European Diversity Awards – nominees

The European Diversity Awards recognise and celebrate those organisations and individuals that have shown innovation, creativity and commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion during 2014.

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The awards recognise excellence in the areas of gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, race, culture and religion across Europe.

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The EDAs are unique in recognising all aspects of diversity across the whole of Europe and celebrate the best across both the corporate and campaigning aspects of diversity. The awards are a key date in the diversity calendar in Europe and are widely acknowledged as the “Oscars of diversity” .

The Short List

Barclays – Campaigner of the Year

Tim Sigsworth – Chief Executive, The Albert Kennedy Trust
Igor Kochetkov – LGBT Rights Activist
Joel Bedos – International Coordinator, IDAHO Committee
Chris Morgan – Diversity Leader, UK financial services industry
Nikolai Baev – LGBT Rights Activist
Edward Lord O.B.E – Chairman of the ASA Group Board
Tracey Ford – Founder, JAGS Foundation
Glenn Anderson – LGBT Rights Activist

Community Project of the Year

Croydon Council
Chase Against Crimes of Hate
Pink Therapy
St Philips Centre
Out Now Global
Channel 4 Television
West End Women’s and Girls’ Centre

Royal Air Force – Diversity Champion of the Year

Colin Campbell Austin – Head of Talent & People Development, Telegraph Media Group
Aongus Hegarty – President, Dell EMEA
Monste Montaner – Head Group Quality Operations, Novartis
Mark MacKenzie MBE – Capability Development Specialist, Transport for London
Robin Elias – Managing Editor/Head of Diversity ITN News
Funke Abimbola – UK Managing counsel, Roche
Mark Anderson – Managing Director at Virgin Holidays
Andy Woodfield – PwC Partner, Leadership Coach & Mentor, UK Lead for GLEE @ PwC

Herbert Smith Freehills – Journalist of the Year

Guy Lynn – BBC London TV News
Evan Davies – English economist, journalist, and presenter for the BBC
Carmel Crimmins – Senior Financial Services Writer, Thomson Reuters
Paraic O’Brien – Reporter, Channel 4 News
Matt Frei – Europe Editor and Presenter, Channel 4 News
Ade Adepitan MBE – British television presenter and wheelchair basketball player
Sima Kotecha – BBC Reporter, Today programme
Elena Klimova – Founder, Children 404

Most inclusive Employer of the Year

Astrium France
Nestle in France

Abercrombie & Fitch – Marketing Campaign of the Year

Men Get Eating Disorders Too
Coming out – Russia
NHS Employers
Straight Alliance for LGBT Equality
Channel 4 / 4Creative – Gay Mountain
Ditch the Label

Nestle – Company of the Year

Royal Air Force
Carrefour Group
FDM Group
Brown-Forman Brands
Volvo Group

HSBC – Outstanding Employee Network Group of the Year

Diversability Support Network (NORVATIS)
The Simmons & Simmons LGBT Network
L&Q’s Spectrum network group
EY Women’s Network
WISE Employee Resource Group (DELL)
BNP PARIBAS – Parents & Carers Network
Tesco – Out at Tesco

Societe Generale – Charity if the Year

Coming out
Just Different
BRASS – Befriendng Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Accessible Italy
Diversity Role Models
The Albert Kennedy Trust
CareTrade Charitable Trust

Swiss RE – Insoirational Role Model of the Year

Louis-Georges Tin – Founder of Paris-based IDAHO Committee
Russian Open Games by the Russian LGBT Sports Federation, chair Elvina Yuvakaeva
Lt Cdr Sam Truelove – Royal Navy
Reverend Stephen Sorby – Railway & BTP Chaplain
Sophie Ward – Actor
Rishi Madlani – RBS Rainbow Network UK Chair
Caroline Murphy – LGBT Rights Activist
Kate Nash OBE – Kate Nash Associates

UNILEVER – Hero of the Year

Councillor Rabina Khan – British writer independent politician, councillor for Shadwell
Russian Open Games by the Russian LGBT Sports Federation, chair Elvina Yuvakaeva
Robin Elias – Managing Editor/Head of Diversity ITN News
Magnus Bergland – Accessibility Director, Scandic Hotels
Edward Lord O.B.E – Chairman of the ASA Group Board
Rachel Gadsden – Artist
Joan Pons Laplana – Nurse, Care Maker Regional Coordinator for Yorkshire and Humber, NHS Change Day Lead Facilitator for East Midlands
Francesca Martinez – Stand-up comedian and actress

UnitedHealth Group – Diversity Team of the Year

NHS Employers
Naval Service Diversity & Inclusion Team
Royal Air Force
BBC Expert Women campaign team
Phoenix Project
Clydesdale Bank – Vibrant LGBT Support Network

We Connect – Supplier Diversity Program of the Year

Elly Barnes – CEO and Founder of ‘Educate and Celebrate’
Johnson & Johnson
Coming out
The TV program “Karakia”
CareTrade Charitable Trust

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