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View the video of the 2016 OC Excellence Awards, recognising and celebrating outstanding organisational culture.

Great cultures advance winning business strategies.

They markedly increase engagement and productivity; and retain and attract amazing talent.
Now THAT calls for celebration!

Culture is increasingly seen by stakeholders as a key differentiator.


Culture is one of the top five reasons people choose an employer.


Culture is a primary driver for employees to stay with you.


Culture requires focus, research and partnership.

Culture is your unique organisational DNA. But we can all share in and learn from today’s best and most innovative approaches.

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Message from our Gold Award Winners 2016

We started something around 4 years ago, really trying to put purpose at the heart of our business and making that drive what we do. We’re enjoying how it’s changing our organisation: it’s certainly enabling all of us to enjoy what we do at work. Crucially, it’s also helping to drive our success in a tough marketplace.

We have fantastic products and great people who are driven to make a difference. Amongst the many fantastic organisations and great programs at OC EX16, we really appreciate this award for underlining the steps that all of us have taken on this journey so far.

Joel Burrows, UK and Ireland Managing Director, Lindt & Sprüngli

How can taking part in OC Excellence benefit your organisation?

OC Excellence enables practitioners to share, and gain recognition for, their proud stories industry-wide.
A Culture Award is a valuable asset for your employer brand at a time when this is one of the most powerful motivators for Talent.
Recognition for culture is also valued highly by your investors; partners; customers; and the wider community.

If you are ready to enter the 2017 Awards now, then register your details here and we will send you an entry pack. If you are not yet ready to put your story forward, you can still be part of the OC Excellence community and receive insights including:

  1.  Innovative and practical tips to transform your organisational culture work
  2.  Case studies and data to “sell” your ideas and strategies in the C-suite
  3.  How to put purpose at the heart of your business
  4.  Transforming your approach through highly effective and inspirational learning
  5.  Enacting a focus on Diversity & Inclusion
  6.  Deploying unique strategies to nurture your Next Generation talent

Culture is your unique organisational DNA. But we can all share in and learn from today’s best and most innovative approaches. Register here to be a part of the OC Excellence community.

Celebrate Your Unique Culture. Make Sure Your Story Is Known.

How can taking part in OC Excellence benefit your organisation?

OC Excellence enables practitioners to share, and gain recognition for, their proud stories industry-wide.
A Culture Award is a valuable asset for your employer brand at a time when this is one of the most powerful motivators for Talent.
Recognition for culture is also valued highly by your investors; partners; customers; and the wider community.

If you are interested in entering the 2017 Awards, then register your details here and we will send you an entry pack once the Awards are open. If you are not yet ready to put your story forward, you can still be part of the OC Excellence community and receive insights including:

  1.  Innovative and practical tips to transform your organisational culture work
  2.  Case studies and data to “sell” your ideas and strategies in the C-suite
  3.  How to put purpose at the heart of your business
  4.  Transforming your approach through highly effective and inspirational learning
  5.  Enacting a focus on Diversity & Inclusion
  6.  Deploying unique strategies to nurture your Next Generation talent

Culture is your unique organisational DNA. But we can all share in and learn from today’s best and most innovative approaches. Register here to be a part of the OC Excellence community.

Celebrate Your Unique Culture. Make Sure Your Story Is Known.

Award Categories

This award will be presented to a company with 1000+ employees that has undertaken a substantial Organisational Culture initiative in the past year with exceptional results. Entrants will demonstrate how their organisations have advanced at a cultural level, and what business benefits have arisen as a direct result. The judges will assess achievements in strategic alignment, stakeholder engagement, leadership, communication, innovation, learning etc. All entrants will be evaluated across the full project lifecycle including planning, implementation, measurement, outcome and reflection.
This award will be presented to a company with less than 1000 employees that has undertaken a substantial Organisational Culture initiative in the past year with exceptional results. Entrants will demonstrate how their organisations have advanced at a cultural level, and what business benefits have arisen as a direct result. The judges will assess achievements in strategic alignment, stakeholder engagement, leadership, communication, innovation, learning etc. All entrants will be evaluated across the full project lifecycle including planning, implementation, measurement, outcome and reflection.
This award will be presented to an organisation of any size that is Not-for-Profit or Public Sector (covering publically funded organisations including Government departments, NHS organisations, local authorities), which has undertaken a substantial Organisational Culture initiative in the past year with exceptional results. Entrants will demonstrate how their organisations have advanced at a cultural level, and what business benefits have arisen as a direct result. The judges will assess achievements in strategic alignment, stakeholder engagement, leadership, communication, innovation, learning etc. All entrants will be evaluated across the full project lifecycle including planning, implementation, measurement, outcome and reflection.
This award will be presented to an organisation that has achieved a transformation or turnaround in its Organisational Culture in the past year with exceptional results. Entrants will demonstrate how their organisations have transformed at a cultural level, not a procedural one, and what business benefits have arisen as a direct result. The judges will assess how organisations have enacted substantial change resulting in a reinvigorated organisational culture that has the renewed confidence of its stakeholders. This may include achievements in change management, organisational development, process modification, organisational design, stakeholder management, and strategic (re)alignment – all allied to the new culture. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, and the reasons for this transformation, entrants should clearly demonstrate the transformation journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award will be presented to an organisation with considerable reach outside the UK that has undertaken an international Organisational Culture initiative in the past year with exceptional results. Any submission for this Award must be substantively different from a UK submission from the same organisation. Entrants will demonstrate how their organisations have acted internationally at a cultural level, not a procedural one, and what business benefits have arisen as a direct result. The judges will assess achievements in strategic alignment, stakeholder engagement, leadership, communication, innovation, learning etc. but with particular focus on delivering success through an organisational culture that transcends national borders. All entrants will be evaluated across the full project lifecycle including planning, implementation, measurement, outcome and reflection.
This award will be presented to an individual or team who have created or advanced an outstanding Organisational Culture. Their achievement has been defining because of their passion and commitment to creating a unique workplace that has the confidence of its stakeholders. The individual’s or team’s commitment has been defining because of their passion and example in creating a unique workplace. Entries should detail innovative and unique approaches to addressing organisational culture; underpinning project work; quantifiable contribution to organisational achievements; evidence of effective working across boundaries; operational excellence in execution; and measurement of the resultant benefits. Judges will be looking for insight into the individual’s or team’s values, approach and metrics, and why they have been so influential. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, and the individual’s or team’s role in this transformation, entrants should clearly demonstrate the initiative’s journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award will be presented to an organisation that has put highly effective and inspirational innovation at the heart of its Organisational Culture in the past year with exceptional results. The judges will assess how organisations have enacted this focus on innovation, resulting in a reinvigorated organisational culture that has the renewed confidence of its stakeholders. Entrants will demonstrate how their organisations have progressed innovation at a cultural level, not a procedural one, and what business benefits have arisen as a direct result. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, and the reasons for this transformation, entrants should clearly demonstrate the initiative’s journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award will be presented to an organisation that has put highly effective and inspirational learning at the heart of its Organisational Culture in the past year with exceptional results. The judges will assess how organisations have enacted this focus on learning, resulting in a reinvigorated organisational culture that has the renewed confidence of its stakeholders. Entrants will demonstrate how their organisations have progressed learning at a cultural level, not a procedural one, and what business benefits have arisen as a direct result. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, and the reasons for this transformation, entrants should clearly demonstrate the initiative’s journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award will be presented to an organisation that has put diversity and inclusion at the heart of its Organisational Culture in the past year with exceptional results. The judges will assess how organisations have enacted this focus on diversity and inclusion, resulting in a reinvigorated organisational culture that has the renewed confidence of its stakeholders. Entrants will demonstrate how their organisations have progressed diversity and inclusion at a cultural level, not a procedural one, and what business benefits have arisen as a direct result. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, and the reasons for this transformation, entrants should clearly demonstrate the initiative’s journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award will be presented to an organisation that has put technology at the heart of its Organisational Culture in the past year with exceptional results. Entrants will demonstrate a people-first approach to using technology effectively rather than a technology-first approach. The judges will assess how organisations have enacted this focus on technology, resulting in a reinvigorated organisational culture that has the renewed confidence of its stakeholders. Entrants will demonstrate how their organisations have progressed technology at a cultural level, not an operational one, and what business benefits have arisen as a direct result. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, and the reasons for this transformation, entrants should clearly demonstrate the initiative’s journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award recognises the achievements of consultancies, and will be presented to a consultancy that has enabled exceptional results in Organisational Culture work with a selection of clients in the past year. Entrants will demonstrate how they have partnered with their clients to deliver projects with maximum impact, resulting in a reinvigorated organisational culture that has the renewed confidence of its stakeholders. Entrants will demonstrate their clients have progressed at a cultural level, not an operational one, and what business benefits have arisen as a direct result. Judges are expecting clients testimonials and an explanation of how the consultancy excels; and will assess the totality of the consultancies’ transformation work across multiple clients – a minimum of two client projects must be cited in an entry (up to a maximum of four projects). The judges will be examining evidence of innovation, business impact, solution appropriateness, and client satisfaction. The consultancy must have permission to enter from all the clients cited. As well as describing how organisational culture has changed, and the reasons for this transformation, entrants should clearly demonstrate the initiative’s journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award will be presented to an organisation that has put the recruitment and development of the next generation at the heart of Organisational Culture in the past year with exceptional results. This award will include entries on apprenticeship programs; internships and traineeships; graduate schemes; internal development of future leaders; and external engagement with young people on sector-specific skills and interest. Entrants will demonstrate how their next generation engagement / attraction / selection / development process develops organisational culture; who, from across the organisation, is involved; how next generation hires develop and progress; and how these programmes have benefited the organisation. Entrants should provide testimonials from the next generation audience, and immediate managers; and provide metrics on the success of the approach. Entrants will demonstrate how they have progressed the next generation agenda at a cultural level, not an operational one, and what business benefits have arisen as a direct result, resulting in a reinvigorated organisational culture that has the renewed confidence of its stakeholders. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, and the reasons for this transformation, entrants should clearly demonstrate the initiative’s journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.
This award will be presented to an organisation that has put corporate social responsibility at the heart of its Organisational Culture in the past year with exceptional results. The judges will assess how organisations have enacted this focus on corporate social responsibility, resulting in a reinvigorated organisational culture that has the renewed confidence of its stakeholders. Entrants will demonstrate how their organisations have progressed corporate social responsibility at a cultural level, not a procedural one, and what business benefits have arisen as a direct result. As well as describing how your organisational culture has changed, and the reasons for this transformation, entrants should clearly demonstrate the initiative’s journey, including how any barriers or challenges were overcome.

This award will go to the organisation that the Judges Panel assess as having delivered the most outstanding approach to Organisational Culture over the past year. This award will be presented to the category winner who has demonstrated the greatest comprehensiveness in their methods, depth of its deployment, and quantitative and qualitative metrics. This award is only open to category winners, and cannot be entered directly. The judges will look for the highest standards in strategic alignment, stakeholder engagement, leadership, communication, innovation, learning etc. As previously, all category winners will be evaluated across the full project lifecycle including planning, implementation, measurement, outcome and reflection.

Award Judges

Jenny Lawrence

HR Director
Lindt & Sprüngli

Ali Mohammed

HR & OD Director
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Ceri Connolly

Former UK&I Life & Pensions HR Director
Aviva

Nadine Bainbridge

HR Director
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Amina Graham

Exec Director Corporate Services
RHP

Cathy Lewis

Group HR Director
RSA

Lisa Robbins

HR Director
Starbucks

Ali Stripling

Global Volunteer & Engagement Manager
ARM

Lena Tailor

Head of Talent & Development
Innocent

Sue Swanborough

HR Director
General Mills

Simon Youngs

Head of OD
Coats

James Hartley

Managing Director, Head of HR EMEA, Swiss Re

Claire Thomas

Head of OD
Penguin Random House UK

Tanya Channing

HR Director, Group Technology & Engineering
Worldpay

Ella Bennett

HR Director
Home Retail Group

Jackie Lanham

HR Director, Group OD
Rexam

Cathy Brown

Executive Director
Engage for Success

Craig McCoy

COO
Brandon Trust

Jill Thornton

Director of Talent
Impellam Group

Eugenio Pirri

VP, People & OD
Dorchester Collection

Richard Young

Business Development Director
ProfitAbility

Stephen Garber

Founder & CEO
Third Level

Tim Pointer

Founder
Starboard Thinking
& former HRD Pentland Brands & Diesel

Elaine McFarlane

Former HR Director
CBI

Frank Oddens

Vice President International
Talentsoft

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Awards Night

Ben Bailey Smith hostsAcclaimed actor, writer, stand-up comedian and sometime rapper Ben Bailey Smith entertainingly hosted the OC Excellence Awards presentation. Ben has recently graced the big screen as the co-star of Ricky Gervais in the film “David Brent: Life on the Road”; and is an occasional host of BBC Radio 5Live’s Film Review Show. The smart, funny and original Smith started his career as a battle rapper under the alias Doc Brown, a nickname earned as a teen due to a gangly and geeky similarity to the “Back to The Future” scientist. He soon moved into comedy, appearing on Live at the Apollo, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4 to name but a few. Smith is also a talented script and children’s book writer (it must run in the family – his sister is multi award-winning author Zadie Smith). We were thrilled to have him join us and give his own special take on outstanding Organisational Culture!

The OC Excellence Awards ceremony took place on Wednesday 16th November at the luxurious Tower Hotel. The night was dedicated to celebrating powerful and inspirational Organisational Culture stories across the Private, Public and Not-for-profit sectors.

Awards Night

Ben Bailey Smith hostsAcclaimed actor, writer, stand-up comedian and sometime rapper Ben Bailey Smith will host the OC Excellence Awards presentation. He’s currently gracing the big screen as the co-star of Ricky Gervais in the film “David Brent: Life on the Road”; and is an occasional host of BBC Radio 5Live’s Film Review Show. The smart, funny and original Smith started his career as a battle rapper under the alias Doc Brown, a nickname earned as a teen due to a gangly and geeky similarity to the “Back to The Future” scientist. He soon moved into comedy, appearing on Live at the Apollo, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4 to name but a few. Smith is also a talented script and children’s book writer (it must run in the family – his sister is multi award-winning author Zadie Smith). We are thrilled to have him join us to give his own special take on outstanding Organisational Culture!

The OC Excellence Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 16th November at the luxurious Tower Hotel. The night will be dedicated to celebrating powerful and inspirational Organisational Culture stories across the Private, Public and Not-for-profit sectors.

Meet your Host & Entertainer!

You’ll be able to take in a stunning view of Tower Bridge and the Thames while enjoying reception drinks, followed by a sumptuous three-course dinner and top-class entertainment in the Tower Suite. Then networking, dancing, and general fun alongside your team and other fellow HR professionals.

Date – Wednesday 16th November
Dress Code – Black Tie
Venue – Tower Hotel, St Katharine’s Way, London, E1W 1LD. See location

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Drinks Reception – 19:15
Dinner and Awards – 20:00
Networking and Entertainment – 22:30
Carriages – 01:00

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Accommodation – Rooms are available if you wish you stay overnight. We have negotiated special rates for Award attendees. To book please call the Tower Hotel directly on 0800 330 8005, making sure you quote code EXPE161116.

 

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