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National Diversity Awards

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The National Diversity Awards is an awards ceremony which honours positive role models, entrepreneurs and community organisations across several different strands within the equality and diversity sector. It is held annually in various venues across the United Kingdom.

National Diversity Awards
The National Diversity Awards Logo.jpg
Sponsored byJohnson & Johnson
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byThe Diversity Group
First awarded2012
Websitewww.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk

Founded by current CEO, Paul Sesay, who is also the founder and CEO of I Spoil U Media, The Diversity Group and The Excellence in Diversity Awards, the National Diversity Awards launched in 2012.[1]

The National Diversity Awards 2015 took place at The Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool on 18 September 2015.[2]

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Award Strands and CategoriesEdit

The awards are honoured to individuals, charities and community organisations across five different strands: Age; Disability; Gender; LGBT; and Race, Faith and Religion.

The National Diversity Awards consist of the Positive Role Model award, the Entrepreneur of Excellence award, the Community Organisation award, the Diverse Company award and the Lifetime Achiever award.

The Positive Role Model and the Community Organisation award categories are split across each of the National Diversity Awards’ five strands, whilst the Community Organisation category also consists of a multi-strand award.

The Entrepreneur of Excellence award "recognises individuals who have best demonstrated managerial expertise in assembling resources, creating an organisation, decision making under uncertainty, being forward looking, and creatively solving problems." [3]

In addition to this, the Diverse Company award is an individual honour which recognises a company’s commitment to encouraging "people from the most deprived areas to further their careers" [3]

The Lifetime Achiever award is another individual honour which recognises a person’s "significant, innovative and cumulatively outstanding contributions to enhancing the practice of equality and diversity, devoting a major portion of their professional career to the cause." [3]

Nominations and JudgesEdit

Nominations for the National Diversity Awards typically run between January and July of each year, with the awards being held later in September.

The National Diversity Awards are judged each year by leading figures in diversity across the United Kingdom. Judges include Jane Czyzselska of DIVA, Dr. Rob Berkeley MBE of Runnymede Trust, Theresa McHenry of Microsoft, Andy Woodfield a partner at PwC, Yazir Mirza of The Guardian, Heather Melville of RBS, Dr. Yvonne Thompson CBE and Mark Shrimpton of Disability Rights UK, who participate in an evaluation of nominees. Their recommendations for winners in various award categories are announced annually at the National Diversity Awards ceremony.[4]

HostsEdit

2012 saw the launch of the National Diversity Awards and was hosted by Irish television presenter and winner of the second series of Big Brother, Brian Dowling.

In 2013, Dowling was invited back to host the awards and was joined by co-host and CBeebies presenter, Cerrie Burnell, who was previously a celebrity patron of the event in 2012.

Dowling and Burnell were the official hosts of the National Diversity Awards 2014.[5]

In 2015, Dowling was invited to yet again host the awards and was joined by co-host and ITV presenter, Charlene White.

VenuesEdit

The National Diversity Awards are hosted in a different venue across the United Kingdom each year. The Awards launched at The Midland Hotel in Manchester on 21 September 2012,[6] before moving to The Queens Hotel in Leeds on 20 September 2013.[7] The Awards were then taken to the city's capital where the 2014 ceremony was held in The Hurlingham Club in London on 26 September.

The National Diversity Awards 2015 took place in The Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool on 18 September.

Celebrity PatronsEdit

Since its launch in 2012, the National Diversity Awards has attracted support from several celebrity patrons who either represent or support the equality and diversity sector.

Amongst the National Diversity Awards celebrity patrons are contemporary R&B and hip hop artist, Misha B,[8] Peter Tatchell;[9] wheelchair Paralympic Quad double Gold medallist, Peter Norfolk OBE; Paralympic Gold medallist, cyclist and former swimmer, Jody Cundy;[10] Paralympian volleyball player, Claire Harvey; stars of Channel 4 television documentary, My Transsexual Summer, Drew-Ashlyn Cunningham [11] and Lewis Hancox;[12] and transsexual beauty queen, Jackie Green.[13]

Television presenter Cerrie Burnell was also a celebrity patron of the National Diversity Awards before taking on co-hosting duties with Brian Dowling in 2013.

Celebrity EndorsersEdit

The National Diversity Awards has received a number of endorsements from celebrities across the United Kingdom, including Stephen Fry, who said:

"The UK is becoming more and more diverse. It is valuable that a national event is being held to celebrate our differences. Even now in today’s modern society we are still tackling issues of prejudice and discrimination so it is important to come together and focus on those who have demonstrated an outstanding work ethic in order to enhance equality, diversity and inclusion. I am sure The National Diversity Awards will have nothing but a positive outcome for years to come, I wish the event every success." [14][15]

R&B and soul singer, Beverley Knight, is also an endorser of The National Diversity Awards, who supported the event by saying, "I love the idea that there is an awards ceremony that celebrates our differences and their positive effect on all our lives." [14][15]

Other celebrities to give public backing towards the National Diversity Awards include Brian Blessed,[16] Katie Piper,[17] Trevor Nelson, Meera Syal,[18] Gareth Thomas,[19] Javine Hylton, Gina Yashere, Saira Choudhry, Lemar, Ross Adams, Philip Olivier, Tessa Sanderson, Chris Boardman, Ade Adepitan,[20] Danny Crates, Karen Darke, Sarah Storey,[15] Barney Storey [21] Lenny Henry, Tom Daley, Ashley Walters, Letitia Hector, Alex Beresford and Amal Fashanu.[14][20]

Sponsors, Media Sponsors and AssociatesEdit

The National Diversity Awards has been supported by current headline sponsor, Microsoft, since its launch in 2012.[22]

Other organisations to have supported the National Diversity Awards through sponsorship include The Diversity Group, I Spoil U Media, Lloyds Banking Group, MI5 Security Service,[23] Penna plc, The Army, PwC, Barclays, London School of Academics, Liverpool City Council, Mouchel/Kier Group, Financial Ombudsman Service, The Open University, Transport for London, ThoughtWorks, Riverside Housing, Easy Internet Solutions,[24] Veredus, PSS, Cardiff School of Education, Merseyside Police Authority, The Co-Operative, Sky, The Excellence in Diversity Awards and Q Hotels.

The Awards have also been supported through several media sponsors including Gaydio,[25] Gay Star News,[26] The Voice (newspaper), Asian Lite, Gay Times and Able Magazine.[27]

Associates and judges of the Awards have included Platform 51, The Fawcett Society, Runnymede Trust, DIVA, ENEI and Disability Rights UK.[28]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National Diversity Awards 2013 – who will you nominate?". The Open University. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Hurlingham Club to Host National Diversity Awards". Able Magazine. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
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  4. ^ "The Judges". The National Diversity Awards. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Nominate for the National Diversity Awards!". Gscene Magazine. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  6. ^ "PRESS RELEASE: DISABILITY ONLINE WINS A NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARD". Disability Online. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  7. ^ "West End Women and Girls Centre- Winners of Community Organisation Gender National Diversity Award 2013". West End Women. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  8. ^ "National Diversity Awards Shortlist Announced". The Voice Newspaper. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Nominations for the National Diversity Awards". The-Villager.co.uk. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  10. ^ "UK Celebrities applaud National Diversity Awards". Able Magazine. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  11. ^ "National Diversity Awards Announces 2012 Patrons". DIVA Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
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  15. ^ a b c "Celebrities come out in force to support The National Diversity Awards 2012!". Percy Hedley Foundation. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  16. ^ "UK Celebrities Applaud National Diversity Awards". The-Villager.co.uk. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  17. ^ "Microsoft Sponsor UK's Largest Diversity Awards". Able Magazine. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Nominations open for Diversity Awards". Asian Lite Magazine. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  19. ^ "UK Celebrities Applaud National Diversity Awards". The Yorkshire Times. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  20. ^ a b "Celebrities Back Diversity Awards". The Voice Newspaper. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  21. ^ "Two Manchester Paralympians praise National Diversity Awards, as nominee shortlist released". Mancunian Matters. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  22. ^ "MICROSOFT SPONSORS DIVERSITY AWARDS IN 2013". Gay UK News. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  23. ^ "British spy service MI5 gets licence to thrill at diversity awards". Gay Star News. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  24. ^ "Sponsorship". Easy Internet Services and Solutions. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  25. ^ "Peter Tatchell Wins Lifetime Achievement Award". DIVA Magazine. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  26. ^ "GSN announced as official sponsor for The National Diversity Awards". Gay Star News. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  27. ^ "Able Magazine Announced as Media Sponsors for The National Diversity Awards". Able Magazine. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  28. ^ "Celebrities including Stephen Fry praise National Diversity Awards ahead of Manchester ceremony". Mancunian Matters. Retrieved 31 January 2014.

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