HR Excellence Awards 2018

Congratulations to all of our winners for the HR Excellence Awards 2018. Please click here to see a full write up of the results.

The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 26th June at London Hilton on Park Lane, hosted by the comedian Sara Pascoe.

HR Magazine would like to congratulate all our winners and finalists. It is a fantastic achievement to make it onto the shortlist. Thank you for being the sorts of HR people that instil so much confidence in the profession’s ability to tackle the high-profile challenges coming our way.

More information for the 2019 awards will be announced in October. We look forward to receiving your entries.

Missed the deadline this year? You can register your interest for 2019 by clicking here

Jenny Roper
HR Magazine

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Winners 2018

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HR Director of the Year 2018

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Congratulations to our HR director of the year Emma Rose, HR director at Kerry Foods!

The shortlist is produced following nominations and input from the HR editorial team, readers and industry experts and is based on achievements during the period 2017/18. This award is for someone with exceptional skills at putting people top of their agenda; someone the world of HR should look up to as an example of excellence. Please see the shortlist below:

The ceremony

The HR Excellence Awards ceremony is renowned as THE night in the HR calendar, attracting the UK’s most talented HR individuals, teams and companies. By attending the awards you will have the opportunity to network with over 600 fellow HR professionals and learn about the strategies that raise the profile of HR.

The gala dinner and awards ceremony for the 23rd Annual HR Excellence Awards took place on Tuesday 26th June, at the prestigious London Hilton on Park Lane, where all the winners were revealed. Ticket price includes champagne on arrival overlooking London’s stunning Hyde Park, an excellence three course meal including half a bottle of wine per person and live entertainment from a top-class host, as well as attendance at the most prestigious awards in HR. Further details about the 2019 ceremony will be available in October, once the awards are open for entries. Please click here to find out more

Ceremony details

Date: June 2019

Dress code: Black tie

Venue: London

Time Event
18:45 Drinks reception
19:30 Dinner
21:30 Awards ceremony
23:00 After party
01:00 Carriages

Premium tables: Make your organisation stand out and your team feel exceptional by booking one of our limited premium tables. A premium table will guarantee you and your team a prime table position, a branded meeting point on arrival and two bottles of champagne on ice waiting for you on your table.

Prices 2018 (Please note these may change for 2019)

Sector Premium table Standard table Table of 12 Standard seat
Private £3995.00 £3150.00 £3780.00 £325.00
Public £3995.00 £1850.00 £2220.00 £195.00

* All prices exclude VAT.
* Premium tables are not subject to any discounts.
* Please ensure that you have read our terms and conditions before booking – which notes details about our cancellation policy


The people that make the HR excellence awards possible

Access Group - sponsoring HR Team of the Year

With more than 20 years’ experience, the Access Group provides best in class HR & Payroll solutions to meet your organisation’s needs. Our complete people platform helps you streamline all your human resource processes, engaging your people all the way. From recruitment and screening, to talent management and robust payroll, we have you covered.


Dorchester Collection - sponsoring Outstanding employee engagement strategy

Dorchester Collection’s vision is to be the ultimate hotel management company, with a passion for excellence and innovation, honouring the individuality and heritage of its iconic hotels. Established in 2006, Dorchester Collection has a portfolio of nine of the world’s finest luxury hotels in Europe and the US. Each hotel is an icon in its own right, with a worldwide reputation for offering the most sought-after experiences of good living, charm, elegance and service. Our hotels ARE the city that they are in – each one embodying the culture of its destination, enriched by contemporary styling and state-of-the-art facilities.


Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion - Diversity and inclusion award

The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) is the leading employer network covering all aspects of Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. Working with Members to lead the change by driving and promoting best practice in Diversity and Inclusion, equipping them to compete in a global marketplace.

Focussing on practical solutions we turn diversity theory into inclusive business practice. enei is a not-for-profit organisation and as such, invests all income into the development of products and services for the benefit of its Members. enei has more than 300 Members

For more information, visit www.enei.org.uk

NGA Human Resources - HR director of the year

We are the UK’s leading HR and payroll solutions provider helping organisations transform their business-critical HRP operations to deliver more effective and efficient people-critical services. Available on premise, via the cloud or as an outsourced service. ResourceLink is a proven solution for reducing costs, saving time and improving effectiveness across your HR and payroll functions.

For more information, visit www.ngahr.com

Rees Draper Wright - Most-people focused CEO

Rees Draper Wright are a specialist executive search firm that focuses on the appointment of high level professionals within world-class advisory organisations. They are known as the go-to executive search firm for providing management consulting and senior technology professionals including: Partners, Directors, CIO, CTO, COO, CISO and CRO as well as senior functional professionals including HRD, CFO and Sales Directors; for global and fast-growing businesses, internationally.

Since being established in 2002, Rees Draper Wright have earned a reputation for fulfilling even the most intricate assignments and delivering impressive results that are highly valued by clients and candidates alike. With offices across London, New York and Frankfurt and while operating on a global basis, Rees Draper Wright have achieved successful delivery in all corners of the globe.

96 percent of the searches Rees Draper Wright retain are delivered, searches that are not successful are almost entirely due to a client cancelling engagements. Rees Draper Wright believe in honesty and transparency throughout the process, which means we provide honest feedback to both client and candidate and work to foster a continual dialogue between all parties.

For more information, visit www.reesdraperwright.com


How to gain sponsorship with us

The HR Excellence Awards are recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the HR community. Now in their 23rd year, the HR Excellence Awards are a unique opportunity for the whole industry to gather on a single evening to celebrate the best in achievement, ability and performance. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the 26th June at the prestigious London Hilton Hotel and it sees the industry’s leading movers and shakers gather to honour their peers in the HR community. In 2017 we had a record-breaking number of nominations and over 600 industry professionals attended making it the most prestigious event in the HR calendar.

Benefits include:

  • Alignment with the HR magazine brand
  • Networking opportunity with 600 senior HR professionals
  • Table at the gala dinner and awards ceremony on the 26th June, at the 5* London Hilton on Park Lane
  • Presentation of an award on the night
  • Visual marketing at the event
  • Editorial coverage in HR magazine, on www.hrmagazine.co.uk and in the prestigious awards supplement - the Book of the Night
  • Logo on all electronic and print marketing before and after the event

Please get in touch with our sponsorship team to discuss how we can help your organisation maximise its exposure by becoming identified with the most prestigious awards in the industry.

To discuss your options contact:


Frequently Asked questions

Please see answers to some frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with the awards team on 020 7501 6782, who will be happy to help.

When is the awards ceremony?

A: The ceremony will be held on 26th June at Hilton on Park Lane. Please click here to book your places

What is the deadline to submit an entry to the HR Excellence Awards 2018?

A: Entries are now closed

What does my entry document consist of?

A: Your entry document consists of a 2,000-word essay outlining your entry. Please see the ‘tips for entering’ tab for more detail.

How much does it cost to enter?

A: If you enter before 19th January 2018 you can enter at a discounted rate.
For private companies, it costs £350 (increasing to £385 after the 19th January).
For public and not-for-profit companies, it costs £175 (increasing to £195 after the 19th January). For private companies entering more than one award, each subsequent entry costs £195.

How many entries may I submit?

A: There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. However, you should avoid duplicating entries across multiple categories, tailoring the entry specifically to the criteria of the category you are entering.

May I submit on behalf of a client?

A: Yes, although their permission must be obtained and evidence of this shown. You will be asked to provide contact details of a senior person at the organisation. We may or may not contact this person.

Can I enter if I am an international company?

A: In 2018 international companies can enter the ‘Best HR strategy overseas’ AND ‘Most innovative deployment of HR technology’. International companies who have a presence in (have offices in or do a lot of business in) the UK are able to enter any category.

Can UK based companies enter ‘Best HR strategy from overseas’?

A: No. UK based companies can enter any other category.

Can we enter the HR director of the year?

A: This category is not open for general entry via the website. However, you may suggest nominating your HR director by contacting the editorial team.

Can we enter the Most people-focused CEO?

A: This category is not open for general entry.

What is the difference between the entry document and supporting material?

A: The main component of your entry is the entry document. All key information listed in the criteria for the category needs to be in the entry document and not in the supporting material. Supporting material is optional and may be submitted in addition to the entry document. It should be used to illustrate/demonstrate what is in the entry document. Supporting material may include, but is not limited to: photographs, testimonials, graphs/data, videos (please send USB stick), hard copies of any printed material (eg brochures). Whilst supporting material is important and helpful to the judges, we ask that you keep these documents to a reasonable amount.

Supporting material is optional and may be submitted in addition to the entry document. It should be used to illustrate/demonstrate what is in the entry document. Supporting material may include, but is not limited to: photographs, testimonials, graphs/data, videos (please send USB stick), hard copies of any printed material (eg brochures).

What is your cancellation policy?

A: In terms of entries, once your entry is submitted, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions and are unable to cancel your entry.

In terms of table and seat bookings at the awards ceremony, written cancellations received within six weeks prior to the event will be accepted and a refund of 90% of the booking charge will be made. After this date, no refunds can be given. Please click here to read our terms and conditions in full.

What happens after I have submitted my entries?

A: Once you have submitted your entries they will be processed by the awards team, ready for judging. Judging takes place in April and we will announce the shortlist during the week of 9th April.

When are the winners announced?

A: The winners are announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 26th June, in London. Please keep this date free in your diary.

Who are the judges?

A: The HR Excellence Awards 2018 will be judged by a panel of judges made up of some of the UK’s top HR directors working in leading organisations.


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