“It was fantastic to celebrate the positive impact that the people profession has on work and working lives in Northern Ireland and further afield." 

Lee Ann Panglea, Head of CIPD in Scotland and Northern Ireland

The CIPD Awards in Northern Ireland culminated in a night of recognition and celebration when the winners were announced at an awards ceremony in Belfast on Thursday 12 October 2023.

The event was attended by 350 people professionals from across Northern Ireland and further afield, and was hosted by actress and presenter, Denise Van Outen.

There were 11 categories in total, covering all aspects of HR and L&D.

"My fellow judges and I were hugely impressed with the quality of entries this year. Many congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted, and to all of this year's winners and highly commended entrants."

Lee Ann Panglea, Head of CIPD in Scotland and Northern Ireland

The categories and winners:

Best HR student

Winner: Eimear Duffy (Vyta)

Highly Commended: Beth MacDougall (Ernst & Young)

Best flexible working strategy

Winner: Musgrave

Best inclusion and diversity strategy

Winner: First Derivative

Highly Commended: Coca-Cola HBC

Excellence in L&D/OD

Winner: CDE Group

Highly Commended: Danske Bank

Best resourcing and talent strategy

Winner: Department for the Economy, The Executive Office, and Department of Finance

Highly Commended: Northern Ireland Water

Best employee voice programme

Winner: Northern Ireland Electricity Networks

Highly Commended: Catalyst

Best apprenticeship scheme

Winner: Northern Ireland Electricity Networks

Highly Commended: Collins Aerospace

Impactful health and wellbeing at work

Winner: Northern Ireland Water

Highly Commended: Almac Group

Rising star of the people profession

Winner: Molly Keers (PwC)

Best people team

Winner: Fibrus

Highly Commended: Energia Group

Outstanding contribution in the field of people development in Northern Ireland

Winner: Caroline van der Feltz, Danske Bank

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