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 Baird
Director of Consulting
Blackbridge Communications

Andrew has over twenty-five years’ experience in marketing services and recruitment communications, winning awards in ceremonies as far afield as New York, Chicago, London and Hollywood. The majority of Andrew’s work is in employer brand. Organisations that have benefited from his skills include KPMG, MI6, Aviva, PizzaExpress, Asda, PepsiCo, Hilton, De La Rue, Balfour Beatty and Deutsche Bank. He also works extensively with law firms, and was the inaugural Chair of Judges of the HR in Law Awards.

Tony Jackson
Founder and MD
Chelsham Legal

Tony Jackson is the founder and MD at Chelsham Legal, the executive coaching and inclusion consultancy. He has worked with or in professional partnerships, including various major law firms, professional services firms and management consultancies, since the late 1980s. His current client base includes major international, national and niche legal firms. He has deep experience of executive coaching, inclusion, recruitment & HR and previously held positions up to and including HR Director.

Tony has led or been closely involved with a range of innovative, ground-breaking people projects over the years including the implementation of one of the first HR Shared Service centres in the UK in the 1990s, early adoption of e-recruitment and EVP (also in the 1990s), setting up and running an internal HR consultancy at PwC as part of a unique new HR delivery model, devising a ground-breaking approach to people metrics in 2001, work to establish a culture of high-performance in more than one firm, establishment of Centres of Excellence, creation of HR & People Strategies and Responsible Leadership Development.

He qualified as a coach in 2004, building on years of experience guiding executives through career transitions and extensive mentoring responsibilities. He has coached at all levels since then, including very senior Partners and CEOs. Tony also consults with a select number of firms on inclusion and inclusive leadership. He is currently studying, again, at Hult Ashridge Business School with a view to qualifying as an accredited coaching supervisor.

Dave Middleton
Consultant, Non Executive Director and Coach

Dave was CEO of Employee Benefits Consultancy Portus until its sale to Aon in 2017 and now works as a Consultant for CWB, part of the Radiant Financial Group, and an Executive Director of BAS. Both are Employee Benefit Consultancies. He is also a Non Executive Director and Coach.

Dave is trustee of Sporting Minds UK a charity that has been set up to support aspiring young elite athletes, and Smile for Joel, a charity supporting families torn apart by murder and terrorism.

Rachel Reese
Founder and CEO
Global Butterflies

Rachel originally trained as an Avionics Software Engineer working within the defence sector at British Aerospace, later transferring to a senior position within the human resources function.

An interest in employment law led her to study for the Solicitors’ Final Examinations and join the University of Law working for 15 years in various senior operational roles leading up to Production Director.

Rachel is founder and CEO of Global Butterflies, a company that is extremely successful in helping businesses to create trans & non-binary inclusive environments.

She is Vice Chair of The Law Society LGBT Lawyers Division Committee representing trans & non-binary solicitors working within the legal profession and is a trans & non-binary ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors. Rachel also works with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regarding trans & non-binary inclusion.

Rachel is a GiveOut.Org Trustee, a charity that funds LGBT+ causes worldwide. She also judges the People in Law awards each year. She was nominated for the European Diversity Award’s, Coca-Cola Hero of the Year Award.

In 2018, Rachel addressed the Pride in London Gala Dinner regarding trans & non-binary rights in the UK and in 2019, the Pride in London sponsors’ breakfast.

In 2020, Rachel was honoured to be added to the InsideOut LeaderBoard as a senior leader who openly speaks about mental health in the workplace based on her own experiences.

Weedie Sisson
Owner Principal
People First

Weedie Sisson, MBA, FCIPD has worked in the legal sector for almost two decades, with some of the top UK and US law firms. Prior to setting up People First in 2007, she held board level HR and senior management positions, working within a range of remits including leadership, performance and people management, workplace conflict resolution, and organisational change and development. She is a qualified executive coach and mentor, skilled OD and HR consultant and a popular choice of facilitator, combining academic rigour, business acumen and practicality in an interactive way.