Corinna Lloyd-Jones, HR Director, along with her colleagues Elaine Davies and Gwenno Humphreys at Menter a Busnes, with its head office in Aberystwyth, have been named a winner in the first ever Wales HR Awards, held at Cardiff’s SSE SWALEC on 23 March to recognise and celebrate the achievements of HR professionals up and down the country.
Hosted by the BBC’s Sian Lloyd, the awards celebrated the top teams and individuals from within the HR departments of organisations of all sizes across Wales.
HR professionals and HR teams were recognised at the black-tie event. There were 12 award categories, including HR Team of the Year, won by Bluestone Resorts Limited and Best Use of the Welsh language in HR (Team) award, won by Menter a Busnes.
The Wales HR Awards have been created and delivered by the Wales HR Network, run by Acorn, Wales’ specialist recruitment and training agency and Cardiff-based commercial law firm Darwin Gray. The Wales HR Network delivers seminars and events for HR professionals across the country.
Menter a Busnes’ HR Team was named winner in the Best Use of Welsh Language in HR (Team) category for their role in the effective integration of the company’s Welsh language values in their people management and development practices.
Lord Price, the Minister of State at the Department for International Trade and formerly Managing Director for Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership was guest speaker at the event, where winners and guests were entertained by Only Boys Aloud and Welsh National Opera’s Youth Opera, which provides young singers aged 10 to 25 with a training programme and progression route to develop their singing and performance skills and also gain a unique insight into the functions of a major arts organisation.
Fflur Jones, Head of Darwin Gray’s Employment Law and HR Department, said: “Despite being at the core of every successful company, HR is very often an under-acknowledged profession. That’s why I think this event has generated such a positive response; it seems to have really struck a chord.
“We’ve been so impressed by the quality and diversity of the nominations and really value the effort and time put in by all those who entered these inaugural awards. We want this to be an annual celebration of HR excellence and couldn’t be happier with the way it’s been received by HR professionals all over Wales.”
Sarah Jones, Acorn’s Head of Marketing, added: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to and support for the first Wales HR Awards. The number of entries received exceeded all our expectations, and the calibre of nominees and winners is outstanding.
“Everyone at Acorn and Darwin Gray are so proud to have created these awards. They are now a legacy in Wales, which will recognise and celebrate excellence in HR for years to come.”
Corinna Lloyd-Jones, HR Director for Menter a Busnes, said: “We are very proud to have won this award in recognition of our commitment to placing a fully bilingual internal HR service at the heart of the company’s people management and development practices.”