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


Beverley Aylott

Beverley Aylott is an experienced Learning and OD professional. She has a Masters in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck College and a Certificate in OD Practice from Roffey Park Institute. She has worked in a number of HR and OD roles in private, third and public sector organisations and is currently Head of Learning for Global BioPharma AbbVie.

John Baker

John Baker is an independent consultant with a background in learning and development as well as general management across a number of sectors.  He was latterly L&D Director for Legal & General and is passionate about the need for L&D to add real value to the business.  He now works on developing the maturity and business focus of L&D functions; a range of L&D projects for clients; and the development of apprenticeships in a number of sectors. (Commercial)

​Margaret Burnside

Margaret Burnside is the head of People Development for eras ltd. She is a qualified coach and mentor, delivers coaching and mentoring qualifications and has supported many organisations in setting up mentoring programmes, training both mentors and mentees. (L&D team of the year)

Debbie Carter

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.

Sarah Cook

Sarah Cook is Managing Director of The Stairway Consultancy. She specialises in leadership and customer service. Sarah has wide experience of helping design and implement cultural change programmes. She is also a business author and is passionate about customer and employee engagement. Sarah is a Fellow of the CIPD and a Chartered Marketeer. (Change & Customer Service)

Mark Dawe

Mark Dawe is chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, prior to that he was CEO of OCR for five years. Prior to his role at OCR, Mark was Principal of Oaklands College having been Deputy Director, FE Strategy at the Department of Education and Skills and before that as Deputy Director, Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit after joining the department in 2003. (Apprenticeship)

Jane Elliott-Poxon

Jane Elliott Poxon is a learning and development and assessment specialist with extensive experience of assessment, quality assurance and development of programmes linked improved effectiveness. She has a broad portfolio of clients providing a variety of services to support and develop their organisational development, internal consultancy, learning and assessment strategies. This has included the development and delivery of development programmes linked to external accreditation. (Not-for-profit)

Anne Thomas

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.

Perry Timms

Perry Timms is founder of PTHR and an international/TEDx speaker on the Future of Work. With over 20 years’ experience in organisation development and learning, Perry is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, advises them on social media and is a certified freedom at work consultant with WorldBlu.com. Perry is a fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, the RSA and with the Corporate Rebels. (Not-for profit)

Garry Goldman

Garry Goldman is a seasoned L&D professional with over 20 years’ experience in learning and development, working for FTSE 100 companies in the financial and retail sectors. He 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 and development can play in transforming an organisations culture and capability for today and in the future. (Training partnership)

Yvette Wise

Yvette Wise is account direct director at Blue Sky Performance Improvement and has a strong track record in senior positions, she has been the boundless energy and brains behind many of Blue Sky client successes. Yvette brings a depth of transformational change experience to a wide range of markets and geographies and has delivered recent exceptional results for clients such as TSB, Barclays, BMW Group, Formica and Pfizer. 

Andy Holmes

Andy Holmes is the learning & development lead at Ernst & Young for their EMEIA FSO Advisory practice. His career in L&D has seen him leading learning functions across the financial and professional services sector. His approach to success in his varied roles has been based on developing relationships with the business. (Commercial)

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson is CEO of global learning consultancy OnTrack International. He has 18 years’ experience in training and development and has worked on global projects for clients in the telecoms, finance, retail, airline and professional services industries. He helps senior leaders to achieve their strategy through coaching and by developing the appropriate skills in their people.

David James

David James, until recently, was director of Talent, Learning & Organisational Development for The Walt Disney Company EMEA. He now works in L&D tech start-up venture, WeCommend, that helps in-company L&D professionals find recommended external providers. David has more than 15 years of in-company L&D experience, beginning in banking (with LloydsTSB, NatWest and Lehman Brothers) before joining The Walt Disney Company in 2006. (Supplier of the year)

Rachel Kuftinoff

Rachel Kuftinoff is learning consultancy director at KnowledgePool (part of Capita Learning Services). Rachel has been involved in adult learning for over 25 years and has a broad and varied background in L&D within global organisations. She has significant experience in centralising L&D for global and EMEA organisations, including all the governance and activities associated with that transition. (Training partnership)

Sati Kaur

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 and recruitment. 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. (Supplier of the year)

Andy Lancaster

Andy Lancaster is the head of Learning and Development Content at CIPD where he 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. (L&D professional)

Steve Macaulay

Steve Macaulay is a learning development associate at Centre for Customised Executive Development, Cranfield School of Management where he designs and implements learning strategies for managers using online networking methods. He draws on over 25 years' practical experience of putting change into practice, through senior human resources positions in software, engineering, telecommunications and media industries. (Change)

Graham O'Connell

Graham O'Connell is a freelance consultant, writer, facilitator and conference speaker. He was formerly head of L&D Strategy, Curriculum and Workplace Learning at Civil Service Learning, providing learning solutions across the civil service. At the National School of Government he was head of Organisational Learning & Standards, he also led L&D programmes in conjunction with Cambridge University, Kingston Business School and the CIPD. (Public sector)

Laura Overton

Laura Overton is the managing director of Towards Maturity a not-for-profit organisation that provides research and online resources to help organisations deliver effective learning intervention at work. Laura has over two decades of experience of implementing learning technologies in the workplace. (Technology in learning)

Emma Sawula

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 is currently balancing client work with writing a book.  Prior to consulting, she was Global Head of Talent and OD at Thomson Reuters.  

Tim Royds

Tim Royds brings to the awards over 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 30 countries of 5 continents attended by delegates of 93 different nationalities.  He has achieved fellowship of both the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and speaks on the prestigious Masters Degree in Sales Management at Portsmouth University. (Sales)

Tony Shaw

Tony Shaw is director of development at Westminster Explained and has years of experience in the Public Sector. He started work in the Department for Health and Social Security (now DWP) and returned as a training adviser at DWP Headquarters in 1997. In 2000 he moved to the National School of Government where he designed, developed and delivered learning and development programmes on policy communications, policy development and the machinery of government. 

Richard Smith

Richard Smith joined APMG-International in 2005 and has been the chief examiner since 2012. His early career focused on learning, OD and talent development issues, including performance management processes.  In 1994 he formed his consulting practice consolidating his reputation internationally.  (Change management)

Guy Bloom

Guy Bloom is director of leadership at Blue Sky Performance Improvement and holds an impressive track record delivering award winning leadership development and executive growth programmes for blue chip companies, across a wide range of sectors. Throughout his career, Guy has successfully coached and mentored some 200+ Senior and Executive Managers, enabling them to make the steps to create a rewarding career and valuable life balance. Guy brings a great combination of challenge and support to individuals and teams, coupled with over a decades worth of experience that brings reality into the room and demonstrable change.

Georgina Orton

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.

Anne-Marie Hearne

Anne-Marie Hearne is retail skills training manager for B+Q. Prior to this; she worked as a senior consultant with the Stairway Consultancy and for Waitrose and John Lewis in a variety of roles. Customer Service and how to get employees engaged in service, has always been the focus of Anne Marie's career and she enjoys sharing her passion for this subject. (Customer service)