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Business leaders and corporations set to win big at Ethnicity Awards 2023

Business leaders and global corporations including Google, Channel 4, Paramount, Lloyds Banking Group and Jaguar Land Rover have been shortlisted for a series of top accolades ahead of the Ethnicity Awards, in partnership with HSBC, which will take place at a glittering ceremony in London on November 2nd.

The Ethnicity Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that support Black, Asian and diverse Ethnic communities. The Ethnicity Awards strive to recognise those who work tirelessly –within the public eye, politics and workplace – to make a positive impact on diversity, equality and inclusion.

Accolades will acknowledge milestones in politics, media, grassroots activism and the corporate world at the event, which is now in its sixth year.

Stonewater, BT, Jacobs and UBS are amongst those shortlisted for the coveted Outstanding Employer of the Year award. They are all shortlisted for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to the betterment and progression of equality and diversity in the workplace.

Mohammed Basid of CBRE, Jay Rohman at Lloyds Banking and Mandisa Gordon of Jaguar are all shortlisted for Inspirational Leader of the Year, as well as Raghhu Narula at Natwest and Phoenix Group’s Rakesh Thakrar among others in the same category.

Other leading business names nominated include Tesco, Legal and General and Network Rail.

Meanwhile, a number of corporate names have been shortlisted in the Workplace Hero category including Aderinsola Bamgbelu of Warner Brothers, Seleeta Watson at Computacenter and James Barkley of Rolls Royce.

Commenting on the shortlist, awards founder Sarah Garrett MBE, said:

“This is an incredibly exciting mix of some of the world’s most respected diversity and inclusion providers.

“These awards exist to shine a light on the individuals, organisations and charities who are helping to make the world a better place for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities during what continues to be a very challenging time.

“The nominees are all role models who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to raising awareness of, or advancing, inclusion and diversity in their respective spaces, whether it be business, politics, media or grassroots.

“The Ethnicity Awards remain as important as ever and all of our nominees are incredibly deserving. It is going to be a wonderful event as always and I cannot wait to see everyone on November 2nd.”

2023 ETHNICITY AWARDS NOMINEES

EXCEPTIONAL INCLUSION 

Zarina Mahmud – Credit Suisse
Brucine Francis – Jacobs
Maria St Louis – Channel 4
Chanelle Gray – Savills
Sujan Sribalakrishnan – Amazon
Simone Coultress Johnson – Matthey
Kerry Griffiths – BP
Apeksha Naik – Great British Railways
Mina Prince – Macquarie

Nicole Willams – Ashurst

INSPIRATIONAL LEADER 

Raghu Narula – NatWest
Rakesh Thakrar – Phoenix Group
Victoria Chan – Santander
Oli O’Donoghue – HSBC
Belton Flournoy – Protiviti
Vinay Ramkumar – Avanade
George Kwashie Awusu – KPMG
Mohammed Basid – CBRE
Jay Rohman – Lloyds Banking Group
Mandisa Gordon – Jaguar Land Rover

CHAMPION (ALLY) 

Liam Cowell – DLA Piper
Louise Bucknole – Paramount
Simon Croxford – UBS
Simon Tarry – Smith + Nephew
Richard Court – Cadent Gas Ltd
Honey Kirtley – BNY Mellon
Hayley Creighton – National Grid
Emily Parker – Tesco
David Aldrich – Moody’s
Deborah Nutt – Arcadis

WORKPLACE HERO 

Aderinsola Bamgbelu – Warner Brothers
Seleeta Watson – Computacenter
James Barkley – Rolls Royce
Sarita Rai – Tarmac

Lily Satterthwaite – Microsoft

Sosseh Njie – BCLP Law

Seema Bhatnagar – PwC

Zahida Zabairu – Nestle

Jannet Dosanjh – Pinsent Masons

Anoushka Lilley – Nationwide Building Society

FUTURE LEADER 

Cecilia Adjei-Sarpong – Essence Media
Mike Adebiyi – Google
Marina Ebrubah – The Man Group
Tashan Dwyer – Allen Overy
Junaed Khan – UK Government
Ahmed Yusuf – OVO
Laura Rice – Motability Operations
Alexinder Riyat – Citi
Jyoti Jassi – Network Rail
Leanna Hay – Experian

NETWORK GROUP (ERG) 

Airbus
BT
GSK
Sainsburys
The Co-Operative Bank
Virgin Money
Stonewater
Amazon
PwC
Legal and General

OUTSTANDING EMPLOYER 

BP
BT
Lloyds Banking Group
HSBC
Jacobs
KPMG
NatWest
Macquarie
Stonewater
UBS

SOCIAL IMPACT 

Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers
HSBC UK and The Prince’s Trust | Black participants in The Trust’s Enterprise programme
Aleto10, in partnership with OVO
State Street Partnership with ELBA Parity Project
Diversity Project’s #TalkAboutBlack
‘The Guestlist’ – The Elephant Room (nominated by Burberry)
UpSkill Digital
Generation Change by Paramount
Templeton & Partners (Nadeem Ahmad)
Career Partnership by BP

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