NDAwards2012_053Britain’s unsung diversity champions have been given a platform at this year’s National Diversity Awards in association with Microsoft

The Shortlist has finally been announced and the diversity that makes Britain great will be showcased at this year’s National Diversity Awards

The UK’s Largest Diversity Awards, to be held at the Queens Hotel on September 20th, will honour the outstanding achievements of grass root communities who have contributed to making a more diverse and inclusive society.

Leeds will play host to the prestigious black-tie event which has been sponsored by a growing list of top employers including Microsoft, Transport for London, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Sky, MI5, The Co-operative Group, The Open University and the Financial Ombudsman Service amongst others.

The awards have gained a mass of celebrity support from the likes of Stephen Fry, paralympians Jody Cundy and Claire Harvey and singing sensation Misha B.

Misha commented, “I’m Delighted to be a patron of The National Diversity Awards; A great opportunity to recognise and celebrate diversity in all its glory”

Veteran activist Peter Tatchell was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at last year’s ceremony, alongside Zita Holbourne, recognised for tirelessly fighting social and racial justice over the last 20 years.

This year’s shortlist sees a whole new array of talent with thousands of nominations received from across the UK. The shortlist has now been revealed:

  • Positive Role Model Age: Torron-Lee Dewar, Aaron Anderson, David Clark
  • Positive Role Model Disability: Rachael Johnson, Rachel Gadsden, Simon Green
  • Positive Role Model Gender: Marai Larasi MBE, Paula Manley, Vivienne Hayes
  • Positive Role Model LGBT: Grace Cardozo, Al Smith, Scott Durairaj
  • Positive Role Model Race, Faith or Religion: Derek McAuley, David Michael, Miranda Lowe
  • Entrepreneur of Excellence Age: Junior Ogunyemi, Zoe Jackson, Carly Ward
  • Entrepreneur of Excellence Disability: Paul Fogarty, Dave Thompson MBE DL, Tina Lannin
  • Entrepreneur of Excellence Gender: Jessica Elliot, Renny Adejuwon, Jacquie Johnston-Lynch
  • Entrepreneur of Excellence LGBT: Matthew Parsons, Andrew Hick, Elaine McKenzie
  • Entrepreneur of Excellence Race, Faith or Religion: Clare Eluka, Supriya Nagarajan, Jessica Huie
  • Community Organisation Age: Neighbourhood Elders Team, Community on Solid Ground, Bristol Older People’s Forum
  • Community Organisation Disability: Buzz Youth Group, Taking Flight Theatre Company, Spider-y
  • Community Organisation Gender: West End Women’s and Girls’ Centre, Twenty Ten Club , Men Get Eating Disorders Too
  • Community Organisation LGBT: Pink Therapy, Birmingham LGBT, Older & Out
  • Community Organisation Race, Faith or Religion: English Disco Lovers, UK Black Pride, St Philips Centre
  • Community Organisation Multi-Strand: Chase Against Crimes of Hate, Ditch the Label, KCC Live
  • Lifetime Achiever: Hope Powell CBE, Ben Summerskill OBE, James Partridge OBE
  • Diverse Company: Farnell Element14, ITV, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Staffordshire and West Midland Probation Trust, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Paul Sesay, founder of The NDA’s said; ‘Well done to all shortlisted nominees. We had an overwhelming amount of nominations this year and the standard has been exceptional.’

TV personality Brian Dowling will take to the stage once again to host the evening, along with British actress and CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell.

Brian said; ‘Last year was an amazing night filled with so many inspirational people, and it made a change to be at a national event that recognised the different variety of talent that the UK has to offer’

‘I look forward to witnessing what the 2013 ceremony will bring, but I know another fantastic array of role models and charities will be celebrated’

Congratulations to all shortlisted nominees, winners will be announced at The National Diversity Awards 2013.

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