Timeline:

4 Mar
' Entries Open '
12 Jun
' Entries Closed '
29 Jul
' Shortlist Announced '
3 Dec
' Awards & Gala Dinner '

Judges

Debbie Carter

TJ Special Achievement Award 

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.

Sarah Cook

Best Customer Experience Programme

Sarah Cook 

Managing Director, The Stairway Consultancy Ltd

Sarah Cook has over 20 years’ consulting experience specialising in customer experience and leadership development. Sarah began her business career in Marketing with Unilever where she worked in European marketplaces. Having completed an MBA, Sarah moved into consultancy. 

As Managing Director of The Stairway Consultancy, Sarah has worked with a wide range of international clients to help them create a customer-focused culture and enhance business performance.

Sarah is the author of many books on customer experience including: ‘Leading the Customer Experience’, ‘Customer Care Excellence’ and ‘Complaint Management Excellence’.

Sarah is an accredited executive coach, Fellow of CIPD and a Chartered Marketeer. 

Hesketh Emden

Best Talent Development Programme​                       

Hesketh Emden   

Director, ProInsight | Linkedin  

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 lead TM across the NHS, after which as part of government health service reforms, he was brought in to help create the brand new NHS Property Services, a Limited Company owned by the Secretary of State into which 3200 staff TUPEd overnight. Hesketh is also a trustee of the SMMGP, a national charity, is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, and unusually is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist!​

Neville Pritchard

Best Leadership Development Programme​

Neville Pritchard

Founder & Chair of HR in Flow , People in Flow. Executive Director of Neuro-Link Europe
Co-Author of ‘Go Beyond’ – Your Workplace = Your World (May 2018)

@nevillejp 

Neville has over 30 years in HR, L&D, OD, and Leadership Development from his corporate and consulting roles. He began corporate life with Legal & General, then Abbey National and Barclays. He, and the teams he has worked with, have won 23 industry awards. He now focuses on the impact of culture, leadership, management, and their development, on the working environment and performance.

A coach, mentor, consultant and speaker, he provides organisations support in all people related considerations including organisation health, operational and strategic HR or People Support and People Development. He has developed a range of frameworks that enable new thinking and potential impact from people support and development including leadership. Within HR in the wider sense, he has served as a CIPD group mentor, been President of ASTD (now ATD) UK, chaired the ATD Orlando conference programme committee in 2015 and been a member of Reed Learning’s Advisory Group. He is now an Advisory Board member for Washington DC firm Wordsmith Rapport and was previously Chairman of the FSSC Major Employer Advisory Forum and a Board member of the IFS Schools faculty.

Beyond work he managed the Bucks Academy cricket side and now represents Buckinghamshire in Seniors cricket. He is a trustee for the Bucks Youth Cricket Trust.

 

Tony Shaw

Best Public Service/ Not-for-Profit 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.

Joe Tidman

Best Commercial Programme

Joe Tidman

Head of Learning Operations, GSK

@joetidman

Joe’s passion is in making learning easily accessible, simple and impactful on a global scale. Joe currently Leads L&D at Johnson Matthey.  His experience majors on leading strategic Learning and Development projects, including developing company-wide Leadership Development programmes, L&D standards, enterprise learning curricula and global on-boarding. He has nearly 20 years industry experience, and has previously designed and set up a Global Supply Chain Academy, ran international graduate programmes and led various other Talent, OD and HR activities.​

Karen Velasco

L&D Team of the Year

Karen Velasco

Director, PeopleSolve Ltd 

Karen is a performance management consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach and has worked in learning, development and leadership roles for over 25 years.

Karen is a director of PeopleSolve Ltd and immediate past Chairman of the British Institute for Learning and Development. She spent nine years as a non-executive director at the University of Chichester and is now a trustee of its Student Union.  Karen was honoured with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the field of Human Resource Development at the 2011 Asia HRD Congress and has been a judge for the TJ Awards for the last seven years.

Guy Bloom

Best Leadership Development Programme

Guy Bloom

Creator of Living Brave

Twitter: @Contactbloom

Guy Bloom is the author of Living Brave Leadership, he is a keynote speaker, executive and team effectiveness coach, working with individuals, teams and organisations striving for high performance. His focus is on how Trust, Accountability, Bravery and Connection define personal brand and culture so that it impacts on commercial and cultural drivers.  Guy 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.

 

          

 

 

Gregor Thain

Best Commercial Programme

Gregor Thain

Group Learning Director – BAE Systems

Gregor is responsible for learning and development across BAE Systems, one of the worlds largest Defence and Aerospace companies. He has lead Learning and Talent across a diverse range of organisations including Coca-Cola, Intercontinental Hotels and GSK, focusing on transforming learning and talent to make it more digital, inclusive and aligned to the strategic agenda. Previously Gregor has leadership roles in engineering, sales and finance – for organisations such as Mars, GE, and Marconi.

Sue Bradshaw

Best Commercial Programme

Sue Bradshaw

Sue is an experienced human resources and learning professional skilled in Organisational Development, Change Management, Executive Coaching, Learning Strategy, design & delivery. Sue has deep experience as a Learning Leader and Chief People Officer with a demonstrated history of adding value across large pharmaceutical multinationals and SMEs in the venture capital and private equity industry. Sue is currently co-owner of a management consultancy and is provided training consultancy to the pharmaceutical industry. Sue is applying her business skills in the voluntary sector as chair of Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers, a charity supporting families with young children.

Hayley Mogridge

L&D Team of the Year

Hayley Mogridge

Director Hayley Mogridge Training Ltd

Director - Consultant  - Coach- Facilitator – Key note Speaker

Hayley has worked within the L&D arena for the past 25 years . She works both Internationally and at home with a wide range of clients and individuals. She works with a team of hand picked consultants and together they run global programmes that make a difference. Prior to running her own business almost 20 years ago, she was Head of Training for Tiny Computers and Headed up the Customer Service  function with Courage. She is delighted to be judging L and D team of the year for the 2nd time.

Adrian Snook

L&D Team of the Year

Adrian Snook

Director, Learning Accelerators Limited

Adrian Snook has worked close to the cutting-edge of innovation in learning and development for most of the last 28 years, having held roles within award-winning multimedia, virtual reality, elearning, performance consulting, technology and soft-skills training providers as well as senior positions within  FTSE100 corporates like Babcock International Group and Capita plc. Adrian graduated in 1996 with a BA Degree is Communication, Culture and Media from Leeds University.  He built his first career in the world of residential property with Hambro Countrywide plc, rapidly progressing to become a manager,  running a succession of branch offices at Congleton, Middlewich, Northwich and finally at Nantwich in Cheshire. In 1992 he moved into the learning space, setting up the independent video production provider Dragonfly Communication, specialising in producing MPEG digital video to service what were then ‘Computer Based Training’ (CBT) companies. Adrian went on to join one of his major clients as an employee in 1996 and then joined Stevenage-based Skillchange Systems in 1997, helping to grow this innovative CBT business to the point this was acquired by VEGA Group plc. In 2000 he was headhunted by US SaaS e-Learning pioneer DigitalThink Incorporated to extend their reach to the UK. One year later he joined The Training Foundation as Director of Corporate Development.  At that point this new organization was being spun-off from the Institute of IT Training as a start-up brand, twinned with the TAP framework of train-the-trainer courses and the brand-new new Certified e-Learning Professional (CeLP) programme. Several years of success culminated in the business being awarded its first Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in 2005.  Adrian was successively promoted to become Operations Director, Director of Professional Services and finally Deputy CEO.  In 2009 Adrian founded Learning Accelerators Limited, an independent consultancy offering specialist advice and support for learning, training and learning technology providers and their investors on strategies for commercial success.  Babcock International Group plc and Skills2Learn Limited,  a market-leading specialist in Virtual Reality learning solutions, were both valued early clients. After providing an increasing level of support as an external consultant Adrian joined the Skills2Learn team as Director of Learning Solutions in 2012, helping to grow the business to the point of acquisition by Babcock International Group in late 2013. He spent the next five years as Head of Consultancy for Babcock, leading an outstanding team of learning and development professionals working on challenging international learning and performance projects across land, sea, air and nuclear environments. Following  a six month role as Client Director with Capita Plc Adrian re-launched the Learning Accelerators brand in June 2019 and is now free to offer support as an independent consultant once again.

Natasha Broomfield-Reid

Best Diversity & Inclusion Programme 

Natasha Broomfield-Reid      

Director/Principal Consultant, Diverse Matters

Natasha is the founder and Director of Diverse Matters.  She is responsible for the overall running of the company and for the design and delivery of a range of diversity and inclusion solutions for clients across the voluntary, public and third sectors.

Natasha has over 20 years’ experience of working within the diversity and inclusion field, and prior to setting up Diverse Matters and was the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for Victim Support.  Natasha led the organisation to become a Best Employer for Race, Stonewall top 100 employer, achieve the ‘Leaders in Diversity’ and ‘Investors in Diversity’ accreditation from the National Centre for Diversity and the charity was the first national charity to achieve ‘Leaders in Diversity’ status. Natasha achieved further recognition with through being shortlisted in both the 2015 ‘Excellence in Diversity Awards’ and ‘National Diversity Awards’ in the ‘Diverse Company’ category and in 2016 was shortlisted for the ‘Most Inspiring Individual of the Year’ (runner up) at the National Centre for Diversity Awards. Natasha was also the recipient of the Stonewall Cymru ‘LGBT+ Ally of the Year award 2018.

As a consultant for Victim Support Natasha also supported the organisation to remain the top charity in the Stonewall top 100 and Workplace Equality Index, become the top charity in the National Centre for Diversity’s Top 100 diverse organisations  win the Business Disability Standard ‘Know How’ award for their support to victims with mental health issues.  She also supported Victim Support to be recognised by Stonewall as a ‘Top Trans Inclusive employer’ and ‘Star Performing organisation.

Natasha also worked as the Head of Development for Equal Approach. Equal Approach is a leading inclusive recruiter, diversity consultancy and training provider, supporting organisations to attract, recruit, recognise, retain and promote diverse talent, and make workplaces more inclusive.  Natasha also currently arries out role as an Associate role for  Business Disability Forum (BDF),The National Centre for Diversity, Irish Centre for Diversity, Pearn Kandola and Rightracklearning Consultancy.

Over the years Natasha has gained a wealth of experience in working within the Black and Minority ethnic community, disabled community including mental health, LGBT+ community and young people. She also set up and managed a ‘highly commended’ regional mentoring programme and is also experienced in leadership development.

Due to this experience and knowledge Natasha has developed and delivered a wide range of diversity and inclusion topics to companies nationally including unconscious bias, disability/mental health and embedding diversity and inclusion, supporting diverse communities, race, inclusive leadership and LGBT+ training.  Natasha is also an experienced guest speaker , facilitator, and chair and has held senior positions including chairing regional panels within the public sector.  Currently Natasha is an advisory board member for Supporting Justice and a board member of the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals (IEDP).

Fay Gibbin

Best Apprenticeship Programme

Fay Gibbin 

Chief Executive Officer, Avail Learning Academy

Fay’s passion for quality, accessible training has driven her ambition to develop the UK’s workforce, through the delivery of apprenticeships and CPD, especially within childcare, care and clinical care.

Since starting her career as a childcare practitioner, Fay’s dedication to training has seen her champion courses and qualifications for more than 18 years. She has held many key roles within the training sector, including chairing the trailblazer group to develop the Early Years Educator Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard, qualification development for awarding organisations and undertaking EQA roles.

While CEO of BB Training (formerly Busy Bees Training), it received an ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, expanded into health and social care and clinical care and was awarded the prestigious Royal Princess Training Award.

In 2019, Fay founded Avail Learning Academy which provides online courses for early years, health and social care, clinical care, education, residential childcare and management. Fay launched Avail Learning Academy to provide online learning that inspires practitioners and carers to deliver outstanding care every day.

Fay is also a judge for the Training Journal Awards. In 2018 she was on the panel for the ‘Best Apprenticeship Programme’ and in 2019 she is the category’s champion, taking on an active role to encourage nominations of those employers who are leading the way to develop their team. 

 

Su Nandy

Best Diversity & Inclusion Programme 

Su Nandy

Imperial College London & co-founder of The Active Bystander Training Company, Imperial College London

Su has over 25 years experience working in HR and has been responsible for achieving a number of national awards for Imperial College in the area of diversity and inclusion. These include: the Universities HR Award for Culture Change in May 2018, Best for All Stages of Fatherhood Award- Working Families in July 2017, Top 30 Employers Award- Working Families in November 2016. She is currently driving a pioneering training programme which creates a “Speak Out” culture through empowering individuals to become “Active Bystanders”. Following the #Me Too campaign this programme has now become global.

Melanie Lepine

Best Training Partnership

Melanie Lepine  

Group Head of Learning, Development & Talent | Domestic & General

Having worked in the HR & L&D world for over 20 years, across the Retail, Finance & Travel sectors, Melanie has developed a real passion for employee experience, strategic people development and leading through change. She has worked across multiple matrixed blue chip organizations both globally and locally.  Now working for Domestic and General as Group Head of Learning, Development & Talent, she is bringing together many facets of her previous experience.

Debbie Gardiner

Best Apprenticeship Programme

Debbie Gardiner MBE

DSG L&M Consultancy Services

Debbie is incredibly proud and humbled to have been included on Her Majesty the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours list; recognised with an MBE for Services to Apprenticeships and Charity. Additionally, she won the East of England Institute of Directors (IoD) Non-Executive Director (NED) of the Year Award 2018 and has been announced as a 2018 national finalist.
Debbie started her career in T&D at Sainsbury’s in 1990, moving to Qube Learning in 2000 where she held several operational/quality management roles. Appointed Managing Director in 2006, promoted to CEO in 2010, she led the company through significant organic growth and change taking annual revenue from £900k to £12.5m, whilst retaining Ofsted GOOD grade 2 since 2009, Matrix since 2010 and consistently very high FE Choices employer and learner satisfaction levels. Debbie became Executive Chairman in 2017, before leaving in June 2018 after eighteen years’ service, and launched DSG L&M Consultancy Services on 1st July 2018.

 

Claire Elwin

Best Leadership Development Programme

Claire Elwin

Claire is a Senior Leader with a range of experience in organisational development, leadership development, change management and employee engagement.  She has over 18 years of experience working and leading in these disciplines in financial services, retail, ecommerce and the charity sectors.  For the last 3 years she has run her own leadership development consultancy.