Winners of Diversity and Equality Awards Chosen from 153 Nominees

Winners of Civil Service’s Diversity and Equality Awards have been announced in a ceremony at Ministry of Justice’s headquarters in Petty France, London October 10 2014.

Six awardees were chosen from a list of 153 nominees. Sian Williams, BBC news presenter, co-hosted the ceremony with current Civil Service Diversity Champion Sir Simon Fraser.

The awards featured six categories: Employee Network, Excellence in Service or Business Delivery, Leading, Championing and Role Modelling, Understanding and Engaging with Communities, Inclusive Employment and Champion of Disability Issues.

The Environment Agency Women's Network won the Employee Network Award whose head, Paula Haines, said that the number of women holding managerial roles have increased to 35% since the agency’s inception in 2010.

Sharon Drewell, Isle of Wight’s HM Prison Service staff, was took the Leading, Championing and Role Modelling award for her work in managing transgender prisoners. 

Other winners include the Department for Work and Pensions’ Disability Confident Campaign Team (Excellence in Service or Business Delivery Award), Home Office’s Senior Citizen Liaison Team (Understanding and Engaging with Communities Award), Ministry of Justice Projects and Diversity Manager at the Judicial Office Nita Gajiparia (Inclusive Employment Award), and Department for International Development HR Director James Saville (Champion of Disability Issues Award).

The Civil Service employs 448,835 employees, making it the largest employer in the UK. The Diversity and Equality Award was introduced seven years ago to highlight the importance of diversity in the workplace.

Former Diversity Champion Sir Paul Jenkins also attended the ceremony and presented one of the awards.

Jenkins, who held the post for four years, said prior to his retirement last March 2014 that he was disappointed with the progress of improving ethnic diversity among the civil service’s senior ranks and called for a new diversity strategy.

Last year, a study co-headed by Former Equalities and Human Rights Commission head Trevor Philips revealed that out of 268 top leadership positions in the government only six are occupied by people belonging to ethnic minorities.  


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