CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards: Shortlist of top North East firms revealed

Judges have decided on 29 finalists for the awards night at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, which takes place on June 11

Winners from the 2014 CIPD Awards
Winners from the 2014 CIPD Awards

The shortlist of 29 finalists for this year’s CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards has been confirmed.

The awards, delivered by The Journal and associate sponsors Nigel Wright, feature 10 categories, including the SME HR&D Award — sponsored by CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

This year’s categories span learning and development, technology, diversity and more.

Finalists from across the industrial spectrum will be at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on June 11 to find out if they are among the winners.

Last year’s dinner attracted more than 370 guests, and this year Metro Radio stars Steve and Karen will lead the evening.

The Awards are in association with Nigel Wright and sponsored by CIMA, Cintra HR & Payroll Services, Clarke Mairs LLP, NCFE, Sullivan Brown Resourcing Partners, Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service, and Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University.

Kevin Kerrigan, executive dean at Newcastle Business School, said: “Sponsoring these awards with the CIPD and The Journal is also a perfect way for us to engage with the business community.

“Our CIPD-accredited MA Human Resource Management & Development programme develops the next generation of HR talent. We’re very much looking forward to the awards evening.”

This year’s shortlist comprises:

Health & Wellness Award

* Northern Powergrid

* Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

* Walkers Snack Foods Ltd

Learning & Development Programme Award

Sponsored by NCFE

* Andrew James UK Ltd

* DB Regio Tyne & Wear Ltd

* Virgin Money

HR&D Technology Award

* Esh Group

* Sage

* LSL Property Services plc

Change Management Project of the Year

Sponsored by Cintra HR & Payroll Services

* Convergys

* Northern Powergrid

* Northumbrian Water

Rewards & Benefits Award

* Arch, The Northumberland Development Company

* Home Group

* Virgin Money

People Development Award

Sponsored by Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University

* Andrew James UK Ltd

* The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

* Welwyn Components Ltd

Employee Engagement Award

Sponsored by Sullivan Brown Resourcing Partners

* Esh Group

* GE Oil &Gas UK

* Walkers Snack Foods Ltd

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Award

Sponsored by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

* Muckle LLP

*Northumberland, Tyne &Wear NHS Foundation Trust

SME HR&D Award

Sponsored by CIMA

* Andrew James UK Ltd

* Hodgson Sayers

* TH_NK

HR&D Team of the Year

Sponsored by Clarke Mairs LLP

* Gateshead College

* NCFE

* Parkdean

The CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards recognise the HR and development efforts of regional SMEs with workforces under 250 people.

The programme is designed to allow companies to share best practice and inspire future practitioners and businesses.

This year’s judging panel includes Sage Group director of talent, Andy Hill; head of Centres of Expertise at Nestle UK, Adrienne McFarland; head of people and organisation development at Virgin Money, Steve Morton; Nigel Wright Group’s Sue O’Donovan; group HR director at Northumbrian Water, Sarah Salter; and GE Oil and Gas UK’s Julia Smith.

Journalists

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