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Shortlist announced for the Wales HR Awards 2022

Wales HR Network
May 31, 2022

Launched in 2017 by leading recruitment agency Acorn and commercial law firm Darwin Gray and, the fifth annual Awards will see top HR professionals and organisations gather on July at the Parkgate Hotel in Cardiff for black-tie celebrations.


Hosted by prominent journalist Sian Lloyd, the Awards will recognise outstanding HR professionals and teams performing in HR, learning, and people management roles across a variety of industries in Wales in the last 12 months.


Darwin Gray’s Head o fEmployment Law and HR, Fflur Jones added: ““We were delighted with the quality and number of entries for this year’s HR awards. The fact so many companies and organisations decided to enter the awards demonstrate in what high esteem these businesses hold their HR managers and teams. They will have played an instrumental role in steering their organisations during the COVID 19 pandemic. We look forward to celebrating all their achievements on the night.”


The awards are kindly sponsored and supported by; Quantum Advisory, Be Business Fit, Chwarae Teg, Choose to Grow, Sweetmans and Partners, Insight HRC and Film and Pixel.


The Finalists for the 2022 Wales HR Awards are:


Best Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

  • Cwmpas
  • Gower College
  • Ogi


Best HR Initiative 

  • Freshwater
  • Gower College
  • HR Anchor
  • Mrs Buckét
  • Talis


Best Covid Response 

  • Admiral
  • Cwmpas
  • Freshwater
  • Gower College
  • JGHR Solutions


Best Staff Wellbeing Strategy 

  • Adra
  • Tai Tarian
  • Wales and West Housing Group
  • Grwp Cynefin 
  • Smart Solutions


Best use of the Welsh language 

  • Adra
  • Grwp Cynefin 


Employer of Choice

  • Freshwater
  • Gower College
  • Ogi 


HR Assistant – Apprentice – Trainee of the Year 

  • Sophie Evans – Crunch Digital Media
  • Natasha Farkas -Monmouthshire Building Society
  • Amy Jackson - WJEC


HR Consultancy of the Year 

  • Choose to Grow
  • DLM Consulting
  • JGHR Solutions
  • The Spark Company


HR Director of the Year 

  • Sarah King -Gower College
  • Lisa Hand - Ogi 


HR Team of the Year 

  • ActiveQuote
  • Bridgend College
  • Monmouthshire Building Society
  • Gower College
  • Effective HRM
  • Ogi


Outstanding HR Professional

  • Joanne Jones - Cwmpas 
  • Natasha Davies - UWTSD 
  • Sarah King - Gower College


For more information on the finalists and how to purchase tickets, visit You can also follow@WalesHRNetwork for the latest updates – with early booking advisable due to the limited numbers available.


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