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.

If you are interested in joining the 2019 panel please send in a short bio for consideration, to Lauren Ditcher

Below are the esteemed judging panel for our 2019 awards.



Jessica Archer

Global HR director, Clinigen

Jessica has over ten years’ experience in Human Resources and Leadership positions across the private sector. After joining Clinigen in 2014, she became the Global HR Director in 2016; supporting the company through three acquisitions and in achieving the Investors in People Silver award.

Prior to Clinigen, Jessica was HR Manager at Mondelez International (formerly Kraft/Cadbury) and worked in HR and Operations Management roles at Barclays and Sainsbury’s. A member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Jessica has a CIPD Advanced Diploma in HR Management from the University of Manchester.

Catherine Hearn

Director, resourcing & talent, BBC

Catherine joined the BBC in 2015 initially as Director of Talent for the Television division before taking on a pan BBC remit leading the Resourcing and Talent team, establishing a single point of accountability to drive a co-ordinated workforce strategy and new approach to the BBC’s diverse hiring requirements. She was previously Head of Talent and Attraction at Walt Disney working across EMEA and International. Her early career was spent in executive search working in media and consumer sectors.

Nicky Ivory-Chapman

Head of talent acquisition, Channel 4

Nicky is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD with 15 years HR experience and is currently the Head of Talent Acquisition at Channel 4.  She has responsibility for recruitment in the creative, commercial and operational areas from entry to executive level.

In addition to recruitment she has worked in the areas of employer brand, employee engagement and as a generalist, and spent 3 years on the board of the ‘Institute of Student Employers’ (formally the AGR).

Outside of work she watches lots of TV, travels whenever possible and is a long-suffering supporter of her home town football club Leeds United.

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.

Euan McNair

Talent attraction and employer brand consultant, Standard Life Aberdeen

Euan leads Talent Attraction and Employer Brand for Standard Life Aberdeen who manage £610bn worth off assets and have over 6,000 people cross 46 locations. Euan has worked in a number of sectors, from Healthcare to Oil & Gas and from Major Events to Financial Services. Regardless of the sector he has always had a focus on TA, attraction, branding and engagement.

Penny Newman

Chief people officer, Lewis Silkin

Penny Newman is Chief People Officer at Lewis Silkin.  She joined Lewis Silkin in 2007 and since then has been involved in a variety of Employee Engagement, CSR and Diversity initiatives.  She also has a keen interest in HR information systems and business process efficiency.  She works closely with Lewis Silkin’s leading employment law team to ensure that the firm is at the forefront of employment practices.

Before joining Lewis Silkin, Penny qualified as a chartered accountant at Deloitte and worked for two other Top 100 UK law firms.

Christopher Parkinson

Head of learning, development and engagement, TSB

Chris has been working in the People and Organisational Development area for over 20 years. He has worked at a range of blue chip organisations including Barclays Bank, Deloitte Consulting and American Express. He is currently Head of Learning, Development & Engagement TSB Bank.

Outside of the commercial world Chris has also been heavily involved in the delivery of two major sporting events, the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. During the 2012 Games Chris led the Workforce Training team that was responsible for training the 200,000 strong workforce.

Chris has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, is an Associate at Ashridge Business School and sits on the Board of the Association of MBA’s.

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.

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