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31 August 2023

Winners crowned at Wales HR Awards 2022

Winners crowned at Wales HR Awards 2022
Top Welsh employers and HR professionals have been recognised at the fifth annual Wales HR Awards (Friday, July 8th), which are held annually to shine a spotlight on HR heroes who continue to work hard behind the scenes in businesses of all sizes across Wales.

Leading the charge of businesses recognised for their contribution to HR in 2022 was broadband specialist, Ogi, which won the HR Team of the Year category. The company’s HR Director, Lisa Hand also took the title of HR Director of the Year.

Gower College Swansea and communications agency Freshwater also made their presence known with two award wins each at the event, hosted by Sian Lloyd at Cardiff’s Parkgate Hotel.

Winners from the Wales HR Awards 2022

Freshwater was named Employer of Choice, and also claimed the award for the Best Response to Covid-19. Gower College Swansea took home the Best Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy title, and Best HR Initiative. The jewel in the HR Awards’ crown – the ‘winner of winners’ award, the HR Star award, was also awarded to Sarah King, Gower College’s HR Director.  

Social housing provider Adra were the winner of the Best Staff Wellbeing Strategy category, and they, along with Grŵp Cynefin were the joint winners of the Best Use of the Welsh Language Award. Coaching specialist Choose to Grow was named as the 2022 HR Consultancy of the Year.


Sarah King with Bernard and Ffleur

Darwin Gray’s Managing Partner, Fflur Jones added:
“It is fantastic to see the achievements of HR professionals in Wales be recognised in this manner at the Wales HR Awards. We are proud to have established the Wales HR Network and awards alongside Acorn. We work very closely with HR professionals on a daily basis, and understand how unsung their achievements generally are. They often have to perform difficult and sensitive tasks in challenging circumstances, and we truly hope that the prestige of the Wales HR Awards adequately reflects their hard work and commitment to their roles. Huge congratulations to each finalist in each category, and of course to the ultimate winners. It was a fabulous night!”


Sophie Evans


2022 Wales HR Awards winners

Best Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Gower College Swansea

Best HR Initiative (Sponsored by Chwarae Teg)

Gower College Swansea

Best Response - Covid 19


Best Staff Wellbeing Strategy


Best Use of the Welsh Language in HR (Sponsored by Cyfreithwyr.com)

Adra / Grŵp Cynefin

Employer of Choice (sponsored by Be Business Fit)


HR Assistant/Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Sophie Evans, Crunch Digital Media

HR Consultancy of the Year

Choose To Grow

HR Director of the Year

Lisa Hand, Ogi

HR Team of the Year (Sponsored by Choose to Grow)


Outstanding HR Professional of the Year (Sponsored by Quantum Advisory)

Angela Overment, Cwmpas

HR Star (Sponsored by Acorn and Darwin Gray)

Sarah King, Gower College Swansea