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The National Diversity Awards 2023 Sponsors

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Award Categories

Positive Role Model Award

The importance of having a role model can never be underestimated; role models help us to be driven, to focus, to achieve goals and strive to gain success. The positive role model award recognises an individual within the community who shows selflessness, drives change and works tirelessly to inspire others.

Community Organisation Award

This award applauds groups, charities and voluntary organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to their local community, or nationwide, with diversity as their core focus.

Entrepreneur of Excellence Award: Sponsor - Kantar

The Entrepreneur of Excellence Award recognises individuals who have created a viable business, showcasing entrepreneurship and innovation. Whether you’re an entrepreneur from a diverse background, or an entrepreneur with a business that has a specific focus on a strand of diversity, then this awards for you.

Diverse Company Award

The Diverse Company Award identifies a large organisation that is showing great strides in incorporating diversity and inclusion across their business. Whether that be an employer who has developed and delivered a number of innovative resources, attracted and retained a diverse workforce or is just starting out on their diversity journey, then we want to hear from you. This award is for companies that have over 150 employees.

Lifetime Achiever Award

This prestigious award honours an individual who has made significant, innovative and cumulatively outstanding contributions to enhancing the practice of equality and diversity, devoting a major portion of their life to their cause.

Celebrity of the Year Award

A celebrity that has a passion for diversity & enhancement for inclusion, using their platform to highlight a specific issue/cause and influencing positive change across the UK.

Meet The Judges

Katie Piper
English Writer, Activist, Television Presenter and Model

Shelley Bishton
News UK
Head of Creative Diversity

Raj Morjaria
Direct Line Group
Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Caroline Frankum
Global CEO, Profiles Division

Professor Marcia Wilson
The Open University
Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Christos Tsaprounis FCIPD
Auto Trader UK
Head of People & Culture

Dionne Aiken
Chief Marketing Officer, Profiles Division

Helen Robinson
Auto Trader UK
Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement Manager

Ash Palmisciano
TV Actor

Shane Ryan
Avast Foundation
Global Executive Director

Daniel Biddle
National Diversity Employment And Advisory Service Ltd

Vanessa Vallely

Jake Graf

Writer/Director/Actor & Trans Advocate

Hannah Graf MBE

Ex British Army Officer

Danny Crates
Paralympic Champion and Former World record holder

David Villa-Clarke BEM
Aleto Foundation

Dr Tony Lloyd
ADHD Foundation


Friday September 16th 2022

6.15pm – 7.00pm        Drinks Reception with Special Performance from Chester LGBT Choir
7.00pm – 7.30pm         Opening Speeches
7.30pm – 9.00pm         3 Course Dinner
9.00pm – 10.00pm        First Half of Awards Presentation
10.00pm – 10.15pm    Interval
10.15pm – 10.30pm Entertainment: Movema
10.30pm – 11.30pm  Second Half of Awards Presentation
11.30pm – 11.45pm Entertainment: Lemar
11.45pm – 12.00am  Carriages

Travel Information

On foot

We are about a thirty-minute walk from most central Liverpool locations including Lime Street and Central railway stations and our main bus terminals.

By Train

Coming into Liverpool by National or Regional Rail? Many major train services terminate at Liverpool Lime Street.

By Bus

Buses stop near the Cathedral every 12 minutes or so. Routes 82, 86 stop nearby and if you like the hop on hop off city tours then you can include our Cathedral on your route.

For more information visit the Mersey travel website.