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HR Excellence Awards 2016: The winners

Wincanton scooped three of the top accolades at a glittering gala dinner

More than 600 HR professionals gathered in the London Hilton Park Lane last night to celebrate those leading the way in the HR profession.

Here are the winners in full:

HR director of the year

Kathryn Austin, Pizza Hut

Best HR team

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Highly commended: The University of Sheffield

HR future leader of the year

Rachel Bushby, Tesco

Most people-focused CEO

Martin Bennett, Homeserve and David Done, RHP

Outstanding employee engagement strategy

United Learning Trust

Highly commended: Durham Constabulary

Most effective recruitment strategy


Best learning and development strategy

Stonegate Pubs

Highly commended: Pizza Hut Restaurants

Best talent management strategy


Highly commended: XPO Logistics

Health and wellbeing award


Highly commended: SLH Group

Most successful change management programme

West Dunbartonshire Council

Most innovative deployment of HR technology


Most effective benefits strategy

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Best global HR strategy

Fitness First

Best HR strategy from overseas

Dubai Police and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

Most effective internal communications strategy


Diversity and inclusion award


Best CSR strategy

Jaguar Land Rover

HR Excellence Gold Award


HR magazine would like to congratulate the winners of each award, and we look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 HR Excellence Awards next summer.