Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Gala & Awards 2018

Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Gala & Awards 2018

The winners of the Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Awards 2018 were recently announced (23 March 2018) at Titanic Belfast.

 

The awards provide companies with an opportunity to showcase their commitment to advocating equality and diversity in their organisations.  They are organised by Legal-Island, a local independent multi-award-winning workplace compliance company, in association with NICVA and sponsored by Diamond Recruitment Group and Jones Cassidy Brett. Private sector (SMEs and large employers), charities, not for profit organisations and public sector bodies were all eligible to apply. The winners were:

The Legal-Island Equality and Diversity Awards 2018
- Winners Announced

Best Employer for Equality & Diversity – Small Company – Sponsored by Jones Cassidy Brett

Northern Ireland Office collect their award Best Employer for Equality & Diversity - Small Company award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Winner: Northern Ireland Office

Best Employer for Equality & Diversity – Large Company – Sponsored by Jones Cassidy Brett

Clanmil Housing Association collect their award for Best Employer for Diversity and Equality in Northern Ireland – Large Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Winner: Clanmil Housing Association

Highly Commended: Deloitte

Best Gender Initiative

BHSCT collecting their award for Best Gender Initiative at the Northern Ireland Equality & Diversity Awards 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Winner: Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Highly Commended: Pinsent Masons LLP

Best LGBT Initiative – Sponsored by Legal-Island

Pinsent Masons LLP collect their award for Best LGBT Initiative at the Northern Ireland Equality & Diversity Awards 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Winner: Pinsent Masons LLP

Highly Commended: Queen's University Belfast

Best Disability Initiative – Sponsored by Mukesh Consultancy Services

NOW Group collect their award for Best Disability Initiative at the Northern Ireland Equality & Diversity Awards 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Winner: NOW Group

Highly Commended: Belfast Health & Social Care Trust

Individual Diversity Champion – Sponsored by Diamond Recruitment Group

Teresa McDonough collects her award for Individual Diversity Champion at the Northern Ireland Equality & Diversity Awards 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Winner: Teresa McDonough, Habinteg

Highly Commended: Adele Davidson, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service 

Individual Diversity Champion in the Education Sector – Sponsored by Diamond Recruitment Group

Professor Tom Millar from QUB collects his award for Individual Diversity Champion in the Education Sector at the Northern Ireland Equality & Diversity Awards 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner: Professor Tom Millar, Queen’s University Belfast

Highly Commended: Dr Philip McDermott, Ulster University

 

Congratulating all of the winners and highly commended entrants, Barry Phillips, Chair of Legal-Island, organisers of the awards, said: “This year’s Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Awards have been a great success.  They recognised that organisations such as Northern Ireland Office, Clanmil Housing Association, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Pinsent Masons and the NOW Group are pioneering new standards of equality and diversity practices and driving the diversity agenda in Northern Ireland. The awards also provide a wonderful opportunity for sharing best practice and acknowledging the efforts of staff that are working consistently to further organisational objectives in this area.”

Barry Phillips added:  “There are legal requirements associated with equality and diversity due to the importance of the issue.  However, it is essential that employers view equality and diversity as much more than just a legal tick box exercise. Valuing diversity and recognising the multi-faceted benefits that it brings will help businesses and organisations to thrive.  Driving diversity in the workplace will help drive it into the community outside too. This can only be good for Northern Ireland.”

Legal-Island, which is headquartered in Antrim, is the go-to place for expert workplace compliance. It helps HR professionals understand employment law and how it applies to their workplace.

Award sponsor, Tina McKenzie, Group Managing Director for Diamond Recruitment’s parent company Staffline Group, congratulated all the entrants:

“I think it is extremely positive that so many companies have entered the awards this year. That in itself serves as an indication that they recognise the importance of equality and diversity. We live in a global market with our local companies competing on a global scale so Northern Ireland is increasingly becoming recognised as having highly skilled people in a range of specialist areas. 

"Employers need the right person with the right skillset to help them deliver their organisational objectives, and that means having a diversity of skills, perspectives and backgrounds in their teams.  They value diversity and the Northern Ireland Equality and Diversity Awards are a fantastic channel for recognising what employers are doing to maintain an equal and diverse workplace. The awards also allow the wider community to celebrate in the success of individuals, groups and companies."

Award sponsor Jones Cassidy Brett, a niche employment law firm based in Belfast, which is renowned for its expertise in employment and equality law, remarked on the innovation within the winning applicants: "We are seeing employers being creative and consultative in relation to equality and diversity. They are speaking to their employees, drawing on best practice and establishing programmes and activities that support their staff and meet the legal requirements. It's really encouraging to see. Well done to all the applicants."

Note: The transcript of Legal-Island Chairman, Barry Phillips' speech is available here.

Photos from the night are available via our Facebook album here.

Shortlisted Organisations

Best employer for Equality & Diversity in NI

  • Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
  • Clanmil Housing Association
  • Concentrix
  • Deloitte
  • Northern Ireland Office
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Ulster Bank

Best Gender Initiative

  • Belfast City Council
  • Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Ulster Bank

Best LGBT Initiative

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Belfast City Council
  • First Housing Aid & Support Services
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Ulster Bank

Best Disability Initiative

  • Belfast City Council
  • Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
  • Habinteg
  • NI Housing Executive
  • NOW Group
  • Queen's University Belfast

Individual Diversity Champion

  • Habinteg – Teresa McDonough
  • North West Migrants Forum (NWMF) – Lilian Seenoi
  • Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service – Adele Davidson
  • Radius Housing Association – Helen Davey

Individual Diversity Champion - Education Sector

  • Queen University Belfast – Professor Tom Millar
  • Queens University Belfast – Professor Yvonne Galligan
  • Ulster University – Dr Philip McDermott 
  • New-Bridge Integrated College – Anne Anderson 

Sponsored by:

Diamond Recruitment Group logo

 

 

 

 JCB

 

 

Media Partner:

NI Jobfinder logo

 

Venue Partner:

Titanic Belfast logo

 

 

 

Category Sponsors:

 

msharma 

 

For a report on last year’s winners and shortlisted organisations, along with video highlights from the evening, is available on our NI Equality and Diversity Gala & Awards 2017 page.

Event details

Duration

6:30pm - 1:00am

Date

23 March 2018

Location

Titanic Belfast

Price

A table of ten costs £1,200 + VAT
Single seat(s) £120+VAT

Dress Code

Black Tie or National Dress