Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Gala & Awards
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
- Click the green "Book your place" button below, or;
- Download a booking form here and return it to Awards@legal-island.com
When and Where?
Friday 31st March from 7.00pm-Midnight
Belfast City Hall
The cost of one table (ten places) is £1,200+VAT. An early bird discount of £200 will apply if booked before 12 noon 19th December 2016.
In association with:
Proudly sponsored by:
Gala Date: Friday 31 March 2017
Gala Venue: Belfast City Hall
7.30pm – 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 Vablokov 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
In-house counsel for the Gaffer Group working across the manufacturing, commercial vehicle and financial services sectors, Alana’s role encompasses legal matters and the development and delivery of initiatives aimed at enhancing employee capacity and engagement. Originally a law lecturer, Alana specialised in employment and equality law and headed two law firms in the capacity of Senior Partner. Committed to self-development, she is a qualified executive coach/ mentor and mediator. In recent years she has gained valuable experience working in industry and through membership of the CBI NI Regional Council and Economic Affairs Committee, is well tuned to issues affecting businesses in Northern Ireland.