Bas­tions of di­ver­sity cel­e­brated at awards evening

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MORE than 300 guests gath­ered to cel­e­brate the com­pa­nies, or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who put equal­ity and di­ver­sity at the heart of their ac­tions.

The Di­ver­sity Awards was or­gan­ised by The Her­ald and GenA­n­a­lyt­ics at the Radis­son Blu Ho­tel in Glas­gow to credit those who work to make a real dif­fer­ence to their com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses.

Now in their sec­ond year, the awards were sup­ported by City of Glas­gow Col­lege, Di­a­geo, Tay­lor Wim­pey, MacRoberts LLP, Glas­gow Life, So­lu­tions Driven, Skills De­vel­op­ment Scot­land, Royal Mail, Scot­tishPower, Stan­dard Life Aberdeen, Wheat­ley Group, YSC, BAE Sys­tems and SQA.

With over 80 en­tries re­ceived in to­tal, the judges had a dif­fi­cult task on their hands to pick the win­ners and fi­nal­ists, and as a re­sult one cat­e­gory had not one, but two win­ners on the night.

Both Celtic FC Foun­da­tion and I Am Me Scot­land won the Best Com­mu­nity Project, spon­sored by YSC. JayneAnne Gad­hia, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Virgin Money, picked up the Life­time Achieve­ment Award, spon­sored by MacRoberts LLP.

Katy Wed­der­burn, part­ner from MacRoberts, said: “The awards are a great op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the out­stand­ing achieve­ments of com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als work­ing to pro­mote and achieve a more di­verse so­ci­ety and work­place.”

Ed Cochrane, di­rec­tor of YSC Scot­land, said: “We’d like to once again like to ex­tend our con­grat­u­la­tions to our cat­e­gory award win­ner and fi­nal­ists.

“This year’s Di­ver­sity Awards have been an out­stand­ing suc­cess and we are proud to have spon­sored the event.”

Ca­tri­ona Mackie, HR di­rec­tor at Di­a­geo, Global Sup­ply, said: “Di­ver­sity is an im­por­tant area of fo­cus for us as a busi­ness and we know that greater di­ver­sity drives bet­ter per­for­mance and de­ci­sion mak­ing.”

Kerry Christie, chief peo­ple of­fi­cer at Stan­dard Life Aberdeen PLC, said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the win­ners and fi­nal­ists at this year’s Di­ver­sity awards – it was a real show­case of good prac­tice and com­mit­ment from across all sec­tors.”

Au­drey Ross, sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for Tay­lor Wim­pey West Scot­land, said: “This year’s win­ners have demon­strated an out­stand­ing com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion within their busi­ness, and the awards have pro­vided us all with a valu­able in­sight into the op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist for ev­ery busi­ness re­gard­less of their size.”

Sarah McNulty, HR op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor at Scot­tish Power, said: “In­clu­sion and di­ver­sity leads to bet­ter de­ci­sion mak­ing and drives in­no­va­tion.”

Lor­raine McLaren, di­rec­tor at Wheat­ley Foun­da­tion, said: “We are proud to have played a part in this and our warmest con­grat­u­la­tions go to the win­ners.”

Gemma Webb, head of cul­ture, change and val­ues at Royal Mail, said: “Royal Mail con­grat­u­late all the fi­nal­ists and win­ners this evening. We en­joyed cel­e­brat­ing with you all.”

Dou­glas Mor­ri­son, head of STEM and in­no­va­tion at City of Glas­gow Col­lege, said: “The hard work, cre­ativ­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion of in­di­vid­u­als en­gaged in Equal­ity, Di­ver­sity and In­clu­sion is tes­ta­ment to the work that is hap­pen­ing across Scot­land.”

Steve Bor­ley, head of strate­gic plan­ning and gov­er­nance at SQA, said: “I’d like to con­grat­u­late all the fi­nal­ists and in par­tic­u­lar the cat­e­gory win­ner, Cly­des­dale Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tives on their suc­cess.”

Jill Miller, di­rec­tor of cul­tural ser­vices at Glas­gow Life, said: “I would like to con­grat­u­late all of last night’s thor­oughly de­serv­ing fi­nal­ists and win­ners – par­tic­u­larly Women 50:50 – whose en­ergy and ded­i­ca­tion is what con­tin­ues to fuel Scot­land’s suc­cess.”

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