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Finalists Announced for First CIPD Wales Awards


The finalists in the inaugural awards for the top people and development managers in Wales have been unveiled.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in Wales (CIPD Wales) has announced the organisations that are battling for the accolades in the 10 categories of the Wales People Management Awards.

The 30 finalists, who faced panel interviews with the judges this week (4 October), will discover if they have been chosen to receive one of the coveted awards at a glittering ceremony and dinner at the National Museum Cardiff on October 26.

Two of the prizes are designed to reward individual excellence – Emerging Practitioner of the Year, and the special award for Outstanding Contribution in a people development role.

“The first Welsh awards are designed to recognise the best in HR, employee engagement and people management from across Wales,” said Lesley Richards, head of CIPD Wales.

“Taking on the role of designing, advising and ultimately managing the HR function of businesses of all sizes takes a huge amount of experience, personality, and a great deal of ability.

“What we are recognising and celebrating at these awards is those who have the skills, and are at the forefront of best practice and innovation – not just in what have been seen as traditional HR roles, but in all aspects of people management, learning and development.

“Across the categories, the awards recognise both the hard work of teams, and those who go that extra mile as individuals.

“And, as judging has been by sector figures who have proven themselves as leaders in the worlds of business, public bodies and membership organisations, the winners will know that they have truly impressed their peers.”

The finalists:

Best Apprenticeship Scheme – Sponsored by Welsh Government

  • Carmarthenshire County Council – Work Ready Programme at Carmarthenshire County Council
  • Tata Steel UK – Tata Steel Apprenticeships: A new delivery model
  • Wales and West Utilities – Apprenticeship Programme

Best Change Management Initiative – Sponsored by Reed

  • Aneurin Bevan UHB Culture Change – Eradication of Off-Framework Agencies
  • Magor Designs Limited/Call of the Wild – Managing Positively
  • Trivallis – Fair Engaging and Affordable – Conditions of Service at Trivallis

Outstanding Creativity & Innovation in HR – Sponsored by Coastal Housing

  • Dyfed Powys Police – CALON Leadership and Wellbeing Strategy
  • Hafod – Re-defining our values – “The Hafod Way”
  • Magor Designs Limited/Call of the Wild – Managing Positively

Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative – Sponsored by University of South Wales

  • Delsion Ltd – Positive about Potential
  • Eversheds Sutherland LLP – Perspective LGBT
  • Welsh Government – Making Welsh Government’s workforce more diverse

Best Employee Engagement Initiative – Sponsored by Sitka Recruitment

  • Cardiff Council – Employee Voice
  • Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water – Employee Engagement
  • Wales and West Utilities – Moving Forward Together

Best Health and Well-being Initiative – Sponsored by RW Learning

  • City and County of Swansea – Delivering Better Outcomes For Employee Health and Well- being
  • Monmouthshire Housing Association – Building Resilience through the Engagement of Teams
  • Rhondda Housing Association – Hapus Initiative

Best HR/L&D Consultancy – Sponsored by Human Resourcing

  • Bethan Emanuel Talent HR with Grwp Cynefin
  • Insight HRC with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
  • Liberate HR with Hafan Cymru

Best In-House Team – Sponsored by HR Spectrum

  • Firstsource Solutions UK Ltd
  • New Directions
  • Wales and West Utilities

Emerging Practitioner of the Year – Sponsored by LHH Penna

  • Victoria Hall – New Law HR
  • Shelley Jones – New Law HR
  • Catrin Masling – Circle IT

Outstanding Contribution – Sponsored by Hugh James solicitors

  • Michael Baker – Insight HRC
  • Jon Bridge – SA Brains
  • Sarah Hopkins – Wales and West Utilities

Full details of the awards are available at