The 2017 judging panel


Entries submitted for 2017 ABP Annual Awards were judged by a panel of Business Psychologists, industry experts and senior professionals from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.


Nigel GuenoleNigel Guenole

Nigel Guenole is the Convening Judge in 2017, returning again for the fourth year 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) is published this year. 

Adrian AtkinsonAdrian Atkinson

Adrian Atkinson is returning as judge again this year, for what will be his final year judging! He is the chairman and owner at the Human Factors International, and a recognised specialist in business psychology, executive coaching and strategic management. His fascination with entrepreneurship has led him to develop it into expertise. As a consequence, Adrian was selected as the lead expert and commentator in the BBC series ‘Mind of a Millionaire’. In addition to his 30 years of professional experience, Adrian works on academic projects as well. He has significantly contributed to the identification of Wealth Creators and how they are moving a company forward. He has shown the link between the types of Wealth Creators, the style of strategy they develop and the growth of their business. He is also a specialist in leadership, culture, strategic planning and change management.

Chris ParkeChris Parke

Chris Parke, returning for a fourth year, is the CEO of Talking Talent and a consultant practitioner. He has a Diploma in Clinical Organisational Psychology from INSEAD and was awarded a scholarship MBA from Imperial College London. He has been an executive coach for over 10 years and specialises in coaching senior individuals and high potential talent. His passion for the commercial benefits of gender diversity, coaching and development led Chris to found Talking Talent, building unique approaches to helping women realise their full potential.  Before Talking Talent, he worked in a number of companies including BZW, PwC and Cedar International. He also delivered work across financial services, oil and gas, pharma, technology, professional services, the media, FMCG, telecoms and the law. His expertise in coaching senior women has been featured in the FT, Sunday Times, Guardian, Lawyer Magazine, Women in Banking and Finance, The Director and HRD. 

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.  He is a regular commentator on savings and retirement policy and is the immediate 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.

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 Honorary 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.

Donal TaylorDonald Taylor

Donald Taylor is the Chair of a few organisations including Learning and Performance Institute, Learning Technologies and Conference Learning and Skilled 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 been a member of the SFIA Council and in 2007 also received the Colin Corder Award – an award for outstanding contribution to IT training from the UK's Institute of IT Training. Donald was the highest rated e-learning influencer of 'Mover and Shaker' in UK e-learning industry in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 according to Bob Little Press and Public Relations. 

Ian BushnellIan 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 HaffendenMike 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.

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.

Paul Flaxman Paul Flaxman

Paul Flaxman is Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of the MSc in Organisational Psychology at City, University of London. Over the past 15 years, Paul has taken a prominent role in adapting mindfulness-based interventions to help improve employees' psychological health,  especially in developing and evaluating acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as a worksite training intervention. He has recently been funded by the British Academy to explore school teachers’ leisure time recovery processes. His research has been published in numerous articles in the CBT and occupational health literatures. 

Rob FelthamRob Feltham

Rob Feltham, Executive Director, Cubiks. Rob is a Registered Psychologist with a PhD in assessment centre validation. He started his career as a psychologist in the UK prison service before qualifying in occupational psychology and moving into this field. Subsequently he worked for the Home Office and Cabinet Office before joining NFER-NELSON (at that time a leading developer and publisher of psychometric tests) where he first led the B2B division and then took the role of research director and executive board member. He subsequently joined PA Consulting Group from which Cubiks originated in 2000. At Cubiks Rob has led the development and introduction of a wide range of new psychometric assessment tools to subsidiaries in 13 countries and to  international clients.  He also manages and delivers top-level executive assessment and development programmes. Rob has published and presented widely in the areas of selection and assessment. 

Robert SharrockRobert Sharrock

Robert Sharrock is CEO of YSC and is also returning as a judge for the fourth year. 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

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.

New judges for 2017:

Alan WatkinsAlan Watkins

Alan Watkins is recognised as an international expert on leadership and human performance. He has a broad mix of commercial, academic, scientific and technological abilities. Over the past 18 years he has been a coach to many of Europe’s top business leaders and has helped companies treble share price, enter the FTSE 100, salvage difficult turnarounds and establish market leadership in their industry. He has written two books and has three more coming out this year. He advised the GB Olympic squad prior to London 2012 and worked with them leading up to Rio in 2016. He has a three degrees and is a neuroscientist by background.

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. Throughout 2015 and 2016 @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. 

Fiona PattersonFiona Patterson

Fiona Patterson BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol, FASS, 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 80 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 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.

Kirsty BashforthKirsty Bashforth

Kirsty Bashforth is CEO of Quay Five Ltd and former head of Organisational Effectiveness at BP. She spent 24 years at BP pursuing a career in commercial leadership, operations and organisational dynamics, working in UK, US, Denmark and Belgium. She now supports leaders through organisational cultural change. She is a non-executive director of Kier Group plc, an independent governor of Leeds Beckett University in the UK and has an Economics degree from Cambridge University.  Kirsty writes a fortnightly article for Harpers Bazaar. 

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.

Sam RichardsonSamantha Richardson

Samantha Richardson, Senior Consultant, Ember Services, has over 15 years of operational, transformation and customer management experience. In that time she has worked in a variety of transformation and consultancy roles with Anglian Water, Vodafone, Webhelp and Verint. In more recent years at Ember, Sam has been responsible for leading and delivering a wide range of client projects including assignments for IKEA, Dixons Carphone, Canal and River Trust and Three. Sam specialises in helping organisations find the right sourcing solutions and designing Target Operating Models to deliver business change and transformation. She is passionate about helping organisations take advantage of technology developments and smart global workforce solutions to transform their customer experience. 

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.

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.