-President of the CIPD with board-level responsibility for membership and development. The VP role is...

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Oli Howard

Oli HowardMembership Strategy Lead, CIPD

Oli is currently responsible for membership projects and proposition development at the CIPD. He has spent most of his career in...

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Pash Reddy

Pash ReddyGlobal L&D Director, FRA

Pash Reddy is a Senior Learning and Development professional with over 18 years of experience within the Professional and...

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Perry Timms

Perry TimmsChief Energy Officer, PTHR

Perry Timms is the founder and Chief Energy Officer of PTHR - an 8-person squad acting as a global consultancy and setting out to...

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Peter Cheese

Peter CheeseCEO, CIPD

Peter is the chief executive of the CIPD, the professional body for more than 140,000 HR and people development...

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Peter Sheppard

Peter SheppardGlobal Head of Learning and Excellence, Ericsson

Peter is Global Head of Learning Excellence in Ericsson, a supplier of telecom networks and services in 140 countries. In...

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Rachel Suff

Rachel SuffSenior Policy Adviser, Employee Relations, CIPD

Rachel Suff joined the CIPD as a senior policy adviser in 2014 to help shape the public policy debate to champion better work and...

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Sally Austin

Sally AustinGroup HR Director, Wincanton

Sam	Westwood

Sam WestwoodHead of People, The White Company

Sam is Head of People for The White Company taking responsibility for a broad HR agenda including HR Business Partnership,...

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Sarah Corney

Sarah CorneyHead of Digital Experience, CIPD

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

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Shokat Lal

Shokat LalExecutive Director (Core Services), Barnsley Council

Former Assistant Chief Executive with over 30 years of experience in local government in a number of councils and across a range...

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Steve George

Steve GeorgeDigital Learning Portfolio Manager - HR , CIPD

Steve manages the CIPD's digital learning portfolio for HR having spent much of his career in L&D. Steve is passionate about...

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Stuart Haden

Stuart HadenCommercial Learning Consultant, CIPD

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

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Tali Shlomo

Tali ShlomoHead of Inclusion and Wellbeing, Shearman and Sterling LLP

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

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Tim Pointer

Tim PointerSVP - People & Culture, CAA-GBG (Creative Artists Agency - Global Brands Group)

Tim Pointer, Global SVP - People & Culture @ CAA-GBG Tim is a global CHRO and Fellow of the CIPD, whose work has been...

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Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth

Valerie Hughes-D'AethDirector, VHD Consulting

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

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Victoria Winkler

Victoria WinklerDirector of Professional Development, CIPD

Victoria is Director of Professional Development at the CIPD, with overall responsibility for professional standards and...

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Yetunde Hofmann

Yetunde HofmannNon Executive Director, CIPD

Yetunde Hofmann BA (Hons); MBA; Chartered FCIPD; FRSA; PCC; Integral Coach. Yetunde is a Non-executive Director and Chair of...

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