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© PRECIOUSAWARDS 2015
What’s Our Mission?
To inspire, encourage and recognise successful women of colour in UK business.
What’s Our Vision?
A world where women of colour are visible, valued, recognised and influential in all areas of business, public and corporate life. And where girls and women of colour have no ceilings to their dreams.
The PRECIOUS Awards
The PRECIOUS Awards were founded to recognise and support women of colour in the business and work environment and create role models for future generations to follow.
Founded 2007 by Foluke Akinlose MBE
“I founded PRECIOUS Magazine in 1999. It was the first digital magazine aimed at women in the UK and its aim was to celebrate and share the success stories of women of colour in the UK. I met so many fantastic hard working businesswomen in my role as founder of PRECIOUS, these unsung heroines that just get on with the day to day challenges of running their businesses. Yet despite being invited to a range of awards ceremonies celebrating women in business, I never saw any women of colour being given recognition on the podium. I became frustrated at the situation, then annoyed and then I took action. I decided to create an event that commemorated the work and truly focused on their achievements. That’s how the PRECIOUS Awards were born.“
Now in its ninth year, the PRECIOUS Awards have been key in uncovering the success stories of women of colour, informing the wider business community and driving change.
The categories for the 2015 Awards cover key strategic areas which capture examples of excellent entrepreneurial and leadership endeavour from individuals, as well as providing an opportunity to celebrate the next generation of women and girls.
The PRECIOUS Awards 2015 winners will be announced at an awards
ceremony that will take place in The Banking Hall, Cornhill, London,
on October 15th.
Business of the Year
Jamaica Patty Co Limited - Theresa Roberts, Co-Founder
The Compassionate Funeral Company -
Hasina Zaman, CEO
Creative Nature - Julianne Ponan, CEO
Halebury - Denise Nurse | CEO/Founder
Social Enterprise of the Year
Asma Shah - Ladies who Learn
Rashada Harry - Your Future Your Ambition
Aysha Julie - The Gifted
Rhetoric E.A CIC - Creative Director Zenovia Grant and Marisse Dyer
Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Victoria Olubi - The Tutoress
Laisha Johnson - Venella One World
Claudine Adeyemi - The Student Development Company
Julianne Ponan - Creative Nature
Woman in STEM
Dijonn Taylor - CEO and Founder, Savvy Guest Ltd
Sivasakthy Selvakumaran - Civil-Structural Engineer - Laing O'Rourke
Adizah Tejani - Head of Ecosystem Development at Level39
Kerrine Bryan - MEng, MBA, CEng, MIET, Principal Electrical Engineer
Outstanding Woman in
Dara Kirton - Manager at PwC Operations Consulting
Funke Abimbola - UK Managing Counsel, Roche
Victoria Showunmi FRSA - Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education
Danna Walker - Dip Arch RIBA, Construction Industry Council
Outstanding Woman in the
Emily Jupp - Milly J Shoes Ltd (and) Bridal Shoes By Milly
Chika Russell - Chika's Snacks
Anjula Devi - Anjula Devi Authentic Indian Cooking
Louise Broni-Mensah - Shoobs.com
Ndidi Okezie, Executive Director- The Regions Division, Teach First
June Eric-Udorie - Girls' rights campaigner
Whitney S Iles - Social Entrepreneur & Community Activist
Kelle Bryan -CEO, The Advocate Agency
Vote for the PRECIOUS Man of the Year here.
Celebrating the Success Stories of Women of Colour
OWEN VALENTINE PRINGLE
Penny is the co-founder of PR consultancy business – GCPR Ltd. She began her career as a journalist at the Telegraph Newspaper Group. After 13 years as a section editor within the Features department, she was headhunted by Sky’s Marketing Division to launch and become Editor in Chief of Sky magazine, growing the publication from 2,000 subscribers to seven million. As a commercially minded editor, Penny also drove her team to achieve £1 million in advertising revenue for a single issue!
Penny was headhunted in 2004 by one of the world’s biggest advertising agencies, Publicis. After launching branded publications for clients as diverse as Asda, and Toni & Guy, Penny became Group Editorial Director and was invited to join the Board of Publicis Blueprint, where she remained for three years.
In 2007, the chairman of the Outside Organisation, the respected celebrity PR agency, invited Penny to become his company’s Managing Director. Penny did this successfully for three years, before deciding to go it alone and set up her own consultancy agency with her husband, the award winning broadcast journalist, David Glencorse.
Penny has implemented strategies, executed campaigns, increased circulations, boosted the reputation of high profile bands and individuals, raised awareness, crisis-managed several high-profile clients, (including the Shard, England International Cricketer, Kevin Pietersen MBE; Presidents Clinton and George W Bush; the Rt Hon Tony Blair MP and the Rt. Hon Gordon Brown MP).
In 2010, Penny began consulting for Arise Media UK Ltd where she launched an international magazine, six international fashion events and a 24-hour news TV news channel. Penny is also the PR Executive for Champagne Lanson International and the UK representative for multi-Grammy Award winning singer Michael Bolton."
Penny has secured a place in PR Week’s annual Top 100 PRs in the UK on no fewer than THREE occasions and has been awarded three profiles in JP Morgan’s Top 100 Black Professionals.
Salema manages the women entrepreneurship programme at Imperial College London. She was previously at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD), in Paris where she coordinated the launch of the Women’s Business Network and more recently managed the OECD’s global progress and well-being networks (Child, Research, Europe, Latin America, and Africa) and engagement tools.
Salema produced the first “Women’s Enterprise Action Plan”for the London Development Agency (GLA); worked on the ‘Education for All’ targets at UNESCO; developed business and fundraising plans for NGOs in India, founded the Graduates Forum in Tower Hamlets and started her career as a detached youth worker on the streets of London.
Salema is a graduate of School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, holds a certificate in youth work from Goldsmiths and an MBA from École des Ponts ParisTech.
Bilal heads up Fixed Income Data Management in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse. Through data strategy and thought leadership, his remit is to leverage data to enhance decision-making and further enrich the Bank’s relationship with and service to its clients.
His work spans several domains including Business Intelligence & Client Analytics; Reference Data & Market Data; and data-related Regulatory Compliance.
Bilal has close to 20 years’ experience in financial services and management consulting. Prior to Credit Suisse, he has run Operations, eCommerce and Data Management programmes in JP Morgan, HSBC and Citibank.
He is also co-chair of Credit Suisse’s Multicultural Network. He is a tireless supporter of mentoring young talent and advocate of greater diversity in top management.
Rita is Founder / Director of the Rita Bailey Partnership coaching consultancy and has a first class track record facilitating organizations and individuals going through change by bringing clarity to complex business and people management issues. Her clients include Vodafone, NHS, Novartis Switzerland, Transport for London (TfL), Crown Prosecution Service and Save the Children UK.
Her accomplishments are also highlighted by being an experienced Corporate Trainer, Enterprise Development Adviser (SFEDI), MBA lecturer at Open University Business School, previous Investors in People Assessor. More recently Rita has worked as an international facilitator with Microsoft and is a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation mentoring programme for female entrepreneurs.
Rita is a public appointed member of the London South Learning Skills Council, non-exec Director for South London Business and has been a trainer for The Coaching Academy. Rita’s background originally started in economic development and growth, creating success conditions for business growth and full employment on a regional basis. She was Chief Executive of a development agency, and has held senior management roles requiring strategic planning, HR planning, Fundraising and project management of large-scale projects.
Today she places particular focus on developing leaders and middle managers because she believes leadership capabilities and self-awareness are true essence of success. She brings a combination of management, training, leadership experience stemming from working in commercial, charities, public sector and local and central government. Rita continues to be passionate about creating a legacy she facilitates a number of projects in her spare time that boost business and community partnerships.
Owen is a senior digital strategist with 20 years of experience across media, arts and NGO sectors. His expertise includes digital transformation and organisational change, global strategy and alignment, and user-centred product innovation.
He is the co-founder of Therein, a boutique consultancy practice specialising in the organisational impacts of digital and technological transformation.
He was previously Director of Digital Communications at Amnesty International where he led on development and implementation of the organisation’s global digital strategy.
Prior to this, Owen was Brand Director for New Media & New Product Development at BSkyB, Commercial Director for New Media at ITN and Head of Media Services at Southbank Centre.
GEETA SIDHU ROBB
Charlene is a presenter and journalist for ITV News and ITV London.
She was born in South London to Dominican parents and attended Blackheath High School in South East London and graduated from the London College of Printing.
She’s had a varied broadcasting career including working at ITV Meridian, various roles across the BBC including 1Xtra, Radio 1, BBC News 24, Radio 5 Live, BBC3 and BBC London, and has lived in the USA writing for the New York Post.
Charlene regularly mentors young people and has volunteered at several community radio stations, schools and colleges to help them with media training.
Charlene is a member of the Diversity Panel at ITV News and regularly participates in events for the Cultural Diversity Network.
She is hailed as one of the brightest stars in UK Broadcasting.
Following a career as a lawyer, mum of three Geeta became the founder of a company that combines commercial success with enhancing individual welfare.
She founded Nosh Detox in 2008 as a result of spending years fighting her son’s multiple food allergies and anaphylaxis as a baby.
Nosh is now hailed as one of the most innovative and pioneering businesses in the health sector and a leading provider of healthy diets. The company sends nutritionally well balanced meals to people’s homes and offices. Their celebrity clients include fashion designer Stella McCartney and publisher Jefferson Hack.
In 2010, Geeta picked up the Service Business of the Year and The Entrepreneur of the Year at the PRECIOUS Awards.
Angie started her media career as an administrator at the BBC Television Centre. Four years later, she moved to London’s top commercial station at that time, Capital Radio, where she was ‘discovered’ by DJ David ‘The Kid’ Jensen. Her mesmerizing voice helped her find her way into the recording studio to do some voice overs, after some coaxing from ‘The Kid’.
A move to Choice FM saw Angie presenting the breakfast show from 1992 to 1997 on London’s first urban radio station. Listening figures trebled and it became the most popular show in the schedule.
Other shows have included Angie’s Sunday Magazine Show on BBC, GLR and a weekly Angie Greaves Music Show for BBC Three Counties. She later went onto varying length stints at Jazz FM and LBC.
Angie joined Magic 105.4FM in 2005, starting off with weekend show Mellow Magic.
Dowshan Humzah is a founding Director of two digital ventures including The Worst Kept Secret (TWKS), a London based digital and social media agency, delivering bespoke training, strategy consulting and community management.
He began his career in Brand Management with Procter & Gamble where he took responsibility for the Hugo Boss fine fragrance franchise, launching HUGO by Hugo Boss in the UK as a world exclusive.
He then was part of the first dot.com boom in the UK and joined the Accenture and BP backed Oneswoop.com as Marketing Manager. He moved to ntl (now known as Virgin Media) where he progressed rapidly and became Director of Marketing, Planning and Strategy – helping ntl become the UK’s largest broadband provider.
His most recent corporate role was for The RSA Insurance Group where he was Product Director for RSA’s retail insurance brand ‘More Than’.
Outside of his corporate roles, Dowshan has an entrepreneurial flair having worked in start-ups. In 2008, he invested in and co-founded a digital production studio in India delivering visual effects and animation to clients in movie, TV, interactive entertainment and advertising production. The studios have gained 7 major film credits and over a 100 advertising projects.
He is now a Non-Executive Director and remains a shareholder. He has also provided marketing and business development consultancy for a variety of organisations including VC firms, a premiership football club and media agencies.
Rasheed Ogunlaru, leading life coach, motivational speaker
and business / corporate coach.
Rasheed’s career spans 16 years in coaching, training, media, performance and strategy. His clients include entertainers, entrepreneurs, politicians, professionals, organisations and the public. Rasheed regularly appears in media including appearances on BBC and ITV News and as an expert for PRECIOUS Success.
Rasheed is an inspiring public speaker – uniquely popular on the business, spiritual and personal development circuits. Rasheed the business coach partner of the British Library where he runs
Making it as an Entrepreneur, an inspiring workshop for new and growing businesses. He is author of The Gift of Inner Success and Co-author of A Zest for Business.
His unique ‘become who you are’ approach enables people of all backgrounds to achieve greater success, performance, confidence and happiness – from within. As such he is widely considered as one of the UK’s leading specialists on achieving lasting inner fulfilment.
Jessica Huie, CEO Colorblind Cards Ltd and
Founder JH Public Relations Ltd.
Jessica Huie is an award-winning entrepreneur and founder of Color blind Cards and JH Public Relations. In recognition for her contribution to diversity and influence on her community, aged just 34 Jessica was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) being named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list (June 2014).
Jessica, who was winner of the Daily Mail’s Enterprising Young Brit award was named one of Britain’s Most inspiring entrepreneurs by the Evening Standard and sits on Glamour Magazine’s Power List as one of the UK’s most influential women, is mother to 16 year old Monet and 3 year Jensen.
Armed with enviable international relationships, and a passion for media, Jessica’s transition from employee to employer aged 28 saw her launch JHPR with a glittering clientele and focus. The roster has included Samuel Jackson’s Glittering Stars in Dessert Nights event, Kelly Rowland and former Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey.
In 2013 Jessica won a National Diversity Award for Color blind Cards contribution to diversity and has been invited to No. 10 Downing street to advise on encouraging a more enterprising young Britain.
WE APPRECIATE THE MESSAGES OF SUPPORT WE’VE RECEIVED FOR THE PRECIOUS AWARDS OVER THE LAST NINE YEARS. HERE’S A SELECTION…
David Cameron | UK Prime Minister:
“I am delighted once again to give my support to the PRECIOUS Awards and to congratulate those who use their talent and initiative to start a business. Your awards will help to create great role models for others to follow. This is vital work and you have my full support.“
Nick Clegg | Deputy Prime Minister (2013)
“I am very happy to once again give my full support to the PRECIOUS Awards – a fantastic event that has recognised the achievements of some of the brightest and most inspirational Black and Asian women in society. It is vital that these stories of entrepreneurship are heard, and these role models are recognised, in order to raise the aspirations of the next generation. I’d like to extend my warmest wishes to all those nominated and taking part. “
Rt Hon Ed Miliband:
“Events such as the PRECIOUS Awards are designed to promote and recognise the success of women of colour. This is such an important event, as unfortunately the contribution that women of colour make to our business, economy and creative industries, to name just a few, are often overlooked. The PRECIOUS Awards and the work you do is vital because you encourage and support women of colour and celebrate their success in environments which are not always easy to break into. It is also important because younger women of colour have role models to look up to and have a base that they can set their expectations against and this is key to their self esteem and development.”
” It is so important that we celebrate the talent and achievements in our community. Black and Asian women are contributing more and more to the British economy particularly in business.”
Simon Walker, Director General, IOD
“The Institute of Directors is delighted to support this year’s PRECIOUS Awards. Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of this country’s economy and we are very much looking forward to hearing about all the vibrant businesses set up by the Awards entrants.
The IoD is firmly convinced that diversity is essential to strong corporate decision making and to strengthening the economy as a whole. We look forward to welcoming the Award winners to the IoD”
SPONSOR : The British Library
“The British Library Business & IP Centre (BIPC) were delighted to be involved in the PRECIOUS Awards. It was fantastic to be a part of a such a successful network of women entrepreneurs, and to celebrate those who have really taken their business to the next level. The BIPC fully supports the awards and encourages more entrepreneurial women of colour to put themselves forward and to gain recognition for their achievements.
The BIPC has benefited enormously from the invaluable range of contacts and collaborative opportunities that PRECIOUS offers to its members and partners. I met some amazing entrepreneurial women on the evening of the awards, not only were these women inspirational but they had so much energy, enthusiasm and determination to make their business work. It provided great networking opportunities and as a result it provided the BIPC with a platform to promote its services and resources to this diverse audience”
GABY ROSE, Business Engagement Manager
WINNER: Best Start Up Business
Natasha Faith & Semhal Zemikael – La Diosa
“What an honour it was to win the PRECIOUS Best Start-up Award! It was La Diosa’s first award and we could never be prouder of the fact that it came from our own community. Awards like this are what keeps businesses like us motivated. The whole night was a true success and we couldn’t be prouder of ourselves or the other star winners of the night.”
Natasha Faith, La Diosa
SPONSOR : Social Enterprise London
“The PRECIOUS Awards offer an inspiring platform to celebrate and promote entrepreneurial women of colour. It was a stunning evening where one inspiring woman after another finally got the recognition she deserved. I was delighted to be involved, not least for the opportunity to add my voice to the cheers that celebrated women who had chosen to set up social enterprises and were showing everyone how it can be done when it’s done well.”
Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise London.
SPONSOR : CIDA
“CIDA was very pleased to sponsor the Creative Business category. Running a business can be challenging so it is important that the amazing achievements of these women are given recognition and celebrated at such a prestigious event. The PRECIOUS Awards also provide a much needed platform to show other women what’s possible and inspire them to start their own business.”
Lucy Kyle, Senior Business Advisor, CIDA.
HEADLINE SPONSOR: Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays' purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions - in the right way.
With 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.
CREDIT SUISSE IS A LEADING FINANCIAL SERVICES FIRM PROVIDING PRIVATE BANKING, WEALTH MANAGEMENT AND INVESTMENT BANKING SERVICES TO CLIENTS GLOBALLY.
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO BE SPONSORING THE PRECIOUS AWARD FOR BEST DIVERSITY PROGRAMME, CELEBRATING THOSE WHO ARE SUCCESSFULLY BUILDING OPEN AND INCLUSIVE WORKING CULTURES.
AT CREDIT SUISSE, OUR DIVERSE WORKFORCE GUARANTEES A WIDE RANGING EXPERTISE AND A BROAD NETWORK OF CONTACTS AS WELL AS AN INCLUSIVE AND OPEN CORPORATE CULTURE THAT HELPS US TO DELIVER HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO OUR CLIENTS AND TO WORK TOGETHER EFFECTIVELY ACROSS THE BANK.
THE FUTURE AT WORK: WWW.CREDIT-SUISSE.COM
THE INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS HAS LONG BEEN RECOGNISED AS AN INFLUENTIAL AND RESPECTED MEMBERSHIP ORGANISATION IN THE UK. WITH MORE THAN 100 YEARS’ SUCCESS, WE ARE MEASURED BY OUR MEMBERS, WHO ARE SOME OF THE MOST SKILLED AND EXPERIENCED BUSINESS LEADERS IN THE COUNTRY, REPRESENTING THE FULL BUSINESS SPECTRUM – FROM START-UP ENTREPRENEURS TO DIRECTORS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR AND CEOS OF MULTINATIONAL ORGANISATIONS.
AT PEARSON, WE BELIEVE IN LEARNING – ALL KINDS OF LEARNING FOR ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE. WHETHER IT’S AT HOME, IN THE CLASSROOM OR IN THE WORKPLACE, LEARNING IS THE KEY TO IMPROVING OUR LIFE CHANCES. TO THIS END, PEARSON UK BRINGS TOGETHER LEADING NAMES IN EDUCATION TO PROVIDE A BLEND OF CONTENT, CURRICULA, ASSESSMENT, TRAINING AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS TO MAKE LEARNING MORE ENGAGING AND EFFECTIVE.
TECHNOLOGY UNDERPINS EVERYTHING WE DO, FROM THE LATEST RESOURCES FOR PERSONALISED LEARNING TO DATA ANALYSIS TOOLS TO MEASURE PROGRESS AND AID TEACHING. BY PUTTING TECHNOLOGY AT THE HEART OF LEARNING, WE AIM TO SUPPORT, MOTIVATE AND INSPIRE EVERY EDUCATOR AND EVERY LEARNER.
IN TODAY’S WORLD, EDUCATION ISN’T JUST ABOUT GAINING QUALIFICATIONS: IT’S ABOUT ENABLING PEOPLE TO DO THINGS, AS WELL AS KNOW THINGS. THAT’S WHY WE COMBINE A BELIEF IN THE HIGHEST, MOST RIGOROUS STANDARDS WITH A FOCUS ON APPLICABLE LEARNING AND EMPLOYABILITY.
THE BUSINESS & IP CENTRE WAS LAUNCHED IN 2006 WITH THE AIM TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES, ENTREPRENEURS AND INVENTORS GROW THEIR ORGANISATIONS ACROSS A RANGE OF INDUSTRIES.
PROVIDING SMALL BUSINESS ADVICE, SUPPORT AND RESOURCES THE CENTRE HAS BEEN USED BY MORE THAN 350,000 INDIVIDUALS, A NUMBER THAT INCREASES ALONGSIDE OUR OFFERING OF BUSINESS SUPPORT.
THE SUCCESS IS PARTLY DUE TO THE FREE BUSINESS RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO USE THE COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF DATABASES AND PUBLICATIONS, AS WELL AS A GREAT NUMBER OF WORKSHOPS, ADVICE SESSIONS AND OTHER EVENTS.
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