Each of the awards will be judged by a panel of experts from the worlds of HR and law. Likewise, the process itself will be robust and rigorous. Once entry deadlines have closed, judges will initially study all submissions before coming together to debate the merits of all entrants, in order to then announce the shortlist.
Pauline has worked as a Global HR Director, HR Consultant, Executive Coach and Non-Executive Director at a strategic and operational level primarily within professional services environments, including Law, Accountancy, Engineering, Healthcare & Risk.
She is adept at operating both internationally and at the highest organisational levels, advising Boards, senior leaders and their teams. She has operated with a broad commercial remit and brings an excellent understanding of the complexities of the different business environments in which people work. She draws on her energy, drive and passion to become a trusted confidante and advisor by being honest, straight-talking, warm, pragmatic and practical in her style and approach.
Most of all, she’s a people champion. She recognises that although no one size fits all, support, balanced with a healthy challenge enables us to reach our full potential. She also helps her clients to prioritise wellbeing and balance in order to achieve peak performance.
Kevin has over 30 years' executive HR experience spanning three sectors - healthcare, financial services and professional services - having worked for Boots, Abbey National, Capital One, Freshfields, Norton Rose Fulbright, EY and most recently for KPMG as the UK Chief People Officer. In addition through his work with Scope, Nottingham Trent University and two multi academy trusts he has over 10 years' non-executive experience. Kevin now runs his own advisory and consulting business.
In recognition of his passion and commitment to creating diverse workforces and inclusive cultures Kevin was included in HR Magazine's Most Influential UK HR Practitioners 2022 and listed as an INvolve Heroes Women Role Model 2021 & 2022 and as a Top 50 Ally Executive in the Outstanding LGBT+ Role Models list 2022. Kevin has also served as a Steering Group member for the government-sponsored Hampton Alexander/FTSE Women Leaders Review.
Kevin holds an honours degree in Politics from the University of York and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He lives in Ealing with his wife Shami.
Chris currently spends part of her time as a Non-Executive Director in the recruitment industry and as an Executive Coach and Mentor to senior executives; the remainder of her time she spends on the golf course! She enjoys providing support, challenge and guidance to leadership teams as well as working with those who are new to a leadership role. A particular interest is helping HR professionals overcome their challenges to reach their full potential.
Prior to this Chris has over 30 years’ executive HR experience in Professional Service Firms having worked for EY, Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Herbert Smith Freehills and most recently as Global HR Director at Linklaters. In her HR Director roles, Chris focused on talent, building and leading great HR teams to deliver on the people strategy. She has specialist expertise in Leadership Development, Strategy, Performance Management and Diversity and Inclusion.
Henry is a cofounder and CEO of MyMynd, a digital mental health platform tackling the challenge of mental health & wellbeing intensified by covid, climate and the cost of living crisis.
Prior to this Henry led an award-winning alliance of multinationals, innovating to get ahead of the climate impacts/risks of their built environment. He previously held senior roles with Mars, Johnson & Johnson, 20th Century Fox and served as an advisor to the WHO.
Henry is also a Visiting Fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Said
Business School, University of Oxford, where he contributes to programmes on systems
leadership, strategy & innovation and social impact for senior executives. He is a regular keynote speaker/writer on ‘Leading for Resilience’ and ‘Wellbeing and the Future of Work’ within both industry and academia. He completed his PhD in neuroscience at the University of Cambridge and MBA at the University of Oxford.
Laura leads Totum’s specialist People & Operations practice where she partners with Professional Services firms looking to appoint leadership roles within their People or Operations functions.
Laura helps firms on the appointment of a Chief People Officer and then often partners with them to build their teams. She is also responsible for helping firms attract Chief Operating Officers, Chief of Staff, Directors of Administration, Business Managers and Practice Managers. Laura has grown her Practice to a team of three, building successful partnerships with Totum clients.
With over 20 years’ experience in recruitment, primarily in the legal and professional services sector, she has played a key role in helping both UK and US headquartered firms attract more commercial leaders as the functions have evolved. She prides herself on the great personal relationships she has built over many years that enable her to act as a trusted adviser to some of the most well-regarded HR and Operations leaders in the sector.
Laura has seen leaders in her network play a key role in the success of their firms as HR and Operations professionals continue to prove their commercial value. Over Laura’s career, she has seen people that she has introduced to firms, many years ago, flourish and move into leadership positions themselves, including Chief People Officer and COO.
Raphael Mokades is the founder and Managing Director of Rare, the multi award-winning leaders in diversity graduate recruitment.
Raphael founded Rare in 2005. Today, Rare works with 150+ elite employers including all five Magic Circle law firms, the top three global strategy consulting firms, two of the world’s top three investment banks, and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
Rare’s contextual recruitment software has processed over 1.5 million graduate job applications.
Raphael has a first-class degree from Oxford University. He has written for the Guardian, Times and Financial Times. He has been named in the Economist’s Top 50 Global Diversity List, the FT’s Empower Top
100 Ethnic Minority Executives list, and as Legal Week’s Outstanding Innovator.
Clare Murray is the founder and Managing Partner of CM Murray LLP, specialising in partnership and employment law.
Clare acts for US and UK professional services firms (particularly in the legal sector), and for equity partners in professional services and investment management firms.
She has particular expertise in the strategic handling of partner conduct and performance issues, partner exits, team moves and restrictive covenants, as well as partner discrimination and whistleblowing complaints and litigation.
Clare has advised on many sexual harassment matters in law and accounting firms, and in multi-national organisations, and has extensive experience of representing complainants, firms and employers, and those accused of alleged harassment. In January 2018, Clare gave expert evidence to the House of Commons Women & Equalities Committee in respect of its Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Inquiry. In March 2018 Clare was appointed as the specialist adviser to the House of Commons Women & Equalities Committee in respect of that Inquiry.
Clare played a leading role in the creation of the Professional Practices Alliance. Clare is also regarded as a market leader in providing strategic advice to senior executives, founders, US and multi-national companies with UK operations, and US and UK law firms on their employment law issues.
Many of the employment law matters in which Clare is involved are cross-border. Clare was instrumental in setting up global employment law alliance, Innangard and Innangard Executives.
Clare was named “Labour & Employment Lawyer of the Year” for two years running at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2020 and 2021. She is also ranked as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” by Who’s Who Legal Labour and Employment 2021.
Rachel originally trained as an Avionics Software Engineer working within the defence sector, later transferring to a senior position within HR.
An interest in employment law led her to study for the Solicitors’ Final Examinations. As a woman with trans history she was unable to obtain a position within a law firm in the 1990s, so instead joined the University of Law working for 15 years in various senior operational roles leading up to Production Director.
Rachel is founder and CEO of Global Butterflies, a company that is hugely successful in helping businesses to create trans & non-binary inclusive environments. Global Butterflies donates much of its time and profits to other LGBTQI causes and events.
She was Vice Chair of The Law Society LGBT Lawyers Division Committee representing trans & non-binary solicitors and is a trans & non-binary ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors. Rachel has worked with many law firms regarding their trans & non-binary inclusion journeys.
She is honoured to be a judge for the People in Law, InsideOut and OutVertising awards each year.
In 2019, she wrote the acclaimed “Lloyds of London Trans & Non-binary Inclusion Guide” and also contributed to the popular “Guide to Gender Neutral Drafting” with the Government Legal Department.
Rachel joined the IGLTAF trans & nonbinary board in 2021. Advising on tourism support for trans & non-binary travelers.
D&I Leaders listed Rachel as one of their Inspirational D&I Leaders in 2021. In 2022, Rachel was listed as a Pride Inclusion Advocate by Pride Life Global. Also in 2022, Rachel was awarded the Chambers Crystal Award (with her wife Emma), for their visible work in trans & non-binary inclusion.
David is a specialist in law firm partner performance evaluation and profit-sharing systems. He provides consultancy and advisory services to leading national and international law firms on effective system design and implementation.
For more than 20 years David has operated at C-Suite level with major law firms – dealing with the full range of strategic people, and partner issues they have faced.
David is a City trained lawyer with Magic Circle and international investment bank experience.
Dan has worked in HR, talent, employer brand strategy and communication for nearly 20 years, consulting with top law firms including Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Mayer Brown, CMS and Clyde & Co.
He has partnered with firms to develop Employer Value Propositions and Employer Brands to help them compete for trainee talent but also elevate priorities around social mobility, diversity, equity and inclusion as well as CSR and pro bono commitments.
His work has taken him to Ireland, Germany, USA, Japan and China in research, consulting and content creation.
As a communications specialist, Dan has worked extensively with firms in looking at their social media and channels strategies to enable them to deliver their messages to the right audience.
He is delighted to have the honour of being a judge in this year’s People in Law awards alongside such esteemed fellow judges.