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HR Leadership & Management Awards

Winners of this year's HR Leadership & Management Awards

 

The HR Leadership & Management Awards 2018 was celebrated on March 8th, with teams and individuals from all over the country recognised for their hard work and contributions in the HR sector over the last 12 months.

With 19 categories being decided on the night, Helen Tynan, Irish director of People Operations at Google, was one of those honoured, receiving the award for HR Leader of the Year. 

Speaking afterwards, Helen said; “I’ve been fortunate to work with great companies – culminating with Google – and throughout my career I’ve learned from great people. I’m privileged to work in a profession that has a direct impact on people, helping them to be their best, and has a positive impact on the business. To be recognised for something I love doing is the icing on the cake.”

The award for Overall Excellence in HR went to KCI Manufacturing. “Entering the HR awards presented us with an opportunity to showcase our transformational journey with best in class HR practices. We are extremely proud of our team. The level of employee engagement and the methodology developed have been instrumental in the success of our transformational journey and are excellent examples of our company’s core values of A Will to Win and One Acelity,” explained their senior HR manager, Helen Fahy.

Meanwhile the Dalata Hotel Group were over the moon to win the HR Team of the Year. head of HR at Dalata, Dawn Wynne, said; “We are delighted to have won this award which demonstrates our commitment to our people across the Group. It is a very exciting time here at Dalata as we continue to expand in Ireland and into the UK. Over 800 jobs will be created over the next three years and our HR team has been busy implementing structures that ensure we attract and retain the best talent. We look forward to welcoming and working with our new colleagues.”

The event attracted sponsorship from seven different companies, including Laya Healthcare, with their head of sales, Patricia Hyland, explaining why they’re involved; “At Laya Healthcare we recognise the innovation and dedication of HR teams across the country, especially the progress being made in relation to health and wellbeing and empowering team members to look after their everyday health. We were delighted to support the 2018 HR Leadership & Management awards.

Morgan McKinley were also a sponsor of the event. Their operations director, Olivia Galvin said; “In Morgan McKinley we place great importance on acknowledging both individual and company contribution and believe that great achievements lead to great opportunities for all. The HR awards are a superb opportunity to showcase the achievements of passionate and hard-working individuals and we believe by helping to make these awards possible, we provide inspiration to others in their drive for success.”

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The full list of winners is available below.

1. Overall Excellence in HR

Sponsored by Laya Healthcare.
Winner: KCI Manufacturing

Patricia Hyland, Director of Corporate Sales and Wellbeing, Laya Healthcare presents the Overall Excellence in HR award to KCI Manufacturing Team. 

2. HR Leader 2018

Sponsored by Morgan McKinley. 
Recipient: Helen Tynan - Google

Olivia Galvin, Operations Director, Morgan McKinley presents the HR Leader 2018 award to Helen Tynan, Google. 

3. HR Team of the Year

Sponsored by Zurich.
Winner: Dalata Hotel Group

Joe Creegan, Head of Corporate Life & Pensions, Zurich Life Assurance plc presents the HR Team of the Year award to Dalata Hotel Group Team.

4. HR Manager of the Year

Winner: Una Rorke - Three

Joe Creegan, Head of Corporate Life & Pensions, Zurich Life Assurance plc, presents the HR Manager of the Year award to Una Rorke, Three. 

5. HR Rising Star of the Year

Winner: Louise Farrell - Manpower

Dr. Caitriona Hughes, Lecturer in HRM and Programme Director Masters in HRM, National College of Ireland, presents the HR Rising Star of the Year award to Louise Farrell, Manpower. 

6. Best Learning & Development Strategy

Winner: Where the Business Strategy Meets the People Agenda - Kuehne + Nagel

Dr. Caitriona Hughes, Lecturer in HRM and Programme Director Masters in HRM, National College of Ireland presents the Best Learning & Development Strategy award to Grainne McKeon, Pamela Quinn & Eva Mahon, Kuehne + Nagel. 

7. Best Change Management Programme

Winner: KCI Manufacturing

Brenda Dooley, HR Consultant, Shannon Consulting, presents the Best Change Management Programme award to KCI Manufacturing Team. 

8. Best Public Sector HR Initiative

Winner: Winter Hiring Initiative - Beaumont Hospital

Brenda Dooley, HR Consultant, Shannon Consulting presents the Best Public Sector HR Initiative award to Beaumont Hospital Team. 

9. Best Use of CSR in HR 

Sponsored by Laya Healthcare. 
Winner: Stacks Pharmacy

Patricia Hyland, Director of Corporate Sales and Wellness presents Best Use of CSR in HR award to Mark Keegan, Emma Leggett & Alice Richardson, Stacks Pharmacy.

10. Best Talent Management Strategy     

Sponsored by Morgan McKinley. 
Winner: Building Trust that Enables Performance - Kuehne + Nagel

Olivia Galvin - Operations Director, Morgan McKinley presents The Best Talent Management Strategy award to Kuehne + Nagel Team.

11. Most Effective Employee Engagement Strategy 

Winner: KCI Manufacturing

Brenda Dooley, HR Consultant, Shannon Consulting presents Most Effective Employee Engagement Strategy award to KCI Manufacturing Team. 

12. Best Workplace Diversity Strategy

Winner: Dublin City University

Dr Ger Gavin Chief Dental Officer, DeCare Dental presents Best Workplace Diversity Strategy award to Marian Burns & Sandra Healy, Dublin City University. 

13. Best Health & Wellbeing Strategy   

Sponsored by DeCare Dental.
Winner: Living Well Together -  Irish Life & Canada Life

Dr Ger Gavin, Chief Dental Officer, DeCare Dental, presents Best Health & Wellbeing Strategy award to Simone Macleod-Nairn, Joan Rock & Stuart Woods Irish Life & Canada Life. 

14. Most Effective Recruitment & Retention Strategy

Sponsored by Aon.
Winner: Beaumont Hospital

Laura Phelan, Managing Director, cut-e presents Most Effective Recruitment & Retention Strategy award to Beaumont Hospital Team. 

15. Most Effective Benefits Strategy

Sponsored by Aon.
Winner: A Benefits Package for You - Kuehne + Nagel

Brian McKiernan, Business Development Manager, Aon presents the Most Effective Benefits Strategy award to Garry McCabe, Kuehne + Nagel.

16. Most Innovative Use of Technology

Sponsored by MHR.
Winner: Digital Candidate Experience - Bank of Ireland 

Stewart Miller, General Manager, MHR presents the Most Innovative Use of Technology award to Kevin Daly & Sive Molloy, Bank of Ireland. 

17. Most Effective Use of Internal Communications

Winner: #WeAreLidl App Re-Launch - Lidl Ireland and Lidl Northern Ireland

Shirley Comerford, Head of Strategic Human Resources, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) presents Most Effective Use of Internal Communications to Lidl Ireland and Lidl Northern Ireland Team. 

18. Excellence in Education & Training   

Winner: HDip in Engineering in BIM - Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology & RPS

Shirley Comerford, Head of Strategic Human Resources, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) presents Excellence in Education & Training award to Mark Costello, Gerry Carty, RPS & Mary Rogers, GMIT. 

19. HR Supplier of the Year

Winner: Sigmar Recruitment

Eamon Rheinisch, Country Manager, MHR presents HR Supplier of the Year award to Sigmar Recruitment Team.