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Top 10 British Race Champions: Awards 2016....

Liveryman Kulbir Shergill is recognised amongst the Top 10 at the British Race Awards (BAME)....

It isn’t just leaders and multicultural role models who can create change.  To make a difference the workplace needs the help of everyone in creating an inclusive environment. The Awards recognise those who work tirelessly to ensure diversity and inclusion runs through the fabric of business and have been pushing the BAME agenda within their organisation and beyond.

Liz Burton
Director, Global Inclusion and Diversity - GSK

Liz Burton has been a HR professional over the last 15 years, championing diversity throughout, whilst specialising in diversity since 2011. She has created and launched many diversity initiatives and been a keen sponsor of BAME representation at all levels. Liz has worked tirelessly on policies relating to diversity and is an avid campaigner on workplace issues.

Colin Campbell-Austin
Head of Talent and People Development - Telegraph Media Group

Colin Campbell-Austin is the people development and talent resourcing specialist for the Telegraph Media Group. Colin has previously been the People Development Manager at Channel 4, where he created a corporate diversity, talent, learning and development strategy that fitted Channel 4’s culture and aligned to their business needs, ensuring Channel 4 was the broadcaster of choice to the best diverse talent from all social backgrounds. Colin is a ‘people champion’, he believes in fairness, equality, diversity and consistency.

Colin Clements
Diversity and Inclusion Manager - Lloyds Banking Group

Colin is responsible for designing, managing and implementing a robust governance and evaluation framework to deliver the organisation’s D&I strategy. Colin is working on the BAME agenda working with BAME professionals to understand the issues and practical support needed to create an inclusive workplace. He is responsible for the strategic direction Lloyds takes with regards to

Yvonne Coghill OBE
Director, Workforce Race Equality Standard Implementation - NHS

Yvonne Coghill OBE was appointed as Director, Workforce Race Equality Standard Implementation in July 2015 to take forward work on the new Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES). With more than 20 years experience in nursing, she has held a number of operational and strategic leadership posts, and in 2013 she was voted by colleagues in the NHS as one of the top 50 most inspirational women, one of the top 50 most inspirational nurse leaders and one of the top 50 BAME pioneers, two years in a row. She was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare in 2010.

Tony Hall
Director General - BBC

Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, is at the forefront of driving forward initiatives to improve the representation of people Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds both on and off-screen. Under his leadership the BBC has announced the appointment of a new Independent Diversity Advisor Group to ensure that one of the most trusted national sources of information and entertainment reflects the diversity of the community and promotes broader inclusion both within and outside the BBC. His work to expand apprenticeships and traineeships for BAME students in the Creative Arts.

Richard Heaton
Permanent Secretary - Ministry of Justice

Richard Heaton has been Permanent Secretary for MOJ since August 2015. Before that he was Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office from August 2012. He was also First Parliamentary Counsel from 2012 to 2015. In April 2014 Richard became the Civil Service Race Champion. Richard started his career as a barrister, and joined the Home Office as a legal adviser in 1991. He then worked in legal teams across government,

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
Commissioner of Police - Metropolis Metropolitan Police

As Commissioner of Police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has been instrumental in driving forward greater inclusion both within the police force and in the communities they protect. Born in Sheffield, Sir Hogan-Howe joined South Yorkshire Police in 1979 and rose the ranks to be appointed as Commissioner of Police in September 2011. Under his watch, the force has gone from strength-to-strength ad this is evidenced in the force’s role in generating inter-communal harmony and a shared sense of community in some of the most diverse boroughs of London.

Vinay Kapoor
Head of Diversity & Inclusion - BNP Paribas

Vinay Kapoor has a professional career in Financial Services spanning nearly 20 years. Graduated with an MBA in 2006, Vinay was appointed as the BNP Paribas’ first ever Head of Diversity & Inclusion. Having successfully embedded D&I into BNP Paribas UK at all levels of the organisation and employee life cycle Vinay’s creative spirit has been demonstrated in BNP Paribas’ industry leading Diversity & Inclusion Week. In 2015, Vinay was recognised as “Top 50 Global D&I Professional” by The Economist in 2015; featured in The Telegraph’s “Top 50 LGBT Professionals” and the London PRIDE PowerList. Additionally, Vinay volunteers as a mentor as part of the HELP Enterprise Program at Vital Regeneration.

Kulbir Shergill
Senior Diversity & Inclusion Consultant - KPMG

Kulbir has nearly 20 years experience around diversity and inclusion strategies with a keen focus on ensuring diversity especially within recruitment, talent, advising operating companies on equality and related HR issues. She is on the Board of the Global Professional Women’s Network (London) and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.

Stephen Wackerle
Group Risk Director - BP

Stephen provides strategic direction on BP’s risk management system, governance and assurance framework. Stephen is part of the cultural diversity network, and is keen to build an awareness of working with different cultures. His support as a senior visible leader on the network has helped increase buy in from the business, he has also proved to be an influential role model in supporting inclusion within his organisation.