Timeline:

19 Apr
' Applications Open '
21 Jul
' Applications Closed '
1 Sep
' Shortlist Announced '
5 Dec
' Awards & Gala Dinner '

Judges

Debbie Carter

Best talent development programme
Best apprenticeship programme

Debbie Carter
Editor in Chief, TJ
@Trainingjournal

Debbie Carter has been at the heart of the TJ Awards since their conception, guiding the event from its original stand-up conference format to the current black tie gala dinner attended by more than 600 L&D professionals. As the key lead on our editorial content Debbie Carter is the ideal Chair to organise and assess this years applications.

Perry Timms

Best not for profit programme  

Perry Timms
Chief Energy Officer, PTHR
@PerryTimms

Perry Timms is a self-confessed obsessive about a better future for people at work. 
He is Chief Energy Officer of PTHR and a range of networked partnerships. A global & TEDx speaker on the Future of Work, Perry is also a WorldBlu® certified Freedom at Work Consultant + Coach helping organisations work in more liberated, democratic ways.
With 25+ years’ experience in technology–driven change, organisation development & learning, Perry is a Chartered Member CIPD, advises them on Social Media and is a fellow at Sheffield Hallam University and the RSA.  In October 2017, Kogan Page will publish Perry via the book "Transformational HR".

Sukh Pabial

Best not for profit programme  

Sukhvinder Pabial
Managing Director,Challenging Frontiers
@sukhpabial

Sukhvinder (Sukh) is a learning and development leader who is well known in the L&D and HR professions.
Sukh’s interests lie in L&D strategy and consultation, innovation in business, positive psychology and emotional intelligence.  

David James

Best operational programme                                    

David James
Digital Learning Strategist, Looop
@DavidInLearning 

David James is Digital Learning Strategist with Learning Tech innovators, Looop.
Prior to Looop, David was Director of Talent, Learning & OD at The Walt Disney Company, for the EMEA region and has held roles leading L&D functions since the late 1990s.

Paul Morgan

Best private/commercial programme        

Paul Morgan
Learning and Performance Consultancy, Different Conversation Ltd
@pmorganwales

Paul is a progressive Learning professional with over 20 years of experience in the field. Until recently, Paul was Head of Learning & Development for O2.
Paul’s drive and enthusiasm comes from wanting a Different Conversation in the L&D industry about how we are ensuring that we can clearly articulate our value as a profession and how we are driving businesses forward.
Paul’s expertise is taking the complex and simplifying it in simple steps that make any programme manageable, scalable, repeatable and measurable.  Paul has worked in all areas of L&D and he is a leading authority on what L&D departments need to drive business value and how they prepare themselves for the Digital Age and drive Digital Transformation.
Paul has always had a passion for ensuring that all people have the right level of personal and professional development to achieve their goals and really unlock their potential.
Paul can advise companies that are either reviewing their investment in Learning, Systems, and Resources and want to drive more business alignment or those companies that have just started to offer Digital Learning and need some pragmatic advice as to how they take their investment forward.
Paul has started Different Conversation to really ensure that as an industry we drive a different conversation with our business and deliver value and business impact, without having to start again,  as it is not necessary.

Phil Purver

Best private/commercial programme         

Philip  Purver
CEO, The Working Manager Limited

Phil has more than 35 years’ experience working in the IT and Learning Technology Sectors for both software and consulting companies across the world. He started working with the Plato CBT system in 1981. He set up TWM (The Working Manager Limited) in the UK in 2004. TWM has built up a strong reputation for focusing on outcome based use of learning technology portals and driving high engagement from all stakeholder groups.

 

David Bowman

Best training partnership        

David Bowman
Principal Consultant and Head of Commercial Excellence, The Inspirational Development Group
@IDG­_David

I am a Principal Consultant at the Inspirational Development Group. I design and deliver leadership and management development programmes for a number of large corporate clients. As IDG we focus on delivering sustainable business improvement for our clients. It is my view that this comes from organisations developing the leadership and followership capability of their people and creating the conditions for them to work together in partnership. I have also written a number of articles for the Training Journal and have developed a number of business simulations to drive commercial excellence.

Jan Hills

Best training partnership       

Jan Hills
Partner, Head Heart + Brain
@headheartbrain

Jan set up Head Heart + Brain to change the way businesses are managed and led. Her consultancy takes the findings from neuroscience and applies them to leadership and business practice. With a Masters qualification in NeuroLeadership, she’s the driving force behind their brain-savvy approach.
Before Head Heart + Brain Jan ran her own successful consulting business and was COO at an investment bank, so brings a huge amount of experience to the table in leadership and dealing with practical business issues.
She is the author of three books including Brain-savvy Business: 8 principles from neuroscience and how to apply them. 

Anne Thomas

Best coaching/mentoring programme     

Anne Thomas
Founder, Creator and Director, Natural Superheroes

@natsuperheroes​

Anne Thomas has been coaching in corporate environments for over 25 years. Creator, director and author of the RC60™ Accelerated Coaching System, she has worked with a wide variety of well-known companies for the purpose of developing coaching cultures within teams and across organisations. Anne now works personally coaching corporate, sales and sports teams delivering training in coaching.

Georgina Orton

Best coaching/mentoring programme 

Georgina Orton
Head of Training Services, Cambridge International Examinations
@natsuperheroes

As an accredited trainer, Georgina has worked in both corporate and education backgrounds, specialising in business development, professional development for teachers, coaching and mentoring.
Working with organisations such as Barclays Bank and Edtech Foundation, Georgina now heads up training for a large international examination board providing professional development for teachers.

Alexandra Bode-Tunji

Best change management programme          

Alexandra Bode-Tunji
Programme Lead – People Transformation, Transport for London
@funmibt

Alexandra is currently the Programme Lead for People Transformation in Transport for London where she has a led a change team to deliver a multi-award winning transformation programme in London Underground.
She joined TfL as the Head of HR Operations where she worked with the Executive team to develop a people centred people strategy that improved business and operational performance. As a result of her success in this role, she was appointed to the role of Organisation Effectiveness Manager in TfL where she led her team in the roll out of the business change framework which resulted in improving the approach to managing organisational change within TfL Alexandra takes personal responsibility in delivering excellence; she’s results driven and relationship focused.
Her approach to change strongly reflects the principles of client centred consulting, starting with the client at the heart of the design and empowering the client to shape and own the changes for successful change implementation. Alexandra is a Fellow of the CIPD.

 

Richard Smith

Best change management programme          

Richard Smith
Founding Partner, Richard Smith Associate
@richardsmithUK1

Richard has been involved in Change Management since well before it had that label!  He specialised in L&D, Leadership Development, Performance Management and Talent Management in blue chip organizations, before establishing his consulting practice in 1994. 

Since then he has consulted in over 40 countries across six continents on leadership and change issues.  He is the Chief Examiner for Change Management for the APM Group Ltd, a leading professional accrediting body. 
Richard was lead author for The Effective Change Manager (the professional Body of Knowledge for Change Management) and of The Effective Change Manager’s Handbook, which is a best-selling practitioner text, fully aligned to the Body of Knowledge.

Steve Macaulay

Best change management programme

Steve Macaulay
Associate Centre for Customised Executive Development, Cranfield School of Management

Steve is an Associate within Cranfield School of Management’s  Centre for Customised Executive Development , focusing on L&D strategies for managers. He has spent some 30 years consulting on organisational and change management issues and regularly writes and speaks on change and topical issues for managers. He is the author of four management books, including Change Management Excellence, with Sarah Cook.

Clare O'Shea

Best sales programme                      

Clare O'Shea
Director, Marlow Sales Academy

@clareosheasales

Clare is an experienced & energetic consultant with proven results in helping B2B organisations improve their sales performance by focussing resources on robust sales strategies, processes, account management & relationship selling.
Clare has 30 years’ experience in ICT industry with roles in Sales & Key Account Management & owner/founder of an IT consumables business.  Clients include The CIM, Fujitsu Services, Logicalis, Dell, Softcat & Vodafone.

 

Tim Royds

Best sales programme                      

Tim Royds
Director, highclere
@timroyds


Tim Royds brings to the Awards 30+ years’ experience in sales, sales coaching, sales management, and sales training. 
He is Director of highclere, a provider of B2B sales consultancy and sales training, and he personally has facilitated development events in 31 countries of 5 continents attended by delegates of 97 different nationalities. 
He has achieved Fellowship of both the Institute of Sales Management and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and speaks on the prestigious Masters Degree in Sales Management at Portsmouth University.

 

 

Graham O'Connell

Best public sector programme      

Graham O'Connell
Consultant, Freelance 
                            

Graham O’Connell has over 30 years experience of learning, development and change in the public sector. His work with overseas governments has taken him to many countries including China, Kosovo, Russia, Bermuda and Slovakia.
In the UK he was formerly with the National School of Government overseeing CIPD and University of Cambridge qualification programmes. Latterly he was Head of Strategy at Civil Service Learning. He is now extending his experience into the not-for-profit sector. He is a non-executive advisor at Christian Aid and works extensively with the National Garden Scheme opening gardens for charity. 

Tony Shaw

Best public sector programme    

Tony Shaw
Director of Development,Dods Group


Tony has been Director of Development at Dods Training for the last 10 years.
He works with public and private sector organisations both in the UK and internationally to design and deliver a range of policy, communications and governance programmes.
Prior to joining Dods he was a Programme Director in the Government and Policy Group of the National School of Government.

Beverley Aylott

Best organisational development programme    

Beverley Aylott
Head of Learning, AbbVie

Beverley is an experienced Learning and OD professional.
She has worked in a number of HR and OD roles in private, third and public sector organisations. Beverley is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the LPI.
She has a Masters in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck College and a Certificate in OD Practice from Roffey Park Institute. Beverley has had two articles published in TJ Magazine and spoken at the 2015 CIPD National Conference.
Beverley won Bronze for Best Leadership Development Programme at the 2013 Training Journal awards and won the Best Leadership Development Programme category in the 2015 HPMA awards.
In 2017 she was an HR Excellence Awards Finalist in the Leading Transformation category and a CIPD Awards Finalist for Best L & D Initiative and Best Coaching and Mentoring Programme.
Beverley specialises in leadership development and talent management and enjoys working with senior teams creating organisational programmes to improve employee engagement and deliver tangible business outcomes. Beverley is passionate about putting the science into L & D and firmly believes that everyone has the right to feel happy, healthy and fulfilled at work.

  

 

Emma Sawula

Best organisational development programme

Emma Sawula
Founder, FitzroySole Limited
@emmazulu  

Emma Sawula is an OD practitioner who has held a number of global leadership roles.  She combines a pragmatic, commercial approach with the latest research, to address organisational effectiveness challenges.
Emma runs OD consultancy FitzroySole and works as an associate consultant for Ideas Unlimited.  Prior to consulting, she was Global Head of Talent and OD at Thomson Reuters.
Emma studied OD at Roffey Park Institute and has a first class honours degree in Psychology.  She also studied Advanced Leadership at Ross Business School, University of Michigan.

Andy Lancaster

L&D professional of the year

Andy Lancaster
Head of Learning and Development Content, Chartered FCIPD, FCMI, FLPI, M.Phil, Cert.Ed
@AndyLancasterUK

Andy Lancaster has more than 25 years’ experience in learning and organisational development in commercial, technological and not-for-profit organisations and has also worked in a consultancy role.
As Head of Learning and Development Content at CIPD Andy is responsible for professional development and learning products, digital content and qualifications for L&D, coaching and mentoring, management and leadership and business psychology.
Andy also plays a key role in leading the direction and delivery of CIPD’s wider new vision for L&D. He was part of the team that developed CIPD’s new L&D qualifications, oversees the Leaders in Learning Network and is helping pioneer online digital learning at the Institute.
Andy has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Design and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and the Learning and Performance Institute (FLPI).
He regularly speaks at conferences, write articles on behalf of CIPD and is the co-author of the “Webinars Pocketbook”. 

Tina Seth

L&D professional of the year

Tina Seth
Learning Consultant, Dods

Tina was a Civil Servant for over 10 years in both the Home Office and Civil Service Learning. She has extensive experience as a learning and development consultant, designing and delivering training for clients across government departments including the Civil Service’s flagship talent programme - Future Leaders’ Scheme.
Since joining Dods Training Tina has continued consultancy work with international governments, for example in Belize to support the development of their policy capability both through training solutions and identifying wider organisational design and development needs.
She has also used her knowledge of the Civil Service to develop Civil Service Learning’s policy curriculum, now being rolled out across government departments by Dods’ associate trainers.
Tina has worked across the Dods group to raise the profile of training, including a learning and development networking event in collaboration with Training Journal that attracted over 50 organisations across the public and private sector.

 

David Beckett

Best leadership development programme         

David Beckett
Former Head of Learning and Development Projects, Home Office now retired

David’s career has spanned 40 years with leadership roles in learning and development in a number of sectors- financial services, sales, transport and the Civil Service. He has a strong interest in technology based learning and how you measure success in learning, using external awards to benchmark progress.
During his career, he has won 2 National Training Awards, the Shell prize for distance learning, lead the learning team of the first national financial organisation to achieve investors in People, and was the head of learning for Yellow Pages when it achieved the European Quality Award.

  

Guy Bloom

Best leadership development programme           

Guy Bloom
Director of Leadership, Blue Sky
contactbloom 

Guy Bloom is the driving force behind the Blue Sky Performance Improvement leadership proposition. Guy’s  focus is on enabling leaders, teams and cultures to perform at their best in a way that adds value to people, profits and society.
He believes the world is in danger of losing its bravery as commercial, political and media agendas drive behaviours that harm people through a need to submit to the speed of change and ultimately this adds less value to the very structures that are driving the behaviour; believing, “it’s time for the individual as part of a collective to steer the ship, at the moment the ship is steering us and we are submissive to its wants and this is the wrong way around.

Hesketh Emden

Best talent development programme                            

Hesketh Emden   
Director, ProInsight 
     

Hesketh Emden is an award-winning Talent Management (TM) professional and has headed and set up a broad range of public and private sector Learning and Development functions, from Commercial Union during one of Europe’s largest mergers, to the Metropolitan Police. He also leads TM across the NHS, after which as part of government health service reforms, he was brought in to the brand new NHS Property Services. A Limited Company owned by the Secretary of State into which 3200 staff TUPEd overnight, this provided him with the ultimate Greenfield OD challenge. As well as being a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Hesketh unusually is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist!

Neville Pritchard

Best talent development programme

Chief Executive, HR in flow Ltd
@nevillejp 
@hrinFlow

Having worked in senior & executive HR & L&D roles at Legal & General, Abbey National & Barclays he co-founded INL Consultancy Ltd in 2005. He established HR in Flow in 2013. They work globally, providing OD technology, deep insight, content, and predictive analytics to focus investment in development, talent, and management impact. Neville is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and Member of the EMCC.  He was Chairman of the Association for Talent Development International Conference Programme Committee in 2015 and a Reviewer for the ATD BEST Awards 2007-2016. He was previously Chairman of the FSSC Major Employer Advisory Forum and a Board member of the Institute of Financial Services Schools faculty – 2002 & 2005.

 

Jo Cook

Best use of technology in learning          

Jo Cook
Deputy Editor, Training Journal
@LightbulbJo

Jo Cook is the Deputy Editor of Training Journal magazine and website, and focuses her time on ground-breaking discussion webinars and speaking at events.
Jo works for TJ part time and the rest of the time is Director of her company Lightbulb Moment, which specialises in developing, facilitating and training others to deliver great live online training sessions, virtual classrooms, webinars and blended, digital programmes.          

 

 

 

 

Laura Overton

Best use of technology in learning         

Laura Overton 
Founder and CEO, Towards Maturity
@lauraoverton

Laura Overton is the founder and CEO of Towards Maturity – a not for profit benchmark practice providing independent research to help organisations deliver improved performance through learning innovation. Her work is based on 30 years of practical experience and is backed by her independent research with 5,600+ learning leaders and 35,000 workers.

Author of over 40 research papers, Laura is an Academic Fellow of the CIPD and a fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute. 
In February 2010, she was the first woman to be awarded the LPI’s prestigious Colin Corder Award for services to training and was the recipient of the inaugural elearning age Special Achievement award at the 2012 elearning awards. In 2017 she was voted number 3 in the global Top Ten most influential people in the corporate e-learning in the UK.

Myles Runham

Best use of technology in learning          
 

Myles Runham
Independent Consultant
@mylesrun

I have been working in and around the web for twenty years in many roles from marketing and product development to senior leadership in a variety of sectors.
Eight of these years were at the BBC, as Head of Interactive Learning, running education and learning services and most recently as Head of Digital for the BBC Academy, managing all digital activity of the L&D functions for staff and the international industry. Prior to this, I ran the European business of Ask Jeeves. I now advise teams and businesses on digital strategy and user 

David Phillips

Best apprenticeship programme                

David Phillips
Director Apprenticeships and Technical Education, City and Guilds
@dvp1967

David has a background in managing businesses and teams, gaining experience in product design, development, sales, marketing, stakeholder relations and operations. Most of his career has been spent working at companies that serve and partner with schools, colleges and training providers. He loves working in the education and training sector and gets a real kick out of helping others develop and grow. 

In his early career, David worked at Emap plc, the Financial Times Group and RM plc before spending 10 years working at Pearson.
David joined the City and Guilds business in June 2016 as Director of Product and Marketing and in May 2017 became Director Apprenticeships and Technical Education. David has overall accountability for the company’s products and services. At the heart of this role is using customer insights and feedback to build products and services that deliver value to them and their learners.
David has a Degree in Business Studies and a CIM Diploma in Marketing and likes to swim and cycle in his spare.

Paul Warner

Best apprenticeship programme

Paul Warner
Director of Research and Development, AELP 
@paulw153

Having been a specialist recruitment consultant to the defence industry for six years, Paul started in the post-16 sector in 1993 on Training for Work contracts for TBG Learning. He subsequently took on a variety of related operational and senior management roles over 9 years, culminating in a successful tenure as Director of Business Development.
On leaving
TBG he managed WBL delivery at Barking College in East London, before joining AELP in September 2003 particularly concentrating on the alignment of the skills and employability agendas. In his current role, he oversees the research and development functions within AELP, as well as acting as policy lead on a range of different areas including Technical and Professional Education, LLDD/SEND and welfare-to-work.
Paul holds a First-Class Honours degree in International Relations from the University of
Keele, an MA in Post-Compulsory Education and Training from the University of Sheffield, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Married with one daughter, hailing from the New Forest but living in Essex, he enjoys rock music and amateur dramatics, and is training for his black belt in karate.

 

Sarah Cook

Best customer service programme   

Sarah Cook 
Managing Director, The Stairway Consultancy Ltd

Sarah Cook is Managing Director of customer experience and leadership consultancy, The Stairway Consultancy Ltd. She has over 20 years’ experience specialising in helping organisations develop customer-centric cultures. 
Sarah began her business career with Unilever and having completed a Psychology degree and an MBA, she moved into customer experience consultancy and learning and development. Sarah is a Fellow of CIPD, an accredited coach, NLP practitioner and facilitator and a published author on a wide range of customer service and leadership topics including ‘Customer Care Excellence’ and ‘Leading the Customer Experience’.  

Karen Velasco

L&D team of the year   

Karen Velasco
Director, PeopleSolve Ltd
@KarenVelasco

Karen is a performance management consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach.  Karen has worked in a variety of training, development and leadership roles for over 25 years; including 15 years as managing director of PeopleSolve Ltd and 12 years as training, development and culture change manager with the Centrica group. 
Karen is a certified trainer of neuro-linguistic programming; an experienced executive and life coach and facilitator; and is an experienced conference speaker. She has experience of facilitating and managing learning and development activities for private and public sector clients across five continents. Karen has been a TJ Awards judge for several years.  

    

 

​Margaret Burnside

L&D team of the year       

Margaret Burnside
Director, CAKE People Development
@margaretburnsid 

Margaret is an experienced coach, trainer and facilitator, having worked in Training and Development for over 25 years.  Margaret works mostly in the areas of leadership development, whether it’s coaching a director to define her vision and strategy or designing and delivering a tailored management development programme.  Emotional Intelligence is a particular area of interest for Margaret and she is one of the few people in the UK certified in the use of the Mayer Salovey Caruso Emotional Test (MSCEIT).  Margaret has worked in a wide range of industries from retail to the charity sector; from transport and distribution to engineering; from textiles to financial services and from telecoms to further education.  Margaret is also a volunteer Business Mentor with The Prince’s Trust and trains new mentors on a voluntary basis.

Colin Jellicoe

Best leadership development programme 

Colin Jellicoe              
H
R Director & Leader, FCIPD

A Fellow of the CIPD Colin has more than 30 years’ experience across the full Human Resources remit.  A member of senior leadership teams for more than 15 years Colin’s experience spans UK, Europe the Middle East and Asia including spells with VINCI, SAMSUNG, NETWORK RAIL and now MORRISON UTILITY SERVICES.  A strong track record of delivering successful people strategies across multiple sectors, Colin is an enabler who engages with business to deliver exception people management capability coupled with commercial pragmatism and cultural awareness.

 

Sati Kaur

Best operational programme     

Sati Kaur
Senior Learning Talent and Organisational Capability Partner, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group

Sati Kaur is a senior HR professional who has over 20 years’ experience in organisation development and learning. She has strong multi sector experience across manufacturing, aviation, distribution, FMCG, IT, recruitment and media. Sati also participates in organisation development practice research and has presented at CIPD and Training Journal conferences, as well as guest lecturing at Kingston Business School. 

 

Joe Tidman

Best training partnership  

Joe Tidman
Head of Learning Operations, GSK
@joetidman

Joe’s passion is in making Learning easily accessible, simple and impactful.  Joe leads several global Learning and Development programmes at GSK, a major Pharmaceutical company, including Capabilities, the Business Skills Curriculum and On-boarding.  He has worked at GSK over 15 years, and has previously designed and set up a Global Supply Chain Academy, ran graduate programmes operating in several countries around the world, and led various Talent, OD and HR activities.

Garry Goldman

Best private/commercial programme         

Garry Goldman
Director of Learning & Development, Centrica

Garry is a seasoned L&D professional with over 20 years experience in Learning & Development, working for FTSE 100 companies in the Financial, Retail and energy sectors. Garry has managed Global L&D teams and led multiple large transformational projects, as well as running day to day training teams. Garry is passionate about the role that Learning & development can play in transforming an organisations culture and capability for today and in the future.   

Tony Macauley

Best training partnership     

Tony Macaulay
Managing Director, TOWARD Ltd
@tonymacaulay​

Tony Macaulay is the Managing Director of TOWARD, a consultancy that has been providing transformational coaching and leadership development for senior leaders and teams from global organisations for over ten years. Tony coaches senior leaders to manage culture transformation, organisational development and build high performing teams. He began his career in peace building in Northern Ireland and has 30 years of experience in conflict resolution and social entrepreneurship. Tony is a regular broadcaster with the BBC and his memoirs, ‘Paperboy’, ‘Breadboy’, ‘All Growed Up’  and ‘Little House on the Peace Line’ have become critically acclaimed best sellers.

Anne-Marie Hearne

Best customer service programme

Anne-Marie Hearne
Head of Learning and Development, Next

Anne Marie is Head of Learning and Development at Next. She has held a variety of roles during her career, all of which have focused on engaging managers and staff in the delivery of great customer service. Anne Marie enjoys sharing her knowledge and has judged the awards for 5 years.