Top Employer Awards

The Top Employer Awards celebrate the very best companies for flexible, family-friendly and inclusive working.

The 2025 Top Employer Awards 

Being shortlisted for or winning one of the WM People Top Employer Awards gives you an exclusive opportunity to share your progressive policies with prospective candidates. You can demonstrate that you are an employer of choice, helping you to attract the very best talent.

Entries for the 2025 awards will open in June 2024. 

2025 Award Categories

Best for Mental Health and Wellbeing

To be eligible for the Best for Mental Health and Wellbeing Award employers should demonstrate initiatives aimed at helping employees with health issues who want to remain in or return to the workplace. Read more >>

Best for Diversity & Inclusion

To be eligible for the Best for Diversity and Inclusion Award employers should demonstrate actions taken to ensure equality of opportunity for all. Read more >>

Best for Flexible Working

To be eligible for the Best for Flexible Working Award employers should demonstrate how they promote and manage flexible working Read more >>

Best for Family Support

Sponsored by Harper James

To be eligible for the Family Support Award employers need to show how their policies and practice support working families and carers. Read more >>

Best SME Award

To be eligible for the SME award, organisations must show a real commitment to work helping employees balance home and work life. Read more >>

Best for Age Diversity

To be eligible for the Best for Age Diversity Award, employers should provide details of what they do and how it helps people over the age of 50 and under the age of 25. Read more >>

Best for Learning and Development

To be eligible employers should demonstrate that they have created the right culture and environment for all individuals to learn and grow and to keep learning and upskilling, throughout their working lives. Read more >>

Best for Talent Attraction and Outreach

To be eligible to apply for the Talent Attraction and Outreach Award, organisations should demonstrate that they are thinking creatively about outreach and recruitment in a difficult labour market. Read more >>

Special Innovation Award

This award is for organisations that have a stand-out policy or initiative related to working parents, women’s career progression, older workers or flexible working that has/is having a demonstrable impact on its employees or the wider community. Read more >>

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Gillian Nissim

Gillian Nissim Headshot Founder, WM People 

A former Senior Communications Executive, Gillian has worked at a number of different organisations with very different cultures and attitudes towards family friendly working policies. After the birth of her second child she decided to set up her own company to cater for the businesses who did appreciate the vast experience and high calibre of professionals who had become parents, and wanted to find challenging and interesting jobs that offered more flexibility than traditional office-based, Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 5:00 jobs.

A graduate of Birmingham University, Gillian launched workingmums.co.uk in 2006, followed by workingdads.co.uk in 2018 and workingwise.co.uk in 2019.


Jennifer Liston-Smith

Jennifer Liston Smith HeadshotHead of Thought Leadership for Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions.

For over 20 years, Jennifer has advised employers in banking, professional services, STEM and wider sectors on programmes to improve flexible working, wellbeing, inclusion, family-friendly programmes and gender parity. She is a sought-after speaker, writer, conference moderator and consultant on these topics and more.

Jennifer set-up, and for a decade led, the Coaching & Consultancy side of what became Bright Horizons Work+Family Solutions, defining best practice and ‘next practice’, designing interventions and evaluating their impact and ROI, developing coaches and coaching capability, originating and lead authoring the online Parental Leave Toolkit and Parental Leave Toolkit for Managers.

She now focuses on identifying overarching trends through research, through advising employers and translating these insights into solutions and practical actions. An Oxford graduate, Jennifer holds Masters degrees in both Law and Experimental Psychology and several qualifications and accreditations in coaching psychology and coaching supervision.


Salma Shah

Salma Shah headshotWriter and Founder of Mastering your Power

Salma Shah is the Founder and Director of the award-winning Mastering Your Power, a certified coach training and inclusive leadership programme designed with a wider systemic lens of diversity, inclusion, belonging and equity.

 

Based in London, UK she works with clients at all levels in public, private and voluntary sectors; supervises and trains other coaches; presents at events both in the UK and internationally.

She has worked with clients across a range of industries, including: Co-op Group, Barclays, John Lewis Partnership, Skipton Building Society, O2, British Transport Police and Metropolitan Police. She has also travelled the globe delivering programs for major international organisations including: Oracle, Ernst and Young (Kuwait, Palestine).
Salma is the author of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in coaching which was published by Kogan Page in April 2022. She is also on the Board of Savera UK, a charity tackling culturally-specific ‘honour’- based abuse.​

David Dunbar

Dave Dunbar headshotHead of Digital Workspace at the Department of Work and Pensions 

David former roles include heading BT’s Flexible Working Services division, which offered a range of managed services around agile working, as well as owning BT’s own internal flexible working programme across 22 countries. He was also Head of Digital Workplace at Nationwide Building Society,  responsible for introducing innovative environments and culture change, by bringing together HR, Property and IT to drive change across the organisation. In addition he has delivered consultancy around Digital Workplace, Dynamic Working and Workplace Transformation to public and private sector organisations of all shapes and size.

He is currently the Head of Digital Workspace at the Department of Work and Pensions, the UK’s largest public sector department, where he is responsible for the infrastructure to support new ways of working, for modernising the tools, desktop, and mobile solutions used by around 90,000 employees, and for delivering new office and hub space to support collaborative and agile working.


Andy Lake

Andy Lake HeadshotDirector, Flexibility.co.uk

Andy Lake is a specialist in Smart Working, and has worked on dozens of implementations and evaluations across the private, public and voluntary sectors. He is the author of Smart Flexibility Management book and numerous other publications researching and providing guidance on Smart Working and on the future of work. Andy has worked as an advisor with the UK Cabinet Office and the European Commission. He is the author of the British Standards PAS3000: Code of Practice for Smart Working, which all UK central government departments and agencies have to follow as they modernise working practices. Andy also runs the Smart Work Network (www.smart-work.net), a peer collaboration network for people implementing Smart Working in their organisations, and in October 2020 launched a European counterpart to this, Smart Work Europe.


Dr Clare Kelliher

Claire Kelliher headshotProfessor of Work & Organisation, Cranfield University

Clare Kelliher, BSc, MA, PhD is Professor of Work and Organisation at Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University. Clare holds a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from London Business School, an MA in Industrial Relations from the University of Warwick and a first degree in management from the University of Surrey.

Her research interests centre around the organisation of work and the management of the employment relationship. She has a long-standing interest in flexible working and recently directed a major project concerned with examining the impact of flexible working on performance, sponsored by seven companies. She has also recently completed a project looking at employee engagement in multi-national organisations, funded by the US Society for HRM Foundation.

Clare is the author of many published papers and book chapters and regularly speaks at national and international conferences. Her recent book, New Ways of Organising Work: developments, perspectives and experiences, co-edited with Julia Richardson was published by Routledge. In 2012 she also published a text book on Strategic HRM together with Katie Truss and David Mankin. She has considerable experience running management programmes and advising organisations both in the UK and overseas. She frequently acts as an external examiner for doctoral and Masters degrees at universities in the UK and overseas.

Ashanti Bentil-Dhue

Ashanti Bentil-Dhue is not only a visionary business leader but also a renowned expert in diversity and inclusion, currently leading the charge as the CEO of the Competence Centre for Workplace Equity (CCWE). Her journey in the DEI space spans over a decade, marked by an unwavering dedication to using competency based practices and initiating meaningful change across global workplaces. Her leadership at CCWE is characterized by innovative approaches using technology like AI and insightful perspectives, which have significantly contributed to enhancing inclusivity and profitability within numerous organizations.

Her commitment to challenging the status quo and pioneering competence-based approaches with global organisations has cemented her reputation as a pivotal change-maker in the field.

Outside her CEO responsibilities, she actively participates in professional networks, further amplifying her impact by educating and inspiring others about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Ashanti Bentil-Dhue’s leadership embodies a profound belief: that a robust commitment to diversity and inclusion requires clarity, competency and a compliance driven approach – making her the ideal founder to lead and influence in this evolving sector.

Ashanti Profile Photograph

2024 Awards

Best for Mental Health – sponsored by Vistry Group:

Winner: 4PS Construction Solutions Ltd

Best for Diversity and Inclusion – sponsored by Financial Services Compensation Scheme:

Winner: ServiceNow

Best for Flexible Working – sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group:

Winner: AtkinsRealis

Best for Family Support – sponsored by the Harper James:

Winner: Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Best for Returners – sponsored by Imperial College London:

Winner: Lloyds Banking Group

Best for SMEs:

Winner: Harper James

Best for Older Workers:

Winner: Phoenix Group

Special innovation Award:

Winners: Murphy and ServiceNow UK Limited

Best for Talent Attraction and Outreach:

Winner: Vistry Group

Best for Learning & Development – sponsored by Murphy:

Winner: Motel One

The Overall Top Employer Award:

 Winner: ServiceNow

2023 Awards

Best for Mental Health – sponsored by Kearney:

Winner: Vistry Group

Best for Diversity and Inclusion – sponsored by Nespresso:

Winner: ServiceNow

Best for Flexible Working – sponsored by FDM Group:

Winner: Lloyds Banking Group

Best for Family Support – sponsored by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme:

Winner: Unilever

Best for Career Progression for Women – sponsored by McDonald’s:

Winner: MediaCom

Best for Returners – sponsored by Sky:

Winner: J Murphy and Sons Ltd

Best for SMEs:

Winner: Birdie

Best for Older Workers – sponsored by J Murphy & Sons Ltd:

Winner: Lloyds Banking Group

The Overall Top Employer Award -sponsored by NHS Professionals:

 Winner: Lloyds Banking Group

2022 Awards

Best for D&I – sponsored by Chartered Management Institute:

Winner: Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Best for Mental Health – sponsored by Kearney:

Winner: Aggregate Industries

Best for Returners – sponsored by Resource Solutions:

Winner: Tech Returners

Best for Family Support:

Winner: John Lewis

Best for Flexible Working – sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd:

Winner: Roche

Best SME:

Winner: Tech Returners

Best for Older Workers – sponsored by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme:

Winner: QA

Best for Career Progression for Women – sponsored by Chartered Management Institute:

Winner: McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Overall Top Employer Award:

Winner: McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

2021 Awards

This year was a special awards focused celebrating best practice adopted during the coronavirus pandemic, and the categories are considered key areas for success during the pandemic.

Best for D&I – sponsored by PwC:

Winner: IBM UK Ltd.

Best for Mental Health – sponsored by Kearney:

Winner: McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Best for Line Manager Support – sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank:

Winner: UBS

Best for Family Support – sponsored by McDonald’s:

Winner: Teach First

Best for Flexible Working:

Winner: PwC

Best for Employee Engagement:

Winner: Sky Betting & Gaming

Overall Top Employer Award:

Winner: McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

2019 Awards

The Overall Top Employer Award:

Winner: Vodafone UK

The Working Mums Champion Award:

Winner: Carolanne Minashi, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at UBS

The Best For Returners Award:

Winner: Vodafone UK

The SME Award:

Winner: Carty Services and Independent Living Fund Scotland

Best for Recruitment & Talent Attraction Award:  

Winner: Arnold Clark

The Innovation In Flexible Working Award: 

Winner: Food Standards Agency

The Career Progression Award:

Winner: HP Inc UK

The Family Support Award: 

Winner: London Borough of Waltham Forest and Vodafone UK

Best For Dads Award:

Winner: Aviva

2018 Top Employer Awards

The Overall Top Employer Award: 

Winner: FDM Group

The Working Mums Champion Award:

Winner: Julianne Miles from Women Returners

The Best For Returners Award: 

Winner: UBS

The SME Award:

Winner: Radioactive PR

The Talent Attraction Award:

Winner: Roche

The Innovation In Flexible Working Award:

Winner: Civil Service Human Resources

The Career Progression Award:

Winner: FDM Group

The Family Support Award:

Winner: Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure

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