Our Awesome Networks Celebrate

Our Awesome Networks Celebrate

In February we announced the first list of Awesome Networks where we recognised the inspiring and hard work of forty network groups from all over the UK. It was the first list of its kind in the UK and networks recognised following their nominations ranged from the ‘Disabled Network’ at York University and ‘Celebrate’, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network at charity Action for Children to the ‘City Sikhs Network’ and ‘ScienceGrrl’.

On 5th May we teamed up with leading children’s charity Action for Children to host a unique networking and best practice sharing event to bring networks of all diversity strands together. Our awesome panel at the event were all recognised as Awesome Networks and we took the opportunity to present them with their special shiny Awesome Networks certificates and celebrate their achievements with our guests at the event.

Andrew Barratt, Head of the Ogilvy Pride network at the Ogilvy & Mather Group said:

“We are delighted that Ogilvy has been awarded an Awesome Network, and our hard-work has been recognised! Ogilvy Pride was founded in the UK last year, and Ogilvy is the first advertising agency to have an LGBT & Straight Ally Network. The Ogilvy Pride Network means we have a great social side for employees and clients, as well as deep consumer insights for our work. Thank you for the award – we are looking forward to an exciting 2015!”

Indy Hothi (centre), Co-lead of the EY Sikh Network at EY said:

“The EY Sikh Network are delighted to receive the ‘Awesome Network’ recognition. Thanks to EY’s clear commitment to Diversity & Inclusiveness, it allows us to celebrate differences so that talented people from any background can bring their unique perspectives to work, rise to their potential and provide exceptional client service.”

Matt Day, Network Secretary of the Pips (Pride in the Partnership) network at the John Lewis Partnership.

Speaking to Inclusive Networks earlier this year, Abigail Chicken, Chair of the Pips network said:

“The John Lewis Partnership is widely recognised as a great place to work, so I am over the moon to have Pips recognised as an Awesome Network. We have been keen to champion diversity and inspire others to follow us, so 2015 will see the launch of new networks within other diversity streams – hopefully next year they will be Awesome too!”

Claire Cahill, Chair of the Celebrate network at Action for Children said:

“We are thrilled to be included in Inclusive Networks Inaugural ‘Awesome Networks’ list. Celebrate has worked really hard over the past year to raise our profile within Action for Children and externally on social media. We are excited for the year ahead and have lots of exciting events planned. We are proud to be an inclusive network that celebrates LGBT equality.”

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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