30 October 2012 10:18
The HR in Hospitality Awards 2012 were held last night at the Dorchester Hotel, celebrating the achievements of Human Resources within all sectors of the hospitality industry.
Over £5,000 was raised on the night for the HR in hospitality's chosen charities of Springboard UK and Hospitality Action – two charities that work tirelessly for the industry and its people.
The Excellence in Recruitment and Retention Award went to Red Carnation Hotels for their initiatives for looking for new talent to join the industry.
Liz McGivern, vice president HR, said: "We are so delighted to be recognised for this by industry leaders and our contemporaries. Finding great people and holding onto them isn't easy, so how brilliant to have this endorsement."
Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons was the winner of the Establishing Links with Schools and Colleges Award. Julia Murrell, HR director, commented: "I can't tell you how pleased we all are at Le Manoir – the whole team – as we have worked so hard to build relationships with education. This was definitely the year when all our efforts really paid off. Thank you to HR in Hospitality for recognising us".
The Rising Star Award went this year to Philip Jackson from the Jumeirah hotels group – a "talent beyond expectation and one to watch for the future" according to the awards.
The Excellence by an Operations/Line Manager Award was, for the first time in 17 years, won by two people as the judges were unable to place one contender over the other.
The joint winners were Tzveta Ivanova from the Milestone Hotel and Amanda Godfrey from the Savoy. Director of HR for the Savoy, Emma Jayne, said: "The whole Savoy HR team were absolutely thrilled to see Amanda Godfrey, who is one of our strongest people leaders here at The Savoy, receive this wonderful accolade in recognition of her continued commitment to her back of house team's welfare, development and basically her huge support and motivation for the sheer hard work they put in every day in our hotel."
The Employee Engagement Award was won by IHG Group and the Excellence in Learning and Development Award went to CH & Co for their "superb approach to employee development". Park Plaza were also awarded a special Highly Recommended award by the judges.