April 14, 2024

North Wales organisations scoop top accolades at the CIPD Awards

Two North Wales organisations have taken home top accolades at the 2023 CIPD Wales Awards, which celebrates HR and people development across Wales.

The CIPD Wales Awards returned to Cardiff’s City Hall with its fifth annual awards, marking the first gala ceremony since 2019 due to the pandemic.

Throughout Wales, thousands of people are employed in the people profession, with HR and leadership development covering all sectors and industries.

North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent (NMWTRA) – which is responsible for managing the road network on behalf of the Welsh Government and is headquartered in Parc Menai – was awarded Best Learning and Development / Organisation Development Initiative at the CIPD Wales Awards.

The judges commended the way the organisations overcame challenges of the diverse workforce and socioeconomic challenges, and the way it demonstrated the embedding of the initiative into the business with real success outputs.

Speaking of the award, Nia Meleri Edwards at North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent, said: “To be recognized for out learning and development initiative is amazing and it is as much for those taking part as it is those delivering it.”

Also scooping an accolade at the awards was Caernarfon-based Antur Waunfawr, a social enterprise providing employment and training opportunities for people with learning disabilities, which was highly commended in the Best Wellbeing Initiative category.

This year’s winners were selected by a judging panel of top HR and business professionals, including: director of HR & Corporate Services for Welsh Government, Peter Kennedy; UK HR director at Airbus Operations LTD, Nicola Montgomery; head of people at Admiral, Rhian Langham and managing director at Resolution at Work, Alison Love.

Lesley Richards, head of CIPD Wales, said: “The CIPD Wales Awards are always a brilliant opportunity to recognise and celebrate some of the outstanding, groundbreaking, and sometimes career changing work that goes on across the country.

“Year-on-year we’re impressed by the number and the quality of entries, along with the dedication to people development that has been showcased, and this year proved no different with organisations from across North Wales proving their successes. All our winners, those highly commended and finalists have proven they maximise the utmost potential and opportunities for their employees.”

The 2023 CIPD Wales Awards were sponsored by: Welsh Government, HR Spectrum, Human Resourcing, Hoop Human Resources, Monmouthshire Building Society, Moxie People, Resolution at Work, Cardiff Business School, Red Dot 365 and Hugh James.

The winners of the CIPD Wales 2023 Awards are:

                                       Category                    Winner

Best Apprenticeship Scheme

Winner: Hywel Dda University Health Board

Highly Commended:

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Winner: Welsh Government

Highly Commended: Coleg Gwent

Best HR Consultant / Consultancy Winner: Healthy HR Consultancy Ltd

Winner: MoJ Civil Service HR Casework

Best Hybrid / Flexible Working Initiative Winner: Principality Building Society
Best In House Team Winner: Coleg Gwent

Best L&D / OD Initiative


Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board


North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent

Best Resourcing and Talent Management Initiative Winner:

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Best Wellbeing Initiative Winner: Safran Seats

Winner: Tiny Rebel
Highly Commended: Pobl

Highly Commended: Antur Waunfawr

                    Excellence in HR Leadership Winner:

Steph Phillips

Highly Commended:

Gareth Way

Rising Star of the People Profession Winner: Rebecca Morgan

Highly Commended:

Patrycja Nowak

Outstanding Contribution to the People Profession Winner: Cerys Furlong
Kath Collis Award for Outstanding Impact Winner: Claire Roberts


For more information on CIPD Wales Awards, visit: www.cipdwalesawards.co.uk

 Image caption: L-R Dave Cooil, Nia Meleri Edwards, Delyth Roberts, Jill Jones, and Tom Cowans from NMWTRA