Jake Kimber

Recruitment Manager, STUDIO GOBO

Jacob is currently working as a Recruitment Manager for STUDIO GOBO, and most recently at Mediatonic, an independent games developer in the UK.  Previously he managed international recruitment for global software companies. He formerly managed Epsilon’s international recruitment operations, where he built an in-house function and reduced the companies agency spend to zero, whilst significantly increasing the quality of hire.  Despite being relatively early in his career, he’s won Best In-House Recruiter at both the In-House Recruiter awards and the FIRM awards.  As a younger member of the in-house recruiting community, he feels it is important to learn as much as he can from his peers and to also share new ideas. Jacob is very excited about judging this year’s contest and is looking forward to acquiring some tips for future recruitment campaigns.

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Rick Sherlock

Senior Talent Sourcing Manager , Microsoft

Rick leads the EMEA Talent Sourcing function for Microsoft responsible for all non-Engineering headhunting across EMEA. With a large and diverse team based from Dublin to Dubai his main focus is acquiring top talent and hiring high potential for Microsoft. Most of Rick’s experience has been within the International Tech space leading hiring teams for Steria, BAE Systems, Ericsson and others. He started in Recruitment back in the late 90’s and has enjoyed a career in Agency, RPO & for the last 7 years Corporate hiring.

Allison Radcliffe
Allison Radcliffe

Volume Delivery &HR Services Manager, Direct Line Group

Alli Radcliffe has lead Volume Recruitment and HR Services for Direct Line Group since the separation from RBS Group in 2012 and was instrumental in setting up a new stand alone HR function.

Her team is responsible for circa 2000 hires per year, ranging from contact centre operatives to panel beaters and paint sprayers, plus the delivery of HR services which includes first line advise to people managers, HR intranet, end to end recruitment administration and the annual pay cycle. Alli’s team is also responsible for implementing a career transition service for displaced staff.

Alli started her career at Direct Line Group 12 years ago as a Resourcing Advisor and undertaken a number of different recruitment roles including Business Partner. Prior to that Alli started her working career at Barclays where she worked her way up from cheque processing to recruitment team leader.

Louise May
Louise May

Head of Talent Acquisition EU- Corporate

Louise has 17 years’ experience in In-House Talent Acquisition and Talent Management, RPO, Executive Search and Contingency Recruiting. During her career she has created, re-engineered and led global and regional teams to deliver up to 6,000 hires a year (professional, graduate, MBA and executive) for SME and blue chip organisations within the Tech, Retail and FMCG sectors. In her current role at Amazon, Louise leads the EU Corporate Talent Acquisition team, supporting hiring needs for 12 countries in the region.

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Gary Manning

Senior Recruiter, King

Gary has worked in a variety of industries including technology, banking, telecoms, consulting and most recently social & mobile gaming. 15 years’ recruitment experience in house, via RPO and agency.

Gary currently works at King – a high growth gaming company (King created Candy Crush Saga, one of the most popular and highest grossing mobile apps across the globe and Facebook’s #1 app). He looks after the hiring plans for the corporate HQ functions such as HR, Recruitment, Marketing and Legal

Jamie White

Talent Acquisition Business Partner, OMD UK 

Jamie has 11 years’ experience within the recruitment sector and moved into in-house recruitment in 2011. As Head of Resourcing at Dennis Publishing Jamie developed and grew the In-house resourcing team from scratch over the best part of 4 years. He is now Talent Acquisition Business Partner at OMD UK in London.

Jamie has direct experience of changing a heavily recruitment agency reliant business to one that embraced an in-house model. Jamie is hugely passionate about direct resourcing, creative candidate attraction, recruitment technology and wider employer branding.

Having been shortlisted in the IHRA previously Jamie knows what it takes to bring together an outstanding application and is looking forward to seeing the work that other In-House teams are achieving in 2017.

Adrian Wightman
Adrian Wightman

Head of Resourcing, Innogy

Adrian Wightman is the head of resourcing in the UK for innogy, accountable for the overall UK Resourcing strategy covering Entry Level/Graduate, Contingent, Volume Contact Centre, Professional and Executive hires across all innogy UK companies. Leading the UK Operational Delivery teams in a high performance, direct sourcing model.

In 2015 Adrian won the Best In-House Recruitment Manager at the in house recruitment awards.

Adrian is also an advisory panel member for the REC’s Good recruitment campaign, created by businesses for businesses, it exists to promote the critical importance that good recruitment practice

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Heidi Pitt-Cramman

Talent Director – Global, Nexmo

Heidi started out in agency recruitment whilst completing her law degree in Plymouth University and has never looked back. With a passion in providing great experiences for both stakeholders and candidates she has grown through working in an agency, running her own talent development training company and is now leading within in-house talent as a generalist facilitating global hiring. Heidi’s focus is not only on driving day to day talent management but has a direct focus on diversity, inclusion and how to push for better candidate engagement through modern technology based recruitment tools such as chat bots and interactive interview techniques. When not fighting for “best in class” talent strategies, Heidi writes for the Chartered Management Institute Insights page alongside playing taxi to her teenage son.

Paul Thornton
Paul Thornton

Recruitment Manager, Anglian Water

Paul has over 15 years within the recruitment industry and has worked across the public, private and third sectors. As Recruitment Manager for Anglian Water, Paul is responsible for delivering the recruitment strategy for the largest Water Company in the UK. With almost 5,000 staff, over 6 million customers and revenue in the £billions, Paul understands the importance of a strong employer brand and excellent candidate experience.

Paul has a degree in HR Management from Staffordshire University and has developed his career building his knowledge and experience within in-house recruitment. Paul is familiar with the IHRA having won ‘Best Public Sector / Not For Profit Team’ in 2014 and being a finalist for the ‘Best In-house Recruitment Manager’ the same year. Paul was also a judge in 2015.

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John Canagasuriam

Head of Talent Acquisition at Ascential Plc

John has over 15 years of recruitment experience gained across a number of industries in both agency and in-house roles. John has recently joined Ascential, an international business to business media company, to lead their  Global Talent Acquisition team. John joined Ascential from Whitbread where he was Head of Resourcing and Central HR for Premier Inn and was accountable for shaping and embedding the vision for talent acquisition, whilst developing, delivering and optimising the resourcing strategy for Premier Inn and Whitbread group functions to help drive workforce/talent planning across the business.  Prior to Whitbread, John began his career as an accountant at Accenture before he moved into a number of  management roles across global talent and talent acquisition with companies such as Tesco and Barclays.

Matt Alder
Matt Alder

Digital, Social and Mobile Strategist, MetaShift

Matt Alder is a strategic consultant focusing on all aspects of recruitment marketing, employer branding and HR technology. Over the last eighteen years Matt has helped numerous employers connect to the best talent, improve ROI and drive value via digital, social and mobile recruitment strategies and techniques.  Matt is a long established blogger, an experienced keynote speaker and the author of the book “Exceptional Talent” which was published globally by Kogan Page in May 2017. He also hosts the Recruiting Future podcast, which can be found at www.rfpodcast.com.

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Bridget Hutchinson

Interim Head of HR Shared Services, Sainsbury’s

Bridget has lead HR and Recruitment teams in Retail and Hospitality including Whitbread and DIxons Retail. More recently Bridget has entered the interim world for assignments as Head of Shared Services with Sainsbury’s Argos, People Director with Prezzo and recently joined the Bill’s Restaurants team as People Director where she will be until the New Year.

Bridget is a keen supporter of the In House Recruitment Awards as sees this is an opportunity for teams across all industries and sizes to showcase their achievements and recognise all the great talent from our sector.

Bridget has been a judge with us for a number of years, she took last year off but missed us too much and is back in the team!

Victoria Hyland
Victoria Hyland

Global Head of Talent Attraction, BP

Steve Othen
Steve Othen

Head of HR, Recruitment & Employment Confederation

After a brief spell as a Permanent Consultant for a high street recruitment agency, Steve joined The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) in September 2004. Over the last decade, Steve has held various roles across the business including Organisational Change Manager and Head of Strategic Projects. Steve assumed his current position of Head of HR & Projects in 2015 in which he leads the internal HR function, manages the Good Recruitment Campaign and sits on the REC’s senior leadership team.

A Chartered Member of CIPD, Steve has completed the Level 7 Diploma in Human Resource Management and is studying a Masters in Human Resources at Kingston University. Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, having completed the Diploma in Recruitment Practice.

Steve is also a judge for the Candidate Experience Awards, the In-house Recruitment Awards and the National Online Recruitment Awards. Steve was recognised as HR Future Leader of the Year at the 2017 HR Excellence Awards.

Saqib Khan
Saqib Khan

Talent Acquisition Manager, Photobox Group

Over 15 years of recruitment experience predominantly within the technical space. Now with both In-house and previous agency background, experience of recruiting across multiple disciplines to C-level. Focused upon best practice recruitment methods, innovative sourcing techniques and a collaborative approach to ensure optimum delivery to clients and candidates.

Iain Hamilton
Iain Hamilton

Managing Director, Recruitment Bot 

Katrina Hutchinson-O’Neill

Group Head of Resourcing & Talent, StepStone

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Rob Walker

Group Director of People, The Cambian Group

Rob Walker is currently the Group Director of People at the Cambian Group plc, who are the largest provider of children’s behavioural services within the UK with over 5000 employees and over 200 children’s homes, hospitals and schools.

Rob has 25 years HR and Recruitment experience within the UK and International Health, Social Care and Education sectors. He was previously the Head of HR Shared Service at Royal Mencap Society where he led the multi-award winning recruitment, employer relations and HR administrative teams 2015-2017 (9 awards in 2017 alone for Recruitment/Candidate engagement/Change management/Brand/Candidate experience/Retention initiatives/Team/Culture). Rob is a Chartered Fellow with CIPD, has dual Masters degrees in HR Management and Business (Healthcare Administration), advisory panel member for HR, Executive and Recruitment Grapevine and contributor to Changeboard & People Management Magazines.

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