Alan Walker, Udder Update
Alan Walker – Head Judge

Founder of Udder & ChatTalent

Nick Thompson IBM
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.

Victoria Hyland
Victoria Hyland

Global Head of Talent Attraction, BP

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Rob Walker

Interim HR Director, Diocese of Westminster

Louise May
Louise May

Director, Talent Acquisition, Amazon 

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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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”.

Rebecca Martin
Rebecca Martin-Cortez

Head of Resourcing, Travis Perkins

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.

Adrian Wightman, nPower
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.

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