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HR Distinction Awards 2019: Report

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After the huge success of the HR Distinction Awards 2018 in Birmingham, the HRD Awards made its move to London for 2019. Here’s the low-down of the big news of the night.

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On Thursday, May 2nd 2019, The Grosvenor Hotel in London was descended upon by the cream of the UK’s HR professionals for the HR Distinction Awards 2019.

The Grosvenor Hotel, London

After the huge success of the HR Distinction 2018 Awards in Birmingham, which saw a wealth of HR and business leaders in attendance, the HRD Awards made its move to London for 2019. Moving to the capital allowed us to host even more of the HR ecosystem, with more travel options available, a 5* three course meal for all of our guests, as well as world-class entertainment.

Rachel Montgomery-Young, Portfolio Director, HRD, introduces the HR Distinction Awards 2019

The awards celebrated the great work done in the last year by HR professionals across the country, giving out gongs to a whole host of teams and individuals who have transformed their organisations with their innovation and dedication.

Some of the happy winners of the HR Distinction Awards 2019.

The HR Distinction Awards’ partner charity was Heads Together, an initiative spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which aims to change the conversation about mental health in the UK, and is doing incredible work to make that happen. Andrew Overin,  Head of Philanthropy, The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, made a heartfelt speech to the audience before the ceremony about the work Heads Together is doing, and thanked the Awards and its attendees for their donations.

Andrew Overin, Head of Philanthropy, The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, moved the audience with his speech on the great work of Heads Together.

In addition to awarding the HR rock stars of the last twelve months for their incredible work and raising money for Heads Together, the night also played host to a hilarious stand-up set from best-selling UK comedian and star of 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Rob Beckett, who also served as compère and handed out the prizes throughout the evening.

Rob Beckett had the audience in stitches during his pre-awards stand-up show.

After a mind-blowing meal and a hilarious stand-up show, the awards began.

The Winners:


Distinction in Talent Attraction (Sponsored by Cordant People)

WINNER: Warburtons – Driver Academy

Distinction in Talent Management (Sponsored by Korn Ferry)


Distinction in Organisational Learning (Sponsored by London Business School)

WINNER: Computershare

Distinction in Apprenticeship/Graduate Programme (Sponsored by QA)

WINNER: Virgin Media

Distinction in Leadership Development (Sponsored by Courageous Success)


Distinction in Reward & Benefits


Distinction in Employee Engagement & Experience (Sponsored by Salary Finance)

WINNER: Dr. Martens     HIGHLY COMMENDED: Direct Line

Distinction in Leading Transformational Change (Sponsored by Right OnBoard)

WINNER: Odeon Cinemas Group

Distinction in Organisational Strategy and HR Innovation (Sponsored by Song Division)

WINNER: Network Rail

Distinction in HR Innovation through Technology


Distinction in Health and Wellbeing (Sponsored by HRD Connect)

WINNER: NHS North West Ambulance Service

More winners celebrate a wonderful night at the HR Distinction Awards 2019.

Distinction in Inclusion and Diversity (Sponsored by Hive Learning)


HR Team of the Year (Sponsored by Capita)

WINNER: Watford Community Housing

Learning and Development Team of the Year (Sponsored by Virtual College)

WINNER: Computershare

Rising Talent in HR (Sponsored by Business Three Zero)

WINNER: Rachel Miller, Aspen Healthcare    HIGHLY COMMENDED: Georgia Bicknell, The AA

HR Director of the Year

WINNER: Robert Hicks: Reward Gateway

If you would like to be nominated for, or involved in, in the HR Distinction Awards 2020, contact us.

The audience dance the night away at the end of the ceremony.
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