Alan Walker, Udder Update
Alan Walker – Head Judge

Founder of Udder & ChatTalent

Alan has over 15 years of experience in Talent, Recruitment and HR – mostly in leadership roles. He has led businesses providing people services, and built, ran and improved internal Recruitment, Talent and HR teams for a range of organisations – from startups through to FTSE100 listed companies. He is able to support Talent leaders and recognise areas for improvement, identify suitable solutions, build business cases and ensure high levels of adoption.

Alan has sat through nearly 300 different HR technology showcases and demos over the last 2 years. As well as demonstrating his dedication to the cause, this has given him an unparalleled awareness of the capabilities of HR technology.  He also supports technology entrepreneurs with everything from their product roadmap and raising awareness of their solution, through to go-to-market strategy and fund raising – and most of the stuff in between.

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Nick Thompson

Global Employer Brand Manager, IBM

Nick has been playing in the Resourcing/Recruiter/TA (whatever the cool term for it now is) space for over 18 years and during this time has worked within agency, RPO and inhouse from recruiter to currently Global Employer Branding Manager at the original tech company IBM. Nick loves pushing the boundaries and looking outside of our space into consumer marketing for ideas and concepts on what we should be doing.

Having won a number of awards in the recent years Nick understands the blood, sweat and beers it takes to win awards and will be keeping this in mind whilst judging them.

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Natalie Sigona

Global Head of Talent Attraction, BP

Natalie has over 18 years’ experience delivering high standard results in a FTSE100 company. On top of that she has over 6 years of experience creating and implementing a Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to drive change from within organisations. She is also a CIPD qualified HR Leader who has delivered in all areas of the HR delivery model.  She takes pride in being able to work at both a strategic and practical level, achieving key business priorities to improve a company’s performance.

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Rob Walker

Interim HR Director, Diocese of Westminster

Rob began his love affair with recruitment in 1994 and hasn’t looked back! With a career in talent acquisition spanning 3 decades and 4 continents, he has seen an incredible amount of change and innovation. Having worked across public, private and charity sectors, he is passionate about bringing the culture of the organisation to life through employer branding.  With a firm focus on people centred recruitment, Rob enjoys transforming how in-house recruitment is valued within the business and during the past 5 years, has seen his teams recognised more than 20 times with various national HR & recruitment awards including 5 IHR awards, winning best not for profit team in 2015, 2016, 2017.

Emma Neary
Emma Neary

Head of Talent Acquisition, Moneysupermarket Group

Emma has been fortunate enough to work with some brilliant people along her journey who have helped her evolve ambitious organisations with a clear purpose. Her early career was spent in recruitment agency, before moving in-house to Shop Direct, the UK’s 2nd largest pureplay digital retailer and home to and Littlewoods. In August 2018 she joined the Moneysupermarket Group, an established member of the FTSE 250 and home to MoneySupermarket, MoneySavingExpert, TravelSupermarket and Decision Technologies.

Her expertise covers the full talent acquisition remit and the teams she works with evolve at pace and continually look for ways to improve and engage with great talent.

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Rick Sherlock

Head of Talent Sourcing, Microsoft

Rick leads the EMEA Talent Sourcing function for Microsoft in 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 8 years Corporate hiring.

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Gary Manning

Head of People, Touch Surgery

Gary leads the People Team at Touch Surgery – a global medtech start up based in London. Previously he spent nearly 6 years at mobile gaming company, King, when there were only 300 people; working with a team to scale to over 2000 people across the world. He’s been a judge at the In-house Recruitment Awards since 2012, but we’re not sure if he loves helping us or he just hasn’t got the heart to tell us no.

Matt Alder
Matt Alder

Talent Acquisition and Innovation Consultant, MetaShift

Matt Alder is a strategic consultant focusing on all aspects of HR technology, recruitment marketing and employer branding. He is a globally recognised talent acquisition speaker and thought leader as well as a regular commentator on the future of work. Matt is the host of the popular Recruiting Future Podcast  ( and is a co-author of the book “Exceptional Talent” and the forthcoming book “Digital Talent”.

Jacob Kimber

Head of Talent Acquisition, Product Madness

Jacob heads up the Talent Acquisition function at Product Madness, a social gaming company, He previously managed recruitment for Mediatonic and Studio Gobo, both games studios. Before that, he managed international recruitment for Blackboard and Epsilon. Previous winner of both the FIRM and IHRA awards for best in-house recruiter and an active member of the UK TA community.

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.

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Adrian Wightman

Resourcing Lead, Severn Trent

Adrian has a number years operational recruitment experience across both in-house and agency and is currently the Resourcing Lead for Severn Trent Water, responsible for the recruitment of all experienced hires across the Severn Trent organisation. Adrian is an Advisory Board Member of the Good Recruitment Campaign at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. In 2015 Adrian won the recruitment manager of the year award.

Previous recruitment roles include, the Head of Resourcing at Npower, Divisional Manager at Encore Senior Appointments and Michael Page. Adrian was also a senior manager in the retail and logistics industry.

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Paul Thornton

Head of Talent Acquisition, Kier Group

Paul has nearly 20 year’s experience within in-house recruitment having worked across the private, public and third sectors. Paul is the Head of Talent Acquisition at Kier following a recent move from Anglian Water where he lead the transformation of the recruitment function and helped them to win Glassdoor’s Best Place To Work 2019 award.

Paul is passionate about recruitment transformation and has helped to transform the Talent Acquisition function across different companies from high agency reliance to a more truly centralised, cost-effective in-house function.

Fernanda Pellegrini
Fernanda Pellegrini

Global Director – Talent Acquisition, K2 Partnering Solutions

Fernanda heads up the Global Talent Acquisition function at K2 Partnering Solutions. She draws on inspiration from over 12 years of recruitment experience and is responsible for creating and delivering a comprehensive sourcing and recruitment strategy and leading employment branding initiatives.

Fernanda believes that putting the candidate at the center of the process overcomes cultural & business barriers and beats having the best recruitment technology. For the past 2 years, she’s been leading a diverse internal recruitment team that seamlessly integrate “filling roles” with the strategic goals of the company and the individual goals of each candidate.

David Biu

Manager, Executive Search, PWC

David is an Executive Search professional, specialising in managing senior level strategic searches, providing market intelligence and competitor analysis, and advising on direct sourcing strategies and talent acquisition. He is a Manager in the Executive Search Practice at PwC, responsible for executing Partner searches for the UK firm. David began his career in contingency recruitment, specialising in audit mandates within financial services with his clients being formed of primarily Tier 1 Investment Banks and Big 4 firms. He was previously a Resourcing Consultant at Clyde & Co, responsible for recruitment within Business Services functions including; Finance, Finance Systems and Business Acceptance across the UK.

Becky Pulley

Employer Brand Manager, Adevinta

Becky’s been in recruitment for over 12 years – with most of that time spent in house – and the last 6 years focussed on recruitment marketing and employer brand. She’s worked at some well known UK brands and has now taken on the challenge of growing Adevinta’s Employer Brand from the ground up. Becky’s focus is always on being authentic and honest, pushing the employer brand (and the companies she works for!) to open up and let candidates decide for themselves if it’s the right place for them.

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Rebecca Martin-Cortez

Head of Resourcing, Travis Perkins

Andrea Marston
Andrea Marston

Director, Talent Acquisition EMEA, VMware

Andrea has been in talent acquisition for 20 years, from volume recruitment agencies and executive search, to running her own business. 10 years ago she moved into in-house recruitment, setting up or leading TA functions at various tech firms including Workday, Verizon Media, Huddle and Oracle. She currently heads up recruitment at VMware for EMEA. She is hugely passionate about the evolution of TA into a more business-centric function, and loves intelligent new tech.

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