IRP Awards 2017 winners announced

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017


The REC’s Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) celebrated its ninth annual award ceremony tonight at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. Host Gyles Brandreth, former Conservative MP, writer, broadcaster, and actor, hosted the evening. The IRP Awards recognise recruiters’ professional excellence and best practice.  


REC chief executive Kevin Green said: 


“We applaud tonight’s winners. They are the brightest recruitment professionals and most laudable companies within the UK and as role models for the industry they truly deserve these accolades. 


“The efforts of the recruiters and businesses who won tonight, and those who were shortlisted, are what make our industry so successful. Recruiters deliver real value to candidates and employers because jobs really do transform lives.” 


The 2017 IRP Award winners are:


Recruiter of the Year: Kristy Moore, Acorn Group


Lifetime Achievement Award: Steve Ingham, PageGroup 




Best Newcomer of the Year: Ellis Thorne, Class People


Permanent Consultant of the Year: Kristy Moore, Acorn Group


Temporary Consultant of the Year: Blayne Cahill, Carrington West


Business Manager of the Year: Alison Keogh, Pro-Recruitment Group


Business Leader of the Year: Ed Vokes, Evolve Hospitality Recruitment


Best Candidate Experience: Jodie Rafferty, Rafferty Resourcing 


Recruitment Apprentice of the Year: Natalie Winterton, BPS World 




Best Corporate & Social Responsibility Practitioners: Amoria Bond 


Best Back-Office Support Team: Phaidon International


Best People Development Business: BPS World 


Best Recruitment Campaign: Gi Group


Best Company to Work for (up to 20 employees): Class People


Best Company to Work for (up to 50 employees): Evolve Hospitality Recruitment


Best Company to Work for (up to 150 employees): Amoria Bond 


Best Company to Work for (up to 250 employees): Rethink Group


Best Company to Work for (more than 250 employees): Serocor Group


Highly Commended:


Best Candidate Experience: Lisa Murray, Braundton Consulting 


Best Company to Work for (up to 150 employees): Bespoke Careers 




Notes to editors:  


1. For more information, contact the REC Press Office on 0207 009 2157/2192 or An ISDN line is available for interviews on 0207 021 0584


2. Jobs transform lives, which is why we are building the best recruitment industry in the world. As the professional body for recruitment we’re determined to make businesses more successful by helping them secure the people they need. We are absolutely passionate and totally committed in this pursuit for recruiters, employers, and the people they hire. Find out more about the Recruitment & Employment Confederation at

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