Top role models win at the Scottish Diversity Awards 2019

The Scottish Diversity Awards 2019 gathered more than 100 guests, coming from both the third sector and business world, in a memorable celebration of those that promote equality, diversity and social inclusion in Scotland.

The black-tie event took place on Thursday, February 28, at The Trades Hall, located in Glasgow’s Merchant City, a historic venue established in 1605 that offers support to people of the city, by distributing the income raised from events to charitable projects within Glasgow.

The Scottish Diversity Awards 2019 aim to acknowledge those who believe in an inclusive and diverse Scotland and want to see the country as one of the most welcoming and multi-cultural countries in the world.

The awards showcased not only those who believe in diversity but more importantly those who have actively contributed to achieving equality in their business by treating everyone equally and giving them fair opportunities, regardless their background, gender, religion or economic status among other.

The event was co-hosted by Rupa Mooker, Employment Law Solicitor and member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Equality and Diversity committee and Josie Smith- a familiar face on STV and BBC Scotland broadcaster.

They welcomed on stage strong candidates, role models and community champions that promote the benefits of diversity and have fostered top values such as fairness, equality and respect in all aspects of their life.

A Spokesperson for the Scottish Diversity Awards 2019 said: “We are delighted to have welcomed such exceptional personalities and role models at this year’s Scottish Diversity Awards. It was a memorable and emotional night reflecting the outstanding work that people carry out to tackle social problems.

“The awards provided a platform to showcase the great commitment of people and businesses that enhance our communities and raise awareness for the importance and the benefits of a diverse society.

“We would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their incredible achievements and we hope that they will inspire others to follow their footsteps.”

The awards also supported Smart Works Edinburgh, an organisation which empowers women in need by providing them with the attire, advice, training and confidence that they need to unlock their potential and succeed in their workplace.

The winners of the Scottish Diversity Awards 2019 are:

International Charity of the Year: International Voluntary Services (Edinburgh) 

Social Leader of The Year: Karyn McCluskey – Community Justice Scotland (Glasgow)

Social Inclusion Initiative in Employment Law: Frances Ross – Clyde & Co (Edinburgh)

Large Employer of the Year: Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Stirling)

SME Business of the Year: Adopt an Intern (Edinburgh)

Inclusion Organisation Champions of the Year: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow)

Empowerment Champion Award 2019: The Scottish Centre for Personal Safety (Ardrossan)

Diversity Event of the Year: Women in Tech Scotland (London)

Organisation of the Year: Govan Community Project (Glasgow)

Leader of Social Inclusion & Diversity in Business: Lloyds Bank – Audrey Connolly (Edinburgh)

Positive Action in Equality Award: Police Scotland – Ann Bell (East Kilbride)

Equality Advocate of the Year: Coca-Cola 5by20 – Angie Foreman (Dundee)

Diversity Champion of the Year: One Community (SVRU Project)- Khadija Coll (Glasgow)

Equality Champion of the Year: Scottish Women in Sport – Maureen McGonigle (Scotland)

Disability Inclusion Champion Of the Year: PrioritEyes – Norma Baillie (Saltcoats)

Role Model of the Year: Ricefield Arts and Culture – Else Kek (Glasgow)

Scottish Based Charity of the Year: Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (Glasgow)

Third Sector Organisation of the Year: Fresh Start (Edinburgh)

Third Sector CEO of The Year: Tim Frew – YouthLink Scotland (Edinburgh)

Further Education College of the Year: South Lanarkshire College (East Kilbride)

Scottish University of the Year: Edinburgh Napier University (Edinburgh)

Council of the Year: Midlothian Council (Midlothian)

Business of the Year: Lothian Buses (Edinburgh)

Apprenticeships Provider of the Year: West Coast Motors (Campbeltown)

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