The Excellence in Diversity Awards will be judged by leading and proactive figures throughout the equality sector across the UK.

Pamela Hutchinson | Bloomberg | Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Pamela joined Bloomberg in 2016 as Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role, she leads the company’s global diversity and inclusion initiative in the region, serving as a partner and thought leader on strategy and vision.

Pamela is cited as one of the most recognized thought leaders and vocal advocates for diversity across the private sector and has more than 20 years’ experience in managing diversity across engineering, financial services and technology and media. During her tenure Pamela has provided coaching and guidance to senior leaders whilst collaborating across HR and the business to deliver objectives, measures and solutions to promote and progress diversity and inclusion.

Andy Woodfield | PWCPartner

Andy started his career straight from school working as an Engineering Design Apprentice. After completing an HND in Computing, Andy spent the next few years working in IT consultancy, project management and IT management.

In 1998 he joined Price Waterhouse in London as a Cyber Security Consultant focused on Ethical Hacking.

Andy was admitted into the PwC Partnership on the 1st of July 2006. Andy is now the Lead Partner for the International Aid Development Consulting practice at PwC in the United Kingdom.

Dianah Worman OBE | CIPD | Public Policy Adviser on Diversity

Dianah has worked in the field of diversity and inclusion for many years. She is the Public Policy Adviser on diversity for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development which is the leading professional body in the UK on people management and development. She directs the Institute’s diversity research programme and leads the development of good practice guidance on diversity to help employers make progress in this challenging and complex field. She also leads the Institute’s public policy work on diversity to help shape Government policy and legal provisions such as the Equality Act 2010.

Paul Sesay | Excellence in Diversity Awards | Founder & CEO

Paul Sesay is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers, National Diversity Awards, Excellence in Diversity Awards, The Diversity Group and events company I Spoil U Media Limited since 2006. Paul’s business acumen has mainly been with a social focus.

With over ten years worth of experience within the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion sector, Paul has worked with some of the largest organisations in the world on their diversity and inclusion profiles. He has also worked within local communities to help people from various backgrounds to achieve and empower disadvantaged groups throughout the UK. Paul’s initiatives have helped many thousands of organisations and individuals get recognised for their hard work and dedication to diversity.

Max Hyde | National Union of Teachers | 

Max is a mother, a grandmother, a teacher & a trade unionist: four very important roles. She studied molecular science at Warwick University and has been a teacher of Physics and Chemistry since 1977, hoping to pass on her love of science to young people. She is co-author (as Max Baker) of Access to Advanced Level Chemistry. Max is still working with young people encouraging them to study STEM subjects (Science Engineering Technology and Maths) at University and is a Science Ambassador. Max was part of the national STEM Equality & Diversity Group and works with networks of women scientists.

Andrew Hargreaves | dataHE | Founder

Profile coming soon!

Vanessa Howell Chartered Institute of Housing | Head of Professional Standards

Vanessa started her career as a teacher in adult education and has worked with examination bodies and the qualifications regulator developing and delivering all levels and types of qualifications, standards and assessments. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Management Institute. Since joining CIH in September 2014, Vanessa has taken responsibility for the organisation’s work in developing and maintaining professional standards for CIH members and the wider housing industry. She leads the development, delivery and award of all CIH qualifications and the operation of CIH as a nationally-recognised awarding organisation.

“I’m delighted to be an judge for the Excellence in Diversity Awards.  We know that many housing organisations are doing some great work in this area, but we also know that more needs to be done. That’s why we have challenged housing organisations to improve the diversity of their leadership through our presidential commission.  Initiatives like these awards can highlight the good work that is already being done and encourage others to improve.”

Dave Thompson MBE DL MBA | Warrington Disability Partnership Founder and Chief Executive

Dave is the founder and Chief Executive of Warrington Disability Partnership, a user led organisation, employing over 50 staff and nearly 200 volunteers. Together they provide a wide range of independent living services including two Independent Living Centres, Direct Payments and Payroll Services, Shopmobility, Inclusive Sports, and a number of Employment and Educational contracts.

Until April 2015 Dave worked as a senior manager in the NHS. He started out his 20 year career as the UK’s first full-time Disability Advisor. Completing his NHS career as the Assistant Director of Inclusion where he led on equality & diversity, patient & public involvement and social inclusion. Dave has been involved in a number of high profile initiatives working with NHS Employers and NHS England, including policies and procedures still used across health and social care services.     

Megan Key | National Probation Service Diversity & Inclusion Manager

National Diversity Award winner Megan Key  is a Diversity & Inclusion Manager in the National Probation Service (NPS) and passionate advocate and campaigner for the trans community. She supports several local and national charities including Mermaids, Diversity Role Models and All About Trans.

She contributes to Probation & Prison trans policy and co-created online communities TransWorkersUK and TransGirlsCan to promoteinclusion for trans people in employment and sport. Megan regularly talks publicly on LGBT issues. She has been interviewed by Runners World, VICE, TotalJobs, The Independent, BBC Radio and gave evidence to the Government's Trans Inquiry.

Martin Hilditch | Inside Housing Deputy Editor

Martin Hilditch is an award-winning journalist who specialises in housing policy. He has run numerous campaigns for Inside Housing magazine, including Safe as Houses, which called for fire and gas safety improvements in social housing and won campaign of the year at the 2010 British Society of Magazine Editors awards. He was named business writer of the year by the Professional Publishers Association in 2012. He is deputy editor of Inside Housing magazine.

Bijna K. Dasani

Bijna has been named as one of 35 leading British business women under 35, by Management Today, Accenture and The Telegraph (2015) a Rising Star by We Are the City (2013) and has received recognition with nine further honours including the National Diversity Awards (2012) and the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (2010). 

Bijna is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and an Associate Member of Oriel College, University of Oxford.

Bijna advocates for, and is patron to a diversified portfolio of social impact, inclusion and diversity causes. She has also undertaken research (Oxford, 2016) – and maintains a keen interest in organisational parity, particularly within the Financial Services and Technology sectors; both of which she serves as a mentor.

Alison Lowe | Touchstone Chief Executive

Alison Lowe has worked with Voluntary Organisations for 25 years. Right now she works as the Chief Executive of Touchstone a Mental Health Charity in Leeds and wider West Yorkshire. Touchstone work with and for people that are affected by mental health problems and they specialise in working with people from different cultural backgrounds. Touchstone have received multiple awards for their work in equality and diversity, including the number 1 spot in the 2016 UK Top 50 Most Inclusive Employers Award.  They are a Stonewall Top 100 LGBT-Friendly Employer for the 4th year running and are a Sunday Times 3 Star, Extraordinary Company to work for 2017, being placed 8th nationally and first for social conscience.

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