Last night saw the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development North East of England Branch Human Resources and Development Award dinner at the Gateshead Hilton hotel. It was a glittering occasion to celebrate the CIPD 100th anniversary. There were over 300 guests from 36 prominent North East businesses such as Northumbrian Water, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Arriva North East and newcomer to the region, Virgin Money. Like CIPD many of the organisations present were celebrating anniversaries but the oldest by far was Children North East.
The purpose of the evening was to make awards in 8 categories, we were told that the standard of entries was better than ever before and there were a higher number than ever too. Children North East were delighted to be a finalist alongside Houghon International and NAREC, the National Renewable Energy Centre for the 'SME Excellence in HR & D' Award.
Children North East is a people organisation, our staff, volunteers and trustees are our biggest resource and everything we do is rooted in the power of human relationships to transform people's lives. So excellent HR is an absolute priority for us to ensure that we value and support the people who work for Children North East. If we don't respect them how can we expect them to respect and value the children, young people and parents we ask them to support in the name of Children North East.
In the event, Houghton International won in the 'SME Excellence in HR & D' category but we did extremely well to be selected. Children North East was one of only two third sector organisations nominated for any of the awards. So very well done Leigh and the HR team - your hard work has been recognised and you can feel justifiably proud of the quality of what you do for Children North East.