North East HR&D community celebrates the best of the sector at CIPD Awards

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Hundreds of people from the region’s HR&D community have turned out to celebrate the best of their profession.

The CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards, held in association with The Journal and associate sponsors Nigel Wright Recruitment, were held last night at the Marriott Hotel at Gosforth Park.

Winners on the night included Bernicia, the Northumberland National Park Authority and Newcastle Building Society, with the top award – the HR&D Team of the Year – going to Formica Group.

The event featured eight main categories celebrating the best work in areas including learning and development, health and wellness, and diversity. Other winners included Sage UK, Coveris Rigid, the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Houghton International.



CIPD awards evening at the Gosforth Park Marriott
CIPD awards evening at the Gosforth Park Marriott

The event had a ‘Great North’ theme to celebrate the opening of the Great Exhibition of the North 24 hours later.

Sarah Carnegie, co-chair of the North East of England CIPD Committee, called on people at the event to embrace the spirit of innovation being celebrated by the Great Exhibition.

She said: “Although Brown Ale is no longer brewed in Newcastle, if you’re of a certain age you might remember the hoppy/yeasty smell that used to permeate the city centre from the Gallowgate brewery site. I think it is symbolic of the amazing changes that have been achieved in our region that the old S&N brewery site is now the Helix.

“The Helix will be home to the UK National Innovation Centre for Data, a Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing, and some something called a Decision Theatre, which is an interactive 3D facility to image and manipulate big data. The Helix is part of the Innovation Trail, one of the three themes of the Great North Exhibition, and celebrates the amazing innovations made in our region past, present and future.



Excellence in People development award winner, Coveris Rigid UK Ltd. Pictured Kevin Topping and Kerry Hardey
Excellence in People development award winner, Coveris Rigid UK Ltd. Pictured Kevin Topping and Kerry Hardey

“So where does our profession fit into all of this amazing innovation? None of us can clearly predict how innovation will affect our organisations, how might we use big data, coach bots, ipals, is AI going to be problematic, artificial intelligence replacing people, or positive, augment intelligence working alongside people as co-bots.

“But there is one thing I think we can all agree on is that our profession needs to be playing a leading role in how such innovations unfolds in future workplaces so we are indeed championing better work and working lives.”

Guest of honour at the event was Gemma Lowery, from the Bradley Lowery Foundation, with money raised by guests going to the charity.

Winners:

  • Excellence in People Development (sponsored by Macnaughton McGregor): Bernicia
  • Excellence in Health & Wellness (sponsored by Cintra HR & Payroll Services): Northumberland National Park Authority
  • Excellence in Employability and Diversity (sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson): Sage UK Limited
  • Excellence in Organisational Development (sponsored by Ward Hadaway): Coveris Rigid UK Ltd
  • Excellence in Supporting Armed Forces Talent (sponsored by Defence Relationship Management): The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Excellence in Resourcing & Talent Management (sponsored by Sullivan Brown Resourcing Partners): Newcastle Building Society
  • HR&D Excellence in SMEs (supported by CIPD North East of England): Houghton International
  • HR&D Team of the Year (sponsored by Newcastle University Business School): Formica Group

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