Wilson James victorious in SSR Personnel’s Inspiration in HR Award 2017

Left to Right: Yasmeen Stratton (director at SSR Personnel), Jayne Ryan (senior HR business partner for Wilson James) and TV presenter Gabby Logan

Left to Right: Yasmeen Stratton (director at SSR Personnel), Jayne Ryan (senior HR business partner for Wilson James) and TV presenter Gabby Logan

Previous winner Wilson James has emerged triumphant in the 2017 Inspiration in HR Award. Sponsored – and bestowed – by security recruitment specialist SSR Personnel, this prestigious accolade is specifically designed to recognise the work of Human Resources (HR) professionals and their adherence to Best Practice philosophies and techniques. On an annual basis, the Inspiration in HR Award is open to either individuals or organisations.

Service sectors rely on teams of people operating across a number of environments, from customer-focused settings through to those that require an in-depth knowledge of technology. For their part, HR professionals play a key role in the selection, training and monitoring of thousands of individuals across these different spheres.

To reach the shortlist, organisations have to demonstrate that they’re wholly focused on quality and have a pride in looking after and developing members of their workforce.

What sets shortlisted companies apart is that they view their HR function as something that affords them a competitive edge, clearly demonstrating an ability to go above and beyond any current standards in this arena.

In essence, the Inspiration in HR Award is one that recognises a critical differentiator in business application.

Diverse, engaged and loyal workforce

Speaking about the company’s victory, Penny Jackson (head of corporate communications at Wilson James) explained: “At the very core of Wilson James is its people. We’re very proud to have such a diverse, engaged and loyal workforce who strive at all times to uphold our vision and values. We’re also proud that we’ve been shortlisted every year as finalists, which is a great accolade for a company in which people are our investment.”

Jackson continued: “For us, the Inspiration in HR Award recognises our continued efforts to attract individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life into a career with our company and the pledges we make to look after them and create an inclusive workplace. Winning this award demonstrates that Wilson James puts its people first and that our people-related practices are a benchmark for the industry.”

The five shortlisted finalists in 2017 were Axis Security, CIS Security, Securitas, Ward Security and Wilson James.

As far as Jackson’s concerned, winning this award is very much a statement on the care that Wilson James exhibits, not only towards its members of staff, but also the company’s myriad clients.

“Without doubt, winning this prestigious award acknowledges the investment Wilson James makes in the care, professional development and overall well-being of its people,” enthused Jackson. “Our HR, employment and people-related practices ensure that our clients are provided with teams of exceptional people who are motivated, feel valued and are free to be whom they are in an inclusive workplace.”

Judging Panel for 2017

In 2017, the Judging Panel included representatives from ASIS UK, the Security Commonwealth, the Security Industry Authority and The Security Institute. Independent Judges were Baroness Ruth Henig CBE DL, Una Riley FSyI MCIPR FInstSMM (CEO at iAudit Consultants) and Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor of Risk UK and The Paper (one of the former’s sister titles at Pro-Activ Publications).

In addition to Wilson James, previous winners of the Inspiration in HR Award have included ADT Fire & Security and the HR teams at Advance Security, CIS Security, Corps Security and VSG.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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