The results of the HR Excellence Awards 2010 shortlist

David Woods , 07 May 2010


The results are in... While election fever continues to grip the nation, HR magazine's panel of 13 esteemed HR directors, CEOs and academics have whittled down the mammoth number of entries in the HR Excellence Awards to a final shortlist.

HR magazine's editor Siân Harrington, who chaired the judging panel, said: "This was one of our biggest ever years for the sheer number of entries in our awards, and the competition was fierce. But after lengthy discussions and some debate our judges have chosen a shortlist that we believe reflects the strides forward our industry made in 2009."

The shortlisted organisations are listed below and HR magazine will announce the winners, as well as the Gold Award for the best overall HR strategy, at a glittering awards ceremony at the London Hilton Park Lane on 29 June 2010. Click here to reserve your place.

Further reading

We will announce the shortlists for Most People Focussed CEO, next week. But in the mean time, click here to vote for your HR director of the year 2010.

There is no shortlist for the Best third sector HR strategy or initiative or Best HR strategy in a company Under 1,000 employees as the judging panel did not feel that any entry met the specific criteria outlined for those categories.

Outstanding employee engagement strategy


Equity Insurance Group

Essex County Council

London Borough of Lewisham

McDonald's Restaurants

Pets at Home


Best talent management strategy

British Gas


Indesit Company UK

Pret A Manger

Telefonica O2 UK


Most successful change management programme



Gloucester City Council


The Carphone Warehouse



Best learning and development strategy


Deutsche Bank

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

Midcounties Cooperative

Nationwide Building Society



Most effective recruitment and retention

British Gas

Pets at Home



Most Effective Use of Internal Communications


Equity Insurance Group

Hyder Consulting

McDonald's Restaurants

TGI Friday's


Best workplace diversity strategy

McDonald's Restaurants



University of Lincoln


Most effective benefits strategy



Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS FoundationTrust

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


Health and wellbeing award

British Gas

London Borough of Lewisham

Metropolitan Police


Best use of CSR in HR

Equity Insurance Group

Hyder Consulting


Best public sector HR strategy or initiative

Birmingham City Council - WIP Team


Kent County Council


Best HR team


McDonald's Restaurants

Royal College of Nursing



Thames Water


Most Innovative use of Technology

British Gas



Royal Free NHS Trust




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