This Is Us Diversity Impact Business Conference & Awards


Winners of the This is Us Awards have been announced

After a spectacular awards ceremony, bringing together the leaders and changemakers of the business world to celebrate their achievements and initiatives for D & I, the winners of the prestigious This is Us Awards have finally been revealed.

The awards, which were hosted by Events Together, celebrated businesses that are committed to championing diversity and inclusion within their industry sector. The ceremony highlighted the work of effective D & I initiatives of businesses across all UK regions and celebrated companies dedicated to championing workplace equality.

The ceremony was hosted on 12th January 2023 at Kettering Conference and Exhibition Centre. Finalists competed in 12 award categories and had some noteworthy sponsorships including VTCT,` Diversity Q, North Northamptonshire Council, MKEBC, Change The Balance and Compass Group UK & Ireland.

After a long-anticipated wait, the winners of the This is Us Awards can finally be announced. The champions are:

Changemaker Award: Nav Ahmed from Arden University

Community Upliftment: Thomas Cliffe from Café Track

D E & I Company: REAS Group & Konnek-App

Employee Resource Group: Idrees Mohammed from Milton Keynes University Hospital

Lifetime Achievement Award: Sabrina Shadie from D’Rose Consultancy

Organisational Champion: Nav Ahmed from Arden University

Tomorrow’s Leader: Aaliyah Aries from Ebony Lashes Crafts

Training and Development: Katie Neeves from Cool2BTrans

Women’s Empowerment: Samantha Poole from Incubation Nation CIC

Apprenticeship Award: Esthetique Dental Care

This is Us Overall Champion Award: Nav Ahmed from Arden University

This is Us Heartfelt Award: Jacqui Gavin

Meena Chander, Founder of Events Together and Host of This Is Us, said:

‘Our panel of judges have reviewed each submission and selected finalists that are helping to shape a more inclusive future.

The Panellists were seriously impressed with the quality of the entries, remarking them as inspirational, outstanding, and phenomenal.

The night was a fantastic celebration of D&I, and it was great to see new faces and learn and share in the experiences, initiatives and leadership of businesses and people that are actioning real change.

I’d like to thank all participants, judges, sponsors, media partners and everyone who has helped make the awards a success.’