James Timpson, CEO at Timpsons, has been recognised as a purpose-driven leader, showcasing a remarkable blend of commercial success and importantly, community impact. His visionary commitment to ESG and social impact, ahead of mainstream trends, is ingrained in the organisation’s DNA. Pioneering the recruitment of ex-offenders, James exhibits profound love for humanity, providing opportunities for all. Under his exceptional leadership, Timpsons fosters an inclusive culture, evident in employees’ enduring loyalty, a testament to James’ commitment to creating a workplace where individuals thrive and stay for years.
Hemoine Hudson, Head of Audit at PwC UK, is recognised for her exceptional courage and dedication to her team’s well-being. Leading by example, she shares her own background, fostering a culture that values inclusivity and authenticity. Hemione champions the importance of sharing diverse stories, empowering individuals in areas like race, faith, and neurodiversity. Her leadership in a cultural change program for PwC UK’s audit practice reflects a commitment to a caring culture and fostering a sense of belonging for all employees.
Rioh Burke-Derby, a rising star and leader at Avanade, serves as an inclusion and diversity champion, leading the Race, Ethnicity, and Cross-Cultural employee network. His visionary approach helps clients envision and achieve transformative goals. His tireless commitment has made Avanade a more inclusive workplace, positively impacting colleagues’ well-being. Rioh’s internal advocacy, including partnerships with organisations like Blue Hope, reflects his human-centric ethos, solidifying his status as a rising star and true inclusionist in the tech industry.
Pooja Mohan, Global HR Director at Schneider Electric has been recognised by her colleagues as a leader who is rooted in authenticity. Beyond professional achievements, she passionately supports young girls in STEM, embodying a commitment to nurturing the next generation. Pooja’s leadership transcends the boardroom, leaving an indelible mark on both the organisational landscape and the community. Her dedication to measurable and heartfelt impact distinguishes her as a standout leader.
Siobhan Owers, Partner at Fragomen, has been recognised for her relentless dedication to uplifting others. Beyond her pivotal role at Fragomen, Siobhan’s unwavering passion for supporting colleagues shines through her active involvement in ERG boards. A true champion for change, she has played a crucial role in shaping progressive family leave and flexible working policies, showcasing her commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. Siobhan’s transformative allyship not only unlocks untapped talent but also establishes her as a beacon of positive change within the firm.
Jodie Hill, Thrive Law CEO, has been awarded the Human Storyteller of the Year Award for her remarkable journey and impactful campaigns. Recognised for her courage, Jodie reshaped her firm around mental health principles, fostering an authentic environment. Jodie’s storytelling has been a catalyst for change, normalising conversations around neurodiversity and creating a space where people feel comfortable to share their own stories. Jodie’s dedication to meaningful storytelling has been a powerful force for positive transformation in her workplace, industry and community.
E.ON UK has been recognised for their ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, which has been evident through clear, consistent, and tangible actions. The company’s holistic inclusivity approach, spanning family-friendly policies, talent development, and robust support networks, sets an admirable standard. E.ON’s emphasis on ERGs showcases their value in cultivating a workplace where each individual feels valued and thrives. Their dedication to building an inclusive organisation truly distinguishes them as a leader in fostering a diverse and supportive workplace.
Beyond Multicultural Employee Network and Diversability Employee Network at Avanade have both been awarded for their outstanding intersectionality and collaborative efforts. Beyond’s commitment has led to the launch of a pan-European chapter, expanding their positive change to Avanade employees across 14 additional countries. Simultaneously, DiversAbility’s groundbreaking work in disability inclusion in the UK has inspired the establishment of similar chapters worldwide, allowing all employees at Avanade to feel heard and supported. Both Beyond and DiversAbility have had remarkable success in embodying core values that empower, engage, and educate Avanade employees globally.
Issy Gross, Partner at PwC UK, has been recognised by TLC Lions as a genuine leader who prioritises her team, actively listens and fosters an open workplace for others to thrive. A true change maker, Issy is committed to breaking moulds and embracing authenticity, standing out in a world where conformity prevails. Creating safe spaces where individuals can truly be themselves, Issy fearlessly embodies her authentic self, setting a remarkable example in the corporate world.