Panel of Judges

The judges for the CHRO Awards are extremely experienced in the field of human resources and are highly regarded by the CHRO community. The panel consist of industry leaders working for South Africa's leading companies.

Find out more about the judging process.

Abdullah Verachia

Global Strategist & Keynote Speaker. Joined the panel in 2023.

Caryn Baird

Independent Advisor & Executive Coach. Joined the panel in 2021.

James Ramakau

Manager Talent Management and Learning, Anglo American and Chairperson, SABPP Joined the panel in 2022.

Jane Waters

COO Allen & Overy. Joined the panel in 2019.

Moula Mokhobo-Amegashie

Managing Partner Drayton Glendower & Mokhobo. Joined the panel in 2019.

Paul Norman

CHRO MTN Group. 2019 CHRO of The Year. Joined panel in 2020.

Raisibe Morathi

Group CFO Vodacom. Joined the panel in 2019.

Sharon Taylor

Chief People and Culture Officer, Standard Bank Group. Joined the panel in 2024

Shirley Zinn

Non-executive director. Joined the panel in 2019.

Tswelo Kodisang

Group Chief People Officer, FirstRand. Joined the panel in 2022.

Tumelo Seaketso

Director: Organisation Transformation, Deloitte Consulting. Joined the panel in 2022.

Vukani Mngxati

CEO Accenture Africa. Joined the panel in 2019.

Xolile Sizani

Executive Director, Nzuri Management Consultancy & Investment. Joined the panel in 2020.


Judging process

Interviews

In July and August 2022, CHRO South Africa will interview all nominated CHROs to get a clear picture of his or her drive, motivation, vision and results. We ask each of the judges to be present during at least two of the interviews, each of which will be conducted by two judges and a senior representative or our editorial team. The reports of these interviews will be added to the dossier of each CHRO and will be used by the judges to determine their individual votes. The goal of the interview is to get insight in the CHRO’s involvement in the overall success of the company and the way he or she has distinguished himself or herself. To help structure the interview, and to make sure we address the same issues in each interview, we have created a set of interview questions as a guideline.

There are no specific sets of questions for the overall categories (Young) CHRO of the Year. The votes for the specific categories will be tallied to determine who wins the Young & CHRO of the Year Award.
The goal of the interview is to get insight in the CHRO’s involvement in the overall success of the company and the way he or she has distinguished himself or herself. To help structure the interview, there is a standard set of interview questions as a guideline.

Each CHRO has to answer four basic questions in four compulsory categories:

  • Strategy & Leadership
  • Transformation & Empowerment
  • HR & Technology
  • Learning & Development
  • Talent Management
  • Employee Value Proposition

Scoring

By the end of September 2022, CHRO South Africa will have finalised all dossiers and interviews for assessment. Based on the dossiers, CHRO South Africa’s internal selection committee will shortlist between 20 and 25 CHROs for the final scoring round, including a minimum young CHROs (40 years and younger). We will send the shortlist with all the dossiers to the panel of judges with a scorecard on the front page. Judges will be asked to score each CHRO on the shortlist on a scale from 1 to 10 in each category. By adding up all the points we determine the winner for each award category. The (Young) CHRO of the Year are decided by tallying the category scores.

What happens in the case of a tie?

In case of a tie in one of the award categories, the nominee who receives the highest score in the CHRO of the Year vote wins the award in that category. If there is still a tie, the nominee who scores highest in the Strategy & Leadership category wins. If there is still a tie, the judges will be asked to vote for one of the tied nominees in a second round.

Integrity of the awards

Integrity and ethical conduct are crucial assets of good leaders. In times where both the public and private sector are subject to important scrutiny, CHRO Award winners need to be role models and shining lights of excellence. In this light, CHRO South Africa reserves the right to publically suspend or revoke CHRO Awards. This will happen, in consultation with the panel judges, if information about a CHRO Awards winner becomes available that is damaging to the stature and integrity of the CHRO Awards.


Past Judges

 

Jane Waters

COO Allen & Overy. Joined the panel in 2019.

Mel Brooks

Africa Regional President, G4S Africa

Nicola Kleyn

Dean: Executive Education Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). Joined the panel in 2019.

Pam Maharaj

Human Capital Director Deloitte.

Richard Sutton

Founder SuttonHealth. Joined the panel in 2019