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The Board Awards: A not-for-profit awards ceremony to celebrate diverse Boards that positively impact the communities they serve.

Diverse Boards are vital for effective decision-making, innovation and success. We want to shine a light on the individuals and Boards who are paving the way in creating more inclusive practices whilst delivering on their mission.

At Diversifying Group, we lead inclusive recruitment campaigns to increase applications of aspiring non-Execs from under-represented backgrounds. Through dedicated efforts of like-minded people and organisations, we are starting to see positive change in the diversity make-up of charity, FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 Boards.

The continued efforts to bring more diverse voices into influential decision-making spaces are propelling us forward in the fight for equality. That’s why at The Board Awards, we’re coming together to recognise, celebrate and inspire.

The Board Awards Ceremony will take place in Spring 2023. Event details to be announced.

When Boards are made up of people from different backgrounds who bring different lived experiences, this affords a more well-rounded and in-depth approach to the work they carry out.

Cynthia Davis, Founder & CEO

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Lifetime Achiever

An award for the person who has spent their entire career fighting for inclusion and for the voices of traditionally marginalised groups to be heard.

Children & Youth Board of the Year

The Board who have made the greatest impact on services which directly support children and young people.

Disability Board of the Year

The Board who have had the greatest impact on improving the lives of people with disabilities.

International Aid & Development Board of the Year

The Board who have had the greatest impact through international aid initiatives which support diverse groups across the globe.

FTSE 100 Board of the Year

This award is for a FTSE 100 Board who are taking proactive steps to fight for inclusion and for the voices of traditionally marginalised groups to be heard across everything they do.

FTSE 100<250 Board of the Year

This award is for a FTSE 100<250 Board who are taking proactive steps to fight for inclusion and for the voices of traditionally marginalised groups to be heard across everything they do.

Rising Star

An award for the person who is on a journey to make the biggest impact through their work in inclusion and belonging.

Greatest Impact for Inclusion Board of the Year

The Board who are taking proactive steps to fight for inclusion and for the voices of traditionally marginalised groups to be heard across everything they do.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Board of the Year

The Board who have made the biggest impact for communities within the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector.

Higher Education Board of the Year

The Board who have made the biggest impact on diversity and inclusion within university communities.

Conservation and Environment Board of the Year

The Board who have made the biggest impact on diversity and inclusion within environmental conservation.

Medical Research and Healthcare Board of the Year

The Board who have made the biggest impact on cultural awareness and representation in medical research and healthcare.

Community Initiatives Board of the Year

The Board who have made the biggest impact through community initiatives which support marginalised groups across the UK.

Nominations for The Board Awards are now open!

Please take the time to nominate an individual or Board who deserves to be celebrated. Consider nominating individuals or Boards whose achievements have yet to be publicly recognised.

We kindly ask that all information provided is accurate to the best of your knowledge. Only those shortlisted will be made public, and you will have the option to keep your nomination anonymous.

Our Process and Integrity

As with everything we do, The Board Awards is centred around inclusion, championing diversity and striving for a more equal society. Our processes were put in place with these values in mind, every step of the way.

Transparent

We’re open and honest about our processes and intentions. The Board Awards is a not-for-profit venture set up to acknowledge and celebrate genuine progress that’s been made in relation to diversity and inclusion on boards.

We thank our generous sponsors for supporting the awards, which enables us to host the awards ceremony and keep ticket costs affordable for all attendees. Any outstanding funds are ringfenced and put back into The Board Awards or to support free developmental services for aspiring Trustees.

Fair

Our diverse judging panel undertake a detailed and collaborative judging process to ensure every nomination is considered with equal attention. Judging packs are sent in advance of a roundtable judging day, so all nominees are assessed fairly and consistently.

All nominees have been selected on merit with no money exchanged.
 

Supportive

We are committed to providing a supportive environment for people to be themselves. We will ensure that the awards are accessible, and work alongside you to make any reasonable adjustments necessary.

We strive for everybody to feel welcome and respected at The Board Awards. You won't find a VIP area or exclusivity; instead, you’ll be invited to celebrate with us as part of a like-minded community of people who are committed to diversity and inclusion.

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