On Friday night nearly 400 internal communication professionals gathered in London to celebrate the winners of the Institute of Internal Communication National Awards 2022.
Congratulations to everyone who had their hard work honoured.
It was a pleasure to help judge the awards again this year and I was delighted to be partnered with Jan Fitzgerald, Communications Manager at Transport for London. I’m sure Jan won’t mind me telling you we were both moved to tears while reviewing one particular entry as it was incredibly poignant.
The standard was extremely high this year, I know that sounds like a cliché, but it’s true. I agree to judge these awards because they are robust and it’s a fair process.
As an ethical internal communicator, I take the responsibility seriously. When invited to judge awards I declare any conflicts of interest and rule myself out of judging certain categories if clients have entered, even if it’s not work we’ve completed together.
Talking of ethics, this week’s Candid Comms podcast episode is How to be an ethical internal communicator – it will be out on Friday.
I enjoyed attending the event on Friday alongside my Team Teal colleagues, Louise, Caroline and Dan. Thank you to all the clients and comms friends who stopped us to say hello, it was wonderful to catch up in person.
I always love seeing clients meeting my PA Louise, as often they’ve been speaking with each other for years, but not had the chance to meet face-to-face. You really can’t beat being together in the same room.
I particularly enjoyed seeing some of the members of my current Inner Circle cohort, it was fantastic to see them meeting each other in person for the first time.
If you were in the room, I think it’s fair to say Dan’s winning musical bingo singing was memorable! I’m so proud, well done for representing us on stage in such fine voice.
IoIC’s Chief Exec Jennifer Sproul said: “After the past couple of years, it still makes me feel wonderful that we can all come together in one room to celebrate…we should all feel immensely proud of the work this profession does to create better organisations and a better society.”
Awards Chair Justine Stevenson said: “There’s no doubt the past 12 months have continued to be challenging and, the next 12 are looking somewhat uncertain too. However, presiding over these awards brings me nothing but pride and optimism – you all continue to wow me with your professionalism, adaptability and creativity.
We continue to demonstrate how vital internal communications is within organisations and that’s something we should all be proud of.”
Congratulations to everyone who was in the room on Friday night, I know the sheer amount of effort and energy you put in daily. I hope the celebrations have been continuing into this week. Thank you to Rebecca and the IoIC for all your hard work helping make the event go smoothly.
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You can see the full list of winners below. The IoIC hasn’t put the awards of the excellence on their website, I will ask for the list and update the list below when I have it.
Category: Strategy and campaigns
Best Change/Transformation Campaign
Back to the Future for The Cumberland by Internal Communications Partner
Best Strategic Collaboration
Destination 2023: The ATS Strategic Journey for ATS Euromaster by ATS Euromaster Internal Communication Team
Best Single Campaign
Stars of remembrance for NatWest Group by NatWest Group Marketing, Internal Communication and Wellbeing teams, working with our in-house agency, The &Partnership
Best Ongoing Communication
Maintaining connection one year on for Paysafe by Internal Communications Team
Best D&I Campaign
Reward Gateway’s EPIC Strategy for and by Reward Gateway
Best Engagement Programme
The Power of All Our Voices for National Grid by Ruder Finn
Best Wellbeing Programme
Your Mind Matters at Experian for and by Experian
Best Employee Experience Campaign
Retention through communication: Being a Rewarding, Reliable and Respectful place to work. For our business – Rygor by our internal communications team
Best Hybrid Communication
Building belonging in a hybrid world for and by RHP
Best Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Campaign
Coutts B Corp campaign for Coutts/NatWest Group by the Coutts Internal Communications team in collaboration with The & Partnership.
Everything you ever wanted to know about hybrid working for Volkswagen Financial Services by 44 Communications
McDonald’s News bites by McDonald’s for blue goose
International Women’s Day, phs Group. for phs Group by In-house designer, Ryan Dark
Best One-Off Feature
April Fool’s Swag ‘21 for Travelport by Internal Communications Team
One Magazine for Tarmac by 44 Communications.
Best Channel for Members/Stakeholders/Volunteers
The Volunteer Hub – innovative volunteer engagement for the NSPCC by the NSPCC intranet manager
Best News Channel
Pep Talk for PepsiCo by beetroot
Arch for Anchor by Anchor Internal Communications team and RED
Best New or Relaunched Channel
Line Manager Cascade, NHS Property Services for Frontline colleagues by Internal Communications Team, Frontline Services, NHS Property Services
New NatWest Group intranet for NatWest Group by Oak Engage and The &Partnership
VTV Cribs for and by Virgin Atlantic Internal Communications Team
Best Event (virtual or in person)
‘This is me’ DE&S Race Conference 2021 for DE&S by DE&S’ in-house corporate communications team.
Innovative Use of Media
Let’s Brand the World! for Travelport by Travelport in-house Internal Communications team
A Force on the move for and by British Transport Police and H&H.
Best In-House Team 1-5 people
Best In-House Team 6-10 people
AVEVA \ Performance Intelligence
Best In-House Team 11+ people
DSC UK & Ireland Internal Communication & Engagement Team
Best Public Sector or Not for Profit Team 1-5 people
Social Security Scotland – Internal Communications Team
Best Public Sector or Not for Profit Team 6-10 people
Anchor Internal Communications Team.
Best Internal Communications Newcomer (supported by FutureNet)
Meganrose Lewis, AB Publishing Limited
Internal Communicator of the Year
May Holloway, British Transport Police.
Stars of remembrance for NatWest Group by NatWest Group Marketing, Internal Communication and Wellbeing teams, working with their in-house agency, The &Partnership.
Grand Prix Award
Retention through communication: Being a Rewarding, Reliable and Respectful place to work. For our business – Rygor by our internal communications team.
Well done to you all.
Post author: Rachel Miller.
First published on the All Things IC blog 28 September 2022.