Results 2022


Best apprenticeship scheme

Virgin Media O2

At a time when skills shortages are rife, particularly in the tech sector, any organisation that can home-grow talent stands to be head and shoulders above the competition. And that’s exactly the approach the winner of Best apprenticeship scheme, telecoms giant Virgin Media O2, adopted.With the newly merged entity responsible for maint...

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Shortlist: Anglo American with Accenture UKI

Shortlist: Bishop Fleming LLP

Shortlist: Howdens

Shortlist: Kier

Shortlist: Pepper Advantage

Shortlist: UBS

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Best change management initiative

Coventry Building Society

Instead of a performance management process with objectives, mid-year reviews, end-of-year reviews and a performance rating, Coventry Building Society wanted something new and empowering that would help to create a place where all its people could be brilliant. Coventry asked its staff what they thought of the current performance manag...

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Highly Commended: Trayport

Shortlist: Business Services Organisation

Shortlist: e&

Shortlist: Mott MacDonald

Shortlist: United Nations Development Programme

Shortlist: Vodafone

Best digital/technology initiative in HR/L&D

Deutsche Post DHL Group

In an effort to break away from traditional approaches and become more employee centric amid the height of the pandemic, Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) recognised the need to create a fresh learning strategy and reflect the needs of its 570,000 employees worldwide.As the company pondered how to join up all those people and ensure everyone h...

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Highly Commended: Mott MacDonald

Shortlist: Lowell Financial

Shortlist: Network Rail

Shortlist: Network Rail Training

Shortlist: SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

Shortlist: Tesco (supported by Electric Circus)

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Best employee experience initiative

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

When it launched its sustainability initiative, national environmental solutions company Suez wanted to enhance its employee experience by harnessing and increasing employee enthusiasm for sustainability.Its people share the firm’s commitment to the environment and to a triple bottom line, balancing people, the planet and profit in eve...

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Shortlist: Acacia Training

Shortlist: Alzheimer's Society

Shortlist: Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Shortlist: Landbay Partners Ltd

Shortlist: Ombudsman Services

Shortlist: Virgin Money

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Best flexible working initiative


Housing provider Citizen summarised its commitment to its ~1,000 employees in terms of supporting and equipping them to do the best job they can. But, like many employers, the pandemic changed its whole approach: a 2020 survey showed 90 per cent of their employees wanted to work more flexibly in the future, while another poll a year la...

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Shortlist: Reward Gateway

Shortlist: Worksome

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Best health and wellbeing initiative – private sector

Bosch UK

When Bosch found through its Mental Health at Work 2020 summary report that 41 per cent of its staff experienced mental health symptoms caused or worsened by work during the pandemic, the organisation knew it had to do something.Spurred by the data, and also determined to combat the decline in positive mental health impacting absence r...

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Highly Commended: SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

Shortlist: Bristol Myers Squibb

Shortlist: Centrica

Shortlist: Grosvenor Property UK

Shortlist: Softcat

Shortlist: Ubisoft Reflections / Ubisoft Leamington

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Best health and wellbeing initiative – public/third sector

Midland Heart

The Covid-19 pandemic posed a challenge for organisations to foster a safe and supportive working environment, where individuals felt included, valued and empowered to reach their full potential with colleagues’ wellbeing more important than ever. With this approach in mind, Midland Heart developed a wellbeing strategy that supported t...

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Shortlist: Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Shortlist: Fife College

Shortlist: Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

Shortlist: North Wales Police

Shortlist: Shaw Trust

Shortlist: Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

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Best HR/L&D consultancy

The Clear Company

Starting on a mission to tackle diversity challenges the construction sector is often familiar with, The Clear Company leaned on to its innovative equality, diversity and inclusion strategy to address the imbalance within its client’s workforce – infrastructure firm Balfour Beatty.The client was eager to understand the strategic value ...

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Highly Commended: Culture Consultancy

Shortlist: Edgecumbe

Shortlist: Management Dynamics Global Ltd

Shortlist: Peoplewise Ltd

Shortlist: The Connor Consultancy

Shortlist: The Wellbeing Project

Best HR/L&D supplier


OpenBlend created its unique performance management model, designed to facilitate effective employee-manager conversations, in a bid to move away from the traditional ‘tick box’ method of monitoring performance and objectives. Through its partnership with leading estate agency Foxtons, established in 2020, the company achieved its goal...

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Shortlist: Corndel

Shortlist: Own The Room Europe Limited

Client: Citi

Best inclusion and diversity initiative

Shaw Trust

With 3,600 employees and 800 volunteers, Shaw Trust is a not-for-profit social company that supports people with disabilities and social and economic issues from ‘kid to career’. The trust provides services to a variety of clientele that encounters numerous obstacles and it saw the value of hiring and maintaining diverse talent in deli...

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Shortlist: Browne Jacobson

Shortlist: Network Rail

Shortlist: Openreach

Shortlist: The Sovini Group

Shortlist: UNISON

Shortlist: UnLtd

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Best L&D initiative – private sector

Arla Foods Ltd

Being part of the dairy industry, which is a cooperative business model with tight learning budgets, Arla Foods recognised the demand for employees to learn efficiently.As its 2017 annual employee survey indicated a need for enhanced skills development, but also opportunities to grow in terms of employees’ careers, the company responde...

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Highly Commended: Openreach

Shortlist: andpartnership

Shortlist: CGI

Shortlist: Circle Health Group

Shortlist: Howdens

Shortlist: PageGroup

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Best L&D initiative – public/third sector

United Nations Development Programme

The well-known international organisation focused on eradicating poverty and inequality, the United Nations Development Programme, launched its initiative, Leaders for 2030, last year. Its initiative, a comprehensive senior executive leadership programme, sought to excel in leadership and people management, business management and inte...

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Highly Commended: Shaw Trust

Shortlist: Civil Service HR Casework team and MatchFit

Shortlist: Devon Air Ambulance

Shortlist: EY and Sellafield

Shortlist: Network Rail

Shortlist: Network Rail

Best organisational development or organisational design initiative

Circle Health Group

Circle Health Group is the UK’s largest private healthcare provider, offering a network of 50+ private hospitals and employing more than 8,000 permanent employees. In 2020 a merger between BMI Healthcare and Circle Health took place, creating Circle Health Group. This merger brought big changes and challenges, including the merging of ...

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Shortlist: Civil Service HR Casework and MatchFit

Shortlist: Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Shortlist: Lakeland

Shortlist: Mott MacDonald

Shortlist: Saudi Aramco

Shortlist: Veolia

Best people analytics initiative

Standard Chartered

The topic of hybrid and flexible working has become a key issue for people teams across a range of organisations, and the winner of the people analytics initiative has shown how vital this is in the workforce of today. UK-based global bank Standard Chartered understood this need, which is why, in 2021, they launched their phased approa...

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Highly Commended: Cadent Gas Limited

Best resourcing initiative

Police Service of Northern Ireland

In 2021, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) – the policing organisation for all of Northern Ireland – decided to transform its approach to recruitment by launching a new initiative that would alter perceptions about the PSNI as a career option, confront recruitment barriers, and increase the reach of its advertising among un...

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Highly Commended: Midland Heart

Shortlist: Audit One, hosted by Cumbria Northumbria Tyne and Wear NHS Trust

Shortlist: Circle Health Group

Shortlist: Seetec

Shortlist: Trayport

Shortlist: Veolia

Best responsible business initiative

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Accenture & World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Cognician

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Best reward or recognition initiative

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

Recycling and waste management company Suez launched Payroll Autosaving for new joiners last year. After testing the waters with a trial, in 2021 it launched the scheme in partnership with TransaveUK, automatically enrolling new starters in the scheme with the option to opt out.The company said EAP data and employee survey results duri...

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Highly Commended: Westminster Drug Project (WDP)

Shortlist: Howdens

Shortlist: Welcome Break

Best SME people management initiative

Maverick Media

After video game creative agency Maverick Media put the finger on the pulse of its employees’ experience, it decided to act on the feedback and foster better engagement and employee experience.Realising that the company’s work-life balance was affected by a significant amount of overtime work, the organisation decided to launch the ‘Ha...

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Highly Commended: N T Killingley Ltd

Shortlist: Lee Kum Kee (Europe) Ltd

Shortlist: Scrutton Bland

Shortlist: Strategi Solutions

Best talent management initiative

United Nations Development Programme

This entry impressed the judges with its clear focus on tackling underrepresentation across the organisation on a global basis and across many aspects of inclusion. The programme was committed to changing lives and changing perceptions by releasing talent with demonstrable support and leadership of those pioneering this approach. The U...

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Shortlist: Coca-Cola HBC

Shortlist: Network Rail

Shortlist: Vakif Katilim

Michael Kelly outstanding student award - foundation/intermediate level

Gemma Berrington

Softcat Ltd

After being a fully remote workforce during the pandemic, Softcat transferred to a hybrid working model in November 2021, a move it hoped would encourage employees back into its offices to improve culture and employee engagement. Gemma Berrington, early years L&D team leader at Softcat, noticed how fundamental the induction process was...

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Shortlist: Lorraine Barnett


Shortlist: Natasha Garcia

London Borough of Barnet

Shortlist: Sarah Sims

Cervus Defence and Security Limited

Shortlist: Sarra Al Breiki

Borouge Abu Dhabi Polymers Limited

Shortlist: Sinead Leach

Wells and co

Shortlist: Troy Winfield


Michael Kelly outstanding student award - advanced level

Jamila Lecky

Mott MacDonald

At Mott MacDonald, the employee-owned engineering, development and management consultancy, a global people transformation programme has been underway since 2019. Jamila Lecky, who had joined two years prior as a change consultant, launched her initiative, ‘Connected Conversations’, in 2020, which sought to improve the firm’s performanc...

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HIGHLY COMMENDED: Angela Emefa Tagboto

The London School of Economics (LSE)

Shortlist: Michelle Weir

Philip White Tyres Ltd

Shortlist: Uddalak Banerjee

Dabur India Limited

Best HR/ L&D team of the year – public/ third sector

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

The Covid-19 pandemic brought challenges to the NHS like none ever seen before, testing all staff to their limits, frontline or otherwise. Critical to the health service’s work during the two years was its HR teams, whose vital role in everything from nurturing staff wellbeing to redeploying workers into other roles helped support work...

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Highly Commended: Humberside Police

Shortlist: United Nations Development Programme

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Best HR/ L&D team of the year – private sector

Circle Health Group

Circle Health Group (CHG) is the UK’s largest group of independent private hospital brands, with 50+ hospitals, clinics and specialist centres, across the UK. We are the UK’s most patient-focussed healthcare organisation and have been acknowledged by ministers for our support of the NHS during the pandemic. Having made significant inve...

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Highly Commended: Wales & West Utilities Limited

Shortlist: Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Shortlist: Cadent Gas Limited

Shortlist: Cleveland Clinic London

Shortlist: e& (Formerly Etisalat)

Shortlist: Trayport

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