Our judging panel is comprised of industry experts and senior HR professionals who are known for their extensive experience and ability to identify and recognise those entries that demonstrate true excellence in the field of Human Resources. 

To ensure a fair and rigorous process, the judges will score each award entry by category confidentially.

This year’s judging panel includes:

Mark Syvret

Mark Syvret - Chairman, Romerils

Jersey born and educated, Mark started at Romerils on an internal management training programme. In 2003 he became Managing Director, his main role being to oversee a programme of change to take what was a traditional builders merchant business, to a diversified group of companies which now operates both in Jersey & the UK, and employs 150 people in retail & wholesale. Mark is now chairman of the Romerils group which includes an online tool sales company & a UK based property development company.

Seeing "change as the new constant" he is passionate about talent acquisition & retention, training and development, to continually reskill people to adapt to a rapidly changing retail environment.

A keen supporter of small businesses, having been on the Board of Jersey Business Venture and working with the Government to give birth to "Jersey Business", he is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce Retail sub-committee.

Having retired as Chairman of the board of governors of Rouge Bouillon School, Mark is currently a Trustee of two local charities, one which funds other charitable work.

Lesley Harrison

Lesley Harrison - Head of HR and Marketing Sandpiper CI and Chairman, Prison! Me! No Way!!! Jersey

CIPD Talent Attraction and Management Award Category Award Winner 2013

IOD Jersey Director of the Year 2016 – for the Public/Private Sector

IOD UK Finals 2016 - Highly Commended Director - for Not for Profit/Third Sector

As Head of HR and Marketing to Sandpiper CI, the largest operator of Food Convenience stores in the Channel Islands, including a range of blue chip retail brands, my role is to design, develop and implement strategies to ensure the business remains the islands’ premier employer and retailer of choice.

As Chairman of Prison! Me! No Way!!! Jersey – which is a charity and NPO, my role is to provide inclusive, strategic leadership, good governance and effective communications for the Executive Board and Team, ensuring we are transparent, accountable, measurable and sustainable, and we continue to design and deliver relevant, timely and age appropriate information for young people to help keep them safe.

Caroline Shakerley

Caroline Shakerley - CIPD Guernsey Branch Chair

Caroline Shakerley started her career in accountancy and although part qualified, completely changed tack and moved into marketing, before finally settling into HR. Caroline has now worked in HR for twenty years and believes this mixed background has given her a great all round experience that has benefited her throughout her career as well as helping bring greater understanding of and partnering for the businesses she has worked with. Caroline currently works for Healthspan as their Head of HR. In her ten years with the company she has worked concurrently with three different companies as part of the Healthspan Group, Blue Islands, Vista Hotels and Healthspan itself and is responsible for staff in the UK, Guernsey and Jersey. Caroline is MCIPD qualified and is the Chair of the Guernsey CIPD committee and has been in this role for two years. She has volunteered with the CIPD for nearly seven.

Sharon Slade

Sharon Slade - Head of Sustainability, HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Sharon is responsible for leading Sustainability in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man for HSBC and is based in Jersey. She works with local charities across the Islands to design community investment programmes that have impact and support HSBC’s focus areas of education, the environment, and health and medical research.

Sharon joined the organisation in 1984 as a junior clerk in Liverpool with Midland Bank, which was later taken over by the HSBC Group. She held various positions in the UK and then moved to Jersey in 1992 and held roles in Sales, Operations, Customer Services and Marketing. Prior to her current role Sharon was responsible for leading the team for Events, Community, Internal Communications and PR.

Sharon is also a Sustainability Leader for HSBC and a trained Citizen Science Leader for the HSBC Water Programme, the HSBC Group’s global environmental programme. She is also an Executive Committee Member of The Whiteley Association, a senior professional and business women’s networking organisation in Jersey.