Meet the judges of this year’s CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards

As the clock ticks down for entries into one of the North East’s most prestigious awards, we are able to reveal the judges tasked with deciding on the winners.

The stellar panel – who’ve a breadth of expertise from proper throughout the HR&D sector – will quickly be sifting by nominations for this year’s CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards.

The incontrovertible fact that final year’s awards have been cancelled in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic has solely elevated curiosity in the massively common awards – run in affiliation with The Journal – that are going forward as a digital daytime occasion.

But with the cut-off date of May 14 looming, now could be the time to make sure the abilities of each corporations and their employees are showcased.

The judges who’ve the unenviable job of deciding on a shortlist and winners are Lynn Perry , individuals director at END; Susan Fulton, director of individuals, Home Group; Li Xue HR director, TDR; Dawn Ward, head of individuals & tradition, Waterstons; Paula Jones, head of individuals, Leightons; Dan Goad, HR director, The Insolvency Service and Gareth Whalley, world director D&I, The Coca-Cola Company (see their biographies, under) .

CIPD awards 2021

“I’m trying ahead to listening to all of the wonderful tales about what’s been achieved by our great HR neighborhood over this final 12 months and who the award winners will likely be,” stated Lynn Perry.

“I’m additionally actually trying ahead to listening to from the inspirational thinkers to grasp what’s on the horizon for us. Please let it’s much less disruptive than Covid-19.”

Fellow choose Gareth Whalley provides: “I get an actual buzz from seeing actually nice work showcased on the essential stage, and it would not matter that this is digital this time round.”

This 12 months there are 10 classes (see under or CLICK HERE ) together with the new Excellence in Leadership. This class will highlight excellent management in the North East towards the backdrop of the challenges of the previous 12 months..

  • To enter, an organization must function inside the CIPD North East of England space which covers postcodes NE, SR and DH.
  • CIPD North East of England Recognising and Celebrating HR&D 2021 digital reveal ceremony takes place on June 11. CLICK HERE for extra details about the awards.
  • Closing date for nominations is Friday May 14 2021.
  • For extra about the CIPD CLICK HERE

Meet the judges

Lynn Perry

People director, END. Clothing

Lynn Perry

Lynn Perry, individuals director at END. is accountable for creating and delivering the strategic individuals plan, supporting enterprise development and creating an amazing place to work for everybody – specializing in the individuals expertise by the total worker life cycle. Lynn is a fellow of the CIPD, an govt coach and holds a certificates in neuroleadership. Lynn has over 25 years HR expertise working and has led advanced enterprise transformational change programmes round cultural and behavior change, reward and recognition, management improvement and worker engagement. Lynn is obsessed with studying and supporting individuals to achieve their potential.

Lynn says: “I’ve been impressed by the means the HR neighborhood have come collectively to assist one another in a time of want. The networks which have been created and nurtured, and the unconditional assist we’ve got given to one another has been wonderful. This contains the self employed HR consultants and recruitment businesses that tailored their providing throughout the preliminary levels of the pandemic, and have facilitated and led some wonderful occasions to assist the HR neighborhood. I feel we ought to be actually proud of ourselves and one another.”

Susan Fulton

Director of individuals, Home Group

Susan Fulton

Susan has labored throughout the UK and Europe in operational roles and all areas of the HR&D colleague life cycle in the private and non-private sector. Susan is obsessed with change, inclusion, how colleagues can affect to make their contribution much more efficient – and is especially energised by the sensible North East HR&D expertise.

Susan says: “The dedication, resilience, and innovation of HRD individuals has impressed me. There have been, (and nonetheless are) some robust instances – nonetheless, proficient HRD groups have supported organisations to maneuver ahead in methods they by no means needed to earlier than and ensured success. The assist and assist, the networks have additionally impressed me and my crew to suppose otherwise and create new and higher methods of doing issues. The broader concentrate on wellbeing and inclusion have been sensible too – serving to us be much more employee-centric and accelerating the risk of higher methods of working and profession improvement.”

Li Xue

HR director, TDR

Li Xue

Li Xue is the HR and finance director at TDR Training Ltd. Li arrange the Human Resource Management system for TDR and has been concerned in a quantity of administration roles inside the organisation, together with high quality assurance, firm secretary, matrix evaluation, safeguarding and stop. Restructuring the division in 2016, Li supplies management of the finance operate to make sure safe and sturdy monetary administration for the enterprise. Li has a Masters diploma in International Human Resource Management and began the Accountancy and Taxation Professional Apprenticeship in September 2020.

Li says: “HR&D is changing into a crucial instrument to deal with present complexity and provide options to organisational studying wants.”

Dawn Ward

Head of individuals & tradition, Waterstons

Dawn Ward

Dawn labored in manufacturing earlier than transferring to know-how. Dawn loves love being in a people-focused position, in an organisation that places individuals first; – it’s what will get her out of mattress in the morning. Aside from her ardour for individuals and collaboration, Dawn strives to form the means we work, serving to to make sure HR are true companions to any profitable organisation.

Dawn says: “This previous 12 months has been eye opening and I’ve discovered myself reflecting, and appreciating the less complicated issues. I’ve been impressed by the courageousness proven by these on the entrance line and the kindness and neighborhood spirit that’s usually lacking throughout our busy lives. I lengthen this past the working atmosphere too. I’ve taken nice pleasure in attending to know my local people higher and have been really impressed by the efforts of so many, to assist each other throughout terribly difficult instances.”

Paula Jones

Head of individuals, Leightons

Paula Jones

Paula has labored in HR for practically 25 years – and loves what she does. Hers is a diverse and standalone position and he or she is concerned in reward, studying and improvement, profession development, engagement and many others. Paula is liable for creating Leighton’s individuals technique – her position is crucial in attracting, retaining and rewarding the finest expertise, particularly in such a aggressive market

Paula says: “What has impressed me is how a lot the HR neighborhood has rallied collectively to assist one another. Being in a standalone position at any time could be lonely, nonetheless going by a pandemic and having to make some tough selections, actually exacerbated that for me and the HR neighborhood have been there to supply phrases of encouragement and assist.”

Dan Goad

HR director, The Insolvency Service

Dan Goad

Dan has had a diverse profession in HR, following up a level in Psychology and MA in Human Resource Management with roles in BAE SYSTEMS, the BBC, HMRC and most lately as a individuals and functionality director for Insolvency Service. Dan is an accredited coach and has expertise throughout all areas of HR.

Dan says: “I feel if something the pandemic has taught us it is the significance of flexibility. Trying to foretell the long run future necessities is ok, however hardly ever will we predict enormous change whether or not tech, atmosphere, political, economical – there will likely be extra change and the significance is that we’ve got the flexibility to cope with it. Therefore HR&D will likely be about guaranteeing we’ve got the functionality and capability for in the present day with the flexibility for tomorrow.”

Gareth Whalley

Global director D&I, The Coca-Cola Company

Gareth Whalley

Gareth describes himself as a human being with passions for language, stunning design, and making working lives higher. He has spent 20 years in generalist and specialist HR management roles in varied UK and multinational organisations. He joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2014 in Total Rewards, and moved to the Global Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in 2019. He is concentrated on inspiring a way of inclusion, belonging and connection amongst the firm’s 18,000 staff worldwide. Gareth is principled, values-driven, and a powerful relationship builder, however he’s additionally decided to assist individuals not take every thing so significantly.

Gareth says: “It’s wonderful how a disaster can actually deliver out the finest in individuals. I’ve seen leaders stepping up their empathy and inclusiveness, and other people rallying spherical to know, perceive and assist one another greater than ever. More of this please.”

Awards classes (CLICK HERE)

HR&D Team of the Year Sponsored by Ward Hadaway

Excellence in SME People Practice Sponsored by Northumberland County Council

Excellence in Supporting Armed Forces TalentS ponsored by Defence Relationship Management

Excellence in Organisational & People Development Sponsored by People Spark Solutions

Excellence in Health & Wellness Sponsored by Lynn Bennett Resourcing

Excellence in Resourcing & Reward Sponsored by Sullivan Brown Resourcing Partners

Excellence in Inclusivity & Diversity Sponsored by NRG

Excellence & Positive Impact [NEW] Sponsored by Jackson Hogg

Excellence in People Innovation by Technology [NEW] Sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland

Excellence in Leadership [NEW] Sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson



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