We know that one of the HR and OD highlights of the year is the annual HPMA Awards and Conference. For years the Awards ceremony has been a great opportunity to highlight excellent practice in our field, to recognise emerging talent and to share insights and trends. It has also been an opportunity to catch up with old friends and to meet new ones. The awards have always been a powerful networking opportunity. This year’s awards were due to take place in Belfast in June. Sadly, the arrival of the global pandemic and the essential role HR teams have had in managing it meant that the annual conference and awards were postponed and we all started working in very different and incredibly intense ways. We also know that people put time and effort into submitting the award entries (and there were some fantastic submissions) and we don’t want to miss the opportunity to share the great practice we have seen. So we have decided to hold a Virtual Awards ceremony on 1 October from 4pm.
We will be inviting all those teams shortlisted for awards to participate along with HR directors and HPMA Vice Presidents and the broader workforce community so look out for the registration link in your emails. We have chosen this time of day as we don’t want to eat into your valuable evenings and because we hope it will create a nice end to the day and maybe even the opportunity to glam up and dress for the occasion! We know how hard people have worked over the last few months, that it has been a distressing time for many and although we know there is still some way to go, we do think that is it right to also take time to celebrate, to network and to recognise some incredible achievements.
Similarly, the HPMA 2020 National Conference & Exhibition will also now be held as a virtual event on 1 & 2 December. We are incredibly disappointed not to visit the vibrant city of Belfast but we know we will return soon. This event will give us the chance to focus on the amazing achievements of our profession during the pandemic and hear from influential and inspirational speakers in plenary and breakout sessions. We are working to adapt our programme and session formats, and will share more details in the coming weeks. You can find out more by visiting our website.
We do hope you will be able to join us for these important events.
Dean and Nicky