Personnel Today Awards 2010: The winners

More than 800 HR professionals gathered at the Park Lane Hilton in London last week for the 12th annual Personnel Today Awards, buzzing with excitement as comedian Marcus Brigstocke announced the all-important winners.


With a total of 17 awards, including five new categories and an additional award for the overall winner, we take a look at the shortlists for each category, who won the award, and what the judges had to say about the winners. Additional photos can be viewed in HR Space.



HR director of the year
Excellence in learning and development
HR team of the year
Excellence in HR through technology or social media
Excellence in public sector HR
Award for health at work
Award for corporate social responsibility
Award for talent management
Award for managing change
Award for reward and benefits
HR rising star
Award for workplace diversity
The employer branding award
Award for innovation in recruitment
Employee engagement award
Award for best original employment initiative
Overall winner










HR director of the year


Sponsored by Pinsent Masons

Shortlist:
Noel McGonigle, Azzurri Communications
Leatham Green, East Sussex County Council
Tracy Robbins, IHG
David Fairhurst, McDonald’s Restaurants
Harvey Francis, Skanska
Joanne Mackie, Superdrug

And the winner is….
Tracy Robbins, IHG

The judges’ comments: “Our HR director of the year was praised by the judges for the commercial approach taken by their HR function. One judge said this was an example of HR strategy at its very best.

“Tracy Robbins leads a disparate team but has created a joined-up culture that should be an inspiration to us all.”








Excellence in learning and development


Sponsored by BPP Business SchoolShortlist:
ATS Euromaster
Bradford District (NHS) Care Trust
Chorley Council
John Lewis
Signet Trading
Solaglas Windowcare

And the winner is….
ATS Euromaster

The judges’ comments: “ATS Euromaster launched a brave and innovative programme to develop employees’ customer-facing skills. A refreshing and simple approach that has created real energy in the business.”

Find out how ATS Euromaster won the Personnel Today 2010 award for excellence in learning and development.












HR team of the year


Sponsored by Frazer Jones recruitment Shortlist:
ATS Euromaster
Azzurri Communications
Broadway Homelessness and Support
Morrison
Paul UK
Pension Disability & Carers Service

And the winner is….
Paul UK

The judges’ comments: “Paul UK has come a long way in a short period of time. It set out to achieve a massive challenge from a very low base and delivered excellent results with business-focused objectives.”








HR Impact Award



Shortlist:
3M
Boots
McDonald’s Restaurants
Mitchells & Butlers
NATS
Santander

And the winner is….
Mitchells & Butlers

The judges’ comments: “Mitchells & Butlers clearly showed the benefits of not following the crowd by rejecting the option of outsourcing and relying on in-house capabilities – delivering comprehensive benefits to the group.”












Excellence in HR through technology or social media



Shortlist:
IHG
NHS North Yorkshire and York
Telefonica O2 UK
River Island
Vaillant Group
WHSmith Retail Holdings

And the winner is….
River Island

The judges’ comments: “River Island combined traditional technology and social media in an innovative way – an amazing use of new technology in recruitment.”








Excellence in public sector HR



Shortlist:
Birmingham City Council
Chelmsford Borough Council
Chorley Council
DEFRA Shared Services
East Lothian Council
Royal Free NHS Trust

And the winner is….
Birmingham City Council

The judges’ comments: “We were particularly impressed by Birmingham City Council’s ambitious and intelligent programme for change, with efficiency being a driving force through each element.”












Award for health at work


Shortlist:
Centrica
Domestic and General
East Sussex County Council
Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Mail
York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

And the winner is….
Royal Mail

The judges’ comments: “Royal Mail’s entry was particularly innovative in considering specific health issues for men, acknowledging the critical role for line managers – a comprehensive programme with tangible results.”








Award for corporate social responsibility



Shortlist:
DHL Supply Chain
Marks & Spencer
Signet Trading
Telefonica O2 UK
The Midcounties Co-operative
University Hospital of North Staffordshire

And the winner is….
Marks & Spencer

The judges’ comments: “We were hugely impressed by all our shortlist but Marks & Spencer stood out by providing strong evidence of its corporate social responsibility programme’s effect on the business as a whole.”












Award for talent management


Shortlist:
BT
Environment Agency
KPMG
Magnox South
Royal Mail
Tesco Retailing Services

And the winner is….
KPMG

The judges’ comments: “KPMG’s talent management programme is a brilliant way of developing leaders while also providing excellent value to customers.”








Award for managing change



Shortlist:
Broadway Homelessness and Support
DEFRA
IHG
Lloyds Banking Group
NATS
Royal Mail

And the winner is….
Lloyds Banking Group

The judges’ comments: “Lloyds Baking Group’s entry was a very impressive change project on a massive scale, through a difficult time. The execution was well thought through and ensured that there was leadership support and the workforce was on board.”












Award for reward and benefits


Shortlist:
Azzurri Communications
Barratt Developments
Calor Gas
Kent County Council
Ladbrokes
University of Lincoln

And the winner is….
Azzurri Communications

The judges’ comments: “We were impressed by Azzurri Communications’ approach in addressing the complex and potentially unfair mix of benefits in an organisation that had grown through acquisition.

“They gave reward a pivotal role in the company’s employee engagement strategy.”









HR rising star



Shortlist:
Catherine Rowe, Balfour Beatty Work Place
Claire Crouch, East Sussex County Council
Christian Peiner, Kuehne + Nagel
Mark Smith, Royal Free NHS Trust
Zoe Lloyd, RSK Group
Helen Cross, Superdrug

And the winner is….
Zoe Lloyd, RSK Group

The judges’ comments: “The first ever Personnel Today Awards Rising Star award was hotly contested by the six finalists. But one star shone brightest, described by the judges as a truly outstanding individual.”












Award for workplace diversity


Shortlist:
Barnardos
DHL Supply Chain
London Fire Brigade HQ
McDonald’s Restaurants
NHS Gloucestershire
University of Chester

And the winner is….
DHL Supply Chain

The judges’ comments: “From the outset, DHL Supply Chain was clear on its business case for increasing workplace diversity.

“We believe that by securing senior management commitment, our winners have put in place the measures necessary to secure long-term viability of their wide-ranging initiative.”








The employer branding award



Shortlist:
British Heart Foundation
East Lothian Council
Morrison
Outsourcery
Zizzi’s

And the winner is….
Outsourcery

The judges’ comments: “We congratulate all those who made the shortlist but Outsourcery’s entry demonstrated a strong approach to employer branding across the board, providing an innovative solution to a difficult challenge.”












Award for innovation in recruitment


Shortlist:
DHL Supply Chain
IHG
Integrated Dental Holdings
ITV
Northern Rail
Superdrug

And the winner is….
IHG

The judges’ comments: “IHG’s winning entry was exceptional: a truly inspiring entry which sets the tone for others creating sustainable models of building talent that would provide enduring benefits for the organisation.”








Employee engagement award



Shortlist:
Barratt Developments
Broadway Homelessness and Support
Capgemini
Essex County Council
Thames Water
The Co-operative Group

And the winner is….
The Co-operative Group

The judges’ comments: “Over the past two years, the Co-operative Group has undertaken one of the biggest rebrand programmes in UK corporate history, bringing together a diverse portfolio under one name.

“It has clearly linked engagement to business benefit.”












Best original employment initiative


Shortlist:
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
McDonald’s Restaurants
Mitchells & Butlers
RSK Group

And the winner is….
McDonald’s Restaurants

The judges’ comments: “McDonald’s employment initiative involved recruitment on a broad scale. The HR team identified all the issues and found a comprehensive nationwide solution with clear evidence of results.”








Overall winner



Shortlist:
ATS Euromaster
Mitchells & Butlers
River Island
Royal Mail
Marks & Spencer
KPMG
Lloyds Banking Group
Azzurri Communications
Paul UK
DHL Supply Chain
Outsourcery
IHG
Tracy Robbins, IHG
The Co-operative Group
McDonald’s Restaurants
Zoe Lloyd, RSK Group

And the winner is….
Birmingham City Council


The judges’ comments: “Birmingham City Council has taken an innovative approach to utilising and engaging existing talent to the benefit of many stakeholders.

“They proved that a lack of funding need not compromise delivery. This organisation’s creativity, business focus and determination has the potential to be replicated across the sector.”











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