Meet our Judges

Our judges are all Senior Talent Acquisition professionals with track records of success within our industry so well positioned to assess the very best in Talent Acquisition. Find out more about them here...

Jennifer Candee
Global Head of Talent Acquisition

Jennifer was formerly the Global Head of Talent Acquisition and Employer Brand for Mondelez International, one of the world's largest snacks companies with 2019 net revenues of $26billion, over 90,000 employees and operations across 165 countries globally.

Paul Maxin
Founding Director
Max Intalent Ltd

Paul is a Talent leader who focuses on transformation, talent management and acquisition strategy, employment brand, recruitment policy and the framework for operational delivery.

Matt Jeffery
Recruitment Director

Matthew is currently the Recruitment Director for EY UKI, (a multinational professional services network). Previous to EY Matthew was VP Global Head of Sourcing & Employment Brand at technology giant SAP, where he built an award winning team.


Nick Short
Talent Acquistion Lead, UK&I
Siemens plc

Nick has worked within the Recruitment and Talent Acquisition industry since 2007, having started his career with a boutique technology agency In London, where shortly after he moved to the Middle East to start a 14 year career, visiting multiple locations!

Melanie Punch
Head of Careers
Investec plc

Mel Punch is the Head of Careers at Investec Plc an ‘out of the ordinary’ Bank and Wealth Manager with offices across the UK, US, Asia and Africa. Having joined the business 4 years ago to head up recruitment, Mel now looks after Recruitment, People and Talent Consulting and Employee Relations driving a smoother candidate and employee experience.

Rebecca Foden
Head of Divisional Resourcing

Rebecca has recently joined Capita as the Head of Divisional Resourcing for Government Services. Capita is one of the UK’s largest consulting and digital services and software businesses, with over 60, 000 employees in the UK, Europe, India and Africa. Rebecca currently manages a global delivery team to deliver over 3000 hires per annum and 10, 000 employees.

Peter Hetherington
Recruitment Director
Genomics England

Peter has returned as Chair of the Judges for this year's FIRM Awards, and is a talent acquisition SME for Genomics England.