Meet our Culture Pioneer judges

Our judging panel for 2022 are true ambassadors of people-first company cultures. These industry experts are all committed to our mission of championing the real change makers of organisational culture.

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Our 2022 judging panel

Perry Timms

Founder and Chief Energy Officer – PTHR
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Judith Germain

Leading Authority on Maverick Leadership. Leadership Consultant, Trainer, Author, at The Maverick Paradox.
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Prof. Emma Parry

Professor of Human Resource Management and Head of the Changing World of Work Group, Cranfield School of Management
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Laura Overton

Author, facilitator & award winning analyst | learning changemaker | Cofounder of Emerging Stronger
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Jackie Clifford

Director of Clarity Learning and Development, L&D Professional, Coach and Author
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Blaire Palmer

Keynote speaker, future of leadership authority, coach and author, That People Thing Ltd
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Veronica Safoa Owusu

Voted Top 50 Most Impactful People on LinkedIn / Founder of V-Powercoaching/ Empowerment Speaker / Educator
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Gethin Nadin

Award-winning Psychologist, Bestselling HR Author and Employee Wellbeing Expert
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Natasha Wallace

Founder and CEO of The Conscious Leadership Company
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Karen Liebenguth

Executive & leadership coach, pioneer of coaching outdoors, mindfulness trainer
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Shakil Butt

D&I Specialist and Founder of HR Hero for Hire Ltd.
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Mac Alonge

CEO of The Equal Group
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Julian John

Managing Director of the Diversity and Inclusion consultancy, Delsion
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Debra Corey

Chief Pay it Forward Officer, Speaker, Author and Consultant DebCo HR LTD
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Valentina Hynes

Wellbeing & Happiness at Work Specialist, delivering Strong Vibrant Happy Incorporated teams. CEO SVH Inc.
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Dannique Blake

Organisational Inclusion and Culture Specialist People and Culture Consultant | Founder of Cultured Insights
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Celebrating our 2021 Pioneers

Meet the culture-driven people professionals and teams that impressed our judges and brought home trophies in 2021.

What our judges are looking for

The judges will be shortlisting entries that demonstrate a positive working culture to celebrate and share with our HR and L&D communities.

“Wouldn’t it be great if more employers in the UK make a conscious effort to move away from a work culture which celebrates overwork as a sign of commitment and ambition, and move towards prioritising the health and wellbeing of its employees?”

Karen Liebenguth
Culture Pioneers Judge for Wellbeing Category

“What I am looking from the entries for the Culture Pioneer Inclusion Award are those organisations that have tackled inclusion holistically like any strategic initiative, owned by the leadership, resourced, reported on and having sustainable long term impact.”

Shakil Butt
Culture Pioneers Judge for Inclusion Category

“Sometimes the best learning initiatives aren’t all singing and all dancing formal programmes but subtle, clever, thoughtful ideas that impact everyone from entry level to the most senior executives. Tell us your organisation’s whole story and what difference people have experienced.”

Blaire Palmer
Culture Pioneers Judge for Learning Category

“Organisations succeed when they are authentic to their mission and values. Understanding this enables Culture Pioneers to reflect their brand within their internal culture, to enable true transparency and trust. Only then will their organisational growth be assured.”

Judith Germain
Culture Pioneers Judge for Brand Category

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