We are grateful to our experienced judges, who are drawn from business, public bodies and membership organisations to bring the broadest possible knowledge and expertise to the selection process.

Caroline Belasco

CIPD South West Wales Branch

Caroline is Executive Director of HR and Corporate Services at Coastal Housing Group where she leads a team covering HR, OD, L&D, IT, Governance and Facilities and Communications.  She has over 20 years’ experience of people management in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, holds an MBA, Law degree Masters in HR,  is level 7 accredited in both Strategic Leadership and Executive Coaching, and is trained in Systems Thinking and Restorative Practice.  Caroline chairs the South West Wales branch team and represents members at CIPD Council meetings.

Paul Harris

Regional Director, LHH Penna

Paul developed a career in human resource management with a number of large multinational manufacturing organisations.  After graduating from the University of Wolverhampton and then Cardiff University, he started a graduate training programme with British Steel (now Tata Steel) in a heaving manufacturing environment.

In the consultancy arena, Paul has spent the last fifteen years working in a business development role with a broad spectrum of key clients across the UK on change programmes.  A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, he is active in promoting the profession across Wales.

Dr Maggie Inman

Head of Swansea Business School, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Graduating with a MSc in Human Resource Management, Maggie worked in various HR management roles within the private and public sectors across the UK before starting her academic career in London.  Currently CIPD Programme Director at UWTSD, she is passionate about learning and development and remains active in working with individuals and organisations to improve their HR capability, influencing the profession through her lecturing, consultancy, publishing of research papers, conference appearances and authoring an HR text book. 

Peter Kennedy

Corporate Services Director, Welsh Government

Peter has been HR Director with the Welsh Government since 2011. He has responsibility for HR, ICT, Location & Security.

Peter was born and educated in Cardiff.  He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, with a MA in education from the University of Wales.  Having spent 9 years serving with the Royal Air Force, including a spell with The Queen’s Flight, he joined the MOD and spent the next 10 years working in Whitehall, St Athan, Bath, Perth and Hampshire in a variety of roles covering all aspects of HR.  His final role with the MOD was as Head of HR with the Defence Aviation Repair Agency. He joined the Welsh Government in 2005 as Head of HR.

Krista Powell Edwards

CIPD Mid and North Wales Branch

Over a long career in HR, Krista has specialised in consultancy, lecturing and individual and organisation development. In her consultancy role Krista has worked for multinationals including Airbus, BP and Siemens, and both private and public sector organisations. Krista has worked extensively in the UAE, with the Emirati police force and International Schools. A Former lecturer in International HRM for Glyndwr University, Krista has a Masters Degree in HRM and is a certified Trainer and Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Louise Price

Partner and Head of Employment and HR Services, Hugh James

Louise is the head of the Employment and HR Services team leading a team of employment lawyers who specialise in all aspects of employment law, data protection and immigration.

Louise has been with Hugh James since 2001 and has 16 years post qualification experience as an employment lawyer.

Louise has extensive experience advising HR professionals across the full spectrum of employment issues including discrimination, business restructures, trade union issues, complex and drawn out grievances and senior management disciplinary/exit strategies.

She specialises in corporate support work, TUPE transfers, pensions and employee benefits advice.

Tony Vickers-Byrne

Chief Adviser for HR Practice, CIPD

Tony has over 25 years’ experience at HR director level, primarily in the NHS, including roles at The Health Protection Agency, The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust and The Royal Surrey Hospitals NHS Trust, where he also led on facilities and communications. Tony was HR Director at Public Health England and its Chief Adviser for Diversity and Inclusion and Staff Wellbeing prior to taking up his role with CIPD in October 2018.

A member of Professor Sir Cary Cooper’s National Forum for Health and Wellbeing at Work, and a Trustee at the Royal Society for Public Health, Tony now works with CIPD colleagues on a range of national initiatives covering diversity and inclusion, employee wellbeing and employee engagement.

Mark Stevenson

Director of People and Organisational Development 

South Wales Police

Mark joined South Wales Police in September 2018, having enjoyed a career spanning over 18 years within the private engineering and manufacturing sector, including Tata Steel.  Mark provides depth and diversity experience across the People Management agenda, having held senior roles within Industrial Relations, Reward, Talent and Organisational transformation.  Mark is a chartered fellow of the CIPD and a Member of the Industrial Law Society. Mark graduated with an MA Geography from University of St Andrews in 1998, has a Master’s degree in HR Management (MSC) and Employment Law and Practice (LLM).

Nia Bennett

Director, effectusHR

Nia is a highly experienced HR & OD professional specialising in delivering strategic HR & OD services and projects to companies.  Prior to establishing effectusHR, Nia was an Executive Director in a third-sector organisation that received several national awards for their progressive HR practices and projects. Nia has extensive experience of working in large, complex organisations to implement change projects and actively manage and improve individual, team and organisational performance. In addition to having been a qualified member of CIPD for over 30 years, she is accredited in Strategic Leadership, is a certified LEAN practitioner and is a Members of the British Psychological Society.