Judging Panel

Neil McCawley

Group Head of Reward


Neil McCawley has been Group Head of Reward for Ferguson for four years having previously been the Head of Reward for their UK business (Wolseley UK) for eight years. In his current role he is primarily responsible for Executive Rewards for their UK and US based Executive Directors as well as UK reward corporate governance, and in this role he has been splitting his time between the US and UK head offices for the last 18 months. Before that, he was Reward Manager at One Stop Stores (a subsidiary of Tesco), for three and a half years. His career started at Barclays Bank, where he spent 21 years in a variety of roles, starting in branch banking and ending up as a HR Project Manager working on both reward and non-reward-related projects.

Sharon Tebb

Compensation & Benefits Manager

Withers LLP

Sharon Tebb is an is an experienced Compensation and Benefits Manager with a wealth of knowledge and expertise gained in the Private Sector. Her main areas of responsibility are to design, implement and manage the reward and wellbeing strategies for Withers LLP (International law firm) . She is a trustee of the firm's Defined Benefit Pension Scheme and also Chair of the Governance Group for their UK Defined Contribution Pension scheme.

During her career, she has gained a substantial amount of hands-on experience of managing projects in both pensions and benefits. Projects such as the introduction of the Withers LLP online flexible benefits programme... which she says has successfully enabled the firm to bring more awareness to and appreciation of their benefits, enhance their offerings further, streamline administration and create a one stop shop for all benefit information.

After a really rewarding and enjoyable career at Withers LLP Sharon will soon be moving on to pastures new. In June she will be joining RBC as their Senior Manager, Europe Pensions & Benefits.

Dan Ball

Associate Director, Total Rewards - EMEALA

Johnson Controls

Dan is currently Associate Director, Total Rewards - EMEALA at Johnson Controls, driving the reward agenda for a 3.5 bill USD business across a diverse range of geographies. Dan began his reward career at Rolls-Royce, before moving into a global role with high-tech online gaming company Bwin, then on to UK telecoms company KCOM. A career that has exposed him to a broad range of company cultures, sizes and sectors, where his most impactful benefits projects have always had a focus on applying best practice to the unique business setting.

Emma Cutbill

Head of HR

Incisive Media

Emma has worked in HR for over 15 years. Previously Head of Benefits, Emma was responsible for the sourcing, communication and engagement of benefits for the company. She was instrumental in the implementation and launch of Incisive Media's in-house flexible benefits programme back in 2009. Emma was in the Hot 100 Benefits Managers list and since becoming Head of HR in 2018, Emma has continued to ensure the benefits on offer remain appealing to the diversity of Incisive's people and their wellbeing.

Steve Herbert

Head of Benefits Strategy

Howden Employee Benefits

Steve Herbert is an award-winning thought leader on Pensions and Employee Benefit issues, and is widely known to employers, industry journalists, and insurers across the UK.

His principal aim is better communicating the value and usage of employee benefits to Human Resources professionals. This he has achieved through many (highly successful) seminar series, and his regular and widely read articles and blog posts on the subject.

Steve also acts as a judge in HR and Employee Benefits industry awards, product innovator, a regular contributor to DWP forums, and compulsive responder to formal Government Consultations on pension and benefit issues.

He is occasionally accused of making employee benefits interesting.


Jane Allen

Group Vice President Reward


Global Reward Director within the Technology, information services and media industry sectors.

Extensive experience of global compensation and benefit design/ implementation, Compensation Committee management (10+ years experience), employee communication, Pension Fund management, job grading, broadbanding, variable incentive and global benefit design.

Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute and Chartered Insurer.


Martin Lacey

Pensions and Benefits Manager

Direct Line Group

Martin is Direct Line Group's Pensions and Benefits Manager. He joined in August 2018. Prior to this he was at Royal Mail Group for almost 15 years, leading and supporting a variety of pensions and benefits projects. Martin holds an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford, is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) and is also a Senior Examiner for the PMI.

Lisa Shufflebottom

Head of Benefits


Lisa Shufflebottom is Head of Benefits for the UK and Ireland at Sanofi and is responsible for driving the employee benefits strategy to align with the business. Her focus is to continue to improve the employee experience to be more intuitive, personalised and relevant to Sanofi's diverse and changing employee population. Previously, Lisa was the Benefits Manager at Towers Watson where she was instrumental in the design and implementation of their flexible benefits offering. Her career started at Legal and General where she covered a variety of roles culminating in the position of Pensions Manager.

Neil Goodwin

Group Reward Director


Neil is Group Reward Director at Countrywide, a leading property services company in the UK, where his team have won a number of awards in recognition of their achievements. He is responsible for a wide range of areas including remuneration committee content, executive remuneration, bonus, pay and benefits. Prior to joining Countrywide, Neil spent over 15 years working in Reward across a broad range of sectors including telecommunications, professional services, logistics and media.

Gabbi Stopp

Executive Director


Gabbi is Executive Director of ProShare, the UK share plans industry body. A chartered company secretary, over the past twenty years she has held a variety of share plans and share registration roles in-house at Tesco, Pearson and Barclays, and as a service provider at Equiniti and Link Asset Services.

Stephen Haynes

Head of Programme

Mates in Mind

Stephen is the Head of Programme for Mates in Mind, a framework to support construction companies in improving mental health & wellbeing. He is a specialist in the design, implementation and management of workplace health & wellbeing programmes and co-founder of the C3 Workplace Health Movement, a global networking body of HR and workplace health professionals. Stephen is also an advisor to the Mayor of London's Healthy Workplace Charter as well as an assessor of London based organisations, examining and advising on the Healthy Workplace Charter standards.

Caroline Keefe

Group Pensions & Reward Manager


After a brief spell as a rock, pop and dance buyer for HMV, and with a degree in History & Society from Exeter University behind her, Caroline entered the pensions industry in 1998. After a few roles in the West Country, she moved to London in 2003, where she worked for AIG and then Experian, where she spent nine years with pensions and benefits responsibilities both in the UK and internationally. Caroline is currently Group Pensions & Reward Manager for Synthomer plc, a specialities chemicals company and a FTSE250 PLC.

Caroline enjoys the challenge of catering benefits to different nationalities and cultures, and building relationships with offices overseas to help companies achieve their global goals. She also has a keen interest in health and wellbeing. Caroline served over 10 years on the Pensions Management Institute London Group Committee, spending some of that time as business secretary organising industry events for local pension professionals. She is a fellow of the Pensions Management Institute (FPMI) and holds the Diploma in International Employee Benefits (DipIEB).

John Rogers

UK Benefits Manager


John is UK Benefits Manager at AstraZeneca. John is an award winning professional and Chartered Insurer by background. He has over 20 years of pensions and benefits experience gained from across diverse and significant scale businesses and sectors, both in-house and consultancy based and is also a Company appointed Trustee on the AstraZeneca Ireland Trustee Boards and Chair of the UK Governance Committee.
John is experienced at engaging with the Prudential Regulation Authority in ICAAP and ICA risk capital discussions and is also the author of a key thought leadership feature on developing a cohesive strategy to mitigate capital and pension financial risk exposures.

Natasha Wilson

Global Reward Director

Oxford University Press

Natasha is passionate about growing internal talent and driving through transformational change. Natasha's career in HR spans 20 years and encompasses a variety of complex organisations; she acted as a Trustee for many years on a large multi-employer pension scheme, and currently is responsible for the Global Reward agenda at Oxford University Press.

Christina Alliak

Global benefits technology manager

Boston Consulting Group

Christina has more than 10 years of experience in total rewards, mostly in Benefits space. She has spent most of her career at Cisco Systems, covering a variety of total rewards projects and areas: from benefits technology and communication implementation across more than 60 countries across EMEA to total rewards business consulting.
One of her main achievements was leading a region-wide strategy in benefit technology implementation delivered through an online portal, which not only had a great feedback from the employees but also won Cisco multiple Employee Benefits award.
After leaving Cisco and having spent 2 years at Seadrill as a Global Benefits manager, overseeing strategy and delivery of benefits programs globally, Christina has recently joined Boston Consulting Group, leading a global implementation of their Wellbeing and Benefits platform aiming to bring excellence to the employee benefits experience.