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Nominations open for the Inclusive Networks Awards 2019

Nominations open for the Inclusive Networks Awards 2019

We’re excited to announce that the Inclusive Networks Awards, the UK’s first staff network group awards, are back and will take place on 1st March 2019 at Surgeon’s Hall in Edinburgh. Nominations are open now and close on 14th October 2018. The shortlists will be announced at a special event in Edinburgh on 16th November 2018. Who will you be nominating?

The awards are an authentic celebration of staff network groups covering all sectors and diversity strands from all over the UK, inspiring workplace role models and inclusive employers.

It’s important that we recognise the impact and dedication of those who support and drive inclusion and diversity in the workplace, support others, volunteer their time, help make their workplaces more positive places to work for everyone and are great role models to others. We’re celebrating the doers who make staff network groups live and breathe.

Our first awards were the first awards dedicated to celebrating staff network groups and winners included the EY Women’s Network (Employee Gender Network of the Year), Out At Tesco (Network Team of the Year), Lloyd’s Banking Group (Investor in Network Groups) and Cath Rose and Gill Cockburn, n-able Network at the University of Bradford (Network Leader (s) of the Year).

The UK’s first and only awards dedicated to celebrating and rewarding the awesome work of staff network groups

The categories for the Inclusive Networks Awards 2019 are :

Gender Network of the Year, LGBT+ Network of the Year, Disability and Wellbeing Network of the Year, Race, Ethnicity & Cultural Heritage Network of the Year and Support Network of the Year
The winners of these five awards will have made a positive impact within their organisation and potentially beyond. They will be active and visible and will be actively engaging with employees through events and other initiatives that could include network communications, training and development initiatives, mentoring and supporting the wider community. This isn’t about the amount of members the network has, but what they do to raise visibility to attract members and what they do to engage with people once they become a member and have a positive impact on workplace inclusion. The Support Network of the Year category is for employee network groups not covered in the other categories i.e. Parents Network and Military Network

Inter-Sector Network of the Year
Working in collaboration with and supporting other individuals and organisations within their sector. The events and communications will be inclusive and everyone will feel welcome. They may have examples of the positive impact of their work with charities, organisations and individuals

New Network of the Year
The winner will be a new network that launched between 1st January 2017 and 31st August 2018. They’re fresh out the box but will have made a positive start. More than just existing, they will have started to make a positive impact. They will have their identity and branding and will have a plan in place to develop their network and begin their journey

Network Team of the Year
Some refer to the teams that coordinate the network as a Steering Group, Steering Committee or Network Team, to name a few. This award will be awarded to the team of people who coordinate a network. The size of the team is not important but the output and impact of their work is. They’ll be able to demonstrate the role of the team in the success of the network group and beyond

Network Leader (s) of the Year
The leader or leaders of the network. They are a role model to those within the network and perhaps beyond. They are respected and dedicated to the network and everything it does. They will have directly influenced positive change within the network, and possibly within the wider organisation and beyond. They will have great leadership qualities

Inspiring Member of the Year
This will be awarded to an individual who is a member of your network (they could also be the Leader of the networks whose nomination is based for work outside of the network). They will have demonstrated something that has made you sit up and take notice, in a positive way. They may have overcome a personal struggle and helped others along the way, played an instrumental role in supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, supported charity or the wider community through fundraising or other challenges…

Kezia Dugdale MSP and Annie Wells MSP supporting the Inclusive Networks Awards 2019

Network Event of the Year
An event of any type, this will have been created by the network. It could be a networking event for their members, an event to mark a key date or special occasion or perhaps a learning and development event such as a conference, webinar or workshop. In this category we are also including examples of networks participating at external events as a network, and being visible and demonstrating innovative ways of engaging with their members

Network Engagement Initiative of the Year
More and more networks are doing innovative and often exciting things to raise awareness of their network and engage with their members (and support charities and initiatives). Many are also producing informative and high quality publications for their members, with some publishing these externally. The winner will be able to provide evidence of an internal or external engagement initiative, a newsletter, e- newsletter, guide or magazine (to name a few) or an effective internal or external marketing campaign where the network features

Inclusion Ally of the Year
This person is a visible champion and supporter of the network (and inclusion related initiatives). Not just a name attached to the network, they will have demonstrated their active support of the network by working with the Network Team, attending network events and being a visible supporter and role model. They are committed to the work of the network and that of an inclusive workplace

Investor in Network Groups
The organisation will encourage participation in their inclusive network groups and support the work of the networks at every level. With authentic support from senior leaders within each organisation, there will be a culture where everyone, no matter their differences, can feel they can bring their full selves to work each day is driven from the very top. Networks are valued and celebrated


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We’re proud to announce that our first four judges are Christina Riley – Senior Planner & Balfour Beatty LGBT & Allies Group Co-Chair, Douggie Bosphore-Ward – Naval Officer, Submariner and Barrister, Siobhan Corria – Head of Inclusion at Action for Children, and Kath Pierce – Founder of Somewhere LGBT+ culture and enterprise hub. They’re all awesome and each bring lots of experience from the world of staff and community network groups and diversity and inclusion. We’ll be introducing you to all of our judges soon.

If you’d like to know more about the awards, sponsorship opportunities, or to learn more about Inclusive Networks, we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us here or you can email us at

Keep updated by following @IncNetworks and @theINawards and the #INAwards2019 hashtag on Twitter. Who will you be nominating?

Sponsors and programme supporters of our first awards included PayPal, Fujitsu, EY, Action for Children, Tesco, Royal Navy, PwC, Cardiff University, Transport for London, The Co-op Bank, WeAreTheCity, Contracts IT, Brown Brothers Harriman, Diversity Jobs and UK Parliament – and many more. We’ll be announcing our 2019 sponsors and supporters in the run up to the awards on 1st March 2019. If you’d like to find out more about supporting our awards, you can contact us here or you can email us at

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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