2017 Finalists


The Wales HR Awards recognises and celebrates excellence across the HR profession in Wales.

Please see the full list of finalists for each category below.



Independent HR Consultant of the Year

Shakira Joyner, HCHR
Kay Walters, Pobol Cyf
Cherry Torrance, Torrance HR

HR Assistant / Apprentice / Trainee of the Year

Supported by -

Melissa Hale, New Directions
Sarah Howden, Cardiff Airport

HR Team of the Year

Supported by -

Cardiff Airport
Bluestone
Willmott Dixon Construction Limited
NPT Homes Limited

Best Use of the Welsh Language (Team)

Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd
Menter a Busnes
National Assembly for Wales

Best Use of the Welsh Language (Individual)

Supported by -

Bethan Emanuel, Talent HR Consultancy
Catherine Rees, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
Siwan Thomas, Mudiad Meithrin

Best HR Professional in the Education/Public Sector

Supported by -

Tracey Thomas, City of Cardiff Council
Rebecca Cooper, ACT
Catherine Rees, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

Best HR Professional in the Manufacturing / Science (incl. Life Sciences/ Biotec) Sector

Lisa Angus, Panasonic
Ruth Knoyle, Tata Steel

Housing Association HR Professional of the Year

Supported by -

Rhian H Evans, Tai Ceredigion
Jayne Jones, Hafod
Eleri Jane Edwards, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd

Best HR Professional in the IT / Technology Sector

Toni Kemp, WCBS
Manjit Waters, Smartpipe Solutions
Alex Currie, Go Compare
Helen Baldwin, Inspire Tec

Best HR Professional - Charity and Voluntary Organisations

Supported by -

Angela Overment, Wales Co-operative Centre
Jayne Jones, Hafod

Best HR Professional in The Arts

Louise Halliday-Jones, Welsh National Opera
Prith Biant, The Creative Thinking Company

Best HR Professional in Financial / Professional Services Sector

Supported by -

Phil Lewis, Source Insurance Ltd
Sophie Cecil, New Directions
Claire Humphries, Retail Merchandising Services
Rhian Langham, Principality Building Society