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HR Excellence Awards 2015: All the winners

Last night, one of the most important nights in the HR calendar took place: The HR Excellence Awards 2015.

More than 600 HR professionals gathered in the London Hilton Park Lane to celebrate the very best in the professionals.

The winners were:

Best learning and development strategy – Sponsored by ?School for CEOs

Winner: Virgin Atlantic Airways 

Best HR team: private sector – Sponsored by Development Beyond Learning

Winner: River Island
Highly Commended: British Gas 

Best HR team: public and not-for-profit sector – Sponsored by EES for Schools

Winner: Cornwall Council
Highly Commended: Wiltshire Council 

Best HR strategy overseas – Sponsored by World at Work

Winner: National Environment Agency (Singapore)
Highly Commended: Kimberly-Clark 

Best talent management strategy – Sponsored by The SmartList

Winner: Dorchester Collection
Highly Commended: Hilton Worldwide 

Most successful change management strategy - Sponsored by Chameleon People Solutions

Winner: Gala Bingo 

Most effective internal communications strategy – Sponsored by Investors in People

Winner: Northumbrian Water Group 

Outstanding employee engagement strategy – Sponsored by the Global Growth Institute

Winner: PageGroup
Highly Commended: VINCI Construction UK 

Most effective recruitment strategy – Sponsored by CV Library

Winner: River Island 

Health and wellbeing award – Sponsored by HRjobs.co.uk

Winner: Vaultex UK 

Best CSHR strategy – Sponsored by Enei

Winner: DFS 

Most innovative deployment of HR technology – Sponsored by Halogen Software

Winner: Gower College Swansea 

Most effective rewards and benefits strategy – Sponsored by HR Legal Services

Winner: Nottingham City Council 

Diversity and inclusion award – Sponsored by Boost Marketing

Winner: University of Birmingham 

HR young talent of the year – Sponsored by 10Eighty

Winner: Rakhee Patel, people and talent lead, Dorchester Collection 

HR practitioner of the year – Sponsored by HR in the Boardroom

Winner: Lindsay Batchford, head of HR/deputy director of people, United Learning
Highly Commended: Kessar Kalim, HR business partner, Cafcass 

Most people-focused CEO: Public and not-for-profit sector – Sponsored by Best Companies

Winner: Karen Armitage, chief executive, Stafford and Rural Homes 

Most people-focused CEO: Private sector – Sponsored by Penna

Winner: Graham Beale, chief executive, Nationwide Building Society 

HR director of the year – Sponsored by HireRight 

Winner: Karen Beaven, HR director, River Island 

HR Excellence Gold award – Sponsored by The Global Growth Institute

River Island 

HR magazine would like to congratulate the winners of each award, and we look forward to welcoming you to the 2016 HR Excellence Awards next summer.