Testimonials Code


From the 2016 Excellence in Diversity Awards

Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council – Sponsor of The Excellence in Diversity Awards 2016

“Many congratulations on a fantastic event last night, it was enjoyable, enlightening and inspiring which is pretty much perfect in every way.  Hannah and I certainly enjoyed ourselves and the opportunity to mix with a wide cross section of people from across the country and in particular from Leeds. There is little doubt that what Paul has initiated and led in Leeds is a great credit to him and to his team.  Many thanks to all of the team

AllianzAllianz Insurance Plc – Winner of The Diverse Company Award: Private

“Many thanks for organising a very memorable event together with your fabulous team, bringing together examples of great initiatives and leadership towards more diversity and inclusion

The MetroGareth Quarrell – The Metro

“Thank you again for inviting me along last night, it was truly a great event with some of the most inspiring stories and people – you have created such a wonderful and unique event that offers a much needed stage for D and I to be brought in to the mainstream and to celebrate those who are leading the way!

From the 2015 Excellence in Diversity Awards

Jermain JackmanJermaine Jackman – Winner of The Voice UK 2014 and performer at the Excellence in Diversity Awards

“I just want to thank you for having me at your event. Management forwarded me your email and I want to thank you for your kind words.

I had such a wonderful time and thank your staff for their great organisation and hospitality

Look forward to working with you again in the future…”

Peter TatchellPeter Tatchell

“HUGE congratulations on a fabulous EiDA event last night. 

So many awesome inspiring nominees and winners. 

I was so honoured to join you and speak. Thank you”

Damian KitsonDamian Kitson – Winner of The Employee of the Year Award

“Thank you so much for an amazing evening.

It was truly inspirational to be around so many amazing people.

Facebook and twitter are going a little crazy with sharing of the photos and I have just pushed out on Linkedin.

I will send the press release to our internal comms and PR teams who I know will be looking at how to send messages to the outside world.

Again thank you and a complete honour and privilege for me to be amongst so many great ambassadors,

Keep up the great work”

Special iAppsBeverley Dean (Special iApps) – Winner of The Diversity Resource Award

“Thank you. We did indeed have a fantastic evening, it was wonderful. We are thrilled to be part of the event it was such a great evening. Perfect in every detail. You all put in a lot of hard work into the evening and it was an amazing experience to be part of the celebrations”


SSarah Churchmanarah Churchman – Winner of The Head of Diversity & Inclusion Award

“A fabulous night Paul, many many thanks indeed” 



Fred AnninReverend Fred Annin – Winner of The Diversity Champion Award for Charity

“Yesterday was a memorable day a night that can never be forgotten. Thanks to the EiDA team once again for the opportunity you gave us to show case the work we do to the outside world. It was a pleasure meeting all the role models in our great country demonstrating the spirit of Diversity and inclusions in it’s total fullness”

St Giles TrustRob Owen (St Giles Trust) – Winner of The Diverse Company Award for Charity  

“We are all so thrilled about this award. It’s really cheered everyone up here at St Giles Trust and given us all a really good Friday Feeling (and its pay day so I suspect a few will be out celebrating tonight!)”

CentroAnna Sirmoglou (Centro) – Winner of The Diverse Company Award for Public

“Thank you very much for a lovely night – very well organised, great nominees and winners, great speeches and a very enjoyable evening overall”


Jiten Patel (The Open University) – Winner of The Diversity Champion Award for Education/Winner of The Diverse Company Award for Education

“It really was a great event and all of my guests were gushing about the evening.  This event was far better than the Hurlingham Club – well organised and the Hotel staff at the Midland were superb.  Of course, I am ecstatic about picking up not just one but two awards on the night!”


Lloyds Banking Inte#54AA8E5Lloyds International – Shortlisted nominee for the Outstanding Diversity Network Award

“We have attended many in the last few years but it was one of the few events where not winning was only held in brief disappointment, once you realised what others were doing and the reasons they came first. To be included and recognised in such company was humbling and also highlighted how much we need to do for the future.

Thank you for the opportunity to meet like minded and real people making a massive difference for others”

John ButcherReverend John Butcher

“It was a great night!

It was a pleasure and honour to be with so many people that are making such a huge difference in Diversity and Inclusion.

Thanks too for all that you and the team are doing and for all the hard work that you have put in to make the event so successful”