OC shortlisted in three categories for CIPD awards

30 May 2022

Opencast has been named as a finalist in three separate categories for the prestigious 2022 CIPD North East of England Awards. The shortlisting reflects the growth of our people team and our determination to maintain our people-first culture.

Opencast has been shortlisted in three separate categories for the 2022 CIPD North East of England Awards. We are finalists for:

Excellence in SME people practice award – recognising how positive people practice has delivered business results in organisations with less than 250 employees

Excellence in resourcing & reward award – recognising organisations that have demonstrated effective and innovative strategies in resourcing and rewarding talent

Human resource and development team of the year award – recognising outstanding HR&D teams who have made a positive impact on the organisation.

Graphic showing CIPD Awards shortlist banner
Cameron Smith: “This is a result and testimony to the amazing people team at Opencast.”

Growth not at expense of culture

Opencast has grown significantly in the past 12 months, and our people numbers are are pushing 250. But we are determined that our growth will not be at the expense of the people-first culture the company has cultivated over the last 10 years. 

To maintain our culture as we grow, Opencast has created a ‘good team work’ model, allowing all of our people to share in the success that growth brings, as well as benefitting wider society.

Our people team, led by chief people officer Cate Kalson, has grown from eight to over 20, reflecting our growth and continuing determination to put our people first. The people team covers culture and learning, recruitment and planning & capacity.

In late 2021, we took big step forward in its commitment to provide the best support for our people – with a new team of people experience partners (PEEPs) ready to ensure that everyone in the business has someone advocating for their needs.

Opencast’s people experience lead Cameron Smith said: "We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in not one but three categories of these prestigious awards. This is a result and testimony to the amazing people team at Opencast. Congratulations to all our team to and to all of the other finalists.

“We're not finished just yet as there is loads more to come, but we're pleased to have been recognised at this point in our journey. We cannot wait to attend the awards at the end of June.”

Winners unveiled at black tie dinner

The awards, organised by publisher Reach, have been running since 2007 – and were one of the first annual awards for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development profession. Previous winners of the awards include Northumbrian Water, Nissan, Greggs and Home Group.

Winners of the 2022 awards are unveiled at a black tie celebration event on 30 June at The Fed in Gateshead.

Opencast is also the official sponsor of the excellence in inclusivity & diversity category at the same awards. Finalists in that category are Newcastle University, Northumberland County Council and Northumbrian Water Group.


Julian Blake

External Relations Manager

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