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Revealed! The 2024 North East HR&D Awards finalists

The 2024 North East HR&D Awards are nearly upon us – and we can today exclusively reveal the showpiece event’s finalists!

More than 30 companies and organisations spanning a raft of sectors will vie for honours across 12 categories at the June 6 ceremony.

And this year’s event – held at The Fed, in Gateshead – promises to be the best yet after a near 40 per cent increase in award submissions.

Celebrating the amazing organisations and people working across HR, learning and development and related specialisms in the region, nominations were pored over by judges from the North East Work and Talent (NEWT) advisory board.

Elouise Leonard-Cross and Sarah Carnegie, joint chairs of NEWT, which reflects a cross-section of expertise and experience from organisations across the region, say: “We are delighted to reveal this year’s finalists.

“We all know the North East is a fabulous place to live, work and thrive, and the HR&D Awards are a fantastic way of showcasing that.

“We cannot wait to celebrate the brilliant work of people professionals across our region.

“Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry, and a big thank you too to our category and event partners.”


The finalists are:


Excellence in People & Technology, in partnership with Sullivan Brown HR Recruitment & MI-Say

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies Ltd


Newcastle Building Society


Excellence in Talent Attraction & Employer Brand, in partnership with People Science Consulting & Tailored Thinking

Byggfakta Group

Connect Health

Northumberland County Council


Excellence in Inclusivity & Diversity, in partnership with Northumbrian Water

Chevron Traffic Management

LSL Property Services plc



Excellence & Positive Impact, in partnership with Jackson Hogg

Bloom Procurement Services


Universal Wolf


Excellence in Organisational & People Development


Komatsu UK Ltd

Opencast Software & People Science Consulting


Excellence in Apprenticeships, in partnership with TDR Training Ltd

British Engines

Essity (UK) Ltd

Redde Northgate


Excellence in Health & Wellness, in partnership with NPH Group

Advance Northumberland

Marelli Automotive Systems UK Ltd



Excellence in Leadership, in partnership with Newcastle University Business School

Byggfakta Group




Excellence in Supporting Armed Forces Talent, in partnership with Esh Group

Bloom Procurement Services

Cleveland Police

North East BIC


Excellence in Reward & Benefits

LSL Property Services plc


Tharsus Group


Excellence in SME People Practice

The Alnwick Garden Trust

O Agency

The Rudd Group


HR&D Team of the Year, in partnership with Womble Bond Dickinson


Komatsu UK Ltd



The event is also supported by programme partner North East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and photobooth partner Talentheads.

For more information on associate and award category partnership, and to enquire about buying a table for the night, contact Lesley Hampson on 07748 908058 or email [email protected]

Alternatively, contact events manager Dawn Owens on 07789 666437 or email [email protected]

For more information about the event, visit

May 8, 2024

  • Events

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