26th February 2024

British HR Awards 2024: Finalists Announced

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>> Winners revealed 16th April in London. Click here to view the 2024 Winners. <<

With over 300 entries received from organisations all across the UK, competition to be named a Finalist proved to be especially tough. But today, the British HR Awards judging panel is proud to reveal its 2024 Finalists!

Powered by employee insight platform, New Possible, the British HR Awards sets out to discover and celebrate the organisations that are truly passionate about delivering a world-class people experience. Organisations taking part this year range from start-up innovators to public sector heroes, tech superstars, global titans and everything in between. Irrespective of organisation size, industry or resources, Finalists shared how their initiatives are transforming the people experience and delivering tangible value for their organisations.

Winners were announced at a special celebration event on the 16th April at Pergola on the Wharf, London. Click here to view the 2024 Winners.

Nate Harwood, Founder of New Possible and British HR Awards judge said: "With a 40% increase in the number of entries this year, judging was both a great privilege and a real challenge. Congratulations to all the Finalists who have demonstrated the passion, commitment, and talent at the beating heart of British HR.”

A huge thanks to the British HR Awards 2024 all-star judging panel for reviewing the entries and sharing their expertise: 

  • Louise Benford, Chief People Officer, The AA
  • Sharon Benson, HR Director, LloydsPharmacy Clinical Homecare
  • Kath Ennis, Chief People Officer, WPP Specialist Communications
  • Mary Foulkes OBE FCIPD, Director of Equity, Inclusion and Culture, Shelter
  • Maria Hawley, Director of People, Fisher German
  • Dr Tracey Leghorn, Chief Business Services Officer, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
  • Vilma Nikolaidou, Director of People and Culture, British Film Institute (BFI)
  • Melanie Punch, COO - People and Organisation, Investec
  • Janet Roberts, Chief People & Culture Officer, Cycas Hospitality
  • Perry Timms, Chief Energy Officer, People and Transformational HR
  • Helen Tindle, HR Director, Iceland Foods
  • Lucy Tobin, People Director (Europe), Frontier Economics
  • Nate Harwood, Founder, New Possible

And so, without any further ado, the British HR Awards 2024 Finalists are:

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Best Overall People Experience: Blood Cancer UK / DS Smith / Firstsource Solutions / The Melton Building Society / Tomorrow / Travel + Leisure / YuLife

Employee Wellness Initiative of the Year: Gower College Swansea / Heron Foods / Jaguar Land Rover / JG HR Solutions / Playtonic / Revolution Bars Group / Selfridges / Shorefield Holidays / Thrive Law

Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year (sponsored by LevelUP Talent Solutions): BrewDog / Cardiff and Vale University Health Board / E.ON UK / Enfuse Group / Evtec Automotive / Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland / Lewis Silkin / Men for Inclusion / TSB Bank

L&D Initiative of the Year: Actuation-Collins Aerospace / DS Smith / E.ON UK / GXO Logistics / Leonardo Hotels UK & Ireland / MRL Consulting / NTT / The Gym Group / Travel + Leisure / Wanstor

Culture Initiative of the Year: AVASK Accounting and Business Consultants / BBC / Brooklands College / Bureau Veritas UK / Cooper Parry / Corsearch / HubGem Marketing / The HALO Trust / VIOOH

Innovation of the Year: DHU Healthcare / Egress / inploi / Jaguar Land Rover / Live More Offline / Sedulo Group / Speedy Services / Yorkshire Garden Centres

SME of the Year: ABSTRACT / British Society for Rheumatology / Huler / Leumi UK / Realise HR / Silverbean / Team Wheel / The Institute of Export & International Trade / VIOOH

Large Organisation of the Year (sponsored by Virgin Incentives): BBC / Cardiff and Vale University Health Board / GXO Logistics / Havas UK / Mowgli Street Food / TSB Bank

People Awards

Leader of the Year: Caroline Jones, HR Director at Cooper Parry / Debbie Mavis, Group HR Director at Avanti Communications / Ellie Armour, Chief People Officer at Speedy Services / Jenny Cook, Chief People Officer at NRG Riverside / Kate Clay, HR Director at eStar Truck & Van / Lily Woi, Culture, Leadership and Organisational Development Lead at Nest / Nick Holmes, VP, Employee Experience at Avalere Health / Nicola Greenwood, Group Head of HR at Chapelhouse Motor Group / Nicola Sutherland, Director of People & Culture at Steer Automotive Group / Suki Kaur, Group Head of Talent Acquisition & Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at AVASK Accounting and Business Consultants

Rising Star of the Year: Chelsea Crouch, HR Business Partner at Kreston Reeves / Ella Deery, Talent Development Partner at Havas UK / Emily Keenan, People & Culture Co-Ordinator at Charles Owen / Julia Lopez Canelada, People Advisor at Havas UK / Kathryn Allen, HR Manager at DGM Growers / Maryna Stiahailo, CEO at NextGenHR / Prianka Jaidka, HR Business Partner at LSL Property Services / Rama Gupta, Employee Experience Lead - EU, US & CPG at Areteans Technology Solutions UK / Syiane Knowles, ESG Manager at Air IT

Coach of the Year: Aoife O'Brien, Founder at Happier at Work / Brad Bilgore, Coach, Partner at True Partnership / Claire Roberts, HR Coach at HR FOR HR / Helen Smith, Director of People & Development at Boo Coaching & Consulting / Jodie Hill, Founder and Managing Partner at Thrive Law / Martina Doherty, Executive Coach & Founder, MD Consulting / Nikki Westwood, Sales Enablement Coach at Gi Group Holding / Yasmin Neves, Founder at Healthy HR Consultancy

People Team of the Year (<100 people): Blexr / Cox Marine / H2R Selection / HR Star / Huler / Tillo / Tomorrow / True Partnership

People Team of the Year (>100 people): Away Resorts / Cooper Parry / Corsearch / eStar Truck & Van / Evtec Automotive / Havas UK / Royal Academy of Engineering / Steer Automotive Group / Vorboss

Supplier Awards

Consultancy of the Year (<25 people): ABSTRACT / BarrowHR / Ditton HR / H2R Selection / Happier at Work / MUSE:HR / Realise HR / Starford Legal HR / Team Wheel / True Partnership

Consultancy of the Year (>25 people): Avensure / Clover HR / HR Solutions / The TCM Group

Recruitment Partner of the Year: Gi Group Holding / HR Star / MRL Consulting

Technology Partner of the Year: Actus Software / Do-IT Solutions / Evalu-8 HR Software / Flip GmbH / Hofy / HubGem Marketing / inploi / Rippl

Sector Specific Awards

Financial Services Company of the Year: Kene Partners / Leumi UK / Sedulo Group / The Cumberland Building Society / The Melton Building Society

Technology Company of the Year: Air IT / Avanti Communications / CatSci / Flo Health / MyTutor / NTT / Planixs / Vorboss

Retail Company of the Year: Heron Foods / Holland & Barrett / Selfridges / Yorkshire Garden Centres

Hospitality & Leisure Company of the Year: 5 Hertford Street and Oswald's / Away Resorts / BrewDog / Humble Grape / Mowgli Street Food / RBH Hospitality Management / Revolution Bars Group / Shorefield Holidays

Not for Profit of the Year: Blood Cancer UK / British Society for Rheumatology / Royal Academy of Engineering / The HALO Trust

Public Sector Organisation of the Year: BlueLight Commercial / Brooklands College / Gower College Swansea / Hertfordshire County Council

Manufacturing & Engineering Company of the Year: Actuation-Collins Aerospace / Cox Marine / DS Smith / Pennine Healthcare / Steer Automotive Group

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Winners were revealed in London on Tuesday 16th April. Keep updated by following us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

The British HR Awards is powered by New Possible, an employee insight platform that's committed to your success. New Possible helps leaders build healthier organisations by providing meaningful insight that can drive real change. Find out more about our mission or book a demo.

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