Diversity and inclusion is not a corporate catchphrase but an organisational imperative in today's workplace. Our society is rich and diverse, bursting with entrepreneurial talent from a wide pool of people from all backgrounds. It is clear that diversity and inclusion in the workplace leads to increased innovation, better opportunities for all and improved business performance, while companies that fail to capture and nurture this talent are missing out on opportunities to enhance their business model.

To help celebrate those companies in the financial services industry who are striving to make their workforce more diverse and inclusive, and therefore better able to serve the needs of our modern society, Financial Adviser has developed these inaugural awards.

The awards will look at those individuals who have demonstrated their support for minority groups and promoted and inspired those who are otherwise under-represented, as well as recognising companies whose policies, schemes or initiatives encourage and enable diversity in the workplace.

Winners will be announced at a dinner and presentation ceremony on July 3rd at Bracken House.


3rd July 2019
Financial Times

Bracken House
10 Cannon Street
London EC4M 9BT

2019 Shortlist

Champion Awards
Company Awards

Diversity Champion of the Year

Adeola Ajayi, Association of British Insurers (ABI)

Becky Hewitt, Leeds Building Society

David Blackburn, FSCS

Gavin Lewis, Vanguard Asset Management

Karis Stander, Investment 20/20

Championing Disability Inclusion Award (Including mental health)

Andy Nibloe, MetLife

Ed Walsh, Hargreaves Lansdown

Karen Cooke, Hargreaves Lansdown

Championing Gender Equality

Adeola Ajayi, Association of British Insurers (ABI)

Jackie Leiper, Scottish Widows

Lisa Winnard, Sesame Bankhall Group

Marta Moreira Rodriguez, Hargreaves Lansdown

Championing LGBT Inclusion Award

Cathy Denyer O’Leary, Vanguard Asset Management

Paul Scaping, The Investment Association

Stephen Jenkins, Hargreaves Lansdown

Championing Race Equality

Celeste Jones, Hargreaves Lansdown

Gavin Lewis, Vanguard Asset Management

Employer of the Year


Financial Services Compensation Scheme


Vanguard Asset Management

Trailblazing Company of the Year


Financial Services Compensation Scheme


Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year


Leeds Building Society

#includedAWM (Rathbones, Polar Capital, Artemis, Quilter, Schroders, Smith and Williamson, LGT Vestra)


Diversity Marketing and Recruitment Campaign of the Year

Investment20/20 (Part of the Investment Association)

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

How to enter

Entry criteria

Entry period: 07/01/2019 - 01/03/2019
Each category will be independently judged by a panel of experts. Categories need to receive a minimum of three entries to run.

Entry criteria:

Individual & Champion categories:
Individuals may enter as many categories as they wish, and nominations can be written and submitted by colleagues or by entrants themselves. Entries will be no more than 300 words, plus 1 A4 supporting document can be uploaded including supporting images, graphs or tables. Entries will detail candidates’ motivation/inspiration, process to achieving change and results that were achieved, as well as information about the profession and position of the individual entering. Submissions should be based on work carried out in the last calendar year (2018).

Judges will review all submissions and will compile a shortlist for each category, which will be published online on the event website. Shortlisted candidates may then be contacted by judges if they require more information. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Company categories:
Companies may enter as many categories as they wish. Entries must consist of a report of no more than 1000 words plus 1 A4 supporting document can be uploaded including supporting images, graphs or tables. Entries will be assessed on the company’s motivation, the nature and range of initiatives undertaken to improve diversity, and evidence of how change has been made and impacted employees across the organisation.

Submissions may include examples of marketing material, communications, or links to products or services if relevant. Submissions should be based on work carried out in the last calendar year (2018).

Judges will review all submissions and will compile a shortlist for each category, which will be published online on the event website. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony.

Format: A panel of judges are picked by the editorial team based on their expertise within the industry, reflecting a spread of companies and groups.
There is a minimum of 6 judges including at least one from the editorial staff.
Conflicts: Any judge that either comes from a company/organisation that has entered, or has competitors that have entered, a particular category must exclude themselves from the judging of that category.
All judging is done on the basis of criteria outlined in the entry requirements, but judges are allowed to take into account their own experience of liaising with entrants.

Judging date: 28/03/2018

Shortlist announcement: 11/04/2019 (shortlist will be announced in Financial Adviser magazine)


Nicky Morgan
Nicky Morgan MP, Member of Parliament for Loughborough

Rt Hon. Nicky Morgan MP is the Member of Parliament for Loughborough, first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2015 and 2017. She is a former M&A lawyer and worked in three major City of London firms. In Government she served as Secretary of State for Education, Minister for Women & Equalities, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and as a Government Whip. In July 2017 she was elected by MPs on all sides of the House of Commons as the first woman Chair of the Treasury Committee. She is the author of ‘Taught not Caught: Educating for Character in the 21st Century.’

Baroness Ros Altmann
Baroness Ros Altmann, CBE

Ros Altmann is the UK’s leading independent pensions expert, with over 35 years’ experience in all aspects of pensions. She was elevated to the House of Lords by David Cameron to become Minister of State for Pensions after the 2015 General Election and served until July 2016.

She was the UK Government’s Business Champion for Older Workers from 2014 to 2015 and was Director General of over-50s specialists Saga from 2010 to 2013. Ros was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2014 for services to Pensioners and Pension Provision

She has won numerous awards, including Pensions Personality of the Year (twice), Industry Guru of the Year, Women in Public Life Award and Lifetime Achievement in Pensions.

Ros is currently a Visiting Professor at London School of Economics, from where she has a Ph.D. in Economics. She was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard and also has two honorary doctorates awarded for her work on pension investment from Westminster University Business School and Newcastle University.

Adam Thorpe
Adam Thorpe, Randstad

Adam joined Randstad, the global leader in HR services, in 2004. This was Adam's first job in recruitment and since then he has specialised in Financial Services recruitment. In 2016 Adam was appointed Operations Director for Randstad Financial Services and took over Randstad Ireland this year.

Chris Cummings
Chris Cummings, Chief Executive Officer, The Investment Association

Chris Cummings is the Chief Executive of The Investment Association, a post he has held since September 2016. The Investment Association is the trade body that represents UK-based investment managers. He is a member of HM Treasury’s Asset Management Taskforce, and was a founding member of its Financial Services Trade & Investment Board. He serves as a Board member on EFAMA, the European trade association for investment management and of IIFA the international association for investment management.

He was previously a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Regulatory Decisions Committee, a Settlement Decision Maker for the Payment Services Regulator. He served on the Foreign & Commonwealth’s Diplomatic Excellence Panel. Before joining The Investment Association he was the founding CEO of TheCityUK, held senior posts in banking, insurance and consulting with major global firms. He is a regular columnist, commentator and speaker on issues of international competitiveness and regulation in financial services.

Ruth Hunt
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall

In just over four years, Ruth has overseen a 50% increase in the charity’s income and the steady growth of its structure, taking the team from 70 to 160 employees and securing Stonewall’s place as the leading lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity. Ruth has redefined Stonewall’s role as a charity, from one that enables change to one that empowers others to make change happen. Under her leadership, Stonewall’s programmes and the way they are delivered, have been refined to ensure they create sustainable, powerful grassroot activism, both in the UK and abroad.

As an immediate priority after becoming CEO, Ruth spearheaded Stonewall’s commitment to trans equality. After careful consultation with trans communities, the Stonewall Trans Advisory Group was created and in 2017, after further consultation, A Vision for Change was launched. This five-year strategy sets out how Stonewall will help achieve legal and social equality for trans people across all areas of their lives.

Ruth has also established Stonewall as a leading voice on international LGBT equality, delivering ground-breaking international empowerment programmes in some of the world’s most hostile countries, in addition to being a major influencer on the UK Government, ensuring the UK is an informed and effective world leader for LGBT equality.


Damian Fantato, deputy editor, Financial Adviser

He has covered the financial advice market for four years at FTAdviser and Financial Adviser and won the 2018 Headline Money Trade Journalist of the Year award.


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