THERESA MAY UK PM
11th Annual, London, 2017
The annual PRECIOUS Awards is the biggest event in the PRECIOUS calendar, now in its 11th year. We are passionate about recognising success in the workplace and inspiring women of colour to launch their own businesses.
Association with the PRECIOUS Awards is a powerful way to get stories of success heard, recognised and applauded. The Awards, growing in stature with each passing year, attracts an audience of the influential to the aspirational, across all sections of society from Theresa May, Nick Clegg, Baroness Amos to the thousands of dedicated and avid PRECIOUS fans, eager to celebrate inspiring women.
Winners and finalists of PRECIOUS Awards stand out from the crowd; the distinction sends a resoundingly positive message to customers and attracts new business. The PRECIOUS Awards is supported by the wider business community, government and the press, and brings credibility and honour to all category nominees.
All entries are judged by a panel of top business people, thereby increasing the visibility of the nominee. PRECIOUS is proud to applaud and highlight the enterprise and innovation of women of colour, who rank among the brightest of stars contributing to contemporary UK plc.
Monday 19th June 2017, 6pm
THE AWARD CATEGORIES
Start-Up Business of the Year
This category recognises those women that have just started out on their entrepreneurial journey. Nominees in this category can be from any business sector and must have been in business for at least six months (trading for six months as at 1 June 2017).
The SME Business of the Year
This category is open to any business formed or operated by a woman of colour. The business needs to be able to show at least one-year’s set of accounts and should have a turnover not exceeding £5m per annum. Judges will look for evidence of a well-managed business, a pattern of
increase in turnover, and a clear brand identity.
The Social Enterprise of the Year Award
This award is open to any social enterprise operated or owned by a woman of colour. Judges will look at the impact the business is having on the local or wider community and consider the cause that the enterprise is supporting. Applications in this category should be supported by evidence of the benefit that the enterprise has achieved for its target market.
The Leadership Award
This award will go to a woman of colour who has a leadership role within the workplace. Nominees will have experience of leading a team of people, a department, function or management, where autonomous decisions are made and where responsibility lies. Judges will look for examples of strong leadership; a personable approach to those affected by the decisions of the leader, and will consider the views of colleagues of the leader in terms of inspiration, leadership style and outcomes.
The Outstanding Woman in Sport
This award recognises the contribution made by women of colour to sport in the UK on or off the pitch, track or field. The winner will be a woman who is outstanding in this arena and someone who has helped to effect change and create opportunities for both women and girls in
The Outstanding Woman in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths
The award is open to women of colour working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Applications are welcomed from individuals from these disciplines who have a clearly defined career path, and who, by endeavouring to be exceptional, have achieved outstanding success in their career to date.
The Creative Business of the Year
This award is for a creative business owned by a woman of colour and based in the creative sector (PR, design, TV, music advertising or marketing.) The business must have been trading for at least 18 months.Entrants must also demonstrate a considered approach to financial achievement and future business success.
The Outstanding Woman in the Public Sector
The award is open to any woman of colour working in the public sector. Applications are welcome from individuals from all careers within the public sector, including but not limited to housing, healthcare, local authorities, services, education. Judges will look for women who have a clearly defined career path and who, by exceptional effort, have achieved outstanding success in their career to date.
The Outstanding Woman in Banking and Finance
This award celebrates top talent in the banking and finance industry. The award will go to a woman of colour who has demonstrated leadership, innovative thinking or community service in this sector. Nominations are welcome from the following:
The Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Open to entrepreneurs aged 29 and under. Judges will consider the journey undertaken by the entrepreneur from concept to reality, the barriers that were overcome, the determination and passion behind the business, and the results. Judges will also consider the business model, the product/service and the aspirations of the business.
The Outstanding Woman in Professional Services
The award is open to women working in the professional services sector. Applications are welcomed from individuals from all areas of this sector in particular those that have a clearly defined career path and who through their exceptional endeavour, have achieved outstanding success in their career to date.
The Outstanding Woman in Retail
This is for women running successful businesses or operating at a senior level in the retail sector. Nominees may operate through stores or on the internet.
The PRECIOUS Awards, founded in 2007 to celebrate and applaud the professional achievements of women of colour in the UK, has a dynamic, passionate, grassroots following, this is down to a decade of bringing brilliant, often media-marginalised, women of colour into the spotlight.
The Awards celebrate the best of British, recognising exceptional determination, innovation, entrepreneurial skills and talent across multiple categories. Consequently, the Awards have prompted successive UK Prime Ministers, and leading political voices from across the political spectrum, to passionately proclaim their support and admiration.
In January 2017 UK PM Theresa May said “These awards are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the substantial contribution of Black and Asian female entrepreneurs. I am pleased to know of the support you give to women of colour in the business and work environment, and your work to create and celebrate vital role models through your awards.” David Cameron described the Awards as “vital”.
Many of our previous winners have gone on to further success after picking up a PRECIOUS Award, Bianca Miller; our Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014, has gone on to hack into the fashion sector with her redefining nude brand of tights. Our Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 Geeta Sidhu, founder of organic food delivery Nosh Detox, has gone on to build a million pound turnover business. Looking to the future and conscious of the impact of the Awards in creating role models, Foluke Akinlose MBE, founder, expanded the Awards in 2015 to encompass The PRECIOUS GIRLS Awards profiling the achievement of girls aged 10-15.
I am pleased to know of the support you give to women of colour in the business and work environment, and your work to create and celebrate vital role models through your awards."
CELEBRATING WOMEN OF COLOUR
Read more about Category Sponsor Santander
SME Business of the Year
Santander is committed to helping our customers prosper by working with them to take advantage of new opportunities and plan for the future.
We’re passionate about helping ambitious businesses to succeed. Building long-lasting relationships with SMEs runs deep in our heritage. We’ve come to know and understand the needs of our customers, which has helped us to appreciate the challenges they face and the support they need to overcome them.
Santander Breakthrough has championed the cause of Women Business Leaders from the inception of the programme in 2011. By engaging with partners like Cause4, Enterprising Women, and now PRECIOUS, the Breakthrough programme supports female entrepreneurs through facilitating Business education programmes, Mentor schemes for Women Business Leaders, and bespoke events. All activity is aimed at providing Women Business Leaders with the support of, discussions with and access to high profile, successful business women who can help them transform their business.
2016 - 10th ANNUAL
The PRECIOUS Entrepreneur of the Year
Heidy Rehman, Founder & Managing Director, Rose & Willard
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Florence Adepoju – Founder, MDMflow
Alexis Oladipo – Director, Gym Bites
Simone Robinson – Founder, outcast29
Social Enterprise of the Year
Nicola Dady – Chair and Founder of Don’t Forget the Kids Charity
Phinnah Chichi Ikeji – Founder, Inspiring Ten2Teens C.I.C
Nadine Denneth – Founder & Director, N.ableD
Outstanding Woman in Professional Services
Dr Nicola Rollock – Deputy Director, Centre for Research in Race & Education, University of Birmingham
Ruth Oshikanlu – Executive Director, Goal Mind Limited
Sandra Pollock, CEO – Open Mind Training & Development Ltd
Start Up Business of the Year
Precious Jason – Etie’no Skincare Ltd
Cynthia V Davis – BAME Recruitment Ltd
Sandra Brown-Pinnock – Xsandy’s Hair & Beauty
Outstanding Woman in Banking and Finance
Bukola Adisa – Global Head of Financial Crime Assurance at RBS
Khalia Newell – Risk and Control Global Middle Office, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Abi Agidee-Adekunle – Business Director, London Academy of Excellence
Rupal Kantaria – Social Impact Program Manager, Oliver Wyman
The PRECIOUS Leadership Award
Trishna Bharadia – Multiple Sclerosis and Disability Awareness Advocate
And Natascha Jesuvant – Store Manager, Hemel Hempstead, Tesco
Jade Coles – Events Program Manager & Cultural Producer, Soho House
Dr Sharleene Bibbings – Policy and Development Manager, Lambeth Council
Outstanding Woman in Sport
Michelle Moore – Moore Development Consultancy
Diane Modahl – former Olympian and founder and CEO of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation
Manisha Tailor – Founder, Swaggarlicious
Creative Industries Business of the Year
Rose & Willard
Lunga Yeni, Artistic Director and writer, Break-Thru Productions
Sade Salami, Founder/Director, Fresh Strawberry
Outstanding woman in STEM
Dr Nora S Vyas, Associate Professor TEL Faculty Champion, Kingston University London
Dr. Patrice Baptiste, Founder of DreamSmartTutors
Marcia Boakye, Oncology Team Lead (Pharma Development, Biometrics, Clinical Data Management), Roche Products Limited
Dr Safia Barikzai, Senior Lecturer and Enterprise Champion, London South Bank University
Outstanding Woman in the Public Sector
Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Pharmacist Lead, AMR Programme, Public Health England
Maxine Albert, Deputy Head of Diversity and Inclusion, House of Commons
Karlene Akindele, Project Lead – Career development programme for female and BME staff, Barts
Frances Morounke Byron , Senior HR Business Partner, Barnet & Southgate College
Outstanding Woman in Retail
Bukky Bird- Executive Director to Group CEO, Tesco plc
Lisa Maynard Atem – Social Media Manager, Harrods
Fumbi Chima – Chief Information Officer, Burberry
The PRECIOUS Man of the Year
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
2015 - 9th ANNUAL
Venue: Banking Hall
Keynote Speaker: Bianca Miller
Women in Professional Services sponsored by Credit Sussie
Winner: Funke Abimbola – UK Managing Counsel, Roche
Funke Abimbola is Managing Counsel, Data Privacy Officer and Company Secretary for Roche, leading the legal team that supports Roche’s pharmaceutical operations in the UK, Ireland, Malta and Gibraltar. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company.
An award-winning solicitor, she is a recognised legal expert within the UK life sciences sector and is listed in several international legal directories as an expert in her field. She won the Association of Women Solicitors’ 2012 in-house lawyer of the year award and was recently crowned Career Woman of the Year at the 2015 Women4Africa awards.
Importantly, Funke is a notable diversity champion within the UK legal industry and has received national and European recognition for her diversity work, all of which is carried out in her spare time on a voluntary basis.
She speaks regularly at legal and diversity conferences in the UK and abroad, addressing and advising state school students as part of Speakers for Schools and supports University students as a Professional Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors (an organisation devoted to breaking down entry-level barriers for solicitors from under-represented groups). She is also a Senior Champion for the Women in Law London network, committed to supporting the pipeline of women lawyers. She is an experienced and expert mentor and sponsor. @DiversityChamp1
Dara Kirton – Manager at PwC Operations Consulting | @DaraKirton
Victoria Showunmi FRSA – Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education @showunmiv
Danna Walker – Dip Arch RIBA @walker_danna
Outstanding Woman in the Creative Industries sponsored by BIPC
Winner: Emily Jupp – Milly J Shoes Ltd (and) Bridal Shoes By Milly
Milly J Shoes is a small founder owned business which specialises in zany decorated footwear. Milly J Shoes started in late 2011, extending a hobby of the founder, Emily Jupp after the passing of her artist brother. Milly, as she prefers to be called, transformed ordinary shoes into works of art (sculptures), a transformation which took place through her creativity and magic at home in her own living room in Hertfordshire.
As a result of considerable interest created when she first joined Twitter, she recognised that people were keen to commission these pieces not just as sculptures but as shoes they wanted to wear. This led to the establishment of the second component of her business; ‘Art to Wear’ in 2012. This was followed by the establishment of ‘Bridal Shoes by Milly J’ which provides brides-to-be an opportunity to have a unique pair of shoes made especially for them for their special day. @millyjshoes @millyjwedding
Chika Russell – Chika’s Snacks
Anjula Devi – Anjula Devi Authentic Indian Cooking
Louise Broni-Mensah – Shoobs.com
Outstanding Woman in STEM
Winner: Kerrine Bryan – MEng, MBA, CEng, MIET, Principal Electrical Engineer
Kerrine began working at CB&I 10 years ago as a graduate electrical engineer. CB&I designs, engineers and constructs some of the world’s largest energy infrastructure projects, providing a full spectrum of Engineering, Procurement and Construction solutions and proven process technologies.
Kerrine has worked on various onshore and offshore oil and gas projects around the world, with experience from Front End Engineering Design (FEED), through to construction and commissioning. Her role as an engineer has taken her around the world, from suppliers in Bradford to fabrication yards in South Korea.
In 2014 she was listed by Management Today Magazine and The Sunday Times as one of the UKs top 35 women in business under the age of 35. Kerrine is a volunteer mentor for the IET and a STEM Ambassador, with a passion for educating youngsters on what engineering is really about. This led her to set up Butterfly Books, and work with her brother and a close friend to publish the children’s picture book ‘My Mummy is an Engineer’. @KerrineBryan
Sivasakthy Selvakumaran – Civil-Structural Engineer – Laing O’Rourke @sakthys
Adizah Tejani – Head of Ecosystem Development at Level39
Dijonn Taylor – CEO and Founder, Savvy Guest Ltd
Outstanding Social Enterprise of the Year
Winner: Rashada Harry – Your Future Your Ambition
In 2012 Rashada co-founded (with Tunji Akintokun) formed Your Future, Your Ambition (YFYA) a social enterprise inspiring the next generation of diverse talent into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields by showcasing diverse professionals already in STEM via a series of exhibitions, panel events and mentoring schemes.
In the last four years YFYA has engaged over 2000 young people (aged 7 – 23), introduced the students to “real role models” which include inspiring engineers and scientists. The young people that engage with the YFYA ambassadors have provided an overall satisfaction rating of 4.5/5.0 and 90% of the students stated after attending YFYA they would consider applying for a job in STEM. The success of YFYA has been recognised by the Business in the Community initiative, Race for Opportunity for its efforts to improve and enhance the employability skills of young BAME people. www.yourfutureyourambition.com
Aysha Julie – The Gifted www.thegifted.org.uk @thegifteduk
Asma Shah – Ladies who Learn
Rhetoric E.A CIC – Creative Director Zenovia Grant and Marisse Dyer – www.rhetoricea.co.uk | @ Rhetoric_EA
The Leadership Award
Winner: Kelle Bryan – CEO, The Advocate Agency www.advocate.agency
It was the year 2000 when Kelle experienced an aggressive bout of degenerative symptoms (including arthritic joint pain, severe mouth and skin ulcers and hair loss.) Doctors diagnosed Kelle with Systemic Lupus Erythematosis, and she was hospitalised for treatment. In the same year she was given the great honour of becoming a celebrity patron of the Saint Thomas Lupus Trust, a cause she continues to campaign to raise awareness of.
Behind the scenes, Kelle was busy developing her own media brand, Advocate Agency – promoting and managing artists, under the ethos of “inspiring self belief in infinite possibilities”. Incorporated in 2000, the company’s aim is to champion the underdog, the presumed “no hopers” who other agencies wouldn’t take the chance at signing. From the 4ft actress to the ex con, Kelle makes it her mission to place these people on the stage and TV, giving them a chance to show the world their talents. Some of agency’s success stories include Eastenders’ very own Ricky Norwood, who amassed 1 million views in 48 hours after taking to social media to give his thoughts on one of the show’s biggest storylines of this year. Today Kelle lives life to its fullest, balancing her roles of wife & mother of two small children, entrepreneur and TV personality, with the new appreciation and perspective as a result of the Lupus diagnosis which she now lives with.
Ndidi Okezie, Executive Director, The Regions Division, Teach First
June Eric-Udorie – Girls’ Rights Campaigner @juneericudorie.
Whitney S Iles – Social Entrepreneur & Community Activist
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Winner: Claudine Adeyemi – The Student Development Company
Claudine is a property disputes solicitor at law firm, Mishcon de Reya. She set up The Student Development Co (The SDC) in January 2014 as a non-profit organisation that she runs on a voluntary basis in her spare time. The SDC aims to:
“Support” 16 to 24 year olds from less advantaged backgrounds who are preparing for their careers after their studies.
“Develop” young people’s employability skills to help reduce youth unemployment.
“Create” opportunities for young people to be inspired to achieve their full potential.
The SDC prides itself on being an organisation that serves young people whilst also being run by young people who are able to develop key skills for their careers. In addition to the online and one-to-one support, The SDC currently has three initiatives.
Victoria Olubi – The Tutoress
Laisha Johnson – Venella One World
Julianne Ponan – Creative Nature
Category| SME Business of the Year – sponsored by Barclays
Winner: Halebury – Denise Nurse CEO and Co-founder
Denise Nurse is CEO and co-founder of NewLaw pioneer Halebury, whose model provides General Counsels and business owners with access to exceptional senior in-house legal talent and an alternative career path for senior in-house lawyers. In her role as CEO, Denise focuses on client management and development, product and service innovation, strategy and team building and management.
She was recently appointed as a Board member on Practical Law’s In-house Consultation Board and is also an EMB Executive Committee member for MSDUK, the UK’s leading organisation driving inclusive procurement. She is also a broadcaster who has presented for Sky News, Sky Travel and hosts Escape to the Country for the BBC.
Creative Nature – Julianne Ponan, CEO
The Compassionate Funeral Company -Hasina Zaman, CEO
Jamaica Patty Co Limited – Theresa Roberts, Co-Founder
The PRECIOUS Man of the Year
Winner: Solomon Smith The Brixton Soup Kitchen brixtonsoupkitchen.org
Brixton Soup Kitchen was founded when Solomon Smith, a youth worker and lifelong Brixtonian, realised there was a desperate need for such an organisation. Brixton Soup Kitchen is a grassroots organisation helping homeless people and Londoners in need. Since starting in January 2013, over 10,000 meals have been served to those in need. More than just serving food, Brixton Soup Kitchen offers CV workshops, job guidance and advice on housing and benefits. They provide food, support and companionship with no obligation attached. They aim to empower people in a warm and friendly environment.
2014 - 8th ANNUAL
Venue: Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London
Keynote Speaker: Angie Greaves, broadcaster
THE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR | SPONSORED BY BIPC
Gina Moffat Blooming Scent
When Gina was sent to Holloway at the age of 25, she thought her world had fallen apart. However, things started to change for Gina when, while still in prison, she signed up for an NVQ in floristry. She had always been interested in flowers and knew that getting a qualification would help her make a better life for herself and her daughters. After the course, Gina spotted a business opportunity and persuaded the prison governor to let her provide floral arrangements for prisoners, visitors and staff. News of its success spread and by the time of her release in 2008, Gina felt confident enough to set up on her own.
Gina launched Blooming Scent at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham, providing flowers and floral decorations for people and events. Gina then decided to expand into catering and snapped up a small cafe that had become available at the Centre. Now that she has successfully turned her life around, Gina is determined to help other young people. She has taken on staff in her cafe and likes to help those in need of a second chance – as she once was. @Bloomingscent09
Dara Kirton – Manager at PwC Operations Consulting | @DaraKirton
Victoria Showunmi FRSA – Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education @showunmiv
Danna Walker – Dip Arch RIBA @walker_danna
THE SME BUSINESS OF THE YEAR | SPONSORED BY THE IOD
Winner: Tweezy – Sunny Choudhery | www.tweezy.co.uk
Tweezy is a globally-inspired facial hair removal product combining the art of ‘threading’ into a physical device, transforming costly beauty regimes into a DIY product. Sunny Choudhery is an entrepreneur from London. She has spent time working for various charities (particularly female-oriented ones), and today serves as a Community Ambassador for The Sharan Project. Sunny has always had naturally thick, dark hair. While this is a blessing when it comes to a girl’s crowning glory, it also has the (less glamorous) side effect of producing visible facial hair.
As Sunny has sensitive skin, aggressive bleach and wax treatments were never a viable option. The ancient practice of threading proved to be more suitable, but she still worried about rubbing non-sterile thread against her skin. Sunny was also wary of having her face threaded in the middle of crowded shopping centres, which seemed to be the standard practice. She knew she could easily do herself at home – if only she had the right equipment! Rigorous searching revealed that home-threading devices were flimsy, poorly designed and ineffective. Upon noticing this crucial gap in the market, Sunny immediately decided to invest her savings in launching what she was sure would be the answer to countless women’s prayers: a cost-effective, hygienic and long-lasting DIY hair-removal tool.
Tweezy is currently available for £10 directly through the website, www.tweezy.co.uk. It can also be purchased via Amazon, Victoriahealth.com and several other health & beauty outlets. Encouraged by her business’ whirlwind success, Choudhery now has plans to expand Tweezy into big-name stores early next year. This means that this hygienic, convenient and affordable device has the potential to totally transform hair-removal on a global scale. @EasyTweezy
It’s My Magazine Ltd – Krystle Downie | www.itsmymagazine.com
Gina Moffatt | Blooming Scent | @Bloomingscent09
THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Winner: Bianca Miller – The Be Group | http://the-be-group.com
Bianca Miller, founder of The Be Group, is an ambitious and tenacious individual who enjoys working with people to assist in their personal development. Having worked for the world’s largest management and technology consultancy firm in a HR capacity, Bianca has seen and understood what it takes to succeed in a competitive commercial environment. During Bianca’s time at Accenture she was adviser to the graduate population and was tasked by management to collaborate in the creation of the ‘Preparing for Promotion’ initiative; which was created to impart knowledge to the graduates on personal branding for career advancement.
After a short stint in financial recruitment Bianca saw first-hand that there was a need for personal development services for people of all ages for the purposes of employability, career advancement and for increased confidence in their lives as a whole. This is where the initial concept was created. The Be Group was founded on the premise that all people should be able to access services to aid their personal development and to build their personal brand. http://the-be-group.com/
Ore Oyeleke | The Surprise Concierge | www.thesurpriseconcierge.com
Guydile Wadu – Source Divine VIP Salon | @VIPSourceDivine
THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Winner: Three Sisters Care | www.threesisterscare.co.uk
Jobeda, Rahena and Jaida are the three sisters who founded Three Sisters Care in 2011. Three Sisters Care sends care assistants to help elderly and disabled people in their own homes across London and Essex. Their services include personal care, doing groceries, cooking meals and health care. Our specialties include dementia care, Parkinson’s and autism. We work with young adults as well as the elderly. We currently have 71 care assistants, who are all qualified in health and social care and many also have nursing skills such as catheter care or peg feeding.
Three Sisters identify and train unemployed women, many are mothers, many are ethnic minorities and most have never been employed before. Within 6 months they are able to join the workforce for the first time. @3sisterscare
Diversity In Care | www.diversityincare.org.uk
African & Caribbean Diversity | www.acdiversity.org
THE LEADERSHIP AWARD
Winner: Tessy Ojo | Chief Executive | The Diana Award | diana-award.org.uk
As Chief Executive of The Princess Diana Award, Tessy is responsible for the overall strategy and development of the Charity. This involves providing sound leadership to the Organisation, developing and expanding current services and developing new services that involve young people tackling social issues, whilst ensuring its long term sustainability, through effective governance, sound finance and delivery of services. Tessy became CEO at a very critical time, when the organisation was coming to the end of its government funding period and with no secured funding for the future. Her first task was therefore to take a step back and build a business plan that was sustainable, innovative and that will secure the longevity of the business.
Within the first few months of her leadership, in consultation with the young people at the heart of the organization, she put together four interrelated programmes which transformed the organisation from a reactive Award giving body, to a proactive need-led youth movement, delivering services aimed at tackling issues faced by young people.
Through these new programmes, along with clear communication plan, the organisation was able to successfully acquire new and a diverse range of funding to deliver its services and continues to grow from strength to strength. Consequently, under Tessy’s leadership, the organisation doubled in size within her first year as CEO, including expanding to other countries.
Cllr Aisha Eniola | Counciller | brent.gov.uk
Dr Vivienne Cisse-Lyfar | Chair of NHS National BME network and Brighton & Sussex BME network | www.nhsbmenetwork.org.uk
THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY AND MATHEMATICS (STEM)
Winner: Yewande Akinola | Arup | www.arup.com
Yewande is a Design Engineer with engineering consultancy ARUP. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology from the University of Warwick and a Masters in Innovation and Design for Sustainability from Cranfield University. Yewande’s engineering experience and responsibilities include the design of sustainable water supply systems and the engineering design coordination of large projects in the built environment. She has worked on projects in the U.K., Africa, the Middle East and in East Asia.
Over the years, Yewande has demonstrated her passion for innovation within the engineering industry by taking on the challenge of steering award winning ideas from concept right through registration to manufacture. Her interests in developing countries and emerging markets have inspired her work with charities and non-government organisations towards the development of clean water and sanitation solutions for the world’s underdeveloped regions. She combines her Engineering career with media work and has presented engineering programmes for TV- Discovery Channel, Channel 4 and National Geographic in addition to contributing roles in Radio.
Rahmat Balogun | Tech-maids | www.tech-maids.com
Constance Chakanyuka | The Environment Agency | www. environment-agency.gov.uk
THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Winner: Jasmine Dotiwala| The Media Trust | www.mediatrust.org
Jasmine Dotiwala is a Producer/Director/Broadcaster/ Columnist who has achieved acclaim in the media for breaking new, young, British talent and making fresh, ground breaking edgy TV programming with A List showbiz celebrities. A professional, multi -faceted TV producer, director, broadcaster and columnist who has delivered solid results, and innovative diverse TV & media that is strategically devised to entertain, promote and grow brand integrity.
Jasmine is a highly experienced, driven, dynamic leader, with the ability to lead a highly effective team and create internationally top rating TV content to tight deadlines and within strict budgets. Jasmine juggles multi-media platforms personally and professionally. She is currently the Executive Producer of LONDON360- a youth news magazine TV show that is made by 120 young Londoners at Media Trust, where she trains and finesses the reporters (who come from diverse backgrounds across the capital), of the future in TV, radio, print press and digital formats.
Kymberlee Jay | Doodle Direct. |www.doodledirect.com/
Elaine Grant | Mousetrap Theatre Projects | www.mousetrap.org.uk
THE BEST DIVERSITY PROGRAMME | SPONSORED BY CREDIT SUISSE
Winner: Eversheds | www.eversheds.com/
National Grid | www.nationalgrid.com/uk/
HMRC | www.hmrc.gov.uk/
THE BEST CAREER PROGRESSION PROGRAMME | SPONSORED BY HARVEY NASH
THE PRECIOUS MAN OF THE YEAR | SPONSORED BY BLUE DOT WEALTH
2013 - 7th ANNUAL
Venue: Waldorf Hotel, London
Keynote Speaker: Penny McDonald, Arise TV
Entrepreneur of the Year
Faye Fasan | Chelsea Day Spa
Faye is the founder of The Chelsea Day Spa, a collection of three beautiful urban day spas located on the trendy King’s Road, Hollywood Road and Wandsworth Bridge Road in London with stunning design features reminiscent of a boutique hotel. The spa prides itself in offering luxurious, results driven and affordable beauty and holistic treatments, plus exclusive signature packages with impeccable customer service by experienced, qualified therapists.
Woman In Media
Winner: Stephanie Busari | Supervising Producer at CNN.com | @StephanieBusari
Stephanie Busari is a digital producer at CNN.com International charged with project managing and defining the strategic vision of key special projects on the website. She is an experienced and skilled editor who has a keen interest in social media and how it is used to acquire and share information, particularly in breaking news situations. She has written several articles on the subject and appeared as a contributor on television investigating the impact of Twitter. She has been published in many of the UK and international media’s most influential outlets, including the BBC and Daily Mirror newspaper, during more than a decade’s experience in the media. Stephanie began her career in the late 1990s at the London-based newspaper New Nation, aimed at the UK’s black and ethnic minority community. She was instrumental in spearheading several nationwide campaigns that effected UK government policy changes, including the successful campaign for a National Slavery Memorial Day. During a six-month stint in Northern Ireland in 2003, Busari spent time in some of the worst affected areas of “The Troubles” and secured interviews with a crucifixion victim, government ministers and paramilitaries. While there, she also launched and edited an award-winning lifestyle column.
Sophia Jackson | Founder and Editor | afridiziak.com Sophia A Jackson
Clara Amfo | Radio Presenter | BBC Radio 1Xtra
Best New Business sponsored by Rockstar Start Up Loans
Winner: Pilar Nalwimba | My Social Media PA | mysocialmediapa.com | @mysocialmediapa
Pilar is founder of My Social Media PA, a Social Media Agency providing affordable Social Media management for small to medium sized businesses and brands. The business aims to ensure clients have a consistent and engaging presence freeing up their time to concentrate on other parts of the business. Pilar studied Business and Management at Brunel University, graduating in 2010. She initially came up with the idea for her business whilst working in digital for a record company during her final year at university. Noticing how popular social media was for musicians and recognising the similar benefits it could have on small businesses. She started the business in 2012 after being made redundant the previous year. Pilar is a passionate entrepreneur – helping to build brands, talent and businesses through Social Media. Since starting her business Pilar has recently been named a London ambassador for Virgin Media.
Evadney Campbell MBE & Karen Campbell | Shiloh PR
Hope Davis | Hope School of Dance hopeschoolofdance.com
The Leadership Award sponsored by Reed Smith
Winner: Carlene Firmin | msunderstood.org.uk | |@carlenefirmin
Carlene is the founder of MsUnderstood, an organisation that seeks to address young people’s experiences of gender inequality, working alongside young women and young men to change government policy and shape local services. Founded and headed by Carlene Firmin MBE, it is comprised of a partnership between the University of Bedfordshire, Imkaan, and the Girls Against Gangs project, and at present seeks to improve responses to violence and abuse in young people’s relationships and peer-groups. Carlene spent five years interviewing hundreds of women and girls around England, researching the impact of gang and serious youth violence on their lives. This work led to the Government allocating £1.2 million of funding to develop new services for girls living in gang affected neighbourhoods. Following this she took up the post of Assistant Director at the children’s charity Barnardo’s, heading their work on child sexual exploitation and youth justice. Carlene was the principal policy advisor to the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into sexual exploitation in gangs and groups, changing policy and regulation to improve the protection and care of exploited children. Carlene has spoken at over 250 national and international conferences, and was invited to present at the 54th and 57th sessions on the United Nation’s Commission of the Status of Women in New York, and in became one of the youngest black women to receive an MBE for services to Women and Girls Issues in the 2011 New Years Honours List. Carlene was included in the 2012 and 2013 Black Powerlist, received a London Peace Award in 2008, and featured in Glamour Magazine’s 35 women under-35 in 2011.
Janice B Gordon, The Problem Solving Company Ltd,
Social Enterprise of the Year sponsored by The Tabernacle
Winner: she is YOU | Caroline Odogwu | sheisyou.co.uk
Caroline Odogwu – She is You sheisyou.co.uk She Is You is a social enterprise that aims to empower young women (under 25) to reach their full potential in life. They provide workshops, events and mentoring, with a heavy focus on raising self-esteem and self-confidence. The organisation provides young women with the tools and skills necessary to achieve their wildest dreams by working in partnership with organisations and carrying out tailored activities Social Enterprise Business of the Year sponsored by The Tabernacle and events within our community to meet their needs and empower them. By working with a cross section of women ‘She Is You’ addresses social, personal and economic needs within inner city communities offering a way out for young ladies who may otherwise be trapped into a life of poverty or social restrictions. The idea is to embed a more empowering mindset into girls & young women, which in turn will broaden their aspirations, encourage them to find their individual voice, take risks, make better life decisions, improve their self-image and become better role models for future generations. Their mission is simply to positively impact a generation of young women to become positive and influential females in today’s society.
Alae Ismail and Kiran Yoliswa | Styled by Africa styledbyafrica.com
Black Mental Health – Matilda MacAttram | blackmentalhealth.org.uk
Business of the Year sponsored by CEWE
Winner: Diane Dunkley | Founder RM2 Music | rm2music.co.uk | @RM2Music
Diane is Founder and MD of RM2 Music, a premium booking agency and music management company, specialising in black music. The company provide quality artists and entertainment, ranging from established artists to fresh new talent working with venues and promoters across the UK and Europe. It is working to becoming an industry model of good practise in booking and promoting shows. RM2 also manage artists careers offering them a bespoke package to help further their career helping them generate various income streams and break global territories. Their main objectives are to promote real, live music performed by musicians, to make RM2 Music the centre of UK Black Music, to build the careers of RM2 Music artists and to be the first port of call for promoters and event planners when looking for quality artists.
Erika Brodnock – Karisma Kidz karismakidz.co.uk
The Chelsea Day Spa – Faye Fasan thechelseadayspa.co.uk
The PRECIOUS Blogger of the Year sponsored by Pride magazine
Winner: Ashanti Jason is the blogger behind Adorngirl.com, a UK Fashion & Beauty Lifestyle blog. The blog features beauty reviews, coverage of new and established designers, and catwalk photographs. Ashanti is a fashion writer, and is currently the UK Contributing Editor at Societe Perrier and Accessories Editor at Slink Magazine. Ashanti says about her blog “The beauty of fashion is that you never know where it can take you. I write because I love it, and everything you see.
Gina aka Natural Belle | hairspiration.blogspot.com
Natalie Clue | beautypulselondon.com
THE PRECIOUS MAN OF THE YEAR
Nathaniel Peat | Social Entrepreneur
Nathaniel is a social entrepreneur who founded at the age of 25, the non-profit organization, The Safety Box, which uses grassroots methods to interrupt violent behaviour, build entrepreneurship and foster achievement in young people using alternative curriculum in British schools. In 2007 he was the first double award winner of the Enterprising Young Brits Awards awarded by the former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and 2008 saw him feature on BBC Three reality TV show The Last Millionaire where he was the winner of the third episode in Cairo. Nathaniel was listed on the Courvoisier Observers Future 500 Next Generation List; in 2009 he was a key organiser and speaker of the first Youth Jamaica Diaspora Future Leaders Conference. In 2011 Nathaniel received The London Peace (DREAM) award at City Hall from Mayor Boris Johnson. In 2013, Peat was invited to become a fellow (FRSA) and was the winner of the UPF Youth Achievement Award.
Jimmy Akingbola, Actor
Piers Linney, Entrepreneur
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