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Awards winners 2024

Best Change Management Initiative


Coastal Housing

The organisation was highly commended for ‘Our Future of Work’ project which exemplified its commitment to change management whilst facing a backdrop of extreme economic changes within the sector.


HEIW with Aneurin Bevan UHB

HEIW with Aneurin Bevan UHB took home the prize for an outstanding approach to change management, huge levels of engagement both internally and externally and the impact had on the organisation and its people.

Sponsored by Moxie People

Best Consultant / Consultancy


Amy Foat-Smith, SME Business Partners

Amy Foat-Smith of SME Business Partners took home the accolade thanks to her impact within the organisations she works with and setting time aside to coach new individuals to the industry with impressive results.

Insight HRC with CSA Catapult

Newport-based leadership consultancy, Insight HRC was awarded Best Consultancy for its work with Compound Semiconductor Applications in upskilling and growing the organisation’s leadership team.

Sponsored by Skylite

Best Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative


Office for National Statistics

Office for National Statistics was commended for their innovative use of technology, and impressing with the impactful dashboard of EDI data which informed objectives to the interactive inclusion experience.


Wales & West Utilities

Wales and West Utilities took home the award after impressing with its innovation and authentic approach. By focusing on inclusion and realised impressive performance improvements on workforce engagement and retention, the team demonstrated efficient use of modest resources and budgets and ensured value for money.

Transport for Wales

Also winners in this category were TfW. TfW has been committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace by challenging inequality and breaking down barriers.The app support team is made up of four individuals who are all either deaf, or hard of hearing, and communicate with each other through sign language, Microsoft teams and email. TfW has made their office space more accessible and provided vibrating pagers to help with health and safety precautions.

Sponsored by Monmouthshire Building Society

Best In House Team



Broadband provider Ogi was recognised Best in House team, impressing with the company’s fresh and innovative approach to creating a culture of support and sustained business growth.

Coleg y Cymoedd

Further education college, Coleg y Cymoedd, which has campuses in Ystrad Mynach, Aberdare, Nantgarw and Llwynypia, won the award for Best in House Team for organisations with more than 300 employees receiving praise for their HR department’s dedication to continually providing a supportive and safe environment that fosters a culture that enables internal HR employees to progress into senior roles.

Sponsored by Human Resourcing

Best Learning and Development Initiative


Coleg Gwent

Coleg Gwent received commendation in the Best Learning and Development Initiative category for its ‘Changing Lives through Learning’ programme, which aims to boost staff attitudes towards learning and development.


Resolution at Work

Mediation and conflict resolution advisor, Resolution at Work, was named as a winner, with the organisation being praised for their engaging team helping to create a supportive environment.

BBC Cymru Wales

BBC Cymru Wales took home the accolade for utilising GROW models and developing their own Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose in Leadership programmes, establishing effective tools and successfully ingraining these into the organisations culture. The programme has been dubbed “The Wales Blueprint” and is currently being rolled out into further UK regions.

Sponsored by ALS Training

Best Resourcing and Talent Management Initiative


Shared Services Connected Ltd with the Home Office

Shared Services Connected Ltd with the Home Office, the largest provider of critical business support services for the public sector across the UK took home the award, impressing by demonstrating excellent collaboration with its customers.

Sponsored by Hoop Human Resources

Best Wellbeing Initiative


Pobl Group

The POBL group differentiated themselves through the use of multiple initiatives, tested through numerous channels and coupled with high levels of engagement. The senior leadership demonstrated through their behaviours and values that Health and Wellbeing is at the heart of Pobl’s agenda and have invested in a dedicated team that demonstrates this lasting commitment.

Awen Cultural Trust

Awen Cultural Trust, a charity organisation in Brynmenyn that aims to create more cultural opportunities for the region also took home the award for Best Wellbeing Initiative. The small team was praised for driving an agenda that focuses on five pillars of wellbeing- mental, physical, lifestyle, management and leadership, and culture which has made a positive impact on the organisation as a whole.


Julie Grabham for the JG HR Pledge

Julie Grabham of Parc-y-rhos based JG HR Solutions, was given a special award for her JGHR pledge initiative that encourages businesses of any size in the UK to commit to offering paid time off for female employees for routine breast screenings. Julie created the pledge after being diagnosed herself with grade two breast cancer in November 2022. Since its launch, the initiative has seen more than 50 businesses sign up to show their commitment to offering this to female employees.

Sponsored by SSCL

Rising Star of the People Profession


Jessica Davies, DVLA

Jessica Davies, Corporate Relationship Manager Support at DVLA Swansea was given special recognition in the Rising Star of the People Profession category, receiving praise for her resilience in overcoming barriers.


Phil Hawkins, Creditsafe

Phil Hawkins was awarded Rising Star for his innovative approach to HR. Phil was praised for leading with curiosity and inquisitively challenging the status quo using evidence-based practice with the ability to deliver initiatives.

Sponsored by Cardiff Business School

Excellence in HR Leadership


Lisa Hand, Ogi

Ogi celebrated another accolade with Lisa Hand, People Experience Director, highly commended for building a resilient team.


Cathryn Sims, Creditsafe

Winner Cathryn Sims was praised for her passion for HR and for being a role model in excellence both internally and externally.

Sponsored by Hugh James

Outstanding contribution in the work of the CIPD in Wales


Caroline Belasco

Caroline Belasco, Executive Director of HR and OD at Coastal Housing was honoured for outstanding contribution for her involvement with the CIPD for the last twenty years. Initially supporting the CIPD branch in southwest Wales as treasurer, vice chair and chair, she then accepted the voluntary role of regional facilitator. Supporting Lesley Richards, head of the CIPD in Wales, by working with their three branches across Wales.

Peter Kennedy

Peter Kennedy was also recognised for his involvement with the CIPD since before it was established and has been a constant figure of support over the years.

Sponsored by the CIPD

Outstanding contribution in the field of people development in Wales


Paul Harris

Paul Harris, managing partner at coaching organisation, Skylite Associates, was presented with the special award for his integral role in the Welsh HR community and continued support of the CIPD in Wales.

Sponsored by the CIPD