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.

Gill White

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.

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.

Emma Burns

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.

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.

Alison Love

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.

Gareth Way Chief Human Resource Officer, Creditsafe Business Solutions

Gareth’s 17 years within HR and L&D has afforded him the opportunity to lead the people agenda in the Creditsafe Group during its aggressive expansion across Europe, America and Japan.
An MSc HRM Graduate of the University of South Wales, and Vice Chair of the South East Wales CIPD Branch, Gareth has a keen interest in employee engagement and all matters affecting continuous professional development. An ambassador for Velindre Cancer Centre, Gareth supports fund raising for the cancer treatment centre that provides services to over 1.5 million people across South East Wales and beyond.

Jon Bridge

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.

Catrin Masling

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.

Pip Gwynn

Director and Business Psychologist, Insight HRC
Pip has worked at Insight for 14 years and leads the Insight team of business psychologists, coaches, HR professionals and leadership & management development experts. She is passionate about understanding what drives people’s performance at work.
After a degree in Psychology, she spent a year working in NHS Public Appointments in the Welsh Government, and now works with clients in the private, public and third sectors to understand individual and group dynamics within organisations. She holds a Masters degree in Occupational Psychology and her role involves building strong relationships with clients, understanding their requirements and building the right team to drive strategic organisational development.
She actively supports the promotion of people development across Wales and accepted the award for Best HR/L&D Consultancy for Insight’s work with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water at the 2017 CIPD Wales Awards.

Dr Harry Barton Emeritus Professor

Up until to his retirement in early 2017 Harry Barton was Professor of Human Resource Management and Professional Practice and Head of Research at Nottingham Business School (NBS), Nottingham Trent University. He currently works as a part-time HR consultant for WatsonMarton Ltd.
Prior to this Harry held posts in policy development, research and management within the Metropolitan Police, Audit Commission and Cardiff Business School. His wider research interests are in the areas of international HRM; public services management; ‘lean’ in public services; police performance management and the future of management education, outputs of which have resulted in both national and international publications.
He has previously served as Chair of the South East Wales Branch of the CIPD and in 2014 he was elected as a Council Member to the British Academy of Management and the following year he was made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.