Revealed: all the winners of the CIPD People Management Awards

A fantastic field of finalists vied for the prestige of the premier places. Now People Management can tell you who came out on top

Severn Water scooped the prize for best CSR/ESG initiative. Credit: Alex Deverill

The vibrancy, creativity and resilience of HR professionals and businesses was celebrated at a black-tie event at JW Marriott Grosvenor House, London, last night (21 September).

The evening shone a light on innovative teams and individuals across the country, showing off their outstanding work across a range of HR initiatives and projects. 

Focusing on impressive examples of HR innovation, projects and teams, this year’s winners are:

Best apprenticeship scheme

Sponsored by Mindful Education

Winner: Norfolk County Council


  • Davies and Aon
  • Housing 21
  • Kreston Reeves
  • Plexus
  • Travis Perkins

Best change management initiative

Sponsored by HR Path

Winner: Manchester Airports Group

  • Alzheimer's Society
  • Citygate Automotive
  • Cove UK
  • eStar Truck and Van
  • Sopra Steria
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways

Best CSR/ESG initiative

Winner: Severn Trent Water

  • Computacenter
  • PwC
  • Ricoh UK
  • Suez Recycling and Recovery UK 
  • The Sovini Group

Best digital/technology initiative in HR/L&D

Winner: Stepping Up Learning Academy

  • Avon and Somerset Police
  • Circle Health Group
  • Emirates Health Services
  • Mphasis UK 
  • Places for People
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Best employee experience initiative 

Sponsored by Humanforce

Winner: Fishawack Health, working with Culture Amp

  • Alzheimer's Society
  • Equiniti
  • Global Interactive Marketing Online
  • Premium Credit 
  • Trayport

Best equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiative

Sponsored by LGBT Jobs

Winner: EY

  • Anglo American
  • Arup and AMS
  • Reed in Partnership
  • Stepping Up Learning Academy
  • Wincanton

Best flexible working initiative

Sponsored by ICS Learn

Winner: Coffee Break Languages

  • Bank of Ireland
  • DMSL
  • EY
  • Office for National Statistics
  • Virgin Money

Best health and wellbeing initiative (private sector)

Winner: Leek Building Society

  • Associated British Ports
  • Kerzner International
  • NatWest Group
  • Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK 
  • Suez Recycling and Recovery UK 

Best health and wellbeing initiative (public/third sector)

Winner: Gower College Swansea

  • Alzheimer's Society
  • Buckinghamshire Council
  • Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • Zero Waste Scotland

Best HR/L&D and OD consultancy

Winner: Omni Resource Management Solutions 

  • Accenture
  • KPMG
  • Management Dynamics
  • Progeny
  • Rise Beyond
  • The Happy Consultancy Group

Best HR/L&D and OD supplier

Winner: Right Management

  • Actus Software
  • Appraisd
  • Development Beyond Learning

Best HR/L&D and OD team of the year (private sector)

Winner: Softcat

  • Bank of Ireland
  • Circle Health Group
  • Cove UK
  • Elior UK
  • KellyDeli
  • Steer Automotive Group

Best HR/L&D and OD team of the year (public/third sector)

Sponsored by Make UK

Winner: Department for the Economy

  • Alzheimer's Society
  • Defence Equipment & Support 
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Humber and North Yorkshire ICB
  • Trade Remedies Authority

Best L&D initiative (private sector)

Winner: Dishoom

  • Accenture
  • Danske Bank
  • Dell Technologies
  • EPAM Systems, LLC
  • PeopleWise

Best L&D initiative (public/third sector)

Winner: Community Integrated Care

  • Accenture
  • Mindset Practice
  • Harpur Trust
  • Together for Children

Best organisational development or organisational design initiative

Winner: Premium Credit

  • Accenture
  • Alzheimer's Society
  • Guide Dogs Association
  • Ministry of Justice, People Group, Organisation Effectiveness
  • Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
  • Yorkshire Water in partnership with Azesta

Best people analytics initiative

Winner: University of Salford

  • Associated British Ports

Best resourcing initiative

Winner: Royal Mail

  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Department for the Economy
  • EY
  • HCA Healthcare UK
  • Mphasis UK
  • Wincanton

Best reward or recognition initiative

Winner: Alzheimer's Society

  • Associated British Ports
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • LGPS Central
  • Suez Recycling and Recovery UK 
  • Verditer Consulting
  • Welcome Break

Best SME people management initiative

Winner: Apadmi

  • British Society for Rheumatology
  • EMG Solicitors
  • Global Interactive Marketing Online
  • Leek Building Society
  • Midland Lead

Best talent management initiative

Sponsored by Octopus EV

Winner: Civil Service HR Casework

  • Accenture
  • AstraZeneca
  • Reed in Partnership
  • Transport for London
  • Wincanton

Michael Kelly outstanding student award (advanced)

Winner: Victoria Keith, Total Marketing Support

  • Christopher Mullan, Corvus People
  • Jan Kozak, Envista

Michael Kelly outstanding student award (foundation and intermediate)

Winner: Jade Sheppard, Redde Northgate

  • Becky Coates, Bionical Emas
  • Kayleigh Lowe, HubGem
  • Laura Maker, Shared Lives South West
  • Mark Nation, British Airways
  • Sarah Walker, Highland Council

Outstanding HR or L&D apprentice award

Winner: Molly Wysocki-Jones, NHS Resolution

  • Amanda Goldsmith, Papa Johns
  • Bradley Brookman, Whole Foods Market
  • Elicia Dappah-Brown, London Borough of Hillingdon
  • Katie Gough, Greenhous Group
  • Megan Forse, OCS