The Defence Inclusivity Award is a new Award category this year, and has been introduced to recognise the commitment of individuals and organisations in achieving greater diversity and inclusion throughout the Armed Forces community.
Each of the Finalists demonstrates a shared goal: they are shining examples of striving to ensure greater inclusivity throughout the Armed Forces Community, where everyone is welcomed and valued.
This year’s Finalists are:
- Armed Forces Diversity Engagement Team – making different groups aware of the Armed Forces, overcoming inclusion barriers and building relationships with communities, faith leaders and society influencers.
- Army LGBT+ Forum – raising awareness about issues of equality, diversity and inclusion, offering social get-togethers, mentoring, peer support and advice to the Diversity Team on the way Army policy affects LGBT people.
- Susan Coleman – the highly respected Royal British Legion’s Champion for LGBTQ ensures a safe environment for any serving or ex-serving personnel of any sexuality to feel valued and be themselves.
- MoD Diversity Networks –25 Defence Diversity Networks covering race, gender, LGBT, faith/belief, parenting and disability. Each supports a minority group in the workplace and is run by volunteers.
The Defence Inclusivity Award 2019 is generously sponsored by Landmarc.
Steve Utley, Managing Director at Landmarc Support Services says: “The progress that society has made to ensure ‘opportunities for all’ should not be underestimated but we need to keep the dialogue alive. By sponsoring the ‘Defence Inclusivity’ award, we hope to learn from the successes of our amazing Finalists and help to fly the flag for our inspirational servicemen and women and all those who support them. Congratulations Armed Forces Diversity Engagement Team, the Army LGBT Forum, Susan Coleman and MOD Diversity Networks.”
Click here to read these Finalists’ stories and find out why the judges found each one worthy of recognition.
And, if you haven’t yet booked your ticket for the fabulous Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner, Click here! In addition, for those who may need overnight accommodation, please note that the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel has a few rooms left at a discounted rate – but only until Friday 8th!
We’re looking forward to celebrating all the Finalists’ successes with you, so do secure your place right away!