First round of finalists announced for Australian HR Awards

The finalists have been announced for several key categories of the Australian HR Awards

First round of finalists announced for Australian HR Awards

The finalists have been announced for several key categories of 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 across the first six categories of the Australian HR Awards 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
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
Nous Group
Publicis Groupe
Singleton Council

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

Best Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Program
Deloitte Australia
Hearing Australia
Hollard Insurance
QBE Insurance Australia
La Trobe University

The finalists for the remaining categories will be announced on the following dates:

Tuesday 14 July 2020:
Randstad Australian HR Director of the Year
Best Workplace Flexibility Program
Best Use of Technology
Best Recruitment Campaign
Best Graduate Development Program

Wednesday 15 July 2020
Best Health & Wellbeing Program
Best Learning & Development Program
Hays Australian HR Team of the Year ( ≤ 1000 Employees)
Australian HR Team of the Year ( >1000 Employees)

Thursday 16 July 2020
Employer of Choice (1-99 Employees)
Employer of Choice ( 100 - 999 Employees)
Employer of Choice (>1000 Employees)
Redkite Employer of Choice (Public Sector & NFP)
Achievers Best Reward & Recognition Program

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