HR Most Influential Hall of Fame

The HR Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest accolade bestowed by HR magazine on an individual in recognition of their outstanding and exceptional contribution to HR thinking or practice. Winners take their place in the HR Most Influential Hall of Fame.

HRMI 2021: Alan Watkins, CEO & Founder, Complete

Alan is recognised as a global thought leader on human performance, complexity and well-being. As CEO of Complete, he helps leaders, teams, and organisations unlock their capability and performance,...

HRMI 2021: Emma Cotton, Managing Director, Innovation Central

As managing director of Innovation Central, Cotton delivers tangible returns on investment. She has extensive experience working with clients in the public, private, and charitable sectors.

HRMI 2021: Hung Lee, Editor, Recruiting Brainfood

Hung is a recruitment industry professional with over 15 years experience as an agency recruiter, recruitment manager, internal head of talent, recruitment trainer, founder of award winning online...

HRMI 2021: Jon Higgins, CEO, Higgs Bosson

Jon Higgins is CEO at Higgs Bosson Ltd, which provides vitality products and services to sport, and in the workplace, across the UK.

HRMI 2021: Philippa Hale, Director, Philippa Hale Consultancy

Hale is director and senior consultant at Philippa Hale consultancy. She helps leaders and organisations rethink and relearn how they work.

HRMI 2021: Sue Swanborough, HR Director, Europe, Snacks Kolak

Swanborough is an experienced HR director with a track record of delivering focussed, pragmatic people strategies to transform organisations, cultures, leaders, and teams across different sizes of...

HRMI 2021: Debbie Alder, Director General of People and Capability, Department for Work and Pensions

Alder is the director general of human resources at the Department of Work and Pensions. She sets and leads the department's people straegy, aligning it to the business strategy and the wider Civil...

HRMI 2021: Jo Mosley, HR Director, Salvation Army

HR director for the Salvation Army for the past four years, Mosley has worked in the third sector for over 20 years.

HRMI 2021: Jane Brydon, People Director, The Heineken Company

Brydon joined Heineken in March 2014. Her previous role was at Sainsbury’s Bank where she was the People and Communications Director.

HRMI 2021: Sue Round, Head of Social Mobility, Inclusion and Belonging, Co-op

Round has multi-sector experience of devising effective global talent management strategies, diversity, and leadership strategies that deliver organisational transformation and drive continuous...

HRMI 2021: Shereen Daniels, managing director, HR Rewired

An advocate for anti-racism in business, and managing director of anti-racism advisory firm HR Rewired, Daniels is a proactive champion for the need to focus on transformative change which removes...

HRMI 2021: Perry Timms, founder and chief energy officer, PTHR

Perry Timms is the founder and chief energy officer of HR consultancy PTHR, setting out to create better business for a better world and just entering its 10th year of operation.

HRMI 2021: John Amaechi, founder, APS Intelligence

John Amaechi is a chartered scientist, respected organisational psychologist and the founder of APS Intelligence, a consultancy that partners with organisations across sectors to help them imagine and...

HRMI 2021: Verena Hefti, CEO and founder, Leaders Plus

Hefti is the CEO and founder of the award-winning social enterprise Leaders Plus. She set up Leaders Plus to support leaders with babies and young children to continue to progress their careers.

HRMI 2021: Stephen Bevan, head of HR research development, IES

Stephen Bevan is head of HR research development at the Institute for Employment Studies (IES), with responsibility for developing innovative new projects and programmes with IES partners and other...

HRMI 2021: Frank Douglas, CEO and founder, Caerus Executive

Frank Douglas, is a chartered companion of CIPD and CEO and founder of Caerus Executive.

HRMI 2021: Wayne Clarke, founding partner, Global Growth Institute

Clarke is the founding partner of the Global Growth Institute (GGI), with offices located in the UK, Netherlands, Turkey, Bahrain, and Mongolia. 

HRMI 2021: Juliette Alban-Metcalfe, CEO, Real World Group

Juliette Alban-Metcalfe is a chartered occupational psychologist and, since 2012, has been chief executive of Real World Group.

HRMI 2021: André Spicer, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Bayes Business School

Spicer is professor of Organizational Behaviour at Bayes Business School, City, University of London. He is also the head of the faculty of management at Bayes.

HRMI 2021: Jane Parry, director of research in HRM and organisational behaviour, Southampton Business School

Parry is director of research for the department of HRM and organisational behaviour at Southampton Business School, where she is also director of the centre for research on work and organisations.

HRMI 2021: Andrew Pakes, Director of Communications and Research, Prospect

Pakes became deputy general secretary of Prospect Union in January 2018, joining the organisation from a career in the not-for-profit and membership sectors.

HRMI 2021: Ben Whitter, Founder, HEX Organization

Whitter was named as one of the World's top management thinkers by Thinkers50 and one of the top 30 organizational culture speakers in the world by Global Gurus in 2021.

HRMI 2021: Bruce Daisley, Author, Make Work Better

Daisley is one of the UK's fastest rising voices on the debate about fixing work. His weekly newsletter, wrestling with the challenges of dealing with a transition to remote working, was one of the...

HRMI 2021: Chris Roebuck, Professor and Associate, Bayes Business School

Roebuck has been on the Thinkers list 10 times since 2009, a rare achievement. He adds value to the profession year on year via not only helping HR professionals directly but unseen also spending much...

HRMI 2021: David Millner, Founder, HR Curator

Millner has a financial services background, focusing on retail, corporate lending, and risk for some 8 years, followed by over 30 years of internal and external HR consulting experience in...

HRMI 2021: David Collings, Professor of Human Resource Management, Dublin City University

Collings is professor of Human Resource Management at Dublin City University Business School where he is director of the Leadership and Talent Institute. He previously held faculty positions at the...

HRMI 2021: David Green, Executive Director, Insight222

Green is recognised worldwide as one of the most influential leaders in the people analytics field. He is an author, speaker, and executive consultant on people analytics, data-driven human resources...

HRMI 2021: David Liddle, CEO, The TCM Group

Liddle is CEO of the leading transformational culture consultancy The TCM Group, and founding president of the Institute of Organizational Dynamics. He is the author of two books: Managing Conflict...

HRMI 2021: David Sole, Managing Partner, School for CEOs

Sole OBE is managing partner of the School for CEOs, the organisation he co-founded with former CEO of John Menzies plc, Patrick Macdonald. He has been working with senior executives and leadership...

HRMI 2021: Dawn Morton-Young,Director, MLHR

Morton-Young is an executive coach to underrepresented managers; a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant/speaker/trainer; an HR consultant to SME’s; owner of the 1st HR consultancy for employees...

HRMI 2021: Deborah Rowland, Founder, Still Moving Consultancy

Rowland is a leading thinker, speaker, writer, coach, and practitioner in the leadership of large, complex, change. She has devoted her 3-decade career to the study, practice, and dissemination of...

HRMI 2021: Debra Corey, Founder, DebCo HR

Corey is a three-time author, world-class speaker and HR consultant, paying it forward by inspiring and helping others around the world to bring out their inner rebel and drive strategic and...

HRMI 2021: Duncan Brown, Visiting Professor and Principal Associate, University of Greenwich and Institute for Employment Studies

Brown is an independent adviser and researcher on reward and equality, a principal associate at IES and visiting professor at University of Greenwich.

HRMI 2021: Eleanor Tweddell, Founder, Another Door and Eleanor Tweddell Communications

Tweddell is the founder of Another Door, an organisation supporting people through redundancy, with the aim to make it a good thing. She is the author of Why Losing Your Job Could be the Best Thing...

HRMI 2021: Emma Bridger, Founder and Managing Director, The People Lab

Bridger is one of the world’s leading employee engagement and experience experts. She’s passionate about working with organisations to help them design and create great employee experiences to empower...

HRMI 2021: Gemma Dale, Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University

Dale is an experienced senior HR professional, chartered fellow of the CIPD, fellow of the HEA and a regular speaker and writer on a variety of HR topics including employee engagement, flexible and...

HRMI 2021: Hayley Lewis, Founder, Halo Psychology

Lewis is an award-winning psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience in the field of organisational and business psychology. She started her consultancy, HALO Psychology, in 2016 and her...

HRMI 2021: Herminia Ibarra, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School

Ibarra is the Charles Handy professor of Organizational Behaviour at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, she served as Professor on the INSEAD and Harvard Business School faculties.

HRMI 2021: James Traeger, Director and Professor of Practice for Leadership and Management, Mayvin and Hult Ashridge Business School

Traeger is director of practice and qualifications at Mayvin; programme director of the Mayvin masters in People and Organisation Development; professor of Practice in Leadership and Management at...

HRMI 2021: John Drummond, Chairman, Corporate Culture

Drummond is chairman of corporate culture and author, this year, of two new reports. ‘The Human Organisation’ outlined nine principles of more human organisations. One of the models, on the five key...

HRMI 2021: Julia Hobsbawm, Founder, Editorial Intelligence and The Simplicity Principle

Hobsbawm is an entrepreneur, author, and consultant who addresses the challenges of the hyper connected age and provides remedies for what she has called the Social Health of organisations. She is...

HRMI 2021: Kerry Nutley, Western Europe Customer Strategy Director, Oracle

Nutley is the Western Europe strategy director for human capital management, finance and customer experience at Oracle. She works with business leaders, influencers and consultants in HR and IT to...

HRMI 2021: Linda Holbeche, Co-Director, Linda Holbeche

Holbeche has worked as an independent consultant, coach, developer, and researcher since 2009. Clients include various universities and several multi-lateral international organisations. Holbeche sits...

HRMI 2021: Rupert McNeil, Chief People Officer, Civil Service

McNeil was appointed government chief people officer on 1 January 2016, joining the Civil Service from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was the group HR director.

HRMI 2021: Megan Reitz, Professor, Hult Ashridge Business School

Reitz is professor of Leadership and Dialogue at Hult International Business School, where she speaks, researches, and advises on the intersection of leadership, change, dialogue and mindfulness.

HRMI 2021: Naeema Pasha, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Henley Business School

Pasha is committed to finding solutions for people to navigate work and careers better for future of work scenarios. She is currently working on combining three key HR concerns into one challenge – AI...

HRMI 2021: Natalie Ellis, Founder, Rebox HR

Ellis is an HR consultant at Rebox HR, having started her consultancy in March 2020, two weeks before lockdown. Since then, her business has significantly grown by providing a high-quality HR service...

HRMI 2021: Rachel Botsman, Lecturer and Trust Fellow, University of Oxford

Botsman is a trust expert, author, and lecturer at Oxford University. She is passionate about teaching people how to think differently and challenge ideas around trust and humility.

HRMI 2021: Rob McCargow, Director of Artificial Intelligence, PwC UK

McCargow joined PwC UK 6 years ago and was appointed director of AI in 2018. In his role he advises global organisations and governments as well as internal stakeholders on how to harness the...