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Shortlist of finalists for the HR Excellence Awards 2011

In a record year of entries, the HR Excellence Awards judging day, gave the esteemed panel a lot to consider when choosing who they thought was worthy of the accolade of HR excellence.

HR magazine's editor Siân Harrington, said: "We had a record number of entries this year, reflecting the important and valuable work HR professionals have been doing in their businesses in the past 12 months.

"Our 15 HR director and CEO judges debated long and hard to get to this shortlist, which hit all the criteria and displayed real excellence in human resources. "

But we can now reveal the shortlisted finalists for the HR Excellence Awards 2011 (in alphabetical order within each category).


Best HR team: private sector

ATS Euromaster



Mercedes-Benz UK

Royal College of Nursing

The Savoy


Best HR team: public sector


Essex County Council



Best learning and development strategy


RS Components

Trader Media Group

Travis Perkins

Wates Group


Best talent management strategy





Best use of CSR in HR

DHL Supply Chain

Johnson Controls Automotive (UK)

RS Components



Best workplace diversity strategy

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

University of Sheffield


Health and wellbeing award

Sponsored by WPA Protocol

American Express Services Europe


Royal College of Nursing

Virgin Trains (West Coast)


Most effective benefits strategy

ICE Group


RS Components

The Pensions Trust


Most effective recruitment and retention




Most effective use of internal communications

ATS Euromaster

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Punch Taverns

RS Components


Most innovative use of technology


Cabot Financial (Europe)

River Island


Most successful change management programme

Access UK


Arts Council England

Bassetlaw District Council

Chelmsford Borough Council

William Hill


Outstanding employee engagement strategy


Derbyshire Community Health Services (NHS)

DHL Supply Chain


Johnson Controls Automotive (UK)


The Co-operative Group


Best HR strategy from overseas

DHL Supply Chain (Hungary)

EID Parry (India)



To be announced on the night:-

HR director of the Year

Sponsored by Digby Morgan

Most People-Focused CEO (public sector and private sector)

In conjunction with Best Companies

Rising Star Award

HR Excellence Gold Award

HR magazine will present the awards at a glittering gala dinner at the London Hilton, Park lane on Monday 27 June. Tables are booking up fast, so contact Edward Wyre on 0207 501 6742 to book your place now to avoid disappointment.