Judging Panel 2022
Our esteemed panel of judges will meet to go through our Top 10 evidence submissions and deliberate on a winner for specific categories. We have collated various business leaders and diversity specialists for this task, and each member of the panel is heavily invested in ethnicity and the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic agenda, both in the workplace and the wider community. The Judging Panel only decides the winner for specific corporate categories. Celebrity and consumer categories are decided by the public – see our voting page for more information.
Talent is everywhere; opportunity is not.
Alan is an experienced business leader in geopolitical risk and business intelligence who partners closely with internal clients to deliver strategic insights for their business problems. He and his team played a core role in Macquarie’s COVID-19 response, as well as helping clients understand the impacts of major geopolitical events. His other passion is boosting ethnic allyship in the workplace, through his role as co-chair of Fusion, Macquarie’s ethnic diversity employee network group. As co-chair, he helped grow membership, arrange race allyship workshops, ESEA heritage month and support colleagues’ BME recruitment and Black History Month initiatives.
Andre joined HSBC Legal in 2018, initially advising their Asset Management business and, more recently, the Global Banking & Markets business. He is also co-Chair for UK Embrace, HSBC’s ethnicity ERG / employee network.
Andre has been working in the City for over 30 years – previously as a Managing Director in the legal team at BlackRock and, before that, a partner at Simmons & Simmons. He trained and qualified at Freshfields.
Bernadette Thompson OBE
NHS Barts Health
Bernadette is the Associate Director of Inclusion for NHS, Barts Health. Prior to this role, she spent 23 years in the Civil Service where she held a range of operational and HR roles, across many Government departments and agencies.
She is a strategic and progressive HR professional with in-depth knowledge, insight and expertise in Diversity and Inclusion, employee engagement and cultural intelligence.
For 5 years, Bernadette co-chaired a multi-award-winning cross government race network; she is a pivotal influencer and trusted partner to senior leaders across a range of sectors.
She has a proven track record of engaging with employees at every level, reaching hearts and minds, supporting people to be the best that they can be. In the 2021 Queens Birthday Honours list, Bernadette was awarded an OBE for services to Diversity and Inclusion.
Legal & General
Bola is LGIM’s Global DEI Partner, having previously worked in Technology for 20+ years. Her drive, commitment and advocacy for DEI, cohesion and integration have led to impactful organisational culture transformation.
Bola helps formulate and execute on LGIM’s D&I strategy in alignment with our business priorities through collaborating with global stakeholders in embedding D&I into our core business.
She is founder and Co-Chair of Culture Club, fostering dialogue and creating a safe space for colleagues to share experiences, while enabling an inclusive workplace for future generations.
She is known within the industry for her inclusion work, representing LGIM on industry bodies such as the Investment Association: helping to shape an effective approach to diversity data collection. Bola was also Steerco member and now Ambassador of #talkaboutblack under the Diversity Project. She continues to bring together D&I Leads and Ethnicity Co-chairs to share best practice with the goal of effecting broader sustainable and impactful change. Bola is also a member of the Black Women in Asset Management network, who volunteers on the Impact committee
Bola is a thought-leader, speaker and an award-winning DEI Advocate, who has been instrumental in keeping DEI momentum with the support and commitment of senior leadership.
Kerry would characterise himself as a diversity, equity & inclusion warrior, passionate about the pursuit of fairness and justice. He is a Consultant for Diversity Equity & Inclusion at bp plc, a qualified chartered certified accountant, and a leadership coaching practitioner & facilitator.
In addition, Kerry is a leader in bp’s Positively Ethnic Network, a Business Resource Group helping to improve bp’s competitiveness through improving representation, inclusion, and progression of underrepresented minorities in the UK.
Nina Bhogal has had a wide and varied career across National Grid over the last 25 years and held roles in IS, Corporate HR, Capital Delivery, European Business Development, OnStream and is now part of the Electricity System Operator (ESO). The ESO moves electricity round Great Britain’s system to keep homes and businesses supplied with the energy they need 24/7, 365 days a year.
She is part of the ONE Network, National Grid’s multicultural Employee Resource Group and was selected (by Race for Opportunity) as Lead Mentor for a Midlands-based Mentoring Circle for ethnic minority women.
Nina is currently a Product Manager overseeing the replacement of two critical finance systems working as part of a virtual team across the UK, India and the Philippines.
British Telecommunications Group Plc
Prash is the Deputy Co-Chair of BT’s Ethnic Diversity Network, made up of 2000 members within the BT Group around the globe and focusing on matters relating to inclusion, equality and fairness. Prash is Legal Director – Transformation and Special Projects at BT. He has specialised in technology related matters and crisis management. He has led teams to support BT and EE with rolling out their new 5G network, prepare BT’s response to any changes from Brexit and support the R&D division to design and create new and cutting-edge technology. Prash has been at BT for 5 years, having joined from EY where he was Associate Director, Legal Technology. Prash has also worked for the BBC, supporting their iPlayer strategy and dealing with legal issues relating to technology and the delivery of the Olympics on all BBC platforms. Prash trained as a lawyer with Stephenson Harwood in 2010 and has worked in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and India.
Outside of work, Prash is the Chair of Governors at his old primary school in Ealing. He also enjoys running, cooking, listening to jazz and keeping up to date on current affairs.
Lloyds Banking Group
Sam is the Race Action Plan Lead for Lloyds Banking Group, accountable for driving cultural change, recruitment, and progression across the Group and in the community. In an increasingly multicultural society, we can only truly become best bank for customers if our workforce reflects the ethnic diversity of the UK population.
The first FTSE 100 company to make a commitment to increase representation of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic colleagues to reflect the customers we serve. In 2020, the commitment extended to increasing Black representation in senior roles to align with the overall UK labour market.
Sam is a Non-Executive Director on the board of Ideal For All, a user-led registered charity for disabled and disadvantaged people and Chair of Governors at Meadow Primary School. Sam’s experience in financial services spans over two decades, people specialist with extensive experience in developing strategies and enhancing leaders, their teams and organisational culture.
Wincie Knight is Vice President of Global Inclusion Strategy. Wincie is responsible for leading Paramount UK’s diversity and inclusion strategy for the CAUKI (Canada, Australia, UK and Israel) Cluster. Wincie is a passionate advocate for championing a company culture centred on belonging, and spearheaded Paramount UK’s first Inclusion Week in 2018, which has since expanded to Paramount offices in more than 30 countries. Wincie holds a Masters in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck, University of London where she conducted research focused on Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic employees in media organisations. In addition, Wincie has completed an Executive Leadership Programme at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in the United States.
Our esteemed panel of judges will meet to go through our Top 10 evidence submissions and deliberate on a winner for specific categories. We have collated various business leaders for this task, and each member of the panel is heavily invested in ethnicity and the BAME agenda, both in the workplace and the wider community. The Judging Panel only decides the winner for specific corporate categories. Celebrity and consumer categories are decided by the public – see our “Vote” page for more information.