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Recruitment Leader Wins National Award

A Recruitment HR Director has been named ‘HR Professional of the Year (Business / Finance Services)’ at a national awards ceremony held in Cardiff.

Sophie Cecil, Group HR Director for leading recruitment and training specialist New Directions was announced as winner at the Wales HR Awards on Thursday 23rd March 2017 at an evening hosted by television presenter Sian Lloyd at the prestigious SSE SWALEC Stadium in the Welsh capital.

The award comes just months after Sophie and her team collected the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) ‘Best Company to Work For (under 250 employees)’ and the business was awarded ‘Gold Status’ in their Investors in People (IiP) accreditation.

Speaking about her win Sophie commented ‘Firstly, I would like say it is an absolute honour to receive such a prestigious award! I would not have achieved this award without New Directions employees believing in a vision and mission to change a culture. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one that works in our organisation.
Melissa Hale, originally from Blakeney in Gloucestershire was also shortlisted in ‘HR Assistant of the Year’. Sophie adds ‘we must also give congratulations to Melissa Hale, an amazing HR Assistant and award finalist. She is a winner in our eyes!’
Guests at the event were entertained by male voice choir Only Boys Aloud and the Welsh National Opera before an entertaining pre dinner speech from Lord Price, Minister of State for the Department for International Trade.

The awards were sponsored by Acorn Recruitment and Darwin Gray Solicitors.

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