The 14th May 2015 saw the winners of this year’s Excellence in Diversity Awards announced. With an event held in Manchester, these awards celebrated the remarkable efforts organisations nationwide have made to reinforce their commitment to harnessing and strengthening a diverse workforce, embedding equality and inclusion within their value system.
Award categories included Diversity Champion and Diversity Company Awards, which were be split into 5 sectors: Education, Housing, Public, Private and Charity.
Other Awards included: Employee of the Year, Best Diversity Resource, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Diversity Marketing Campaign, Outstanding Diversity Network and Lifetime Achiever Awards.
Julie Jaye Charles
We are pleased to congratulate DAA member Julie Jaye Charles (CEO of Equalities National Council) for winning a lifetime achievement award at the Excellence in Diversity Awards, having been shortlisted from 638 other candidates.
The Lifetime Achiever Award honours an individual who has devoted a major portion of their professional life to enhancing the practice of equality and diversity, making significant, innovative, and cumulatively outstanding contributions to the cause.
Read here to find out more about Julie’s inspiring BME community driven work.
Update to story: An article was also published in The Voice on 7th June, to celebrate Julie’s award.
Another highlight of the evening came when Jane Hatton beat four other hopefuls in the running for the Diversity Champion Award in the Private Sector, for her innovative efforts, championing inclusion for disabled candidates across the employment market.
West Midlands based Jane founded (DAA member) EvenBreak in 2011, a specialist job board run by disabled people for disabled people.
Dianah Worman OBE, CIPD, presented the awards stating ‘Jane has spent her entire working life championing equal opportunities and fighting for the rights of those in disadvantaged situations, and for that reason she thoroughly deserves to be named a Diversity Champion.’
Find out more about Jane’s fantastic work to help employers connect with disabled people here.