Finalists revealed for Wales HR Awards 2018

The 2018 Wales HR Awards finalists have been announced following a record number of entries.

Launched in 2017 by leading recruitment agency Acorn and commercial law firm Darwin Gray, the Awards will see 350 HR professionals from Wales descend on the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff for a black-tie evening to celebrate the success of more than 50 finalists.

Hosted by the BBC’s Sian Lloyd, the Awards recognise the best HR professionals of all levels, from apprentices to directors, and businesses as a whole across a variety of industries in Wales – showcasing the commitment, hard work and achievements of individuals and teams within the HR profession over the last 12 months.

Winners will be announced at the event on Friday 23 March, which features inspirational keynote speakers from Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award: Partnership Manager for the DofE Award charity, Ian Gwilym, and DofE Young Ambassador, Billie Horsey.

Rounding off the celebrations will be entertainment from local Welsh band Big Mac’s Wholly Soul - with more surprises throughout the evening.

Acorn’s Director of Operations for South Wales Maria Larcombe said:

“The Wales HR Awards is a fantastic platform to recognise the best HR talent in Wales. The calibre of entries this year has been exceptional, which made the judging process very difficult. We wish all of our excellent finalists the best of luck and can’t wait to see everyone on the 23rd.”

Darwin Gray’s Head of Employment Law and HR Fflur Jones added:

“We have been overwhelmed with entries this year, with first class nominations coming from across Wales from a wide range of sectors. All of our finalists should be very proud of their achievement in being shortlisted - we’re looking forward to crowning our 2018 champions at the ceremony!”

Categories up for grabs include HR Team of the Year, Best Use of the Welsh Language, Independent HR Consultant of the Year, HR Director of the Year, HR Apprentice/Trainee of the Year and awards for Best HR Professional in a variety of sectors.

Brand new to the Awards for 2018 is HR Star of the Year and Employer of the Year, with all winners being selected by a panel of industry professionals.

For more information on the finalists or to book tickets, visit Limited tickets are available, so please book now to avoid disappointment.

The HR Wales Awards 2018 finalists 

HR Team of the Year - sponsored by Bowen Eldridge

Go Compare
First Source
Circle IT
TATA Steel
ITEC Training Solutions
ACT Training
Wales Audit Office
Tai Tarian Limited

Best Use of the Welsh Language in HR - sponsored by Cymraeg Gwaith

HR Department, Bangor University / Prifysgol Bangor
HR Team, Menter a Busnes
Nia Bennett, Effectus HR

Independent HR Consultant of the Year - sponsored by Orchard

Kerry Chown, Swim Wales (Colbalt HR)
Emma Del Torto, Effective HRM
Alan Kitto, Circle IT (Sound HR Advice)
Nia Bennett, Effectus HR

HR Director of the Year - sponsored by Quantum Advisory

Alex Currie, Go Compare
Jo Sweeney, Watkin Jones
Sarah King, Gower College
Alison Noon-Jones, Leidos Europe Limited
Claire Humphries, Retail Merchandising Services

HR Apprentice/Trainee/Assistant of the Year - sponsored by ACT

Emily Durrant, Go Compare
Adrian Sargeant, Go Compare
Nina Williams, WRW Construction Ltd

Best HR Professional - Financial/Professional Services - sponsored by Sweetmans and Partners

Amy Foat, First Source
Cath Day, New Directions
Kirsty Bousie, Lextox
Andrea Wallbank, Business in Focus
Phil Lewis, Red Apple Group

Best HR Professional - Public/Third Sector

Nick Carter, Cardiff and Vale College
Sarah King, Gower College
Jane Evans, Taff Housing Association
Vicky Nicholas, Family Housing Association Wales
Nouran Al-Jandali, Chwarae Teg
Kelly Mordecai, Tai Tarian

Best HR Professional - IT/Technology - sponsored by RMS

Cerys Davies, Veeqo
Jennifer Griffiths, Circle IT
Manjit Waters, Smartpipe Solutions
Lisa Hand, Sigma Systems
Emily Webb, Liberty Marketing

Best HR Professional - Construction/Manufacturing/Engineering

Rhianon Fitzmaurice, HWM
Victoria Goodwin, West Rock MPS

Employer of the Year - sponsored by Capital Law

The Number Hub
Retail Merchandising Services
TATA Steel
New Directions
ACT Training
Bar 44 Group Limited
Tai Tarian Limited
Bluestone Resorts Limited
Gower College

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