Northern Ireland’s best Human Resource and Learning & Development initiatives and top performing individuals and teams were recognised at the 7th annual CIPD Northern Ireland Awards.
Attended by more than 330 professionals, the event at Titanic Belfast was hosted by Q Radio breakfast show presenters, Stephen Clements and Cate Conway, with Nijobfinder as media partner once again.
The CIPD Northern Ireland Awards comprised of 10 categories covering all aspects of HR and L&D, and this year’s awards attracted the highest number of entries to date.
Head of CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland, Lee Ann Panglea said: ‘The CIPD Northern Ireland Awards are a real celebration of the fantastic work that people professionals are undertaking to improve work and working lives in the public, private and not for profit sectors in Northern Ireland. Many thanks to everyone who entered, to all of our sponsors, our judges, and huge congratulations to all of our winners. We look forward to continuing to build on the success of the awards next year.”
Managing Director of headline sponsors MCS Group, Louise Smyth added: “We were delighted to support this year’s prestigious CIPD Northern Ireland Awards, celebrating the very best in HR and people management across Northern Ireland. The calibre of entrants this year was phenomenal and demonstrates the incredible strength of our talent.”
The winners were as follows:
Best Change Management Initiative
Sponsored by Hunter Savage
Winner: NIE Networks
Highly Commended: STATSports
Best L&D Initiative
Sponsored by Grant Thornton
Winner: Danske Bank
Highly Commended: Allstate Northern Ireland
Best Health and Well-being Initiative
Sponsored by Inspire
Winner: NI Water
Highly Commended: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
Outstanding HR Student of the Year
Sponsored by Zellis
The judges were unable to select between two of the shortlisted candidates after the interviews, so the joint winners were: Amy Hull from Coca-Cola Hellenic and Lisa Morgan from NICS
Best Talent Management Initiative
Sponsored by Danske Bank
Winner: HSCNI Podiatry Services
Best Employee Engagement Initiative
Sponsored by Health Shield
Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
Sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland
Winner: Danske Bank
Highly Commended: Pinsent Masons
Excellence in HR Leadership
Sponsored by Worthingtons Solicitors
Winner: Chris Lillie, SHS Group
HR/L&D Team of the Year
Sponsored by Ulster University Business School
Winner: Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Chair’s Special Achievement Award
Sponsored by CIPD Northern Ireland Branch
Presented to: Myra Weir, Assistant Director of Organisation & Workforce Development at South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.