Merlin Housing

EiDA16 Shortlisted Nominee Diverse Company Award for Housing Sector Merlin Housing strives to be a world class organisation and a leader in DEI, so have set their ambitions high. A medium sized social landlord with nearly 9,000 homes concentrated in and around South Gloucestershire, serving a diverse customer base of over 17,000, this fantastic organisation truly… Continue reading Merlin Housing

Professor Uduak Archibong MBE

EiDA16 Shortlisted Nominee Lifetime Achiever Award Uduak Archibong is Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford, where she directs the Centre for D&I, providing strategic oversight for equality and diversity across the university. A Visiting Professor at several international universities, a Fellow of the West African College of Nursing, and a Fellow of the… Continue reading Professor Uduak Archibong MBE

Legal Aid

EiDA16 Shortlisted Nominee Outstanding Diversity Network Award Diversity Champions (DCs) Network is made up of a group of 40 employees of all grades and job roles across the Legal Aid Agency. What originally started out as a disability focused group, is now a network of diversity champions working to promote all 9 of the protected… Continue reading Legal Aid

Gary Zetter

EiDA16 Winner Employee of the Year Award For most of his career, Gary had hidden his sexuality for fear of it hindering his career progression or alienating him from colleagues, until he joined Mitie. From that day, he has continuously promoted and supported others from all diverse backgrounds, going above and beyond his role as Director.… Continue reading Gary Zetter

Bolton CVS- Breast Feeding Friendly Bolton

EiDA16 Shortlisted Nominee Diversity Marketing Campaign of the Year Award Bolton CVS launched the Breastfeeding Friendly Bolton scheme in 2013. The scheme was developed initially in response to a piece of consultation carried out within the South Asian Community that explored breastfeeding practice. The research identified a high percentage of mums declaring that they had… Continue reading Bolton CVS- Breast Feeding Friendly Bolton

Sarah Ismail

EiDA16 Shortlisted Nominee Diverse Champion Award for Charity Freelance journalist Sarah Ismail set up a website in 2007 called Same Difference, highlighting disability related issues and providing disabled readers with current news, useful information and helpful tips. Having perceived a need for information and campaigning on disability issues, Sarah has worked tirelessly to fulfil it.… Continue reading Sarah Ismail

Dean Ridgewell

EiDA16 Shortlisted Nominee Diverse Champion Award for Private Dean has been a campaigner for diversity and inclusion all of his professional life. His passion was first ignited in 1991, when he came out at a time when it was perceived as a crime to be homosexual. Dean has been in recruitment for over 22 years… Continue reading Dean Ridgewell


EiDA16 Shortlisted Nominee Diverse Company Award for Charity Leeds based charity; Touchstone was born in 1982, after a need for friendship and community within South Leeds was identified. It was acknowledged that large numbers of vulnerable people were left feeling isolated and distressed out of hours and during the weekends, which led to the development… Continue reading Touchstone

Wendy O’Carroll

EiDA16 Shortlisted Nominee Diversity Champion Award for Charity After giving birth to her second child Oliver, Wendy quickly realised that accessible information and support was lacking for parents to children with Down Syndrome. Due to this, she founded the charity ‘Ups and Downs Southwest’, to supply information, advice and support to parents, carers, families, friends… Continue reading Wendy O’Carroll

Siobhan Corria

EiDA16 Shortlisted Nominee Head of Diversity & Inclusion Award With over 4000 employees and over 600 services throughout the UK, Siobhan leads responsibility for D&I for Action for Children. In this position, Siobhan has developed networks and increased the charity’s reputation as an inclusive employer in a short timescale. She has achieved this through excellent… Continue reading Siobhan Corria