Linda is the Head of Human Resources for Boots International, part of Alliance Boots, a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group. Their focus is on helping people look and feel their best. Linda heads up the HR, Communications, and Learning & Development functions. Linda started her career in operational management, in pharmaceuticals and food manufacturing, before moving across to HR 12 years ago. She has a held a number of senior HR positions within manufacturing, logistics and supply chain functions most notably within United Biscuits and Molson Coors. Her role within the Boots International business is to determine and lead the people agenda via a Central UK team offering best practice support to the retail operations in the various markets across the globe, including Thailand, the Gulf and the US to name but a few. Linda has a passion for identifying and developing talent within the organisation as well as looking for ways to create a great place to work that people want to be a part of. Linda is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
After a career in Store Operations with a number of High street names I changed paths into HR a few years after I joined Signet Signet Trading is the UK division of Signet Jewelers, the world’s number 1 specialty retail jeweller and trades a significant store estate as H Samuel, Ernest Jones and Leslie Davis. As Head of HR, my passions are building engagement, capability, leadership and performance. I manage a talented HR team who provide recruitment, learning and development, reward, policy, communication and employee relations frameworks and support to Signet managers and colleagues.
Ryan Cheyne is People Director of Pets at Home, the UK's leading pet specialist retailer. In the 8 years Ryan has been with Pets at Home it has become recognised as a retail employer of choice—making the Sunday Times Top places to work lists for the past 4 years and being named as the No 1 Big Company to work for in 2013. In his role as People Director he finds innovative ways to bring Pets at Home’s core values to life, as his team works to build the engagement levels of colleagues across the business. A recent engagement survey with a 98 percent participation rate more than 6000 colleagues produced an engagement index of 93 percent. Prior to Pets at Home, Ryan was an HR Manager with Topshop/Topman and before that he spent 13 years at Argos in a variety of retail and HR roles.
Open to all building services companies able to demonstrate a commitment to training in any area of the business during 2017. The entry should show the design, implementation and effect of the training initiative, backed up with statistical or other evidence such as an increase in profits or productivity.
Following the considerable rise in interest in smart technology in recent years, this has been a notable developing trend within the heating and plumbing sector. This category has therefore been established to recognise the domestic installer and contractor that is utilising smart technology in any of its various forms. This could be through installing the latest options to allow home owners to control their systems through their mobile device, or could equally apply to companies organising and supporting their engineers through effective use of smart phone technology.
Open to any company seen to have taken significant steps to improve standards in the area of after-sales service during 2017. The judges will look for evidence of a strategic approach that has helped to lengthen the life of installed equipment by setting up planned maintenance strategies, as well as improving environmental performance by fine-tuning or upgrading installations to the long-term benefit of clients.
Individuals or organisations are expected to highlight specific initiatives that have had a significant contribution to health and/or safety during 2017. A before and after comparison is welcomed in this category, so that the effect of the initiative can be fully demonstrated. The judges will be looking for real evidence of progress in any of the following areas:
building services design
product manufacture or design
product installation, or application
the introduction of an innovative health and safety policy
With new build projects contributing a small percentage of the buildings that will be in existence when the government’s various, legally binding carbon reduction target deadlines are reached, the retrofitting of buildings is becoming increasingly important if these targets are to be attained. This award therefore recognises the projects that have refurbished existing buildings to exemplary levels, meeting the needs of the client and providing the property with a new lease of life, while reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.
This is open to M&E contractors and consultants who have carried out standout renewable installations within projects. Judges will look for genuinely new innovation in these installations. Carbon cutting effectiveness, impact on lifecycle costs and the demonstration of client benefit are factors that are taken into account. The project’s environmental credentials will be scrutinised closely. Submissions are also welcomed from manufacturers, distributors and merchants, but these should be in association with the contractor and/or consultant concerned and limited to one entry.
There has been a considerable rise in the number of projects including district heating in the UK and this looks set to continue. The District Heating Project of the Year will recognize both community and district heating projects that embrace all aspects to best effect, including design of the plant room/energy centre, laying of correctly sized and insulated pipe work and connection to heat interface units in the appropriate locations. Details of performance levels, carbon savings or reductions in fuel poverty will be well received by the judges.