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Cardiff-based HR consultant recognised at Wales HR Awards

Cardiff-based HR Consultant Nia Bennett has been recognised with the Independent Consultant of the Year Award for her role as director of bilingual HR consultancy EffectusHR at the 2018 Wales HR Awards, which recognises and celebrates the achievements of HR professionals across Wales.

Launched in 2017, the Awards ceremony is the flagship event of the Wales HR Network, a leading professional thought sharing and networking group created and run by Cardiff-based commercial law firm Darwin Gray and Acorn, Wales’ leading recruitment specialist.

Hosted by the BBC’s Sian Lloyd, the Awards recognise the best HR professionals at all levels, from apprentices to directors, and organisations as a whole across various industry sectors in Wales – showcasing the commitment, hard work and achievements of individuals and teams within the HR profession over the last 12 months.

Speaking about her win, Nia said:

“Effectus is latin for ‘performance’ – when I first formed EffectusHR it was my ambition to provide relevant, insightful and highly valuable advice that would boost the performance of clients who wanted to get the best out of their people.

“Little over a year later, and I have been privileged and delighted not just to have the opportunity of boosting the performance of firms large and small across a range of sectors, but also to have that achievement acknowledged by the industry and in the presence of so many peers that I respect.”

Darwin Gray’s Head of Employment Law and HR Fflur Jones said:

“Nia has grown her business exponentially since its inception in 2017. In that time, she has assisted many key Welsh organisations with her effective and strategic approach to HR consultancy.

“We can all testify that HR is a not an easy profession and isn’t known for being glamorous. However, it is a profession full of dedicated individuals and teams who work hard and quietly achieve great things. It has been wonderful to bring some acknowledgement and celebration into HR, shining a spotlight on the hard work and dedication that often goes on behind the scenes.”

Director of Operations for South Wales at Acorn Recruitment Maria Larcombe added:
“it’s clear that Nia has been entrusted by many key institutions to deliver thorny programmes, which has often resulted in a demonstrable turnaround in staff culture. Her recognition is well-deserved, and both here at Acorn and at our Wales HR Network partners Darwin Gray we’re looking forward to seeing what Nia, our other winners and the profession as a whole can achieve in Wales over the coming months.”