Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Gala & Awards
Congratulations to all of the winners at our Equality and Diversity Gala & Awards. We're delighted to announce our winning organisations and those that obtained highly commended on the night:
Community Group Category
Charity Sector Category
Winner: Helm Housing
Highly Commended: Habinteg
Private Sector Category
Winner: Pinsent Masons
Highly Commended: Lagan Construction
Public Sector Category
Winner: Queens University Belfast
Highly Commended: Belfast City Council
Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Gala & Awards Event Information
The inaugural Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Gala & Awards is a unique event providing the opportunity for employers and minority groups in Northern Ireland to celebrate equality and diversity in the workplace and recognise those who advocate and drive diversity within their organisations.
This evening will showcase the advantages of equality and diversity to employers and the wider community celebrating success stories of individuals, groups and employers.
Employers championing diversity at work will be recognised by a brand new prestigious award.
• Mark the impact Equality and Diversity has had on your organisation
• Thank key employees for their outstanding work
• Generate positive marketing and PR for your organisation
• Enjoy a unique style of networking
• Send a positive message to potential employees
• Help your organisation stand out in your industry/sector
• Reinforce your Equality and Diversity message
The Legal-Island Equality and Diversity Award 2017
This inaugural award will be presented to the outstanding organisation pioneering new standards of equality and diversity practices and driving the diversity agenda in Northern Ireland.
Awards are available for private sector (SMEs and large employers) charities/not for profits and public sector. For the inaugural year the award will focus on organisations that have supported advancements in ethnic and cultural diversity.
Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
Habinteg Housing Association (Ulster) Ltd
Northern Regional College
Probation Board NI
The Orchardville Society
Derry City and Strabane District Council
Belfast City Council
North West Regional College
How to book a table for the Gala & Awards evening
This event is completely sold out.
When and Where?
Friday 31st March from 7.00pm-Midnight
Belfast City Hall
The cost of one table (ten places) is £1,200+VAT.
In association with:
Proudly sponsored by:
Gala Date: Friday 31 March 2017
Gala Venue: Belfast City Hall
7.00pm – Midnight
Gala & Awards
“This promises to be a really exciting event and an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the employers in Northern Ireland that really understand the business and social benefits of embedding strong equality and diversity practices in the workplace”
Barry Phillips, Chairman, Legal-Island
Sarah Travers Journalist & TV Presenter
Sarah Travers is a journalist and television presenter, perhaps best known for her role as anchor on BBC Newsline over a thirteen year period, where she also fronted the weekly Family Focus slot, Lifeline, The Balmoral Show and Children In Need. She began her career with BBC Radio Foyle, and then joined the Radio Ulster news bulletins team before her career in television. Sarah also presented ‘The Magazine’ programme on UTV. Alongside her work with Bespoke Communications, Sarah regularly hosts events and is part of the teaching team at The Verbal Arts School of Journalism. Sarah holds a degree in broadcast journalism from the Nottingham-Trent University
Vladimir & Anton Jablokov Classical Violinists
Vladimir and Anton are Slovakian sibling musicians with a shared rare gift – mastery of the classical violin, and these young virtuosos have been playing together for almost twenty years. Vladimir & Anton push their instruments and each other (sometimes literally) on to ever greater heights of artistic expression, joyful harmony and thrilling duels, this is sibling rivalry sound-tracked like you have never heard it before.
Seamus McAleavey Judging Panel
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA)
Seamus is the Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) since 1998. NICVA is the umbrella body for voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland with over 1,100 member organisations. Seamus has key responsibility for engagement with Government Ministers and their departments on policy issues that interest voluntary and community organisations.
Liz Weir Judging Panel
Storyteller | Writer
Liz Weir is a professional storyteller and writer with an international reputation. She travels worldwide performing at festivals and conducting workshops for adults and children. Liz is the script writer of the Media Initiative television cartoons for young children which aim to tackle issues such as racism, bullying and sectarianism.
David Johnston Judging Panel
A Human Resources professional for over 24 years, and interested in equality and diversity matters, most of his career has seen him working in complex and high profile public service organisations, including: Inland Revenue, Police Ombudsman’s office, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Linzi Conway Judging Panel
Key to Success
HR and marketing guru, Management development expert, Linzi Conway is an experienced Organisational development specialist, well known for her engaging and personal approach. With her own successful business, a long list of loyal clients, and almost two decades of experience in business growth, Linzi is sought after to advise and work with clients across the public, private, voluntary, community, and social enterprise sectors to encourage entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and create business opportunities throughout Ireland and the UK.
Alana Jones Judging Panel
Alana Jones Workplace Solutions
Alana is a management consultant specialising in enhancing employee performance and organisational development, executive coach, mentor and training provider. Prior to establishing her consultancy business, she was in-house counsel for the Gaffer Group working across the manufacturing, commercial vehicle and financial services sectors. Originally a law lecturer, Alana specialised in employment and equality law and headed two law firms in the capacity of Senior Partner. She has a Masters in Human Rights and Discrimination Law and is a qualified executive coach and mentor.