Winners 2020

People development

Alison Clarke was appointed chief human resources officer for Inchcape PLC in September 2015. Alison is an experienced senior human resources executive who has held pivotal HR roles at some of the world’s best-known brands. She started her career with Ford Motor Company, working in a range of roles supporting operations, vehicle design and engineering. She went on to work at Hilton and Whitbread, as well as gaining significant international market experience based in Hong Kong as group human resources director for AS Watson, part of the Hutchison Whampoa Group and United Utilities PLC

People development nominees

Marion Berlier, Nissan Technical Centre

Marion Berlier has been in charge of HR at Nissan’s Cranfield development centre since 2018. She came from Lego, which she joined in 2009, rising to the position of senior HR director. She is responsible for on-site functions at Cranfield and has business partnering responsibility for key functions, including R&D and purchasing, at European level.

Rachael Edwards, Mercedes-Benz UK

Edwards is Mercedes' HR representative at board level in the UK, a job she has held since 2014. She was hired by the company in 2009 from Woolworths, which she joined out of university and where she rose to the role of divisional HR manager. Edwards graduated from the University of Derby in 2002 with a degree in human resources management.

Lucy Jones, Groupe Renault UK

Jones oversees staffing for Renault’s brands in the UK and Ireland. In her two years at the firm since joining as a member of the board of directors in 2018 she has improved the internal promotion rate to 75% and taken voluntary turnover from 10% to 6%. She moved from Swedish construction company Skanska, where she was director of HR operations.

Clare Martin, Jardine Motors Group

Martin sits on the dealer group’s leadership team and is responsible for the firm’s 2600-plus colleagues. She joined in 2015 from a senior HR role at software provider eFront. Clare started her automotive career in a Volkswagen/ Audi dealership and moved into HR after gaining her Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualification.

Prudence Medford, Aston Martin Lagonda

Medford joined Aston this year after moving from JLR, where she was head of employee engagement. Her career began at JLR in 1999, working as an HR graduate, and she rose through the ranks to hold titles including Vice President of HR for North America. She gained her CIPD qualification in 2002 from Coventry University.

Jo Moxon, Marshall Motor Group

Moxon moved to Marshall Motor Group as HR director last year 2019, prior to which she held the same role at Pendragon. She moved to automotive from owner BGL Group, where she was HR and talent director, and has spent 20 years in the financial sector. She has a masters in HR management from Sheffield Hallam University.

Susan Ormiston, Belron International

Susan joined the global vehicle glass repair and replacement group, which includes Autoglass, last year. She moved from beauty product specialist Avon, where she was senior vice president and chief HR officer. She started her HR career at IBM, which she joined in 1992 after graduating with a BA Honours in Business Studies from the University of Wolverhampton.

Lisa Rowles, Horiba MIRA

Lisa heads up the global HR function of the automotive engineering, test and development consultancy, which she joined in 1995. In 2013 Lisa set up the MIRA Academy for skills training and was a founding Board member of the MIRA Technology Institute, which delivers skills development to the global automotive industry. Lisa is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

Catherine Sibbald, CDK Global

Sibbald heads up the HR function for the global dealership management software company in regions outside North America, a position she has held since 2017 after being promoted from the role of HR director. In her current role she’s responsible for 8000 staff across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Sibbald joined CDK in 2015 from Dyson, where she had spent four years.

Jane Skerry, Ford of Britain

Skerry has responsibility for the welfare of more than 9000 staff across the company’s UK activities, and is the HR lead for commercial vehicle business in Europe. Previous roles saw her gaining experience within employee relations, skills development, benefits and compensation. She studied economics at Leeds University.

Helen Ward, BMW UK

Ward's recent move to this directorship role gives her HR responsibility across all BMW entities in the UK and Ireland. She reports to the head of HR Europe at BMW Group. Almost 20 of her 28 years working in HR have been spent at BMW, following her move to join the company’s financial services division in 2001.

Penny Weatherup, Volkswagen Group UK

Weatherup joined Volkswagen Group UK’s board in 2016 as human resources director after starting at the company in 2007 as an HR business partner, and she has overseen the people strategy for VW Group’s five combined brands in the UK. Before moving to VW, Weatherup worked at UK intellectual property firm Barker Brettell and insurance firm AXA.