Finalists for CIPD Wales Awards 2019 revealed

Businesses and organisations from across Wales have been recognised for their excellent standards of HR and people development practices with the release of the shortlist for the CIPD Wales 2019 Awards.

CIPD Wales, the professional body for HR and people development, will celebrate the cream of the crop of the thousands of individuals in HR across Wales at its annual awards ceremony. This year’s awards will take place at Cardiff’s City Hall on Friday 15th November.

The awards, which are now in their third year, will see 45 companies, teams, and individuals shortlisted across nine categories. Finalists range from Welsh Government and Bridgend College, Iceland and Castell Howell Foods, to Hafod Housing Association.

The awards will be judged by recognised industry professionals including Dr Margaret Inman, head of Swansea Business School and Mark Stevenson, regional director of people and organisational development for South Wales Police who will be looking for outstanding individuals and teams in Wales across HR, learning, and people development.

Commenting on this year’s awards,head of CIPD Wales, Lesley Richards, said:

“This is our third year of the Wales awards and it’s amazing to see how it has grown year-on-year. The quality and detail of the nominations we receive is incredible and the competition gets stiffer each year.

“It is becoming increasingly important for the industry to develop fresh ideas to tackle issues affecting our society and, therefore, our workforce. The real focus is how we best respond as HR professionals to the very human nature of our work. This year’s nominations feature great examples of how to develop successful strategies to support our staff in all areas of their life.Our nominees are at the forefront of the profession and serve as inspiration for organisations looking to improve HR and people development across Wales – good luck to everyone!”

The shortlisted finalists for each category are:

Best Apprenticeship Scheme 

  • Castell Howell Foods – Castell Howell / Celtica Foods Apprenticeships
  • Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water -Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Apprenticeship Scheme
  • Swansea Bay University Health Board – Swansea Bay UHB Academy Partnership

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

  • Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water – Inclusivity at Welsh Water
  • Enbarr Enterprises / Enbarr Foundation – John Summers Town Clock – Beacon of HOPE
  • SSCL – SSCL Enhanced Positive Action
  • Target Group – Driving Diversity and Inclusion in Fintech
  • Welsh Government – Let’s Talk Respect

Embedding a Culture of Workplace Wellbeing – sponsored by Welsh Government 

  • Bridgend College – Be All You Can Be
  • Circle IT – Employee Wellbeing – Boost
  • Companies House – Tackling Barriers to Mental Health
  • Creditsafe Group – The 5 Ways to Wellbeing at Creditsafe Group
  • Firstsource Solutions UK – Fitsource Wellbeing Initiative
  • NPTC Group of Colleges – Supporting Mental Health Initiative
  • Principality Building Society – Keeping Our Brilliant People Brilliant
  • Trivallis – Vitallis – Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy You
  • Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust – Improving Mental Health

Best Employee Engagement Initiative – sponsored by Hoop Recruitment  

  • Circle IT – Have Your Say
  • Creditsafe Group – Positive, Passionate, Productive
  • Solutions UK – Firstsource – Winning Together
  • Welsh Government – From Flexible to Smart
  • Welsh Government – Let’s Talk Respect

Best External Consultancy – sponsored by Skylite Associates

  • Effective HRM – Hafod Change Project
  • Effective HRM – Public Services Ombudsman for Wales Collaboration
  • Helen Iles Limited – United Welsh Championing Data
  • Iceland – AdvisorPlus
  • Resolution at Work – Neutral Assessment
  • Sweetmans and Partners – Motonovo Power of Partnership

Best In-House Team – sponsored by HR Spectrum

  • Gower College Swansea HR Team
  • Bridgend College – HR as Enabler
  • Firstsource Solutions UK – Achieve, Collaborate, Enhance
  • Hafod Housing Association – Making Lives Better
  • Intellectual Property Office – Talent and Learning Team

Best Organisational Design / Learning and Development Initiative     

  • Bridgend College – Be All You Can Be, A People Centred Approach
  • Hodge Bank – Creating a Learning Culture at Hodge
  • Intellectual Property Office – Developing our People and Becoming Number One
  • NPTC Group of Colleges – Improving Participation and Inspiring Career Development

  Best Talent Management Initiative – sponsored by Human Resourcing

  • Creditsafe Group – Attract, Retain and Gain
  • NHS Wales Finance Academy – A Talent Pipeline for NHS Wales Finance
  • ONS – You Must Know Every Statistician in the UK
  • SA Brain – Growing Our Own Talent

  Emerging Practitioner – sponsored by Cardiff Business School 

  • Beth Thomas – Principality Building Society
  • Claire Baker – HR for HR
  • Emma Turner – SSCL
  • Keisha Walters – Hafod Housing Association

The 2019 CIPD Wales Awards sponsors include: Hugh James, Welsh Government, University of South Wales, Reed Human Resources, Hoop Recruitment, Skylite Associates, HR Spectrum and Human Resourcing.

The awards will take place on Friday 15th November at City Hall, Cardiff. For more information visit