2017 Results At A Glance

HR Most Influential Practitioners

1 Siobhan Sheridan
Civilian human resources director Ministry of Defence
2 Althea Loderick
Strategic director for resources Brent Council
3 Valerie Hughes D'Aeth
Group HR director BBC
4 Louise Smalley
Group HR director Whitbread
5 Gillian Quinton
Executive director (resources) Buckinghamshire County Council
6 Ann Pickering
HR director Telefónica UK
7 Eugenio Pirri
Chief people and culture officerDorchester Collection
8 Jacky Simmonds
Group director, people Easyjet
9 Andrew Dodman
Chief operating officer University of Sheffield
10 Giovanni Giordano
Group HR director BAT
11 Caroline Nugent
Director of HR and OD oneSource
12 Karen Beavan
HR director River Island
13 Sandy Begbie
Global head of people & organisation integration Standard Life Aberdeen
14 Neil Morrison
HR director Severn Trent
15 Stephen Dando
Operating partner Bain Capital
16 Julie Welch
Group HR director Bunzl
17 Jabbar Sardar
HR director BBC Studios
18 Kathryn Austin
Chief people & marketing director Pizza Hut Restaurants
19 Rachel Brace
HR director Football Association
20 Pauline Prow
Chief people officer Monarch Airlines
21 Simon Linares
HR director Direct Line
22 Andy Doyle
Chief HR officer Worldpay
23 John Stewart
Director of HR SSE
24 Toby Peyton-Jones
HR director Siemens UK & North West Europe
25 Danny Harmer
Chief people officer Metro Bank
26 Kate Guthrie
Group HR director Clyesdale & Yorkshire Bank
27 Annette Kelleher
Chief HR officer Johnson Matthey
28 Geoff Tranfield
Group HR director IMI
29 Natalie Bickford
Group HR director Merlin Entertainments Group
30 Shokat Lal
Assistant chief executive Rotherham Council
31 Mandy Coalter
HR director United Learning
32 Deborah Baker
Group director for people Sky
33 Carol Kavanagh
Group HR director Travis Perkins
34 Rachel Stock
Group HR director Camelot
35 Alison Wilcox
Group HR director BT Group
36 Neil Foulger
Managing director, HR Liberty Global
37 John Greatrex
Group HR director Unipart
38 Rupert McNeil
Chief people officer Government
39 Sally Austin
Group HR director Costain
40 Monique Carter
Group HR director GKN

HR Most Influential Thinkers

1 Herminia Ibarra
Cora Chaired professor of leadership and learning and professor of organisational behavior INSEAD
2 Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge
Founder Quality and Equality
3 Amy Cuddy
Associate professor Harvard Business School
4 Amy Edmonson
Novartis professor of leadership and management Harvard Business School
5 Rob Briner
Professor of organisational psychology, School of Management Queen Mary University of London
6 Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
Professor of business psychology University College London and Columbia University
7 Gervase Bushe
Professor of leadership and organization development Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
8 Adam Grant
Professor of management Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
9 Simon Sinek
Leadership expert and author
10 Matthew Taylor
Chief executive RSA
11 Vlatka Hlupic
Professor of business and management Westminster Business School
12 Veronica Hope Hailey
University vice president and Dean of the School of Management University of Bath
13 Patrick Wright
Thomas C Vandiver Bicentennial Chair Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
14 Wendy Hirsh
Independent researcher & principal associate Institute for Employment Studies
15 Michael West
Professor of organisational psychology Lancaster University Management School
16 Susan Vinnicombe
Professor of women and leadership Cranfield School of Management
17 Stewart Friedman
Practice professor of management The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
18 David Collings
Professor of HR management Dublin City University
19 Nita Clarke
Director Involvement and Participation Association (IPA)
19 David MaCleod
Author Engaging for Success
20 Rob Goffee
Emeritus professor of organisational behavior London Business School
20 Gareth Jones
Visiting professor IE Business School
21 Josh Bersin
Principal and founder Bersin by Deloitte
22 Jeffrey Pfeffer
Thomas D Dee Ii Professor of organizational behavior Stanford Business School
23 Perry Timms
Founder & chief energy officer PTHR
24 Erin Meyer
Professor INSEAD
25 Chris Roebuck
Visiting professor of transformational leadership Cass Business School
26 Patrick Lencioni
Founder and president The Table Group
27 Liz Mellon
Executive director Authentic Leadership and Duke Corporate Education
28 Stephen Bevan
Head of HR research development Institute for Employment Studies
29 Elisabeth Kelan
Professor of leadership Cranfield School of Management
30 Matthew Syed
Author and journalist

Most Influential Practitioners by Sector



Financial services

Hospitality, leisure and travel

Information Technology


Media, Marketing, Publishing and Print

Mobile telecommunications

Not for Profit

Oil, Gas and Mining

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology


Public sector


Support services



Making Waves

Beata Gawarecka-Green
HR director Triton Partners
Erica Coletta
Chief HR officer pladis Global
Fiona Cicconi
Executive vice president, HR AstraZeneca
Fiona Evans
HR director ZSL
Gail Clark
Group manager HR strategy London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Janet King
Director of HR and corporate services Frimley Health Foundation Trust
Karen Shepperson
Director of people and operations Ofsted
Kathryn Pritchard
Group chief people officer Odeon
Leena Nair
Chief HR officer Unilever