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Date posted: 14th December 2021

14th December 2021

Inspiring Workplaces recognizes inspiring leadership

Inspiring Workplaces recognizes inspiring leadership
  • Inspiring Leaders winners announced
  • Over 40 leaders across five continents recognised from the C-Suite to the frontline

London – December 14, 2021 – Inspiring Workplaces, the organisation with a mission to change the world by improving the word of work, announced today the winners of its 2021 Inspiring Leaders awards. The awards have recognized 44 people, at all levels in organizations across the globe, who were truly inspirational in 2021.

Inspiring Workplaces believes that leaders who demonstrate the four essential qualities below exist right throughout an organisation.

  • They are humane
    • They’re kind & grateful
    • They’re inclusive
    • They empathise
    • They’re authentic
  • They are courageous
    • They’re resilient & calm
    • They give people a sense of certainty and control
    • They make the abnormal seem normal
    • They’re forward thinking
  • They communicate
    • They communicate clearly, consistently and frequently
    • They’re transparent with facts
    • The give their people a voice
    • They listen and act on feedback
    • They foster collaboration
    • They lead by example
  • They unleash potential
    • They trust their people
    • They empower their people
    • They help people learn new skills
    • They build belief

Nominations for people who demonstrated these qualities were invited for the three different categories below:

  • C-Suite
  • Manager
  • Unsung Hero (frontline workers).

Ruth Dance, Managing Director of the IW Academy said, “In a time when budgets are stretched and the financial effects of covid are being hit, these leaders put less focus on financial results and much more on the welfare of their people.

Taking weekends out to help apprentices move out of substandard accommodation, setting up hardship funds, taking the extra time to discuss people’s personal lives when going through turmoil themselves. These leaders were fearless and brave when the world around them was fearing the next steps. They stood up when it mattered most on critical issues affecting us all.”

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Below we have shared the winning nominations. They are listed in alphabetical order. To read their stories you can download the eBook here.


  • Michael Brodie, Chief Executive, NHS Business Services Authority
  • Tammy Browning, President, KellyOCG
  • Lee Clayton, Head of talkSPORT, News UK
  • Thiago Covre, Chief Line Officer and Executive Sponsor, Community Program, Sealand – A Maersk Company
  • Larry Dunivan, CEO, Namely
  • Rob Gialloreto, President & CEO, Consumer Protection BC
  • Simon Grosse, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation SP
  • Mike Hicks, Chief Marketing Officer, Beezy
  • Danielle Holly, CEO, Common Impact
  • Aakash Kumar, Founder and CEO, Shiftsmart
  • Miklós Palencsár, CEO, Mentors & Partners
  • Jordi Plana, CEO, Beezy
  • Claire Revell, CEO & Director, TutorPro Ltd
  • Jake Soberal, CEO and Co-founder, Bitwise Industries
  • Sarah Walker-Smith, CEO, Ampa
  • Heather Younger, CEO, Employee Fanatix


  • Amit Arora, General Manager – Technology, Accolite Digital
  • Anuradha Balasubramanian, Engagement Head, Insurance and Logistics, Accolite Digital
  • Dan Britton, Head of Customer Operations, NHS Business Services Authority
  • Laura Carey, Head of Business Operations & Engagement, Foundation SP
  • Caroline Cockell, Head of Marketing, Student Roost
  • Nick Demeester, Senior Manager of Client Services, GreenPath Financial Wellness
  • Mark Hudson, Head of Early Talent, News UK
  • Briony Hughes, HR Director – Wireless, Commercial & Finance and D&I Lead, News UK
  • Crystal Ladiges, Executive Manager, Corporate Communication, CSIRO
  • Jeremy Lark, Senior Manager of Program Performance and Quality Assurance, GreenPath Financial Wellness
  • Julie Lewis, Senior Manager of Client Services, GreenPath Financial Wellness
  • Amanda Lippe, Senior Manager of Client Services, GreenPath Financial Wellness
  • Charlee Lockhart, Head of Client Services, Foundation SP
  • Laura Mathews, Head of People, Student Roost
  • Cheryl McKown, Apprenticeship Manager, Bupa
  • Gethin Nadin, Director, Employee wellbeing, Benefex
  • Sam Olmsted, New Orleans Managing Director, Online Optimism
  • Matt Stenton, Programme Director, Go with Tourism
  • Amy Vitale, Executive for  The Academy for Client Care and Advanced Client Solutions at Bank of America


  • Stacie Bendall, Restaurant Manager, Whitbread plc
  • Jessica Bensch, Engagement Partner, F.Hoffmann-La Roche
  • Jayne Hurley, Customer Delivery Regional Manager, Places for People
  • Rebecca Mayman, Assistant Services Manager, Places for People
  • Corey Niemeyer, Process Improvement Specialist, Colorado Department of Public Safety
  • Karen Potter, Services Manager, Places for People
  • Ashley Sullivan, Front End Developer, Brad’s Deals
  • Barbara Thompson, Global L&D Innovation Manager, Boston Consulting Group
  • Amanda White, Housing and Wellbeing coordinator, Places for People

To read the stories from the winning nominations, download the eBook here.