Awards ceremony honours Scottish Diversity champs at glittering night

The Herald and Sunday Herald

Published by The Herald

The winners of this year’s Scottish Diversity Awards have been revealed.

400 guests gathered for last night’s ceremony, organised by The Herald and GenAnalytics, at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Glasgow.

The event showcased the companies, organisations and individuals across Scotland making a difference to their communities and workplaces by putting diversity and inclusion at the heart of what they do.

The Lifetime Achievement Award this year, sponsored by MacRoberts LLP, went to Iain MacRitchie from MCR Pathways recognising his outstanding contribution and championing of inclusion.

MCR Pathways and University of Strathclyde were  jointly awarded the Diversity through Education accolade supported by SQA.

Raza Zadiq was awarded the Diversity Hero of the Year Award sponsored by Diageo Catriona Mackie, HR Director, Diageo, Global Supply said: “Diversity is an important area of focus for us as a business and we know that greater diversity drives better performance and decision making.  These Awards recognise achievements across diversity, and we would like to congratulate all of this year’s commendable winners – well done!”

The Rising Star award  was given to Andrew Hastings and Janine Flynn Standard Life Aberdeen and Glasgow Science Centre, Deloitte, award sponsor said: “the award echoes Deloitte’s commitment in creating a culture that supports everyone to be themselves and where every voice and opinion is heard and respected.”

Professor Wendy Loretto, Dean of the University of Edinburgh Business School, said:  “Well done to the winners of these awards and to Scottish Water in particular for winning the new award category of Age Inclusiveness. The submissions showed we have plenty of innovative employers across Scotland.”

Gillian McLennan, Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Global Technology said: “ It has been a fantastic evening celebrating the outstanding talent within our community and would like to extend our congratulations to all finalists and especially the winner of our sponsored category Adopt an Intern.”

Cllr Allan Casey, Chair of City Building Glasgow, said: “What a fantastic evening! It’s great to see so many businesses and organisations across the country working hard to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their true potential. I’d like to offer a huge congratulations to all the winners this evening, and a special mention to Glasgow Afghan United for being crowned this year’s winners of the Building Diverse Inclusive Communities category. Well done to all, and we’ll see you next year!”

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