PUBLIC CATEGORY WINNERS
MOIRA STUART OBE
In 1981, Moira Stuart presented the BBC News, becoming the first African-Caribbean female newsreader on British television. Now, this year, she celebrates forty years as a broadcaster. After spending the best part of four decades at the BBC as both a television and radio newscaster, The presenter moved to radio station Classic FM late last year to present the news, as well as her own show. The daughter of a Dominican mother and a Barbadian father, Stuart truly is a national treasure.
Brit Awards breakthrough artist Arlo Parks rose to fame last year and released her debut studio album to critical acclaim. Despite being only 20, the singer-songwriter has used her platform to make strong statements about the Black Lives Matter movement and is already a prominent role model among the community, making sure people know there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
INSPIRATIONAL PUBLIC FIGURE
Naomi Campbell is one of the most recognisable Black supermodels of all time. In addition to a distinguished modeling career, Campbell is also responsible for wide-ranging fundraising and charity work across the globe and is an experienced businesswoman and philanthropist. From her work in the 90s with Nelson Mandela to her work with the advocacy group, Diversity Coalition In 2013, Campbell has utilised her platform and image to advocate for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority people and been outspoken about her own experience of racial bias in the fashion industry.
Munya Chawawa is known for his development and portrayal of various characters, his popularity spiking during the coronavirus pandemic as he kept fans entertained throughout lockdown online. He speaks about issues affecting society and actually created a character called Unknown P “as a nod towards the appropriation and false ownership of black culture that often happens in western societies”.
BROADCASTER, JOURNALIST OR HOST
MEDIA PROGRESS MOMENT
LEIGH-ANNE PINNOCK’S RACE, POP AND POWER DOCUMENTARY
ALEX SCOTT MBE
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITIES
CHARITY OR COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
END VIOLENCE AND RACISM AGAINST ESEA COMMUNITIES
BUSINESS CATEGORY WINNERS
National Grid is one of the world’s largest investor-owned energy companies, committed to delivering electricity and gas safely, reliably, and efficiently to the customers and communities we serve.
We play a vital role in connecting millions of people to the energy they use, through our regulated utility businesses in the UK and the US; with principal operations in electricity and gas transmission and distribution, as well as National Grid Ventures. Our ambition is to operate and develop our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. We are committed to building a workforce that represents the communities we serve and creating an environment where each individual feels respected, fairly treated, valued and able to reach their full potential.
KEMI FAJOYE, PEARSON
Kemi Fajoye is the co-founder and Co-Chair of P.R.I.M.E. Under Kemi’s inspirational leadership, P.R.I.M.E. was nominated in the 2020 Ethnicity Awards in the category of top ten ERGs/Networks. Passionate about DEI and a founding member of Pearson’s Global DEI Taskforce, Kemi was selected as one of four secondees at the end of 2020, managing and leading the review of company-wide policies and practices with a DEI lens. Her leadership and commitment to workforce equality and inclusion led to Kemi changing roles from Senior Investigator, to Human Resources Advisor for Pearson in January 2021, further leveraging her DEI experience and knowledge.
SEGUN OSUNTOKUN - BCLP
Segun Osuntokun is Partner in Charge, UK, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP). With over 27 years litigation and arbitration experience across a range of sectors, including the banking and financial services and energy sectors, Segun specialises in resolving complex disputes and claims which have elements of dishonesty, fraud or corruption. Segun is Head of BCLP’s Africa Group and many of his cases relate to or originate from jurisdictions in sub-Saharan Africa.
SAMI HALEPOTA - SURREY POLICE
As a Muslim in the post 9/11 world, Sami grew up scared of the police. He used to stiffen up in fear seeing police officers and avoided eye contact in order to not draw attention. Yet, due to this fear he was intrigued to understand the police better. Having joined, he was amazed by how his views were largely unfounded and why so many in ethnic minority communities hold similar views. This now drives him to ensure the police are sensitive to Black, Asiana and Ethnic Minority needs, have a nuanced approach and truly police by consent when it comes to Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority communities.
NETWORK GROUP (ERG)
EMBRACE - HSBC UK
HSBC’s UK Embrace aims to inspire and support our minority ethnic colleagues and their allies to perform to the best of their abilities in an open, inclusive and supportive environment. We work together with senior leaders to engage and influence HSBC policy and culture from the top down, offering guidance and education to address different ethnicity biases that affect our colleagues. Through activities and events, Embrace also supports the professional development of our members, providing them with mentoring and career development opportunities. We also partner with HSBC’s various lines of business to embed ethnicity initiatives and promote inclusion.
JAMES CLARRY - COUTTS
James is the Chief Operating Officer for the Wealth Businesses of NatWest Group, which includes the market-leading brands of Coutts & Co and Natwest Premier. He took on this role in July 2017, having joined Natwest in 2004 after several years as a derivatives lawyer in a leading law firm, Allen & Overy.
James is a proud executive co-sponsor of Diversity & Inclusion within NatWest Wealth and co-founder of the Ethnicity Allies of the Natwest Multicultural Network.\
James lives near Brighton with wife Annie and four children. He is an active member of St Peters Church, Brighton and a keen long-distance trail runner.