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Recognising Workplace Wellbeing Heroes: Most Inspiring HR Leader of the Year 2022/23

In today’s fast-paced and stressful work environment, prioritising employee wellbeing is more important than ever. Thankfully, there are champions of workplace wellbeing out there who are doing just that.

We at ASquared Ltd. are pleased to announce that one of the recipients of this prestigious award is Seaford-based Angie McKenna, our very own Head of People & Culture, Warmth, Smiles and Fun, who has been named the Most Inspiring HR Leader of the Year for 2022/23.

Angie’s work advocating and promoting mental and physical wellbeing in the workplace has been nothing short of exceptional. Through her involvement with ASquared, Menopause Workplace Pledge, Pregnancy Loss Pledge, Mental Health Charter, and Breathe Culture Pledge, she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness within the workplace on the importance of Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing, and to establish a culture of People First Employer.

What makes Angie’s achievements even more inspiring is the personal challenges she has faced and overcome. She has spoken openly about her own experiences with mental health challenges, child loss, and menopause, and has used these experiences to connect with others and inspire positive change. Her dedication to promoting physical and mental wellbeing extends beyond the workplace as well. Angie also coaches kids and teens aged 5-19 in the sport of CrossFit (Functional Fitness), providing a positive and supportive environment for young people to stay active and connect with like-minded individuals.

In recognition of her commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of young people, Angie has even registered her kids and teens coaching business called Titan Fitness – Kids & Teens as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). This allows her to provide coaching to underrepresented groups and children in low-income areas, enabling her to make a real difference in the community.

Overall, Angie’s recognition as the Most Inspiring HR Leader of the Year is a testament to her unwavering dedication to workplace wellbeing and her outstanding contributions to the community. She is truly a hero in the world of workplace wellbeing and an inspiration to us all. Congratulations, Angie, and keep up the great work!

“Being recognised as the Most Inspiring HR Leader of the Year is a true honour. It demonstrates my commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those around me, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Thank you to the my husband, children, Great British Workplace Wellbeing Series, Wellity Workplace Wellbeing, our team at ASquared and all those who have supported me on this journey. I look forward to continuing to promote workplace wellbeing and inspire others to do the same.”

The Connaught Rooms in London played host to the Great British Workplace Wellbeing awards on March 29, 2023. The event, which drew over 300 attendees, recognised 16 winners across 16 award categories, with more than 130 individuals, teams, and organisations shortlisted for consideration.

A distinguished panel of leading UK wellbeing experts and professionals who have implemented effective wellbeing initiatives in their industries served as judges, evaluating businesses from all over the country and learning about the remarkable efforts they have undertaken to improve the lives of their employees and beyond.

The Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards were established to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of some of the most influential organizations, service providers, and individuals who have taken significant strides to address the current global wellbeing challenge.

Prior to the commencement of the awards, there were three standing ovations and cheers to recognise and celebrate everyone present in the room.

During her opening speech, Nicola Dowdall, the co-founder of the awards, stated ‘Workplace wellbeing is about people – the individuals who make up our workforce. It’s about recognising that every single person in this room is unique and has their own individual needs and challenges, and that offering the required support is essential.’

Nicola handed the microphone to Simon Scott-Nelson and Sadie Restorick of Wellity Global and co-founders of the awards.

Sadie stated ‘People struggling with their health because of work suggests we need to consider the culture they’re surrounded by. Yes, it’s tough, but we can do this – we can change this culture! Tonight, we support you, we admire you, and we celebrate you!’

Following a drinks reception, several speeches, an interview with singer and comedian Wynne Evans, and dinner, the awards ceremony commenced.

  • Best Wellbeing in the Workplace Strategy: SME – Comply Direct Ltd
  • Best Mental Wellbeing Initiative – RSPB (Royal Society for Protection of Birds)
  • Best Wellbeing Service Provider – Virgin Pulse
  • Team of the Year – Team ITG
  • Best Support for Remote Workers – UKROEd
  • Best Wellbeing in the Workplace Strategy: Large Organisation – Centrica Plc
  • Breaking the Silence Award – Penny Hamilton
  • Lifetime Commitment to Wellbeing – Louise Boston
  • Most Inspiring Employee of the Year – Taiyler Jamerson
  • Best Use of Tech – Scottish Midland Co-operative Society
  • Best Physical Wellbeing Initiative – Legal & General
  • Most Inspiring HR Leader of the Year – Angie McKenna
  • Best Wellbeing in the Workplace Strategy: Public Sector – Fife College
  • Most Inspiring Senior Leader of the Year – Victoria Johnson
  • Best Financial Wellbeing Initiative – Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Recognition for Excellence and Outstanding Engagement – South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

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ASquared specialises in mobile apps and digital products and platforms, combining design thinking with modern development technologies, resulting in human-centred digital products that make a difference. ASquared is a small digital agency in Brighton and are delighted that our Head of People & Culture was a part of the Great British Workplace Wellbeing Awards’ largest celebration, which brought together all of their finalists, judges, sponsors and partners. A truly incredible accolade!

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