The winners of the 21st Annual HR in Hospitality Awards were announced on Friday 30th September at the glamorous Jumeirah Carlton Tower London Hotel, hosted by Esther O’Halloran, Chair of HR in Hospitality. Congratulations to all the winners.
All finalists should be extremely proud of their achievements and the contribution they make in our sector. The awards night was sponsored by DLA Piper LLP, Davidson Asset Management, Caterer.com, Fourth, Core Recruitment, ZFL Training limited and EOH Business Solutions. We are always proud to continue our charity partnership with Springboard UK Charity and Hospitality Action and we raised over £4000 on the night. We could never achieve such a wonderful evening without our supporters, CIPD, Smile Photography, InSync AV and Cambridge Printing Solutions. Over £4,300 was raised on the night for the HR in hospitality’s chosen charities of Hospitality Action and Springboard UK – two charities that work tirelessly for the industry and its people.
There were 8 awards on the night given to individuals and teams in recognition of the excellent work they do. Amongst the Judges for the awards were; Julia Tybura, Zenon Consulting, Richard Goldsborough CIPD, Adele Oxberry, Umbrella Training, Eugenio Pirri Dorchester Collection, Fiona Rassell, Storm training, Penny Moore, Hospitality Action and Jo Harley PurpleCubed.
The HR Rising Star award sponsored by Caterer.com and supported by the CIPD, went this year to Harriette Wolff at the Lancaster London, whom the judges felt was driven to deliver, not afraid to challenge and passionate about HR. Harriette was awarded a £2000 scholarship towards her professional development generously donated by Caterer.com as part of her award. We also had a Highly Commended in this category to Holly Dixon at the London EDITION hotel and she will receive a £1000 scholarship for her CPD.
HR Team of the Year sponsored by DLA Piper was awarded to St Pancras Renaissance Hotel where it was clear to see tactical measures linked to organisation improvement alongside strong branding throughout. Itsu were also Highly Commended in this category and were able to tackle solutions from a strategic perspective. achieved great impact by involving that in this organisation people are truly a key focus.
Innovative Recruitment sponsored by Core Recruitment was awarded to Hilton Worldwide who included tangible financial results in what the judge’s felt was a sophisticated entry. Employee Engagement sponsored by Fourth was awarded to Firmdale Hotels, where they ensure their people are engaged throughout their entire employee journey.
For the second year of this category Embedding Company Culture, sponsored by Davidson Asset Management, was awarded to PPHE Group, the judges felt that Park Plaza hotels really went out of their way to make connections between values and growth potential. Building Capability sponsored by ZFL Limited, continues to focus on the learning and development that happens in an organisation and this year was awarded to Jumeirah London. The judges felt they had a different approach and way of thinking and efforts to improve were very well evidenced.
We actively work with other organisations to promote career in the hospitality sector and the award for Promoting Careers in the industry, sponsored by EOH Business Solutions was awarded to The Dorchester Hotel. This organisation constantly looks at new ways to encourage people to enter the industry, they do not rely on the power of their brand name and they get involved and make a difference. We also had a Highly Commended in this category for PPHE Group who have created a sustainable programme through their You:niversity initiative.
During the evening a special award is also given to a line manager who is not necessarily in HR and this is the Tom Crowley Award. A beautiful bronze statue is given to the winner of this individual award as chosen by the judges was given to Armand Sablon at Café Royal, he promotes recognition in the workplace, takes time to celebrate success with his team, hs team will go that extra mile for him.
It was a truly inspirational evening to celebrate 21 years of recognising excellence in HR in the industry. The HR in hospitality committee would like to extend its congratulations to all its worthy winners, highly commended and shortlisted organisations, thanks to everyone who attended the evening and a huge gratitude of thanks too, to all our sponsors and supporters.
If you require further information please contact Esther O’Halloran on 07957 313477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.