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London: 26th May 2015


African & Caribbean Diversity has been nominated for a 2015 National Diversity Award.

The National Diversity Awards  is a prestigious black tie event, which celebrates the excellent achievements of grass- root communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.10302160_10152871528848270_6900966504519982411_n

The National Diversity Awards will be held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, September 18th 2015 where there are several award categories including Positive Role Model and Community Organisation Awards, which will be split into five categories including race & religion/faith, age, disability, gender and LGBT. Other awards include the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award, Diverse Company of the Year Award and Lifetime Achiever Award.



Since 2003, ACD has been working to close the education gap for black British youth and propel them in to further and higher education and successful careers.

If you’ve benefited from African & Caribbean Diversity’s mentoring and enrichment scheme, let your vote be heard.



You can cast your vote here:

Vote – African & Caribbean Diversity (Community Organisation Award – Race/Faith/Religion)


Nominations close: 23rd June 2015




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ACD Trustee Thairu Ndungu participates in new diversity network launch

By Amanda Ciske, Inspire Communications Manager

This week Harvey Nash launched Engage, its latest inclusion network for senior business leaders that offers a forum for exchange amongst peers of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Founded by Peter Reichwald, Principal Consultant for Board Practice at Harvey Nash Executive Search, Engage recognises that talent comes in all sizes, colours, nationalities and cultures and seeks to move the diversity debate forward.

Engage follows the footsteps of Inspire – the global women’s network set up in 2008 by Carol Rosati, which connects over 5000 board-level women across four continents. It will support those underrepresented in business and broaden the candidate community at executive and board level to the benefit of UK businesses.

At a launch event hosted by the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club, over 100 business leaders joined to hear from Heather Rabbatts, former Chief Executive of Lambeth Council and the first woman to be appointed to the board of the Football Association. She gave a personal account of her experience as a female executive and board member of mixed-race decent in a very male-dominated industry.

She explained that although she has been fortunate to work with very diverse boards, women and those of a different colour do find that regardless of the CV behind them, there is still an added pressure to prove themselves. What she found helped her throughout her career was knowing that she brought a different lens to the table and that having a diversity of perspectives makes a more effective team.

Heather described her own role in addressing the lack of diversity in the sports industry and her efforts to build sustainable change. She said that much as she does not want to promote herself, it is impossible to escape being a role model but, that we are at a tipping point. She commented that, ‘The mark of a good leader is what you leave behind,’ and her key priority is to embed a succession plan with a long pipeline of diverse talent. It is vital that everyone recommend and promote talented people of all differences to ensure they are made visible and considered for roles.

Heather offered her tips for achieving your first Non-Executive position:

Do your research and find the common ground with the person across the table. Making a connection and engaging in conversation is essential and requires knowing more than just the company boilerplate. Equip yourself with as much knowledge about your interviewer including their interests.

Never lose your authenticity and know what sets you apart. Staying true to your values is fundamental to knowing what you bring to the table. Figure out what gives you an edge and what unique insight you can offer that will make you stand out.

A winner is a loser that tried one more time. Rejection is always painful and everyone experiences it personally. It is knowing that discrimination might happen and having somewhere like the Engage network to share this with peers.

Follow both Engage (@EngageHN) and Inspire (@inspirehn) on Twitter for the latest news and activities.

For more information please visit: www.harveynash.com/engage/

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Immigration Stimulates the Economy

 20th November 2014: 

ACD’s Chief Executive Brenda King was featured in the 19th November edition of Austrian daily KURIER highlighting the significant role migrant entrepreneurs play in stimulating European economies.

Speaking at the 7th Annual Diversity Media Week, Migration & Cities and Ethnic Economies conference on 16th October 2014, Ms King said,

“EU member states should recognise and promote entrepreneurial efforts of migrants as part of their integration strategy and ease the procedural and legal framework for them to start new businesses.”

In the UK, France, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden, migrants comprise of a higher proportion of entrepreneurs compared to the native population. In the UK, migrant entrepreneurs contribute on average £25 billion to the economy every year.

The 2014 Diversity Media Week conference focused on the six core areas of diversity (age, gender, people with disability, sexual orientation, ethnic affiliation, belief) in the Austrian and European media institutions.

The two days conference also discussed topics such as diversity in the media, training of journalists and the EU’s role in the promotion of media diversity and inclusion, media and business.

For the full article please see Immigration Stimulates the Economy

24th September 2014, London

African & Caribbean Diversity has been recognised for its leadership in attracting, retaining and progressing the best Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent by being Highly Commended for the Developing Talent Award – Attraction at the Race for Opportunity Awards 2014. Race for Opportunity is the race equality campaign from Business in the Community.

The glittering awards ceremony took place last night (23rd September 2014) at the Hilton Park Lane and was attended by over 500 business leaders. The eight awards presented celebrate the public and private sector organisations delivering outstanding practice, dedication and innovation around race equality, diversion and inclusion in the workplace.

African & Caribbean Diversity was Highly Commended for the Developing Talent Award – Attraction, which recognises organisations who have developed processes, initiatives and programmes that aim to help young BAME people to prepare for and enter the UK workforce.

Brenda King, Chief Executive, African & Caribbean Diversity said:

“It’s great to be highly commended for this award, joining giants such as Barclays, Citi, Ernst & Young and the Foreign Office (FCO).  We believe in equality of opportunity hence our focus on nurturing the talent of African and Caribbean pupils from state schools into highly selective universities and the professions. We love what we do and are honoured to work with organisations who truly want to attract and develop the best people.”

Adrian Joseph, Director, Customer Solutions & Innovation, Google and Chair, Race for Opportunity, said:

“I’d like to congratulate African & Caribbean Diversity on being Highly Commended for the Developing Talent Award – Attraction. They are demonstrating that it makes good business sense for employers to reflect the clients, customers and communities they serve and ensuring ethnic minority talent has equal opportunities to progress in their organisation.”

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race for Opportunity Director, Business in the Community, said:

“Congratulations to our Developing Talent Award – Attraction Highly Commended organisation, African & Caribbean Diversity. At a time when ethnic minority people aren’t reflected at senior level and barriers to equal progression still exist, it’s hugely uplifting to see they are taking action to change this. Their work shows the positive impact of collaboration within and across organisations in attracting, retaining and progressing BAME talent, and I hope other employers will learn from their example.”

The evening was hosted by Diane Louise Jordan and the main guest speaker was Richard Heaton CB, Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office, First Parliamentary Counsel and Race Champion for the Civil Service. Guests also heard from Adrian Joseph, Director, Customer Solutions & Innovation, Google and Chair, Race for Opportunity; Sandra Kerr OBE, Race for Opportunity Director, Business in the Community; and Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community.


To view ACD’s Race for Opportunity Award Case Study here: Developing Diverse Talent (Attraction) Award-African & Caribbean Diversity
A full list of the winners, Highly Commended and shortlisted organisations is available via the Race for Opportunity website.