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    Virgin Atlantic, NatWest and HSBC UK listed for top honours at Burberry British Diversity Awards as Alison Hammond, Alan Carr and Stormzy Shortlisted

    The Burberry British Diversity Awards has released its shortlist ahead of the annual ceremony which will take place in London on Wednesday 22 March.

    The awards celebrate leading diversity and inclusion champions, recognising achievements over the past year across ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and religious beliefs.

    Major businesses such as Virgin Atlantic and NatWest are also nominated in the National Grid Company of the Year category alongside the likes of Wickes and Swinton Insurance while extraordinary projects like The Wolfpack Project, Football for Change and The 93% Club are all nominees for the Community Project of the Year honour for their work to combat youth loneliness and drive social mobility respectively.

    Alison Hammond, Alan Carr, Stormzy and Jill Scott MBE are among the big names nominated in the Greene King Media Champion in the Public Eye category – a prize previously won by Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock and football legend Jamie Carragher.

    And the biggest diversity and inclusion event in Britain’s red-carpet calendar also sees nominations for Doctor Who actor Ncuti Gatwa, decorated Paralympian and Strictly Come Dancing star Ellie Simmonds OBE, music icon Little Simz, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan plus comedians John Bishop and Romesh Ranganthan.

    The awards ceremony takes place on March 22 at Grosvenor House, London, and will be co-hosted by presenter, Diversity expert and award-winning author June Sarpong OBE plus NHS doctor and BAFTA award-winning television presenter Dr Ranj Singh.

    Elsewhere, in a new Diversity in Tech specific to the Disability category sponsored by BT, AccessAble goes head-to-head with auticon UK for the top honour.

    BT’s chief technology officer Howard Watson said:

    “We are incredibly proud to be sponsoring the British Diversity Awards for the next three years. We’ve worked together to establish an award that specifically celebrates companies or individuals who creatively use technology to break down barriers and widen participation for people with disabilities.

    “Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our purpose: we connect for good. We believe new technology helps to transform people’s lives for the better. The future of tech must be inclusive and diverse for everyone to benefit and beyond. That’s why we aim to become the world’s most trusted connector of people, devices and machines. Our push to become a more inclusive business will never stop.”

    Global oil and gas company BP’s Positive Ethnicity Network (PEN) has been nominated in the Outstanding Ethnic Diversity Network of the Year category alongside the Financial Times’ FT Embrace and Direct Line Group’s REACH networks.

    In addition to being the headline sponsor, Burberry is also sponsoring the Charity of the Year category, and making a £5,000 donation to the winner; with Micro Rainbow, Sporting Equals and Urban Synergy all in the running.

    As well as honouring companies, networks, and campaigns the Burberry British Diversity Awards also recognises and celebrates individual contributions through the Hero, Diversity Champion, Inspirational Role Model, HR Champion, and Head of Diversity categories.

    Among the individuals, Kabir Alam of HSBC UK and Tolu Oke of Amazon Web Services are nominees in the Lockton Inspirational Role Model of the Year Category, whilst Bank of London’s Vania Jussura and Selfridges’ Sharlene John are both contenders for the Ruebik HR Champion of the Year.

    Linda Riley, the founder of the Burberry British Diversity Awards, added:

    “We are incredibly proud to once again be recognising and celebrating those organisations, companies and individuals who consistently work to advocate and promote diversity, equality and inclusion.

    “In these particularly difficult economic times, it is encouraging to see that so many businesses and organisations continue to put diversity and Inclusion in the front and centre of their strategic plans. I’m especially pleased to see an increasing number of organisations doing more to support well-being and social mobility.

    “Over the past year, our nominees have realised great achievements, championing the diversity of race, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, religious belief or social mobility.

    “Our awards ceremony allows us to bring together these inspirational and incredible people and truly celebrate their accomplishments.”

    With nominations across 19 categories, the 2023 Burberry British Diversity Awards has established itself as a powerful voice for diversity and inclusion, with this year’s awards recognising the positive impact of marketing, campaigning, media diversity and social mobility representation across the UK.

    10x Banking, Attest, BootsUK, BT, Centrica, Greene King, Haleon, Lockton, National Grid and Haleon are all sponsoring categories at the event.

    BRITISH DIVERSITY AWARDS 2023 SHORTLIST:

    COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR

    Bring The Power – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

    Hinkley Connection Project -National Grid

    I AM: Programme – Unloc supported by Verizon

    Northumbria Police and Hedleys College Students Police

    Getting on Board

    Schools’ Inclusion Alliance

    The 93% Club

    The Community Impact Initiative CIC

    The Wolfpack Project

    UK Black Pride

    10X BANKING – HEAD OF DIVERSITY OF THE YEAR

    Alessandro Storer – OVO

    Ama Ocansey -BNP Paribas

    Cecil Peters – J.P. Morgan

    Dr. María Angélica Pérez – Fitch Ratings

    Karen Wiesenekker – British Transport Police

    Katherine Gansallo – London Stock Exchange Group

    Lisa Waterhouse – National Grid

    Megan Cross – Kantar

    Melissa Godfray – Jacobs

    Raj Jones – Sodexo

    Tim Hardy-Lenik – CSG

    Zoey Hudson – Govia Thameslink Railway

    BOOTS – HERO OF THE YEAR

    Amjad Khan – HSBC

    Anne Aslett – Elton John Aids Foundation

    Anna Dilku – Aviva

    Chloe Davies – Lucky Generals

    Elizabeth Rimmington – Barclaycard

    Jamie Christon – Chester Zoo

    John Gillies-Wilkes – Motor Neurone Disease Association

    Katie Neeves – Cool2BTrans

    Oliver Holmes – Browne Jacobson

    Mandy Rico – INvolve

    BT – DIVERSITY IN TECH (DISABILITY) OF THE YEAR

    AccessAble

    Accessercise

    auticon UK

    BRACI

    Brain in Hand

    Caretech & Smartbox

    Clifford Chance Tech Group

    Clu

    Code First Girls

    Connected Academy

    Snap Finger Click

    MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

    #Breakthestereotype-The Glenlivet

    Break the Bias Campaign – Wates Group

    Fair Pensions For All – NOW: Pensions

    Guest How You Guest – IHG Hotels & Resorts

    I’m Not Prejudiced, But… – Greene King

    Imagine a world… – CPB London

    Gender Neutral Uniform Campaign – Virgin Atlantic

    No Fixed Address – HSBC UK and Shelter

    Say Yes to Rainbow Laces and No To Hate – Chelsea FC

    Welcome Inclusion Campaign – ICAEW in collaboration with We are Sunday

    CENTRICA – SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

    Abigail Adams – Motion Content Group

    Amir Sethu – MS Amlin

    Anna Russell – Bupa

    Ben Wilson – Association of British Insurers

    David Croft – Reckitt

    Dominique Santini – CSM Sport & Entertainment

    David Pugh – Digital Catapult

    Jessica Runicles – Motorsport UK

    Julia Meek – Zenobe Energy

    Peter Bragg – Canon EMEA

    HALEON – DIVERSITY TEAM OF THE YEAR

    Be Yourself & Community Team – Virgin Atlantic

    Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Team – Govia Thameslink Railway

    DE&I Team – OLIVER

    DE&I Team – Clarasys

    DEI Team – News UK

    Diversity Board – Selfridges

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee – Sidley Austin LLP

    Inclusion Team – HSBC UK

    Belonging Team – OVO

    Student Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Team – University of Birmingham

    BURBERRY – CHARITY OF THE YEAR

    Age Exchange

    DFN Project SEARCH

    Gendered Intelligence

    Hidayah UK

    Micro Rainbow

    NeuroDiversity in Business

    Sporting Equals

    Technology Community for Racial Equality (TC4RE)

    UK Chinese Women Connect

    Urban Synergy

    LOCKTON – INSPIRATIONAL ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR

    Antonio Bebba – Pfizer

    Bobbi Pickard – bp/Trans In The City

    David McIntosh – KPMG

    Emma Rawlinson – Atlanta Group

    Franklin Asante – Coutts

    Greg Turner-Smart – Rolls-Royce SMR

    Hannah Awonuga – Barclays

    Kabir Alam – HSBC UK

    Michael Adeniya            – UK Black Business Week & Show

    Roianne Nedd – Oliver Wyman

    Tolu Oke  – Amazon Web Services

    Vishal Desai – MS Amlin

    OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE NETWORK OF THE YEAR

    Collabor8 – Santander Consumer Finance

    Defence Women’s Network

    Greene Sky – Greene King

    Health & Wellbeing Network – Legal & General

    LSEG WIN (Women Inspired Network) – London Stock Exchange Group

    Pride Network – Sage

    Forces Community Network – Centrica

    Social Mobility Network – KPMG

    WiNG (Women in National Grid) – National Grid

    Inclusion Council – Ketchum UK, part of Omnicom Group

     

    OUTSTANDING DISABILITY NETWORK OF THE YEAR

    Ability – Mills & Reeve

    Ability – Greene King

    Ability UK – HSBC UK

    Able2 Network – BT

    Disability & NeuroDiversity Employee Resource Groups – AMS

    Disability Staff Network – University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

    Enable – Clifford Chance

    NeuroDiversity & Disability Employee Network – Direct Line Group

    The Adapt Network – Atos

    The Association of Disabled Lawyer

    OUTSTANDING ETHNIC DIVERSITY NETWORK OF THE YEAR

    EMPOWERED – Oliver Wyman

    Ethnic Diversity Network – BT

    FT Embrace – Financial Times

    LEAD Network (Latin@s for Empowerment, Advancement and Development) – London Stock Exchange Group

    Mosaic Employee Resource Group – Dell Technologies

    Multicultural Inclusion Network (MCIN) – WTW

    Multicultural Network (MCN) – NatWest

    Positive Ethnicity Network (PEN) – bp

    REACH – Direct Line Group

    Unity – Greene King

    OUTSTANDING LGBTQI+ NETWORK OF THE YEAR

    Archway – Network Rail

    bp Pride – bp

    Breathe Network – KPMG

    Pride – HSBC UK

    Pride Alliance UK – Walgreens Boots Alliance

    Prism – Post Office

    Proud FT – Financial Times

    PrOWd – Oliver Wyman

    UK LGBT+ Network – WTW

    Unity – EY

    SOCIAL MOBILITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

    Big Voice London

    Clu

    Football For Change

    Passport to Change – Virgin Atlantic

    Pathways to Consulting – Oliver Wyman, McKinsey, Bain, and BCG

    Social Mobility Action Plan – Simmons & Simmons LLP

    Social Mobility Network – KPMG

    Social Mobility Strategy – Mishcon de Reya LLP

    The Changing Face of Technology – Atos

    The Integrated Vicious Circle Campaign – HSBC UK

    RUEBIK – HR CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

    Ciprian Arhire – Entain Group

    Claire Hope – IHG Hotels and Resorts

    Genevieve Glover – Barchester Healthcare

    Hannah Spencer – National Grid

    Jordana Semaan – Investcorp

    Marie-Helene Tyack – Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

    Rebecca Roberts – Kellogg Europe

    Sanchia Alasia – London South Bank University Group

    Sharlene John – Selfridges

    Vania Jussura – The Bank of London

    NATIONAL GRID – COMPANY OF THE YEAR

    Deutsche Bank

    Kantar

    London South Bank University Group

    NatWest

    Silicon Valley Bank UK

    SThree plc

    Swinton Insurance

    Virgin Atlantic

    Wickes

    WTW

    DIVERSITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

    Bano Sheikh – KPMG

    Deepa Shah – Bupa

    Deon Pillay – Legal & General Investment Management

    Eimear O’Connor – Form3

    Emily Hamilton – RS Group PLC

    Fraser Longden – Wickes

    Jennifer Tippin – NatWest

    Olivia Grant – Reed Smith

    Romi Savova – PensionBee

    Simon Lem – Vertex Pharmaceuticals

    Victoria Anderson – Big Voice London

    Georgia Dawson – Freshfields

    GREENE KING – MEDIA CHAMPION IN THE PUBLIC EYE

    Alan Carr – Comedian, broadcaster, and writer

    Alison Hammond – TV Personality

    Ellie Simmonds OBE – Paralympian

    Jill Scott MBE – Professional footballer

    John Bishop – Comedian

    Little Simz – Musician

    Ncuti Gatwa – Actor

    Romesh Ranganathan – Actor and comedian

    Sadiq Khan – Mayor of London

    Stormzy – Musician

    ENDS

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