Meet the judges of the Personnel Today Awards 2006

Northgate HR
Award for Best HR Strategy in Line with Business

Susan Anderson
Director, HR policy, CBI

After leaving university, Susan Anderson worked in retail management before joining the CBI. She has worked on pensions and health and safety policy, and was appointed head of employee resourcing in 1995. In this role, she was responsible for pay and benefits, working time and employee mobility, as well as European employment legislation. She was appointed director of HR policy in June 2000, taking responsibility for education and training issues, pay and benefits, employee rights and relations, and European social policy.

She is a member of the social affairs committee of the Union of Industrial and Employers Confederations of Europe, the European Employers Organisation, and has served as CBI negotiator during social partner negotiations leading to directives on part-time and fixed-term work.

Training & Coaching Today
Award for Excellence in Training

Margaret Salmon,
Chair, Sector Skills Development Agency

Margaret Salmon is the first chair of the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA). Launched at the beginning of April 2002, the agency provides a strong voice for business sectors on skills issues and supports the UK-wide network of Sector Skills Councils. She has wide experience of both the retail and media sectors. Salmon is currently a non-executive director at retailer Kingfisher and at the Alliance and Leicester bank. Previously she was chief executive of BBC Resources, having joined the BBC in 1991 as director of personnel. Before that she was personnel director at the Burton Group. She has also worked for Nestlé and WH Smith and is a fellow of the CIPD.

Addleshaw Goddard
HR Impact Award

Bruce Warman,
Executive coach and consultant

Bruce Warman has decades of experience in organisational development and coaching. With an MBA from London Business School and a spell in the insurance industry, he joined General Motors where he held many positions before becoming personnel director at Vauxhall in 1988. He left in 2003 to devote more time to strategic, non-executive work and coaching.

Today, he is an executive coach with consulting firm Praesta; vice-chairman of the Security Industry Authority; a member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the School Teachers Review Body and the Accountancy Investigation and Discipline Board; and a director of Devonshire House Management Club. He is also on the Personnel Today editorial advisory board.

Employer Branding Award

Paul Gostick
Chairman, Chartered Institute of Marketing

Paul Gostick gained significant management experience with major US and European high-technology multinationals and in not-for-profit organisations. He was elected international chairman of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in May 2004 with responsibility for leading, setting and maintaining the organisation’s strategic direction. He has worked in high-tech industries for 29 years, holds an honours degree in electronic engineering, a postgraduate diploma in marketing, and is a chartered marketer. He was among the first marketers in the world to achieve individual chartered status in October 1998.

Companies Gostick has worked for, in various technical and marketing positions, include Sun Microsystems, Digital, Tektronix, Bull HN, and Brown Broveri Kent.

Award for Excellence in Graduate Recruitment

Professor Shaun Tyson
Professor of human resource management, Cranfield University

Shaun Tyson is professor of human resource management (HRM), and director of the Human Resource Research Centre at Cranfield University. He has a PhD from the London School of Economics and was awarded a doctorate by the University of Lyon. He has written 19 books on HRM and HR strategy and policies and received the inaugural Personnel Today Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Vizual Business Tools
Award for Excellence in HR through Technology

Martin Reddington,
CEO, Martin Reddington Associates

A graduate of Aston University, Martin obtained his MBA at Roffey Park Management Institute in 1999. He moved into the telecommunications sector with Nynex, which was merged into Cable & Wireless in 1997. In January 2000, he was appointed programme director of e-HR transformation at Cable & Wireless. This global programme received prestigious acclaim at the National Business Awards and Human Resources Excellence Awards in 2002. Since leaving Cable & Wireless in October 2002, Martin has mixed academic research with consultancy work. His blue-chip clients include HSBC and he runs workshops for companies on HR transformation. He is a visiting research fellow at Roffey Park.

Computers In Personnel
Award for HR Collaboration

Jane Saunders
Managing partner, Orion Partners

Orion Partners is one of the UK’s leading HR transformation consultancies. The past 15 years have seen Jane Saunders specialise in creating smarter, more streamlined and credible HR functions that are in synch with their business and support their competitive edge.

Before founding Orion Partners, she held roles in Accenture’s consulting practice, as well as senior HR roles in the manufacturing and services sector. Most recently she has led Orion Partners’ work in major HR transformation programmes at Transport for London and HM Prison Service.

PMI Health Group
Award for Managing Health at Work

Professor Sayeed Khan
Chief medical adviser, EEF

Sayeed Khan is an accredited specialist in occupational medicine, having worked at Rolls-Royce for 10 years before joining the EEF (the Engineering Employers Federation) in 2002 as its first chief medical adviser. The EEF has about 6,000 corporate members, who have some 900,000 employees.

Khan qualified and practised as a GP before specialising in occupational medicine. He has an interest in occupational health data gathering and analysis and is the first special professor in occupational health at the University of Nottingham. He has published on a number of topics and has presented at conferences on subjects including managing sickness absence, staff rehabilitation, ill-health retirements and stress.

Hays Human Resources
Award for Innovation in Recruitment and Retention

Jane Burt
Independent HR consultant

Jane Burt runs her own HR consultancy, with clients such as BP and Samaritans. She has also held senior HR roles in the financial services sector at companies including Abbey, Liffe and PKF, focusing on mergers, acquisitions, start-ups and cost reduction.

Burt’s non-executive work includes roles for a number of charities, including: BSS, a charity that provides helpline and information services to enable people to improve the quality of their lives; and Mental Health Media, which promotes the diversity, visibility and credibility of people with experience of mental distress to reduce discrimination on mental health grounds.

Award for Talent Management

Chris Parry
Executive chairman, Centre for High Performance Development

Chris Parry set up the Centre for High Performance Development in 1996 with two colleagues and a few months’ savings. Now, the centre is a leadership development consultancy underpinned by international research into high-performance leaders and teams in complex, fast-moving environments. It has more than 200 staff and works with blue-chip organisations worldwide.

Outside work, Parry enjoys many sports including the martial art Jeet Kune Do, golf and cycling.

HR Director of the Year Award

Angela O’Connor
HR director, Crown Prosecution Service

After starting out working for private sector organisation, Angela O’Connor has spent most of her career in the public sector. She has been in senior HR roles at three London local authorities: Haringey, Hackney and Enfield.

She joined the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 2002, where she heads a national HR team determined to ensure that the CPS becomes a world-class prosecuting authority.

In 2005, O’Connor was named as HR Director of the Year at the Personnel Today Awards and Personnel Director of the Year at the Telegraph Business Awards. She is a trustee of the Employers Forum on Age and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. O’Connor was recently appointed as the president of the Public Sector People Managers Association (PPMA, formerly Socpo) – the first civil servant president in the organisation’s 30-year history.

Fujitsu Services & Baxter Neumann
Award for Excellence in Outsourcing and Shared Services

Nigel Roxburgh
Co-founding director, NOA

The National Outsourcing Association (NOA) is the main UK trade body for organisations that buy, sell or support significant business processes or IT outsourcing services. It is focused on promoting and sharing best practice in outsourcing, and its membership includes UK and international companies involved in outsourcing. Established in 1990, the organisation represents more than 200 corporate members.

Roxburgh first entered the outsourcing arena in the late 1980s as a business development executive at Data Logic, where he identified network outsourcing as the next wave of market opportunity. He then moved to Granada and Dixons, managing the first of a new brand of outsourcing deals from the end-user side. He then focused on business process outsourcing while working for Xansa.

In 2006, Roxburgh joined consulting firm Accenture to develop best practice business process outsourcing deals for its Finance Solutions division.

Judging panel for overall winner

Jan Parkinson, managing director, Local Government Employers and strategic director of HR, Gateshead Council.

Beverley Shears, independent HR consultant

Neil Robertson, director for people, British Airways

Paul Pagliari, director of change and corporate services, Scottish Executive

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