Some Kind Words About The Awards

NDA Testimonials

Celebrating Unity in Society

The Open University

Sponsor of the 2018 National Diversity Awards

“At the Open University, we make a point to, not just open doors, but to step out and invite people in who deserve social justice! The National Diversity Awards is one such way in which we are able to encourage people from diverse community groups whether that be Age, Disability, Gender, LGBT+, Race, Religion or any other aspect of cultural/social diversity to come and take advantage of the benefits that higher education can bring. This year our sponsored award winner, Abbey Kiwanuka, has experienced the tough side of being a black gay man and we are proud if his achievements to combat the torture and persecution of LGBTI people in Uganda and other African countries.

The Awards night was a fabulous occasion to celebrate diversity and inclusion, with the winners chosen from over 20,000 nominations of unsung heroes form diverse communities striving for social justice ”


Sponsor of the 2018 National Diversity Awards

“What a wonderful evening; inspiring, humbling, and a wonderful atmosphere.

You and your team have achieved something truly special which we were proud to be a part of.”

Nilesh Dosa

2018 Shortlisted Nominee: Positive Role Model Award for Race, Religion & Faith

“I wanted to take a moment again to thank you for the wonderful evening – I am sure an incredible amount of work went into it. But not only that – thank you for accommodating me and my requests, especially around the time I was receiving treatment. You all have hearts of gold and really are doing the Lord’s work – I loved being a part of this.”


2018 Shortlisted Nominee: Community Organisation Award for Disability

We had one of the best nights as an organisation we have ever had and the networking and atmosphere has helped us as an organisation incredibly. It was an honour to be shortlisted, twice and we hope that we will be there to share the amazing event next year.

Spinal Unit Recreational Fund

2018 Shortlisted Nominee: Community Organisation Award for Disability

“What a wonderful night we had. We didn’t win but felt like everyone was a winner - even just to be shortlisted. Amazing.”

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Sponsor of the National Diversity Awards

“The National Diversity Awards are a wonderful way to recognise the extraordinary contribution of real people to our communities. It’s a delight to be able to support this fantastic celebration of local heroes.

And what a great night, we all had the very best time and the feedback has been tremendous. We are very excited about next year and working with you on other projects.”

adidas Groupadidas Group

Sponsor of the National Diversity Awards

“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the team on behalf of adidas for such a great evening on Friday.

It was a really inspirational evening, not only because of the incredible setting, the excellent work and organisation on your side and the atmosphere but also the sheer amount of people/businesses and organisations who are evidently so proactive when it comes to Diversity and Inclusion and all of the brilliant work they have, and will continue, to carry out.”

Kier Group

Sponsor of the National Diversity Awards

“I just wanted thank you and your team for the efforts you went to, to organise Friday night’s National Diversity Awards.

It was an incredible event and went by so quickly.

I hope you all enjoyed it and were able to soak up the atmosphere whilst making sure everything ran without a glitch.

Well done and thank you.”

The Open University
The Open University

Sponsor of the National Diversity Awards

“It was an amazing experience to be surrounded by such amazing people on what was an inspiring night. Congratulations to the team on bringing together such a fantastic event.”

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Transport for London
Transport for London

Sponsor of the National Diversity Awards

“The National Diversity Awards was a very humbling experience. I think it was important to see the range of successful groups and activities that are happening around the country (especially at a grass roots level) and try and learns lessons from them.”

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Susie Green – CEO Mermaids

Winner of the 2016 Community Organisation Award for LGBT

"2016 was our second year of being nominated for the Community Organisation Award for LGBT, and we were looking forward to the event but by no means were we expecting to win, as the competition was extremely strong. For Mermaids, just getting into the finals was a huge honour. The evening was excellent, and we managed to make contact with a number of other organisations and individuals, including Annie Wallace from Hollyoaks. Following the event, we have continued to work with Annie, and she has agreed to be a patron for Mermaids, which is amazing. Winning the Award has helped to raise our profile, and the numbers of families and young people we are supporting has continued to rise. In 2016 we have dealt with over 3,000 contacts by email, phone and face to face, a rise of over 400% from the 496 we dealt with in 2014. Transgender children and youth are becoming a much contested topic, but our focus is and always will be to support the families, and to try to raise awareness and understanding, whilst campaigning for better more inclusive services across education, the NHS and media.

Mermaids has now grown to include 4 members of staff, and are delivering training into schools and other organisations, plus expanding the services we provide to ensure families and young people have somewhere to turn to for assistance. 2016 was an amazing year for us.

Transgender children and young people need unconditional love and support to help them achieve the best possible outcome. Even if the gender variance passes, the impact of rejection and prejudice can be deeply damaging. Parents need help to navigate the issues that arise. Winning the Award raised Mermaids profile and helped us to reach more families and young people in need, for which we are deeply grateful."

john-cattleJohn Cattle

Shortlisted Nominee – 2016 Positive Role Model Award for Age

“Huge thanks to everyone who made the night possible.

Thank you for involving me, was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had.”

ur-potentialUR Potential

Shortlisted Nominee – 2016 Community Organisation Award for Multi Strand

“UR Potential were finalists at the awards ceremony on Friday 16th September. We had a wonderful time and thank you to your team for such an amazing evening and stunning venue”

glasgow-disability-allianceGlasgow Disability Alliance

Winner of the 2016 Community Organisation Award for Disability

“We would like to say thank you so much for a wonderful evening, and for meeting our access and financial requirements, including last minute requests! We had an absolutely fabulous time made even more special by the fact that we won the award we were shortlisted for!”


Sponsor of the National Diversity Awards

“What an inspirational event! Well done to the National Diversity Awards team for putting it all together. Cannot wait for next year’s awards.”

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Easy Internet Servi#42E40D6Easy Internet

Sponsor of the 2012 National Diversity Awards

“To Paul and his special team, we want to thank you for another amazing evening. May this event long continue to raise the profile of groups of individuals who would not get recognition on a national platform. Mark and Diana Esho.”

Brian DowlingBrian Dowling

Host of the 2012 & Co-Host 2013, 2014 & 2015 National Diversity Awards

“What a phenomenal night! It is a pleasure to be associated with such an inspirational awards ceremony. To witness the outstanding work of all the nominees and award winners was extraordinary, the atmosphere was incredible and I had the best time hosting alongside Cerrie – I can’t wait for next year.”

Cerrie BurnellCerrie Burnell

Co-Host of the 2013 & 2014 National Diversity Awards

“Hosting the National Diversity Awards was both brilliant and humbling in equal measure. It was a night of insightful and inspiring stories, brought to light through the focus of the awards. The sense of achievement and tenacity was truly admirable. There is still so much to change and so much to fight for but the national diversity awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the courageous actions of individuals, companies and organisations, who are already striving for inclusion. An amazing event and so much fun.”

Gay Star NewsGay Star News

Media Sponsor of the 2013 National Diversity Awards

“We were so proud to be a sponsor of the National Diversity Awards this year and the event itself was truly inspiring.”

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The Voice MagazineThe Voice

Media Sponsor of the National Diversity Awards

“One of my past partners lost the eyesight in one eye to a broken bottle from a homophobic attack, my daughter lost her front teeth to a racist attack…

One day, when you reach our age, all of you at NDA may look back at the world you contribute to create. May you see what a difference you have made!”

AsianLiteAsian Lite

Media Sponsor of the 2012 National Diversity Awards

“Asian Lite Team was amazed by this inspiring evening , and looking forward to speaking to many of the nominees and winners to highlight there achievements. A HUGE congratulations to the team on the exceptional organisation of the evening.”

Grace CardozoGrace Cardozo

Winner of the 2013 Positive Role Model Award for LGBT

“Firstly I just wanted to say thanks so much to Paul and your amazing team for putting on such an inspiring event. Apart from the nerves and embarrassment of winning the award, it was probably one of the most fantastic events I’ve been at.”

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Rachel GadsdenRachel Gadsden

Winner of the 2013 Positive Role Model Award for Disability

“It truly was a tremendously uplifting emotional evening, and I don't think there was a single person in the room who would disagree with that! The evening represented everything that is good about our society.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating an exceptional night, the challenges ahead are still enormous, but with the ND Award in my hand, I will journey forward with renewed hope and ambition to try to do so much more, and in my efforts, hopefully I will, in some way, contribute to making the vital cultural shift within our society.”

Bristol Older Peopl#42E4BA3Bristol Older People’s Forum

Winners of the 2013 Community Organisation Award for Age

“One of my past partners lost the eyesight in one eye to a broken bottle from a homophobic attack, my daughter lost her front teeth to a racist attack…

One day, when you reach our age, all of you at NDA may look back at the world you contribute to create. May you see what a difference you have made!”

Peter TatchellPeter Tatchell

Winner of the 2012 Lifetime Achiever Award

“It was a big honour to receive the Lifetime Achiever Award. Thank you so very much. Congrats to you and all the NDA team for your hard, devoted work. Bravo.”

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Julie RobinsonJulie Robinson: Move it or Lose it

Winner of the 2012 Entrepreneurial of Excellence Award for Age

"A massive thank you for such a fantastic event on Friday, it was such a humbling experience to be amongst so many truly amazing people who are working to make a difference in their communities."

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Northampton Youth ForumNorthampton Youth Forum

Winner of the 2012 Community Organisation Award for Age

"Thank you for a fantastic awards experience - not just the awards night but the whole experience. Well done to all involved in the organising and judging teams!"

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Winner of the 2012 Community Organisation Award for LGBT

"Thank you, thank you, thank you; for our precious award. It was amazing to be shortlisted and incredible to win and for our work to be recognised nationally, amongst such inspirational people!"

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Esco WilliamsEsco Williams

Performer at the 2012 National Diversity Awards

"I've performed at many award ceremonies and few have been as positive and as well presented as yours. The atmosphere was great and me and my team where excited to be a part of it! Roll on next year guys."

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Rioch Edwards BrownRioch Edwards Brown

Winner of the 2014 Entrepreneur of Excellence Award

“The National Diversity Awards recognises the importance of the work people like me do in the community and those of other fantastic groups and organisations. Simply put I love the community and I love young people. Investing in both is a privilege and a rewarding experience.

Thanks for giving me a place to celebrate my passion! Your belief in me makes all the difference because you go the extra mile to make sure everybody feels part of what’s going on.

That’s diversity at its best!”

Aderonke ApataAderonke Apata

Winner of the 2014 Positive Role Model Award for LGBT

“There is no doubt the award ceremony was emotional and electrifying! The shortlisted nominees were brilliant and do great things in their different areas.

I am proud and found it so humbling to be part of the award night not only that, it is an honour for me personally to be recognised and thought worthy of winning the Positive Role Model Award for LGBT due to standing up for myself and campaigning for the rights of other LGBT asylum seekers' struggle in the UK. I didn't expect I would win it. This is spurring me not to relent in my activism campaign for LGBT human rights and injustices of whatever form in all ramifications.

The award night was well planned, not boring, venue was right and everybody had enough to eat and drink. The variety of entertainment was spot on!

Please keep doing what you are doing in celebrating grassroot diversity in the UK.”

Karen Ingala SmithKaren Ingala Smith

Winner of the 2014 Positive Role Model Award for Gender

“Thank you so very much for awarding me the Positive Role Model Award for Gender. I was pleased to be nominated, delighted to be shortlisted and proud to be amongst the other women nominees, but I was shocked to win the award. It means even more coming from the National Diversity Awards with their focus on diversity and inclusion. In my work as a feminist responding to male violence against women and girls, I often talk about ‘gender’ as a social construct, a hierarchy that contributes to inequality between women and men. To me, that the Diversity Group makes this award, means that they’re aware of this too and like me, want to create change.”


“Thanks so much! We had a fantastic time and felt very honoured to be there!”

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Tan IkramTan Ikram

“When you attend evenings such as Friday, you can’t help feeling humbled and inspired by the dedication of so many who tirelessly work to try to make our society better. Congratulations to the winners, so well deserved.”

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Jenny GarrettJenny Garrett

“It was an honour to be shortlisted for the Entrepreneur of Excellence at the National Diversity Awards, I felt extremely humbled to be in such great company.

From start to finish the awards were highly professional, while also being warm and welcoming.

Paul Sesay really adds a personal touch and you get the sense that he cares about every single nominee and winner alike.

Attending the awards were inspirational, to be in the company of many unsung heroes doing amazing work and to celebrate it was wonderful.

Meeting Brian Dowling, watching the talented Lemar and Mic Lowry perform were the icing on the cake.

Whether nominated or not in the future I would want to attend the National Diversity Awards, they remind you about all that is good in people and raise you higher to want to do more to achieve a more inclusive world where we can all embrace our uniqueness.

Thanks again for allowing me to be a part of it.”

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