TV Star Brian Dowling and ITV News Presenter Charlene White gathered to host the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards on September 18, 2015.
ROLE MODELS and charities were honoured nationwide at Friday’s ceremony at the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, rewarding Britain’s most inspirational people for their fight against inequality.
Community heroes from across the UK gathered in the bustling city of Liverpool to celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have demonstrated their outstanding devotion to diversity, equality and inclusion.
A highlight of the evening came when Dr Nasser beat seven others in the running for the prestigious Lifetime Achiever Award.
A list of tremendous achievements were recognised by judges, including Nasser’s incredible feat of founding the largest independent supplier of Assistive Technology and disability related management solutions, Microlink, employing 40% disabled people improving the lives of over a quarter of a million individuals globally.
Dr Nasser Siabi OBE was applauded at the ceremony for committing his life for the past 25 years to spreading the Inclusivity message and creating the basis for providing opportunities for disabled people.
Established in 1992 Microlink’s pioneering services in Education, Public and Private Sectors have positioned the company as the most visionary and successful of its kind.
Hailed by judges as ‘encapsulating the true ethos of a Lifetime Achiever’, the audience learned of Nasser’s incredible accomplishments in developing a mass screening tool to identify needs and target solutions for disabilities, which has been successfully piloted in several schools across Cape Town, South Africa.
Singing Sensation Lemar presented Dr. Siabi with the accolade stating, ‘Nasser is devoted to raising disability awareness, and beyond the remits of Microlink, is an individual that has dedicated his life and personal time to his vision’.
A record 20,000 nominations and votes were received this year, paying tribute to grass root communities nationwide. Microsoft were just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diversity talent – positive role models, community organisations and businesses from the LGBT, ethnic minority, age, gender, religion and disability communities.
Other brands include PwC, Barclays, Kier Group, Liverpool City Council, Transport for London, Penna, Financial Ombudsman Service, MI5, The Army, Co-operative Funeralcare, The Open University and ThoughtWorks.
Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s have attracted a growing list of celebrity supporters such as Stephen Fry, Brian Blessed and Katie Piper.
Comedian and actor Lenny Henry lent his support to nominees, “Diversity to me means involving everybody without any discrimination, it means having integrated groups in society, it means fairness and total inclusion, and that’s what we’re all here today for, you’re all doing a fantastic job. Rock on!”
The energy in the room was an intrinsically positive one, with each nominee being extremely supportive of each other. The one-of-a-kind ceremony kicked off with an inspirational speech by founder of the NDA’s Paul Sesay, discussing the importance of the National Diversity Awards and what inspired him to create the ceremony.
As passionately as ever, Sesay said, “The grassroots organisations that The National Diversity Awards recognise are pioneering amazing initiatives on equality diversity and inclusion; and we need to promote, empower, profile and acknowledge their extraordinary achievements.” The ceremony, without a doubt, delivered on that promise.
The night was wrapped up with stellar performances from Liverpool Dance Sensations MD Productions, and sensational Britain’s Got Talent Semi Finalists Revelation Avenue.
The National Diversity Awards was a real feel good ceremony, where each nominee had earned their right to be in attendance for their fantastic work in their specific community.
The Golden Globes of the diversity world was a wholeheartedness event refreshingly celebrated in such swanky style, that it was evident who were the stars of this show, the well-deserving, humble and extraordinary nominees.
The view a full list of winners, please visit: http://www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/2015-winners/