Awards are only as credible as the organisation presenting them. Presented as part of the CIPD Middle East People Conference & Awards, the CIPD Middle East People Awards recognise individuals, teams and organisations for their outstanding achievements in people management and development. 

Entries are now closed! Winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on 23 September 2020.

 Entries for the 2021 Awards open in September.

Enter the most credible 

in the Middle East

people management awards

Nominate yourself, your team, a colleague or your organisation for any of the following categories. For more information on criteria, the judging process, FAQs and tips, please download the Awards Entry Kit by filling in the form above.

23 September 2020

Enter your details below to download the 
CIPD Middle East Awards Entry Kit


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1. People-focused CEO of the Year
2. HR / Learning & Development Team of the Year     
3. Best Wellbeing Programme    
4. Best Employee Engagement Initiative    
5. Best Learning & Development Programme 

6. Most Impactful Diversity & Inclusion Initiative   
7. Best Recruitment & Talent Management Strategy     
8. HR Rising Star of the Year     
9. Best Digital Innovation in HR / L&D    
10. Employer of the Year  
11. Outstanding CIPD Student of the Year 
12. Best Start-Up Team Management Initiative
13. Best Coaching & Mentoring Initiative

Andy Lancaster

Head of Learning, CIPD

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Judged by an independent panel of HR professionals and CIPD matter experts, the Awards provide you with the opportunity to benchmark your practices against international standards, identify areas of improvement and gain recognition for the great work you’re doing.

Cheryl Thornton 

Head of People & Development, The Fred Hollows Foundation 

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John MacDonald

Former VP HR, Lamprell; Independent Consultant

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Nicholas Andriotis

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Executive Director - Human Resources, Ithra Dubai

Sarah Davis

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Head of Partnerships, CIPD Middle East

Mark Arneill

Senior Market Analyst, Towards Maturity

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For more information on the Awards, assistance or questions on the conference, please contact:

Charlotte Chedeville
Senior Project & Programme Manager
CIPD Middle East
+971 (0)4 275 6900



When filing your nomination, make sure that you tell the judges:

1. What the business case was for the initiative and specifically what improvements you set out to make;

2. How you engaged senior management and the workforce in your initiative;

3. What evidence can you show of tangible improvements in the business as a result of your initiative.

Most importantly, the winning entries will demonstrate a clear link between the overall business strategy and the initiative. 

Gill White, Business & Markets Development Director for CIPD, shares her top tips to put together a winning entry and explains what she will be looking for when judging the Awards.

"The team and I were honored to have been awarded the HR/L&D Team of the year at this year’s CIPD recognition awards. 2018 was full of personal and team changes for all, so to have this formally recognised at the inaugural CIPD conference made me feel especially proud! Fueled by a drive and passion to reimagine and redesign the learning experience for our employees, we were able to build meaningful partnerships across all of our business units, enabling us to understand the core people development requirements in line with our over-arching organizational strategy. As a result of team passion and unity, mixed with a real eagerness to learn, 90% of team members successfully attained Associate CIPD status, which has really helped them to develop their professional competence and capability to disrupt traditional training practices and deliver innovative award-winning L&D solutions. In summary, I’ve seen a tremendous transformation of the team, moving from conventional technical product trainers to fully-fledged, high-performing L&D professionals!

Individually, the team has adapted, developed, learnt and delivered, and collectively, they’ve moved mountains in 2018.

– Craig Austin (Head of Talent and Learning, RAKBANK)