HR’s stars are unveiled

More than 1,250 guests packed into the Grosvenor House in Park Lane last Thursday for the most prestigious event in the HR calendar: the Personnel Today Awards 2006.

HR professionals donned black and white masks as part of the Venetian Masked Ball theme, while outrageous comedian Julian Clary kept everyone entertained. There was even a mesmerising appearance from the Phantom of the Opera.

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The winners

Overall Winner:
Royal Mail
Mike Hitchins, Dermot Toberty and team, Royal Mail

“This is the culmination of three-and-a-half years of hard graft. Change doesn’t come easy but we’ve achieved what we set out to do. The methods and processes we put in place are sustainable, so the team aren’t affected if there are any staff changes. Our employees remain motivated as a result.”

Dermot Toberty

Addleshaw Goddard HR Impact Award:
The AA’s senior HR team

“It’s amazing. What we did was huge in terms of business impact. It changed the value of the organisation. Now we want to look at our recovery business and engineer huge business benefits.”

Sarah Stacey

BlessingWhite Award for Talent Management:
The Talent Management and Succession Planning team, Network Rail

Capgemini Employer Branding Award:
The Recruitment Services team, Barclays Bank

“The highlight of my evening – apart from kissing Julian Clary – was winning the Employer Branding Award. We recognise these awards as the best in the industry and it not only gains us industry recognition, but shows we are on top of our game.

Kathryn Cleverley

Ceridian HR Director of the Year:
Wendy Dean, ANC Express

“I’m stunned. I think it was essentially about putting our people at the heart of our company strategy and this shows that we’ve done something right.”

Wendy Dean

Computers In Personnel Award for HR Collaboration:
The FCA HR team from First Choice Airways

Fujitsu Services and Baxter Neumann Award for Excellence in Outsourcing & Shared Services:
The People and Organisational Services team, Royal Mail

Hays Human Resources Award for Innovation in Recruitment & Retention
The HR directorate team, Metropolitan Police Service

“It means a lot to us as we have gone out to the heart of the community and not just waited for people to come to us. We are interacting with the community in more ways than one. Now we want to focus more and more on the areas where we are getting a good response. There is so much more we can do.”

Sangita Katyal

Northgate HR Award for Best HR Strategy in Line with Business:
The AA’s senior HR team

Personnel Today Jobs Award for Excellence in Graduate Recruitment:
The Graduate Recruitment team, Deloitte

PMI Health Group Award for Managing Health at Work:
The Reward, Colleague Services and Colleague Relations team, Comet Group

“We are delighted. This is the result of more than two years’ work on developing and improving our health policies for the benefit of our staff. It is fantastic to have our achievements recognised by the industry.”

Karen Rosser

Skills for BusinessAward for Excellence in Training:
‘Insight to BT’ from BT Global Services

“We’re delighted as a team and I’m delighted for the team. It’s fantastic that all the work we put in behind the scenes has been recognised in this way.”

Peter Ainley-Walker

Vizual Business Tools Award for Excellence in HR Through Technology:
The ‘People Portal’ project team, BSkyB




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