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IRP Awards 2017 winners announced

The REC’s Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) celebrated its ninth annual award ceremony tonight at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. Host Gyles Brandreth, former Conservative MP, writer, broadcaster, and actor, hosted the evening. The IRP Awards recognise recruiters’ professional excellence and best practice.

REC chief executive, Kevin Green, said, “We applaud tonight’s winners. They are the brightest recruitment professionals and most laudable companies within the UK and as role models for the industry they truly deserve these accolades.

“The efforts of the recruiters and businesses who won tonight, and those who were shortlisted, are what make our industry so successful. Recruiters deliver real value to candidates and employers because jobs really do transform lives.”

The 2017 IRP Award winners are:

Recruiter of the Year: Kristy Moore, Acorn Group

Lifetime Achievement Award: Steve Ingham, PageGroup 


Best Newcomer of the Year: Ellis Thorne, Class People

Permanent Consultant of the Year: Kristy Moore, Acorn Group

Temporary Consultant of the Year: Blayne Cahill, Carrington West

Business Manager of the Year: Alison Keogh, Pro-Recruitment Group

Business Leader of the Year: Ed Vokes, Evolve Hospitality Recruitment

Best Candidate Experience: Jodie Rafferty, Rafferty Resourcing

Recruitment Apprentice of the Year: Natalie Winterton, BPS World


Best Corporate & Social Responsibility Practitioners: Amoria Bond

Best Back-Office Support Team: Phaidon International

Best People Development Business: BPS World

Best Recruitment Campaign: Gi Group

Best Company to Work for (up to 20 employees): Class People

Best Company to Work for (up to 50 employees): Evolve Hospitality Recruitment

Best Company to Work for (up to 150 employees): Amoria Bond

Best Company to Work for (up to 250 employees): Rethink Group

Best Company to Work for (more than 250 employees): Serocor Group

Highly Commended:

Best Candidate Experience: Lisa Murray, Braundton Consulting

Best Company to Work for (up to 150 employees): Bespoke Careers

Lynis Bassett, CEO of Class People, commented, “We are delighted to have won two awards at the prestigious IRP Awards. It has been a year of growth for Class People and we pride ourselves on providing a positive work environment for our employees, which extends to our teachers and clients too. I feel truly proud to say that Class People is a great place to work and we will continue to invest in our talented team.

“Ellis puts his head above the parapet and leads the way for the rest of the team to follow. His client and candidate care is second to none and always goes the extra mile to ensure that their experience with Class People is the best. It’s beyond a pleasure to have him on the team.” 

Gareth Saunders, Global marketing director at Phaidon International, said, “I am immensely proud of the team for their hard work this year. We are working to do things differently; giving candidates and clients the best brand experience. Being able to take home a second award in as many months is testament to everything we are trying to achieve - winning this award shows that the industry recognises this as well.”

Acorn South West divisional manager, Noel Hoare, said, “We are absolutely delighted for Kristy. She is an outstanding member of the Acorn Group, who has shown great commitment to both her team in Chippenham and to Acorn, and her dedication to her clients and candidates is outstanding.

"She is hugely respected by all of her colleagues within Acorn who have all witnessed her superb work ethic. I can say personally as her line manager for over 8 years that she is without doubt the most impressive recruiter I have worked with during my 20 years within the recruitment industry.”

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