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HR Excellence Awards 2015: The shortlist

As the HR industry prepares for the biggest date of the summer, take a look at the nominees for tonight’s HR Excellence Awards 2015.

Best learning and development strategy – Sponsored by ?School for CEOs
Allstate Northern Ireland
Hilton Worldwide
The Landmark London Hotel
United Utilities
Virgin Atlantic Airways

Best HR team: private sector – Sponsored by Development Beyond Learning
British Gas
Northern Rail
Penguin Random House
River Island
XPO Logistics 

Best HR team: public and not-for-profit sector – Sponsored by EES for Schools
Cornwall Council
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Nottingham City Council
oneSource HR
Trafford Council
Wiltshire Council 

Best HR strategy overseas – Sponsored by World at Work 
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Eczacibasi Holding
National Environment Agency (Singapore)
Yunus Textile Mills

Best talent management strategy - Sponsored by The Smart List
Dorchester Collection
Hilton Worldwide
Metro Bank 

Most successful change management strategy - Sponsored by Chameleon People Solutions
BBC South West
Gala Bingo
Hertfordshire County Council
Indesit Company UK

Most effective internal communications strategy – Sponsored by Investors in People
Northumbrian Water Group
RSA Insurance
Surrey County Council
TATA Consultancy Services

Outstanding employee engagement strategy – Sponsored by the Global Growth Institute
Circle IT
Medway Council
RHP Group
Skipton Building Society
Vaultex UK
VINCI Construction UK
Whittlebury Hall & Spa

Most effective recruitment strategy – Sponsored by CV Library
River Island

Health and wellbeing award – Sponsored by HRjobs.co.uk
Edge Hill University
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
The University of Lincoln
Vaultex UK 

Best CSHR strategy – Sponsored by Enei
RSA Insurance

Most innovative deployment of HR technology – Sponsored by Halogen Software 
Gower College Swansea
Nationwide Building Society
NIIT Technologies

Most effective rewards and benefits strategy – Sponsored by HR Legal Services
Nottingham City Council
TATA Consultancy Services

Diversity and inclusion award – Sponsored by Boost Marketing
GE Capital
Northern Rail
University of Birmingham

HR young talent of the year – Sponsored by 10Eighty
Kathryn Grant, HR projects officer, Cafcass
Inder Kumar, deputy manager – learning & development, Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services
Rakhee Patel, people and talent lead, Dorchester Collection 

HR practitioner of the year – Sponsored by HR In The Boardroom
Lindsay Batchford, head of HR/deputy director of people, United Learning
Kessar Kalim, HR business partner, Cafcass 

Most people-focused CEO: Public and not-for-profit sector – Sponsored by Best Companies
Karen Armitage, chief executive, Stafford and Rural Homes
David Bull, executive director, Unicef
Julie Fadden, chief executive, SLH Group
Anne Hinchey, chief executive, Wales & West Housing
Alison Lowe, CEO, Touchstone
Ian Munro, group CEO, New Charter Housing Trust Group
Rob Owen, CEO, St Giles Trust
Nigel Parrington, chief executive, Salvation Army Housing Association
Rob Trimble, CEO, Bromley by Bow Centre

Most people-focused CEO: Private sector – Sponsored by Penna
Imran Akram, CEO, Asons
Graham Beale, chief executive, Nationwide Building Society
Jason Bowler, CEO, Resourcing Group
Paul Evans, group CEO, AXA
Laurence Hipkin, president EEMEA, Stryker
Connor McCormack, CEO, Inchcape
Adrian Moorhouse, managing director, Lane4
David Pollock, chief executive, Chess Telecom
Olaf Swantee, CEO, EE 

HR director of the year – Sponsored by HireRight 
Karen Beaven, HR director, River Island
Andy Dodman, HR director, The University of Sheffield
Jo Lloyd, HR director, Arco
Liz McGivern, vice president HR, Red Carnation Hotels
Stephen Moir, chief people officer, NHS England
Therese Procter, chief personnel officer, Tesco Bank
Stevan Rolls, UK head of HR, Deloitte
John Stewart, HR director, SSE
Rachel Stock, group HR director, Trinity Mirror
Mike Williams, people director, Byron

HR Excellence Gold award – Sponsored by The Global Growth Institute

This award will be chosen from the winning companies in the 2015 HR Excellence Awards. The winner will be announced this evening at a glittering gala ceremony at the London Hilton Park Lane.

HR magazine is looking forward to welcoming you this evening. If you will not be there, make sure you are following #HREX15 on Twitter to keep up with breaking news from the event. And if you are there, be sure to tweet.

Good luck to all the shortlisted organisations. Check back tomorrow for stories from tonight's event.