2018 Results At A Glance

HR Most Influential Practitioners

1 Ann Pickering HR director Telefónica UK
2 Althea Loderick Strategic director for resources Brent Council
3 Valerie Hughes-D'Aeth Group HR director BBC
4 Simon Linares Group HR director Direct Line
5 Siobhán Sheridan Civilian human resources director Ministry of Defence
6 Louise Smalley Group HR director Whitbread
7 Andrew Dodman Chief operating officer University of Sheffield
8 Eugenio Pirri Chief people and culture officer Dorchester Collection
9 Mandy Coalter Director of people United Learning
10 Natalie Bickford Group HR director Merlin Entertainments Group
11 Kate Guthrie Group HR director CYBG
12 Sally Austin Group HR director Costain
13 Jabbar Sardar HR director BBC Studios
14 Julie Welch Group HR director Bunzl
15 Neil Morrison HR director Severn Trent
16 Danny Harmer Chief people officer Metro Bank
17 Matthew Elliot People director Virgin Money
18 Annette Kelleher Chief HR officer Johnson Matthey
19 Rupert McNeil Chief people officer Government
20 Shokat Lal Assistant chief executive Rotherham Council
21 Kathryn Austin Chief people & marketing director Pizza Hut Restaurants
22 Des Pullen Group HR director Associated British Foods
23 Toby Peyton-Jones HR director Siemens UK & North West Europe
24 Geoff Tranfield Group HR director IMI
25 Janet King Director of HR and corporate services and deputy chief executive Frimley Health Foundation Trust
26 Gail Clark Head of workforce change London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
27 Leena Nair Chief HR officer Unilever
28 Claire Gore Director of HR and OD London North West University Healthcare NHS
29 Ben Bengougam Senior vice president HR EMEA Hilton
30 Mark Sandham Senior vice president and chief operating officer human resources Thomson Reuters
31 Baljinder Kang Executive director of HR & learning Midland Heart
32 Deborah Baker Group director for people Sky
33 Martyn Dicker Former director of people & learning The Prince's Trust
34 Erica Coletta Chief HR officer pladis Global
35 Carol Kavanagh Group HR director Travis Perkins Group
36 Deborah Lee Chief people officer Yoox Net-A-Porter Group
37 Jonathan Crookall People director Halfords
38 John Stewart Director of HR SSE
39 Claire Hall Executive vice president people Menzies Aviation
40 Sarah Morris Chief people officer Aviva

HR Most Influential Thinkers

1 Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge Founder Quality and Equality
2 Matthew Taylor Chief executive RSA
3 Rob Briner Professor of organisational psychology School of Management Queen Mary University of London
4 Herminia Ibarra Charles Handy professor of organisational behaviourLondon Business School
5 Perry Timms Founder & chief energy officer PTHR
6 Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic Professor of business psychology University College London and Columbia University
7 Adam Grant Professor of management Wharton School of Business University of Pennsylvania
8 Simon Sinek Speaker and consultant
9 Vlatka Hlupic Professor of business and management Westminster Business School
10 Wendy Hirsh Independent researcher & principal associate Institute for Employment Studies
11 Stephen Bevan Director employer research and consultancy Institute for Employment Studies
12 Amy Edmondson Novartis professor of leadership and management Harvard Business School
13 Gervase Bushe Professor of leadership and organization development Beedie School of Business Simon Fraser University
14 Patrick Wright Thomas C Vandiver Bicentennial Chair Darla Moore School of Business University of South Carolina
15 Amy Cuddy Associate professor Harvard Business School
16 Josh Bersin Principal and founder Bersin by Deloitte
17 Peter Cheese Chief executive CIPD
18 Steve Boese Co-chair of the HR Technology Conference and technology editor at LRP
19 Helena Morrissey Author and founder 30% Club
20 Megan Reitz Professor of leadership and dialogue Ashridge Hult
21 Patrick Lencioni Founder and president The Table Group
22 Susan Vinnicombe Professor of women and leadership Cranfield School of Management
23 Wayne Clarke Founding partner The Global Growth Institute
24 Meghan Biro Strategist analyst, author and speaker
25 Chris Roebuck Organisational success advisor Cass Business School
26 Linda Holbeche Adjunct professor The Holbeche Partnership
27 Jeffrey Pfeffer Thomas D Dee Ii Professor of organizational behavior Stanford Business School
28 Liz MellonExecutive director Authentic Leadership and Duke Corporate Education
29 Peter Cappelli George W Taylor professor of management Wharton School
30 Matthew Syed Journalist, writer and broadcaster

Most Influential Practitioners by Sector



Financial services

Hospitality, leisure and travel


Media, marketing, publishing and print

Mobile telecommunications

Not for profit

Oil, gas and mining


Public sector


Support services




Making Waves

Alison Rumsey Group HR director Network Rail
Anthony Kirby Group HR director Serco
Dale Haddon HR director and director of BBC industrial and employee relations BBC News Group
Ed Evans HR director KFC
Jane Storm Group people director Connect Group
Jo Davis Group HR director Mitie
Karen Bates HRD Drax Retail
Kessar Kalim Director of HR London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Rosemary McGinness Chief people officer The Weir Group

Movers and Shakers

Angela O'Connor Founder and CEO The HR Lounge
Anne Minto Various non-executive roles
Caroline Waters Founder and CEO CW Consulting Box
Frank Douglas CEO and founder Caerus
Gillian Quinton Executive director (Communities, Health and Adult Social Care) Buckinghamshire CC
Jennifer Duvalier Various non-executive roles
Kevin Green Founder and CEO What’s Next Consultancy
Martin Tiplady CEO Chameleon People Solutions
Shakil Butt Founder HR Hero for Hire
Stephen Dando Operating partner Bain
Tracy Clarke Regional CEO, Europe and Americas Standard Chartered Bank