Community champions, chart-topping singers and business leaders nominated for our #INAwesome100 awards

Community champions, chart-topping singers and business leaders nominated for our #INAwesome100 awards

Chart-topping singer Ellie Goulding, awesome network West Yorkshire Police Disability Network, Metro Bank’s Chief People Officer Danny Harmer, the Happy Valley Pride team and charity and magazine Co-founder Nicola Miller amongst the inspiring people nominated to appear on our new dedication list.

Presented by Inclusive Networks, an organisation that celebrates and promotes diversity and inclusion, and in association with children’s charity Action for Children, the Inclusive Networks Awesome100 awards are open to everyone and aim to celebrate awesome people from all walks of life and from all over the UK who inspire and support other people.

We’ll be celebrating people and groups who support local grass roots community projects, champion diversity and inclusion, people who fundraise for charity and community groups at every opportunity, individuals who support workplace, social and professional network groups, people who inspire and support others despite their own struggles and people who are just generally awesome and are role models to others.

Thomas Anderson, Founder of Inclusive Networks and the #INAwesome100 awards said : “How many times have you said “They deserve a medal” about someone who has done something great? We think it’s time these people were celebrated, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in our new dedication list. I would encourage everyone to spend a few minutes and nominate those people who make a real positive difference to other peoples lives.”

“How many times have you said “They deserve a medal” about someone who has done something great? We think it’s time these people were celebrated, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in our new dedication list.”

Nominations are open now and close on 19th February 2017. The Inclusive Networks Awesome100 list will be unveiled at a special event at Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on 25th April 2017 – an event in London will follow this.

Nominations have been flying in and those nominated already include chart-topping singer Ellie Goulding – for supporting charity Crisis UK and raising awareness of the homelessness epidemic in the UK, Rare Revolution Magazine Co-founder Nicola Miller – a publication which supports people in the rare disease community, the team who coordinate Happy Valley Pride in Hebden Bridge – for counteracting negative homophobic comments and inspiring a whole community by founding the towns first LGBT+ Pride event, Chief People Officer at Metro Bank Danny Harmer – the first UK bank to offer the non-binary ‘Mx’ prefix on its forms, and the West Yorkshire Police Disability Network – who support those managing a disability in the workplace, but also those who care for someone with a disability.

The awesome judges, who include leading figures in the diversity and inclusion field, will be deciding nine individuals to receive some extra special recognition and a unique award designed by award-winning Edinburgh based artist Mark Vice – who was named the winner of the ‘Cultural Icon of the Year’ award at the 2016 ICON Awards.

THE SPECIAL CATEGORIES ARE :

  • Inspiration of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Fundraiser of the Year
  • Diversity & Inclusion Hero of the Year
  • Workplace Hero of the Year
  • Community Hero of the Year
  • Celebrity Hero of the Year
  • Inspiring Young Person of the Year
  • Special Recognition – recipient decided by the Inclusive Networks magazine team
  • The winners of the nine awards, and the full #INAwesome100 list, will be profiled and published in a special edition of our print and online magazine.

    FOR ALL ENQUIRIES AND TO DISCUSS SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES CONTACT :

    Thomas Anderson, Founder and Managing Director, Inclusive Networks
    E : thomas@inclusivenetworksuk.co.uk | T : 07702 130 348
    You can also contact us here!

    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 is a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards.

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