Hemsley Fraser Wins Three Gold Awards at 2023 Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards for their work with BAE Systems and Shell.

The coveted awards recognize best practices for initiatives in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources.

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23 August 2023

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Hemsley - who provide learning journeys, leadership development programmes as well as digital and blended learning, consulting services and managed learning services for enterprises worldwide - won the awards for excellence in two different award categories:

  • Best Advance in Leadership Development - for our work developing the LEAD for Team Leaders leadership development programmes for global energy company, Shell
  • Best Advance in Leadership Development - recognizing our contribution to the design of a new Leadership Development programme for global security, aerospace and defense expert, BAE Systems
  • Best Use of a Blended Learning Programme - for designing Blended Learning & Development programmes, also for BAE Systems.

Lynsey Whitmarsh, CEO, Hemsley Fraser, said: “We are thrilled to be part of BAE Systems and Shell’s success in these prestigious awards. The achievements are a testament to these global organisations’ ability to take strategic and intelligent approaches, such as hybrid learning and creating learning mindsets, to address their transformational change and fast-changing management and leadership needs.”.

BAE gained the Best Advance in Leadership Development Gold Award for its compelling leadership development programme designed to help managers establish new and consistent leadership habits to ensure they are ready for future challenges.

Designed and delivered with the support of Hemsley Fraser, the two-level programme comprised of Managing People - for leaders with up to three years’ experience and it’s Leading the Future programme for its senior leaders of four or more years’ standing.

The levels were delivered to specific cohorts over a six-month period and were anchored in a highly interactive, hybrid learning experience. The programme’s remarkably high participation rate of 96% was appreciably higher than any previous group leadership programmes while 93% of learners say they have regularly implemented their learning such as improved engagement with senior stakeholders and better understanding of change management priorities.

The BAE Systems team also gained the Blended Learning Programme Gold Award for its successful cultural shift in learning style for BAE managers towards a modular behavioural focus that was delivered in a hybrid manner – wherever individual managers are and however they like to learn – to ensure they can be more agile, adaptable, and ready for future challenges.

Designed and implemented in conjunction with Hemsley and delivered in defined cohorts over six-months, the programme is helping company managers quickly establish new, consistent leadership habits, based on insights gained from a highly interactive, hybrid learning experience.

Shell gained the Leadership Development Award because the LEAD for Team Leaders programme successfully applied a continuous learning strategy to the problem of how managers could acquire the required mindsets and behaviours to lead successfully in challenging contexts. Following the pandemic, Shell had set up a Powering Progress management strategy within its newly re-organised management structure but it still needed middle managers that could lead the new strategy, support teams impacted by Covid effectively, and adapt to new and changing roles within the company’s new structure.

The LEAD for Team Leaders programme featured a 12-15-week learning journey with a key focus of helping leaders and managers develop a Learner Mindset – an ethos of continuous learning, being comfortable with not knowing, and feeling safe to admit when they needed support.

Hemsley’s partner 5app and client Greystar Real Estate partners, also claimed a Silver Award in the Best Advance in the Flow of Work. This project saw Greystar introduce a game-changing Learning Academies architecture to its hugely successful Greystar Business School, which also won a Gold Brandon Hall Group award in 2020.

"Excellence Award winners are shown to be organisations that truly value their employees and invest in them through their human capital management programmes. These HCM programmes have been validated as best in class for business value and the impact on the employees themselves." said Brandon Hall Group Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke, HCM Excellence Awards programme leader.

Entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group analysts, and executives based on these criteria:

  • Alignment to their business need and environment
  • Programme design, functionality, and delivery
  • Adoption, integration, user experience, innovation, and creativity
  • Overall effectiveness, impact, and measurable benefits.

"Our award winners are relentless in their pursuit of excellence," said Brandon Hall Group Chief Executive Officer Mike Cooke. "We have received some of the most innovative use of HCM strategy that we have seen in the last 30 years, and in most cases, technology and collaboration across departments have helped them achieve amazing business results."


About Brandon Hall Group™

Brandon Hall Group is the only professional development company that offers data, research, insights, and certification to Learning and Talent executives and organisations. The best minds in Human Capital Management (HCM) choose Brandon Hall Group to help them create future-proof employee development plans for the new era.
For over 30 years, we have empowered, recognised, and certified excellence in organisations worldwide, influencing the development of over 10 million employees and executives. Our HCM Excellence Awards programme was the first to recognise organisations for learning and talent and is the gold standard, known as the "Academy Awards of Human Capital Management."
The awards recognise the best organisations that have successfully developed and deployed programmes, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools that have achieved measurable results. We are honoured to receive applications from organisations worldwide ranging from small, medium, large, and global enterprises to government, not-for-profits, and associations.

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