This award is aimed at HR teams that can demonstrate they have achieved genuine strategic status within their organisations. Entries outlined the business strategy and the contribution of HR to meeting objectives. The judge assessed the HR team's own strategy, how this was devised and implemented, the involvement of senior staff and what results have been achieved so far. Entrants explained how the team identified priorities and how HR measured the benefits.
NorthgateArinso is a leading global human resources software and services provider offering innovative HR business solutions to employers of all sizes, including blue chip companies, public sector organisations and many small to medium enterprises. It helps organisations optimise their HR service delivery through smarter process and more efficient technology, supporting key HR areas like workforce administration, payroll, benefits, recruitment, learning, and talent management.
Its highly skilled employees are dedicated to HR excellence through strategic business consulting, outsourcing services, systems integration and best-of-breed software solutions.
Peter Reilly, director of HR research and consultancy at the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) joined the firm in 1995 as a senior research fellow after 16 years with Shell. At the IES, he leads the work on reward and performance management and on the HR function. He has co-authored several books, including Strategic HR: Building the Capability to Deliver.
The shortlisted teams
Big Lottery Fund
The team: HR
Number in team 18
Number of people in organisation 1,000
About the organisation
The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) is a grant-making organisation, responsible for giving out half the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes.
Prior to 2006, BLF's HR strategy was not aligned with business strategy and was seen as a remote and largely transactional service. There was a need to develop a joined-up bu