The memcom excellence awards 2021 are judged independently by our judging panels who are chosen for their expertise and experience. We are very pleased to welcome the judges for the 2021 season:
Director of Marketing and Communications, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Director, Pixl8 Group
Alex is the co-founder of Pixl8 Group – a London-based creative technical consultancy and digital products business with a wide reach into the membership sector..
Over the last 18 years, Alex’s vision to harness the potential of digital to solve complex business challenges has taken Pixl8 from a start-up with innovative ideas, to an established agency that consistently delivers above and beyond. His belief that clients should expect more underpins his commitment to understanding the business and technical needs of every organisation he works with and then solving the challenges intelligently. This approach has helped him to build trusted partnerships with over 100 clients across a broad range of membership bodies, associations, and charities.
Alex’s blend of strategic vision, technical expertise,and extensive industry experience means he is perfectly placed to lead on the creation of a diverse range of sophisticated technical products and solutions.
The Pixl8 group can provide a single digital transformation solution for membership organisations. They can provide strategic advice, website design and build, bespoke email, CRM and events solutions while making sure systems meet rigorous cyber security standards.
CEO, British Dietetic Association (BDA)
Andy Burman has been the CEO of the British Dietetic Association since 2003. He has over 25 years’ experience of the professional association and healthcare sector having worked with medical, psychology, psychotherapy and other allied health professions. He sits on various national bodies, including the editorial committee of the British National Formulary: the prescribing ‘bible’ for medical prescribers. He is a non-executive director and trustee of several organisations, is a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster and works as an independent consultant to the Third Sector. He speaks internationally on organisational development, leadership and good governance. He was a major contributor to the recently published Independent Review of NHS Hospital Food and is currently leading on a major project looking at sustainability within the health sector. He is also a Magistrate sitting in the East Midlands region.
CEO, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
Caroline joined the CIOB in August 2019 and is responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the Institute, supported by a Management Board of functional directors and staff. Caroline is responsible to the Trustees for overseeing all operations of the Institute.
Caroline has extensive business leadership experience gained in the UK and overseas, within the automotive and capital goods sectors gained with Lucas Industries, Ransomes Sims & Jefferies, Textron Inc and membership organisation leadership within EEF Ltd / Make UK. She is also a Director of the Board of Trustees for the Institute of Export & International Trade and a Trustee of the CIOB's Benevolent Fund.
Creating diverse, high performing business environments is a passion for Caroline with a focus on skills development and lifelong learning. As the former CEO of EEF East Anglia and latterly Chief Operating Officer Make UK, she provided leadership for key operating areas, including the management of apprentice and technical training, open course and bespoke training programme development, HR, legal services, health, safety and sustainability and cybersecurity services.
Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
Chris was appointed as Chief Executive of CIM in February 2016, following his post as Acting Chief Executive since December 2015, where he leads a dynamic and dedicated team.
Chris joined CIM in June 2001 as Operations Manager in its Training Division. Promoted to Director of Membership in July 2007, Chris had responsibility for the UK regional and branch network, and CIM’s international operation, including the various Sector Interest Groups. In March 2013, he became Director of Customer Experience where he was responsible for every CIM customer touchpoint.
Gaining a BA in Modern History, Politics and Russian Studies from Durham University, Chris acquired a broad spectrum of management and marketing experience ranging from roles in the City; the British Army and the Public Sector, attaining the rank of Major with The Blues and Royals, Household Cavalry Regiment; and on leaving the army, he joined the Central Office of Information, and was seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Director of Membership Services, College of Podiatrists (CoP)
Claire Angus joined the College of Podiatrists in January 2018, as the new Director of Membership Services, where she is responsible for leading, developing and implementing the organisation’s Membership, Trade Union and Business Development strategies.
An experienced, senior membership professional, Claire has worked in the Professional Membership Body sector for nearly 20 years. Most recently as Assistant Director of Development at the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) where she was responsible for leading, developing and implementing the College’s Membership, International and Fundraising strategies for its 52,000 members.
Before taking up this role, Claire spent 14 years at the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) supporting its 125,000 members worldwide. Her AAT roles included Assistant Director of Global Development, leading new market development with a key focus on the Middle East, and Assistant Director of Education and Training, leading qualification development and student engagement.
Claire holds an MSc in Psychology and CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting.
Membership Director, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
David joined the CIPD, the professional body HR and people development, in 2014 and has been its Membership Director since 2018. He is responsible for growing membership and ensuring the CIPD connects effectively with the profession to understand how it can continually improve its support offer.
He previously worked as an independent consultant and has also held roles across a range of financial services and retail organisations.
David is a respected and in demand speaker and writer on progressive HR and business practice, with his commentary regularly featuring in national media. He has expertise in a wide range of areas, including organisational development and culture, learning and development, corporate ethics and the future of work.
He is a Fellow of the Learning Performance Institute, the Centre for Evidence Based Management and the RSA - as well as being a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.
CEO, Association of Colleges
David Hughes became Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges in September 2016. Before that he was CEO at Learning and Work Institute, a leading think tank, research and policy organisation which was formed in 2016 from a merger he led between NIACE and Inclusion.
From 2000 to 2011, David worked in senior roles at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). At the LSC and SFA David led the funding and improvement relationships with colleges and providers and successfully took on trouble-shooting roles to rescue crises in capital funding and Educational Maintenance Allowances.
Prior to that, David worked in the voluntary sector across a wide range of roles and organisations in the UK and Australia, in social housing, co-operatives, welfare, regeneration and community development.
David has held many Board and Committee roles, including a few years as Vice-Chair of the East Midlands Regional Assembly in the 1990s. He played a leading role in establishing the new Education and Training Foundation in 2013 and has established and supported several third sector organisations.
CEO, Business Disability Forum
Diane Lightfoot is CEO of Business Disability Forum, a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports businesses to recruit and retain disabled employees and to serve disabled customers. Business Disability Forum’s 300+ members now employ around 20% of the UK workforce and 8 million people worldwide. They range from FTSE 100 companies and central Government departments to technology, transport and construction companies, retailers, higher education providers and public services bodies.Diane sits on a number of boards including the Government’s Disability Expert Advisory Panel, Work Autism and the Institute of Coding’s Diversity & Inclusion Board. She is Chair of the Disabled Students’ Stakeholder Group, a Commissioner for the newly formed Disability Commission, chaired by Lord
CEO, Society for the environment
Emma was appointed as CEO of the Society for the Environment in July 2015, and since joining the organisation has led the development of a new five-year strategy increased registration numbers and enhanced engagement across a broad range of stakeholders.
The Society for the Environment is an umbrella professional body, which currently licenses 24 professional bodies to register their members as Chartered Environmentalists. Emma and her team work closely with each Licensed Body to ensure standards are met and opportunities are available to their members.
A Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, Emma’s career has spanned a range of disciplines including scientific research, knowledge and technology transfer, education, programme and business management and stakeholder and relationship management. Her strong academic background is supported by an in-depth knowledge of both public and private sector landscapes. In recognition of her work, Emma was recently awarded ‘UK Professional Certification CEO of the Year’ in the Female CEO Excellence Awards.
Head of People, UK Active
Francisca Ohene-Djan - is an experienced HR professional who has worked in the membership, private and not for profit sectors where she has been responsible for all aspects of HR. Francisca has led on and implemented various HR projects including, reward, wellbeing, management development and employee engagement initiatives.
Francisca is a part of the London Enterprise Adviser Network which helps young people to build the skills and experiences they need to lead successful futures.
CEO, Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Inspirational leader with significant executive and strategic experience in commercial and regulatory sectors. Portfolio includes leadership of Finance, Human Resources, IT and Business Operations, combined with responsibility for leading and managing organisational change. Passionate about creating and leading quality, high performing and motivated teams who are empowered to deliver to corporate and stakeholder goals.
Key outstanding achievements include setting up high profile projects in the public domain, establishing the Dental Complaints Service, winning the National Customer Service Award, leading a project to purchase and refit a new headquarters for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Specialties: Executive leadership and change skills. Leads complex programmes, projects and initiatives. Complaints management. Team development.
Director of Marketing and Communications, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Helen Anderson currently leads the Marketing and Communications team at the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, a membership and awarding body for over 44,000 Wealth Managers, Asset Managers, Investment Managers and Financial Planners around the world.
Previous to that she was Director of Communications and Events at the US Chamber of Commerce looking after the interests of businesses across the transatlantic corridor; from 2009-2015 she led the Marketing and Communications function for the City of London Corporation’s 14 Open Space Trusts, which included a rebrand of some iconic sites around London such as Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath. From 2005 – 2009 Helen was Head of Events and Communications for the Association of Town and City Centre Management, an organisation sharing best practice for centre managers and place managers around the world, during which time she launched two world congresses, a new Place Management Institute, an academic Masters programme and an EU funded project across the UK.
Helen started her career at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) where she delivered a programme of over 100 events per annum for property professionals around the world and launched the RICS brand in China in 2005.
Helen has a Masters in Leadership and Management, is a Fellow and on the Ethics Committee of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, is on an Advisory Panel for GamCare, a guest lecturer at Greenwich University and Vice Chair of a School Governing Body.
CEO, Market Research Society
Jane Frost is CEO of MRS, the UK’s professional body for research which also regulates the UK sector, campaigning for better standards in data use via its trust mark Fair Data. MRS champions research and insight to government and business. MRS is the world’s oldest research association and represents both individuals and companies, qualifying researchers around the world.
Jane spent 8 years at senior levels in government, spearheading customer intelligence and strategy, latterly in HM Revenue & Customs, for which work she received the CBE.
With an international career working on brands like Shell, the BBC and Unilever, Jane has over 150 creative and marketing awards to her credit, including for the BBC’s record breaking “Perfect Day” campaign. She has always said that great insight was key to organisational transformation.
At the BBC, she was part of readying technology businesses for sale.
Jane is Vice-Chair of Fairtrade and a trustee of the Lowry as well as being a trustee of the sector charity MRBA and Archive, (AMSR). She has recently been made Co-Chair of the Red Cross Tiffany Circle.
CEO, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)
Jo Revill has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health (RCPCH) since June 2018. The RCPCH is a Medical Royal College and membership body which supports 20,000 paediatricians in the UK and abroad with a mission to build a healthier future for children and young people.
Jo has extensive experience in leadership, governance, strategy and communications. After a career in journalism as Health Editor and Whitehall editor at The Observer newspaper, she worked as adviser to Alan Johnson MP during his periods as Labour Health Secretary and then Home Secretary.
Jo subsequently worked as a strategy and communications at GlaxoSmithKline, London Councils and at the Royal College of Surgeons before becoming CEO at the British Society for Immunology, a learned society working with scientists and clinical researchers in immunology. She is also the author of two books on allergies and bird flu.
Director of HR, British Medical Association (BMA)
An energetic Executive Director and coach with 25 years experience in all areas of HR, organisational development and change management within complex organisations.
Lead and motivate large and diverse groups, quickly building quality working relationships and high performing teams.
Commercially astute, pragmatic, strategic in outlook and - so I'm told - fun to work with.
Led in start-up, merger, growth, cost reduction, and turnaround situations. Driven to improve org effectiveness and create transformational change.
Specialties: HR, OD, culture change, leadership development, business and life coaching, strategy development, change management, performance and operations management, employee relations and staff engagement, union relations, consultation and negotiation, leadership and team development, reward, resourcing, consultancy, business partnering.
John Mark Williams
CEO, Institute of Leadership & Management
John Williams is a problem solver and strategist who joined The Institute from a career in international business and leadership development across the UK, Europe, Middle East, Far East and North America. John is a passionate advocate of servant leadership and deeply curious about emergent strategy, predictive analytics, punctuated equilibrium and other baffling business things – he is fascinated by the prospects for artificial intelligence and the future of work. John holds an MBA from the University of Northumbria and has been guest lecturer in strategy and international business at universities in the UK and Europe for over two decades. He has appeared on radio and television in the UK and overseas, and has been published in titles including Huffington Post, City AM, Entrepreneur Country Online and others. Expertise John provides expert commentary, analysis and information on any aspect of workplace leadership and management issues. This includes: • Social mobility • Cross–functional fertilisation • Agility • Leadership skills gap • Diversity and inclusion • Veterans finding employment in civilian organisations • Leadership learnings from sport
CEO, Royal College of Anaesthetists
Jonathan Brüün has over a decade of experience leading scientific and medical membership organisations. He is currently Chief Executive of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), which represents the largest single hospital specialty in the NHS, and has previously served as Director of Communications then CEO of the British Pharmacological Society. Jonathan’s interests lie in developing high performing teams in non-profit organisations, and in building the inclusive and principled working culture that supports them. In addition to his role at RCoA, Jonathan is a trustee of the Science Media Centre and Chair of Sense About Science.
CEO, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
Kamini has been chief executive at the RCSLT since December 2000. The professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK, the RCSLT provides leadership for the profession and supports improvements to services for people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Kamini’s primary role is to help deliver service change by building strong partnerships with key stakeholders across government, charities, other professional bodies and the regulator. Over the years, she has been involved in a number of government initiatives and policy developments. This has included being an adviser to the Bercow review of services for children with SLCN, which continues to inform and impact on key government policies. Kamini received an MBE in June 2009 for services to the allied health professions. As a former speech and language therapist, Kamini had direct patient care responsibilities for 14 years and has experience of working with a range of client groups (children, older people, people with learning difficulties) across all ages in hospitals, community health centres, special schools and mainstream schools. Prior to her move to London in 1997, Kamini had three roles in Nottingham Community Health (NHS Trust): as a locality manager, with responsibility for meeting the health needs of local populations across three inner city health areas; as locality coordinator for speech and language therapy services; and as specialist adviser (bilingualism) leading the development of services for people for whom English is an additional language. In this role, Kamini established the Asian bilingual co-worker service, the first of its kind in the country. In 1997, Kamini became ethnic health projects coordinator for the NHS and was seconded to the Department of Health to set up the Race Equality Unit, where she was section head until 2000.
Executive Director, Association of Anaesthetists
Karin Pappenheim is CEO of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, which she joined in 2011. The Association is the national membership organisation for anaesthetists, representing the largest clinical specialty group in the NHS. Karin has 35 years’ leadership and management experience in health and social care, including over 20 years as CEO of national voluntary and membership organisations. She is also a past trustee of Terrence Higgins Trust, the HIV charity, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Woman’s Trust.
Chief Executive, Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth)
Kathy is CEO of the professional body for eye doctors and those training to become eye specialists. The RCOphth has 4,000 members, champions excellence in the practice of ophthalmology and works with other organisations across the ocular world to improve patient care. She is a Chartered Accountant and has held various posts in banking and the charitable sector including those at the Arts Council and Amnesty.
Director of HR, Royal College of Physicians
With a career spanning 25 years, Linda has worked in roles across learning and development, organisational development, recruitment and as a generalist. Working across sectors spanning retail at GAP, Natwest Retail Bank, National Audit Office and finally at Royal College of Physicians where she has been in post for 16 years, affords Linda a unique insight into a range of sectors.
A combined approach of people centred HR as well as commercial acumen ensures Linda’s ability to deploy HR and OD activities to support organisational growth and development. Linda’s board level experience provides leadership ensuring people are front and centre of all decisions organisationally.Linda is one of the leading contributors to the regular memcom-run senior HR and Leadership roundtable and steering committees.
CIPR President 2021 (Director), CIPR (Seashell Communications)
Mandy is an award wining public relations and marketing consultant with over 25 years industry experience. She has helped public, private and third sector organisations manage their corporate reputation through periods of major change
Starting her career as a market researcher and services marketer before moving in corporate public relations. She has led teams delivering the full range of PR services for major public bodies before setting up her own agency.
Mandy holds an MBA and has been involved with managing corporate digital strategy and customer relations. Her focus on engaging publics and using evidence to drive PR practice has led her from using traditional market research techniques to developing online engagement, customer insight and data analytics. Mandy regularly speaks on these topics at conferences and events in the UK and globally.
She has worked as a consultant for over eight years with work spanning charitable and public bodies as well as clients in the planning, property, energy and construction sectors. She is a widely respected trainer in communications working for a number of training partnerships including the CIPR and RTPI.
Mandy is a Fellow of the CIPR and a Chartered PR practitioner as well as a MCIM and Chartered Marketer.
Client Relationship Director, Liquona
Mark is the Client Relationship Director at Liquona, an award winning creative moving image agency on a mission to deliver fantastic results for our clients. He has degrees in singing and business studies hoping to one day find a way to combine them both.
He has a passion (and a slight over enthusiasm!) for ensuring that Liquona don’t just deliver stunning films that make you look good but also delivering outstanding customer service. The journey that our client’s go on when producing a film with Liquona is just as important as the final delivered piece he can often be heard muttering in his sleep.
Liquona's talented and dedicated team are committed to creating high quality, content rich films with cutting edge finesse and have made a name working in the healthcare, finance, charity and membership space.
In his spare time Mark performs locally in musical theatre as well as keeping fit looking after his two beautiful children.
Co-Founder & Creative Director, Liquona
Matt Day lives to mix it up.
He started his media career at the BBC producing and directing on shows as varied as Blue Peter and Watchdog.
Matt co-founded LIQUONA in order to combine three personal passions; creativity, methodical processes and outstanding client service.
New services at LIQUONA that complement ‘traditional’ video and animation have led to several firsts in sector for interactive video and virtual reality.
LIQUONA is a Televisual Top 40 UK production agency helping some of the UK’s best known organisations and brands to get their message across.
CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine
Nick manages the SOM team and its overall operations and resources. He acts as the main point of communication with SOM Trustees, and also leads on policy issues and relations with Government and stakeholders.
CEO, Royal College of Radiologists
Oliver Reichardt is the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Radiologists, the professional membership body for doctors specialising in oncology or radiology. Prior to this he was Director of Fellowship at the RSA and Executive Lead for its work on the Economy, Enterprise and Manufacturing. Earlier in his career he held a variety of roles across the non-profit sector including for the New Forest National Park Authority, National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Overseas Development Institute. He holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a Masters in Global Politics. He lives in West Berkshire and his hobbies include keeping his three children from running wild, chess and tennis.
CEO, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
As the CEO of BCS my role is to work with the Exec team, Trustees and Council members to agree an appropriate strategy for BCS. I then work with staff, senior volunteers and members to implement that strategy, and manage our performance against the objectives embedded in it.
I am passionate about education and the transformational impact that technology can have on education. BCS’ independence and influence is significant, and it is a privilege to be leading the organisation.
I have been really fortunate in my career. Two high points for me were attending Harvard Business School in 2010 and, more recently, going to 10 Downing Street as part of London Tech Week.
Chief Executive, The Royal College of Psychiatrists
Paul Rees joined the Royal College of Psychiatrists as Chief Executive in November 2016, from the Royal College of GPs – where he was Executive Director of Policy and Engagement.
Working closely with the RCPsych Honorary Officers, Paul has led the modernisation of the RCPsych – leading to the transformation of College IT, stronger membership communication, more effective stakeholder engagement and a dynamic employee relations strategy.
In collaboration with the College Officers, Paul led the introduction of a values-based approach to the way the organisation works with both its members and staff team – based on the organisational values of Courage, Innovation, Respect, Collaboration, Learning and Excellence, which were introduced in 2018.
Among other things, this new approach saw the College celebrate Pride and Black History Month for the first time ever in 2019, and International Women’s Day for the first time in 2020.
The values-based approach led to the College being awarded Charity of the Year in the European Diversity Awards in 2019. In 2020, Paul was shortlisted for the Louis Armstrong CEO Leadership Award in the Memcom Awards.
Paul began his career as a journalist working at the Times, Sunday Telegraph and BBC national network news.
A move into communications saw him co-lead the successful right to roam campaign as Head of Communications at the Ramblers Association, which led to the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.
Later, as Head of Campaigns and Communications at the National Housing Federation, Paul managed the campaign which brought about an end to the pre-payment meter tariff charged by the 'Big Six' energy companies to low income households for gas and electricity – saving £100m a year for less affluent families.
As Director of Communications at the Charities Aid Foundation, he ran an award-winning campaign in 2012 that successfully persuaded the Chancellor to drop his proposed 'charity tax' on large donations, a tax that would have cost the charity sector £500m per year.
In other roles, Paul worked as Director of Communications on the Victoria Climbié and Zahid Mubarek public inquiries, and held the post of Head of Communications at the Home Office.
As Director of Communications at the Association of University Teachers he co-led a successful, national campaign to protect the pay and conditions of university lecturers.
Director of Membership and Professional Standards, Royal Aeronautical Society
Pearl has a distinguished career within the professional membership sector. Her roles have included Head of Membership at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and she is currently the Director of Membership and Professional Standards at the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Head of Public Affairs & Public Policy, Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)
An award-winning communications and policy professional with almost 20 years’ experience in developing and implementing highly successful public affairs, media relations and communications strategies in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors.
Experienced in working for organisations of all sizes from Central Government, local authorities and FTSE listed companies to SMEs, including professional and trade bodies, across a diverse range of sectors from financial services, professional services and FMCG to education, healthcare and energy.
Co to CEO, Filament AI
Phil has a 20-year career in applied technology, and a decade building AI enterprise capability. Phil is CEO of Filament AI, a 36-person team of enterprise AI specialists with offices in London and Toronto, and overseen over 150 AI delivery projects in the last 4 years. He brings a rich and hugely practical experience of building strategic advantage for your business through the shrewd adoption of AI.
Phil is an Entrepreneur-in-residence at Nottingham University Business School, advising business owners on how to leverage AI technology to enhance their business model. He is a former executive at IBM, leading the IBM Watson platform in Europe, their Smarter Cities business in Southeast Asia and co-launching the IBM global IoT platform services practice.
Phil is a Chartered Engineer, and holds an MBA from IESE and Columbia business schools.
CEO, Society of Radiographers
Richard Evans started work in the NHS as a hospital porter. He was inspired to train as a diagnostic radiographer and qualified in 1982. His clinical career in London and Salisbury included speciality interests in neurological imaging and cross-sectional imaging. He went on to become a general manager at Poole Hospital in Dorset. Richard was an active member of the health-workers union CoHSE and then of the Society of Radiographers. In 2004 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Society and the College of Radiographers, a position he has held ever since.
The Society of Radiographers is the professional body and trade union for all non-medical members of the diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy workforces in the UK. There are currently around 31,000 members including students and some 80% of radiographers registered to practice by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Director of Strategy, Policy & Engagement, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Rob Yeldham is director of Strategy, Policy and Engagement for the 60,000 strong professional body and union the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
He is also Vice-Chair of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance which has patient and professional groups as members. He has thirty years’ experience in campaigning and PR and is a chartered PR Practitioner.
Director of Education and Professional Practice, Royal Society of Chemistry
Following a career in scientific and educational publishing, most recently with Oxford University Press, Sarah joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2015. Her role includes support for chemistry education, and the organisation’s membership, accreditation and chartership operations. This enables the RSC to ensure continuity of support for schools, through to further, higher and vocational education, and then for members as they progress through their careers and professional development.
Sarah is passionate about the positive role science can play in solving global challenges, and about ensuring that all young people have access to an inspiring science education. She is committed to supporting members of the RSC in succeeding in their careers and playing their part in advancing excellence in the chemical sciences.
CEO, British Institute Of Radiology
Simon Thompson is Chief Executive of the British Institute of Radiology, having previously worked in leadership roles at a number of non-profit and for-profit organisations. Prior to moving to the charity sector he worked for publishing and online information businesses, serving professional markets including law, finance, natural resources, public affairs and healthcare.
Membership & Development Consultant, Stephanie Richardson Consulting Ltd
After spending 12 years at the Institute of Physics in every sort of ‘Head of’ membership/professional development related role possible, and then leading key change projects, I decided in 2018 that I needed to do something different. Or rather, something the same, but also different.
I love and have ‘lived’ membership, I enjoy getting to know different sectors and professions and am committed to making things better- for members, for teams, for associations. I’m energised by seeing connections between people and processes and experiences, and the opportunity this provides to transfer learning from one setting to another. It was from this that my consultancy business was born.
CEO, Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
Sue Percy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. CIHT is a charity, learned society and membership body with 14,000 members, who are mainly engineers and transport planners, operating in the UK and internationally. Sue’s interests include improving the way transport infrastructure - including roads - is planned, funded, designed, built, managed and operated to meet societal needs, environmental imperatives and supporting a strong economy. She has a deep interest in changing the image of the transport infrastructure industry and making it a more diverse and inclusive career for all.
Sue holds several voluntary Trustee and non-executive Director roles and is a member of the roads expert panel of the Office of Rail and Road. She has worked in the built environment sector for over 30 years in allied professions, Higher Education and in local government. Sue was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in June 2019 for services to transport.
Managing Director, Sequel
Suzanne’s internal communications experience spans strategy and delivery for blue-chip organisations for more than 25 years.
An award-winning writer and NCTJ-trained journalist, Suzanne worked in daily newspapers, has worked in communications roles in-house with Marks & Spencer, McAlpine, Shell and GSK.
Suzanne is managing director of leading employee experience agency, Sequel Group, delivering strategic consultancy and content for clients and day-to day operations for the 30-strong team.
She is also President of the UK’s Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC), and President of the European Association of Internal Communication (FEIEA) – a pan-European association that’s raising IC standards and best practice within Europe.
Group Chief Executive Officer, British Medical Association (BMA)
Tom has over 15 years experience working as a senior manager for membership organisations. From working for the Civil and Public Services Association (CPSA), the House of Commons, The Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the British Medical Association.
In 2019 he took up the post of Group Chief Executive Officer at the BMA, bringing with him considerable membership body experience, both of trade unions and professional associations. Tom has a passion to drive forward the BMA’s mission: “We look after doctors so they can look after you”.
Co-opted Trustee of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management – Member of the Steering Group of the Professional Associations Research Network– Member of Royal College of Emergency Medicine Governance Code Project – Member of the GMB
CEO, Help the Hospices
Tracey is the Chief Executive of Hospice UK, and of its subsidiary, the Gold Standards Framework. Tracey joined Hospice UK in January 2016 and before then was CEO of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.
Her previous roles include Chief Executive of the Personal Education Group (pfeg) where she led a successful campaign for financial education to be included in the National Curriculum.
She was also UK Director of the charity MEND, which tackles obesity and promotes healthy living, and spent 13 years in management consultancy with Price Waterhouse, Accenture and ITV.
Tracey is on the Lancet Commission into the Value of Death. She is also Co-Chair of the Palliative Care Leadership Collaborative.
She holds an engineering degree, MBA, postgraduate qualifications in International and Social Policy and is a Chartered Director.
CEO, College of Paramedics
Tracy, a registered paramedic, has more than 26 years’ experience in NHS ambulance services. She recently left her role as an Executive Director and paramedic on an NHS Trust Board to take on a new career opportunity. Having been closely involved with the College of Paramedics for many years, taking on roles such as the lead for sepsis care, supporting national guidance and occupying the role of Vice Chair and Fellow of the College, Tracy became its Chief Executive in January of 2020.
Tracy has been involved in several strategic clinical groups on specialist subjects, the joint development of an app to benefit staff with clinical pathways that has gone on to be adopted nationally, National Confidential Enquiry clinical panel member for two enquiries and has been active in the education and leadership development of the profession as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Dr Vaughan-Dick (PhD) has worked at a senior level in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Valerie is presently the Chief Operating Officer of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). The RCGP is the membership organisation for 53,000 GPs and works extensively to be the voice of General Practice and improve patient care in the UK and internationally. She leads the staff across the organisation in the UK and internationally and joined the RCGP in 2014 initially as the Executive Director of Planning and Resources.
Valerie started her career with the National Audit Office where she qualified as an accountant. She worked on value for money and financial audits of the Departments of Health & Social Security, Overseas Services, Local Government and Housing. Valerie has been an Executive Finance and Resources Director in central and local government, working on financial and strategic management issues and has extensive international experience. She has been a Chair of a NHS Trust and is presently the Chair of the Woolwich Creative District Trust, a major multi-million-pound regeneration project of the Royal Arsenal area in London and Chair of Audit and Board Member of a Housing Association.
In 2008, she was awarded the HM Treasury Government and CPFA Finance Profession 'Personality of the Year' award for excellence in financial management. She is a qualified coach after completing a course at Ashridge Business School and during 2019 she attended the ‘Women in Leadership’ Programme at Harvard University Business School in the USA.
She has spoken extensively on Management, Diversity and Leadership subjects in the UK and globally. Subjects with International audiences have covered ‘Public-Private Sector Infrastructure Programmes’ with Commonwealth Countries; ‘UK Health System’ at Harvard University Medical School; ‘Primary Care in Uganda’ at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Global Health at the UK Houses of Parliament and ‘The Diversity Leadership Challenge’ presented to universities, UK Whitehall Departments and international Police Officers.