HR’s rising stars of 2019 | 10 ones to watch

Jess Fuhl
Published on 7th March 2019
2 min read

Who’s a rising star in HR?

To coincide with International Women’s Day, we asked senior HR experts to nominate exceptional, talented women in HR with five years or less experience to celebrate our industry and the inspirational women within it.

Our only criteria were that they had to be someone:

  • Who is or who has the potential to be a role model for others
  • Who strives to achieve success and results
  • Who gives back or inspires others
  • Has the potential to become a future HR and People leader

We received a multitude of nominations and it was a pleasure reading them all. As a result, ten exceptional future HR leaders were identified.

Our list breaks down who’s nominated, and why – as well as their top advice for others thinking about a career in HR.

In the meantime, here’s a snippet of who was nominated, and why. Happy reading!

Amanda Brunson, HR Generalist at R W Block Consulting

“Her energy and excitement are contagious,” explains Jon Thurmond, Regional HR Manager at Team Fishel and host of the #HRSocialHour podcast that features Amanda.

Broch Cleminson, Chief Creative Officer at People and Transformational HR

Perry Timms, Founder at People and Transformational HR, was blown away by Broch’s appetite for learning.

Claire Petrie, Talent Acquisition Manager at Remedy Intelligent Staffing

Claire was also nominated by Jon Thurmond, Regional HR Manager at Team Fishel and host of #HRSocialHour podcast, for the amount she gives back to the local HR community.

Ellie Brown, HR and Tech Recruitment Lead at Oodle Car Finance

It was Ellie’s tenacity, talent for speaking and volunteering that made Founder of Disrupt HR Katrina Collier nominate her.

Emma Layzell, People Advisor at Quantm Education

Chief People Officer at Quantm Education Darren Cross nominated Emma for her ability to deal with curveballs.

Jazmine Wilkes, HR Assistant at Ignite

“I have worked with Jazmine in the last year in a volunteer board member capacity and she’s consistently performed at or above expectations,” explains Ben Eubanks, Principal Analyst at Lighthouse Research and Advisory.

Kaiwei Xie, HR Operations and HRIS Specialist at Beam Suntory

“Since we hired Kaiwei she showed an extraordinary potential and degree of autonomy that made us immerse her in initiatives that went beyond her responsibilities,” explains Ilja Rijnen, Regional HR Director for Emerging Asia at Beam Suntory, who nominated Kaiwei with Ana Garcia Duffy, HR Director for international supply chain and HR operations at Beam Suntory.

Louella Jernberg, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Enterprise Holdings

Louella was nominated by her colleague Sara Lehnis for the phenomenal work she’s done on diversity and inclusion – both inside and outside the business.

Nadia Bailey, HR Business Partner at HMRC

Nadia was nominated by Jeanette Forder, Senior HR Business Partner at HMRC. “Anyone who works with her always comes away with a positive experience because she is so open, friendly and generous with her time and knowledge,” she explains.

Tabitha Burhop, Talent Scout at ?What If!

In less than two years Tabitha has gone from scheduling interviews and chasing down feedback, to headhunting and onboarding senior people in our business, says Estelle Shepherd, Global Head of Talent at ?What If!

See the list in full – including the full nomination and our rising stars’ top advice for others.

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