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The GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards 2009

Published on 15/09/2009

The Leadership and Diversity Awards continues to attract an audience of high achievers from across the United Kingdom, from politicians, celebrities, police officers to self-made entrepreneurs.The event is an Oscar-style ceremony celebrating and showcasing ethnic achievement.

The are 10 awards, including the prestigious Hammer Award which recognises the very special contribution of an individual who has attained a position of influence and authority. Past winners have included Ruby McGregor-Smith, Chief Executive of Mitie and Baroness Shriti Vadera, Parliamentary-Under-Secretary, Department for International Development.

Other major awards include The Man and Woman of the Year Awards, The Entrepreneur of the Year, The Achievement through Adversity Award, The Young Journalist of the Year Award, Civil Servant Award and two Community Awards.

Only three people have made it too the shortlist of each category and are celebrated for their amazing contributions to multicultural life in the United Kingdom.

With former British Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Tony Blair giving a keynote speech there is some expectation that the event will be a stirring occasion.

Nominees for 2009 include Vijith Randeniya, the first Asian person to become the head of the UK Fire Service; Dr. Ajay Kakkar, a professor and head of Surgical Science who has dedicated his career to understanding thrombosis and cancer sufferers; Christopher Hyman CEO of Serco Group and a Prince of Wales National Ambassador for Business; Atul Kochhar, the first chef of Indian cuisine to receive a Michelin star; Andrew Amers-Morrison founder of the Samba Street Soccer club for deprived children; Sabina Iqbal the chair of the charity Deaf Parenting UK; and Roy Watton a police inspector in Northern Ireland with 18 year’s service.

The shortlisted nominees were chosen by a panel of esteemed judges. Chaired by Barry Gardiner MP. He said, “We had to make some really tough decisions. Some of the entries were truly inspiring and the sheer quality of the nominations, we believe, represents the depth and breadth of achievement and endeavour in Britain today.”

The GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards 2009

15th September in Central London – website

The event is organised by the Asian Media and Marketing Group 

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