Panel of Judges
Raj has become one of the UK’s leading figures in executive search, interim management, succession planning and workforce diversification. He has over 20 years of moving the dial on leadership, talent and diversity.
As one of the most unusual and disruptive figures internationally in these fields, Raj advises boards and change agents across the public and private sectors on diversity and talent.
As the leader of one of the industry’s few minority-owned businesses, Raj is a passionate advocate of the power of diversity as a source of competitive advantage, nurturing a team that sets the benchmark for innovation and commitment to consistently attracting and retaining diverse groups of appointable leadership candidates.
Under his leadership, Green Park has been at the forefront of client and candidate service and innovation. Raj is regarded as a champion for entrepreneurialism within the UK and was most recently awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by both the MSDUK Awards and Recruitment International Awards and named in The EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List, presented by the FT.
Other awards include Best Agency Recruitment Lead of the Year, a Lifetime Diversity Achievement Award and winning the Lord Noon Award at the Global Equality & Diversity Awards 2017.
Danielle has more than 10 years’ experience of leading public service business improvement and programme management and has also worked extensively in the private sector, building and leading international teams. Danielle’s professional expertise is in stakeholder engagement and transformational change. Her other professional interests are socio-economic inclusion, cross-sector partnerships and regeneration. Danielle joined Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust as Chair in 2014, but has recently resigned to become Chair at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.
CEO of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Ifti holds a nursing qualification and a postgraduate management qualification with a focus on business process design. Before becoming CEO, Ifti held various clinical posts in adult mental health services including community mental health team clinical lead.
Chief Adviser for HR Practice –Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Tony has over 25 years’ experience at HR director level, primarily in the NHS. This included roles at The Health Protection Agency, The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust and The Royal Surrey Hospitals NHS Trust, where he also led on facilities and communications. Tony was HR Director at Public Health England and its Chief Adviser for Diversity and Inclusion and Staff Wellbeing prior to taking up his latest role in October 2018. Tony is working with CIPD colleagues on a range of national initiatives across diversity and inclusion, employee wellbeing and employee engagement.
Tony is also a member of Professor Sir Cary Cooper’s National Forum for Health and Wellbeing at Work, a trustee at the Royal Society for Public Health, a member of the Health and Work Council and is a regular presenter at national employment events.
Shera is a GP in East London and the Medical Director for the Tower Hamlets GP Federation. Her background includes leading on clinical IT systems as the Chief Clinical Information Officer in Derbyshire, and Director of Primary Care at Barts Health NHS Trust, bridging the gap between acute and primary care to build relationships and improve patient safety and experience. Shera is also a member of the national Independent Reconfiguration Panel, which advises government ministers on NHS redesign programmes, and the Sciana Network, a European health leaders' group.
She founded the Shuri Network, @NetworkShuri , the first national NHS network for women of colour interested in digital health in 2019 with Sarah Amani to increase diversity and inclusion and encourage BAME women to lead and engage with digital transformation. She has volunteered as a doctor in countries including Sudan, Laos, Indonesia and Greece with NGOs, working with people affected by war and natural disasters. Her qualifications include an M.B.A and an M.A. in Inter-professional Education and she has studied at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Institute of Health Improvement (IHI) in Boston.