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Judges

Entries submitted for 2020 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 is Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice at the Pensions Regulator (TPR).

He is responsible for development of policy for TPR and has oversight of TPR’s professional advisers including lawyers, actuaries, investment advisers and business analysts and is co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of TPR.

He is a member of the Council of the Joint Forum for Actuarial Regulators and chair of its Pensions Working Group.

David is a former Chairman of the Association of Consulting Actuaries and Director of the Association of Consulting Actuaries Limited, a former Council member of the International Actuarial Association, and inaugural Chairman of the Joint Industry Forum for Workplace Pensions. He was also a Council member of the Society of Pension Consultants and is immediate past Chairman of the Actuaries Club.

David was a Senior Partner in the Pensions practice at KPMG where he advised on the design, implementation, management and communication of pensions and employee benefit arrangements and also co-lead the People Powered Performance Practice.

He is a Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute, an advisory Board member of the ABP and Chairman of the Genomics Development Board of Sarcoma UK.

David Towner

David is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Chartered Member of the CIPD and former Honorary Visiting Professor at Heriot-Watt University, School of Life Sciences. He is the past Chair of the Division of Occupational Psychology (2006 – 2007) and the DOP – Scotland (2004 – 2006).

During the past 17+ years David has held senior level in-house roles across 2 global companies. Recently, he was the Head of Global Assessment at BP from December 2011 to June 2019. At BP David, had responsibility for assessment practices covering external hire, promotion, development and talent identification. He was a member of the Talent & Learning leadership team and Group Resourcing leadership team. Prior to joining BP, David was Group Head of Assessment at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) from March 2002.

Donald H Taylor

Donald H Taylor is a veteran of the learning, skills and human capital industries, who started his career coding PDP-11s and then training in the 1980s. He has experience at every level from design and delivery to chairman of the board and has been chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute since 2010.

A recognised commentator and organiser in the fields of workplace learning and learning technologies, Donald is passionately committed to helping develop the learning and development profession.

His background ranges from training delivery to director and vice-president positions in software companies. Donald has been a company director and shareholder for three companies through start up, growth and acquisition.

He is an influential writer and speaker in the fields of the professional development of L&D and of technology-supported learning. He was the 2007 recipient of the Colin Corder award for services to training and has chaired the Learning Technologies Conference since 2000. He also chairs the Learning and Skills Group, hosting its bi-weekly webinar programme, and edits Inside Learning Technologies Magazine. He is a graduate of Oxford University and in 2016 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University in recognition of his work developing the L&D profession.

Ian Bushnell

Ian is a Chartered Psychologist with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has researched and taught courses on leadership, deception and applications of psychology to well-being, including medical decision making, occupational stress and burnout. He introduced the first examinable course on employability in the UK within the psychology curriculum and has a passion for ensuring his students develop self-awareness plus the knowledge and skills to ensure they have a competitive advantage for their career path after university.
Ian has consulted on leadership and organizational development in many European and Asian countries, including China and Singapore and understands the practice of occupational psychology in a diversity of organisational types.
His British Psychological Society volunteer roles have included Chair of the Division of Occupational Psychology. He has helped organise many academic and practitioner conferences including one UK event with Lord David Owen on Hubris in Leadership.

Mike Haffenden

Mike has worked in Senior HR roles in the US and Europe with major international businesses including Avon, Rowntree, Unilever and Hewlett Packard. He founded CRF as a research consortium to investigate the principles and practices that make a difference in people management. He applied the same principles in forming PARC, a research group investigating good practice in the area of performance, reward and governance. He is also a founder of Strategic Dimensions, a leading HR recruitment business.

Dr Nicola Millard

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 data to shape provocations and stories to engage and create conversations from the board room, to the front line. No frothy coffee; just solid research.

Nicola has done a number of jobs during her long and varied career with BT, including futurology, research, usability, customer service, marketing, and business consulting. She was involved with a number of BT firsts, including the first application of artificial intelligence into BT’s call centres and BT’s initial experiments with homeworking. She currently leads on customer innovation and the digital workplace. In 2019 she was listed as one of the top 10 UK CX Influencers by Customer Experience Magazine.

Nicola got her PhD from Lancaster University in 2005 and published her first book in 2009. She is an award winning presenter, with 2 TED talks and hundreds of conference appearances under her belt. She occasionally pops up on radio and TV around the world, including appearances on ‘Woman’s Hour’, ‘Tech Tent’, ‘The Genius of Invention and ‘Back in Time for the Weekend’ for the BBC.

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 has a business background followed by 30 years of internal and external consulting experience in NatWest, PSL, Kenexa and IBM as an occupational psychologist.  Dave worked directly with different global and multi-national based organizations offering organisational effectiveness-based solutions focusing on future proofing their businesses. He is a regular presenter at HR conferences promoting the role of technology and people analytics to 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 regarded as a social media guru through @HRCurator, referenced as being one of the Most Influential People on Twitter in a number of HR subject areas.  He’s an Associate with CRF, Hult Ashridge Business School, the Centre for Effective Organizations at USC and an Adviser to iPsychTec.

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 140 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.

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.

Dr Wilson Wong

Wilson leads the Institute research, futures and foresight capability.  He has been involved in futures research since 2000.  His most recent publication with the Malaysian government was The Future of Talent in Malaysia 2035 and is co-editor of Human Capital Management Standards: A complete guide. He represents the UK on human capital metrics at ISO/TC260 (HR Standards) and is independent Chair of the Human Capital Standards Committee (HCS/1) and Deputy Chair of the Knowledge Management Standards Committee (KMS/1) at the BSI. His research interests include the psychological contract, fairness, and human capital development and measurement. His career has spanned academia, corporate finance and national ICT development policy. Wilson’s PhD in Economic Psychology (Behavioral Economics) was on opportunity recognition.  He’s Visiting Professor at Nottingham Business School on the Board of IJHRDPPR, Editorial Board of HRDQ, and Advisory Boards at NBS and the Work and Equality Institute. A member of the International Association of Applied Psychology and an Academic Fellow of the CIPD, he was called to the Bar in 1990.

Dr Rachel Lewis

Dr Rachel Lewis is a Registered Occupational Psychologist, who works both as an academic and as a practitioner. Rachel and colleague’s research and work aims to improve levels of employee health, wellbeing and engagement, and enhance people management and leadership skills. Rachel is passionate about promoting evidence based practice and does this by taking a rigorous approach that builds and gathers both academic research and practitioner expertise. Her research and practice have been multi-award winning, and Rachel has held both the British Psychological Society and Division of Occupational Psychology Practitioner of the Year awards and currently holds the Division of Occupational Psychology Excellence in Research award. She has contributed to the development of guidance materials used within organisations and provided by bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, ACAS and the Health and Safety Executive, written articles for both peer reviewed academic and trade publications, and co-authored and edited three books (one of which won the BPS Practitioner book of the year award).

Dimitrios Tsvrikos

Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos is a Consumer and Business Psychologist at University College London (UCL). His research, teaching and consultancy work specialize in Business, Consumer/Branding and Occupational Psychology. At UCL Dr Tsivrikos is the director of the MSc in Industrial, Organisational and Business Psychology. Throughout his academic career he has held a number of international research fellowships, and has published widely on psychology and business oriented subjects, and articles in various periodicals and general interest journals. He is a leading commentator on consumer behaviour/psychology and a frequent guest on the BBC, as well as acting as a scientific consultant in various periodicals such as Sunday Times, Esquire, and The Guardian.

Clodagh O’Reilly

Clodagh O’Reilly is a specialist in applying behavioural science in organisations to predict and enable individuals’ and organisations’ achievement of their potential. She has spent most of her career in internal and external consulting roles, in global organisations, responsible for talent interventions around the world. Clodagh has guest lectured on various universities’ business psychology courses and presented at conferences in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and America.

She is a former Chair of the ABP, and founder of the ABP Workforce Experience Awards programme. She was the driving force behind the Awards in the early years and has been a Judge in recent years. Clodagh has published three books of case studies from the Awards: “Delivering Excellent Workforce Experiences,” “Catching Unicorns” and “Managed Metamorphosis.”

Dr Anna Koczwara

Dr Anna Koczwara is Head of Behavioural Science at NatWest Group. 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.

Nicola Josephs

Principal People Science Consultant at Glint (part of 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.

Jo Yarker

Jo Yarker is an organisational psychologist, whose research and practice focuses on improving work, health and wellbeing. She is Director of Affinity Health at Work and Programme Director of the Professional Doctorate in Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. She works in a job share arrangement with Rachel Lewis, enabling them to blend academic and consultancy careers. Her work is multi-award winning and has been funded by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Acas and the Health and Safety Executive, and public sector and corporate clients.

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 .

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 and 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 is an experienced HR and Digital leader who is passionate about driving growth and improving organisational performance through the implementation of innovative Talent Strategies and Digital transformation.

He recently joined AstraZeneca as the Global Head of Talent & Development Technology and was previously Global Head of Digital HR at GSK.

Prior to his move into the Pharmaceutical industry, David led Thomson Reuters’ global HR Transformation and also spent 16 years at PwC Australia and EY London as a Consulting Director focusing Business Transformation.

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