The 2018 judging panel 


Thank you to our judges for the 2018 Awards. 


Our Convening Judge:
Nigel GuenoleNigel Guenole 

Nigel Guenole is returning as Convening Judge for 2018, because, he says, “It’s an honour to be associated with the awards.” Nigel is a senior lecturer in management at Goldsmiths, University of London, and an executive consultant at IBM where he leads the team of psychologists training IBM’s Watson in behavioural science for cognitive computing in Human Resources. His new book “The Power of the People” on building workforce analytics capability (written with Jonathan Ferrar and Sheri Feinzig) was published last year.


The 2018 judging panel 


David Towner  David Towner

David Towner is the Head of Global Assessment at BP. Prior to BP, David worked as group head of assessment at RBS. He had responsibility for assessment practices across all business divisions and regions, covering recruitment, development and talent. David also had responsibility for Group-wide competency and capability frameworks, and the company's accredited interview training programme. David has successfully navigated both the academic and the corporate world whilst retaining a strong identity and ethical stance. David is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Chartered member of the CIPD and former Visiting Professor at Heriot-Watt University, School of Life Sciences. He is the past Chair of the Division of Occupational Psychology and past chair of DOP Scotland.


Fiona PattersonFiona Patterson

Fiona Patterson BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol, FAcSS, FRCGP (Hon), FCMI  is the Founding Director for Work Psychology Group, a research-led organisational psychology consulting practice, as well as Visiting Researcher affiliated to the Department of Psychology  at Cambridge University and visiting Professor at City University, London where she is the Social Sciences lead for the Interdisciplinary Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice. Fiona publishes regularly in the highest-ranking journals in Psychology and in Medicine. She is co-author of the leading international textbook Work Psychology and has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles. She has recently launched a new international research network for selection and assessment for the healthcare professions with contributors from around the globe.


Donal TaylorDonald Taylor

Donald H Taylor is the Chair of a few organisations including Learning and Performance Institute, Learning Technologies Conference and the Learning and Skills Group. His expertise include skills management, human capital management, learning technologies, conference organisation, and public speaking. For over a decade, Donald has also been an editor of the Inside Learning Technologies Magazine. He has an honorary doctorate from London’s Middlesex University in recognition of services to his field, and in 2007 also received the Colin Corder Award –for outstanding contribution to IT training from the UK's Institute of IT Training.


Nicola Millard  Nicola Millard

Nicola Millard is Head of Customer Insight & Futures at BT’s Global Services Innovation Team.  With nearly 27 years working to deliver innovations in technology, she is a thought-leader in customer insight. ​Nicola is renowned for combining psychology with futurology to try and anticipate what might be lying around the corner for both customers and organisations. Nicola got her PhD from Lancaster University in 2005 on motivational technologies in contact centres, published her first book in 2009 and is now involved in research, writing blogs, articles and white papers. She has appeared on both the BBC (Radio and TV) and Channel 4 in the UK, as well as TV and radio in Australia, South Africa, Turkey and Dubai. She has done a TED talk about why people accept or reject technologies and is also a judge on a number of award panels, including the Institute of Customer Service awards. In 2014, she was the recipient of the 'Outstanding Industry Contribution'​ award from the UK Contact Centre Forum.


Clodagh Clodagh O'Reilly

Clodagh O’Reilly founded the ABP Awards programme in 2014 and was the driving force behind the awards for several years. She is a specialist in applying behavioural science in organisations to predict and enable individuals’ and organisations’ achievement of their potential. She led IBM's Workforce Science & Analytics Practice for EMEA until recently transferring to a Client Partner role for IBM in New York.

Before joining IBM Clodagh spent many years as an internal consultant in global financial services organisations. She has worked across many industry sectors with both national and international organisations. She is a former Chair of the ABP, a member of the Engage Employee Advisory Board, Non-Executive Director of Lentum Limited, editor of the book, "Delivering Excellent Workforce Experiences" and a guest speaker for various universities’ business psychology degree courses.


Julie FreebornJulie Freeborn

Julie Freeborn is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and the current Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology. She is Principal Psychologist at Adaptable Business Consulting, with around twenty years experience in learning and development, both in the UK and internationally. She has designed and delivered a variety of selection, assessment and training products, including large assessment centres. Julie has a long-standing interest in diversity and inclusion, and also works with individuals with neuro-diversity, such as dyslexia.


Robert SharrockRobert Sharrock

Robert Sharrock is CEO of YSC and one of our long-standing awards judges.. He is the client chair for many of YSC’s largest global clients, including two FTSE 100 multinationals. Robert has 25 years’ experience consulting to a wide range of internationally recognised blue-chip companies in the field of leadership assessment and development. Prior to joining YSC, Robert worked at Ashridge Business School as a consultant. His early career was spent at Arthur Andersen before training as a professional clinical psychologist and subsequently working with offenders. Robert has a Masters in Psychology from Oxford University.  His major interest is in the nature and value of assessment. He was responsible for establishing YSC’s Executive Coaching Practice and in his current role he coaches at CEO and Main Board level. He has also provided coaching consultancy to two professional football teams.


Phil WilsonPhil Wilson

Phil Wilson is the Chief Psychologist and Chief Assessor for the Civil Service Fast Stream and Early Talent Team -  focusing on the design, diversity and evaluation of the Fast Stream assessment process along with the Fast Track Apprenticeship scheme. He also oversees the award winning Summer Diversity Internship Programme, the Early Diversity Internship Programme, Autism Internship Programme and Intern Coaching Programme and other positive action and outreach activities. Prior to this role he was Head of Occupational Psychology at the London Fire Brigade, as well as Acting Head of Occupational Psychology for Greater Manchester Police and has operated as a consultant for a range of industries. He has presented at numerous professional conferences, undertaken a variety of media activities and chaired national work psychology committees.


Maggie MosleyMaggie Mosley

Maggie Mosley is Director of Business Psychology at PMSL and winner of the ABP Workforce Experience Chair’s Award for 2016.  She has an MSc in Occupational & Organisational Psychology, a post-graduate Diploma in Professional Consulting and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.  She is passionate about the real-world application of business psychology in the learning process and use of evidence-based practice in management and leadership development.  Maggie manages some of PMSL’s largest global client accounts and has consulted to 7 FTSE100 companies and 19 Fortune500 companies.  She also works with small companies and public sector clients to promote the use of business psychology in the field of learning and development.  In addition to the Chair’s Award Maggie won two other ABP Workforce Experience Awards in 2016.


Kate Nash Kate Nash

Kate Nash OBE is the world’s leading authority in ‘Networkology’ – the science behind the growth of workplace disability networks/resource groups. She is creator & CEO of PurpleSpace, the world’s only professional development hub for disabled employee networks/resource groups. PurpleSpace delivers best practice and leadership know-how to disability change agents and is becoming a rapidly expanding community of disabled employee network leaders across the public and private sector.  Her book ‘Secrets & Big News’, published in April 2014, examined how hard it was for people to share personal information about their disability / health condition at work. 2,511 disabled employees from 55 employers took part.

She is also strategic advisor to BT, Post Office, Tesco & Fujitsu regarding their disability engagement strategies. She is a long-term associate of Business Disability Forum and was appointed as special advisor to the Board in 2017. Between 2001-2007 she was Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK. In 2007 she was awarded an OBE for services to disabled people. 


David FairsDavid Fairs

David Fairs BSc, FIA, FIMA, FRSA, C.MATH is a Lead Partner within KPMG’s People Consulting Practice. He focuses on retirement policy and the impact on working lives resulting from increased life expectancy as well as predictive analytics in the workplace.  From July 2018 he will become Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Advice and Analysis at the Pensions Regulator.  He is a regular commentator on savings and retirement policy and is a Past Chairman of the Association of Consulting Actuaries, a former Council member of the International Association of Actuaries, and the Inaugural Chairman of the Joint Industry Forum for Workplace Pensions.  He is currently Chairman of the Actuaries Club, an advisory Board member to the department of mathematics at the University of Essex and a member of the Membership Committee of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.


Dave MillnerDave Millner

Dave Millner is Executive Consulting Partner at IBM and Twitter guru @HRCurator. At IBM Dave has worked directly with a variety of global organisations offering a range of senior assessment and development programs, executive coaching and organisationally based development/performance processes such as succession planning and employee engagement programs. Dave has a passion for supporting HR functions in becoming more commercially focused and is a regular presenter at HR Conferences promoting the need for HR to change its current approaches so that it can demonstrate tangible business value. For the past 4 years @HRCurator has been rated as being one of the Most Influential People on Twitter in the subject areas of HR, People/HR Analytics, Future of Work and Organizational Development. He has also been recognized in 2017 as Number 1 Global Brand on Twitter relating to the Future of Work subject matter.


Rachel Lewis  Rachel Lewis

Dr Rachel Lewis is a Registered Occupational Psychologist, who works as an academic (as Associate Professor in Occupational Psychology, and Programme Director for the MSc and Professional Doctorate Programme in Occupational and Business Psychology at Kingston Business School) and as a practitioner (co-director of Affinity Health at Work, a niche occupational health psychology research consultancy). Rachel and colleague’s research and work aims to humanise the workplace by improving levels of employee health, wellbeing and engagement, and enhancing people management and leadership skills. Her research and practice have been multi-award winning, and Rachel holds both the British Psychological Society and Division of Occupational Psychology Practitioner of the Year awards. She has contributed to the development of guidance materials used within organisations and provided by bodies such as CIPD, ACAS and the Health and Safety Executive, written articles for both peer reviewed academic and trade publications, and co-authored and edited three books. Her book written with Emma Donaldson-Feilder and Joanna Yarker based on their research on ‘Management Competencies for Preventing and Reducing Stress at Work’ was awarded ‘Practitioner book of the Year’ by the BPS.


Warren HowlettWarren Howlett

Warren Howlett is the CIPD’s Head of HR Content. He has responsibility for the professional development and learning products, digital content, tools, resources, platforms and qualifications for HR, OD, reward, recruiting, and law. Warren, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, also plays a key role in leading the direction and delivery of the CIPD’s strategy. Before joining the CIPD in November 2015, he was Senior Director at CEB authoring more than 20 studies and building numerous global products, services across a broad spread of HR terrains.


Anna K  Anna Koczwara

Dr Anna Koczwara is Head of Strategic Capability at RBS, and an experienced Occupational Psychology practitioner. She has worked at RBS since 2012 in a number of roles including Head of Assessment. Prior to this Anna was a consultant at the Work Psychology Group. She has a PhD from Goldsmiths, researching leadership and diversity in investment banking.  


 Tim Sparkes Tim Sparkes

Tim Sparkes is Talent Solutions Director at Morgan Philips Hudson Talent Consulting. Tim is a big ideas geek with client-facing skills focused on understanding, promoting and delivering critically-needed talent transformation. Having led projects from Nigeria to India and across Europe, Tim relishes the challenge of driving global talent transformation at the local level in areas such as executive profiling, selection, promotion, development, high potential identification and future leader acceleration.  He typically adopts a nurturing and open-minded approach.... as long as results are delivered. Tim has previously specialised in the pharmaceutical & healthcare, oil & gas and legal sectors. More recently, Tim has focused on digital transformation and business scaling.  He is charged with thought leadership and innovative product development at Morgan Philips Hudson Talent Consulting where the goal is to achieve greater accuracy and a more holistic approach to candidate-role fit.   Tim is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  He gained his doctorate in applied psychology from The University of Oxford.


Chris Parke Chris Parke

Chris Parke is the CEO of Talking Talent Group and a consultant practitioner. He has a Diploma in Clinical Organisational Psychology from INSEAD. Chris has been an executive coach for over 13 years and specialises in coaching senior individuals and high potential talent. His passion for the commercial benefits of gender diversity and inclusion led Chris to found Talking Talent, building unique organisation consultancy approaches and coaching programmes to help retain and progress talented women. Talking Talent deliver their work to progressive organisations across multiple sectors via their offices in Oxford, New York and Hong Kong. Before Talking Talent, he worked in a number of companies including BZW, PwC and Cedar International. His expertise in coaching senior women has been featured in the FT, Wall Street Journal, Times, Guardian, Lawyer Magazine, The Director and HRD.


Ian Bushnell Ian Bushnell

Ian Bushnell is the former Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology. He works as a senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow  where his main areas of interest are in the application of psychology to Employability and Leadership, with a particular interest in Psychopathy and Leadership. He has a PhD from University of Cambridge and has held Academic roles in the University of Strathclyde and the University of Liverpool.


Kirsty BashforthKirsty Bashforth

Kirsty Bashforth is CEO of Quay Five Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Kier Group plc and Serco plc. She is the  former head of Organisational Effectiveness at BP having spent 24 years there pursuing a career in commercial leadership, operations and organisational dynamics, working in UK, US, Denmark and Belgium. Running QuayFive, she now advises companies on organisational dynamics and is an active speaker on organisational culture and change management. She has an Economics degree from Cambridge University.


Mike Haffenden Mike Haffenden

Mike Haffenden is Director of Strategic Dimensions, a leading HR recruitment business, and the Corporate Research Forum and Performance and Reward Centre, which are syndicated research consortiums designed to investigate the practices and principles which make a difference in people management and reward.  Prior to his current responsibilities, Mike worked in the US, UK and Europe for Avon, Unilever and Hewlett Packard. In 1993, he formed the Leading Edge Forum with London Business School. He has held senior HR roles in major international businesses and provides consultancy services at board level and to HR functions.


Steve Whiddett   Steve Whiddett

Steve Whiddett BSc Psy (Hons) MSc, former Chair of the Association for Business Psychology and Managing Director of WHE UK. Steve was a consulting Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Partner at Pearn Kandola and Senior Psychologist at SHL. He is co-author of: The Motivation Handbook, The Competencies Handbook, A Practical Guide to Competencies, Tools for Assessment and Development Centres and The Competencies Toolkit (all CIPD) and contributor to Business Psychology in Action (ABP). Steve also promotes the use of psychology in business at conferences and in his many articles on performance management, organisational development, change and related topics. Steve’s 30 years of consultancy experience was developed while supporting organisations such as Lloyds, TSB, Marsh, HBOS, BP, Carlsberg-Tetley, Marks and Spencer, Computacenter, National Air Traffic Services, T-mobile, Stonham Housing, British Gas and many local, regional and central government organisations.