Relocate Awards 2016/2017

Success and innovation in the spotlight at Gala Awards Dinner

Relocate Awards dinner 2017

The Science Museum, in London’s Kensington, was the venue for the 2017 Relocate Awards gala dinner and presentation ceremony on Thursday 11 May. Its spectacular surroundings made a memorable setting in which to celebrate the tenth anniversary of relocation’s most established and prestigious awards.

Nearly 250 guests from across the relocation spectrum – including HR professionals and suppliers from around the world – networked and socialised as they awaited the announcement of the winners at the exclusive black-tie event.

Between them, this year’s ten Relocate Awards recognised individuals, teams, policy and innovation. There was a choice of categories for HR and service providers.

The shortlist reflected the many different types of organisation involved in relocation and global mobility. Find out who our proud winners were, and view photographs and videos of the evening.

Read all about the winning entries in our special awards supplement in the Summer 2017 issue of Relocate magazine (out June).

Igniting and inspiring innovation

Speaking before the gala dinner, Fiona Murchie, Relocate’s managing editor, said, “We’re using this special anniversary event to take stock of how far relocation has evolved over the last decade, to imagine the workforce of the future and how different industry sectors will evolve to meet future challenges and developments, and to raise awareness of the importance of global mobility in supporting business growth and recruiting and retaining talent.

“Through our theme of Ignite, Inspire Innovate, we’re also aiming to inspire guests to innovate and be creative in both their personal and their work lives.”

Setting the scene for the celebrations was a champagne reception in the Exploring Space Gallery, which showcased innovation across a range of sectors.

Through informal, engaging demonstrations, Professor Anu Ojha, OBE, director of Education and Space Communications at the National Space Academy, and his colleagues, Dr Kierann Shah and Amy Bradshaw, with some of their students, inspired guests to think about global careers of the future in the context of space.

As we highlighted in the Winter 2016/17 issue of Relocate magazine, many of the things we take for granted in our everyday lives, including TV, broadband, mobile phones, satnavs, are all underpinned by space systems and assets.

Facilitating great conversations

Our host and keynote speaker, popular TV and radio broadcaster Maggie Philbin, OBE, mingled with guests to celebrate success and good practice in all aspects of relocation and facilitate some great conversations.

She was joined by Relocate’s special Innovation Ambassadors, who represented a range of disciplines, including space, education, international HR, engineering, removals, and the SME arena.

Our Innovation Ambassadors included: 

  • Michelle McDowell, principal and chair of Civil and Structural Engineering at leading international architecture, design, engineering and urbanist practice BDP
  • Michael F Dickmann, professor of International HRM at Cranfield School of Management
  • Mark Gilman, professor of SME Growth and Development at Birmingham City Business School
  • Jesse van Sas, secretary general of FIDI, the global association of quality-certified moving companies
  • Charlotte Avery, president of the Girls’ Schools Association

Guests also had the chance to meet experts from across industry sectors and global mobility professionals supporting talent on the move, including immigration, HR, relocation services and education.

Even the food was themed around innovation, with canapés that included the intriguingly named Truffle Hunting, billed as ‘a smoked ham truffle explosion with pork popcorn, served under leaves, with the sound of grunting pigs on an iPod’.

An insightful keynote

Following the reception, guests moved through to the Making The Modern World Gallery for dinner.

As a high-profile science, medical and technology broadcaster, president of the Institute of Engineering Designers and co-founder and CEO of TeenTech CIC, an award-winning organisation that helps young people and their parents and teachers to understand more about the opportunities available in science, technology and engineering, Maggie Philbin was perfectly placed to fill her keynote with unique and insightful perspectives on technology, diversity and innovation and reflect current hot topics.

Following the presentation ceremony, ably compered by Maggie Philbin, many guests took the opportunity to continue the celebrations and enjoy another hour of networking.

Thanking sponsors, supporters, judges and entrants

As in previous years, we are very grateful to our sponsors and supporters – BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, FIDI Global Alliance, Santa Fe Relocation Services, Derag Livinghotels, Executive Expatriate Relocations and Staybridge Suites – for their support, which is vital to the success of the Relocate Awards.

We also thank the Association of Relocation Professionals (ARP), the European Relocation Association (EuRA), FOCUS and the Relocation Users Group (RUG), which provided professional endorsements and do so much to raise the profile of relocation.

Entries were scrutinised by a team of independent judges, who reflected the diversity of those working in the world of relocation and international assignments and the wide range of suppliers and professionals engaged in supporting relocation and mobility. We thank them for all for their expert, impartial input.

On this year’s judging panel were:

  • Anita Blanchett, former global lead for domestic mobility and associate director of international assignments at BP
  • Elaine Crowe, group relocation manager at The Rank Group and former chair of the Relocation Users Group (RUG)
  • Andrew Grant, founder of Pro Tenant (property consultancy), former relocation specialist at Unilever, and former operational director of Brookfield Global Relocation Services
  • Susan Gregory, former head of talent mobility at Grant Thornton
  • Claire Herbert, head of relocations and secondments at John Lewis
  • Gordon Kerr, director of the Employee Mobility Unit at Morton Fraser UK (law firm), and vice-chairman of Worldwide ERC’s Global Forum
  • Dr Sue Shortland, senior lecturer in HRM at the Universities of Westminster and West London, and professor emerita at London Metropolitan University
  • Hannah Stewart, senior international assignment adviser at Babcock International Group

We also thank all our entrants for supporting excellence in relocation and global mobility and raising the profile of our profession.

New Relocate initiatives

The aims of the evening were:

  • To inspire guests to innovate and be creative in both their personal and their work lives
  • To imagine the workforce of the future and how different industry sectors will evolve to meet future challenges and developments
  • To help connect employers with schools and the talent of the future
  • To raise awareness of the importance of global mobility in supporting business growth and recruiting and retaining talent

Relocate will be taking forward all these objectives in the longer term.

We also looking to encourage the wider global mobility community (HR, global managers, suppliers and experts), to design some new initiatives, such as a corporate social responsibility project to help connect employers with schools, and other projects to support diversity and the development of talent of the future, ultimately filling skills gaps and supporting economic growth around the world.

To find out how you can get involved in our initiatives, email .