The judges behind 2020 Emerging Leaders

By AdNews | 28 September 2020
Clockwise from the top: Vanessa Liell, Fauzia Bell, Andrew Sherman, Melissa McInnes, Esther Clerehan, Madel Giles.

AdNews has revealed the top 20 Emerging Leaders for 2020 today but it couldn't have been done without our wonderful panel of judges.

AdNews called on experts who have worked in HR, recruitment and leadership roles from across the industry to judge this year's nominees.

Meet this year's judges...

Andrew Sherman
The Transition Coach founder Andrew Sherman helps people deliver results with an evidence-based approach to coaching, combined with the benefit of practical industry leadership experience. Before becoming a coach, Andrew was a founding director of M&C Saatchi in London and managing partner in a startup media buying company called Walker Media. In 2004, Andrew moved to Australia to join Publicis-owned Zenith Media before making the transition to become an executive coach.

Esther Clerehan
Esther Clerehan is Australia’s most experienced creative talent specialist. For more than 30 years, she has helped shape some of the world’s most successful agencies. Esther has been CEO of CLEREHAN since 1993. She has been champion, confidante and coach for a generation of creatives. She is an AWARD committee member and former chair of RMIT School of Media and Communication’s Industry Advisory Committee. Esther is a regular speaker and panelist on topics including leadership, diversity and career planning. She has judged many creative and business awards.

Vanessa Liell
Vanessa is an entrepreneur, CEO and strategic communications professional with more than 25 years’ experience in corporate and consumer communications, executive counsel and agency leadership. As co-founder of Herd MSL and group CEO for more than a decade, Vanessa led the performance and growth of one of Australia’s largest and most awarded public relations agencies, with a team of 75 talented consultants and three specialist brands — N2N Communications, Fuel Communications and Touch Creative. In 2017, Herd MSL was acquired by Publicis Groupe, joining one of the world’s top five advertising networks. Following the successful transition of Herd MSL to Publicis, Vanessa has joined two entrepreneurial organisations — ultra-ethical superannuation fund Crescent Wealth, and tech talent hub Commtract — in strategy and growth leadership roles.

Madel Giles
Madel Giles has more than 12 years of HR experience, and has worked with large, well-known Australian brands such as Big W, Suzanne Grae and Oporto Franchising. More recently, she has worked as a HR practitioner for Starcom MediaVest Group, Razorfish, and now as a HR manager at WPP AUNZ, where she works across a broad range of strategic people initiatives. Outside of the corporate world, she has worked on projects and startups providing content, operational support and training for audiences including Miami AdSchool, GirlGeek, Little Girl Big Dream and The Dream Collective. She was instrumental in the first year of delivering The Dream Collective Emerging Leaders Program for women in early-mid careers, preparing them for their first leadership role.

Melissa McInnes
Melissa McInnes is talent, leadership and OD director at Dentsu ANZ where she leads a team of talent specialists who work across the full employee lifecycle, from talent acquisition to development, engagement and leadership. Working in media for more than three years, Melissa is also a registered psychologist with more than 15 years’ experience in human resources consulting and organisational development leadership roles. Melissa is passionate about the importance of leadership development when it comes to creating a high-performing and inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive. 

Fauzia Bell
Fauzia Bell specialises in talent acquisition for Google. Hiring for sales people across ANZ she has a passion for sourcing high quality candidates for all levels of management structure. Prior to Google, Fauzia worked for well-known organisations such as Yahoo and Unilever championing their Future Leaders Program. She has also sat on panels for university competitions discovering emerging talent.

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