Finalists revealed for Wales HR Awards 2019

The 2019 Wales HR Awards finalists have been announced following a record number of entries received from across the country.

Launched in 2017 by leading recruitment agency Acorn and commercial law firm Darwin Gray, the Awards will see 350 HR professionals gather at The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff for a glittering black-tie ceremony to celebrate the success of 34 finalists and discover if they have been chosen to receive one of the evening’s coveted accolades. Several new categories have been announced for 2019, including ‘Best HR Initiative’.

Hosted by the BBC’s Sian Lloyd, theAwards recognise the best HR professionals across a variety of industries –showcasing the outstanding individuals and teams as the best in HR, learning, and people management practice across Wales in the last 12 months. Previous winners include Tai Tarian, Circle IT, Menter a Busnes, Principality Building Society and Gower College Swansea.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 22nd March, which will feature inspirational keynote speaker Bafta and multi-award-winning television presenter, Lowri Morgan.

Rounding off the celebrations will be entertainment from Rock ‘n’ Roll band Rocket Joe Joe – with more surprises throughout the evening.

Acorn’s Director of Operations Maria Larcombe said:

“The Wales HR Awards is a fantastic platform to recognise the passion and professionalism of HR talent in Wales. We have been delighted by the number of entries, and the outstanding quality of work showcased has made the judging process very difficult. We wish all of our excellent finalists the best of luck and can’t wait to celebrate everyone’s success on the 22nd March.”

Darwin Gray’s Head of Employment Law and HR Fflur Jones added:

“We have been overwhelmed with entries this year, with first class nominations coming from across Wales in a wide range of industries. It’s been great to see entries pour in from North and West Wales, and is a real testament to the Awards’ growing influence as the annual flagship event of the Wales HR Network. All of our finalists should be very proud of their achievement in being shortlisted”.

Awards up for grabs include HR Team of the Year, Best Use of the Welsh Language in HR, Independent HR Consultant of the Year, HR Director of the Year and HR Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, with all winners being selected by a panel of industry professionals. The coveted HR Star award will also be chosen by the judges from the selection of outstanding winners.

For more information on the finalists, visit Ticket sales will open soon – follow @WalesHRNetwork for the latest updates – limited tickets are available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The 2019 finalists are:

Category Finalists
HR Apprentice / Trainee / Assistant of the year Rachael Leahy,
Gower College

Emma Beth Smart,
Building Society
Best HR Initiative Kate Griffiths,
Cardiff Community Housing

Delyth Williams,
Cartrefi Cymunedol

Alice Summers,
Conduit Global

Sarah King,
Gower College Swansea

Laura Penry,
Tata Steel UK
Best use of Welsh Language Sally Davies,
Gower College Swansea
Corinna Lloyd Jones,
Menter a Busnes
Best HR Professional – Digital / IT Alice Summers,
Conduit Global

Emily Webb,
Liberty Marketing

Lisa Hand,
Sigma Systems

Toni Kemp,
Employer of the year Companies House

Gower College Swansea

Tai Tarian
Best HR Professional – Financial / professional Emily Webb,
Liberty Marketing

Sophie Grant,
Target Group
HR Director of the year Sarah King,
Gower College Swansea

Caryl Thomas,
HR Dept Cardiff

Toni Kemp,
Independent HR Consultant of the year Stephanie Evans,

Caryl Thomas,
HR Dept Cardiff

Julie Grabham,
JGHR Solutions
Best HR Professional – Manufacturing / Engineering Mags Kerns,

Eluned Evans,

Peter Rees,
Best HR Professional – Public / Third Sector Sarah King,
Gower College Swansea

Carolyn Oliver-Hall,

Nicola Leybourne,
Wales Co-operative
HR Team of the year BBC Wales

First Source Solutions

Gower College Swansea


Willmott Dixon
Construction Ltd

Author: Editorial Team

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