HR Excellence Awards

The HR Excellence Awards are now closed for entry and the shortlist for the ceremony has been announced! We can’t wait to celebrate the gold standard of HR strategies and initiatives with you at our ceremony on the 2nd July 2019. 

The HR Excellence Awards are the most sought after, the most prestigious and the longest running awards in the field of HR. They recognise the organisations and individuals pushing the boundaries of people strategy.

Entering is simple. All you need to do is write a 2,000-word document outlining your entry according to the category criteria, and submit via the website. A full category breakdown and advice on entering the awards are available to help you.

This year we are delighted to add a new category for 2019: People-focused workplace design award.

Jenny Roper
HR Magazine

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HR director of the year

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We are delighted to announce our shortlist for the HR Director of the Year 2019. 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 2018/19.

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. The shortlist has been announced in the May issue of the publication and on www.hrmagazine.co.uk. It is now up to our readers to vote for the winner.

2019 Shortlist
Jon Dawson, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Fiona Deal, Network Homes
Alistair Gill, Giffgaff
Kim Healy, Everton Football Club
Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth, BBC
Simon Linares, Direct Line Group
Pam Parkes, Essex County Council
Jane Storm, Connect Group
Sue Shutter, Regent’s University London
Kerry Smith, British Heart Foundation

Please click here to make your vote!

The deadline is midnight on Sunday 26th May.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 2nd July at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Shortlist 2019

Best HR team
  • Dorchester Collection
  • Financial Times
  • Galliard Homes
  • Network Homes
  • The Creative Engagement Group
  • Wiltshire Council
  • Wienerberger
  • XPO Logistics

Best CSR strategy

  • Connect Group
  • Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London
  • Microgaming
  • Network Homes
  • Unipart Group

Best HR strategy from overseas

  • American Tire Distributors
  • Hayleys Plantations Sector
  • Ooredoo Oman
  • Visible Alpha Solutions India
Best learning and development strategy

  • Armstrong World Industries
  • Be At One
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Dorchester Collection
  • Imperial Brands
  • J Murphy & Sons
  • Network Homes
  • Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Care Company
  • The Berkeley Partnership
  • VHR
  • XPO Logistics

Best talent management strategy

  • British Heart Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Johnsons Apparelmaster
  • Lancaster University
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • United Utilities

Best youth employment strategy

  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Capgemini
  • Lancaster University
  • Network Rail

Diversity and inclusion award

  • BBC
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Costain Group
  • Everton Football Club
  • Financial Times
  • MTR Crossrail
  • Odeon Cinemas Group

Health and Wellbeing award

  • British Heart Foundation
  • Coventry Building Society
  • Department for Work & Pensions
  • Ella’s Kitchen
  • Financial Ombudsman Service
  • NHS Blood and Transplant
  • Phonographic Performance
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Three UK
  • Unipart Group
  • XPO Logistics

HR future leader of the year

  • Craig Morgans, The AA
  • Alice Williams, Landsec
  • Grace Rogers, Network Rail

Leading transformation award

  • Allied Irish Bank UK
  • BBC
  • BP
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Network Homes
  • Southern Co-op
  • The Metropolitan Police Service
  • West Dunbartonshire Council

Most effective recruitment strategy

  • The AA
  • Government Recruitment Service, in collaboration with PSI
  • Connect Group
  • Network Rail
  • Nomad Foods Europe
  • Office for Nuclear Regulation
  • Travelodge
  • Siemens
  • Volkswagen Financial Services
  • XPO Logistics

Most effective use of internal comms

  • British Heart Foundation
  • BT Group
  • Firstport
  • HSBC
  • The PHA Group
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Most innovative deployment of HR technology

  • American Tire Distributors
  • Church of England
  • Questback/John Lewis Partnership
  • JPI Media
  • Pizza Hut
  • Siemens
  • The AA
  • Turkish Economy Bank
  • Wiltshire Council

Most People-focused CEO
  • Matthew Austin
  • Kate Bendall and Louise Laver
  • Ffyona Dawber
  • Richard Flint
  • Scott Gardner
  • Paul Harris
  • Rob Jupp
  • Helen McHale
  • Tim Morfin
  • David Stevens

Outstanding employee engagement strategy

  • MTR Crossrail
  • Network Homes
  • Odeon Cinemas Group
  • Phonographic Performance
  • The Berkeley Partnership
  • Virgin Media
  • Wiltshire Council

People-focused workplace design award

  • British Heart Foundation
  • Everton Football Club
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • Microgaming
Reward and recognition award

  • Everton Football Club
  • Kier Group PLC
  • Morgan Sindall Property Services

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 24th annual HR Excellence Awards will take place on Tuesday 2nd July, at the prestigious London Hilton on Park Lane, where all the winners will be 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. You will able to book your places for 2019 once the shortlist is announced in April. 

Ceremony details

Date: 2 July 2019
Dress code: Black tie
Venue: Hilton on Park Lane, 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 2019

Sector Premium table Standard table Table of 12 Standard seat
Early Bird
£3995.00 £2850.00 £3420.00 £295.00
Private £3995.00 £3150.00 £3780.00 £325.00
Early Bird
£3995.00 £1750.00 £2100.00 £185.00
Public £3995.00 £1850.00 £2220.00 £195.00

The Early Bird prices will expire on the 26th April 2019

* 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


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The deadline to enter the awards is Monday 11th March 2019.


How to gain sponsorship with us

The HR Excellence Awards are recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the HR community. Now in their 24th 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 2nd July 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 2018 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 2nd July at the 5* London Hilton on Park Lane
  • Presentation of an award on the night
  • Visual marketing at the event
  • Branding in HR magazine, on www.hrmagazine.co.uk and in the prestigious awards brochure
  • 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 Edith Barrett  on 020 7501 6716 or edith.barrett@markallengroup.com


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.

The ceremony will be held on Tuesday 2nd July 2019. You will be able to book your table in April once the shortlist has been announced.

The deadline to enter the awards is Monday 11th March 2019. You can enter with the early bird entry price until Friday 18th January 2019. 

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

If you enter before 18th January 2019 you can enter at a discounted rate. 
For private companies, it costs £350 (increasing to £385 after the 18th January).
For public and not-for-profit companies, it costs £175 (increasing to £195 after the 18th January).

For private companies entering more than one award, each subsequent entry costs £195.
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.
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.
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.
No. UK based companies can enter any other category.
The shortlist for this category is created by the HR magazine editorial team and is not open for general entry. However, you may suggest nominating your HR director by contacting us. 
The shortlist for this category is created by the HR magazine editorial team and is not open for general entry. However, you may suggest nominating your HR director by contacting us.
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 (e.g. brochures). Whilst supporting material is important and helpful to the judges, we ask that you keep these documents to a reasonable amount.
In terms of entries, once your entry is submitted, you may withdraw it until the closing date. Your entry fee will not be refunded. 

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.
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 in mid- April 2019.
The winners are announced at the ceremony on Tuesday 2nd July in London. Please keep this date free in your diary.
The HR Excellence Awards 2019 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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Sales Manager


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