Judges

Amy Barnes

Director and Executive Coach

Amy is passionate about simultaneously developing leaders, their teams and their organisations. A core theme throughout her career has been to enable and empower others. Her past corporate roles have included human resources, business process design and strategy. Her last internal/corporate role was Vice President of Organisational Effectiveness for a biopharmaceutical company, where she led multiple organisational changes as well as a whole-system transformation initiative. Amy has supported leaders in organisations such as British Airways, Motorola, O2 Telefonica, Netia, AmRest, and ITP, as well as the British Home Office.

She is a highly valued and deeply trusted consultant, executive coach and change facilitator. She was nominated by the British Home Office for an Award in Excellence for her leadership development work. The roles she has found most fulfilling have been voluntary ones: Counsellor for MIND, mentor for DePaul Trust and mentor for Warwick Business School. She advances the leadership agenda by walking the talk and where possible, by co-creating successful change initiatives that uphold and celebrate the human spirit. She believes we are living in times of extraordinary fluidity which makes it very challenging for leaders to know how to flow with the times while holding on to and preserving what is precious.

Peter Holbrook

Chief Executive, Social Enterprise UK

Peter Holbrook became CEO of Social Enterprise UK in January 2010. Social Enterprise UK is the national trade body for social enterprise and represents a wide range of social enterprises, regional and national support networks and other related organisations. SEUK works to promote social enterprise as a model for changing both business and society.

SEUK inform the policy agenda, continue to influence the political agenda, promote the benefits of social enterprise through the media, campaigns and events, and undertake research to expand the social enterprise evidence base.

Peter has established, developed and supported hundreds of diverse social enterprises over his career. He has advised government taskforces in the UK and overseas and chaired the Social Enterprise World Forum, the global network of social businesses until 2015.

Peter has previously worked for Oxfam, Greenpeace and various disability charities. He has experience of working in overseas development, community development and public health. Peter started his career with Marks and Spencer PLC and also spent several years with Body Shop International. He was appointed a CBE in 2015.

Dion Johnson

Women’s Leadership Development Expert, Author and Speaker

Dion Johnson is an International Speaker, Women’s Leadership Development Expert and Master Executive Coach to women in senior leadership roles internationally. Dion is a multi-award-winning Women’s champion with diversity, inclusion and Authentic Feminine Influence at the heart of her work.

Dion works behind the UK leadership scenes as Master Coach, and trusted advisors to some of the most influential women across sectors and industries. She is challenging and changing the inner narrative about what it means to be a credible influencer in today’s fast changing work space. Her clients are Chief executives, Directors and Heads of departments across sectors and industries because Dion knows that when these women thrive so do boards, organisations, industries and ultimately our world.

Dion was born with a pronounced facial disfigurement and from the age of four until well into her forties, she wore an artificial eye and dark glasses to ‘mask’ her facial flaws. Her story of unmasking and learning how to SHOW UP and BE SEEN, for real, in her own leadership and life is a powerful metaphor that is now captivating and inspiring senior women across the globe to “Show Up, Speak Up and Shake Things the hell Up”, authentically, within their sphere of influence too.

Professor Elisabeth Kelan

Professor of Leadership, Cranfield School of Management

Elisabeth Kelan, PhD, is a Professor of Leadership at Cranfield School of Management and the Director of the Global Centre for Gender and Leadership. Her award-winning research focuses on gender and leadership, generations in organizations, leadership and diversity and inclusion. She has published two books (Rising Stars – Developing Millennial Women as Leaders and Performing Gender, both with Palgrave) and numerous peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and practitioner reports. She is the series editor for the Routledge Studies in Gender and Organizations book series, an associate editor of the journal Gender, Work and Organization and she is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Management and Management Learning. The Times featured her as one of the management thinkers to watch and she has been named a HR Most Influential Thinker by HR Magazine. She sits on the advisory board of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a partnership initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact and was a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow. She has provided thought-leadership to businesses and international organizations and her research is regularly reported in the media. Elisabeth Kelan held appointments at King’s College London, London Business School, the London School of Economics and Political Science and Zurich University. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jo Sweetland

Managing Partner, Green Park

Jo Sweetland is the Managing Partner & Head of Human Resources Practice at Green Park, the executive talent solutions provider.

With over 18 years of executive recruitment experience, Jo is recognised as one of the leading HR recruitment specialists in the UK and internationally. Her influence in the industry is widely accredited and she has received multiple awards for her successes including IMA Interim Consultant of the Year, where she was the first HR focused professional to be awarded this accolade, and was most recently the Best Executive Search Director by Women in Wealth magazine.

On graduating from Leeds University with a BA (Hons) degree in Geography and History, Jo embarked on a career in recruitment working for global brands such as Robert Walters and Boyden in both the UK and Australia before joining Green Park in 2007. Through her years of experience and functional innovation, Jo has established herself as the ‘go-to’ market expert for businesses wanting to excel their people agenda. Now leading the HR Practice at Green Park, Jo and her team focus on delivering diverse and exceptional candidates into their client’s organisations across executive search and interim roles and the full HR functional skill set.

Jo is a working mum, juggling her time with a successful career to date and two young children. She has been a strong advocate for women’s parity in the City of London and is a regular commentator on women’s equality at work.

Jude Elliman

Partner and Executive Coach, Listening Partnership

Jude’s interest in being a judge for the Leadership Awards is a motivation to celebrate and endorse values-driven leadership. She wants to affirm ordinary people with extraordinary vision, generosity of heart, determination and a strong sense of social responsibility. Jude is keen to recognise and support those leaders who want to make the world a better place and foster genuine collaborative future impact.

She has been a coach for over 25 years and is an accredited executive coach and supervisor of coaches and organisational consultants.  Jude has extensive experience coaching leaders from senior executives to young emerging leaders.

Jude works within a broad range of sectors in the UK and internationally. These include corporates, PSFs, SMEs, HE institutions, charities, the NHS and Sector Skills Councils.

She is a co-founder and Director of the Listening Partnership. The company specialises in high-level Executive Coaching and Leadership Development for individuals and teams.

Dr. Vongai Nyahunzvi

CEO VCN Consultancy Services and Awards Chair

Vongai Nyahunzvi is a prolific author, serial entrepreneur, executive coach and leadership consultant. Her passion is helping people become the best version of themselves.  She has supported leaders and teams in more than 18 countries across the globe. She has held Director level positions in Organisational Development in organisations such as London South Bank University, Royal Holloway University and senior roles at Virgin Money, Norfolk County Council and BT Global. She is also the founding partner of the Leadership Awards  UK which brings together senior leaders from different sectors. As an author, she has written a number of books and articles on leadership development and personal growth. She thrives on being a mum to her two amazing boys as well as a wife to her supportive and loving husband.

Sarah Bond

Director, FBS

Sarah Bond is the Director of For Business Sake Consulting limited, a specialist consulting practice, working with clients in the public, private and humanitarian sectors on diversity, inclusion and organisational change. Previously European Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Employee Engagement for KPMG, the global professional services firm,­ and was appointed Director of Diversity and Inclusion in Business Council (Europe) at The Conference Board.

She was formerly an external adviser on diversity and inclusion for the UK government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills Equalities Advisory Group (now Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), and trustee for Relate, the UK relationship charity. She has an MA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Gender and Social Policy from the University of Bristol.

She has a keen interest in group dynamics, is a Member of the Organisational Development Network for Europe (ODNE) and in March 2013 was awarded a Practitioner Certificate in Consulting and Change from The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations.

Talita Ferreira

Founder and CEO

Talita is a thought leader, change maker, experienced executive board director, entrepreneur, speaker and author of ‘The Authenticity Dilemma Resolved™’’. Talita decided to step out of 22 years of corporate life to start an authenticity revolution. She values ethics and socially-responsible business.

Working within globally established brands including KPMG, Investec and BMW, in England, Germany and South Africa; Talita developed her authentic, inspirational leadership approach whilst leading the competencies of Finance, Human Resources, Strategy, Organisational Development and Change. Talita is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Chartered Director and consultant with a career as CFO in the automotive and financial services industries. She became a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in 2015 and was a finalist in the Business Leader of the Year 2016 awards, for the South African Chamber of Commerce in the UK.

She is a positive activist for transformational change and believes in helping individuals to grow and develop beyond their own expectations, while creating a business environment, which allows managers to be authentic, inspirational leaders.

Tony Belgrave

MD Positive Deviant Ltd

Tony began his early career as a clinical scientist having studied Microbiology BSc at Queen Mary College London University and holds an MSc in Biotechnology. With a career spanning 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, Tony successfully delivered a myriad of change projects. These projects were varied in size and technical complexity. He has worked for a number of companies including Novartis, Astra, SmithKline Beecham, but spent the lion share of his career at GlaxoSmithKline. In the latter part of his 12-year career at GSK, he became the Head of Performance Management for Supply Chain Transformation. Prior to this, he worked as the Director of transformation for GSK UK.

In these roles, Tony led significant change initiatives and was responsible for building business improvement. Since leaving GSK in 2014, Tony set up Positive Deviant LTD, a bespoke organisational development consultancy. PD Ltd uses the principles of positive deviance to help organisations and individuals become outstanding amongst their peers. The formula for doing this is a simple one. It involves building capability in Organisation Development (engagement), Project Management (implementation), and Lean (continuous improvement). Tony prides himself on being able to release energy in his clients by working in ways that are highly engaging and embed learning.

Andrew Luton

VSO’s International Citizen Service

Andy heads up Operations for VSO’s International Citizen Service (ICS) where he oversees the recruitment, assessment and training of the 1,000+ volunteer programme between UK to Africa and Asia on an annual basis. 

Prior to joining VSO, Andy’s 10 year experience in the third sector saw him hold leadership positions in charities including the YMCA (USA) and the Challenge Network (UK).

He believes that education and progress comes through a healthy mix of practical tactics and traditional methods, and has led numerous international expeditions with young people. Most recently, embarking on a three month expedition around Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo with the World at Play charity, where he has since became a non-executive board member and continues to support the programme’s goal of enriching the lives of disadvantaged people through sport and play.

 Andy is a true believer in pursuing, encouraging and inspiring innovative thinking and spent 12 months working on this developing programmes based around this very concept while working in Sir Clive Woodward’s ‘Hive Learning’ in partnership with Blenheim Chalcot – the UK’s leading venture builder.

Andy is passionate about empowering young people to discover leadership opportunities at a young age and helping them develop the transferable skills that enable them to overcome whatever barrier they may face and to maximise every opportunity they are presented with.

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