Meet the judges

The RIDI Awards are judged by a diverse panel of experts across recruitment and employment.  

  • Paul Awcock
    Head of Talent Sourcing, Lloyd's
    Paul has 23 years’ experience of working across the Recruitment & Resourcing industry and in the early days enjoyed working in small boutique agencies, culminating in leading a small but successful firm as Operations Director.

    Paul joined Norwich Union in 2000 to lead the Southern regions Recruitment Team. Over time, Paul undertook many roles across the resourcing agenda, which included taking the UK lead role for Diversity & Inclusion, ensuring that all practices and processes were designed with respect at the heart.

    In 2005 Paul was promoted to Head of Resourcing (UK) and managed the outsourcing of the function in 2009, following which he took the role of leading the Executive Resourcing & Talent function until his voluntary redundancy in 2012.

    Since that time he has worked on 3 interim contracts (Monsoon Accessorize, Lloyds Banking Group and Catlin Holdings Ltd (UK) ), he is currently Head of Talent Sourcing at Lloyd's.
  • Melanie Forbes
    Managing Director, Guidant Group, UK and Europe
    Headshot of Melanie Forbes
    Melanie Forbes is a personable and strategic leader. Melanie has pioneered managed service, RPO and consulting partnerships with numerous market-leading organisations, across a diverse range of sectors and countries.

    Living in Newbury, married and a mother of two, Melanie has had a successful career in recruitment spanning over 20 years. During the early part of her career, Mel spent 10 years at Manpower progressing through a number of roles from Recruitment Consultant through to Regional Manager. She then began to specialise in outsourced recruitment in 2003 at Advantage xPO, managing outsourcing programmes for key clients. Melanie was promoted to Managing Director of Advantage xPO in 2008 before moving to Impellam in 2011 to head up their MSP operation, Carlisle Managed Services. Earlier this year, in her role as Managing Director, Melanie oversaw the re-brand of Carlisle Managed Services to Guidant Group.

    Guidant Group has gone from strength to strength under Melanie’s leadership, providing outsourced recruitment solutions to many of the UK’s top employers including British Airways, John Lewis, Willis, Eversheds, EY and Friends Life. Melanie’s knowledge and experience has been invaluable in shaping Guidant Group and in delivering Guidant’s unique offering in the RPO / MSP marketplace.
  • Tom Hadley
    Director of Policy & Professional Services, REC
    Tom Hadley is Director of Policy and Professional Services at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). His role focuses on lobbying key Government and EU officials on a range of labour market issues and highlighting REC initiatives to promote industry standards, including enforcement of a Code of Professional Practice, audit schemes and the Diversity Pledge. Previous roles include six years at the CBI, working at recruitment and economic development consultancy MBA Training Research & Development, a traineeship within the European Commission and working for the in-house legal department of the French multi-national Vivendi.

    The REC is the professional body for the UK’s £27 billion private recruitment and staffing industry. REC Education is the specialist sector group for recruitment agencies who deal with educational staff, supply teachers and related areas. With 250 corporate members of the sector group, it represents the majority of suppliers working daily with schools up and down the country to ensure they have suitably skilled, properly vetted staff.
  • Kate Headley
    Director of Consulting, the Clear Company
    Headshot of Kate Headley
    Best known for her passion and expertise in the development of inclusive recruitment processes and best practice in recruitment, Kate is recognised as one of the leading experts and auditors of recruitment best practice in the UK, regularly sharing her experiences as an inspirational speaker and leadership facilitator.

    As author and owner of the Clear Kit inclusive recruitment toolkit, the Clear Assured framework to identify and remove barriers to diversity in recruitment and, new for 2013, Clear Talents inclusive candidate experience portal. Kate is recognised for bringing practical, innovative and sustainable solutions to this arena.

    A recruiter herself and a qualified HR professional, Kate’s early career with Marks and Spencer and Manchester City Council gives her insight into the real challenges and opportunities employers face everyday.

    Kate is a key member of the Minister for Disabled People’s Disability Confident team, partner and expert advisor to the Employers Network on Equality and Inclusion and CEB Talent Management Solutions. As recruitment expert on the DWP Disability Employer Engagement Steering Group, Kate’s pan diversity knowledge and expertise shows exceptional insight to the barriers facing disabled people.
  • Janet Hill
    Programme Director, Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion Team
    Headshot of Janet Hill
    Janet is a career Civil Servant who spent her first 10 years in operations before moving onto a series of policy and corporate roles. In the Benefits Agency Janet managed a variety of teams including work with lone parents, caller, fraud and home visit teams. Her last operational post was managing a Regional Delivery Director's Private Office.

    Strategy roles have included corporate Finance – working with Treasury to develop the first 3 year comprehensive spending review; Housing Benefit strategy; producing a series of Private Pension Reform White Papers; development of a national New Deal for Disability; designing a Flexible New Deal for jobseekers and publication of a number of cross-Departmental White Papers to drive the integration of the skills and employment systems.

    Her most recent appointments include leading a programme of cross-Whitehall Social Justice policy to improve recovery from addiction, reducing re-offending and preventing homelessness. As part of that role Janet was a member of the Mayor's London Delivery Board on Homelessness.

    Janet’s current job role as Diversity and Inclusion Director for the Civil Service and DWP involves overseeing cross-Civil Service D&I initiatives such as the Whitehall Internship programmes, developing a Civil Service Strategy and a new Central Adjustment service for disabled employees. Her role also includes overseeing and leading the embedding of diversity and inclusion within DWP. Janet currently volunteers as an Executive Coach with St Giles Trust working with ex-offenders to help them improve their employment prospects, she is also a Non-Executive Adviser to Radius and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
  • Pamela Hutchinson
    Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Bloomberg
    Image of Pamela Hutchinson
    Pamela is cited as one of the most recognised thought leaders and vocal advocates for diversity across the private sector and has more than 20 years’ experience in managing diversity within engineering and financial services. Pamela has worked at firms including Bechtel Ltd, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Northern Trust and Goldman Sachs.

    In 2016 Pamela joined Bloomberg as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Europe, Middle East and Africa where she is helping to lead the company's global D&I initiative whilst serving as thought partner and leader on the strategy and vision for the region.

    In 2001 Pamela was recognised in the Top 50 Part Time Power List 2014, was a finalist at the inaugural Black British Business Awards 2014 in the Financial Services Leader category and a finalist in the European Diversity Awards 2013 in the Inspirational Role Model of the Year category.

    Pamela is a Trustee at the London Bubble Theatre and The Inspiring Leadership Trust. Pamela previously held a board position at Kingston Women’s Aid Ltd.
  • Morgan Lobb
    Morgan Lobb is the CEO & founder of an accessible and inclusive careers site. Morgan's role is to support the organisation in developing the organisational strategy as well as to manage client engagement activities and he heads up the business' goal of creating an inclusive work place culture for large scale employers.

    With a career spanning 24 years Morgan is a respected figure in the field of equality and inclusion management. His work helps to facilitate ‘honest conversations’ about diversity and inclusion issues throughout the UK. Having founded Diversity Jobs in 2011 Morgan quickly forged relations with many of the world’s leading employers and his work has won many awards. He was recently cited as one of the top 50 most influential diversity people in industry.

    Prior to joining, Morgan held senior positions within the online advertising industry for companies such as and His work now involves leading teams of diversity and OD consultants on a range of learning and consultancy interventions for public and private sector organisations with a strong focus on harmonising the workforce and levelling staff base to reflect todays social demographic.
  • Mark Lomas
    Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, HS2
    Mark Lomas judge2-1.jpg
    Mark has delivered numerous diversity and inclusion projects for organisations, including The Financial Reporting Council, Groupama Insurance, The BBC, The Law Society, Sheffield University, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group Boards, ITV, and The Bermuda Human Rights Commission. Mark has designed and developed numerous training courses, workshops, toolkits and D&I resources, including the Shaw Trust Tackle Mental Health Website,

    Mark has extensive experience of data/equality analysis, supplier diversity and procurement, corporate D&I strategy and policy development, D&I related employee relations issues and managing sector wide D&I initiatives.

    Mark's work on procurement in the legal sector won the ENEI Inclusive Procurement Award in 2012 and Mark recently delivered improved performance for the BBC on several employer benchmarks, following extensive analysis of BBC Employment practices and diversity impacts. Mark is a published author on the topic of Equality and Diversity having authored the Law Society E&D Risk & Compliance Toolkit which assists law firms to comply with regulation in addition research, soon to be published for Arts Council England on Goal 5: Equality & Diversity for Young People in the arts.

    Mark has experience in a number of sectors, including public, corporate, financial, legal, media, voluntary sector and international work. In January 2016 took up the role as Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion for HS2.
  • Dawn Milman-Hurst
    CEO Equal Approach
    Photo of Dawn Milman-Hurst
    Dawn is Equal Approach’s inspirational CEO, who founded the business and owns the organisation. She leads the board and management team to continued growth and success. Dawn left a distinguished career within HR, talent management and commercial operations to purse her passion for behavioural science and inclusion, resulting in her establishing Equal Approach in 2005.

    Her multi award winning work globally within inclusion is highly regarded - supporting organisations to adapt their organisational design, and increase business performance through behavioural and cultural change programmes with an inclusion focus, which has resulted in her being a sought after public speaker, writer and contributor in this arena.

    A champion of creating a level playing field for diverse talent, Dawn has led projects spanning over 10 years, which have shown sizeable increases in underrepresented talent being recruited, retained and promoted within a range of public and private sector organisations.Qualified within business, finance, law, marketing, and behavioural sciences, Dawn has also been involved in a significant human rights research project, and is currently learning to speak French.
  • Sharon Pegg
    Group Inclusion & Diversity Manager, The Co-operative Group
    SharonPegg (1).jpg
    Sharon is a HR professional with over 25 years’ experience specialising in Talent, Culture, Engagement and Diversity and Inclusion. Sharon has received a number of achievements so far in her career which include Stonewall, Times Top 50 for Women, Mencap Gold Awards, Top Employers and National Diversity Awards. Sharon is familiar with both Private and Public Sector, understanding the different governance structures each provide. Developing Strategic plans to develop business objectives. Sharon is currently strategic lead for the Co-operative for Diversity and Inclusion in addition holding NED roles at Ditch the Label and Inclusive Employers and Northern Hive.
  • Bridgette Wilcox
    Head of Eversheds' International Commercial Team
    Headshot of Bridgette Wilcox
    Bridgette is Head of Eversheds' international commercial team. The team specialises in areas including commercial contracts, IT, outsourcing, IP, privacy, public/private projects, media, telecoms, procurement, State aid, consumer credit, consumer law and reputation management.

    Bridgette's own practice areas are procurement and State aid. Both are operated by dedicated teams specialising in these areas. Bridgette also leads our public sector team across all practice groups.

    Bridgette trained with Eversheds and has been with the firm for 26 years seeing its development from autonomous regional practices to the international law firm it is today. The growth and innovative nature of the firm enables its partners and staff to keep developing new skills and Bridgette recently became the Disability Partner Champion for Eversheds. Disability is close to Bridgette inside and outside of work where her family supports the International Glaucoma Association reflecting her husband’s impaired sight through glaucoma. Bridgette is passionate about having the right environment and approaches to recruitment to ensure a diverse workforce. She also mentors two students on our Eversheds Unlocked programme - designed to attract students into law from backgrounds where this might otherwise not be possible or happen.