2019 Results At A Glance

HR Most Influential Practitioners

1 Rupert McNeil Chief people officer Government
2 Sally Austin Group HR director Wincanton
3 Kate Guthrie Group HR director Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank
4 Ann Pickering HR director O2 (Telefónica UK)
5 Leena Nair Chief HR officer Unilever
6 Eugenio Pirri Chief people and culture officer Dorchester Collection
7 Mandy Coalter Former director of people United Learning
8 Simon Linares HR director Direct Line
9 Jabbar Sardar HR director BBC Studios
10 Siobhán Sheridan Chief people director Ministry of Defence
11 Baljinder Kang Executive director of people services Midland Heart
12 Andrew Dodman Chief officer of HR Leeds City Council
13 Danny Harmer Chief people officer Metro Bank
14 Neil Morrison Director of HR Severn Trent
15 Natalie Bickford Group HR director Merlin Entertainments Group
16 Rachel Brace HR director Football Association
17 Emma Rose HR director Kerry Foods
18 Jane Storm Chief people officer Saga Group
19 Ella Bennett Group people director Easyjet
20 Karen Shepperson Director of people and operations Ofsted
21 Kathryn Austin Chief people and marketing director Pizza Hut Restaurants
22 Danny Mortimer Chief executive NHS Employers
23 Debbie Alder Director general, people and capability Department for Work and Pensions
24 Louise Smalley Group HR director Whitbread
25 Shokat Lal Assistant chief executive Rotherham Council
26 Kathryn Pritchard Chief HR officer Nord Anglia Education
27 Annette Andrews Chief people officer Lloyd’s of London
28 Carol Kavanagh Group HR director Travis Perkins Group
29 Claire Gore Director of HR and OD London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
30 Des Pullen Group HR director Associated British Foods
31 Harvey Francis Executive vice president Skanska UK
32 David Frost Group organisational development director Total Produce
33 Paula Jordan Group HR director McCarthy & Stone
34 Jon Dawson Director of HR Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London & One Hyde Park Residences
35 Helen Webb Chief people and services officer Co-op
36 Alison Rumsey Chief HR officer Associated British Ports
37 Tim Jones Group head of HR London Stock Exchange
38 Deborah Lee Group engagement director Compass Group
39 Geoff Tranfield Group HR director IMI
40 Will Serle Chief people officer Capita

HR Most Influential Thinkers

1 Amy Edmondson Novartis professor of leadership and management Harvard Business School
2 Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge Founder Quality and Equality
3 Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic Professor of business psychology University College London and Columbia University
4 Adam Grant Saul P. Steinberg professor of management and professor of psychology Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
5 Matthew Taylor Chief executive RSA
6 Herminia Ibarra Charles Handy professor of organisational behaviour London Business School
7 Simon Sinek Speaker and consultant  
8 Caroline Criado-Perez Author and campaigner  
9 Perry Timms Founder and chief energy officer PTHR
10 Nilofer Merchant Author and speaker  
11 Vlatka Hlupic Professor of leadership and organisational transformation Hult Ashridge
12 Gervase Bushe Professor of leadership and organization development Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
13 Peter Cappelli George W Taylor professor of management and director of the Center for Human Resources Wharton University of Pennsylvania
14 Bruce Daisley Author and VP EMEA Twitter
15 Rob McCargow Director of artificial intelligence PwC UK
16 Peter Cheese Chief executive CIPD
17 Rachel Botsman Author  
18 Wendy Hirsh Independent researcher and principal associate Institute for Employment Studies
19 David D’Souza Membership director CIPD
20 Josh Bersin Principal and founder Bersin by Deloitte
21 Megan Reitz Professor of leadership and dialogue Ashridge Executive Education
22 Stephen Bevan Head of HR Research Development Institute for Employment Studies
23 Patrick Lencioni Founder and president The Table Group
24 Chris Roebuck Organisational success advisor and visiting professor of transformational leadership Cass Business School
25 Linda Holbeche Adjunct professor Imperial College London
26 Patrick Wright Thomas C Vandiver bicentennial chair and professor University of South Carolina
27 John Amaechi Organisational psychologist and consultant Amaechi Performance Systems
28 James Traeger
Rob Warwick
Reader in management and organisational learning
University of Chichester
29 Simon Fanshawe Co-founder Stonewall
30 Susan Vinnicombe Professor of women and leadership Cranfield School of Management

Most Influential Practitioners by Sector

Construction and property


Financial services

Hospitality, leisure and travel


Media, marketing, publishing and print

Mobile telecommunications

Not for profit

Oil, Gas and Mining

Public sector


Support services

Jo Davis, group HR director, Mitie

?Mitie is the UK’s leading facilities management business, employing 52,500 people in the UK and Ireland

Jane Storm, chief people officer, Saga Group

Jane Storm starts her new role as chief people officer and executive committee member of Saga Group, the financial services and travel business, in October 2019

Raj Verma, global SVP human resources, Sodexo

Verma joined Sodexo UK and Ireland in 2007 as an HR director. Following several international roles, including time living and working in Australia, he was appointed as senior vice president, human...

Paula Leach, global chief people officer, FDM Group

Paula Leach is the global chief people officer for FDM Group, a role which she undertook in April 2019 having previously been chief people officer for The Home Office

Ian Nicholas, chief HR officer, Reed

Nicholas sits on the global board of REED, alongside the CFO and the chairman and chief executive James Reed. The three of them oversee all group operations

John Greatrex, group HR director, Unipart

?Greatrex has held a number of HR leadership roles in a variety of sectors both in the UK and internationally

Sally Austin, group HR director, Wincanton

?Sally Austin is group HR director for Wincanton

Diana Breeze, group HR director, Bunzl

Breeze became group HRD at Bunzl at the beginning of this year

Will Serle, chief people officer, Capita

In April 2018 Serle was appointed as chief people officer, a new position at Capita that gives him the responsibility for all elements of HR




Neil Morrison, director of HR, Severn Trent

Neil Morrison is the director of HR for Severn Trent, one of the UK's largest water companies and a member of the FTSE 100

John Stewart, Director of HR, SSE

John Stewart is the director of HR for SSE, one of the biggest energy companies in the UK

Making Waves

Alastair Gill Head of people giffgaff
Barry Hoffman Group HR director Landsec
Ben Plant Director of HR and OD oneSource
Fiona Deal Executive director of people and technology Network Homes
Jane Falconer Chief human resources officer ISG
Jill Hatcher Chief people officer Home Office
Katherine Easter Chief people officer Pension Protection Fund
Kathy Callaghan Group HR director Rotork
Kim Healey People director Everton Football Club
Sarah Murphy-Brookman Director HR and OD Buckinghamshire County Council

Movers and Shakers

Althea Loderick Chief executive and head of paid service Newham Council
David Smith Author, business consultant speaker and mentor
Gary Cookson Director EPIC HR
Guy Pink Portfolio careerist Guy Pink HR
Jon Ingham HR and OD consultant Strategic Dynamics Consultancy Services
Karen Beaven Founder The HR Entrepreneurs Network
Karen Grave President Public Service People Managers Association
Lucy Adams CEO Disruptive HR
Melanie Steel Owner People Change Expertise
Norman Pickavance CEO Tomorrow’s Company
Paul Taylor-Pitt Assistant director of organisational development NHS Employers