Entries submitted for the 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. The Awards ceremony will be held in London on Thursday 27th January 2022. The convening judging panel currently includes:
Anton Fishman – Convening Judge
Director, Fishman & Partners Ltd
Anton has been a Board member of The ABP twice in the last 20 years and for the last three years has been the convening judge for its Excellence Awards.
Originally an educational psychologist he joined Hay Group in 1985 after his MBA where he co-founded their management competencies practice and later led their performance management practice. He subsequently established and ran the change management consultancy Regenesis in the ‘90s and its business psychology and coaching offshoot Corporate Insights in the early 2000s. Buying into the firm he joined the Board of Boyden Interim Management in 2006, now Alium Partners. In 2010 he co-founded Crowne Finch the HR Transformation consultancy. Now euphemistically ‘semi-retired’ he is an executive coach, mentor to new entrants into HR and business psychology, board advisor to tech start-ups and small consultancies as well as trustee of a number of small charities.
Clodagh is a Talent Specialist, applying strategic thinking and behavioural science to deliver results in challenging situations, with a track record of performance turnaround, practical innovation, and talent development.
Clodagh is a former Chair of the Association for Business Psychology and the Founder of the ABP Workforce Experience Awards. She has published four books showcasing the practice of Business Psychology in the UK and was awarded Honorary Lifetime membership of the ABP in 2020. She has been a guest speaker for various universities’ business psychology and management strategy degree courses, and has addressed conferences in the UK, US, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Dr Nicola Millard
Principal Innovation Partner, BT
Once described as “human caffeine” on Twitter, Dr Nicola Millard injects a positive, people-centred expresso shot to innovation and future strategy. Half social scientist, half technologist, all academic, she uses techniques from disciplines such as design thinking, psychology, anthropology, computing, and business consulting to generate data, provocations and stories which can engage and create conversations from the board room, to the front line. No frothy coffee; just solid research.
In her long and varied career at BT – mostly based at Adastral Park in Ipswich – Nicola has done many jobs, including futurology, research, usability, customer service, marketing, and business consulting. She was involved with some BT firsts, including the first application of artificial intelligence into BT’s call centres, BT’s initial experiments with home working, and helping to develop BT’s “net easy” score, a new way of measuring customer experience. She currently looks at innovation in both employee and customer experience.
Nicola got her PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Lancaster University in 2005 and has authored over 50 publications – including 1 book and numerous book chapters.
Nicola is an award-winning presenter, with 2 TED talks and hundreds of conference panel, chair and keynote sessions under her belt. She occasionally pops up on radio and TV around the world, including appearances on ‘Woman’s Hour’, ‘Tech Tent’, ‘The Media Show’, ‘The Genius of Invention’ and ‘Back in Time for the Weekend’ for the BBC.
In both 2019 and 2020 she was listed as one of the top 20 UK CX Influencers by Customer Experience Magazine.
Founder and Consulting Partner, HR Curator Ltd
Dave has a business background working in financial services in the area of retail and corporate lending and risk for some 8 years, followed by 30 years of internal and external HR consulting experience in NatWest/RBS, PSL, Kenexa and IBM as an occupational psychologist. Dave worked directly with different global and multi-national based organizations offering organizational effectiveness-based solutions focusing on future proofing their businesses.
He is a regular presenter at global HR conferences promoting the role of technology, people analytics and the need for HR to be more commercial in its’ approach so that it can demonstrate tangible business value. His first book ‘Introduction to People Analytics’ on the changing role of HR and the increasing demand for data insights was published in April 2020.
He’s referenced as being a key influencer on Twitter via @HRCurator in a number of HR subject areas (c29,500 followers). He’s an Associate with Corporate Research Forum (CRF), GPS Asia, Hult Ashridge Business School, the Centre for Effective Organizations (CEO) at the University of Southern California (USC) and is an Adviser to iPsychTec, a cultural analytics provider and Meetr.ai, a communications intelligence platform. He is one of Engage Employee’s Forward Thinkers for 2021 and HR Magazine’s #16 HR Most Influential Thinker 2021.
Dr Rachel Lewis
Registered Occupational Psychologist, Director at Affinity Health at Work and Reader at Birkbeck, University of London
Dr Rachel Lewis is a multi-award winning registered occupational psychologist, working alongside Dr Jo Yarker, across academia (together they lead the Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London) and practice (as Directors of Affinity Health at Work). With a particular research interest in mental health at work, Rachel works and advises across the field of work psychology. Having authored more than 150 papers, research reports and evidence-based guides, her work has contributed to both governmental and organisational strategy and policy globally. She is passionate about research that enables organisations, managers, teams and individuals to realise their potential and thrive.
Managing Director, Board & CEO Advisory Practice at YSC Consulting
Robert understands the judgments faced by businesses about leadership are often more complex and ambiguous than even the most taxing financial matters. He – along with his colleagues – bring rigour, insights, and, frankly, sanity to critical decisions – combining insight with real developmental impact. Robert’s interest in executive coaching led him to initiate YSC’s practice in this area and work as a personal coach to two professional football teams. He also frequently partners with boards and leadership teams to ensure CEO succession
Robert graduated in psychology from the University of Oxford in 1981. He joined YSC Consulting in 1994 after early work with Arthur Andersen and lecturing in psychology at London University.
Director at Strategic Dimensions
I run four Consultancy businesses in recruitment, HR research, learning and conferences. We focus on the business contribution, stressing the importance of evidence and evaluation. I have an extensive international network of consultants, politicians, academics and HR practitioners. I am interested in what really adds value in business rather than the platitudinous fads and fashions often pMy degree is in Psychology (Cardiff) followed by a post graduate qualification in HR (Cardiff). I have experience of working for 6 major multinationals and have run a successful consulting business for 25 years. I have an unusual distinction in HR of practical experience with a good theoretical underpin and a welldeveloped commercial perspective.
I am interested in business connecting with politics, education, technology and doing work which furthers the cause of real wealth creation.roliferating in the HR community.
Director, Affinity Health at Work, Birkbeck, University of London
Dr Jo Yarker is a multi-award winning occupational psychologist, specialising in mental health and wellbeing at work. She is Director of Affinity Health at Work, a consultancy and research group, and she holds a tenured academic post at Birkbeck, University of London. In both roles she works in a job-share partnership with Dr Rachel Lewis. Having published over 150 articles and reports, her work has informed government policy and organisational strategy across the globe. She works with individuals, teams, managers and work and health practitioners to promote fulfilling, healthy and productive working lives, particularly under times of challenge.
To find out more about our research: http://www.affinityhealthatwork.co.uk/our-research
Transition back to the workplace: https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/toolkit/transitioning-back-to-work-after-lockdown/?
Principal People Science Consultant at Glint/LinkedIn
Nicola Josephs is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist who has been supporting international organisations, ranging from blue chip FTSE 100s through to Fin/Tech start-ups, with their people and talent strategies for over 20 years.
Nicola is passionate about taking a people-focused approach that helps businesses achieve their goals and creates engaged and successful employees. Her techniques can be transformative, working strategically alongside C-suite executives to not just shape their talent and leadership strategies but ensuring they deliver against the wider business strategy.
Dr. Nigel Guenole
Director of Research for the Institute of Management at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Dr. Nigel Guenole is Director of Research for the Institute of Management at Goldsmiths, University of London. His work focuses on improving the measurement precision of quantitative assessments of cognitive and socioemotional skills used in human resources. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), and a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in the United States (SIOP).
The judging panel has been carefully selected to ensure the selection process is fair and objective. The judges are bound by a confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, and to stand aside from deliberations concerning those entries..