Have you made the CIPD People Management Awards shortlist?

4 Jun 2018 By PM Editorial

Contenders revealed for the biggest prizes in HR, with gala dinner scheduled for 25 September 

The full list of organisations and individuals in contention for the most prestigious awards in HR and L&D has been released, with the announcement of the shortlist (see below) for the 2018 CIPD People Management Awards.

Designed to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements in HR and L&D, and held in conjunction with People Management, the awards encompass 19 categories including two specific awards for student practitioners.

Categories will be judged by an expert panel with an overall winner chosen from the winners of all organisational categories, before being announced at a gala dinner in London on 25 September.

“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,” said Lizzie Crowley, CIPD skills adviser and one of the awards judges. “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 headline sponsor is Resource Management, while category sponsors include Cascade HR, Investors in people, Mindful Education and Willis Towers Watson. 

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

Côte Restaurants


Mitchells & Butlers

Office for National Statistics



Best diversity and inclusion initiative

Capp & Co 

Department for Work and Pensions

Morgan Sindall

MTR Crossrail

Odeon Cinemas Group

St Mungo's

Best employee engagement initiative

Charles Stanley

Harvester Restaurants

National Environment Agency (Singapore)

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Standard Chartered

Best health and wellbeing 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 NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Digital


Best recruitment and talent management initiative


Mitchells & Butlers

MTR Crossrail

Office for Nuclear Regulation


Starling Bank 


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 & 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

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