HR Excellence Awards 2019: The winners

Network Homes scooped Best HR team, Outstanding engagement strategy, Best learning and development strategy and the Gold award

HR professionals gathered to enjoy a glittering awards ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane last night, and to celebrate those leading the way in the HR profession.

They were treated to comedy from compère and BBC New Comedy Award nominee and BBC Radio 4 regular Sindhu Vee, and music from band The New Few.

Here are the winners in full:

HR director of the year

Fiona Deal, Network Homes

Best HR team

Network Homes

HR future leader of the year

Grace Rogers, Network Rail

Most people-focused CEO of the year

Helen McHale, Stockport Homes Group

Outstanding employee engagement strategy

Network Homes

Best talent management strategy

British Heart Foundation and MacMillan Cancer Support

Most effective recruitment strategy


Diversity and inclusion award


Best youth employment strategy


Best learning and development strategy

Network Homes

Highly Commended: VHR

Health and wellbeing award

Three UK

People-focused workplace design award

Joint winner: British Heart Foundation

Joint winner: Financial Conduct Authority

Reward and recognition award

Everton Football Club

Best CSR strategy

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London

Highly commended: Connect Group

Most innovative deployment of HR technology

JPI Media

Leading transformation award


Most effective use of internal communications

British Heart Foundation

Best HR strategy from overseas

Visible Alpha Solutions India

HR Excellence Gold award

Network Homes

HR magazine would like to congratulate the winners of each award and thank our sponsors Dorchester Collection, ENEI and Rees Draper Wright. We look forward to welcoming you to the HR Excellence Awards 2020 next Summer, when we'll be commemorating 25 years of the awards.