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
Head of Colleague Strategy and Insight
Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Greig Aitken is Head of Colleague 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.

Sheila Attwood
Managing Editor, pay and HR practice

Sheila Attwood is XpertHR’s managing editor, pay and HR practice. She has more than 20 years’ experience of working in a research and editorial capacity in a publishing environment, with a focus on the labour market, reward, industrial relations and HR practice. Sheila leads the team that is responsible for the HR and reward content on XpertHR, with a key responsibility for the pay settlement tracking service. She oversees the employer practice surveys on XpertHR, and commissions and edits practical guidance on all aspects of day-to-day reward and HR management. She is an expert on company pay awards and is regularly called upon to appear in the broadcast and print media to comment on the level of increase in pay rates.

Daniel Barnett
Employment Law Barrister
Outer Temple Chambers

Daniel Barnett is a leading employment law barrister practising from Outer Temple Chambers. He is the author or co-author of ten books, including the Law Society Handbook on Employment Law, and the creator of the UK’s leading email alerter bulletin service sending details of breaking news in employment law three times a week to 24,000 recipients (see

As well as full-time practice as a barrister, Daniel leads the HR Inner Circle (, the UK’s leading community for smart, ambitious HR Professionals.

He is a popular speaker at HR and corporate events, and is the resident lawyer on LBC radio, where he co-presents the legal hour.

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

Cheryl joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2014 and has undertaken various HR roles within the bank.

Her current role is People Director for Retail & Community Banking which is a large scale, multi brand customer facing retail distribution division, servicing 22 million customers with around 40,000 colleagues.

Her primary role is to help shape the Group people strategy whilst considering the people and leadership requirements of the division.

A member of the HR and Community Banking ExCo, Cheryl reports to the Group Director, People & Productivity and partners the Group Director of Community Banking. She is passionate about Inclusion and Diversity and dedicates time to unlocking the potential of those from diverse backgrounds. She prides herself on developing her team to be their best.

Cheryl balances a senior role with being a mum to two young children. This is possible through the help of an extremely loving and supportive family and fantastic business like Lloyds.

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 experience in helping organisations to promote change, collaboration and teamwork, leading challenging strategic and practical projects and in supporting employers to effect change, but proactively influences policy initiatives, advice and guidance.

Sinead Bunting
Marketing Consultant & Co-Founder

Sinead specialises in digital performance marketing and creative brand transformation. Most recently she was the VP of Marketing for Monster in Europe, the global jobs website. Prior to that she was agency side, working at MediaCom on some of the world's leading brands and her current role is helping The Telegraph team with their Digital subscriptions strategy, breaking news cycle and overseeing a media agency review.

Sinead is the creator and co-founder of the Tech Talent Charter, (TTC) an industry-wide collective, whose aim is to deliver a more diverse tech workforce. The charter is supported by the UK government and over 300 signatories such as Cisco, Vodafone, HP, BBC, EY, Cancer Research and Global Radio.

Passionate about encouraging diversity and success in business, she also created the ‘Monster Confidence’ programme, working with social enterprise Stemettes for the last three years, helping students gain greater confidence to achieve their huge potential in a STEM career.

Andy Campbell
HCM Strategy Director
Oracle EMEA

Andy Campbell is Global Solution Evangelist at Financialforce. He leads the thought leadership programmes across EMEA, helping professional services organisations to deliver better business outcomes.

He has worked in the technology industry for over 20 years, working with executive teams that are undertaking major business transformations.

He has substantial experience of successfully deploying leading edge technology to address significant business problems and opportunities.

Prior to joining Financialforce, Andy had a similar role as Strategy Director at Oracle and before that 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/Independent Member on the Ministry of Defence People Leadership Team 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.

Nita Clarke OBE
Involvement and Participation Association (IPA)

Nita Clarke is the Director of the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA), Britain's leading organisation delivering workplace support for good employment and industrial relations. She was vice-chair of the MacLeod Review on employee engagement and continues to work with David MacLeod on the new national Employee Engagement task force, launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in March 2011.

She was appointed as Vice-President (employee relations) by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development in January 2012, and is a visiting Fellow at Kingston University Business School. She was also a member of the Mutuals Task Force established by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude in 2011.

She was formerly the adviser on trade unions to Prime Minister Tony Blair, working as assistant political secretary in the Political Office at 10 Downing Street from January 2001 to June 2007. Her role included liaison with individual unions and the TUC, developing national policy in areas such as the two-tier workforce and work-life balance, supporting ministers by trouble-shooting in industrial disputes.

Nita was a senior official with public services union UNISON from 1992 -2001. She is the author of the report, The way forward: trade unions and the third sector, commissioned by ACEVO. Nita was awarded the OBE for services to employee engagement and business in the Queen's birthday honours list 2013.

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.

Martin Edmondson

Martin founded Gradcore, and over the last decade has led a wide range of graduate recruitment and employability projects. These include running global graduate schemes for a range of large employers, delivering employability performance improvement in universities, and chairing the UK and European Graduate Employment Conferences. He also helped to establish the ‘city graduate scheme’ concept that helps places to attract and retain graduates more effectively. Martin is a Director of the Institute for Student Employers – and co-chairs the Research and Policy committee. He has also advised the UK government and the EU on graduate recruitment, written for a wide range of newspapers, journals and websites, and has spoken regularly at conferences across the UK, Europe and US on graduate recruitment and employability.

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 and was highly commended in the same category in 2019.

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 Psychology, Health Economics and Therapeutic Radiography and he has more than 35 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 Health Tec start-ups.

Eugene has authored articles and research on mental health, stress, workplace sudden death, absence, sickness presence, brexit, 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 Chair of the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association having returned to this position. He is a 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.

Christine Forde

Christine is a passionate and highly experienced human resources, business transformation, people and organisational development professional and has worked in the equalities, diversity and inclusion arena for over three decades . She has a proven and successful track record gained principally in the Civil Service, Local and International Government and Higher Education sectors. Her repertoire incorporates human resources, organisational development, change and diversity and inclusion game changing initiatives. These include leading interventions to improve and promote management and leadership capability, employee engagement, diverse workforces including gender and ethnicity representation at board level, inclusive service delivery and inclusive cultures in organisations. Christine is delighted to be a member of the judging panel.

Jacqui Gavin
Head of Diversity & Inclusion Centre of Excellence

Jacqui is a leading D & I professional where she rose to prominence in her field of expertise in the Civil Service as a network leader and as the Head of D & I in main government departments.

Jacqui embedded a culture of inclusion that opened the door of opportunity for the Civil Service and a:gender (the Civil Service network for transgender and non-binary identities) to become a much respected resource for all sectors of society. As well as leading this network she was instrumental in her crusade of driving a platform of opportunity for Civil Servants going through and the Civil Service understanding of the previous less than understood personal process of gender identity dysphoria. In conjunction with many of the leading LGBT organisations from across the globe Jacqui has influenced the positive side of the trans experience is understood. 

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 and how of public services harness the inherent passion, creativity, innovation and commitment of the broader public service workforce.

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
Head of Benefits Strategy
Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing

Steve Herbert is an award-winning thought leader on Pensions and Employee Benefit issues, and is widely known to employers, industry journalists, and insurers across the UK.

His principal aim is better communicating the value and usage of employee benefits to Human Resources professionals. This he has achieved through many (highly successful) seminar series, and his regular and widely read articles and blog posts on the subject.

Steve also acts as a judge in HR and Employee Benefits industry awards, product innovator, a regular contributor to DWP forums, and compulsive responder to formal Government Consultations on pension and benefit issues.

He is occasionally accused of making employee benefits interesting.

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?

In July 2018 Michael took up the role of CEO at the Human Capital Leadership Institute in Singapore. Since then he has been involved in research looking at HR’s role in developing a leadership focus on sustainability; examining the impact of digital disruption on humans (AI-EI Intersection) and Human Capital issues in Asia. Michael is a member of the Board of the Institute for Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) in Singapore and is a regular speaker at events in SE Asia, China and Japan. 

Kessar Kalim
Director 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. Currently the HRD at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Kalim was named in HR Magazine’s 2018 Most Influential List. Kalim was also the winner of both the Gold Award and HR Business Partner of the Year Award at the Personnel Today Awards in 2015.

Sandy MacDonald
Head of Corporate Sustainability
Standard Life Aberdeen plc

Sandy MacDonald is Head of Corporate Sustainability at Standard Life Aberdeen plc, which means he aims to ensure the business takes a long-term view and operates as responsibly as possible. Under his leadership, the Company has consistently improved its position in leading corporate sustainability indices including Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and Europe, FTSE4Good and CDP (Climate Disclosure Project) and is recognised as a leading sustainable business in its sector and globally.

Sandy has a strong and active interest in social inclusion and creating, and campaigning for, equal opportunities for people from all backgrounds. As well as his role with Standard Life Aberdeen, he is Deputy Chair of Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity, Chair of the Living Wage Leadership Group in Scotland and a member of the local Common Purpose Advisory group. He was recently announced as one of the Commissioners on the new Edinburgh Poverty Commission.

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 Fellow 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 has over 17 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

Neil Morrison is the Director of HR for Severn Trent plc, one of the UK's largest companies in the UK and a member of the FTSE100. He started his working life as a lecturer in psychology, before working in a variety of HR roles, 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.

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

Caroline’s current role is 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.  Caroline 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.

Previous to this Caroline was a member of the leadership team at oneSource from 2014. 

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. With more than 25 years of experience in HR, Caroline 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.

Caroline 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.

Caroline 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 ILM 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
Youth Employment UK

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.

Laura-Jane founded Youth Employment UK in 2012, believing that there was a need to put young people at the heart of youth employment policy and services on a local and national level. Youth Employment UK is a not-for-profit, social enterprise that now supports more than 60,000 young people, employers, educators, third sector organisations and policy colleagues every month, fulfilling its core objectives:

  • To give young people a voice and empower them to be more prepared for the world of work
  • To help organisations be better equipped to support young people and adopt Youth Friendly Principles
  • To ensure that government policy is geared towards the real needs of young people

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 Youth Employment, Pearson Skills and Apprenticeship Group, The Inspirational Learning Group Enterprise Education and Employability Expert Group, DWP ESF Committees, she also supports the work of the Cabinet Office Inclusive Economy Partnership and the DCMS Youth Charter.

Laura-Jane is a Board Member of the Youth Futures Foundation and has been a secondary school governor for 6 years. Laura-Jane has worked on a number of consultative projects with organisations such as the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Cambridge Local Authority, Northamptonshire Learning Partnership, Chilled Food Association, PiXL and WorldSkills UK.

Laura-Jane has represented Youth Employment UK through a number of media outlets including BBC Breakfast, Channel 4 News, BBC Radio 4, FE News, Personnel Today and others.

Asif Sadiq
Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
The Telegraph

Asif is Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph. He was formerly the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services and was also previously the Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. He has delivered the strategic plans to drive a co-ordinated approach across various global businesses to focus both investment and intent on the broader inclusion agenda. He is a Multi-Award Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with a proven track record in achieving operational and strategic targets, managing quality, performance, risk and change through promoting equal opportunities and diverse cultures.

He is a passionate and inspirational global leader in diversity with the ability to empower individuals and create a truly inclusive environment for all. Asif has been key in supporting businesses in implementing D&I activities and programmes as well as connecting with stakeholders at all levels to build strong and influential relationships across business functions. Asif acts as a role model, providing governance across businesses on D&I and cultural change and is committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all and is considered one of the leading thought leaders in this space.

Asif has received a number of accolades for his professional and volunteering work that include the Mosaic (Prince’s Trust) Award for mentoring and NAMP Multi Faith Award, Police Officer of the Year Award, the Civil Servant of the Year Award, the prestigious Asian Professionals Award and the highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards. He was named as a BAME top 8 workplace hero in 2018 and was honoured in 2017 in the Queen’s birthday honours list with an MBE for his services to Policing and the Communities and is a member of the HR Guild and is a Freeman of the City.

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

I work with entrepreneurial business leaders/SMEs, helping them transform and expand their business and engage their teams.

Uniquely, I focus on both people and business aspects of change, to help clients achieve their goals. The key areas of support I provide include:

  • Business Strategy & Change, Business Restructure, Merger & Acquisition, People Strategy & Cultural Change, People & HR Transformation and 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 25 complex transformation programmes globally. 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 most recently 2019 Top 100 HR Tech Influencers by Human Resource Executive and HR Technology Conference.

You can follow his updates on twitter @AndySpence

Charlotte Sweeney
Founder and CEO
Charlotte Sweeney Associates Ltd

Charlotte Sweeney OBE has specialised in Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) for over 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 I&D strategy and their effective and sustainable implementation. Her clients include many global companies and she gained much of her global experience leading I&D 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 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.

Jeya Thiruchelvam
Co-managing editor

Jeya Thiruchelvam is co-managing editor of the XpertHR employment law team, where she oversees the smooth running of day-to-day operations. An experienced employment lawyer, Jeya previously had main responsibility for the employment law manual – the site’s most technical content. She was also the regular host for XpertHR’s weekly podcast, providing subscribers with topical discussions and guidance on legal and HR issues. As a lawyer, Jeya specialised in discrimination law - for both employers and employees - and frequently commented on employment law developments in local and regional publications. Before qualifying as a solicitor, she worked on the North Wales Child Abuse Inquiry and the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Claire Threapleton
T10 Consulting

Claire set up T10 Consulting to help clients with the key issues of strategic workforce planning, recruitment, succession, engagement and retention. She thrives on reducing spiralling attrition and hiring to those roles that seem impossible to fill. Innovation, challenge and transformation are at the heart of how she operates. Having worked for the likes of Capital One, Nestle, Experian and Accenture, Claire believes passionately that HR is a business enabler and driver, not the keeper of the policies.

Perry Timms
Founder & (CEO) Chief Energy Officer

Perry Timms is an international & TEDx speaker, advising 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 and his follow-up: "The Energized Workplace" is published in April 2020. 

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 and 5th Most Influential in 2018.

Perry is Adjunct Faculty at Ashridge Executive Education and Hult International Business School; he is a visiting fellow at Cranfield School of Management and Sheffield Hallam University, a Fellow of the RSA 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.

Richard Tyrie

Richard Tyrie is a socially focused Internet entrepreneur who began his professional life as a headhunter working for James Caan in the early 1990s.

In 1996 Richard joined ‘’, one of the UK’s first recruitment websites. Following his exit in 1998, Richard went on to set up, an award-winning network of job boards that transformed the recruitment and talent management processes of over a thousand public sector employers.

Richard’s latest venture is GoodPeople, a strategy and design consultancy that develops place-based CSR, and employment and skills programmes - that deliver commercial advantage whilst transforming local communities.

Richard is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), a Governor of the Ark Globe Academy in Elephant and Castle, and an advisor to various Charities and Social Enterprises.

Ashleigh Wight
HR and Wellbeing Editor
Personnel Today

Ashleigh Webber is HR and Wellbeing editor at Personnel Today and Occupational Health & Wellbeing, covering HR issues, employment law updates and issues affecting employees’ health and wellbeing at work.

She has been a business journalist for seven years, previously writing for transport sector publications Commercial Motor and Motor Transport.

Mark Withers
Founder and Director

After University I joined what was then ‘Personnel’ in Shell because 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, 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 21 years ago I have been able to work with some amazing organisations across private and public sectors 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.

Charles Wynn-Evans
Dechert LLP

Charles Wynn-Evans is a partner at international law firm Dechert LLP and heads its London employment practice. He deals with all aspects of contentious and non contentious employment law including redundancy exercises, TUPE transfers, High Court and employment tribunal litigation and severance negotiations as well as advice on employment contracts and policies and employee consultation and trade union issues. He is a fee paid employment judge at the Birmingham employment tribunal, a deputy chair of the Central Arbitration Committee, on the employment law committees of the Law Society and the City of London Law Society, a member of the editorial committee of ELA Briefing, a Vice-President of the Industrial Law Society and is a joint editor of the Practice and Procedure section of Harvey on Employment Law. He writes regularly on employment law issues and is the author of “The Law of TUPE Transfers” published by Oxford University Press.