The rigour of our judging process, and the authority, credibility and expertise of our judges make Recruiter’s Awards well worth entering and winning. Through our Awards, we support and cheer on recruitment professionals, and those who supply them, in driving standards ever higher in what is arguably the UK’s most dynamic and exciting sector.
From previous Recruiter Award winners to leading experts in all aspects of ‘best practice’ and innovation in recruitment and resourcing. Experts in the recruitment M&A arena and finance also play critical roles in our judging process, to closely examine the financial soundness of recruitment businesses considered for Recruiter Awards.
Join our ‘celebration of innovation’, along with our judges and myself, and showcase your achievements.
Chair of Recruiter Awards judges
Meet the 2021 Recruiter Awards Judges
Harald Ackerschott is a psychologist and an internationally renowned expert in aptitude diagnostics and people assessment. For more than 30 years he has consulted with enterprises of all sizes and industries on the selection of personnel and the development of talent. He and his team have personally met and assessed around 100,000 applicants in group assessments and individual procedures on five continents. On the basis of these experiences and from the collected insights of 100 years of research in I/O psychology, Harald Ackerschott and his team of psychologists and software engineers developed the assessment system abcÎ. Since 2013 Harald Ackerschott serves in the Technical Committee 260 “Human Resource Management” at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as Convenor of the ‘Recruitment’ working group. In this role, he is responsible for the revision of ISO 10667, the standard for ‘Assessment service delivery’ and for the Recruitment Standard ISO 30505. https://www.abci.de/en/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/harald-ackerschott-assess-abci/
Sid Barnes is Founder and CEO of Mastermind Consulting and CEO of Elite Leaders. He is a former Executive Board Member of Adecco UK&I where he was responsible for the 400 Staff £280m Professional Staffing business. He has established, grown, turned around, bought and sold, professional staffing businesses for over 20 years. Sid is an Advisor, Consultant and NED to 18 Professional Staffing businesses, covering UK, Europe, US, and is responsible for driving long term sustainable growth. As Co-Chairman and CEO of Elite Leaders, Sid is responsible for the growth, service and advancement of the business and its progression to serve as the Consulting Partner to the Staffing Industry.
Founder of TIMESTWO Investments, Director of The HR World and former CEO of Sanderson, Mike Beesley has 40+ years in building successful businesses in the recruitment industry. His passion is creating opportunity and prosperity through people-focused organisations that make a difference. A multi award-winning business leader, his philosophy has always been to develop relationships that last, flying in the face of the sometimes more conventional recruitment ‘spot business’ mentality. As we emerge from the pandemic, Mike is now committed to building his investment business to find the next generation of market makers to further enhance and support talent in the industry and the wider economy as a whole.
Having spent the first half of his career working with many of the world’s leading PR consultancies and brands, Fraser Butters founded Pervasive PR to focus on the very specific field of PR for HR and recruitment. Experts in building brands and establishing thought leadership in the HR and recruitment space, over the last 15 years Pervasive PR has carved out a niche for itself as the UK’s leading specialist offering premium PR, reputation management and marketing communications services to many of the UK’s leading brands in the sector. Within the HR, recruitment and wider ‘people’ related industries, we bring our unique, pragmatic approach to PR and reputation management to bear for companies that wish to market their products and services to the HR profession, senior HR and recruitment professionals that want to ‘market’ themselves and corporate and HR teams that want to promote their employee reputation and brand. www.pervasivepr.com
ContractorCalculator and IR35 Shield
Dave Chaplin is the CEO and founder of contracting authority ContractorCalculator and tax compliance firm IR35 Shield. Dave was an IT contractor before founding ContractorCalculator in 1999. IR35 Shield enables firms, agencies and contractors to remain compliant with the Intermediaries Legislation (IR35) and Off-payroll legislation. Dave is the author of the Contractors’ Handbook Third Edition and more recently IR35 & Off-Payroll – explained. He assists with IR35 tax tribunals, has consulted on many occasions for HMRC, advises politicians and Government bodies on freelance tax matters, and is prolifically quoted in the trade and national press. In November 2020, Dave was included in the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA)’ list of Europe’s 100 most influential leaders in the staffing industry. www.contractorcalculator.co.uk www.ir35shield.co.uk @ContractorCalc @ir35shield
Alan Crockert Consulting
Having spent most of my working life in recruitment, meaning from Consultant to MD, I have spent the past 10 years using this experience to mentor Recruitment business owners and supporting them to achieve organisational goals.
BAME Recruitment & Diversifying.io
Executive Creative Director
Heather is Executive Creative Director at Radancy, with 15 years of recruitment industry experience, having led teams in the UK, US and Germany. She has worked for global clients in both the private and public sector with a keen focus on great employer brand content, integrated technologies and meaningful innovation. She is a mentor for women in the creative industries, and a panel and conference speaker on inclusion and creativity. She founded and moderates Women of Talent, a network dedicated to the women of the UK talent and recruitment community. Visit my company page: www.aia.co.uk Link In with me: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherdeland/ See me get opinionated on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeatherDeLand
Alison is our CEO and Chief Believer - living the entrepreneurs dream! Alison loves helping HR Directors take data and insight to the Board to validate their views; helping them to convince their leaders (turning them into Believers!). Alison has spent twenty plus years in the world of people and talent – from her first job (with our colleague Dom as her boss!) in executive recruitment, to sales at monster.com and then into the world of talent research and intelligence, which was where she spotted the opportunity for Stratigens – to bridge the gap between strategy and execution with data. Alison enjoys leading the amazing TI team who all have a passion to change the way people view the workforce and workplace. Her passion is knowing that we are genuinely driving change in our clients' organisations for the better and doing it with data. The team all have curious minds and Alison loves the challenge that brings. https://www.linkedin.com/in/alison-ettridge
M&A Managing Director
James is a M&A Managing Director and also leads the BDO M&A national human capital sector team. He is an experienced corporate financier who has been with BDO since 2003. His experience includes sale mandates, acquisitions, MBOs and structured finance with a focus on entrepreneurial businesses. He also has strong experience in mid-market Private Equity which includes assisting businesses with growth via development capital. Previous transactions include the MBO of Air Energi (now AirSwift) to Palatine Private Equity and the sale of Crest Plus Operations to JSA Group. James regularly attends recruitment and employment related industry events and has been keynote speaker on several occasions over the last few years. James graduated from Leeds University before joining BDO in 2003. He undertook an international secondment to the Sydney office in the Summer of 2006 before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in Sept-06.
Alan is a director and owner at ISL Recruitment, a business that helps tech startups and scaleups grow through talent planning and finding great people. His focus is setting the strategy for growth, and taking accountability for the sales and marketing strategy. Alan supports seed and venture accelerators, providing expertise particularly around people and teams to companies looking to raise investment and grow. He has supported Digital Catapult on their technology programmes and presented to audiences from SETSquared, Future Space and TechSPARK. Alan mentors on the UWE enterprise schemes, works with the Cranfield Trust helping leaders of charities, and volunteers for Founder4Schools, helping school children with interview skills and career choices. He completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme in 2018, was one of the Insider SW 42 under 42 in 2019, and was delighted to help ISL become a UK Best Workplace for the 3rd time in 2020.
Paul is a specialist Recruiter in the Environment and Sustainability sector. He started recruiting into the sector in 1995 after finishing his BSc in Environmental Science and since then has worked with thousands of individuals and hundreds of companies to support their growth and development. During this time Paul has built a wealth of knowledge and experience and has become recognised as a leading expert on the recruitment challenges facing the Environment and Sustainability sector. You can reach Paul on 07818 553 636 or by email at [email protected] and find out more either on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/paulfgosling/ or at our website www.portergosling.com
Lysha Holmes is the founder of Qui Recruitment, a R2R service focused on providing the best recruitment leaders with the best recruitment talent in the market. Having built up her reputation in the recruitment market since 1998, Lysha prefers to work with exclusive and discerning customers in the NW market. linkedin.com/in/lyshaholmes
Recruiter Director UK & Ireland
Matthew is currently leading the EY UK & Ireland Recruitment team. In a distinguished & award winning career, Matthew has previously been the Vice President Global Head of Employment Brand & Sourcing at SAP; Head of EMEA Recruitment & Global Employment Brand Director for Autodesk; Head of EMEA Recruitment & Global Employment Brand Director for EA (Electronic Arts).
Belinda has worked within the industry since 2005, when she joined Vedior as the UK Business Development Director. Upon its acquisition by Randstad in 2009, she became the Knowledge & Insight Director for the UK group of businesses, undertaking their programme of research until leaving to set up her own research consultancy in 2012. Eight years later, clients include direct employers, RPOs/MSPs, the investor community, HR & Recruitment Tech providers (incl. on-line work platforms), Trade Associations, Umbrella & Accounting service providers...and recruiters!
Senior Innovation Manager
Tom leads the Innovation team at Resource Solutions, exploring the trends and technologies that are shaping the future of work and recruitment.
With 15 years’ experience within recruitment and HR technology, Tom advises major employers on all aspects of innovation in recruitment, from fresh approaches in sourcing to meritocratic hiring and the benefits (and challenges) of Artificial Intelligence.
At Resource Solutions, Tom has delivered pioneering innovation projects including AI sourcing, chatbot screening and behavioral insights studies to minimise bias in recruitment. Tom has a Masters from the University of Warwick in Career Development and has a specialism in career trajectories.
Max Intalent Ltd
Over 30 years as a Talent and Talent Acquisition leader focussing on strategy, transformation, employment brand and delivery. Tours of duty at PwC, Unilever, The FCA, Zalando, Publicis Sapient and the NHS. Founding Director of Max Intalent http://www.maxintalent.com
Director of Artificial Intelligence
Rob is an evangelist for the responsible and ethical adoption of AI and advises companies, governments and other global stakeholders on harnessing the opportunities of the technology to drive innovation in a way that increases trust. He is a regular media commentator, keynote speaker and an active voice on social media. He is particularly focused upon the issues and policies relating to the impact of automation on the workforce, the future skills agenda, and ensuring that the benefits to be delivered by AI are equitably spread across society. He is an advisory board member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI, an advisor to The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School. He was voted 'Tech Community Leader of the Year' at CogX 2020 and HR Magazine announced him as an 'HR Most Influential Thinker 2019'.
Relationship Director, Business Services
Karolina is a Relationship Director within NatWest Corporate Banking team working across Business Services sector. She specialises in providing funding and banking services to corporates in the recruitment sector. Karolina has over 15 years’ experience in banking, providing advice and support to clients around delivery of their strategic goals, funding growth, acquisitions and working capital needs. Outside work, she is a keen tennis player and enjoys travelling with her family.
Global Head of Talent Acquisition
Craig is a multi-award-winning HR Professional with a proven track record in developing & implementing HR strategy. Craig began his HR career as a Personnel Clerk with Yellow Pages. He assumed subsequent HR Advisor and National Resourcing Consultant roles with the company before moving on to work in various Resourcing roles for companies such as GMAC-RFC, Cadbury PLC, LV=, Willis, Vodafone & The AA. Outside of work Craig almost has his own 5-a-side team with 4 children! When time allows, he follows Wycombe Wanderers Football Club & walking up the odd mountain. Craig is currently leading the IWG Global Field Talent Acquisition team. https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-morgans-0473668/
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
Hamish is a partner in the Charles Russell Speechlys' corporate group and advises on general company and commercial matters with a particular emphasis on private company mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fundraisings/private equity and corporate reorganisations.
Hamish acts for a broad range of corporate, institutional, governmental and private clients/management teams, both domestically and internationally, and across a number of sectors, including the recruitment sector.
Champion of - and advisor to - ambitious firms in the SME space. Proven track record in strategic growth; leading and growing successful Sales teams; RPO/MSP; M&A. Working with business owners on their journey to realise business aspirations and success
Previously - Barclays
I retired in 2018 as a Relationship Director with Barclays after a 40 year career which included roles within Barclays International, Shipping Industry finance, Investment Banking and from 2001 in Client Relationship management within the Business Services sector. This latter role involved managing the entirety of a client’s relationship with the bank. My portfolio included some of the largest listed and private sector clients in the recruitment market. For some 10 years before retiring, I led the industry focus on the Recruitment Sector focus within Barclays. This role encompassed supporting and educating relationship, product and credit colleagues across the bank on the sector and assisting with their client interactions. In addition, I was the face to market for the Bank in its dealings with Press, Trade and other bodies.
Brightwork who are part of the Staffline Group have given me the opportunities to raise the question about the moral compass of our industry. Recruitment has a reputation that it does not justly deserve and given our roles as facilitators in the business world we can influence those around us. It took me a long time to realise that it's not just about placing candidates, we can do our jobs and help those in the community around us. With over 20 years experience with 3 agencies, I have learnt that by doing the right thing every time you can build a successful business. Shan leads the movement Scotland Against Modern Slavery which works with the Scottish Government and the business community to address this issue in society. Brightwork and the Staffline Group are the largest provider of blue collar labour in Scotland and the UK/
Former CEO of fish4, also Managing Director of Monster UK and Managing Director of JPI Media’s brands JobsToday and TheSmartList. Recently launched 'Joe 4.0' whereby I perform a variety of consulting, advisory, speaking, mentoring, Chair and NED roles for recruitment industry customers looking to prosper in the exciting and dynamic times that lie ahead.
Kieran Smith is the CEO of Driver Require, a multi-award-winning specialist driver recruitment agency headquartered in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, with six regional branches. Smith took over as CEO of Driver Require in 2007 following a two-year stint turning around Autocue Group Ltd. Over the past 13 years Smith has taken Driver Require from a £1M turnover single-branch operation, through the Great Recession when revenues dropped by 50%, to a successful multi-branch operation producing nearly £15M turnover in 2019. Smith is also experienced in running a start-up business, having co-founded hi-tech wireless telecoms company Norwood Systems in 2000, in partnership with an INSEAD classmate. Smith remained there until joining Autocue five years later. Prior to the Norwood Systems days, Smith worked as a Management Consultant for Gemini Consulting and as a business analyst at Mobil Oil, from the late 1980s through to 1999, specialising in logistics and value chain business transformation.
TwoEnds/The Lonely Markters
Glenn has almost 17 years of experience in the recruitment industry. Previously working in-house developing marketing teams and strategies for high-growth recruitment businesses which have gone on to be acquired or secured investment. Since 2018 he has advised 20+ businesses on their marketing strategy and help develop the next-generation of recruitment marketers. Glenn is also the founder of The Lonely Marketers recruitment marketing community.
Dr Sybille Steiner is a Partner and Head of Irwin Mitchell’s Southern Employment teams based in London, Gatwick and Southampton.
She is dually qualified as an English solicitor and German Rechtsanwältin, and advises on the full range of employment issues under English and German law. She assists UK-based and international businesses, including medium, large and listed companies and also supports individuals, usually at board level.
Sybille is Head of the Irwin Mitchell German Group.
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Crawford Temple is the CEO and founder of Professional Passport which is the largest independent assessor of provider compliance in the UK. Established in 2007, Professional Passport provides an independent compliance standard for the payment intermediaries market in an attempt to create a more level playing field across the sector and provide a positive differentiation for those providers operating in line with those standards. Today, Professional Passport is widely recognised as the benchmark of provider compliance with many in the supply chain now insisting on using Professional Passport accredited providers.
Independent of any provider, recruiter or client allows an objective view of the market and the Professional Passport compliance review is the only one on the market that is insurance backed by a blue-chip insurance company providing £5m of cover.
As an expert and veteran of the industry, Crawford Temple works closely with many key Government departments on all matters relating to supply chain compliance in an effort to support and promote the sector and drive up compliance standards.
Emeritus Professor of HRM
Shaun was Professor of HRM and Director of the Human Resource Research Centre for 28 years. He previously held senior HR roles in the public and private sectors, in addition he undertook consultancy assignments in UK and International organisations, specialising in HR strategy, OD, Management Development, Recruitment, and Rewards.for clients such as Philip Morris, L'Oreal,Standard Life,Unilever,Daily Telegraph,the Cabinet Office, NHS,MoD,Customs and Excise, European Investment Bank, and the ILO. He has a PhD from London University,(LSE),and was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Lyon University,and was a visiting professor for 5 years at the University of Paris.He has published 25 books and numerous academic articles.
Targeted Accounts Marketing Director (EMEA)
The Recruiter Awards have long had a huge impact on my career. I was in my 20s and working for the iconic city recruitment firm, Joslin Rowe as a marketing manager, when I submitted one of the very first printed entry forms (in person). Over the subsequent decade Joslin Rowe enjoyed multiple award wins and I progressed to running one of the very best marketing teams in the business. A move to become the UK Communications and Content Director at Randstad came next before I moved back to the North West to head up the marketing department for neutral vendor GRI UK. Today I run the EMEA marketing team for Verint, the global workforce management and customer engagement technology firm.
Curly Pow Media
I have been a journalist for 35 years and freelance for nearly 20 of these. I have written about recruitment and HR technology since the mid-1990s and the launch of the early job boards and applicant tracking systems. I have been a regular contributor to Recruiter magazine for more than 15 years and write the Tech&Tools page.