ZSL’s HR team get their paws on top prizes

ZSL is celebrating mammoth wins at the HR Excellence Awards last night (Tuesday 27 June), as HR Director Fiona Evans scooped the prestigious award of ‘HR Director of the Year’ and the team pounced on the prize for ‘Best HR Team’ as well as the ‘HR Excellence Gold Award’.

The ZSL HR team

Fiona, who has been HR Director since 2014, was praised for the transformative work she has done at ZSL, taking on the challenges presented by the international conservation charity’s 1,000 employees and 400 volunteers, both overseas and here in the UK, and being a ‘force for change’ to reinvigorate ZSL’s rapidly growing HR team. 

Her hard work was recognised further as the team she leads saw off stiff competition from the likes of the Lawn Tennis Association, FitzRoy and Harrow College to receive the award for Best HR Team. Judges have described how they were ‘blown away’ by their entry, which showed the metamorphosis HR at ZSL has gone through thanks to the team’s hard work, from the introduction of a distinct rewards and recognition scheme to the doubling of the training schemes on offer.

The team were also presented with the ‘HR Excellence Gold Award’, awarded to the nomination which stood out as a clear showcase of outstanding people strategy, and were further lauded with a high commendation in the ‘Best Learning and Development Strategy’ category.

Fiona Evans, who has been hailed as ‘inspirational’ by staff at all levels of the organisation, said: “I’m honoured to have been awarded HR Director of the year, and delighted for my team that they have been recognised for the amazing work they do every day.

“ZSL is a truly unique organisation, with diverse outputs. With staff working for wildlife in more than 50 countries worldwide, we’re proud to be recognised for caring as much for ZSL’s passionate staff as for the species we’re working tirelessly to conserve.”

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