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Kesh Ladwa wins national award at Recruiter Awards 2017

Kesh Ladwa, Recruitment Manager for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police has scooped a prestigious award at the recent 2017 Recruiter Awards in London.

Recruitment's iconic Recruiter Awards 2017 was held this year in London at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Established in 2002, the Recruiter Awards gala is the UK's largest event for the entire recruitment community recognising outstanding achievements by agencies and in-house recruiters. Achievements in recruitment marketing and technology also are spotlighted on the night.

The category that Kesh won is the In-House Recruitment Leader of the Year award, in recognises market insight, outstanding service and achievement by an employer's staff (directly employed) recruitment team.

It is worth noting that it is the first time a police service has won the award, rightly recognising Kesh's hard work and his vision for a highly skilled and highly professional workforce that can compete in the market with the private sector.

On winning this prestigious award, Kesh said "I am honoured to have been considered, and even more so to have won the award. It's a very competitive industry, with business leaders rightly wanting the very best there is to drive their business forward, and to be successful. I have a genuine desire to be the best at what I do, be an expert, wealth of knowledge and true leader for the alliance by strategically aligning the alliance in the market place to find and employ high calibre candidates who want to join our vision and journey in becoming "employer of choice", By contributing to the delivery of The People strategy and our vision 2020."


"To change perceptions within police forces to the way they conduct recruitment not just for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police but for all 43 forces by working with college of policing and other key partners to become competitive in the struggle to attract diverse talent pool of candidates into a career within policing with a key focus on promotion of the brand of policing and technology."

Richard Elkin, Director of Enabling Services for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police said of Kesh's award "I am very pleased to see that Kesh has been recognised by the industry and rewarded for all his hard work and commitment to improving our recruitment. To win this award recognises our investment in the future of our forces and demonstrates our vision to deliver the best possible service to our communities. It's really great that the hard work and determination of the team to ensure we recruit the very best people available has been acknowledged on at a national level."

DeeDee Doke, Editor of Recruiter magazine said "Nowhere is recruitment a greater challenge than in the public sector and in policing in particular - budgets are tight, and the public expects much of their servants and the best use of their tax monies. Kesh Ladwa is an outstanding example of both a public sector servant and an in-house recruitment leader."

"Not only has he superbly managed his financial resources; he has made quality a hallmark of his tenure through such measures as introducing an Apprenticeship scheme to increase skill sets within Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police in tandem with creating a targeted campaign to bring more women into the police transport department.

"Amongst his many other achievements, Kesh also has been working with the College of Policing to implement all of his successes into a national plan for all 43 forces to learn from. He is changing the police's very approach to recruitment.

"We at Recruiter are delighted that a genuine game-changer in public sector recruitment has won our 2017 honour for In-House Recruitment Leader of the Year. And this is just the start of great things for Kesh, and Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police."


Author: Alex Gale, Corporate Communications 01905 747176


Published 25/05/17