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After an incredible awards ceremony on 24th March 2015, packed full of stories of innovation and hard work, the winners of the IC Brilliance Awards 2015 have been announced!
Internal Communications Brilliance Awards 2015 was hosted by Guy Perry, Communication Expert and former BBC reporter. The award celebrated some of the most innovative businesses, as well as personal achievements across various industries.
We would also like to thank all of our category judges for their commendable efforts in this difficult but highly enjoyable and inspiring process.
Hearty congratulations to all those who made it to the final stage of the judging process. The competition was fierce and the standards were extremely high. All the finalists must be commended however there can only be one winner in each category.
Best Internal Communications Campaign – Judges were looking for IC campaign that has engaged and successfully integrated internal stakeholders such as managers, employees, etc. to promote corporate objectives, whether in the public or the private sector.
WINNER – RARE
Campaign - Engaging a global workforce: Refreshing Serco's Code of Conduct
Their work on the Serco Code of Conduct was more than just an announcement or a revision of an existing communication – it was an entire campaign rework, rebuild, and reengagement with employees
The Code of Conduct was essential to connecting with employees and not only reminding them of the standards required to work at Serco, but engaging with them to show how these standards should be applied in their everyday work – in every market in which Serco operated.
IC Team of the Year - Judges were looking for evidence of a Team Effort and bottom line contribution through enhanced partnerships with the wider business functions. This award recognises the IC team who have excelled within their function and across the organisation.
As a small team with a limited budget they have achieved a lot in the past 12 months. They’ve invested time and effort in ensuring people understand where AIB is going and the part they play in that. Their 2014 engagement survey showed the highest annual increase that Gallup has ever seen in Europe. They have partnered with the business and worked together to drive ownership of this important area.
IC Professional of the year- the award in this category was judged against four key criteria: Professionalism: consistently meeting or exceeding challenging objectives, demonstrating a quality approach through personal values and working practices. Innovation: used innovative approaches to enhance their organisation. Role model: provided an example to peers or colleagues of the importance of the role of IC in the organisation. Measurable success: has delivered quantifiable benefits to their organisation through involvement with IC initiatives in the past year and can demonstrate personal development to enhance their ability to succeed in future.
WINNER: Katharina Auer
Goal: Strengthen engagement through line of sight and belief in Zurich
Katharina Auer delivered aligned strategy narrative and communications across the Group, strengthening alignment to ‘one Zurich’.
She established and integrated the Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) project responsible for defining and implementing Zurich's internal digital communications and collaboration strategy. Increased average social ranking of global messages by 71% over last six months. Developing an ongoing 'listening' concept, which includes the global employee engagement survey (Voice of the Employee), but also looks at how to listen to other stakeholders.
Once again, we congratulate all our winner and sincerely hope this award will encourage our winners to further scale up their works and look forward to hear of their new success stories.
Liz came late to the formal profession of communications, but she has been bringing communications strategy to her career since her very first role as a scientific editor, helping researchers prepare their papers for publication. Through business development and project roles, she wove strategic communication into every facet of her work and developed a passion for employee engagement. In her current role, Liz and her team help 7000 global employees connect, care and collaborate, through global news and video channels and a growing internal business partnership model that puts them in the thick of strategic planning. Liz is originally from St Louis, Missouri, USA, but after 22 years and endless cups of builders’ tea, she considers herself a Brit who just sounds American.
A graduate of the University of Glasgow, Drew started his career in brand communications before moving increasingly into employee communications and then engagement. He has worked for medium, large and very large organisations in sectors as diverse as defence, energy, retail and government. Assignments based in the Middle and Far East, USA and Europe have given Drew insights to modes and norms of communication in different cultures. He is currently Head of Internal Communications &amp;amp;amp; Engagement for Virgin Trains, where he is responsible for leadership communication and communications-enabled organisational change.
Lucy Adams, MD of Communications and Engagement Agency Firehouse and the Founder of Disruptive HR, shares her experiences of having led HR and Internal Communications at the BBC and other major corporations – the good, the bad and the ugly! Since leaving the BBC Lucy has been working with major organisations to help them re-think their approach to leading change, employee engagement, HR and Internal Comms, and is a popular keynote speaker and blogger on these topics.
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In a long career both as a consultant and in house senior exec, Tom Crawford has gained diverse and rich experience, in HR and specifically Internal Comms and Engagement. He also has a strong passion for the subject of brand and its relationship with employees. He has spent many years helping employees believe in their organisation and do their best for its brand. He was worked all over the world with leading brands including Deloitte, British Airways, Eon, GSK, Nokia and others.
Tom set up The Brain Miner as he believes that everyone has fantastic ideas buried within them – they just need some help finding them, extracting them and then polishing them into shiny diamonds. He is working with a number of well known global brands, helping them drive employee engagement with their brand.
Howard Krais is an experienced change communications and employee engagement leader. He recently started a new role at GSK where he is responsible for Executive Communications.
Howard has wide experience both in consultancy and senior in house roles with his previous role at EY where he led a large global change communications team responsible for providing support to a range of functions and global projects. In his spare time Howard is the Chairman of Wealdstone FC, a semi-professional football club who play at the sixth level of English football.
Paul was most recently Global Head of Internal Communications at BG Group where he led BG’s communications for the recent acquisition by Shell. Prior to this, he was Global Head of Internal Communications for Philips based in Amsterdam and was Corporate Communications Director for Colt Group S.A. He was a Partner at Brunswick Group and created and led their Internal Communications Practice. He also led the Communications Practice at Hewitt Associates. Paul has a wide range of international experience in digital communications and led the team which created one of the most successful global enterprise-wide social media platforms. Paul has also created digital innovations in video and leadership communications which won the European Digital Excellence Award and Digital Company of the Year in the Netherlands. His also has experience in restructuring, M&amp;amp;A and post-merger integration, change management and HR communications. Paul’s early career was spent with NatWest Group where he was Speechwriter to the Chairman and Chief Executive and was responsible for developing leadership and employee communications for the RBS/NatWest acquisition process.
&amp;lt;em&amp;gt;Paul will be chairing the IC Camp 2016 as well as present his case on &amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;Digital Communications – Where do we go from here?&amp;lt;/em&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;