Delivered in partnership with People Management magazine, the CIPD People Management Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in people management and learning and development.

A winner will be chosen from each of the 19 categories, as well as an overall winner, by an expert panel of judges and announced the awards dinner on Tuesday 26 September 2017 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

Lizzie Crowley, Skills Adviser at the CIPD and one of the award judges, commented:

We’ve been spoilt for choice this year in terms of innovation, variety and creativity in the entries for the CIPD People Management Awards. As we are increasingly seeing demand for effective people management and learning and development approaches that deliver consistent results in a variety of contexts, it’s great to see so many organisations stepping up to the challenge, demonstrating impressive agility in both planning and execution.

Our new category for this year - best international HR initiative - recognises the need for HR to be agile in an increasingly global marketplace, and we look forward to celebrating those who are doing this to such a high standard. As the world of work continues to evolve, it will be these organisations leading the way in innovation and good practice, and they should all be congratulated on their achievements.

This year’s finalists are:

Best apprenticeship scheme

BT Fleet
Greene King

Best change management initiative

Christchurch and East Dorset Councils
Paddy Power Betfair
West Midlands Police partnered with Accenture

Best coaching and mentoring initiative

AbbVie UK
Civil Service Fast Stream
Computershare Loan Services
Ministry of Justice Civil Service HR Casework
Unlimited Potential

Best digital initiative in HR/L&D

OVO Energy
PA Consulting
University of St Andrews
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Best diversity and inclusion initiative

Channel Four Television Corporation
Home Office
Network Rail
Schneider Electric
Skanska UK
University of Bradford
Virgin Money

Best employee engagement initiative

City of Cardiff Council
KP Snacks
Lloyds Banking Group
Northern Ireland Electricity Networks
RHP Group
Royal College of Nursing
The Sovini Group

Best employer-supported volunteering programme

Andpartnership with National Trust
OVO Energy
Tata Consultancy Services
Wythenshawe Community Housing Group

Best health and well-being initiative

Cornwall Council
Crown Prosecution Service
Network Rail
Rhondda Housing Association
University of St Andrews

Best HR/L&D consultancy

Achieve Breakthrough
PeopleFirst HR Consultancy

Best HR/L&D supplier

City Academy
Evoke People Development
Ministry of Justice Civil Service HR Casework
MTD Training
Thurrock Council

Best international HR initiative

DPD Group UK
Isobar/Dentsu Aegis Network
Lancaster University
Standard Life

Best L&D initiative - private sector

AbbVie UK
Haines Watts
Odeon Cinemas Group
Virgin Money

Best L&D initiative - public/third sector

Andpartnership with National Trust
British Heart Foundation
City, University of London
Essex Police and Kent Police
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS FT
Police Now

Best recruitment and talent Management initiative

Department for Work and Pensions
Odeon Cinemas Group
Royal Mencap Society
Virgin Trains East Coast
Worcestershire County Council

Best reward initiative

Burges Salmon
DPD Group UK
Expand Executive Search
Midland Heart

Best SME people management initiative

Bassaka Air
Croner Group

Best HR/L&D team of the year

Department for Work and Pensions
Foster + Partners
Home Office
Robert Bosch UK
Zoological Society of London

Michael Kelly outstanding student award - advanced level

Hessie Coleman, Starling Bank
Jodie Gilbert, Flowcrete Group
Inga Caroline Gilhuus-Moe, STEP Scotland
Simon Howson-Baggott, West Sussex County Council
Nicole Keegan, FluidOne
Hannah Millsted-Bowdery, Millsted Care
Mykela Pratt, Thurrock Council

Michael Kelly outstanding student award - intermediate and foundation level

Holly Kingswood, Horder Healthcare
Elizabeth Mahon, Anglian Water @one Alliance
Paula O’Connell, Sensata Technologies
Yury Sharovatov, Teva Pharmaceuticals
Hazel Spain, Ebix Europe
Melissa Venner, Liquid Personnel
Jordan Workman, Volvo Group UK

This year’s headline sponsor is Resource Management and category sponsor CIPHR and Sodexo. For more information about the Awards visit: or join the conversation using #PMAs17.

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