CIPD awards: prizes on offer to companies that develop their staff and keep them healthy

CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards are being run in connection with The Journal and sponsor Nigel Wright

CIPD Awards
CIPD Awards

Companies that work to develop their staff and to keep them healthy could be in the running for prizes at this year’s CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards.

The awards, being run in connection with The Journal and associate sponsor Nigel Wright, feature 10 categories, including the People Development Award and the Health and Wellness Award.

The People Development Award, which is sponsored by Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University, seeks to reward firms who have shown a commitment to the development of their staff, or who have used tools or initiatives that have maximised an individual’s performance.

Kevin Kerrigan, executive dean at Newcastle Business School said: “Newcastle Business School is delighted to support these awards, and in particular to sponsor the People Development category. With a global reputation for academic excellence, we play a key role in supporting our regional economy and we recognise the need to ensure our workforce can compete and win against the world’s best.

Kevin Kerrigan, Executive Dean, Newcastle Business School
Kevin Kerrigan, Executive Dean, Newcastle Business School

“The challenges should not be taken lightly, but these awards are therefore an opportunity to celebrate success and to recognise the talent we have here in the North East. Sponsoring these awards with The Journal is also a perfect way for us to engage with the business community and to show how we can support people development.

“Our Corporate and Executive Development Centre works with over 800 leaders and managers offering learning experiences that enable significant and sustainable change. We have also recently joined an elite group of the top 1% of business schools worldwide with our double accreditation in Business and Accounting from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

“As one of the longest serving global accrediting bodies in business, and a hallmark of excellence, this accreditation offers exciting opportunities for our students, research and teaching staff and indeed our partners.”

The Health and Wellness Award will recognise HR&D initiatives that improve health and wellness in their organisation.

Elouise Leonard Cross, Chair of CIPD North East of England branch, said: “The concept of employee well-being has grown in popularity over the past few years. Healthy staff make business sense - if performance is to be sustained over time, it is important that employees are not only engaged, but also supported to look after their health and wellness.

Elouise Leonard Cross, Chair of CIPD North East of England Branch
Elouise Leonard Cross, Chair of CIPD North East of England Branch

“In this category judges are looking for examples of how organisations have taken innovative approaches to health and wellness, beyond the minimum expectations and have successfully engaged employees in this to achieve a healthier and happier workforce.”

Details of how to enter this year’s awards will be published each Th­ursday in Th­e Journal until April 23, the day before closing date for entries.

To enter, log on to . Alternatively contact Lesley Hampson, events manager on 0191 201 6435 or email

Entry Information

Celebrate the profession, celebrate the region – CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards

The 2015 CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards are open to all types of organisations, regardless of size or sector.

The winners will be announced on June 11 at an awards dinner at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hosted by Steve & Karen of Metro Radio. The categories are:

■ People Development Award

■ Learning & Development Programme Award

■ HR&D Technology Award

■ Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Award

■ HR&D Team of the Year Award

■ Employee Engagement Award

■ Health & Wellness Award

■ Change Management Project of the Year Award

■ Reward &Benefits Award

■ SME HR&D Award

■ The deadline for nominations is April 24 and it’s completely free to enter! To enter or for more information log on to or contact Lesley Hampson, event manager, on 0191 2016435 or email

■ Twitter: #cipdneawards


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer