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Championing the region’s HR&D heroes

The North East HR&D Awards return in June, ready to once again celebrate the sector’s leading organisations and individuals. And this year’s ceremony promises to be an incredible evening after a near 40 per cent rise in nominations.

The wait is nearly over.

There are just days to go until the 2024 North East HR&D Awards – and this year’s event promises to be the best yet, following a huge rise in nominations.

Celebrating the amazing organisations and people working across HR, learning and development and related specialisms, the showpiece ceremony will take place at The Fed, in Gateshead, on Thursday, June 6.

Awards will be handed out across 12 categories, with judges from the North East Work and Talent (NEWT) advisory board poring over submissions that have this year increased by nearly 40 per cent.

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 so excited for this year’s ceremony.

“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.

“They not only champion the brilliant work of people professionals across our region – whose excellent practices make a positive, daily impact on the working lives of so many people – but highlight too the North East’s ambition, pride and innovation.

“And the fact we’ve seen a near 40 per cent rise in nominations only emphasises their importance and popularity.

“Thank you to everyone who has submitted an entry, and a big thank you too to our category and event partners – your generous support is incredibly appreciated.”

This year’s event also comes with a new collaboration, with North East Times helping bring the awards’ 16th iteration to life.

Pete Mallon, North East Times’ creative and managing director, says: “We drive conversation around business, the economy and policy, highlighting those at the forefront of moves to deliver growth and support the region in reaching its potential.

“Our HR&D Awards partnership is an extension of that.”

Award category partners include Esh Group, Jackson Hogg, MI-Say, Newcastle University Business School and Northumbrian Water.

Further category partners are NPH Group, People Science Consulting, Sullivan Brown HR Recruitment, Tailored Thinking, TDR Training Ltd and Womble Bond Dickinson.

In addition, the event is supported by programme partner North East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and photobooth partner Talentheads.

For more information on further opportunities to support this year’s ceremony, which include associate and award category partnership, and 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 dawn@netimesmagazine. For more information about the event, visit

Photography courtesy of Reach plc, by Claire McKie-Reid & Steve Brock

May 9, 2024

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