Judges

The Employer Brand Management Awards will be judged by those tasked with their organisation’s attraction, engagement and retention strategies, regardless of where they sit in the organisation – HR, internal or corporate communications.

Each category has separate criteria for judging and a points based system created to award on a bespoke basis. Within the categories section there is a detailed look at the areas on which the judges will focus in their deliberation.

 

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Katharina Auer

head of group internal communications, Zurich Insurance

Katharina Auer

head of group internal communications, Zurich Insurance

Katharina joined Zurich Insurance in 2012.She is an internationally recognised business communicator and employee engagement expert with proven delivery of effective global communication strategies and programs, and is an certified Lean Sigma Green Belt. Previous roles include head of internal communications at Rio Tinto, head of global internal and management communications at Shell, head of global internal communications at AstraZeneca, corporate communications lead at GE Capital EEF and corporate communications ,anager at Corange/Boehringer Mannheim (later Roche). Katharina has worked in Nigeria, Hong Kong, the UK, the Netherlands, and is currently based in Zurich. In 2015 she won Internal Communications Professional of the Year at the BOC IC Brilliance Awards.

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Simon Barrow

creator of the employer brand approach

Simon Barrow

creator of the employer brand approach

Simon was a brand manager first at Knorr (now Unilever) and then Colgate. He created the employer brand approach when he started leading a large team and saw the need for the same principles and disciplines in the attraction, engagement and retention of talented people. Simon was the founder of employer brand consultancy People in Business (PiB), which he left in 2012 having earlier sold the firm to an American group. He is now an independent specialist and believes that great employer brands are built from the inside out and that the process starts at the top. His work includes the people and cultural aspects of M&A

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Jonny Briggs

head of talent acquisition, Aviva

Jonny Briggs

head of talent acquisition, Aviva

Jonny joined Aviva as the group head of talent acquisition in January 2016 with responsibility for global recruitment. Prior to this he was head of talent acquisition at Thomson Reuters (IP&S) for three years where he established a central sourcing hub, resulting in record time to hire, quality of hire and agency hire of under 5%.  Jonny joined Thomson Reuters after six years at RBS, working in Group, their Corporate Bank and finally as Head of Resourcing at Coutts.
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Micaela Cook

global senior director, internal communications & diversity, Ciena

Micaela Cook

global senior director, internal communications & diversity, Ciena

Micaela Cook is global senior director, internal communications & diversity at Ciena. She has many years’ communications experience - both external marketing and internal employee comms across broad audience groups. She has delivered large scale, and sometimes tricky, employee communication and engagement programmes to deliver business objectives. Micaela is also a director in her own consultancy business - Indigo Insight - and an associate partner of Pharmacom, a communication consultancy

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Urvashi Desai

strategic HR business partner, the Crown Estate

Urvashi Desai

strategic HR business partner, the Crown Estate

Urvashi joined The Crown Estate in her current role as a strategic HR Business Partner in 2014.  Prior to this she was the group head of HR for Investment Property Databank which later became part of Morgan Stanley Capital Investments. Other career experience includes over 15 years in business specialist roles working with a variety of clients in the financial sector. She moved into HR from business as she enjoys applying business and client expertise to drive business improvement through people.  She is accomplished in leading HR functions and translating business priorities to HR actions in a fast-paced and commercial environments

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Shannon Diment

European recruitment- attraction, employer branding & marketing lead, IBM

Shannon Diment

European recruitment- attraction, employer branding & marketing lead, IBM

Shannon joined the IBM talent acquisition team in early 2014, initially as an entry level recruiter before moving into her current role in Summer 2016. As an entry level recruiter, Shannon managed the application process for apprentices, school leaver internships, university placements and graduates into IBM UK - gaining a deep insight into this particular pool of talent. In her current role Shannon's focus has been on rolling out a new global recruitment marketing campaign – showcasing IBM as a world-class and diverse employer across Europe

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Andrew Farmer

global recruitment marketing & employer brand manager, Willis Towers Watson

Andrew Farmer

global recruitment marketing & employer brand manager, Willis Towers Watson

Andrew is global recruitment marketing & employer brand manager at Willis Towers Watson. He is responsible for increasing the global profile of Willis Towers Watson as an employer, as well as driving awareness to attract and retain the best talent. Andrew spearheads their global EVP framework and is tasked with developing and executing their content marketing strategy across digital channels including social media. Andrew has over six years’ experience in talent acquisition and prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, he was manager, global employer brand at IHG, where he took home two awards at the inaugural Employer Brand Management Awards for ‘Best communication of the employer brand to the external audience’ and ‘Best ongoing commitment to employer brand management’.

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Keeran Gunnoo

global employer brand director, Unilever

Keeran Gunnoo

global employer brand director, Unilever

Keeran has been global employer brand director at Unilever since April 2015. She is responsible for increasing its profile as an employer of choice through the company’s global careers site and key employer brand channels through a robust and authentic digital content strategy. Keeran also leads an employee advocacy project, LinkedIn Elevate, which has digitised Unilever’s workforce, allowing employees to ‘Show the World Their Unilever’ and act as brand ambassadors. Prior to Unilever, Keeran has worked closely with the likes of EY and IBM, among others, to amplify their employee offerings

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Matthew Jeffery

VP, head of global sourcing & employer branding, SAP

Matthew Jeffery

VP, head of global sourcing & employer branding, SAP

Matthew is an accomplished talent acquisition strategy leader with 20+ years of recruitment experience. He currently leads recruitment and employment branding for SAP, the world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue. His work there has earned him and his team a ERE Recruiting Excellence Award for Best Employment Brand 2015 and Most Strategic Use of Technology 2015; Recruiter Awards 2015 for Best Graduate Recruitment Strategy & Best Global/International Recruitment Strategy; Asia Recruitment Awards for Best Graduate Recruitment strategy, Employment brand, best careers site & diversity & inclusion; and Brandon Hall Gold Award for Employment Brand.

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Graeme Johnson

global head of employer brand & talent acquisition strategy, BT

Graeme Johnson

global head of employer brand & talent acquisition strategy, BT

Graeme is global head of employer brand & talent acquisition strategy at BT, and has performed senior leadership roles in talent acquisition for Virgin Media and Accenture.  Graeme has a track record transforming and leading high-performing Recruitment teams. Graeme is passionate about the commercial impact of recruitment, employer brand and candidate experience. Graeme is a passionate writer and speaker, performing at Talent Connect, TREC and RecFest in 2015

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Katie Jones

head of internal communications and engagement. Parkinson's UK

Katie Jones

head of internal communications and engagement. Parkinson's UK

Katie provides leadership for internal communications, ensuring staff and volunteers feel informed, inspired and united in working together to improve lives. She is passionate about employee engagement and is a strategic lead in the charity’s work to  develop a people strategy based on a new employee value proposition. She was instrumental is setting up the organisation’s employee consultation committee and has several volunteer roles, including supporting her local school to launch their new vision and brand, and engaging potential and existing parents.

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Charu Malhotra

head Of global employer marketing & talent attraction, Ferrero

Charu Malhotra

head Of global employer marketing & talent attraction, Ferrero

Charu  has held leadership roles in   employer branding , communications and digital channels inhouse for over 11  years , currently at Ferrero SA as  the   head of global employer marketing & digital talent attraction.  Charu has experience in creating  employer brands across FMCG, retail, ,energy, oil & gas and telecoms , and has created  EVP strategies in over 30 countries. She has led talent   technology implementations ,  developed  social media capabilities and led resourcing and digital change across all her roles . Prior to Ferrero, Charu was  responsible for the global EVP , employer brand & digital projects  at Primark including new markets launches , previous to this role, she was  responsible for creating and implementing the digital and social  ECO system for employer branding at Unilever working in HR and within communications functions. Charu has  also held talent attraction roles at Connect Group plc, BP Plc and Baker Hughes. Follow her on Twitter ,  CM_charu   and link up on LinkedIn

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Dominique Mallion

recruitment marketing manager, Philips

Dominique Mallion

recruitment marketing manager, Philips

Dominique is a recruitment marketing manager at Philips, a 125+ year old global technology company committed to delivering innovation that helps people be healthy, live well and enjoy life. As part of an in-house employer branding team, Dominique is responsible for integrated employer brand and recruitment marketing strategies for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. To deliver on her goals, she uses local market and target audience insights together with a range of tactics to develop, influence and promote Philips’ employer value proposition in a globally aligned but locally relevant way.  Her efforts focus on winning the hearts and minds of the people Philips needs to drive its company transformation and success in its next century and beyond.

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Euan McNair

talent engagement, attraction & acquisition specialist, Standard Life Group

Euan McNair

talent engagement, attraction & acquisition specialist, Standard Life Group

Euan is a recruiter & talent brand professional with a passion & skill for employer brand, talent engagement, candidate experience, social media & direct sourcing. He currently works for Standard Life & is developing their global talent brand & talent engagement strategies coupled with the attraction strategy for the award winning Early Careers programme. Previously he has worked for companies like Northern Marine (part of the Stena Group) where he managed their global recruitment & brand requirements, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth where he worked on senior hires, volume campaigns, talent on-boarding & devised the attraction strategy. He started his recruitment career in agencies and had a dedicated focus on advertising, engagement, & social media. Regardless of the sector, he believes that the aim should have a people-centric approach to talent, a world-class experience regardless of seniority, is the aim coupled with a true understanding of their requirements & motivations

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Rachel Osikoya

director, head of diversity & inclusion, Maersk Group

Rachel Osikoya

director, head of diversity & inclusion, Maersk Group

Rachel is the head of diversity and inclusion for the Maersk Group, a global transport and energy conglomerate with over 90,000 employees spanning across 130 countries. Rachel has had over 12 years of experience in the field of diversity and inclusion globally. She has spent time working in South Africa to broaden her experience into the world of organisational culture and was responsible for implementing the first global diversity and inclusion strategy and global EVP. Whilst she has a strong background in the financial services industry, her experience has spanned across the ICT industry, a lay member on the equality and diversity committee for the Bar Standards Board and since 2014 into the transport and energy industry.

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Kathryn Pritchard

group chief people officer, ODEON

Kathryn Pritchard

group chief people officer, ODEON

Kathryn Pritchard is group chief people officer of ODEON & UCI Cinemas Group, Europe’s largest cinema operator. In her role, Kathryn executes a strategy designed to transform and tap the capability of the “employee brand journey”. Kathryn has over 20 year’s experience in organisational life, and has a particular passion for creating cultures that make high performance a certainty. She has experience in both private and public sectors, the UK and globally and has built HR teams from scratch as well as coaching existing teams to high performance. She lists her professional interest as value creation, organisation, leadership and talent development and of course culture. She holds both an MBA and a masters in leadership coaching.

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Annie Scott

director, employee communications, Pearson

Annie Scott

director, employee communications, Pearson

Annie is director, employee communications at Pearson and is responsible for global employee communications and engagement across a number of different functions and geographies, including finance and 'core markets'. An advocate of simplified communication, Annie’s core strengths lie in strategic communications as she works as a partner to senior leaders, helping them to define and communicate their operational strategy, build their profiles and manage reputational risk. Following a recent restructure, after the arrival of a new CEO, Annie has also worked to change Pearson’s approach to employee communications, focusing on employee engagement and measurement. Prior to joining Pearson in 2012, Annie held corporate communication roles at the Press Association, Disney ABC Television Group and the Financial Times.

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Tim Small

Vice-president – employer brand & colleague engagement, InterContinental Hotels Group

Tim Small

Vice-president – employer brand & colleague engagement, InterContinental Hotels Group

Tim’s team is responsible for continuing to build the profile of IHG’s multi-award winning employer brand, to attract the diverse talent this global hotel group needs as it grows from strength to strength.  Listening to our teams on what makes IHG a great place to work is fundamental to achieving this and another area of Tim’s responsibility is understanding how engaged teams feel. Asking for and acting on feedback to drive continuous improvement is a fundamental part of IHG’s culture and has led to a dramatic increase in engagement over recent years. Tim’s previous roles include senior employer brand, internal communications and operations for Compass Group and Granada Group, as well as a period running his own communications consultancy.

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Andrew Soane

associate director - recruitment marketing, Accenture

Andrew Soane

associate director - recruitment marketing, Accenture

A veteran of the recruitment marketing industry, Andrew has spent most of his career working with some of the world’s biggest and best known employers (organisations such as BP, BT, EY, Phillip Morris International and Tesco) helping them to develop and implement their employer branding, attraction and digital recruitment strategies. After 25 years’ working for a variety of traditional recruitment marketing agencies, including Barkers, Bernard Hodes, Penna and TMP, he joined digital agency 4MAT, where for 3½ years he proved that you can teach an old dog new tricks. In January 2016 he joined Accenture, where he is responsible for recruitment marketing strategy for the consulting businesses - Accenture Strategy and Accenture Consulting - across campus, MBA, experienced hire and leadership

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Jennifer Sproul

chief executive, Institute of Internal Communication

Jennifer Sproul

chief executive, Institute of Internal Communication

Jennifer is responsible for the leadership of IoIC, the only independent professional body solely dedicated to internal communication and employee engagement. IoIC is the voice of internal communication, setting standards for more than 65 years through qualifications, career development, thought leadership and best practice.  Prior to joining IoIC, Jennifer has worked for over 15 years in professional associations, most recently as strategic marketing & sales director at the Market Research Society, developing and leading on activities across marketing communications (both internal & external), careers, membership, professional development and publishing.

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Justine Stevenson

head of group internal communication, London Stock Exchange Group

Justine Stevenson

head of group internal communication, London Stock Exchange Group

Justine is head of group internal communication, London Stock Exchange Group and  has more than 15 years of experience of internal communication across government, financial services and FMCG, having worked extensively in international and global organisations. Prior to that she was a journalist and editor, working on local newspapers.She is a passionate believer in internal communication, in the benefits to organisations and the individuals working in them, and in helping people connect with their workplace, engage in their work and give of their best. Justine is also a fellow of the Institute of Internal Communication, and the board member responsible for awards and events.

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Nimai Swaroop

global director for resourcing and talent engagement, Diageo

Nimai Swaroop

global director for resourcing and talent engagement, Diageo

Nimai has recently joined Diageo as their the global director for resourcing and talent engagement. His responsibilities cover all internal and external resourcing for the group including recruitment, marketing and employer branding. Throughout his career, Nimai has had a strong background in global marketing and building brands. Prior to his recent role at Capita’s Army recruiting project, Nimai worked for companies such as British Gas, Royal Dutch Shell and RBS with a focus on strengthening their employer brands and recruitment capabilities.

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Kevin Trainor

head of resourcing & talent, Financial Conduct Authority

Kevin Trainor

head of resourcing & talent, Financial Conduct Authority

Kevin is head of resourcing and talent at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Kevin joined the FCA at the end of 2015 as head of executive resourcing before moving into the broader resourcing and talent role in June 2016. Previously, he spent the past 13 years in recruitment and executive search, with 10 years in Tokyo before joining Odgers Berndtson in the UK.  

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James Tyler

vice president, HR, EMEA, Equinix

James Tyler

vice president, HR, EMEA, Equinix

James is VP, HR, EMEA at Equinix, the world's largest interconnection data centre and colocation platform. Throughout his career, he has looked after private and public company communications, corporate affairs and government relations, commercial strategy, business development and sales. Before Equinix, James was chief commercial officer at TelecityGroup plc, a FTSE 250 European data centre services company. He has an MA in cultural history from Aberdeen University, and is an alumni of the Cambridge Judge Business School. 

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Helen Willetts

global head of employer brand and volunteering, HSBC

Helen Willetts

global head of employer brand and volunteering, HSBC

Helen is the global head of employer brand and volunteering at HSBC. In this new discipline for HSBC, Helen is looking to define the distinctive truths and aspirations that unite prospective, current and former HSBC employees to create an authentic and relevant employer brand. She is also looking to take the very best of HSBC’s strong credentials in Sustainability to create a compelling volunteering offering to HSBC’s quarter of a million employees. Helen joined HSBC in 2001. She has worked right across the business, starting out by managing call centre teams, followed by a stint in digital marketing and then held back-to-back senior business support roles to HSBC UK chief executives before finding her home in employee communications in 2010. Helen led Retail Banking communications for HSBC, including the first direct and M&S Bank brands. She also headed up the UK communications team during major transformation including changing chief executives and wholesale restructuring. In 2015, Helen took over global campaigns, culture and employee insight at HSBC, as well as looking after HSBC Group CEO Stuart Gulliver’s employee communications including the launch of HSBC’s strategic actions.