Each of the awards will be judged by a panel of experts from the worlds of HR and law. Likewise, the process itself will be robust and rigorous. Once entry deadlines have closed, judges will initially study all submissions before coming together to debate the merits of all entrants, in order to then announce the shortlist. The final winners will then be decided in a second subsequent session.
Andrew is Director of Consulting for Blackbridge Communications. Over the last twenty years, Andrew has worked with a variety of law firms defining employer brands and creating attraction campaigns. He also advises organisations on communications strategies and helps determine visions and values.
Husnara Begum has been working in the legal sector for almost 20 years in varying capacities, including practising as a corporate associate at magic circle firm Linklaters. She also completed a lengthy tenure as a legal journalist at the market-leading weekly title – The Lawyer. During this period Husnara spent time as the City editor but more significantly headed The Lawyer’s student title Lawyer 2B, spearheading the launch of Lawyer2B.com and several diversity events designed to help aspiring solicitors and barristers to achieve their career goals.
As if two careers weren’t enough Husnara then decided to move into legal recruitment before finally setting up her own consultancy in 2013. Combining her unique background of law and journalism Husnara now offers associate recruitment services to elite US law firms as well as media and soft skills training for trainee solicitors and lawyers across all levels of PQE. Most recently, Husnara extended her business into outplacement and now offers career transitioning support to associates and final seat trainee solicitors who miss out on internal NQ roles. Separately, Husnara also offers consultancy services to the University of Law and Law Society helping both organisations reach out to students interested in pursuing a career in law.
Outside of work Husnara is interested in politics, travel and cooking for friends. She is also the self-appointed captain of a local pub quiz team in her home town of Tunbridge Wells.
Susannah has over 25 years of experience in HR, in Group HRD roles, consulting and as Deputy Chief Executive of the CIPD. Susannah started her career with IBM, and has held senior and Group HR Director roles at AWG, Whitbread, Carillion and Orange. Susannah regularly blogs and speaks about HR and the future of the profession, and currently leads HR capability and Executive Search firm, Ferry Path Partners. Susannah holds an MA from Cambridge University and an MBA from London Business School.
Martyn leads the human resources function for The Prince's Trust. He joined in April 2016 from the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), an independent philanthropic organisation seeking to transform the lives of poor and vulnerable children in developing countries, where he held the post of HR Director.
Prior to CIFF, Martyn was Director of HR & Organisational Development at Fairtrade Foundation, with responsibility for devising and implementing the organisation’s first People Strategy. He played a key role in global organisational design, including a role on Fairtrade International’s Nomination Committee (overseeing Board appointments and performance).
Martyn previously held senior HR roles at British Red Cross; leading the largest HR remit and devising the International HR Strategy. Preceding his experience in the not-for-profit sector, Martyn spent several years specialising in recruitment and selection in the private sector. Martyn is a member of the Engage for Success Taskforce and the Chair of the not-for-profit thought and action group. He is a business graduate and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development).
Geoff is a senior practitioner with over thirty years’ experience working in the professional services sector. Having initially qualified as a Chartered Accountant he “saw the light” early on in his career and transferred over to the people side of the business.
His roles have included being National Training Manager at Spicer & Oppenheim (now part of Deloitte); National Staff Partner at Baker Tilly; HR Director and Partner Coach at BLP; and latterly People & Development Advisor and Board Member of Lawyers On Demand.
Karen is the HR Director at the British Medical Association. Karen joined in 2014 to help lead the association through a major transformation programme. Karen has over thirty years' experience working in HR, OD and consulting.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, a qualified coach and OD practitioner.
Prior to the BMA Karen ran her own consulting business and has previously held senior roles in social housing and the not for profit sectors.
Henry is a Partner of the Møller PSF Group, focusing on the areas of leadership and coaching. He specialises in research, coaching and mentoring and has extensive experience in the design and development of leadership programmes. Henry is an experienced facilitator, case study leader and presenter who works with individuals and large groups. His studies in psychology and his continuing interest in this field give him the tools and techniques that support people facing challenges at work. Having worked in a professional service firm, Henry has practical insights into the special nature of these organisations.
Sasha Scott has a degree in psychology, is a qualified behavioural coach and studied counselling at LSE after a career within investment banking. Thereafter she set up the Inclusive Group - a consultancy that focuses on promoting inclusion and reducing unconscious bias to a global client base. She is considered a thought leader on diversity, bias, inclusivity and managing psychological health.
She is passionate about authentic leadership development and a firm supporter of LGBT issues within the workplace. Sasha has appeared on the BBC and in The Times, The Guardian, City AM, The Lawyer, Law Gazette, Accountancy Age, Personnel Today and Recruiter magazine.
Penny is both a thought leader and commercial leader in the HR space, having built leading edge professional services firms delivering in the people arena for over 20 years.
Penny was appointed Managing Director of Penna Talent Practice in December 2013, following Penna’s acquisition of the Savile Group where Penny was CEO of their talent business. Previously, Penny was Chief Executive of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Prior to this she ran the EAP and HR consulting businesses in the UK for Ceridian, a publicly listed US$1.5bn HR services organisation.
With 20 years' experience of leading high growth organisations in the leadership and development space, Penny has been named as one of HR Magazine’s most influential thinkers and is regularly interviewed for BBC Radio 4, FT, Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Guardian and is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post. She featured in the Cranfield University Top 100 Women to Watch in 2015.
Born in New Zealand, with a BA and MBA, Penny moved to the UK 17 years ago before which she was General Manager of New Zealand’s Institute of Management in Auckland.
Ingrid leads the People Consulting practice at KPMG across the London region, working with clients to address their workforce issues.
She has over 17 years’ experience working both as an external adviser and as part of KPMG’s in-house HR leadership team on all aspects of reward strategy, including the development of incentive remuneration structures, performance management frameworks and employee engagement. Ingrid is currently working with clients on how best to use data to make evidence based decisions and to drive the performance of their business through their people.
She led the “Cracking the Code” gender diversity research trilogy on the health of the female pipeline in UK organisations in conjunction with The 30% Club and business psychology firm YSC and is now working with clients on Diversity & Inclusion strategies and the new Gender Pay Gap reporting requirements.
Ingrid leads KPMG’s work on the Agile Future Forum and has developed an agility diagnostic tool which has been assessing leading businesses on their ability to adapt to the fast moving business world around them.
In 2016, she was recognised in the inaugural City AM Power 100 list and is regularly quoted in the press commenting on workforce issues.
Ingrid is Vice-Chair of YMCA Downslink Group, part of the international YMCA Federation, based across Surrey and Sussex that supports over 15,000 young people every year.