We are grateful to our experienced judges
Drawn from business, public bodies and membership organisations, they bring the broadest possible knowledge and expertise to the selection process.
Director – Business and Markets Development, CIPD
Gill joined CIPD in July 2012 as Head of CIPD Training and was appointed a Director for the newly formed directorate of Careers & CPD in September 2013. Currently the Business & Markets Development Director Gill’s remit covers Commercial Enterprises, Business Development, and the International, National and Regional areas.
Gill delivers presentations and workshops as part of her role around the world, talking about the future of Learning and Development, Leadership, Strategic Alignment and Behavioural Science.
Prior to working for the CIPD, Gill held a variety of Head of L&D roles at Vodafone, Xchanging and SSP as well as operational roles including MD of the consultancy IDology and Regional Operations manager for Whitbread, Greenall’s and Vodafone.
Gill holds the prestigious Chartered Director status, one of only 1,000 in the UK; a Master’s programme delivered and awarded by the Institute of Directors. She is also a Fellow of both the IoD and CIPD.
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.
Partner and Head of Employment Law and HR Services, Hugh James
Emma has more than 20 years’ experience advising on all aspects of employment law. The team Emma leads acts for a variety of Welsh organisations across the public, private and third sectors. They are passionate about working with clients to help them implement their people strategies. Emma is also Chair of Breast Cancer Chair, the largest charity providing support and services for people across the UK affected by breast cancer.
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.
Managing Director, Resolution at Work
Alison established Alison Love Limited in 2011 providing workplace and employment mediation services, workplace investigations, training and coaching. In 2016, Alison became a Director of Resolution at Work Ltd, as an associated business to Alison Love Limited.
Alison has over 18 years’ experience as a specialist employment lawyer, 11 at senior management level. Prior to that, Alison worked for 8 years as am HR practitioner in the private and public sector.
Alison is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, member of the Institute of Directors, and sits on the Board of Arts and Business Cymru.
CIPD Mid and North Wales branch
Sue has been the Director of Human Resources at Aberystwyth University for the past 10 years. Prior to that, she spent 13 years in Further Education at three different colleges, latterly, Wolverhampton College of Further Education where she was Director of HR, followed by Assistant Principal and subsequently Vice Principal, Staff and Students.
Sue has a Law and Politics degree from Keele University and a Masters in Leadership from Lancaster University. Sue is a Fellow of the CIPD and was instrumental in setting up the Mid and North Wales branch from 2014 to 2018. She is a trustee of the Ceredigion Citizen’s advice Bureau.
Director of People and Culture, S.A. Brain & Co
Jon has worked at brains since 2014. He has responsibility for the People team, H&S, Payroll, Pensions, Leased & Tenanted Pub Estate and the Food Development team.
Jon was born and educated in Cardiff and holds an MSc in HRM from the University of South Wales. His career covers a number of retail sectors spending 8 years with Iceland Frozen Foods, 11 years at House of Fraser and now his time at Brains. In all his roles there has been a blend of direct operational roles and his specialism in people. Jon’s passion for supporting initiatives that support school leavers and disadvantaged people into work played a part in him winning the inaugural CIPD Wales award for his outstanding contribution to the profession in Wales.
Senior HR and Recruitment Advisor, Circle IT
Catrin Masling, a diligent HR professional with extensive experience of working in the ever evolving Tech industry, was the judge’s unanimous winner of the CIPD Wales Emerging HR Practitioner of the Year award in 2017.
A commercially minded HR Generalist, with specialisms in Recruitment, Development / Talent Management and on-boarding, Catrin thrives on knowing that she’s made a difference to an organisation and its people.
Catrin takes pride in her CPD and enjoys volunteering in her spare time and is an active members of the CIPD South East Wales branch committee, and a mentor with Chwarae Teg.