SOURCE: The Candidate Experience Awards

The Candidate Experience Awards

February 12, 2014 06:00 ET

HR Industry Luminaries Announced as Judges of the U.K. Candidate Experience Awards

Stellar Panel of Judges to Evaluate Companies That Demonstrate Excellence in Candidate Experience

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Feb 12, 2014) - The Candidate Experience Awards, a non-profit organisation focused on facilitating the evolution of the employment candidate experience, today announced the judges of the second annual U.K. Candidate Experience (CandE) Awards. The judges will determine which participating companies will be awarded "With Distinction" designations, showcasing those that demonstrate exemplary candidate experience processes and practices. The judges include: Bill Boorman, recruiting expert and founder of #Tru Events; Belinda Johnson, owner of Worklab; and Alan Whitford, managing partner of Abtech Partnership.

The CandE Awards recognise those companies that set a high standard for candidate experience and provide benchmarking data to all participating organisations to help them improve their talent acquisition processes. Now in its second year, the U.K. programme is open to organisations that recruit in the British employment market, and consists of three survey rounds, each of which is designed to evaluate the company's corporate applicant process and how it treats those candidates who apply. Those who meet criteria for a positive candidate experience in rounds one and two are honoured as CandE Award winners. Companies who meet a high standard of candidate experience excellence are invited to participate in the final judging round, where they are interviewed and evaluated by the industry luminaries for areas of distinction. 

"In recent years, companies of all sizes and across all industries have made great strides in improving the candidate experience they deliver to their job applicants," said Leigh Carpenter, U.K. programme director and Talent Board member. "To help identify the organisations that truly represent the best in candidate experience, we have assembled a panel of experts and thought leaders well versed in all aspects of human resource management and recruitment. As these judges fully understand the components of a positive and rewarding application process, we are confident that they will be able to identify excellence in candidate experience and help all participating organisations understand the best practices that will lead to improvement."

U.K.-based "With Distinction" honourees will be celebrated, along with all CandE Awards winners, at a special ceremony to be held at The Brewery in London on Tuesday, 25 February, 2014. For additional details, please visit:

About Bill Boorman
Bill Boorman has worked in and around recruiting for more than 30 plus years. He founded the #Tru series of recruiting events, hosting over 100 events each year in 60+ countries, and has talked with over 2,000 people in the recruiting, HR and technology space over the last 12 months. He fills in the rest of the time advising talent technology companies such as RolePoint, Take the Interview, ColleagueRS, Work4Labs and others on product, content marketing and the market in general. In addition, he advises corporate companies, such as Oracle, Hard Rock Café, KPMG and the BBC on recruiting technology, strategy and methodology. He is always controversial, challenges the status quo, and is a passionate advocate of candidate experience because it makes sense, as well as a champion of startup technology. He blogs at

About Belinda Johnson
Belinda Johnson is owner of employment research consultancy, Worklab. She is also an associate of Econolyst -- one of the world's leading consultancies dedicated to 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing. Through both Worklab and Econolyst, and in her previous capacity as a director of Knowledge & Insight for one of the world's largest HR services companies, Randstad, she has spent most of the last decade researching the forces that impact organisational need for people -- all facets of work, working and workplace. She also monitors the shifting sentiment towards the way that people wish to be engaged in work.

About Alan Whitford
Alan Whitford is a strategy consultant for recruitment challenges, talent acquisition, candidate experience, employment brand, recruitment and social media. He has over 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and tuning recruitment technologies, and his projects have ensured success for corporate recruitment and talent management teams as well as recruitment agencies and RPO businesses. Alan works with recruiters to ensure that their technology and processes align to deliver the right candidates in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Alan can be found as a frequent chairman and participant in European conference programmes, with over 300 appearances. He has been published in a number of on-line and off-line media covering technical and strategic HR and recruitment issues. He has authored the XpertHR Good Practices Guide to Candidate Attraction, published in November 2013. Most recently, Alan is taking on the role of operations director of the Direct Employers Association Europe, the first U.K.-based trade association created for hiring organisations with a specific focus on the talent acquisition/resourcing function and the in-house professionals who deliver the recruitment agenda.

About the Candidate Experience Awards
The Candidate Experience Awards is a non-profit organisation focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience. The organisation, awards programme and sponsors are dedicated to recognising the candidate experience offered by companies throughout the entire recruitment cycle and to forever changing the manner in which job candidates are treated. More information can be accessed at