The Dorchester collection won four awards, including the Gold Award for outstanding work across all areas of HR.
Other winners on the night included Iceland CEO Malcolm Walker (Most People-Focused CEO: Private Sector), Gentoo Group CEO Peter Walls (Most People-Focused CEO: Public and Not-for-Profit Sector), Cafcass senior HR projects officer Greg Styger (Young Talent of the Year) and LOROL HR business partner Alison Bell (HR Practitioner of the Year).
Bell (pictured) told HR magazine she was delighted her hard work, and that of her team, had been recognised.
"I'm very proud of the changes we've implemented within the business," she said. "It's fantastic to receive this, not just for myself but also for the organisation."
HR magazine editor Arvind Hickman said this year’s winners illustrate the power of good people management to help organisations overcome a challenging business environment.
“I’d like to congratulate the winners; we’ve had a record number of entries and the competition this year has been fierce. There’s been some great initiatives in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors – it’s been a pleasing spread,” he said.
“It’s also been a record year in terms of number of entries – up 25% – and attendance. We’ve seen growth across the board, but particularly in the recruitment and L&D categories, indicating that companies are hiring more and investing in their talent. It all bodes well for the future.”
HR Excellence Gold Award: Dorchester Collection – sponsored by HR magazine
HR Director of the Year: Eugenio Pirri: Dorchester Collection – sponsored by The Open University
Best HR Team: Dorchester Collection – sponsored by The Human Resources Forum
HR Young Talent of the Year: Greg Styger, Cafcass – sponsored by 10Eighty
HR Practitioner of the Year: Alison Bell, LOROL – sponsored by Chameleon People Solutions
Most People-Focused CEO: Private Sector: Malcolm Walker, Iceland – sponsored by Penna
Most People-Focused CEO: Public & Not-for-Profit: Peter Walls, Gentoo Group – sponsored by Best Companies
Best Talent Management Strategy: Hilton Worldwide – sponsored by HFI
Most Effective Recruitment Strategy: Hastings Direct – sponsored by Recruitment Genius
Outstanding Employee Engagement Strategy: Dorchester Collection – sponsored by HR Vision
Best Learning and Development Strategy: Hertfordshire County Council – sponsored by De Montfort University
Most Successful Change Management Strategy: Amey – sponsored by Roffey Park
Health and Wellbeing Award: The University of Sheffield – sponsored by Axa PPP Healthcare
Best CSHR Strategy: Tata Consultancy Services – sponsored by Enei
Most Innovative Deployment of HR Technology: HCL Technologies – sponsored by Cascade
Most Effective Internal Communications Strategy: HSBC – sponsored by Ciphr
Best HR Strategy From Overseas: DenizBank – sponsored by Boost Marketing
Most Effective Rewards Strategy: Surrey County Council – sponsored by HR Legal Service