Best Practice Awards Judges 2019
The Judges for the Working Families Best Practice Awards 2019 are:
Emma Blaney is the Global HR Director for Euromonitor International, a Market Research Business which employs over 1,200 staff across 14 Countries.
With 18 years’ experience in HR, Emma has experience in implementing flexible working programmes into large offices globally.
Euromonitor is well known for excelling in work life balance, and has previously been awarded Top UK Employer for Work Life Balance by Glass Door.
Sally Bucknell is a thought leader and agent for change on the diversity and inclusion (D&I) agenda in UK business. She advises the leadership team at global professional services firm EY on how to accelerate parity in the workplace.
Sally has driven EY’s approach on D&I, which is firmly regarded as core to the firm’s strategy. EY believes different perspectives, shared in an inclusive environment, creates commercial advantage and will help the firm to respond to the fast pace of change in the workplace of the future.
A flexible working advocate, Sally works at EY four days a week. She is also a lay member of Keele University Council and a supporter of Northern Power Women – a forum set up to connect and showcase role models in the North of England. She also mentors entrepreneurs through EY’s independent charity, EY Foundation.
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 17 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 service delivery, IT, health and safety, information governance, facilities, human resources and organisational development.
In his spare time when he is not occupied with his young family, Harvey is a keen cyclist, Trustee of the Queen Mary Roehampton Trust and Champion of Family Friendly Working Scotland.
Jane van Zyl became CEO of Working Families in September 2018. Jane has 11 years’ experience working in the third sector and has held senior leadership positions at a number of UK charities. 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.
Prior to joining Working Families, Jane served as Operations Director at Breast Cancer Haven. She has also served as Acting Chief Executive at SANDS and Head of Operations at Samaritans.
Jane holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Cape Town in Industrial Sociology and Industrial Psychology.
Susan’s research interests focus on the lack of women in leadership and specifically on corporate boards, women’s leadership behaviours and the issues involved in women developing their executive careers. She and her co-authors produce the annual Female FTSE Board Report, which she launched in 1999. She has written ten books and over one hundred articles, reports and conference papers.
Susan receives regular recognition worldwide and was honoured in 2016 by the International Women’s Forum in Washington as a woman who has “Made a Difference” in the world and become a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management in the UK. Susan was also named in the HR Magazine Most Influential Thinkers, 2016 and 2017. Susan has been presented with the Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Academy of Management.
She was a member of The Lord Davies Steering Committee on Women on Boards between 2010 and 2015 and has recently been invited onto the Advisory Board of the Sir Philip Hampton/Dame Helen Alexander Review on the lack of women in the executive pipeline and that of Sir John Parker’s Review of the lack of ethnicity on FTSE 100 boards. Susan was awarded an OBE for her Services to Diversity in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2005 and subsequently awarded a CBE for her Services to Gender Equality in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2014.