Rob Moss
Personnel Today

Rob Moss has been editor of Personnel Today since 2010 when the HR title became an exclusively online publication. He joined the magazine in 2006 as online editor, having previously written in the optical and energy markets. He's interested in how new HR technologies can transform organisations, and emerging models of employment and their impact on the workplace and society in general. He has also written extensively about how gender equality can be improved through family-friendly HR policies. He hosts and manages the Personnel Today Awards and is responsible for recruiting experts to the judging panel.

Greig Aitken
Group Head, People Strategy and Insight
Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Greig Aitken is Group Head, People Strategy and Insight at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Based in Edinburgh, UK he leads the development of the Group’s People Strategy across RBS brands including NatWest, Ulster Bank, Coutts and Royal Bank of Scotland.

The focus of Greig’s work includes employee engagement, leadership and culture assessment and enabling leaders to deeply understand the effectiveness of their people strategy and, importantly, its tangible impact on businesses performance, sales and service.

He is a qualified chartered Banker, has an MBA in finance and management, is a Fellow of the CIPD and of the Learning & Performance Institute. 

Greig is passionate about the positive impact of human capital on business success and has taught employee engagement and human capital strategy case studies at Harvard Business School, London Business School and the University of Southern California. He is a member of the European Council on Strategic Workforce Planning and The Engagement Institute.

Robert Aldrich
Exigency HR

Robert is currently the Director of Exigency HR providing outplacement, interim and consultant services. Robert is an experienced HR Director recently completing an 18 month role with Lloyds Banking Group. He was the People Director for the Retail and Community Banks which include Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland branches, telephony, mortgage, credit card and car finance businesses. Previously working at Nationwide Building Society Robert has considerable regulatory, merger and change experience. Through his portfolio career Robert has supported charities and local government services as advisor including services for Adults with Learning Disabilities and loans to social enterprises and charities. Fellow CIPD Robert has been a judge for Personnel Today for many years. 

Sheila Attwood
Managing Editor, pay and HR practice

Sheila Attwood is managing editor, pay and HR practice at XpertHR. She is responsible for the HR and reward content on XpertHR, including the pay settlement tracking service, and surveys and practical guidance on all aspects of day-to-day reward and HR management. She has worked for XpertHR - and before that, IRS Employment Review - for 18 years. She regularly comments in the media about the level of increase in pay rates.

Daniel Barnett
Employment Law Barrister
Outer Temple Chambers

Daniel Barnett ( is a leading employment barrister practising from Outer Temple Chambers in London, frequently instructed by HR departments directly under the Bar's Public Access Scheme. He is the author or co-author of nine books, including the Law Society Handbook on Employment Law (7th edition, 2017) and runs the UK's largest employment law email update service for lawyers and HR professionals.  Daniel is the resident lawyer on LBC radio, where he co-presents the legal hour on Clive Bull's Wednesday evening show. 

Cheryl Bosi
People Director, Retail & Community Banking
Lloyds Banking Group

Cheryl Bosi joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2014 and has undertaken multiple HR Director positions throughout this time. In June 2017 Cheryl was appointed into her current role as HR Director, Retail & Community Banking which include Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland branches, telephony, mortgage, credit card and car finance businesses with an FTE base of c35,000.

Cheryl is an experienced Operational Leader and HR Executive offering a wealth of experience across a range of disciplines. Her background involves undertaking both business leadership roles as well as more complex HR change roles which included Chief of Staff, Head of Mortgage & Insurance Sales and HR Integration lead. She has a track record of partnering and influencing Executives and their Leadership Teams in order to develop creative people solutions that deliver sustainable commercial benefits.

Cheryl’s challenging and supportive leadership qualities alongside her energetic and down to earth personality have gained credibility with key stakeholders. She is particularly passionate about supporting cultural transformation and inclusion and diversity which she does through the LBG Breakthrough Network. 

Cheryl lives in Northumberland with her husband and two daughters.

Diane Brown
FCIPD Consultant

Diane has held diverse roles in food, health, local and central government, education and publishing sectors, with extensive business, operations and research expertise at board level. Formerly the Diversity and Policy lead at The British Library, Diane is a strong advocate of inclusive leadership, is passionate about respect, fair treatment, inclusion and access, and is recognised as an approachable, assertive and empathetic leader, able to build trust and give constructive feedback. 

As a Fellow of the CIPD and an original member of its Senior Diversity Network, she not only has a host of experience in helping organisations to promote collaboration and teamwork, leading challenging strategic and practical projects and in supporting employers to effect change, but proactively influences policy initiatives, advice and guidance.

Andy Campbell
HCM Strategy Director
Oracle EMEA

Andy Campbell has been at Oracle for over 20 years currently role leads the HR research and thought leadership programmes across EMEA. He works with executive teams that are undertaking major business transformations and has substantial experience of successfully deploying leading edge technology to address significant business problems and opportunities.  

Prior to joining Oracle, Andy was Head of Talent Management programmes for a major UK retail chain. 

Andy has an MBA from Nottingham, a DMS from Bristol and a BSc in Biology from Exeter. He is an active blogger and regular conference presenter across EMEA.

Wendy Cartwright
HR Lead
Palace of Westminster Restoration & Renewal Programme

Wendy is the HR Lead for the Palace of Westminster Restoration & Renewal Programme, which has been established to tackle the significant work required to protect and preserve the heritage of the Palace of Westminster and ensure it can continue to serve as home to the UK Parliament in the 21st century. She is the former HR Director for the Olympic Delivery Authority and has also held senior HR and corporate services roles in higher education, the civil service, financial services, energy and retail sectors.

Wendy chairs the Advisory Board of Global Diversity Practice, and is also a Non-Executive Director on the Ministry of Defence People and Training Board, and a Trustee of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has a Masters degree in Employment Strategy.

David Cooper
Director of Organisational Capability & Change

David joined the RCN in September 2007 and took on the newly created role of Director of Human Resources. As well as heading up the organisation-wide HR, OD, Diversity, Estates and Health & Safety teams, David's role involves leading the RCN's organizational change and development agenda. More recently David undertook a nine month secondment to RCNi covering as acting CEO before returning full time to the RCN on 1 August 2015. On 1 December 2015 David was given the role of Director of Organisational Capability & Change adding UK responsibility for internal/external communications and I.T. to his existing portfolio. David previously spent his working life within the NHS but was on secondment to Unison immediately before joining us. He was Executive Director of Human Resources at East London and The City Mental Health Trust for seven years and this included periods as acting deputy Chief Executive. David is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

Martin Couzins
itsdevelopmental Ltd

Martin is the director of B2B content and communications agency Itsdevelopmental Ltd, which he set up after 17 years of working in business journalism at Reed Business Information . He works with organisations to help them tell their stories by creating and curating compelling content. He is also an innovator in corporate learning and development (L&D), helping start the L&D Connect Unconferences, successfully designing and delivering four massive, open online courses and launching LearnPatch, a B2B curation platform for learning professionals. 

Mervyn Dinnen
HR & Talent Trends Analyst
Two Heads Consulting

Mervyn Dinnen is a talent and HR analyst, writing and advising businesses on the emerging trends impacting hiring, retention, engagement and development. He is author of the book Exceptional Talent and an international speaker on recruitment and HR trends.

Jo Faragher
Business Writer and Editor

Jo is a business writer and editor, specialising in HR and employment issues. In 2015, she was voted Towers Watson HR Journalist of the Year. 

She is a regular contributor to Personnel Today, People Management and First Voice (the magazine of the Federation of Small Businesses). Her work has also appeared in the Financial Times and supplements for The Times and The Guardian, and she has been a guest lecturer in journalism on the BA in Creative Writing at Brunel University. 

Eugene Farrell
Head of Trauma Support
AXA PPP healthcare

Eugene is qualified in radiotherapy, health economics and psychology and he has more than 30 years of experience in the UK healthcare arena. He is a member of the British Psychological Society and has worked in a variety of roles in both the NHS and private sectors and, for the past 20 years, specialising in the development and provision of mental health, counselling and wellbeing support services in the corporate environment. This includes the development of integrated healthcare, psychological treatment pathways, absence management, workplace counselling, employee assistance programmes (EAPs), crisis and trauma support, wellbeing and occupational health services. He has also worked with mental health providers, charities and government advising on the management of mental health in the workplace, as well as the management and delivery of organisational crisis support. Eugene has a keen interest in the use of technology in mental health and its future development, and has talked on this subject and worked with Tec start-ups.

Eugene has authored articles and research on mental health, stress, workplace death, absence, sickness presence, financial wellbeing, health wellbeing and EAP effectiveness, has presented at professional conferences in the UK and Europe, on the BBC and on radio, and is the current Vice-Chair and former Chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association, former Board member and International Director of the US based Global Employee Assistance Professionals Association, and former Executive Director of Employee Assistance European Federation. Eugene was awarded Emeritus status of UK EAPA in 2016 in recognition of his contribution to EAP development in the UK.

Karen Grave

Karen has worked in HR and OD in public and private sectors in a career spanning more years than she cares to remember. She is passionate about public services, believing that well run public services are critical to how well our society runs. For her, workforce is at the heart of everything public servants do. Whilst technology, policy and processes have a huge role to play, none of this matters without engaged, committed, passionate and productive workforces. She is committed during her term to continuing with ongoing PPMA work to raise and develop our collective professional voice so that every decision taken about the what, why, who, how and when of public services harness the inherent passion, creativity, innovation and commitment of the broader public service workforce.

Laura Guttfield
Head of HR

Laura Guttfield is a Head of HR at ITN – one of the world’s leading news and multimedia content companies. She sits on the senior leadership teams of Oscar nominated ITN Productions, and the wider ITN Technology and Group functions. She also previously led HR for Channel 4 News for four years.

After graduating from Oxford Brookes with a degree in Law and English, Laura forged her early HR career in PR agencies. In 2016 Laura was named HR Business Partner of the Year at the Personnel Today Awards and was a judge at the 2017 Awards.

Laura is particularly interested in the areas of talent management, employee engagement and developing people strategies that support business growth. Laura has spoken at conferences on the topic of talent management, and for 3 years was an appointed member of the CIPD Code of Conduct Investigation and Disciplinary panel pools.

Darren Hayman
Managing Director & Co-owner
Macmillan Davies

Darren is a Managing Director & co-owner at Macmillan Davies, the UK’s leading HR Recruitment consultancy. He has over 20 years’ recruiting experience, specialising in delivering consultative HR recruitment services to multi-sector clients. Darren currently leads the Manchester & North-west regional team at Macmillan Davies and has delivered global assignments in the UK, Europe, Australasia and the Middle East. Highly regarded in the industry, Darren is a regular speaker at HR industry events and has recently authored a number of thought leadership whitepapers and blog posts. This will be Darren’s fifth year judging the awards.

Steve Herbert
Employee Benefits Professional

Steve Herbert is an award-winning thought-leader across the entire range of company sponsored Employee Benefits in the UK.  His work has regularly featured in the HR media over the last two decades, and he has contributed to formal Government consultations on a variety of industry issues in recent years.

Steve is perhaps best known for delivering a number of hugely successful seminar series over the last 15 years.  Steve’s approach to promoting Employee Benefits embraces wider political and social issues, and in particular the increasing challenges faced by Human Resources professionals in the 21st Century.  His aim is to demonstrate how Employee Benefits can be better utilised to meet or mitigate these many issues.

Bar Huberman
Acting Employment Law Managing Editor

Bar is acting managing editor for employment law at XpertHR. Bar joined XpertHR in 2009 after working as a solicitor in a leading firm in Brighton. She now leads and manages a team of employment law editors. Bar is responsible for ensuring that the employment law and HR practice resources on XpertHR are up to date and relevant, including written and audio and visual content. She also oversees the commissioning and editing of new content, which necessitates prioritisation in line with customer requirements. Recent projects have included getting the site GDPR-ready, as well as ensuring that XpertHR is reflective of current trends in HR practice.

Michael Jenkins
Chief Executive Officer
The Human Capital Leadership Institute

Michael was born and spent his early years in Malaysia. He graduated from Durham University in Chinese followed by postgraduate studies in Japanese language, politics and economics at Nanzan University, Nagoya, after which he worked for Toyota Motor Corporation. In 2001, Michael returned to Asia as Director of INSEAD Executive Education in Singapore. He subsequently took on the role of Managing Director of the Center for Creative Leadership Asia Pacific.  In 2009 he joined Roffey Park in the UK as Chief Executive.  Michael contributed to the Singapore Ministry of Manpower’s publication Asian Leadership: What Works, wrote the CEO leader profiles three Asian leaders for The 50 Best Business Leaders (Future Publishing) and contributed to EFMD’s Global Focus magazine the article: The Global Workplace – A compassion-free zone? Michael recently took up the role of CEO at the Human Capital Leadership Institute in Singapore.

Denise Keating
Chief Executive, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion

Denise Keating – Chief Executive, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei)

Denise is responsible for leading the strategy, running the membership operation, determining key campaigns and developing enei’s relationship with Government and the media.

Denise joined the Employers Forum on Age in May 09 and brought with her a wealth of experience in diversity plus significant commercial experience across a number of sectors.  Initially involved in creating the Employers Forum on Age in 1994 with a launch in 1996, she was a Board Director/Trustee since 2002 and became Chief Executive in 2009.

Craig McCoy
Senior HR Director
Sunrise Senior Living

Craig has an HR background which spans over 30 years across a number of companies in the Technology, Media, Telecommunications, Property and Health and Social Care sectors . He has worked at Group or Regional HR Director level for a number of international and UK businesses, most notably The Crown Estate, Bupa, BT, Aegis Media, Sky, and Compaq Computer, with overall HR responsibility for up to 15,000 employees and 45 countries. He is currently Senior HR Director for Sunrise Senior Living, a premium provider of residential homes for the elderly. 

He has also worked as a senior change management consultant at Accenture, advising corporate clients in the banking and utilities sectors. 

Craig is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and holds an MA (Hons) in French & Italian from the University of Cambridge. 

Emma Mirrington
Managing Director

Emma is Managing Director of The FIRM and Talent Director for the Talent Insight Group and has over 16 years resourcing experience encompassing in-house and agency recruitment as well as RPO. Her previous organisations include Unilever, BskyB and most recently Mars Chocolate UK where she was Head of Talent responsible for the development of a best in class strategic approach to Talent Acquisition and Management. She now leads the FIRM team in providing both tactical support and strategic insight for their members.

Neil Morrison
HR Director
Severn Trent

After starting his working life as a lecturer in psychology, Neil Morrison worked in a variety of HR roles at FTSE100 companies, including Rentokil Initial and GUS (which later became Home Retail Group).

He was the HR director for the Random House Group from 2008 to 2013 and was one of the main leads in helping to steer the global merger with Penguin, becoming the HR Director for the combined Penguin Random House business.

In 2017 Morrison joined Severn Trent, one of the UK’s largest regulated water companies, where he is HR director. He also sits on the board of the CIPD and works regularly with the REC, supporting, amongst others, its Good Recruitment Campaign.

Morrison is a regular commentator on HR and workplace issues and has written for a number of trade and generalist publications and websites, as well as his own blog, Change-Effect (

Darren Newman

Darren has been writing and talking about employment law for over 25 years, helping lawyers and HR professionals make sense of this fast-moving and vital subject. He has represented both employers and employees at Employment Tribunals across the country and is the former Head of Employment Law and Social Affairs for the Chemical Industries Association. As well as being a consultant editor for XPertHR, where he writes a monthly’ ‘Perspective’ column and is the author of a wide range of guides and specialist articles, Darren spends his time training HR professionals in the latest employment law developments and is the author of the ‘Range of Reasonable Responses’ blog and podcast series.

Caroline Nugent
HR Director
Financial Ombudsman Service

Nugent has recently started a new role as HR director at the Financial Ombudsman Service.

The Financial Ombudsman Service is an informal alternative to the courts that is free for consumers and provides an independent investigation of financial services issues. The ombudsman service has around 3,500 staff and handles about 1.4 million enquiries every year. Nugent joined the leadership team in May this year and will lead the people strategy of the ombudsman service, promoting diversity and inclusion through everything they do, to develop a culture which lives the values. Nugent will work with her exec colleagues and leadership teams to make sure that the best possible HR service is delivered cost-effectively across the organisation, continuously building a positive employee experience, which engages colleagues at all levels.

Previous to this Nugent was a member of the leadership team at oneSource from 2014. oneSource supports the London boroughs of Havering and Newham’s 7,500 staff (also incorporating Bexley’s financial services). Since its inception oneSource has saved those local authorities £24 million. Covering all aspects of HR, OD, transformation, engagement, equalities, pay, reward, talent, leadership, health, and wellbeing for two diverse and politically different councils.

She is also the immediate past president of the PPMA (Public Service People Managers’ Association) a national body for people professionals working in public services. The PPMA has influenced the agenda for more than 40 years, evolving and changing to reflect the professional community it serves. With more than 25 years of experience in HR, Nugent understands the challenge of workforce and OD issues during significant organisational change. 

She is a fellow of the CIPD with qualifications in HRM, executive coaching, leadership mentoring, psychometrics and workplace and employment mediation. Nugent was also previously vice chair of the London PPMA and London Heads of HR network. 

She was previously a director of VineHR; an award-winning not-for-profit made up of 15 Essex local authority heads of HR who were able to work across boundaries to bring in significant savings and improvements in collaborative working. 

Nugent has written numerous articles and was shortlisted for Personnel Today's HR Director of the Year 2016. Her previous team has received national recognition with awards including CIPD People Management, PPMA, HR Excellence, Personnel Today, London Healthy Workplace and the National Apprentice Employers. Having started working life as an apprentice she is passionate about apprenticeship opportunities. 

Angela O’Connor
Founder and CEO
The HR Lounge

Angela is the founder and CEO of The HR Lounge. Her experience in HR spans over 30 years with roles as Chief People Officer at the National Policing Improvement Agency, HR Director Roles at the Crown Prosecution Service and three London local authorities. Angela has received many awards including three HR Director of the year awards. She was the first civil service president of the PPMA (Public Sector People Managers’ Association) in the organisation’s history. 

Angela launched the HR Lounge in 2011 - a boutique consultancy that offers a unique blend of HR services to a range of organisations.  A passionate problem solver, Angela’s goals are to help organisations achieve the very best through strategic HR advice, and robust HR practices. Her company employs the most experienced HR experts who are at the top of their profession.  Angela's deep sector knowledge spans across the whole HR spectrum particularly in complex, difficult and confidential areas. Her real passion lies in making HR simple and stress-free for clients and helping to create flourishing work environments where people succeed. She is a qualified executive coach, mediator and NLP practitioner.

Angela is the immediate past President of the HR Society and a member of the employer’s advisory panel for the Recruitment Employment Confederation. She is a visiting professor at London Metropolitan University and she was recently named as one of the top 10 HR practitioners of the last decade by HR Magazine.

Laura Overton
Managing Director
Towards Maturity

Laura Overton is an award winning learning analyst and  founder and CEO of Towards Maturity, the independent L&D Analysts that provide independent research  help L&D leaders make smart learning decisions that deliver real impact. Author of over 40 reports, her work is based on 30 years of practical experience in implementing innovative learning strategies for business advantage and is backed by her independent research with 6500+ Learning leaders and 41,000 workers.

In the UK, Laura is an Academic Fellow of the CIPD and a fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute.  In February 2010, she was the first woman to be awarded the Learning and Performance Institute’s prestigious Colin Corder Award for services to training and was the recipient of the inaugural elearning age Special Achievement award at the 2012 elearning awards. In 2018 she was voted the most influential person in corporate elearning in the globe and the top UK listed person (a position held since 2014).

Emma Parry
Professor of Human Resource Management
Cranfield School of Management

Emma Parry is Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) at Cranfield School of Management and Head of the Changing World of Work Group. She is also an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) and a Visiting Fellow at Westminster Business School. 

Emma’s research interests focus on the influence of context on the management of people, specifically on the impact of national context, demographic change and technological advancement on HRM. She has a leading role in two global research networks: "Cranet" a worldwide network of over 40 business schools that conducts comparative research into HRM and "5C" a global research project conducted with academics from around 30 institutions around the world, examining cultural differences in attitudes towards careers. Emma has conducted research for a number of clients, including the UK Ministry of Defence, National Health Service, DFID, Home Office, CIPD and several private sector and not for profit organisations.

Emma is the co-author of the book "Managing People in a Contemporary Context" and editor of several other books in the areas of age diversity and HRM. She consistently produces high quality research, which is published in journals of recognised international excellence, as well as regularly speaking at academic conferences. 

Nic Paton
Occupational Health & Wellbeing

Nic Paton is editor of Occupational Health & Wellbeing and is an award-winning journalist, writer and editor. One of the UK’s foremost journalists in this area, Nic has written about workplace health and wellbeing since 2001, for both Occupational Health & Wellbeing and Personnel Today but also for national newspapers, websites and specialist publications. He is also an honorary fellow of the Institute of Employment Studies.

Laura-Jane Rawlings
CEO and founder
Youth Employment UK

Before launching Youth Employment UK CIC, Laura-Jane worked for many years in the recruitment sector. As a recruiter, Laura-Jane was well placed to see the challenges facing young people leaving education and the issues of the employment community. Spending time to better understand the structural issues of youth unemployment and the policy around the area, Laura-Jane founded Youth Employment UK in 2012.

Laura-Jane is a passionate campaigner for youth employment and the rights for all young people to access employment and have their voices heard on the issues that affect them. Laura-Jane believes that it is for all of us to create a youth friendly society so that young people can fulfil their potential.

Recognised as a leading youth employment expert Laura-Jane provides support, insight and expertise to many groups such as the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education and Youth Employment, the Education and Skills Sub Committee and sits on the steering group for the Cabinet Office Inclusive Economy Partnership for Youth Employment. She also sits on two ESF National Sub-Committees: Employment, Skills and Social Inclusion and Equality and Diversity.

Linda Smith
Founder of Chartwell People Solutions Ltd & Business Consultant with Merranti Consulting

Working with entrepreneurial business leaders/SMEs, helping them transform, expand and engage their businesses.  Uniquely, I focus on both people and business aspects of change, to help clients achieve their goals:

  • Business Strategy & Change, Business Restructure, Merger & Acquisition, People Strategy & Cultural Change, People & HR Transformation, Projects
Andy Spence
Glass Bead Consulting

Andy Spence is founder of Glass Bead Consulting, which has a mission to develop better organisations.  He works at the intersection of technology, strategy, organizational development and HR. Long before Watson and Siri, Andy completed his MSc in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence.  He has worked on over 20 complex transformation programmes with organisations including; BP, John Lewis Partnership, Novartis, and UK NHS Trusts.   His recent work has included the publication of “Blockchain and the CHRO” for the Tapscotts’ Blockchain Research Institute.

Andy has received industry recognition for his contributions, including :- Top 30 Global Influencers in HR Tech, Top 30 HR Influencers, Top 20 Experts in People Analytics.

You can follow his updates on twitter @AndySpence

Charlotte Sweeney
Founder and CEO
Charlotte Sweeney Associates Ltd

Charlotte Sweeney OBE has specialised in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) for nearly 20 years and was recognised by The Economist and The Daily Telegraph as one of the Top 10 D&I Professional Consultancies in the world.  She runs a consultancy specialising in D&I strategy and their effective and sustainable implementation. Her clients include many global companies and gained much of her global experience leading D&I in a number of companies in both Retail and Investment Banking (Barclays, Barclays Capital, HBOS and Nomura). 

In 2014 she authored an independent review for the UK Government Secretary of State Dr. Vince Cable on Women on Boards and Executive Search Firms and is the co-author of the recent Financial Times published book ‘Inclusive Leadership – the definitive guide to developing and executing an impactful Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, locally and globally’, which was shortlisted for Management Book of the Year by The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in 2018.

She was recognised in the New Years Honours 2017 list with Officers of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to Women and Equalities.

Perry Timms
Founder & (CEO) Chief Energy Officer

Perry Timms is an international & TEDx speaker, consultant and award-winning writer on the future of work, HR & learning.  

Perry’s first book "Transformational HR” was an Top 30 HR seller shortly after its release.

Perry’s work in progressive thinking in HR and the workplace of the future was recognised by his inclusion on HR’s Most Influential Thinkers List for 2017. 

Perry is Adjunct Faculty at Ashridge Executive Education and Hult International Business School; he is a visiting fellow at Sheffield Hallam University and a Fellow of the RSA.  In 2018 Perry was invited to be Guest Professor at GEA College in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  Perry is also the world’s only WorldBlu certified Freedom at Work Consultant + Coach.

You can find Perry online at or on Twitter (@PerryTimms) and his blog  Perry is an avid fan of soul music and Northampton Town FC

Martin Tiplady
Managing Director
Chameleon People Solutions Ltd

Martin Tiplady runs the HR and Management Consultancy – Chameleon People Solutions Ltd - providing change management, organisational development and general HR and investigative services to businesses. In addition, Martin coaches several Chief Executives and HR directors.

Previously, Martin was director of human resources of the Metropolitan Police Service, The Berkeley Group plc, Westminster Health Care Holdings Plc and The Housing Corporation.   

In recent years, Martin Tiplady was named by The Daily Telegraph as ‘Personnel Director of the Year’ and is cited as one of the most influential people in HR today.  He is a Chartered Companion of the CIPD and was its vice president. 

He is the Senior Independent Director and Vice Chair of Midland Heart Housing.    

In 2010, he was awarded an OBE for services to Policing and Human Resources in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Bruce Warman

Bruce’s career has been primarily in the motor industry where he was the Finance Director and Managing Director of two motor components companies, an organisational development consultant working for General Motors in Detroit and Director of Personnel for Vauxhall Motors. He chaired the CBI Eastern Region and a number of CBI Policy Committees, sat on the ACAS Council Tribunal and was a member of the Senior Salaries Review Body, proposing pay levels at the top level in the public sector. He currently part owns and is a Director of AutoXP, a motor industry service company, sits on the Employment Appeal Tribunal and is Chairman of Cebr, an economics and business consultancy. He has a BSc in Biochemistry, an MBA from London Business School, is a qualified accountant and a qualified business coach. 

Ashleigh Wight
HR and Wellbeing Editor
Personnel Today

Ashleigh Wight is a HR and Wellbeing editor at Personnel Today. She has been a business journalist for six years, previously covering the transport sector for Commercial Motor and Motor Transport magazines. 

Vicky Williams
People Director

Vicky leads the HR and Learning & Development function for the LTA, which includes the development and delivery of the HR Strategy, and the development of the LTA’s talent and succession plan for all Colleagues. 

Vicky was previously HR Director for the Business and Industry Division of Compass Group, where she worked for 21 years. During her time with Compass Group, Vicky developed and delivered the company’s first on-line training programme for new starters and an award winning apprentice scheme. 

In November 2017, Vicky won Personal Today, HR Director of the Year. 

Vicky began her HR career at the leading high street retailer Marks and Spencer.

Mark Withers
Founder and Director

After leaving University I joined what was then Personnel in Shell. My motivation was that I believed there must be a better way to run an organisation than the ‘us’ versus ‘them’ industrial strife that characterised working life in the 1980s. I was fortunate. I was blessed with excellent bosses throughout my earlier career who also shared this belief. They showed me that taking time to listen to employees, to understand their world and engage them in addressing tricky business issues brought out the best in others, and had a huge and positive impact on the organisation’s climate and customer experience. 

Since founding Mightywaters Consulting 20 years ago I work with some amazing organisations across the private, public and not-for-profit sector and with some truly excellent HR teams. My desire to partner with clients who want to create organisations people want to work in has not diminished over time. I’m delighted to be a judge again and to have the opportunity to recognise HR at its very best.