Diversity Champion Award for Charity

  • Elaine Ortiz

    Elaine Ortiz

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Charity – Elaine is one of the key players behind EDL (English Disco Lovers) and the Hummingbird Project. She is also is a highly energised activist and social provocateur for human rights, race ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • James Trout

    James Trout

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Charity – James Trout is Laboratory Manager for the Environment Agencies National Laboratory Service (NLS) site at Starcross, where they provide environmental data to help drive environmental improvements for people and wildlife. James ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Mandy Sanghera

    Mandy Sanghera

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Charity – Mandy Sanghera is an award winning philanthropist, community consultant and global campaigner. A renowned human rights activist, Mandy has spent the last 27 years supporting victims and survivors of harmful practices ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Bisi Alimi

    Bisi Alimi

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Charity – Bisi Alimi is a public speaker, poet, storyteller, television pundit, campaigner, actor and Vlogger. He is also the founder and director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation. Bisi’s expertise on social justice ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Susie Green

    Susie Green

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Charity Sector – Susie Green is CEO of Mermaids, a UK based charity that supports children and young people with gender variance and their families. Susie was made aware of the existence of ... Read MoreREAD MORE

Diversity Champion Award for Education

  • Professor Gill Valentine

    Professor Gill Valentine

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Education – Gill is Interim Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield. She is an outstanding ambassador for equality in academia and is the University’s senior LGBT champion. In 2017 Gill ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Bob Clarke

    Bob Clarke

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Education – Bob Clarke is the founder of MAMA Youth Project, an organisation committed to bringing diversity to the media industry. In June 2005, Bob advertised for youths with a similar background to ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Oluwaseun Matiluko & Radhika Jani

    Oluwaseun Matiluko & Radhika Jani

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Education – Both Seun and Radhika are part-time BME Students’ Officers (jobshare) at the University of Bristol Students’ Union for the academic year 2016/17. The majority of their work has been focused on ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Andrew Dalton

    Andrew Dalton

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Education – Drew Dalton is a Sociologist/Lecturer in Social Sciences at the University of Sunderland. He has worked in the voluntary and education sectors for a number of years, including roles with disadvantaged ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Dr. Jummy Okoya

    Dr. Jummy Okoya

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Education – Dr Jummy Okoya is an International Consultant and Speaker on Organisational & leadership Development and Career Development. She is a highly experienced Educator, Trainer and Researcher within the public and private ... Read MoreREAD MORE

Diversity Champion Award for Housing

  • Sabreena Shabazz

    Sabreena Shabazz

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Housing Sector – Sabreena Shabazz has been phenomenal and dynamic in the area of youth care, women development, community cohesion and interfaith work in Lambeth as well as other boroughs across London. She ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Ronnie Fray

    Ronnie Fray

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Housing Sector – Ronnie Fray began life on the wrong side of the tracks. He faced a number of personal challenges and obstacles growing up, he was expelled from school and later joined ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Ingrid Tennessee

    Ingrid Tennessee

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Housing – Ingrid Tennessee is CEO of Quo Vadis Trust (QVT), a housing association and charity that specialises in delivering supported accommodation to Clients suffering varying levels of mental ill health. QVT provides ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Amelia Lawson

    Amelia Lawson

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Housing – Amelia has worked tirelessly to help the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) develop inclusive workplaces for its employees, primarily through her role as Chair of the Build Together Friends network. Build ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Jamie Stewart

    Jamie Stewart

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Housing Sector – Jamie is the Scottish Refugee Council’s housing development officer. His role is to inform and influence housing practice and policy to improve refugee integration in Scotland and generate lasting change ... Read MoreREAD MORE

Diversity Champion Award for Private

  • Anisha Seth

    Anisha Seth

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Private Sector – Anisha is a law graduate from UCL and is currently a Tax Advisor at Ernst & Young in Banking after joining the graduate scheme in 2013. She has been chairing ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • James Uffindell

    James Uffindell

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Private – James Uffindell is an entrepreneur focused on promoting diversity and social mobility by providing students with the best education and career opportunities, regardless of their background. Driven by his passion to ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Trishna Bharadia

    Trishna Bharadia

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Private Sector – Trishna is a full-time Spanish language translator for a business information services company; however, since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008, she has also become a multi-award winning advocate ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Captain Cat Burton

    Captain Cat Burton

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Private – Catherine Burton recently retired as British Airways Flight Operations Diversity and Inclusion Champion and was their most senior woman pilot having served the airline for 45 years. She was an extremely ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Daniele Fiandaca

    Daniele Fiandaca

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Private Sector – Daniele is the co-founder of Utopia, a business change consultancy, as well as Creative Social, a club for business and creative leaders who believe creativity and innovation will lead to ... Read MoreREAD MORE

Diversity Champion Award for Public

  • Cllr Sade Bright

    Cllr Sade Bright

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Public Sector – Councillor Sade Bright is Cabinet Member for Equalities and Cohesion in Barking and Dagenham – the first for the borough. Cllr Bright’s portfolio has seen her develop important borough events ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Lt Cdr Chris Wood RN

    Lt Cdr Chris Wood RN

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Public Sector – Chris is the Training Management Officer in HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the UK’s newest aircraft carriers. He is also the co-chair of Compass Network which seeks to ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Joe O’Grady

    Joe O’Grady

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Public Sector – Joe O’Grady began his 32 year career in Health and Social Care as a nursing auxiliary. He is currently the Equality and Diversity Manager at the Countess of Chester Hospital. ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Bill Smith

    Bill Smith

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Public Sector – Bill Smith aka Latest Bill is the CEO and founder of Latest Television and Latest LGBT+ Television, the first daily TV channel dedicated to LGBT+ rights which reaches over 100,000 ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • PC Colin Gameson

    PC Colin Gameson

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Champion Award for Public Sector – Colin is a Diversity Police Officer for Devon and Cornwall Police. He helped develop the ‘Blue Light Day’ events to break down communication barriers between vulnerable adults with learning disabilities ... Read MoreREAD MORE

Lifetime Achiever Award

  • Farrah Qureshi

    Farrah Qureshi

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Lifetime Achiever Award – Farrah Qureshi, CEO of Global Diversity Practice, has a lifelong passion for diversity and inclusion. Raised and still living in Bradford, Farrah grew up against a backdrop of racial and sexual discrimination. The ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Rafaat Mughal OBE

    Rafaat Mughal OBE

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Lifetime Achiever Award – Rafaat is a long standing women’s rights activist. She has worked for various local authorities and has trained front line service providers across the UK on race, equality and diversity issues. Rafaat was ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Nadeem Syed Ahmad

    Nadeem Syed Ahmad

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Lifetime Achiever Award – Nadeem, a former Public Service Executive with over 30 years’ experience is an accomplished, multifaceted Executive with a wide ranging experience across all aspects of program management and implementation. Between 2000 and 2012, ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Dr Syed Nayyer Abidi MBE

    Dr Syed Nayyer Abidi MBE

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Lifetime Achiever Award – Syed is a known British doctor and a health promotion specialist, based in Manchester. His key area of expertise is preventive medicine in Public Health and is the author of UK’s first bilingual ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Jenny-Anne Bishop OBE

    Jenny-Anne Bishop OBE

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Lifetime Achiever Award – Jenny-Anne is Chairperson for TransForum and Unique, graduated in Industrial Chemistry and retired as a sales/marketing manager in advanced scientific instruments. A dedicated Trans activist for over 25 years, her time is spent ... Read MoreREAD MORE

Outstanding Diversity Network Award

  • Movement to Work

    Movement to Work

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Outstanding Diversity Network Award – Movement to Work (MtW) is a voluntary coalition of UK employers working together to tackle youth unemployment, backed by the UK Government, Trade Unions and the CBI. There are currently 800,000 people ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Positive Support Group (PSG) Department for Transport

    Positive Support Group (PSG) Department for Transport

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Outstanding Diversity Network Award – The Positive Support Group (PSG) is the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Black, Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network. They were formed in 1996 and work to influence Departmental culture, so that it ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Build Together – Homes and Communities Agency

    Build Together – Homes and Communities Agency

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Outstanding Diversity Network Award – Build Together is the LGBT network for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). It was established in 2014 and is there to support all staff, raise awareness of LGBT issues and advise ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Compass: The Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Network of the Naval Service

    Compass: The Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Network of the Naval Service

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Outstanding Diversity Network Award – Compass Network supports the Naval Service in improving understanding and awareness of sexual orientation, gender identity and wider diversity to provide an inclusive environment where everyone can contribute and are confident to ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • #WomenEd

    #WomenEd

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Outstanding Diversity Network Award – #WomenEd is a grassroots network composed of women leaders across all education sectors. #WomenEd connects women leaders and empowers them to choose their next leadership step. Women dominate the education workforce yet ... Read MoreREAD MORE

Best Diversity Resource Award

  • Creative Equals

    Creative Equals

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Best Diversity Resource Award – Creative Equals has set up the Creative + Media Equality Standard for diversity and inclusion for the creative industry. The Standard gives creative companies a rating, review and most importantly a road ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Equal Approach

    Equal Approach

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Best Diversity Resource Award – Equal Approach has developed a new Return on Inclusion tool, which will support organisations to evidence the bottom line impact that embedding inclusion has had. The benefits of diversity and inclusion are ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • MyPlus Consulting

    MyPlus Consulting

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Best Diversity Resource Award – MyPlus Consulting was founded by Helen Cooke in 2005. As a wheelchair user, Helen used her knowledge gained from working in HR as well as her personal experience with a disability to ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Mott MacDonald, InterEngineering & Royal Academy of Engineering

    Mott MacDonald, InterEngineering & Royal Academy of Engineering

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Best Diversity Resource Award – Many LGBT engineers are discouraged from progressing their careers due to the lack of visible LGBT role models in the industry. However, almost 20% of the UK workforce is involved in engineering ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • EY Family Network – Parent Mentoring Scheme

    EY Family Network – Parent Mentoring Scheme

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Best Diversity Resource Award – The EY Family Network have launched a new parent mentoring scheme. The scheme complements existing formal career and family mentoring and coaching by offering one-to-one support, by experienced parents for new or ... Read MoreREAD MORE

Employee of the Year Award

  • Ben Barber

    Ben Barber

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Employee of the Year Award – Ben Barber is Chair of the North East Ambulance Service Proud Network, assisting in the creation of a more cohesive and visible LGBT community within NEAS and North East region. Ben ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Louise Horton

    Louise Horton

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Employee of the Year Award – Louise has worked for the Legal Aid Agency for 33 years. The last 3 years she has been the agency’s Diversity and Inclusion Adviser and helped the Agency become the 2nd ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Emma Hart

    Emma Hart

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Employee of the Year Award – Sgt Emma Hart is Hampshire Constabulary’s positive action coordinator. Emma’s role is to actively recruit BME officers and staff to the organisation; in times of austerity and limited recruitment Emma has ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Sophie Hunter

    Sophie Hunter

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Employee of the Year Award – Sophie is a volunteer Equality and Diversity Champion at the Countess of Chester Hospital and Equality and Diversity Specialist Lead at Warrington and Halton Hospitals and Wirral Community Trust. She is ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Anna Button

    Anna Button

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Employee of the Year Award – Anna is Deputy Chair of West Yorkshire Police’s Disability Association and the Deputy General Secretary for the Disabled Police Association. Working in the EDI arena her entire career, Anna worked for ... Read MoreREAD MORE

Diversity Marketing Campaign of the Year Award

  • Muslim Women’s Network UK #AndMuslim

    Muslim Women’s Network UK #AndMuslim

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Marketing Campaign of the Year Award – As part of the national Hate Crime Awareness Week, the Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWNUK) launched a digital role model campaign called #AndMuslim. The campaign was launched at an ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Pride in London #LoveHappensHere

    Pride in London #LoveHappensHere

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Marketing Campaign of the Year Award – This year London hosted its largest and most vibrant Pride yet. Marking 50 years since Parliament first voted to partially legalise homosexuality in the UK, which applied to England ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Channel 4 – We’re the Superhumans

    Channel 4 – We’re the Superhumans

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Marketing Campaign of the Year Award – We’re the Superhumans’ is a television advert produced by Channel 4 to promote its broadcast of the 2016 Paralympic Games and serves as a follow-up to ‘Meet the Superhumans’. ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Scope #EndTheAwkward

    Scope #EndTheAwkward

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Marketing Campaign of the Year Award – Scope, the charity working to end disability inequality in the UK, uses humour to help people overcome their awkwardness around disabled people. The work is the latest in Scope’s ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • British Journal of Photography – Portrait of Britain

    British Journal of Photography – Portrait of Britain

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Diversity Marketing Campaign of the Year Award – It’s been a tempestuous year for Great Britain. The aftermath of Brexit called into question not just the identity of the country but of its people. For some, the ... Read MoreREAD MORE

Head of Diversity & Inclusion Award

  • Nona McDuff OBE

    Nona McDuff OBE

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Head of Diversity & Inclusion Award – Nona was awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education in 2017. She is a panel member of the Teaching Excellence Framework and a member of the ministerial Social Mobility ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Alison Unsted

    Alison Unsted

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Head of Diversity & Inclusion Award – Listed in 2015 in the Economist Global Diversity List Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry, Alison’s extensive experience and success in staff engagement is cemented by several awards and accolades. ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Jiten Patel

    Jiten Patel

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Head of Diversity & Inclusion Award – Award winning equality, diversity and inclusion strategist, Jiten Patel is author of ‘Demystifying Diversity’, launched in 2016 and soon to go into its second edition. Currently Head of Equality, Diversity ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Richard Chapman-Harris

    Richard Chapman-Harris

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Head of Diversity & Inclusion Award – Richard Chapman-Harris is a leading equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) specialist with a wealth of experiences across the public, private and charity sectors. As global EDI manager for engineering consultancy ... Read MoreREAD MORE
  • Emma Allen

    Emma Allen

    2017 Shortlisted Nominee: Head of Diversity & Inclusion Award – With a background in leading large, transactional HR teams, Emma has been involved in Equality and Diversity work for the whole of her career and is currently responsible for Equality, ... Read MoreREAD MORE
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