Meet the Top Employer Award judges

The WM People Top Employer Awards recognise the companies that are leading the UK in flexible working, diversity & inclusion, career progression for women plus support for families and employee mental health. Our panel of six eminent judges will narrow down the shortlist and decide on the winners for 2022. Each one is an experienced professional in flexible employment.  Let’s meet them….


Celebrations at the 2019 Top Employer Awards


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Gillian Nissim
Founder, WM People

Gillian launched in 2006 as a way to champion flexible employers and family-friendly roles for parents. The move was inspired by her own experiences as a working mum. launched in 2018 and in 2019, with the parent company rebranded WM People Ltd last year to recognise the range of different audiences covered by the business.

Jennifer Liston-Smith
Head of Thought Leadership for Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions.

Jennifer is a well-respected and renowned thought leader in progressive employment practices. She has supported employers in a wide range of industries to embrace inclusion, wellbeing, family-friendly programmes, flexible working and gender parity in how they do business..

Jennifer’s day job is with Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions, where a decade ago she set up and led the coaching side of the business. She now specialises in identifying new trends and addressing them with new solutions and best practice.

Andy Lake

Andy Lake is a specialist advisor in implementing smart and flexible working practices. He has been the editor of Flexibility since 1994 and founded the Smart Work Network, a collaboration of more than 200 larger companies and public sector organisations.

He has advised on dozens of flexible work implementations, with a focus on the evidence base for change, benchmarking and developing organisational policies.

David Dunbar
Head of Digital Workspace at the Department of Work and Pensions

David is the Head of Digital Workspace at the Department of Work and Pensions, the UK’s largest public sector department. He previously led BT’s Flexible Working Services division and was Head of Digital Workplace at Nationwide Building Society.

Today he is responsible for modernising the systems and solutions used by the DWP’s 90,000 employees, and delivering new office and hub space for collaborative, agile working.

Bukola Adisa
Founder at Career Masterclass

Bukola is the Founder and CEO of Career Masterclass, an online career development platform. She created the service with a simple mission: to help hard workers climb higher on the ladder — regardless of background, circumstances or identity.

Bukola has held senior roles at major financial services organisations including HSBC, JP Morgan, NatWest and Deloitte. She is a board member at Centrepoint and a regular conference speaker and thought leader on diversity issues. You can read more about Bukola here.

Dr Clare Kelliher
Professor of Work & Organisation, Cranfield University

Clare Kelliher, BSc, MA, PhD is Professor of Work and Organisation at Cranfield School of Management. Her research focuses on the employer-employee relationship, with a keen interest in flexible working.

Claire recently led a major project with seven companies examining how flexible working affects performance. She has published many papers and book chapters and is a regular speaker on the international stage.

Patrick Thomson
Policy Institute Director – Shaw Trust

Patrick has recently joined the Shaw Trust after six years at the Centre for Ageing Better where he led their programmes on employer engagement and age-inclusive employment.

Shaw Trust is a social enterprise with charitable status challenging inequality for people across the UK through employment and related support. He previously worked for the Government Social Research Unit, leading projects for the Department for Work and Pensions’ ageing society strategy.

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