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.

Neil Daly

Employer brand and EVP manager, EDF Energy

Neil Daly is an award-winning employer brand manager responsible for defining and promoting EDF’s internal and external reputation and image as an employer and place to work. His role is to communicate the employee value proposition through recruitment marketing campaigns to attract, develop and retain target audiences and to successfully engage the workforce during periods of change.

Neil’s focus is also to integrate the EVP and employer brand into the entire employee lifecycle to create a more positive and engaging candidate experience. Using new, innovative ideas at the core of the talent attraction and engagement strategy, a multi-channelled approach for promoting their employer brand has been created using the voice of the best advocates, their employees. 

Jona Gjini

Global employer brand lead, Vodafone

Jona leads the Employer Brand agenda globally by driving the people strategy for 26 Vodafone markets. She has been with Vodafone for more than 5 years and has a background in Brand and Marketing communications. A passionate traveller with a love for Asia, she speaks Mandarin amongst 4 other languages and has a food blog inspired by Asian cuisine.

Ben Gledhill

Head of resourcing, Yodel

With 13 years and counting in the world of Talent Acquisition, Ben accidently fell into the world of Employer Branding through looking for new and innovative ways to attract talent while not necessary breaking the bank in the process. He is a big advocate of honesty and transparency being used in employer branding and believes that organisations need to put their people at the heart of everything they do in order to create the ideal employee experience.

Cherelle Gloster

Employer brand lead, comparethemarket.com

Cherelle has varying experience across talent attraction & recruitment marketing and currently leads the employer brand proposition for one of the UK’s top price comparison brands, comparethemarket.com.  Starting off in the talent attraction team with ComparetheMarket supported with an agency recruitment background, she quickly became aware how much of a vital role an employer brand strategy and execution played in hiring. Cherelle partners with leadership teams across ComparetheMarket to ensure they have a platform to support key HR agendas as they continue to scale. She is a passionate advocate for diversity & inclusion and employee engagement and leads initiatives to drive both.

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.

Alison Heron

Head of global employer brand, GSK

Alison has almost twenty years’ experience of branding and marketing, and has worked both supplier and employer side. Working with a design & communications agency for almost 10 years, she directed a huge number of campaigns for graduate employers. In 2005 she joined KPMG to lead the recruitment marketing team, responsible for both graduate and experienced hire marketing, and in 2011 she was appointed Head of UK Student Recruitment. In July 2014 Alison moved to GSK to look after early talent branding and she is now responsible for their Employer Brand globally. 

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.

Graeme Johnson

Director of Resourcing, GVC Group

Graeme leads employer brand and recruiting globally for GVC Group, who own the largest portfolio of brands in the gaming and betting industry, including Bwin, PartyPoker, Foxy, Ladbrokes, Coral, Gala.  

Graeme has spent the last 10 years in senior leadership roles in Virgin Media, and BT with accountability for employer brand.

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Sarah Griffiths

Head of employer brand, Nationwide Building Society

Sarah Griffiths is currently the joint Head of Employer Brand at Nationwide Building Society and has previously worked both agency and client side, within complex and global environments such as HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Transport for London.   Sarah has over 20 years' of marketing, communications and brand experience and has extensive knowledge of developing and communicating employer brands through digital, social and all other traditional channels. Much of Sarah's work, both agency and client side has contributed to industry awards for effectiveness and creativity. 

Sue Macmillan

Chief operating officer, Mumsnet

Sue is Chief Operating Officer at Mumsnet, the UK's biggest website for parents with over 14 million unique visitors per month. She is responsible for a wide range of functions within Mumsnet, including its Talent proposition and employer branding, working with companies on their diversity and inclusion agendas and helping them to close their Gender Pay Gaps.

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.

Becky Pulley

Recruitment marketing & candidate experience lead, BT

Becky is an employer brand and recruitment marketing specialist. Having worked in the industry for the last 11 years across a wide variety of companies, she’s covered everything from the volume world of hospitality and retail to targeted recruitment in financial services and private healthcare.

With a real passion to drive authenticity in employer brand, she has a strong focus on social media and encouraging employees to tell their own stories in their own words. Currently at BT, Becky and her team have responsibility for all things employer brand, recruitment marketing and candidate experience across BT, EE and Openreach.


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Tim Small


Tim Small


Tim runs his own specialist employer brand, experience and engagement consultancy.

His senior leadership experience in employer brand, HR, internal communications and operations, give him a unique perspective on developing a brand strategy to meet business objectives and bringing it to life at a business unit level, especially in global, multi-site operations. 

In his most recent corporate role, he led on employer brand and engagement at InterContinental Hotels Group. 

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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Chris Stewart

Resourcing Delivery Manager, McKesson

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Chris Stewart

Resourcing Delivery Manager, McKesson

Chris is an award-winning resourcing manager and employer brand specialist. His 15 years of experience has seen him working in the banking, energy and healthcare markets. Chris understands how to bring company culture to life by leveraging a wide range of social and digital media platforms.

Amy Turner

Employer brand specialist, Camelot

Amy is responsible for employer branding at Camelot. As the operator of The National Lottery, Camelot has so far raised over £38bn for Good Causes and created more than 5,000 millionaires. With a team of only 850 people, Camelot continues to deliver on average £30m each week for Good Causes. Attracting top talent is key to this ongoing success story. Amy plays a pivotal role in this area with a background in social media, content marketing and employee engagement. She creates content that connects Camelot’s people to its purpose and engages candidates at every stage of the journey.

Becky Williams

Creative director, Hodes UK

Becky is Creative Director at Hodes – The Creative Agency for Employers. Joining the agency in early 2015 with many years experience at global product agencies, she has helped Hodes scoop numerous creative awards across the industry. Whether its developing brands from scratch, launching new products, refreshing old ones, building employer brands, creating integrated campaigns or directing a multi-disaplinary creative team, she relishes getting stuck in to any challenge. Her work includes integrated campaigns for products such as Sensodyne, Panadol, Tena Lady, Rescue Remedy and Aquafresh in the product space, and McDonald’s, Sky, Mars, Unilever and Charlotte Tilbury in the realm of employer marketing. She always aims to inject the insightful, big idea thinking into the work of her team.