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HR Excellence Awards 2013: The Winners

One of the most important events in the HR calendar took place last night: The HR Excellence Awards 2013.

The most hotly contested category of the night was for Outstanding Employee Engagement Strategy, which was won by KFC UK and Ireland, who also took home the HR Excellence Gold Award.

The awards, sponsored by Learndirect, took place at London Hilton Park Lane and were presented by top comedian Stephen K Amos.

The Rising Star award went to Cerian Morgan, Deutsche Bank with Sophie Potter, HR manager of Browne Jacobson, receiving a highly commended.

Random House HR director Neil Morrison received the award for HR Director of the Year.

Best HR Team: Private Sector went to Amey and Essex County Council won the same award in the Public and Not-for-Profit sector.

Karen Forrester, managing director, TGI Friday's took home the award for Most People Focused CEO: Private Sector.

Most People Focused CEO: Public and Not-for-Profit went to Anne Hinchey, Wales and West Housing.

Other winners included Covea Insurance, who took home Most Successful Change Management Programme, and Tough Mudder for Best HR Strategy from Overseas.

Best Use of CSR in HR went to Cisco, Most Effective Benefits Strategy was won by Holiday Extras and HGCapital walked away with the Best Learning and Development Strategy award.

Best Talent Management Strategy was won by Fujitsu, Most Effective Recruitment and Retention award went to Life Technologies and Capital One took home the award for Most Effective Use of Internal Communications.

London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL) followed up last year's success by winning the Health and Wellbeing Award.

Another competitive category was the Most Innovative Use of Technology award, which was won by Birmingham City Council.

HR would like to thank all of the HR Excellence Awards sponsors: Learndirect, Thomas, The Open University, 10Eighty, iDDAS, Best Companies, HFI, Macmillan Davies, Nottingham Business School, Chameleon, Skill Pill, Frontier Software and Master Travel.


Full coverage of the night is in July issue of HR magazine.