The finalists for this year’s CIPD People Management Awards, one of the most highly anticipated events in the HR and L&D calendar, have been announced. Delivered in partnership with People Management magazine, the 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 25 September 2018 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

Lizzie Crowley, Skills Adviserat the CIPD and one of the award judges, commented: “We have once again seen a tremendously high standard across all the categories, with organisations demonstrating the innovation and creativity that have become the hallmark of the CIPD People Management Awards.

“The rapidly changing world of work presents new challenges for people management and learning and development, but these awards demonstrate that companies are serious about stepping to meet these challenges head on. These organisations will be the standard bearers that will lead the way in people management and learning and development, and they should all be congratulated on their achievements.”

This year’s finalists are:

Best apprenticeship scheme
Lloyds Banking Group
Medway Council
ODEON Cinemas Group
Plexus Law

Best change management initiative
Fircroft College
NHS Digital
Paddy Power Betfair
Yorkshire Building Society Group

Best coaching and mentoring initiative
Balfour Beatty
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Civil Nuclear Constabulary
Companies House
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
NHS Leadership Academy and NHS Employers

Best digital initiative in HR/L&D
Community Gateway Association
Cote Restaurants
Mitchells & Butlers
Office for National Statistics

Best diversity and inclusion initiative
Capp & Co
Department for Work & Pensions
Morgan Sindall
MTR Crossrail
ODEON Cinemas Group
St Mungo's

Best employee engagement initiative
Charles Stanley
National Environment Agency (Singapore)
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Standard Chartered

Best health and well-being initiative
Ambitious about Autism
Essex Wildlife Trust
Frimley Health
Royal Bank of Scotland
Three UK

Best HR/L&D consultancy
Coaching Impact
Customer Essential
Executive Life Coaching
GlobusHR Consulting
How Do You Do It
Real People
RISE Beyond

Best HR/L&D supplier
Force Four Creative
Saba Software

Best international HR initiative
Capp & Co
ODEON Cinemas Group

Best L&D initiative - private sector
Audley Travel
Greencore Convenience Foods
THB Group
Three UK

Best L&D initiative - public/third sector
Chester Zoo
CU Services
Mersey Care Foundation Trust
NHS Digital

Best recruitment and talent management initiative
Mitchells & Butlers
MTR Crossrail
Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)
Starling Bank
The Co-op

Best reward or recognition initiative
Comply Direct
Exertis UK
Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK
Shell International
Touchpaper Marketing

Best skills-based volunteering initiative
Abu Dhabi Police
Civil Service Fast Stream and Early Talent
Network Rail
Pearl Group Management Services
The University of Manchester
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Best SME people management initiative (<250 employees)
People Puzzles
Royal Society of Medicine Support Services
The TDA Transitions and Learning Organisation
The Trafalgar St James

HR/L&D team of the year
City, University of London
Glasgow Caledonian University
Jardine Motors Group
Midland Heart
Mitchells & Butlers

Michael Kelly outstanding student award - intermediate and foundation level
Jestina Mpofu, Ariens
Joan Kago, Base Titanium
Rosie Meadows, Fitzgerald & Law
Tom Sherry, Forest Holidays
Edyta Caban, The Dorchester

Michael Kelly outstanding student award - advanced level
Keith Houston, Allstate
Jessica Badley, Ambitious about Autism
Scott Gavin, Aramco Overseas Company
Jennifer Reilly, Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Nicola Cripps, Royal Navy
Hessie Coleman, Starling Bank

This year’s headline sponsor is Resource Management and the category sponsors are Cascade HR, Investors in People, Mindful Education, Willis Towers Watson, . For more information visit: or join the conversation using #CIPDPMAs18.

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