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Entries submitted for 2019 ABP Annual Awards will be judged by a panel of business psychologists, industry experts and senior professionals from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Once again, we have a highly distinguished and experienced judging panel:

Anton Fishman

Anton Fishman is an Educational Psychologist turned management consultant with several decades of experience working with large and complex commercial organisations on HR, Talent, leadership and organisational change. A serial setter-upper of professional services firms he established, with others, five consulting practices since 1991, one of which a business psychology firm prompted his involvement in the ABP as Board member in the early 2000s, a role he reprised more recently. Anton now has a portfolio of business advisory, coaching, research and pro bono roles with a particular emphasis on the impact of emerging technologies on the world of work and on the HR function. Previously a judge on The ABP’s excellence awards he is for 2019 its convening judge.

Chris Parke

Chris 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.

David Fairs

David Fairs BSc, FIA, FIMA, FRSA, C.MATH is Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice at the Pensions Regulator and a member of the Board of Supervisors at the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority. He is a former Lead Partner within KPMG’s People Consulting Practice where he focused on retirement policy and the impact on working lives resulting from increased life expectancy as well as predictive analytics in the workplace. 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 also an Advisory Board member of the Association for Business Psychologists.

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.

Donald Taylor

Donald Taylor is the Chair of the Learning and Performance Institute, and the Learning Technologies Conference in London, Berlin and Singapore. He has been involved in workplace learning and learning technology since the 1980s and has an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University in recognition of his role in developing the Learning and Development (L&D) profession. Donald delivers talks and workshops around the future of L&D internationally and is also widely published. The author of Learning Technologies in the Workplace (Kogan Page, 2017), Donald has also produced the annual L&D Global Sentiment Survey since 2014, and contributes the monthly open column to Training Journal magazine.

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.

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, Nestle and Hewlett Packard.

Dr Nicola Millard

Dr Nicola Millard heads up Customer Insight & Futures in BT’s Innovation Team. Despite working for a technology company, Nicola isn’t a technologist and combines psychology with futurology to try & anticipate what might be lying around the corner for both customers and organisations (sadly, her crystal ball is broken). Nicola has been with BT for over 25 years. She has done a number of jobs around the BT business, including research, user interface design, customer service & business consulting. She was involved with a number of BT “firsts”, including the first application of AI into BT’s call centres, BT’s initial experiments with home working and developing new ways to measure customer experience.

Nicola got her PhD from Lancaster University in the UK in 2005 on motivational technologies in contact centres, & published her first book in 2009. Nicola is an award-winning presenter, with 2 TED talks & hundreds of conference panel, chair & keynote sessions under her belt. She regularly pops up on radio and TV around the world, including appearances on ‘Woman’s Hour’, ‘Tech Tent’, ‘The Genius of Invention’ & ‘Back in Time for the Weekend’ for the BBC. When she’s not doing all that, Nicola does research, writes blogs & white papers, as well as facilitating innovation workshops with an assortment of BT’s large multinational corporate clients, including banks, travel companies & retailers, to name but a few.

Robert 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.

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.

Dave Millner

Dave Millner is the Founder and Consulting Partner of @HRCurator which focuses on developing solutions and learning that supports the shift in HR thinking required to meet tomorrow’s ever changing work agenda. Dave left IBM last year where he had 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 for the past 20 years. Dave 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 in a disruptive world. 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.

Fiona 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.

Julie Freeborn

Julie Freeborn is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and the Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology from 2017 to 2019.

She is Lead Occupational Psychologist in Youth Custody Services with around twenty years’ experience in key areas of the profession including assessment and selection, training, well-being and learning and development, both in the UK and internationally. She has designed and delivered a variety of training packages, selection and assessment 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.

Kirsty Bashforth

Kirsty Bashforth is CEO of Quay Five Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Kier Group plc, Serco plc, GEMS Education and Diaverum AB. 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. Her book “Culture Shift – a practical guide to managing organisational culture” is published by Bloomsbury 25th July. She has an Economics degree from Cambridge University.

Maggie 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.

Warren Howlett

Warren 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. 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.

Dr 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.

Tim Sparkes

As Talent Solutions Director for Morgan Philips Talent Consulting, Tim brings over two decades of experience in the design and delivery of innovative people management solutions. Having led projects from Nigeria to India and across Europe, he works with national and international organisations in driving transformation at the individual, team and organisation levels.
With a passion for mindset and purpose in the New World of Work, Tim supports and advises companies in the definition, diagnosis and development of talent and talent infrastructures. His work is characterised by two features: innovative, evidence-based, data-led best practice and an applied, pragmatic approach to people- and company-based measurement and change. He is regularly known to ask the simple but powerful question: ‘So what?’
Tim has worked across a wide range of sectors with a particular focus on growth and disruption. He is the architect behind Pulse Mindset and most recently has been working in the venture capitalist arena on dialogue-based assessment for entrepreneur/founder evaluation.
Tim often offers sometimes provocative thought leadership in the applied psychology and talent management literature and media. He gained his doctorate in applied psychology from The University of Oxford, and is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Clodagh O’Reilly

Clodagh O’Reilly founded the ABP Workforce Experience 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 for several years until transferring to a Client Success role for IBM Watson Talent in New York in 2017.
Before joining IBM Clodagh spent many years as an internal consultant in global financial services organisations, responsible for talent interventions around the world. Also, as an external consultant, she has worked across many industry sectors with both national and international, commercial, governmental and not-for-profit organisations. She is a former Chair of the ABP, Non-Executive Director of Lentum Limited, and Member of the Engage Employee Advisory Board. She edited the book, “Delivering Excellent Workforce Experiences,” has guest lectured on various universities’ business psychology courses and presented at conferences in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and America.

Dr Anna Koczwara

Dr Anna Koczwara is Head of Strategic Capability & Assessment at Royal Bank of Scotland. She is a chartered occupational psychologist, with experience in academia, consultancy and working in-house for both public and private sector organisations . She has a PhD from Goldsmiths College, researching leadership and diversity in investment banking. Anna has published a number of peer reviewed articles and presented her work nationally and internationally. She was previously named Occupational Psychologist of the Year by the British Psychological Society. At RBS, Anna leads a talented team of occupational psychologists and OD professionals who focus on ensuring the bank has the right people with the right capabilities to be successful now and in the future. They create the people capability strategy and translate this into key areas across the employee lifecycle including selection, assessment, talent, succession, learning, leadership and development.

Nicola Josephs

Nicola Josephs BSc, MSc, CPsychol, AFBPsS is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist creating People and Talent strategies for large multi-nationals so they can maximise the commercial and operational effectiveness of their workforce. In her roles to date she identifies gaps to steady state approaches and supports organisations in addressing their challenges in a way that drives a sustainable return on investment. She delivers elements of those strategies across the employee lifecycle including Selection and Assessment, Performance Management, Engagement, Change Management, Leadership Development and High Potential Identification, Diversity and Inclusion. She is also called upon to headline conferences and workshops. Nicola has experience across multiple industries and geographies, working with both in-house and consulting teams.

Stewart Desson

Stewart Desson is an experienced Business Psychologist and the CEO and founder of Lumina Learning. He is the author of the innovative Lumina Spark psychometric. His research at the University of Westminster has shown that adaptive and ‘maladaptive’ traits can be measured at both ends of the Big Five’s polarities.

As a deeply experienced Organisation Development consultant, Stewart travels internationally as an inspirational speaker and sought after business psychologist. He has trained over 1,000 consultants in the use of Lumina Spark to support the valuing of diversity in many large organisations globally.

In his role on the board of the Association for Business Psychology (ABP) Stewart has special responsibility for professional development events for business psychologist throughout the UK – and has sourced many evidence based thought leaders to speak in the last few years.

Stewart is a Chartered Fellow with the CIPD & a Principal Business Psychologist. He has two Masters degrees, the first in ‘Operational Research’ and the second in ‘Change Agent Skills and Strategies’. Stewart also has a PhD in psychometrics.

John Cooper

John Cooper is Senior Vice President at PSI. PSI is the world’s leading career development company-in 2018 delivering over 16 million assessments in 80 countries. John is focussed on growing the international talent measurement and development business.

John was a co-founder and CEO of JCA Global the leading experts in Emotional Intelligence (EI) for business and the famous EIP3 psychometric. He sits as a non-executive board director with several companies, ranging from large financial services companies like Rowan Dartington Wealth Management through to start up businesses such as Integro Accounting and CDP leadership consultants. There are also other as community interest vehicles he is a trustee of such as the City Leadership Programme that helps disadvantaged young people succeed. John’s psychology practice is focussed on leadership and culture development for business success.

Professor Ivan Robertson

Professor Ivan Robertson BSc, PhD, CPsychol, FBPsS, FBAM
Ivan is co-founder (with Sir Cary Cooper) of Robertson Cooper Ltd – the company provides psychological wellbeing and engagement solutions to organizations. Ivan was at the University of Manchester (UMIST) for over 20 years, where he was Professor of Work & Organizational Psychology. He is now Emeritus Professor at the university.
He has worked on consulting assignments across all sectors of the economy and across the world. He has published over 40 books on Work & Organizational Psychology and over 200 scholarly articles/conference papers. He has held visiting posts in the USA, Singapore and Australia. He is in the top two percent of most influential psychologists in his field (Aguinis et al., 2017*).
His latest (co-authored) books are: Management and Happiness (2013), Work Psychology (6th edition, 2016) and Well-Being: Happiness and Productivity at Work (2nd edition, 2017).

David Pacifico

David Pacifico is the Global Head of Digital HR at GSK. Prior to GSK, he spent 16 years in management consulting at Penna Consulting, PwC Australia and EY London partnering with over 50 organisations across all industry sectors and multiple countries, helping them drive growth and improve business performance.
To support these organisations, his passion and focus is the implementation of innovative cultural change along with business and digital HR transformation programmes.
David moved into corporate HR 5 years ago and led the global HR transformation at Thomson Reuters with the aim of becoming a more customer centric People function. This covered full operating model change, HR technology and process optimization, cost reduction, and capability development throughout the HR community across 80 countries.
At GSK, David is accountable for the global strategy and execution of the HR digital and systems roadmap which covers core HR, including Workday and SuccessFactors as well as the adoption of new technologies including Workplace, Robotic Process Automation and IBM Watson HR virtual assistants. The aim of these technologies is to enable GSK to become a Modern Employer, transform the employee experience and reinvent HR to become more digitally relevant.