HR & Recruitment

We are proud to announce the top 10 shortlist for the HR & Recruitment category, sponsored by Twenty Recruitment

These individuals will now be invited to celebrate their shortlisting alongside our sponsors, judges and guests at a celebratory reception sponsored by Bloomberg on 17 May 2016.   

Judging will now begin to identify the final five winners for each category.  Winners will be notified by 6 June 2016 and invited to celebrate at the winners party sponsored by Barclays on 30 June 2016.

Should you wish to cast a public vote of support for any of the individuals below, please vote on the right hand side of this page.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our amazing shortlisted nominees the very best of luck in the final stages of judging.

Shortlist in HR & Recruitment

Ashley McCuskey | Huxley Banking & Financial Services (SThree)

Having grown up in Northern Ireland in the 1980's/90's, I moved to London in 2012 to begin my career at Huxley Banking & Finance Services, a trading division of SThree, having fallen into recruitment through a friend’s referral. I am a Law graduate, and although I realised it wasn't the career for me, I’ve been lucky to live and work in various locations globally, gaining invaluable experience that would enable me to build a career.

In my spare time, I love to read fictional crime novels, travel, go to HIIT classes, spend time with family and friends and raise money for charities close to my heart, including MS Society.

I love working with people and as a Client Relationship Manager, I am ambitious; operating at a strategic level, solving problems and thinking of innovative ideas to propel us further in a highly competitive marketplace. I strive to be at the top of my game and demonstrate impeccable client service as I manage one of our largest accounts. Whilst my role has it’s challenges, I look at these as positive factors that help me improve constantly.

Edleen John | Morgan Stanley

Edleen works within the Diversity and Inclusion Team and is the youngest person in EMEA to ever be promoted to Vice President within HR.

She is passionate about gender diversity and focuses on recruitment, retention and development of diverse populations through engaging with students, experienced professionals and employees to drive the Diversity Agenda. Key initiatives include London’s Return To Work Programme for mother’s returning from a career break and career development programmes for women at specific career stages.

Edleen aims to inspire, educate, challenge, and move the needle and shares her insights via multiple platforms, including at schools, universities, industry conferences and female-focused campaigns such as the IAmVisible.

As a British-born Sierra Leonean, she attended Comprehensive Schools, before completing her MA (Cantab) in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge and subsequently her MSc in Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology at King’s College London. She is a GBR member of the British Psychological Society and holds her Chartered CIPD Membership.

Before HR, Edleen started her career as an Investment Banker at Lehman Brothers International.

Ellen Hartley | Barclays

When Ellen was young, someone told  her the world wouldn't go round without hundreds of people working together to push it, and whilst she now knows that's not quite how it happens, she's still a firm believer in the importance of people working together to learn, develop and achieve. It's for this reason she joined HR, and continues to love every day of her role.

Ellen studied Management at Manchester University, before spending a year in Massachusetts studying and working part time as a teacher for students with learning difficulties.

Passionate about equality, Ellen is on the Diversity and Inclusion Council, being part of the winning team for the 2015 Women in Banking and Finance Diversity Team Award, for her role supporting females entering senior leadership.

Ellen believes we have a responsibility to give back to communities we operate in, and volunteers weekly, spending time with the elderly.

Hannah Waddington | Carillion

I’m really thrilled to be nominated for such a great award. I appreciate that my efforts throughout my career so far have been recognised and believe that this award could really benefit many other women within my industry. I decided after leaving college that I wasn’t going to go to University and wanted to focus on building a career as soon as possible. I started in the company on the helpdesk as a Customer Services Representative. After being put at risk of redundancy after two and a half years in 2014, I decided to apply for a HR Administrator role within the company where I was successfully redeployed. It quickly became clear to me that I really enjoyed the world of HR and that this is what I wanted to embark on as a career. Within six months I was promoted to a HR Assistant and I decided I wanted to get my CIPD qualification in HR in which the company kindly sponsored me for and supported me in. I studied for my level 3 CIPD qualification part-time whilst working full-time which has been tough however now it is completed I can’t wait to start the next level! Six months ago I applied for the role of HR Advisor within the team I worked in and was successful, I now look after and advise seven contracts across London and am really enjoying the different challenges along the way and learning and improving every day. I’m especially pleased to have been shortlisted for this amazing award at the age of 24 at the start of my career as I have ambitions to become a great role model for other young women.

Julia Vanoli | House of Commons

I am an experienced Learning and Development professional and I have worked in Parliament for many years, in a range of different departments and roles. I have substantial experience of the varying requirements of different business areas, their preferred learning approaches and how to manage specific development needs.  I am also chair of  Parliagender (Parliament's Workplace Equality Network  for Gender Equality)   and this has enabled me to develop excellent working relationships with House of Lords and external organisations in the delivery of the Parliagender strategy. I have deputised for the current Head of Learning, attending leadership meetings and representing the work and achievements of the team.  I recently gained a Postgraduate qualification in Career and Talent Management and I have led the Career Coaching team in Parliament and developed this service from a small group to a team of over 20 qualified career coaches. This team actively support staff development and coaching at all levels in the organisation. I have also led the development of an new external mentoring programme for women colleagues to develop leadership skills and their careers  in Parliament, a new initiative which I developed in partnership to enable this to be a key feature of our annual development offer. I am passionate about people developing their skills to meet their full potential, whatever their background or aspirations may be.

Kayleigh Bottomley | Progressive Recruitment (SThree)

I'm the eldest of 8 siblings, four sisters and three brothers. I started a degree in Actuarial Science but after year 1 a change in circumstances meant one of my sisters who was 14 needed to move in with me, so I secured a full time job with Santander to allow this to happen. After 3 years, once she had secured a position in a foundation course for a mental health nursing degree we moved to London and I started a brand new career with Progressive Recruitment, a trading division of SThree. In the last 6 years, I've been through the high and lows that recruitment offers, however have been given an amazing platform to champion come of the key beliefs I hold in life. Everyone deserves to be given an opportunity to reach their full potential, always give excellent customer service, create a diverse and inclusive work environment and this will lead to a creative, happy and retained work force. I have had some really good success which I am always thankful for, but truly believe it is my unwavering desire to assist my customers in making the right choices for their organisations or careers that has led me to this success.

Nikki Richards | Huxley Banking & Financial Services (SThree)

I’m a Kings College London Hispanic Studies graduate, fluent in Spanish, who very much fell into the crazy world of recruitment, as most of us do! I’ve worked for Huxley Banking & Financial Services, a trading division of SThree for eight and a half years now, and it’s certainly been a rollercoaster ride. As a hands on technology recruiter for six of these years, I went through many ups and downs experiencing a boom and a recession in the space of 18 months. I now manage two of Huxley’s largest accounts, overseeing 60 consultants on a daily basis, which comes with many challenges. I thrive on stressful, high-pressure situations and helping others – I wouldn’t have it any other way! In my spare time, I’m constantly try to beat my 10km and half marathon PBs for various charities; I’m currently fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK to support my lovely grandad who is fighting this disease. In a nutshell, I’m honest, loyal & hardworking.

Rozina Kostiani | BP

I am a CIPD qualified HR professional with over five years of experience across a number of areas, including L&D, Business Partnering, Social Media/Comms, Reward, Resourcing and Community Management. I discovered my passion about HR during my BSc in Management Science and Technology. During an exchange in Iceland, I discovered my second passion – International Management. Since then, I have worked in eight different countries in a broad range of organizations, from small start-ups and NGOs to Fortune 500 companies; I aspire to be a global citizen. Currently I am part of BP’s HR Challenger Programme, selected amongst 7000 applications. Diversity, both ethnic and gender, has been the focus of my MSc HRM studies and my Postgrad.  I have studied 8 languages and my strengths include analytical skills, an IT background and commercial savvy – but above all, always putting People in the centre and acting as the conscience of the organisation.

Tarryn Severn | Barclays

Having started her career as a PA, Tarryn is now the Colleague Engagement Lead for Investment Banking Operations UK. Tarryn’s primary focus is ensuring that her colleagues feel engaged, enabled and empowered to deliver high performance, encouraging retention and fostering a positive working environment for the business. Tarryn leads the business strategy for Colleague Engagement in the UK, working with senior stakeholders to prioritize and implement execution by organizing engagement and recognition events.

Tarryn also supports the Business Management team for Risk and Control, having ownership of Headcount and financials data, ensuring variances are monitored and accounted for.

Tarryn has a passion for giving back to the community and works with different organizations to provide employability, financial and life skills to underprivileged individuals, both in and outside of prison.

Originally from Australia, Tarryn has lived in the UK for seven years and enjoys travelling around the world experiencing new cultures!

Winnie Oudemans | Barclays

Winnie Oudemans is a HR Business Partner within the Operations and Technology HR Team. She joined Barclays in 2011 after graduating from the University of Manchester, initially within the Wealth and Investment Management Learning team and following that within the Organisational Insight team as a Portfolio Manager. Winnie is also a co-founder and UK Global Co-Chair of Emerge, an internal network for colleagues early in their career at Barclays. With a passion for Social Impact and Entrepreneurship, she is privileged to have represented Barclays at the One Young World Summit in Johannesburg in 2013 and Dublin in 2014.

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