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Fr Andrew was until recently Vicar of two parishes in London. He was the first working Vicar to marry a same sex partner in June 2014 and has faced strong opposition and considerable hostility from those opposed to LGBTQIA people’s rights within the Church of England. He is an outspoken critic of the leadership of the Church of England for its institutional homophobia and its discriminatory policies against its own LGBTIQIA clergy and members. As a member of General Synod, the parliament of the Church, he has contributed to the ongoing debate on human sexuality within the Church and helped produce a manifesto for change in the Church to promote equality and diversity in the Church of England. He continues to provide pastoral support and encouragement to many LGBTIQIA Christians in the struggle for greater acceptance and inclusion.


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Jaspreet Kaur, better known as Behind the Netra for her poetry is a spoken word artist from East London. By day, she is a History teacher at a secondary school in central London, with an academic background in both History and Gender Studies. Her work aims to tackle issues related to gender discrimination, mental health stigma, decolonisation and more. The end of 2016 brought Behind the Netra the title of one of the Top 10 Most Inspirational Sikh Women in the UK. It’s been an incredible year for Behind the Netra, being in the national #thriveon advert with Idris Elba, working with the UN on the HeforShe campaign, presenting her first TED talk and recently won the Asian Women of the Year award and won a Rising Star Award for her inspiring work in education and teaching.


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POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR RACE, RELIGION & FAITH –


Dr. Baptiste has always been passionate about medicine; from a young age she aspired to become a doctor. After qualifying in 2013 she began working as a medical doctor in London. Currently Patrice is training to become a General Practitioner (GP). Dr. Baptiste is also a freelance writer and has written for the British Medical Association (BMA), the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the Medical Protection Society (MPS), to name but a few. Patrice works closely with students who wish to enter top universities such as University College London (UCL) and study highly competitive courses like Medicine. During 2016 she launched DreamSmartTutors, an organization that aims to help prospective medical students; especially (but not exclusively) students from less privileged and BME backgrounds. As a STEMNET ambassador, Patrice aims to encourage students to pursue STEM subjects.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR RACE, RELIGION & FAITH –


Kenyan-born, mother of one, Jacqueline Onalo is a barrister and solicitor of England and Wales. She is a senior human rights lawyer who contributes to Home Office policy consultations related to asylum, immigration and human rights law. Jacqueline is a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). She is an acclaimed and in-demand legal and leadership trainer who regularly fulfils requests for key note and motivational speaking roles. In the public sector Jacqueline is currently working with the NHS on development programmes targeted at ethnic minorities breaking the glass ceiling. She has devised and delivers JOLT Youth Leadership and Mentorship Programme. Miss Onalo is a Comic Relief African Diaspora ChangeMaker, one of 100 key African leaders selected for her extensive achievements in community and international development work in Sub Saharan Africa and the UK.


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POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR RACE, RELIGION & FAITH –


Alex Raikes MBE is Director (Strategic) of Stand Against Racism & Inequality (SARI), a specialist, charity dedicated to tackling hate crime and promoting equality and community cohesion across the Avon and Somerset area. SARI changed its’ charitable objectives in 2013 to allow it to support those facing other types of hate crime and to also promote equality and diversity for those with any legally protected characteristics. Alex is renowned for her passion, drive and specialist and practical knowledge on the implications of all forms of hate crime, in particular racist attacks and on delivering services to victims. She has an extensive knowledge of other equalities and support services in the region and during her time in SARI has been instrumental in implementing core procedures, developing anti-racist/ equalities related partnerships, designing and providing specialist interventions and projects in response to the many demands on SARI.


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SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR RACE, RELIGION & FAITH –


Tony is an entrepreneur, singer-songwriter, award winning author & Empowerment Coach. For 25 years he’s been investing in some of society’s most disadvantaged people, transforming lives through creating and delivering holistic programmes and workshops, just as his mentor did for him 35 years ago when, as a teenager, he made himself intentionally homeless in pursuit of his purpose. In 2003, Tony founded Urban Voice UK which invested more than £1.5 million pounds into empowering ambitious individuals enabling women and young people from the Black and Ethnic communities to express their musical and entrepreneurial talents. As a result many individuals have gone on to achieve success in a variety of careers across the globe including music artists Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis to name a few. This October his Grow Personal Success and Business Coaching programme celebrates their 5th NatWest Bank supported Awards.


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Currently Assistant Director of Finance and Procurement at a London Housing Association, Morenike continues to make transformational changes and contributions to the organisation. In addition to her day job, Morenike is passionate about developing and seeing others excel in their chosen career. Having mentored several candidates, Morenike recognised that many are being held back from higher aspirations, largely due to a negative mind-set and ineffective work ethics. Identifying the gap in the marketplace has compelled her to create “Career Nuggets”, a social enterprise aiming to bridge this gap. Morenike is also an award winning author of 2 bestseller books, selling over 1,000 copies to date. This remarkable individual is being applauded for giving back so much on top of her day job, including investing her own funds and time into Career Nuggets. Her impact within the BAME community is outstanding.


We spoke with Morenike after she won The Positive Role Model Award for Race/Faith/Religion at The National Diversity Awards 2017. Here’s what she had to say:

What were your thoughts on the other shortlisted nominees within your category?

They were all phenomenal, I thought that all shortlisted nominees were all winners, doing amazing work in different capacities.

Although you were unable to attend the ceremony, what were your thoughts after winning The Positive Role Model Award for Race/Faith/Religion?

I still completely overwhelmed, I didn’t think I would win it, as the category was very strong. However, I am grateful to the person (s) who nominated and voted for me. They have given me a gift that money cannot buy – they have given me so much joy and encouragement. I really want to appreciate Paul Sesay for creating such an amazing platform too. I am sorry I was unable to attend due to being caught up at a prior engagement of educating and empowering some youths in the area of their career development. It still seems like a dream and it is so nice to be recognised and appreciated. Winning the National Diversity Award has motivated and encouraged me more to continue to do what I am passionate about, which is giving back and helping people progress in their desired careers.

What reaction have you received from supporters/fellow employees since winning the award?

I have received so many congratulations from so many different people. Winning the award has created a lot more awareness of me and my social enterprise ‘Career Nuggets’. People have been checking me out on my social media platforms, sending me messages… all this as helped me gain greater exposure.

How will you utilise winning the award?

Firstly, I am going to use The National Diversity Award winner signature. Winning the award has given me the confidence to look for new opportunities in areas I would not have considered before. Presently, I single-handedly sponsor all that I do, now I am going to venture out and look for people to collaborate with and possibly get some sponsors too. I am sure this award will allow me to leverage with large organisations and gain their support.

Now that you have won a National Diversity Award, what are you going to go from here? What are your next steps?

My next steps will be  now to speak much more about areas of diversity and winning a National Diversity Award will give me the courage and strength to do so. I feel like I am now an ambassador of The NDA and will encourage others to nominate. Winning a National Diversity Award will empower me to share my knowledge of Diversity and Inclusion.

In your own words, how do you feel the work you are carrying out is making a difference?

I am making a difference because I am reaching individuals who may not have had as many opportunities as others might have had in the areas of career. Having a career is beyond having just a very good qualification. I help people find solutions to the gap they have from where they are (As is position) to where they want to be  (To be position) in their chosen career. I have been able to give people hope, skills, financial independence and access to opportunities they wouldn’t have come across. I believe I am also a connector and have been able to use my network to create opportunities for others.

Why do you think it is important to highlight Diversity, Equality and Inclusion?

It’s so important to highlight Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in all we do because we can achieve much more by having people from diverse backgrounds working together. For example, a diverse office is a beautiful place to work, allowing people to be themselves leading to a ‘realness’ and positivity within the work place. It increases productivity and helps businesses to grow.

Who or What is your inspiration?

My inspiration is my late mum, she was a single parent who just gave as much as she could to allow us as many opportunities as we could without a father figure at home. We were content and never felt like we missed out on anything. She had so much drive for her two daughters to succeed in life. I am also a Christian so my faith in God is also my inspiration and driving force behind what I do.


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Positive Role Model (Race)

Ben Forbes

  • 2 years ago
  • written by NDA

SHORTLISTED NOMINEE: 

POSITIVE ROLE MODEL AWARD FOR RACE, RELIGION & FAITH –


Ben is a dedicated and passionate individual with a unique story. He has considerable experience in partnership working within the Metropolitan Police Services Trident Gang Crime Command, under the Specialist Operations & Crime Directorate. He is an expert in youth engagement, diversionary and preventative measures, with specialisms in youth engagement, gang culture and community engagement. Ben took the brave choice to promote his story (A Copper’s Tail) and has conquered huge hurdles to turn his life around. He works tirelessly to be a role model and ensure that young BME men are diverted away from criminal culture and make a positive contribution to society. This inspirational individual is focused on breaking down community barriers and working with hard-to-reach communities to overcome numerous social and cultural barriers between the Police and the Public.


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