Australian HR Awards finalists announced

Recognising excellence in HR leadership, the finalists have been revealed across 20 categories for the 2020 Australian HR Awards

Australian HR Awards finalists announced

The finalists have been announced for the Australian HR Awards.

Brought to you by event partner Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors, the Australian HR Awards recognise excellence in human resources and people leadership across Australian organisations.

Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors has also sponsored the Australian HR Champion (CEO) of the Year category, which recognises forward-thinking Australian CEOs who have people and culture at the heart of their strategy-making.

“Now, more than ever, it is a critical time to support our HR professionals during one of the toughest years businesses will ever face,” said ABLA’s CEO and director Nigel Ward.

“The pandemic presents unique challenges to the HR community. Whether this comes through supporting executives and CEOs simply cope, to reorganising the workforce, stand downs and for some, temporarily up-scaling. It’s our honour to be leading the acknowledgment for excellence in the field of HR. For some the awards will be much needed good news, while for others, acknowledgement of the toughest year of their career.”

“Let’s share the achievements of the HR profession and work together to rebuild businesses when this passes,” he said. 

This year the finalists for the Australian HR Awards will be announced over four separate announcements throughout this week. 

The finalists for the Australian HR Awards for 2020 are below.

Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA) Australian HR Champion (CEO) of the Year
Annette Kimmitt, MinterEllison
Belinda Scott, Djerriwarrh Health Services
Hugo Schreuder, Youi Insurance
John Burns, VetPartners
Michael Azrak, MSD
Patrick Williams, Edwards Lifesciences
Richard Deutsch, Deloitte Australia
Simon McGrath, Accor Pacific

Australian HR Manager of the Year
Bettina Tracey, Gold Coast Health
Jeanni Watson, PointsBet
Kate Hitchins, CVGT Australia
Marianne Passafaro, hipages
Ms Kathryn Agius, Gateway Motorway Services
Rachal Baack, World Bank
Robert Feltrin, A S Harrison & Co
Simon Tufrey, Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific

Australian Rising HR Star of the Year
Ashleigh Pickrell, Allianz Australia
Byron Bateson, Gold Coast Health
Gemma Weaver, PHD
Hannah Young, Town of Mosman Park
Jazmyn Brennan, Gold Coast Health
Kerri Allen, Employsure
Kirra Deverell, Hearing Australia
Lauren Cuda, First Sentier Investors
Luke Hemmings, Coceptive Recruitment
Stephanie Robinson, Dental Health Services Victoria

Best Change Management Strategy
Accor Hotels Australia
Affinity Education Group
Hume Community Housing
Metcash
Nous Group
Pepper
Publicis Groupe
Singleton Council

Best Leadership Development Program
Accor Hotels Australia - Academy
EY Accelerate Program
La Trobe University
McDonald's Australia
MinterEllison
QinetiQ
Reward Gateway
Serco Asia Pacific
Stanwell

Best Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Program
Deloitte Australia
Hearing Australia
Hollard Insurance
Metcash
Prospa
QBE Insurance Australia Pacific
QinetiQ 
La Trobe University

Randstad Australian HR Director of the Year
Fiona Reed, La Trobe University
Hannah Bloch, Gold Coast Health
Ivan Pierce, Youi
Julie Harris, VetPartners
Manon Pietra, PHD
Tash Macknish, Data#3
Yolanda Mallouhi, Edwards Lifesciences
Zahra Peggs, TSA Group

Best Workplace Flexibility Program
AbbVie Australia
Deloitte Australia
Hollard Insurance
Investa
MSD
PEXA
QinetiQ
Sanofi
Schneider Electric Pacific
Unilever ANZ

Best Use of Technology
Data#3
Datto
Deloitte Australia
Gold Coast Health
Racing & Wagering WA
UQ Recruitment
VetPartners
Youi

Best Recruitment Campaign
Coles Group
Gateway Motorway Services
Queensland Department of Education
Mercy Health
Optus
Philip Morris International
Sedgwick
Serco Asia Pacific
NSW Ambulance

Best Graduate Development Program
Allianz Australia
AMP
Apiam Animal Health
Ausenco
Anglican Care
Kraft Heinz
MinterEllison
Philip Morris International
VetPartners

Best Health & Wellbeing Program
Camden Council
Data#3
Edwards Lifesciences
Johnson & Johnson
McDonald's Limited
Mondelez
NSW Ambulance
QBE Insurance Australia’
Sanofi
Singleton Council

Best Learning & Development Program
Accor Hotels Australia - Academy
Data#3
Deloitte Australia
EY
Kraft Heinz
Level Crossing
McDonald's Australia
Schneider Electric Pacific
Woolworths Group

Australian HR Team of the Year (> 1000)
Affinity Education Group
Coca-Cola Amatil
Gold Coast Health
Kmart
Metcash
Coles Group
Serco AsPac
Transdev Australasia
Youi

HAYS Australian HR Team of the Year (≤ 1000)
Apiam Animal Health
C.H. Robinson Worldwide (AU)
Canstar
Insight
Investa
Kraft Heinz
Liberty Financial
NSW Ambulance
Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Uber Australia

Employer of Choice (1-99 Employees)
Corporate Technology Services
DBM Consultants
Edwards Lifesciences
ghd hair
Howden Australia
PerformHR
Total Image Group

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Employer of Choice (100 - 999 Employees)
AbbVie Australia
Apiam Animal Health
Danone
Employsure
HPE
Investa
MSD
PHD
Sanofi
Queensland Treasury Corporation

Employer of Choice (>1000 Employees)
Affinity Education Group
ALDI
Coca-Cola Amatil
Deloitte Australia
Mader Group
MinterEllison
PETstock
Publicis Groupe
University of Queensland
Youi

Employer of Choice (Public Sector & NFP)
Cancer Council Queensland
Community Enterprise Queensland
Hume Community Housing
Level Crossing Removal Project
Penrith City Council
Stepping Stone House
The Disability Trust
Vision Australia

Achievers Best Reward & Recognition Program
Edwards Lifesciences
Employsure
Gold Coast Health
Insight
National Disability Insurance Agency
Youi

Brought to you by event partner Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors, the Australian HR Awards recognise excellence in human resources and people leadership across Australian organisations.

A full list of finalists can be found here.

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