Record number attends Australian HR Awards

More than 880 HR professionals gathered at The Star, Sydney on Friday night to celebrate the achievements of the best in the industry

Record number attends Australian HR Awards
A record number of guests attended the 2017 Australian HR Awards on Friday night to celebrate the winners announced in each of the 20 categories.

The black-tie event at The Star, Sydney, was hosted by Logie-winning actress, musician and TV personality Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

More than 880 guests also enjoyed entertainment from musical acts Furnace and the Fundamentals, The Three Waiters and Luke Zanc Duo.

PepsiCo was one of the big winners of the night, picking up two awards including Best Change Management Strategy and Accumulate Employer of Choice (≥1000 Employees).

International Convention Centre Sydney also won two awards, including Best Recruitment Campaign and Ironfish Australian HR Team of the Year (>1000 Employees).

The Australian HR Champion (CEO) of the year went to Trent Innes of Xero, who told HRD it was a fantastic feeling to win the award.

“What it really shows is the hard work my team has put in to build our business to where it is today,” said Innes.

“One of the things we are really aware of at Xero is making sure everyone is aligned to our purpose and our values.

“I’m very lucky to have an amazing HR manager who has done a lot of hard work to keep our business heading in the right direction.

“We have had a fantastic evening and had a lot of fun - I’m really pleased to win this award. “

Meanwhile the Davidson Australian HR Director of the Year winner went to Assistant Commissioner Carlene York of the New South Wales Police Force.

Over the last three years , York has actively led a cultural change program to drive and implement enhanced focus on prevention and early intervention.   

The program sought to drive culturally foundational changes that have significantly changed the focus from reactive to proactive employee management and support.

HRD would like to thank all the HR professionals for attending the night, and would also like to thank event partner Ironfish and all award sponsors for their support.

The full list of winners can be accessed here.


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