/ the judges

joanna atkinson

Joanna formed JMA HR & Legal, a niche HR, employment law and immigration practice in 2009 with a background which includes over twenty five years’ specialist employment law experience as a practising solicitor, as well as the more hands-on experience of working within an HR consultancy. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and is a fully trained Mental Health First Aider with Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA England).

Through her experience Joanna has advised a wide range of employers, from small owner-managed businesses to larger multi-national corporates, those operating in the public sector and charitable organisations. She also acts for employees, advising on the full spectrum of individual workplace issues, including Employment Tribunal claims. Over the years Joanna’s work in this field has fuelled her passion for encouraging a positive style of management with a strong focus on employee wellbeing, in turn resulting in increased productivity for the employer and a greater opportunity for individual personal development. It was for this reason that through JMA HR & Legal, Joanna created and is championing the Top Workplaces in Hampshire Awards.


Sue Heyes

Sue is an experienced HR Consultant who has worked in HR for over 40 years, 30 of those as a member of the CIPD. She is currently Vice Chair of the CIPD Wessex Branch committee, having previously spent three years (2016-2019) as Chair of the committee.

Sue’s extensive experience includes senior HR roles in multiple sectors including Retail, Banking, Marine, Professional Services, Aviation and Engineering Consultancy.

She is passionate about measuring the effectiveness of HR initiatives to support the overall business strategy, and is excited about her role on the judging panel for Top Workplaces in Hampshire.


daniel jordan

Daniel is Branch Director of multi-award winning Mploy Staffing Solutions in Andover. Being a good employer is core to Mploy’s ethos and success. The leading South West recruitment firm is listed in the 2019 Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For and has also been awarded Platinum accreditation from Investors in People.

Dan regularly encourages his team to look for opportunities to support the local and wider community and jumped at the chance to be a judge for the Top Workplaces in Hampshire.


linda lyle

Linda, a Specialist Practitioner in Occupational Health, is Founder & Managing Director of Occupational Health Consultancy Ltd, which she set up in Southampton in 1995. She has over 25 years’ experience in Occupational Health and Wellbeing and takes enormous pride in delivering meaningful business results to help workplaces to thrive.

She is particularly passionate about health surveillance and, through this, influencing and persuading employees and employers to pro-actively manage their own health and the health of the business. She has a proven track record in helping organisations across all sectors to reduce and shorten absence, increase staff retention, improve productivity and deal with complex mental and physical health challenges. Linda is very excited to be part of the Top Workplaces in Hampshire initiative and is looking forward to seeing the submissions.