HR Excellence awards 2020 shortlist announced

HR magazine is delighted to reveal the shortlist for the 2020 HR Excellence Awards.

In what has been an incredibly challenging year for everyone on an international level, now more than ever it seems the HR industry deserves an event that reflects its importance and value to any organisation.

Reflecting the ongoing conditions of the pandemic, the HR Excellence Awards 2020 will be streamed virtually on Tuesday 26 January 2021 - maintaining all the glitz and glamour of the event’s 25th anniversary.

More details will be unveiled in the coming months - but for now, we congratulate all of those that have made it onto this year’s shortlist below and thank you to all those who entered.

HR Team of the Year

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Everton Football Club


The Financial Ombudsman Service

Future Leader

Gemma Appleford, IPG Mediabrands

Miranda Burgum, GAIL’s Bakery

Caroline Butler, Hertfordshire County Council

Lewis Cassie, Lloyds Banking Group

Louise Hanthorne, London Stock Exchange Group

Craig Morgans, IWG

Best HR Strategy From Overseas

Dogus Automotive (DRIVE)

HRMDO - Local Government Unit of General Santos City, Philippines

Pensees Pte

Petrol Ofisi

Best Recruitment Strategy

North Yorkshire Police


Hertfordshire County Council

NHS Blood and Transplant

The Berkeley Partnership

Best Learning and Development Strategy

Outside (formerly DPA) and Royal London

Jardine Motors Group UK


The Financial Ombudsman Service

Swiss Re Management

Best HR Technology Strategy

Circle K Europe

Discover Arup

HRA Pharma

Turkcell Global Bilgi

HomeServe plc & VIC - your Virtual Interactive Coach

Best Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Financial Ombudsman Service

MTR Elizabeth line (MTREL)

Tata Consultancy Services

Best Employee Engagement Strategy

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

London Stock Exchange Group

Livv Housing Group

Lloyds Banking Group

The Engagement Coach

Smart DCC

Best CSR strategy


Tata Consultancy Services

Shell Energy Retail


Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Comply Direct Limited

Department for Work and Pensions

West Dunbartonshire Council

Farne Salmon and Trout

Royal Bank of Scotland

Best Internal Communications Strategy


Arvato CRM Solutions UK

Everton Football Club

NatWest Group

Swiss Re, HR EMEA

Best Talent Management Strategy


Mitchells & Butlers

HRA Pharma

Best Transformation Strategy

North Yorkshire Police in partnership with Cappfinity

Lloyds Banking Group

Merck KGaA

GEODIS Singapore Pte. Ltd.


Best People Focused Workplace Design

HB Reavis

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Best Reward and Recognition Strategy


Elior UK

People-Focused CEO of the Year

Matt Cheung, Clarasys

Carmine Di Sibio, EY

Rajesh Gopinathan, Tata Consultancy services

Alison Lowe, Touchstone

Steve Marshall, Reassured

Anne-Marie Canning, The Brilliant Club

Daya Thayan, Kingsley Healthcare

Rick Willmott, Willmott Dixon Construction

HRD of the Year

Rachel Bennett, Longhurst Group

David Blackburn, Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Laura Hinton, PWC

Lesley Purdie, CANCOM

Eugenio Pirri, Dorchester Collection

Kelly Williams, TALIS

Steve Collinson, Zurich UK

John Wrighthouse, Shell Energy Retail

RSVP for the HR Excellence Awards 2020 here.