UWTSD’s Swansea Business School celebrates Gold and Silver at the CIPD Awards


UWTSD’s Swansea Business School received the Silver Award for Best Change Management Initiative and Dr Maggie Inman received the Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to People Development at the CIPD Wales Awards 2018.

CIPD Wales, the professional body for HR and people development recognised those at the forefront of Wales’ HR industry at a ceremony at National Museum Cardiff.

The awards acknowledge outstanding individuals and teams as the best in HR, learning and people management practice in businesses across Wales.

Speaking after collecting the Silver Award for Best Change Management Initiative, Head of Swansea Business School Dr Inman said: “Swansea Business School are delighted to be recognised for the transformational change of our Business programmes. Significant cultural change has ensured that we are able to offer leading edge, innovative programmes that allow our students to be equipped for the modern business world and thereby delivering the University's learner focused strategy of "Transforming Education, Transforming Lives."

The judges were unable to choose just one gold winner for the Outstanding Contribution in the Field of People Development in Wales and recognised both Dr Inman and Michael Beynon, Head of Recruitment and Vetting Services at Shared Services Connected Ltd.

Commenting on why they felt it was just to award both shortlisted candidates, Lesley Richards, Head of CIPD Wales, added:

“Both Margaret and Michael demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and their transformative and innovative approaches to delivery practice have established a positive culture for learners, they are both exceptional examples of HR excellence.”

Dr Inman said she was delighted and honoured to receive the Gold Award adding: “Supporting the development of HR professionals and colleagues over the past 20 years has been a privilege and so it is both humbling and an honour to be recognised for this by the CIPD.”

This year’s winners were selected by a judging panel of top HR and business professionals, including CIPD Director of Business and Markets Development Gill White, Corporate Services Director for Welsh Government, Peter Kennedy, and Partner and Head of Employment Law and HR Services at Hugh James, Emma Burns.

Lesley Richards, Head of CIPD Wales said: “Wales is a great place to do business, and HR and people development are factors affecting every business’ success and it is incredible to see the passion and professionalism for the industry in Wales. The awards recognise and celebrate the companies driving HR practices and learning forward and we have been delighted by the number of entries, and the outstanding quality of work showcased. People development is fundamental to how businesses operate and is essential to ensuring employee wellbeing and retaining the best possible talent. All of tonight’s shortlisted companies have proven they go above and beyond to support and maximise potential in their employees.

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