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County council lands top prize at HR awards

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. For the first time, the overall winner of the Personnel Today Awards is apublic sector organisation – Hertfordshire County Council (HCC). People and property director Alan Warner and his team were ecstatic whenthey collected their gold trophy last week in front of more than 1,000 guestsat the fifth Awards gala dinner. HCC’s brilliant work in becoming the first public sector body to outsourceits entire recruitment service, saving up to £3m, outshone 12 private sectorcategory winners to take the overall prize. The victors received £5,000 worthof team development training provided by Cranfield School of Management. The overall judges were impressed by HCC’s achievements given the complexpolitical environment it is working in. It outsourced all recruitment andretention to Manpower, including advertising, management of temporary andpermanent staff and redeployment. “It is a fantastic achievement for a very adventurous enterprise, andit is wonderful to be recognised,” said Warner. HCC employs 25,000 staff and is the biggest employer in the area. Special tributes were also paid to the 2003 HR Director of the Year,Beverley Shears, for taking such a tenacious approach to shifting the cultureat the UK’s biggest train operator, South West Trains. Shears transformed theindustrial relations environment with a new HR strategy which focused onbuilding, developing and maintaining relationships. The judges, who chose an outright winner from all the category winners,were: William Coupar, director of the Involvement and ParticipationAssociation; Steve Harvey, director of people, profit and culture at Microsoft;Mary Mallet, president of the Society of Chief Personnel Officers in LocalGovernment, and Colin Povey, chief executive of Carlsberg Tetley. County council lands top prize at HR awardsOn 2 Dec 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more