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Paloma Faith presents Alison Hammond with top honour

as stars attend Burberry British Diversity Awards


  • TV star Alison Hammond recognised for work to champion equality and diversity at prestigious event hosted by June Sarpong MBE


  • J.P Morgan, Barclays, Virgin Atlantic and HSBC UK among major firms to scoop awards at glitzy ceremony 


  • Eméli Sande performs stunning set as Labour MP Dawn Butler delivers keynote speech on diversity 


Multi platinum-selling music artist Paloma Faith presented a prestigious award to popular broadcaster Alison Hammond tonight (Wednesday 22 March 2023) at the Burberry British Diversity Awards.


The major celebration welcomed more than 1,000 celebrities and influential business leaders to Grosvenor House in London as the awards honoured those inspiring change across diversity and inclusion. 


Hosted by June Sarpong OBE and Dr Ranj Singh, the event was attended by the likes of Suranne Jones, Denise Welch and several cast-members of the Netflix smash-hit Heartstopper as corporate, charity, community and celebrity icons won big at the glamorous event. 


This Morning and Loose Women favourite Hammond led the winners after being recognised for her work highlighting racism, inequality and injustice on major broadcasting platforms and across her social media platforms as Media Champion in the Public Eye.


In recent years, Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Westlife singer Mark Feehily and Liverpool FC legend and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher have scooped gongs, with Hammond joining an exclusive list of iconic celebrity names. 


Music icon Eméli Sande wowed the audience with some of her greatest hits, while Labour MP Dawn Butler delivered a powerful speech on the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion. 


Meanwhile tonight, airline giants Virgin Atlantic won Marketing Campaign of the Year for their Gender Identity Policy Campaign with data analytics leaders Kantar named Company of the Year. 


Deon Pillay, Head of Marketing and Operations at Legal & General Investment Management, was crowned Diversity Champion of the Year. Pillay has championed LGBTQIA inclusion for ethnic minorities and supported numerous organisations in launching their LGBTQ Networks, acting as mentor and life coach.


Banking giant HSBC UK beat off stiff competition from Selfridges and University of Birmingham to lift the Diversity Team of the Year Award. Furthermore, Micro Rainbow won the prestigious Charity of the Year award, presented their award by lead sponsors Burberry.


And it was Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, the co-founder of UK Black Pride, who took the final prize of the night for Outstanding Commitment to Diversity. The main award honoured Opoku-Gyimah for her social and political activism across the UK and United States, after she was named on the list of 100 Great Black Britons in 2020.


The Burberry British Diversity Awards celebrate the individuals and organisations working to promote equality, diversity and inclusion, acknowledging milestones in business, media, politics and grassroots activism.


Burberry British Diversity Awards founder, Linda Riley, said: 


"I'd like to congratulate all of the deserving winners at this year's Burberry-sponsored British Diversity Awards. 


“The awards rightly recognise the organisations and individuals who are doing so much to champion diversity in the workplace. It is such an important strand of any business and the winners understand how vital it is. Diversity not only drives up standards and engenders a more cohesive culture but it also helps boost productivity and growth. 


"We have come so far but we are witnessing a worrying increase in intolerance and hate crimes against minorities. That's why we will continue to bang the drum for all things diversity and inclusion to make the UK a better place to live and work for everyone." 


Geoffery Williams, Global Vice President of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, from Burberry, added: 

“We are very proud to support the British Diversity Awards again this year, recognising those who are leading the way to a more diverse, equitable and inclusive world. We would like to congratulate the winners and to thank Linda Riley and her team at the British Diversity Awards for making this such a special event. We hope that this year’s awards will continue to further, educate, inspire and empower others to drive meaningful change, both in the workplace and beyond.” 






Community Project of the Year - UK Black Pride - sponsored by Sedulo


Head of Diversity of the Year - Cecil Peters at J.P Morgan - sponsored by 10X Banking


Hero of the Year - Katie Neeves at Cool2BTrans - sponsored by Boots 


Diversity in Technology (Disability) - Brain in Hand - sponsored by BT 


Marketing Campaign of the Year - Gender Identity Policy Campaign by Virgin Atlantic - sponsored by Denovo Legal Services 


Sustainability Champion of the Year - Sophie Platts at Entain Group - sponsored by Centrica 


Diversity Team of the Year - Inclusion Team at HSBC UK - sponsored by Haleon 


Charity of the Year - Micro Rainbow - sponsored by Burberry 


Inspirational Role Model of the Year - Hannah Awonuga at Barclays - sponsored by Lockton 


Outstanding Employee Network of the Year - Collabor8 at Santander Consumer Finance 


Outstanding Disability Network of the Year - Disability & Neurodiversity Employee Resource Groups - AMS - sponsored by EmployAbility 


Outstanding Ethnic Diversity Network of the Year - Oliver Wyman at Empowered 


Outstanding LGBTQIA Network of the Year - HSBC UK - Pride - sponsored by myGwork


Social Mobility Initiative of the Year - Passport to Change by Virgin Atlantic 


HR Champion of the Year - Sharlene John at Selfridges - sponsored by Ruebik 


Company of the Year - Kantar - sponsored by National Grid


Diversity Champion of the Year - Deon Pillay at Legal & General Investment Management - sponsored by Leathwaite 


Media Champion in the Public Eye - Alison Hammond - sponsored by Greene King 


Outstanding Commitment to Diversity - Phyll Opoku-Gyimah - sponsored by Attest 

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