The Inclusive Companies Awards Announce 2018 Shortlist!

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Inclusive Employers and Diversity Champions shortlisted for Pioneering Diversity Awards

Throughout the year, there are some individuals who work tirelessly to remove barriers and put diversity at the very heart of everything they do.

This year, on November 15th, the recently rebranded Inclusive Companies Awards (Formerly the Excellence in Diversity Awards) will once again celebrate those who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of others in workplaces and communities around them.

This elite pick and mix of diversity ambassadors will gather in Manchester at The Midland Hotel – reuniting a spectacular array of equality leaders.

A panel of judges including Andy woodfield – PwC, Pamela Hutchinson – Bloomberg, and Dianah Worman OBE recently gathered to finalise the widely anticipated shortlist.

The full list of finalists are as follows:

Diversity Champion Charity: Steve Whitmore, Catrina McHugh MBE, Edwin Sesange, Donna Swan, Paul McKenzie, Nikky Odutayo, Chris Ramsey, Sheree Atcheson


Diversity Champion Education: Pam Evans, Andrew Dalton, Janet Willicott, Dr Zainab Khan, Samantha Budd, Owen Toner, Julie Spencer, Jane Morrison


Diversity Champion Private:  Antonio Zappulla, Simon Sansome, Julie Baker, Lorna Stewart-Hook, Hardeep Kundan, Ashish Prabhu, Christina Riley, Raj Tulsiani


Diversity Champion Public: Najib Obaid Babakerkhail, Sue Owen, Barry Boffy, Emma Allen, Inspector Philip Spencer, Maggie Galbarczyk, Stephen A Ireland, Harjit K Bansal


Employee of the Year: Charlotte Jackson, Craig Downing, Sue Vincent-Jones, Alistair Gunn, Collette King, Nick Rook, LCpl Priscilla Quansah, Victor Finch


Head of Diversity & Inclusion: Audrey Campbell, Banji Adewumi, Dawn Moore, Asif Sadiq MBE, Coral Taylor, Claire Parker, Christos Tsaprounis, Fiona Daniel


Diverse Marketing Campaign of the Year: Pride in London #Pride Matters, Bristol Students Union (Bristol SU), Ford & Time to Change – Elephant in Transit, River Island & Ditch the Label – LABELS ARE FOR CLOTHES, One Voice – I’m not a Muslim but I will fast for one day, Lloyds Bank #GetTheInsideOut, McCains – Here’s to Love, Stonewall – Rainbow Laces


Best Diversity Resource: BT plc – TechWomen Programme, Clarion Housing Group – Train-The-Trainers Programme, AFTA Thought training consultants, Northern Care Alliance NHS Trust – EDI Team, myAccessHub – alvrCloud, Cheshire Constabulary – Diversity Ally Scheme, Black British Academics, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and National Express buses (NX) – Welcome Aboard


Outstanding Diversity Network: Building Equality, LGBT+@Sky, Mott MacDonald Advance Network, The Black Solicitors Network, All Women’s Network, BartsAbility, Race to the Top G6/7 Network, EQUAL – HSE’s disabled staff network


Lifetime Achiever: Alan Bell, Shaun Gash, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Stephen Bourne, Kevin Healey, Jackie Hewitt-Main OBE, Trevor Wood MBE FRSA, Chief Inspector Umer Khan


The Inclusive Companies Awards are also working in partnership with the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers. The first and only index of its kind, the definitive list of the nation’s most inclusive companies will be unveiled at the ceremony with top ranking organisations receiving accolades for the Diverse Company Award within their respective sectors.

With the increasing richness of diversity in Britain, the Inclusive Companies Awards recognise employers that unite workforces and challenge discrimination, applauding those for their fight against inequality.

Alison Lowe, CEO of Touchstone, the UK’s most inclusive employer said;

Diversity is not just something employers ought to do; it is something we must do if we are to recruit and retain the best staff and maintain an edge on the competition. The Inclusive Companies Awards celebrate the best in great diversity and inclusion practice whilst also recognising those special employers who go that extra mile to make their staff feel engaged. The awards also showcase individuals who have led on inclusion – often without thanks or understanding of the many barriers people might face. I am delighted to be a judge once again for these prestigious awards and am looking forward to honouring those whose selfless devotion to fairness and justice sets them apart.”

Paul Sesay, CEO and Founder of the Inclusive Companies Awards and National Diversity Awards, added;

“In difficult and challenging times, using the talent of a diverse workforce is more important than ever. Considering the diversity of your workforce and fostering an inclusive working environment can bring business benefits and provide a market advantage.” Sesay continues, “The Inclusive Companies Awards continue to be an exceptional way to celebrate the courageous actions of individuals and organisations, who are already striving for inclusion. Let’s celebrate the tremendous feats of our incredible shortlisted nominees, Congratulations to all!”

There is no doubt that the impact made by this prominent array of diversity patrons is unprecedented. Winners will be announced at The Midland Hotel, Manchester on November 15th.

To view the full list of shortlisted nominees, please CLICK HERE

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