DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES EXTENDED TILL 7 MAY

The awards celebrate those individuals who have demonstrated their support for minority groups and promoted and inspired those who are otherwise under-represented, as well as recognising companies whose policies, schemes or initiatives encourage and enable diversity in the workplace.

For information on how to enter please click here.

To submit your entry please click here.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 Diversity in Finance Awards winners.


2019 Awards Gallery




9th September 2020
Financial Times

Financial Times,
Bracken House,
1 Friday Street,
London EC4M 9BT


2020 Categories

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
COMPANY AWARDS

Diversity Champion of the Year

This candidate will be among the best and brightest in their field, and will have made significant professional advancements for diversity and inclusion in their workplace, regardless of how far up the career ladder they are. They should be a shining example of, and role model for, diversity and inclusion, demonstrating drive, ambition and dynamism within their working and even personal life.


Provider of the Year (Adviser, Judge and Editorial nominated)

Employer of the Year

This company will stand out for having a truly successful, diverse workforce, demonstrated through the development of inclusive policies, practices and initiatives which have delivered measurable results.

Over the past year, this company will have gone above and beyond, recognising and publicising the importance of an inclusive workforce, taking practical steps to engage and impact staff at all levels.


Trailblazing Company of the Year

This award celebrates a company that has demonstrated innovative attempts to ensure that their workforce better reflects the makeup of today’s society, by developing inclusion policies for one or many underrepresented groups.

This company will be taking demonstrable and practical steps to develop a company culture of inclusion, actively removing barriers through revised recruitment, retention and career progression practices.

We will need to see evidence of positive progress and plans for next steps.


Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year

This award is for the most successful programme, scheme or initiative introduced in the last year, which was engineered to improve and increase diversity and inclusion.


Diversity Marketing & Recruitment Campaign of the Year

This award is for the marketing and/or recruitment campaign, introduced in the last year, which was created specifically to improve and increase diversity and inclusion and reach a wide audience with demonstrable results.


Product of the Year

This award will recognise a company’s product or service that has been developed to aid, assist or improve the experience of users with disabilities (mental or physical) or special requirements. Products or services can be designed for use within the workplace, or to improve usability or accessibility for clients or customers.


Championing Disability Inclusion Award (Including mental health)

This company will have championed support for, and inclusion of, individuals with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues. Their efforts may cover issues including accessibility and mobility in the office, emotional support in the workplace, awareness campaigns and creating a supportive office culture.


Championing Gender Diversity

This company will have championed the equal treatment and inclusion not just of women but of all gender identities, at all levels of their organisation. Their efforts may span issues such as creating safe spaces, the recruitment processes, improvements to flexible working policies, as well as creating a positive working culture in the office.


Championing Female Equality

This company will have championed the equal treatment and inclusion of women at all levels of their organisation. Their efforts may span issues such as working to reverse any gender-biased pay disparity, the recruitment processes, improvements to flexible working policies, especially for working mothers, as well as creating a positive culture in the office where women can succeed.


Championing LGBT Inclusion Award

This company will have championed the equal treatment and inclusion of LGBTQ+ people at all levels of their organisation. Their efforts may span issues, such as recruitment processes, office culture, recognition and awareness, and creating networking groups.


Championing Race Equality

This company will have championed the equal treatment and inclusion of individuals from racial and ethnic minorities. This will include recruitment processes, internal policies and apprenticeship or internship opportunities, as well as forging a positive and collegiate working environment.


Championing Social Mobility

This company will have championed the equal treatment and inclusion of people across all socio-economic groups. Their efforts may span issues including recruitment processes and campaigns, partnerships, bursaries, working with housing associations, apprenticeships or internship opportunities.


2019 Winners

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
COMPANY AWARDS

Diversity Champion of the Year

David Blackburn, FSCS

Highly Commended

Adeola Ajayi, Association of British Insurers (ABI)


Championing Disability Inclusion Award (Including mental health)

Andy Nibloe, MetLife

Highly Commended

Karen Cooke, Hargreaves Lansdown


Championing Gender Equality

Lisa Winnard, Sesame Bankhall Group

Highly Commended

Adeola Ajayi, Association of British Insurers (ABI)


Championing LGBT Inclusion Award

Stephen Jenkins, Hargreaves Lansdown

Highly Commended

Paul Scaping, The Investment Association


Championing Race Equality

Celeste Jones, Hargreaves Lansdown


Employer of the Year

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Highly Commended

MetLife


Trailblazing Company of the Year

Aviva Investors

Highly Commended

MetLife


Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year

Zurich

Highly Commended

IRESS


Diversity Marketing & Recruitment Campaign of the Year

Investment 20/20 (Part of the Investment Association)

Highly Commended

Financial Services Compensation Scheme


How to enter

Entry criteria
Judges

The awards are now OPEN for entries. To submit your entries please click here.

Entry period: 03/02/2020 - 07/05/2020

Each category will be independently judged by a panel of experts. Categories need to receive a minimum of three entries to run.


Entry guidelines:

All entries should be submitted by midnight on May 7 2020. Entries should be submitted as PDFs via this link and should use the following format for file naming:


“Company name - award category - DIFA2020”


E.g. Peters Capital Management - Employer of the Year - DIFA2020.pdf


All entries must name an employee to be contacted by the organisers of the awards.


Entry criteria:

Champion (Individual) Award:

This Award is open to an individual. Nominations can be written and submitted by colleagues or by entrants themselves**.

Entries will be no more than 500 words, and will detail candidates’ motivation/inspiration, the process to achieving change, and the results that were achieved. It will also include information about the profession and position of the individual candidate.

Judges will review all submissions and will compile a shortlist for each category, which will be published online on the event website. Shortlisted candidates may then be contacted by judges if they require more information. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony.

**Please do seek your companies approval of your nomination before entering.


Company Awards:

Companies may enter as many categories as they wish. Entries must consist of a report of no more than 1000 words, which will be assessed on the company’s motivation, the nature and range of initiatives undertaken to improve diversity, and evidence of how change has been made and impacted employees across the organisation.

Submissions may include examples of marketing material, communications, or links to products or services if relevant.

Judges will compile a shortlist for each category, which will be published online. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Judges



Adam Thorpe
Adam Thorpe, Randstad

Adam joined Randstad, the global leader in HR services, in 2004. This was Adam's first job in recruitment and since then he has specialised in Financial Services recruitment. In 2016 Adam was appointed Operations Director for Randstad Financial Services and took over Randstad Ireland this year.



Sanjay Sood Smith
Sanjay Sood-Smith, Executive Director of Workplace and Community Programmes, Stonewall

Sanjay is Executive Director of Workplace and Community Programmes at Stonewall where he has strategic oversight of their Diversity Champions Programme, Empowerment Programmes, Fundraising, Conferences & Events, Sports Programmes and work in Northern Ireland. Prior to this he was Director of Empowerment Programmes where he led the creation and delivery of Stonewall’s suite of personal and professional development programmes aimed at creating more inclusive workplaces and communities. He is also the senior sponsor for Stonewall’s Race Equity Project.

Prior to working at Stonewall, Sanjay spent most of his career at Lloyds Banking Group where he held several senior roles across Retail Banking, Strategy and Digital. Sanjay has also launched food business Tuk In, a curry-in-a-naan microwave meal product that is available in major retailers across the UK and Europe. Sanjay is passionate about driving positive change for LGBT people, particularly for those that have other intersecting identities and from diverse communities.



Priscilla Baffour
Priscilla Baffour - Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Financial Times

Priscilla oversees the overall diversity and inclusion strategy. Prior to joining the Financial Times in March 2019, she oversaw ITN’s D&I initiatives and pioneered their work around the Gender and Ethnicity Pay Gap. Before that Baffour spent five years at Channel 4 where she spearheaded 4talent and won the Deputy Prime Minister’s Excellence Award for playing a pioneering role in tackling social mobility. She was also part of the team responsible for implementing Channel 4’s 360 Diversity Charter. Priscilla has great knowledge and expertise of reaching out to diverse talent and her notable achievements have been delivering successful talent and diversity programmes. Over the past 10 years she has overseen several initiatives with a variety of youth organisations and media companies including BBC, Media Trust, News International, ITV and many more. Priscilla was named one of the top eight BAME workplace Heros in 2018 at the Investing in Ethnicity Awards. She is a school governor and board member to Inclusive Companies.



Liz Field
Liz Field, Chief Executive, PIMFA

Liz joined PIMFA (then known as the Wealth Management Association) as Chief Executive in 2014. She has 30 years financial services experience, 19 of which as a Chief Executive. She successfully transformed and advised several businesses through redefining strategy, re-branding, change management and inspirational leadership, creating profitable businesses.

She has substantive experience of people and corporate culture risk, regulatory knowhow across the industry – banking, insurance and wealth management and providing good practice guidelines for the industry to adopt.

She is an accredited coach and industry leader encouraging collaborative participation of diverse groups of industry experts to address sector challenges and to leverage industry resources for collective benefit. Liz holds a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Occupational Psychology from Birkbeck.



Tali Shlomo
Keith Richards, Chief Executive, Personal Finance Society

Keith was appointed Chief Executive of the Personal Finance Society (PFS) in May 2013 and subsequently appointed as Managing Director of Engagement for the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) on 1st August 2016.

In addition to guiding the operational and strategic evolution of the PFS he has developed greater government and regulatory engagement for the profession, brought about enhancements to membership benefits and its national CPD programmes.

Keith has also introduced a number of key consumer and Professional Standards initiatives which include a consumer website, the largest accredited adviser director in the UK, a pro-bono advice programme in partnership with Citizens Advice as well as a national anti-scam, consumer confidence and United Profession Campaigns.



Moderators



Damian Fantato
Damian Fantato, deputy editor, Financial Adviser

He has covered the financial advice market for four years at FTAdviser and Financial Adviser and won the 2018 Headline Money Trade Journalist of the Year award.



Simoney Kyriakou
Simoney Kyriakou, Editor, Financial Adviser Magazine

Simoney Kyriakou is an award-winning financial journalist with more than 20 years' experience under her belt. She is currently the editor of Financial Adviser, as well as a published author, presenter and public speaker.

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Bracken House,
1 Friday Street,
London,
EC4M 9BT

 

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