HR Excellence Awards 2016

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s HR Excellence Awards 2016. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony, hosted by the comedian Miles Jupp on the 28th June at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

The HR Excellence Awards celebrate excellence in HR and recognise organisations and individuals who are currently pushing the boundaries of people strategy.

Getting shortlisted is a fantastic achievement as the HR Excellence Awards are incredibly competitive and hard to win. The judging panel consisted of top HR directors and CEOs from a range of organisations and the criteria was tightened for 2016, meaning that only the very best entries made it onto the shortlist.

Congratulations to all our finalists, high commendations and winners.

Click here to find out more about this year’s winners.

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Shortlist 2016

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HR Director of the year

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We are delighted to introduce the HR director of the year shortlist for 2016. The shortlist features ten HR directors who have stepped outside of their function to launch something new, found a way to commercialise a successful HR initiative, introduced ground-breaking benefits, or tackled the issue of human capital measurement head on. The HR professionals on the list have all made a significant impact on their organisations in the past year.

The winner will be revealed at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 28th June at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Categories 2016

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Most people focused CEO
HR director of the year
Hr excellence gold award

The ceremony

Details about the event

The HR Excellence Awards ceremony is renowned as THE night in the HR calendar, attracting the UK’s most talented HR individuals, teams and companies. By attending the awards you will have the opportunity to network with over 600 fellow HR professionals and learn about the strategies that raise the profile of HR.

The gala dinner and awards ceremony for the 21st Annual HR Excellence Awards will take place on Tuesday 28th June, at the prestigious London Hilton on Park Lane.

Your ticket prices includes champagne on arrival overlooking London’s stunning Hyde Park, an excellent three course meal including half a bottle of wine per person and live entertainment from a top class host, as well as attendance at the most prestigious awards in HR.

Book now: Click here to book now
Date: Tuesday 28th June 2016
Dress code: Black tie
Venue: London Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE

Time Event
18:45 Champagne reception
19:30 Dinner
21:15 Awards ceremony
22:30 After party
01:00 Carriages

Accomodation: The HR Excellence Awards have teamed up with HotelMap to bring discounted rates to our guests. Please click here for discounted rates at nearby hotels.
Premium tables: Make your organisation stand out and your team feel exceptional by booking one of our limited premium tables. A premium table will guarantee you and your team a prime table position, a branded meeting point on arrival and two bottles of champagne on ice waiting for you on your table.
Prices: Tables hold 10 people as standard. There are also some tables available which hold 12 people.

Sector Premium table Standard table Table of 12 Standard seat
Private £3995.00 £3150.00 £3780.00 £325.00
Public £3995.00 £1850.00 £2220.00 £195.00

Please note all prices exclude VAT.
Please note that Premium tables are not subject to any discounts.

Please ensure that you have read our terms and conditions before booking – which notes details about our cancellation policy


Global Growth Institute

The Global Growth Institute (GGI) helps to ‘make strategy work’ through building the engagement capability of organisations. a short word for this is excellence, from managerial excellence to operational excellence. partnering with hr magazine to as headline partner of the hr excellence awards is aligned with its purpose of helping managers, leaders and organisations to make strategy work.

The company’s executive team has worked with over 500 organisations, and thousands of leaders and managers across all major industries in over 100 countries. Through this experience it has gained first-hand knowledge and insights into what ‘excellence’ looks like, and how some of the world’s most admired organisations achieve growth and high performance through building the engagement capability of their people.

GGI helps organisations and investors to realise step changes in performance and build true competitive advantage through its unique approach to aligning organisations, developing exceptional leadership teams, developing world class managers and properly leveraging the organisation’s knowledge. From the performance of oil wells in the Far East to staff utilisation in the Americas, GGI helps complex organisations operating in complex global environments to get the best from their people.

The Global Growth Institute is headline partner of the HR Excellence Awards 2016 and is sponsoring the ‘Best global HR strategy’ category.


The people that make the excellence awards possible

10Eighty - sponsoring HR Future Leader of the Year

10Eighty are experts in increasing employee engagement. We know that engaged employees are more productive, deliver exceptional client service, go the extra mile and stay longer with the organisation. The key driver of employee engagement is having a manager who cares, listens, stretches and develops their employees.

We develop people. We give them confidence, build their self-esteem and give them skills that enrich their futures. We use a strengths-based philosophy to increase career resilience and enhance career success. We understand the components that drive high team performance.

10Eighty delivers a range of career management and leadership development interventions. Using our unique and innovative tools such as the CareerCENTRE, Strengthscope and the Leadership Cloud, we deliver one to one coaching, workshops and support for career transitions.

10Eighty develops leadership capability and, in particular, training in career conversations to increase employee engagement. We also develop management capability to build managers who inspire, coach and motivate their employees to outstanding levels of performance.


Chameleon people solutions - sponsoring Most successful change management strategy

Chameleon people solutions ltd is delighted to sponsor the HR Excellence Awards 2016.

Chameleon is a HR and Management consultancy led by Martin Tiplady OBE CCIPD and is fastly establishing itself as an innovative and creative support to businesses in both commercial and public sectors. With a growing client list, Chameleon is staffed by a team of high-class consultants, all of whom are former HRD’s or experts in their field.

Whether the requirement is for large-scale change-management, organizational design or development, a review of HR functionality and policy or some other organisational issue or mediation or investigation service, we have the expertise and experience to support you.

If you would like to explore how we can help, please give Martin Tiplady a call on 01707 877766/ 07585 808872 or e-mail him at martin.tiplady@chameleonpeoplesolutions.co.uk


DAC Beachcroft - sponsoring the champagne reception and HR director of the year

DAC Beachcroft is a leading international legal business with more than 2,200 people and coverage across the UK, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and North America. We provide a full service commercial, transactional, claims, risk, employment and advisory capability. We work with clients in a select range of industry sectors and are market leaders in health, insurance and real estate.


Dorchester Collection - sponsoring Outstanding employee engagement strategy

Dorchester Collection was established in 2006 to manage a portfolio of some of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA.

By applying its unrivalled experience in owning and operating some of the world’s great individual hotels, the company’s vision is to become the ultimate hotel management company, with a passion for excellence and innovation, honouring the individuality and heritage of its hotels. This is achieved through both acquiring hotels and managing hotels on behalf of third party owners.

People know the hotels of Dorchester Collection. They are icons in their own right with worldwide reputations as places offering the best and most sought-after experiences of good living, charm, elegance and service. Each hotel celebrates its own original character enriched by contemporary styling and state-of-the-art facilities. With historic buildings in outstanding locations each hotel also embodies the culture of its city.


The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion - sponsoring the Diversity and Inclusion Award

The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) is the UK's leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. We focus on delivering high quality practical advice, products and services to our members and clients, which is aligned to our six strategic themes: access to opportunities, agile working, the global marketplace, inclusive leadership, workforce representation and unconscious bias. enei has over 210 members, covering over 3.5 million employees.


Mazars - sponsoring The most effective use of internal communications

Mazars provides a unique Human Capital Consulting service which holistically covers the full life cycle of an employees’ journey with you. Human capital is your greatest asset and by investing in it you will increase both productivity and growth.

We consult on reward, benefit, engagement, communication, brand concepts, process improvement and employee proposition strategies. We also scope, design and implement these for our clients.

We offer straight-forward independent benefit advice and support in relation to pensions, flexible benefits and group risk.

We are also able, through our bespoke administration platform, to deliver a full online benefits system to our clients in a cost efficient way.

Our unique Human Capital Consulting enables us to tailor solutions to meet your human capital needs. Specifically we can:

  • review existing benefits and advise on new benefits;
  • map existing and new processes;
  • cleanse data and ensure its security;
  • review systems and procure technology;
  • plan communication and create brand & concept;
  • create and manage the project plan;
  • model the return on investment;
  • deliver the project;
  • provide advice and guidance on tax and legal aspects;
  • support on global issues.


MHR - sponsoring Most innovative deployment of HR technology

MHR specialises in helping organisations to embrace the operational and strategic challenges of modern business, covering talent management, HR, payroll and business analytics. Our customer community is growing by the day, meaning MHR is now helping to drive the performance of businesses employing over 10% of the UK workforce.

With over 30 years of experience, MHR provides entirely UK based solutions and services to some of the largest and most successful organisations in the UK. Our solutions inject best practice processes into the entire employment lifecycle, from recruitment to succession planning. This enables customers to transform their business by removing administrative burdens, reducing operational costs, and retaining and developing business critical talent in line with corporate goals.

Customers include: Cafcass, Freeths, Gateshead College, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue, Sytner, Laing O’Rourke, Nottingham City Transport, Plymouth University, Powys County Council, The Salvation Army, Swinton Group Ltd, TK MAXX, T.M.Lewin, and more.

See what our customers say here and for more information about midlandhr, visit www.midlandhr.com


School for CEOs - sponsoring Most people focused CEO

School for CEOs is a unique concept in executive education, helping organisations strengthen and deliver their succession pipeline and individuals prepare for senior leadership positions.

The emphasis is on practical lessons for immediate use – taught by people with real boardroom experience – rather than academic theories and models.

The School is aimed at high-potential senior executives who aspire to become CEOs as well as existing CEOs who wish to achieve greater success.

There are two open programmes:

  • Vital Few helps executives develop the knowledge and skills required to tackle the challenges of the top role. It covers topics such as Understanding the Derailers, Setting the Agenda, Managing Key Relationships and Building Your Personal Brand.
  • Runway is designed for individuals with the potential to become senior leaders. It helps them realise that potential and position themselves for success, using the School’s own 5-Dimensional Management™ framework. This addresses the attributes to be mastered in order to step up to the next level:
    • Managing Up – followership and what it means
    • Managing Down – leadership and why it matters
    • Managing Out – your stakeholders and how they change
    • Managing In – yourself and work/life balance
    • Managing Across – getting your peer group relationships right


Sonicjobs - sponsoring Most effective recruitment strategy

At SONICJOBS, we believe that finding the right staff for your restaurant, bar, pub, club, retail shop or event, should be easy. Whether you are part of a large group or an independent in the UK, there are great people, who would love to join your team, all around you. Our smart mobile technology enables you to search for candidates, sort them based on relevance and engage in real time. No more expensive job boards, long cover letters and lengthy processes - interact with the person behind the CV, now. Download the app to join the revolution.


Summit Events - sponsoring the Most Effective Benefits Programme

Summit Events have been creating sector-leading business-to-business networking events since the company was founded in 1994. Our aim is to provide a high-quality, personalised service to our clients, and ensure that they get the maximum value from our events.

We are the owners and organisers of the Human Resource Summit and the People Development Summit, the two longest-running business-to-business networking events within their sector in the UK. Summits bring a group of providers of business solutions together with potential purchasers, people who hold significant budgets in major blue-chip organisations. Over two and a half days both parties meet in one-to-one discussions, to see if the needs of one can be met by the offerings of the other. When they can, business results! The Summit creates the perfect environment for these initial discussions to take place. Informal networking, strategic seminars and social events add to their overall value. Following the same successful format, our new event the Rewards & Benefits Summit will take place October 2016!


Xref - sponsoring Best HR Team

Xref automates the candidate referencing process via an easy to use, mobile-ready, fully reportable, cloud-based platform. Xref addresses one of the biggest pain points in the HR industry - the way candidate feedback is collected. Xref was to created to fully automate the workflow process, it collects the feedback online, saving time and money for employers. It also protects companies from breaches in privacy, discrimination and potential reference fraud. Since inception Xref has become the reference platform of choice for 20% of the Top 50 ASX listed companies.



How to gain sponsorship with us

The HR Excellence Awards are recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the HR community. Now in their 22nd year, the HR Excellence Awards are a unique opportunity for the whole industry to gather on a single evening to celebrate the best in achievement, ability and performance. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the 28th June at the prestigious London Hilton Hotel and it sees the industry’s leading movers and shakers gather to honour their peers in the HR community. In 2015 we had a record-breaking number of nominations and over 600 industry professionals attended making it the most prestigious event in the HR calendar.

Benefits include:

  • Alignment with the HR magazine brand
  • Networking opportunity with 600 senior HR professionals
  • Table at the gala dinner and awards ceremony in June, at the 5* London Hilton on Park Lane
  • Presentation of an award on the night
  • Visual marketing at the event
  • Editorial coverage in HR magazine, on www.hrmagazine.co.uk and in the prestigious awards supplement - the Book of the Night
  • Logo on all electronic and print marketing before and after the event

Please get in touch with our sponsorship team to discuss how we can help your organisation maximise its exposure by becoming identified with the most prestigious awards in the industry.

To discuss your options contact:


  • We were very pleased to support HR Excellence Awards 2015 and in particular, to be the sponsor of the ‘Best HR Team: Public Sector’ category. We also thank HR magazine and the Mark Allen Group for their organisational skills and running yet another successful event, especially as it was the 20th anniversary year. It was a fun, positive night and provides much optimism for the future of HR across the UK and in an international setting

    - Stephen Nunn, HR Manager, Education HR Team, EES for Schools

Winners 2016

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Frequently Asked questions

Please see answers to some frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with the awards team on 020 7501 6782, who will be happy to help.

What is the deadline to submit an entry to the HR Excellence Awards 2016?

A: The entry deadline has been extended to Monday 21st March 2016.

How much does it cost to enter?

A: If you enter before Friday 29th January 2016 you can enter at a discounted rate. For private companies, it costs £350 (increasing to £385 after the 29th January). For public and not-for-profit companies, it costs £175 (increasing to £195 after the 29th January).

For private companies entering more than one award, each subsequent entry costs £195.

How many entries may I submit?

A: There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. However, you should avoid duplicating entries across multiple categories, tailoring the entry specifically to the criteria of the category you are entering.

May I submit on behalf of a client?

A: Yes, although their permission must be obtained and evidence of this shown. You will be asked to provide contact details of a senior person at the organisation. We may or may not contact this person.

Can I enter if I am an international company?

A: The ‘Best HR strategy overseas’ award is open to non-UK based organisations.

Can UK based companies enter ‘Best HR strategy overseas’?

A: UK companies can also enter ‘Best HR strategy overseas’, if you are a regional business based outside the UK and without a global reach.

What is the difference between the entry document and supporting material?

A: The main component of your entry is the entry document. The entry document should be no more than 2000 words. All key information listed in the criteria for the category needs to be in the entry document and not in the supporting material.

Supporting material is optional and may be submitted in addition to the entry document. It should be used to illustrate/demonstrate what is in the entry document. Supporting material may include, but is not limited to: photographs, testimonials, graphs/data, videos (please send USB stick), hard copies of any printed material (eg brochures).

What happens after I have submitted my entries?

A: Once you have submitted your entries they will be processed by the awards team, ready for judging. Judging takes place in April and we will announce the shortlist during the week of 18th April.

When are the winners announced?

A: The winners are announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 28th June 2016 in London. Please keep this date free in your diary.

Who are the judges?

A: The HR Excellence Awards 2016 will be judged by a panel of judges made up of some of the UK’s top HR directors working in leading organisations.

Can individuals open the ‘HR Future Leader of the Year’ category if they are based overseas?

A: HR Future Leader of the Year is open to individuals based overseas, working in international organisations.


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