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Best Practice Awards Judges 2022

The Judges for the Working Families Best Practice Awards 2022 are:

Deirdre Anderson -Reader in Organizational Behaviour and Occupational Psychology at Cranfield University

Dr Deirdre Anderson is a Reader in Organizational Behaviour and Occupational Psychology at Cranfield University and Director of Cranfield’s Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Research Centre. Her current research explores the barriers facing Black, Asian and ethnic minority individuals in reaching senior positions in FTSE 350 companies. Other research interests include flexible and hybrid working, gendered careers, and work and family issues in varying cultures. In all of her work, she seeks to increase awareness of inclusion and diversity, challenging the, often unconscious, processes which can limit individual actions and organizational practices.

Prior to academia, Deirdre spent over 20 years working within organizations and then as an independent business psychology consultant and trainer in the private sector. She is a Chartered occupational psychologist, an Academic Fellow of the CIPD, a member of the Work and Family Researchers Network, and Vice-Chair of the Academic Advisory Board to Working Families.

Helen Humphreys - the new Chair of Working FamiliesHelen Humphreys – Trustee, Working Families

Helen is an experienced strategic change communication director with extensive leadership experience in culture and behaviour change. She has advised and supported many large, global organisations with their employee communication and engagement as they go through significant change. 

Helen has been a strong advocate for ensuring the employee voice is heard – and listened to – especially at times of uncertainty and change. To help with this, Helen provides mentor support and advice to senior business and communication leaders and teams to help them engage their employees during periods of transformation and change. 

Harvey Tilley – Chief Operating Officer, ILF Scotland

Harvey began his career in the British Army as an officer in the Royal Irish Regiment serving in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and Sierra Leone.  Since leaving at the end of 2000, he has spent the best part of the last 20 years working in the public and voluntary sectors. Specifically, this has been in the areas of homelessness, disability, care, grant giving and employability. Prior to taking up post as ILF Scotland’s Chief Operating Officer, the majority of roles he has held during this time have been leading large scale operations across the UK.

As Chief Operating Officer for ILF Scotland, Harvey not only deputises for the CEO, but is responsible for all operational delivery, IT, health and safety, information governance, facilities, human resources and organisational development. 

Louise Pheasey – Senior Employee Engagement Advisor, Arnold Clark (Awards partner)

Louise joined Arnold Clark in 2006 and has over 15 year’s experience working in the People Team and most recently the Employee Engagement team. Louise held a senior management role within the People Team for a number of years at Arnold Clark, and after starting a family in 2017 she took an opportunity to join the engagement team to use her own experience as a working parent alongside her wealth of experience within the People Team, to help the business achieve its goal of becoming an employer of choice.

Nikunj Upadhyay – Inclusion & Diversity Director, Wates Group

Nikunj Upadhyay is the Inclusion and Diversity Director at Wates Group, a leading privately-owned Construction, Residential Development, and Property Services businesses. Nikunj is responsible for design and delivery of a multiyear strategy to help Wates be an inclusive and diverse business and an employer of choice for talent across all communities. Prior to Wates, Nikunj has worked for Accenture, Barclays, HSBC and Saint Gobain in a variety of HR roles contributing to delivery of their human capital strategy towards the achievement of business objectives.

Jane van Zyl – Chief Executive, Working Families

Jane joined Working Families as CEO in September 2018. She has 14 years’ experience working in the third sector and has held senior leadership positions at a number of UK charities, including Samaritans and Sands. She believes in the value of a fulfilling, balanced working life and its transformative power to create social connections, build self-esteem, and impact the wider community. She is a passionate advocate of equal opportunity for all.