Find out who scooped this year’s biggest HR awards

In last night’s sparkling ceremony, the profession celebrated its resilience through turbulent times at the 2022 CIPD People Management Awards. We run down the winners

Marking the second in-person iteration of the event since the pandemic, the CIPD People Management Awards ceremony took place yesterday (22 September), at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The evening gave well-deserved recognition to innovative teams across the country for their outstanding work across a range of HR initiatives and projects. 

Opening proceedings and in keeping with the positive feel of the event, Peter Cheese, CEO of the CIPD, as well as addressing the post-pandemic cost of living crisis setbacks and recent noise about the trend of ‘quiet quitting’, also kicked things off with a nod to the wins and the resilience the industry has demonstrated during these turbulent times.

He also celebrated the fact that the unemployment rate for May to July 2022 had decreased to the lowest rate since 1974, according to the ONS, as well as the fact the number of people unemployed for over 12 months had continued to decrease.

Cheese also reminisced about the impact of the late Queen Elizabeth II and the personal effect the news of her passing might have had on some. He noted the influence and significance of the late monarch as a constant in an ever-changing world and emphasised how grateful he was to have personally met the Queen and the now-King Charles and voiced his appreciation that the CIPD has Chartered status, which brings an extra layer of support and recognition to so many industry professionals.

Congratulating the winners and highly commended finalists and thanking the esteemed judges, Cheese emphasised how the HR and people development profession really is a force for change.

Focusing on impressive examples of HR innovation, projects and teams, this year’s winners, awarded by journalist and presenter Clive Myrie, are…

Best apprenticeship scheme

Winner: Virgin Media O2

Best change management initiative

Winner: Coventry Building Society

Highly Commended: Trayport

Best digital/technology initiative in HR/L&D

Winner: Deutsche Post DHL Group

Highly Commended: Mott MacDonald

Best employee experience initiative

Winner: SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

Best flexible working initiative

Winner: Citizen

Best health and wellbeing initiative – private sector

Winner: Bosch UK

Highly Commended: SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

Best health and wellbeing initiative – public/third sector

Winner: Midland Heart

Best HR/L&D consultancy

Winner: The Clear Company

Highly Commended: Culture Consultancy

Best HR/L&D supplier

Winner: OpenBlend

Best inclusion and diversity initiative

Winner: Shaw Trust

Best L&D initiative – private sector

Winner: Arla Foods Ltd

Highly Commended: Openreach

Best L&D initiative – public/third sector

Winner: United Nations Development Programme

Highly Commended: Shaw Trust

Best organisational development or organisational design initiative

Winner: Circle Health Group

Best people analytics initiative

Winner: Standard Chartered

Highly Commended: Cadent Gas Limited

Best resourcing initiative

Winner: Police Service of Northern Ireland

Highly Commended: Midland Heart

Best responsible business initiative

Highly Commended: Accenture & World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Cognician

Best reward or recognition initiative

Winner: SUEZ recycling and recovery UK

Highly Commended: Westminster Drug Project (WDP)

Best SME people management initiative

Winner: Maverick Media

Highly Commended: N T Killingley Ltd

Best talent management initiative

Winner: United Nations Development Programme

Michael Kelly outstanding student award - foundation/intermediate level

Winner: Gemma Berrington – Softcat Ltd

Michael Kelly outstanding student award - advanced level

Winner: Jamila Lecky – Mott MacDonald

Best HR/ L&D team of the year – public/ third sector

Winner: University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Highly Commended: Humberside Police

Best HR/ L&D team of the year – private sector

Winner: Circle Health Group

Highly Commended: Wales & West Utilities Limited