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Diversity Awards 2022

Diversity and inclusion continues to matter and plays such an important role in ensuring our workplaces and communities offer opportunities for everyone. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we have seen some outstanding examples of work being undertaken to support individuals and communities, deliver campaigns, change mind-sets and bring people together – the best of diversity and inclusion projects!

That is why The Herald and GenAnalytics were committed to delivering the Diversity Awards in 2022. Building on the success of the awards in the past, we are proud to create a platform to recognise the outstanding work taking place across Scotland. In May 2022, we held our 6th annual Diversity Conference and were inspired by the activities and leadership demonstrated by all sectors of Scotland’s economy.

The 2022 Diversity Awards once again showcased organisations and individuals who are leading the way to promote diversity and inclusion.



Wednesday 24th August


Thursday 13th October

Countdown to awards ceremony:

2022/10/13 18:45:00


The Herald and GenAnalytics would like to thank our 2022 sponsors for their support.


BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company employing around 85,800 people worldwide. Our wide-ranging products and services cover air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology, and support services. Our Maritime sector businesses design, manufacture, and support complex surface ships, submarines, and command and combat systems. Not only are we proud of what we do, we are also proud of how we do it – we are committed to working to high ethical, safety and environmental standards, retaining and attracting a diverse and talented workforce and making a positive contribution to the countries and communities in which we operate.

Diageo is a company with a rich Scottish heritage – our roots can be traced back to 1627 and the Haig family. Since then, Scotland has played an important role in shaping Diageo and we now export our premium brands to 180 markets around the world.

Scotland is one of Diageo’s largest spirit supply centres responsible for producing around 50 million cases of leading brands of Scotch whisky and white spirits annually. We employ around 3000 people in Scotland, working in over 50 communities across the country. Around 85% of Diageo’s production in Scotland is
sold overseas.

At Diageo we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and collaborative culture that benefits both our people and our business. Our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.

We have a diverse workforce made up of thousands of talented people, each with their own story to tell. We are proud that Diageo is the FTSE 100 Company with the highest number of women at the most senior levels and in Scotland we are making progress towards achieving greater diversity in the workplace through a range of initiatives focused on building an inclusive culture across our organisation.

sportscotland is the national agency for sport in Scotland. Our vision is an active Scotland where everyone benefits from sport. In an active Scotland we will all find ways to be physically active every day. Keeping moving at home and at work. Taking an active approach to getting around. Choosing to be active in our leisure time.

More of us will take part in sport because we see it being relevant to our lives. Being involved in ways that suit us. Meeting fewer barriers. Feeling more included. We will all experience more of the benefits of sport. For some of us, by taking part. For others, through our communities.

For more details visit Sport For Life –

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

SQA helps people to realise their potential and to achieve their ambitions by providing a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services.

Our qualifications include National Qualifications, Higher National Qualifications and a range of vocational qualifications, developed with industry partners, and responding to perceived skills needs. SQA qualifications accurately reflect learners’ knowledge and skills and provide routes to jobs or further study.

Arnold Clark is a family business, with strong family values at the heart of everything we do.

The story of the company began when Sir Arnold Clark left the Royal Air Force and used his demob money to buy a Morris Ten Four for £70. After restoring the car to its original condition, he sold it for a profit. From this first venture, Arnold Clark began to buy and sell cars. And from that one showroom in 1954, Arnold Clark has grown to become Europe’s largest independently owned car retailer, selling more than 300,000 cars a year with locations stretching from Elgin to Southampton. And we’re not done yet! Our aim is to grow, innovate and inspire while continuing to offer genuine value for money and provide customer service of the highest level. We also do more than just sell and service cars. From renting for a road trip to studying a new skill, and everything in between, we’ve got you covered, with our Car & Van Rental, Insurance Services, Coachbuilders, Alarm Engineering and GTG Training divisions.

Our employees are the core of our business and they have helped choose the values which define the company – Family, Communication, Progression, Recognition and Community. The aim has always been to create a culture in which everyone feels accepted and respected. We have won many awards for our work in promoting diversity within the automotive industry, actively working with organisations to increase representation within the LGBTQ+ community and to address the gender imbalance within the automotive industry as a whole.

At Arnold Clark, we are constantly striving to improve the communities in which we operate, providing support and sponsorship for charities, businesses and much more. Recently, we introduced the Arnold Clark Community Fund to help registered charities and local community groups who have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. With the aim of helping approximately 500 organisations, we were overwhelmed with applications and more funding was made available to help nearly 3,000 organisations in need.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s national skills agency.

Our purpose is to drive productivity and inclusive growth through investment in skills, enabling businesses and people to achieve their full potential.

Our services are designed to reflect best practice nationally and internationally and, through extensive engagement with partners at national, regional and local level, we flex and shape our delivery to meet local needs and priorities.

Our work includes providing careers advice in schools and our high street centres, as well as online through website My World of Work; helping employers develop the skills of their workforce.

SDS is committed to equality and diversity. Through a wide range of policies, initiatives, and continuous improvement activities, we’re working to embed equality and diversity throughout our organisation and meet our responsibilities as a public sector body. Before the pandemic hit, inequality existed across education and employment in Scotland, and the crisis has exacerbated many pre-existing inequalities. Therefore, during the pandemic, we took additional action to ensure our services continued to be accessible to all, whoever they are, wherever they live, whatever their needs.

Our message to employers is that equality is good for business. A diverse workforce is a more creative one.

Fostering an inclusive working environment helps bridge skills gaps and harnesses different experiences, backgrounds and approaches.

Our employer web service Our Skillsforce reinforces these positive messages to employers.

Staff from across SDS help spread our message by promoting information on equality issues, developments and best practice.

City Building is one of Scotland’s largest construction companies, providing a wide range of construction, maintenance, and manufacturing services.   Along with design and build construction, repairs and maintenance, and major investment and refurbishment we also offer manufacturing, training, and specialist services, new house building, and retrofitting carbon reduction technologies.

As well as providing one of the largest construction craft apprenticeship programmes in Scotland we also operate Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi), one of the largest supported manufacturing businesses in Europe.   RSBi also employs 250 people, 50% of whom have a disability.

Our values are Excellence, Honesty, Ambition, Trust and Community and our mission is to contribute excellence in construction, repairs, maintenance, manufacturing and training to our customers, our employees, partners, suppliers and the local communities in which we work.

For further information

Support Sponsor


LOCALiQ is one of the UK’s fastest growing digital marketing agencies

We combine our best in class marketing technology, the data insights this provides, with our huge audience reach. We can help our customers grow, and take their business to the next level.

At LOCALiQ we focus on you. As part of Newsquest Media Group, the UK’s leading local publisher, LOCALiQ gives you access to a network of 200+ trusted news brands, both in print and online, an award-winning events division, recruitment platforms and a wide range of multimedia marketing solutions.

Explore our site to learn more about who we are, and what we can do to help your business.


Are you looking to raise your profile nationally by sponsoring our awards in 2023? Sponsorship of the awards is a unique opportunity to align your brand with championing diversity and inclusion in Scotland. If you would like more information on the opportunities available, please contact Nina Holmes, Head of Events on or 07500 998 357.


The Herald and GenAnalytics Diversity Awards for Scotland honours the achievements of Scotland’s companies and organisations, individuals, third sector organisations and community groups who are demonstrating a strong commitment and track record of achievement in ensuring that everyone in our society has the opportunity to fulfil their ambitions, aspirations and potential.


Small to medium sized businesses, organisations and charities are vital to Scotland’s economy. This award will recognise the commitment shown by an organisation who maximise all the talents in their workforce to benefit and grow their organisation. The winning organisation will be able to provide strong evidence of active policies for promoting diversity and a strong track record of hiring and retaining individuals from diverse backgrounds.

The judges will be looking for:

• A focus on attracting talent with a focus on diversity and inclusion
• Internal policies that recognise the benefits of a diverse workforce for the business
• Evidence of inspirational and measurable outcomes


This award will recognise a company, organisation or charity that has demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership to harnessing the benefits of a diverse workforce internally and externally. The winner will also understand the business case for diversity within their industry and be able to demonstrate this in their entry.

The Judges will be looking for:

• A commitment to driving diversity and inclusion, shared commitment across all levels of the organisation and best practice
• A joined up approach aimed at embedding diversity & inclusion across the organisation.
• Evidence of inspirational and measurable outcomes


This award will recognise best practice and innovation within the Scottish education sector linked to championing greater diversity and inclusion for students, staff or local communities. Programmes or initiatives can be showcased or examples of diversity and inclusion achieved in teaching or through research work. Applications are sought from schools, colleges, universities or other organisations within the education sector who can demonstrate their core purpose is the transfer of learning or knowledge to others.

The judges will be looking for:

• Examples of best practice in diversity and inclusions linked to educational achievement
• A clear focus on education attainment and achievement of specific groups or communities
• Demonstrable impact and measures of the project or programme

DIVERSITY IN SPORT – Sponsored by SportScotland

Sport and physical activity can break down barriers and bring people together for a common goal. This award will recognise a business, charity, third sector organisation or sports club or organisation that has used the power of sport to drive diversity and inclusion in their community.

The judges will be looking for:

• Evidence of the impact that has been made in driving diversity and inclusion
• Evidence of lasting benefits to individuals, communities or Scotland as a whole
• Evidence of an increase in engagement and involvement from specific targeted groups

DIVERSITY CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Arnold Clark

In a year like no other, this award will be presented to an organisation that has delivered an outstanding campaign to promote the benefits of diversity and inclusion. The winning campaign will demonstrate the values of diversity and inclusion and is open to entries from community organisations, the private and public sector, the third sector, and any charity.

The judges will be looking for:

• Detail about the campaign and what aspects of diversity and inclusion that it aimed to address
• The reach of the campaign and the target audience
• Evidence of the reach of the campaign
• Examples of change of mindsets or best practice after the campaign had finished

DIVERSITY HERO OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Diageo

We need more Heroes to champion the benefits of an inclusive and diverse workforce. This award will celebrate an individual who has campaigned to highlight diversity and has worked to make a difference or has been an inspirational role model to others.

The judges will be looking for:

• An individual who is a role model to others to promote diversity and inclusivity
• An individual who has overcome challenges
• An individual who has made a difference to others either in the workplace or in their community supporting the diversity agenda

DIVERSITY IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR – Sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

This award will recognise best practice and outstanding progress by agencies and organisations within the public sector who have made significant improvement in ensuring greater diversity and inclusion in the delivery of their services to communities or clients, or who can demonstrate progress within their own organisation in diversity and inclusion.

The judges will be looking for:

• A commitment to going beyond public sector duty requirements
• An understanding of the specific needs and requirements addressed by the organisation or programme
• Evidence of positive and lasting impact for specific groups or individuals


This award will recognise the contribution of social enterprises to the diversity and inclusion agenda and will be awarded to an organisation who can demonstrate the benefits of adopting diversity to further the aims and ambitions of their social enterprise.

The judges will be looking for:

• Evidence of the benefits of inclusivity and diversity to promote the aims of the social enterprise
• Demonstration of policies internally that promote diversity and exclusivity
• Benefits that the social enterprise has delivered as a result of being diverse and inclusive


This award is open to organisations from any sector or industry that has created a community that is open and welcome to everyone, or has engaged with the wider community to promote a more diverse and inclusive culture in their local area or in the country.

The judges will be looking for:

• Evidence of engagement with individuals to promote inclusion
• Efforts to eliminate all forms of discrimination
• Use of programmes to foster inclusion

DESIGN FOR DIVERSITY – Sponsored by BAE Systems

This award will be presented to an organisation of any size, from any sector who has kept diversity and inclusion at its forefront whilst delivering a project in Scotland. We are looking for entries that can provide evidence of an inclusive design process including accessible design and assistive technology to enable the broadest range of users.

The judges will be looking for:

• A project that has recognised and embraced diversity in design practices
• The benefits of design decisions that has led to greater accessibility for all individuals
• Measures of the impact or outcomes achieved by the project

2022 Finalists & Winners

Diversity Star Performer – 1 – 250 employees

  • Aquarius Hair Design
  • Glasgow Science Centre – Winner
  • The Glasgow Barons – Musicians in Exile – Commendation
  • ToHealth Ltd

Diversity Star Performer – 250+ employees

  • Arnold Clark Automobiles Ltd
  • BakerHicks
  • CMS – Social Mobility in Scotland
  • Shepherd and Wedderburn
  • STV Expert Voices – Winner

Diversity through Education – sponsored by SQA

  • Enable Works – Digital Dundee
  • Nil by Mouth – Neeps and Tatties
  • SmartSTEMs
  • Uteach Ltd – Scottish Online Lessons – Winner

Diversity in Sport – sponsored by sportscotland

  • Glasgow Ansar
  • LEAP Sports – Pride Youth Games – Winner
  • Scottish Sports Futures – Winner
  • Sport Aberdeen

Diversity Campaign of the Year – sponsored by Arnold Clark

  • BAE Systems PLC – Menopause Campaign – Winner
  • BakerHicks
  • Black Professionals Scotland – BlackScotInterns 2022 Programme
  • STV Expert Voices

Diversity Hero of the Year – sponsored by Diageo

  • Active Life Club – Mohammed Razaq – Commendation
  • AstroAgency – Daria Filichkina
  • Black Professionals Scotland – Enoch Adeyemi – Winner
  • Diversity Scotland – Tony McCaffery
  • Enable Works – Jennifer Murray
  • Lothian Buses – Olivia Sklenar
  • Parexel – David Dent MBE

Diversity in the Public Sector – sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

  • Abertay University
  • Lothian Buses – Accessibility and Inclusion Strategy – Winner
  • Scottish Government – NHS National Ethnic Minority Forum
  • Scottish Water
  • The Open University – Elevate Career Mentoring Programme

Diversity in the Third Sector

  • AAI EmployAbility – Winner
  • Circle Scotland CIC – The Circle
  • Finding Your Feet – Commendation
  • Indepen-dance Core Programme
  • Shelter Scotland
  • SmartSTEMs

Building Inclusive Communities – sponsored by City Building

  • Circle Scotland CIC – The Circle
  • Enable Works – Stepping Up
  • Morgan Stanley – Healthy Glasgow – Winner
  • PlayPeace

Design for Diversity – sponsored by BAE Systems

  • Age Scotland – Virtual Reality Dementia Experience – Winner
  • NHS Golden Jubilee – NHS Golden Jubilee Eye Centre
  • VizCareer Digital Ltd

How to Enter

Entries have now closed for the 2022 Herald & GenAnalytics Diversity Awards.

Interested in finding out who has been shortlisted and won these awards in the past? Download our previous winners PDF.


Catriona Stewart
The Herald, Chair of the Judging Panel

Enoch Adeyemi
Chartered Certified Accountant and Founder & CEO of Black Professionals Scotland

Mike Douglas
Director of Social Enterprises, Age Scotland

Jane Gotts
Director, GenAnalytics

Dr Julie McElroy, BSc Hons; MSc; LLM; AHEA; PG Cert HRDM

Forbes Dunlop
Chief Operating Officer, sportscotland


The Awards Ceremony

The Herald & GenAnalytics Diversity Awards 2022 took place on Thursday 13th October in Glasgow.

The evening included an arrival drink, three course meal, after dinner drink, official event programme, entertainment and the awards presentation. There was also the fantastic opportunity to network with other attendees who are championing diversity and inclusion.

The event was hosted by Eilidh Barbour.


Eilidh Barbour is an experienced and versatile sports presenter and reporter.

Eilidh presents and reports for Premier League and FA Cup matches for BBC Final Score and is also a Sky Sports SPL Anchor.

As a presenter, she regularly fronts Football Focus, Match of the Day 2, FA Cup draws and highlights as well as The Women’s Football Show for BBC. She is also the face of BBC’s Golf coverage.

Since 2015 Eilidh has worked at major sporting events, such as FIFA Women’s World Cups, the EUROS, the Winter Olympics, as well as The Open, The Masters, PGA Championship and The Ryder Cup over the years.

Eilidh also presents the BBC Women’s Six Nations highlights show and is a regular event host for corporate events and awards ceremonies.

Away from the day job, Eilidh can often be found on the golf course, kicking a ball around or hiking in the Scottish mountains.

Eilidh Barbour


Anyone can submit a nomination, but they must be based in Scotland.

Not only does being shortlisted (or better yet, winning) an award mean you will be recognised as a diversity and inclusion champion, it is also a major morale boost for you or your workforce and is a great PR opportunity both at the event and long after. If you win, you will also receive a trophy for your display cabinet!

You must complete our entry form to submit a nomination. Head to the ‘How to Enter’ section above for instructions.

You can submit as many nominations as you like across the different categories. The categories and the criteria for each can be found in the ‘Categories’ section above.

The entry deadline is Wednesday 10th August

It is free to enter the awards.


Table of 12 – £1,150+VAT+fees
Table of 10 – £1,000+VAT+fees
Individual ticket – £115+VAT+fees

Once you have submitted an entry, we will add your nomination to the judging pack for consideration. Once the judging has taken place, we will contact you to let you know if your entry has been shortlisted or not.

All the entries we receive will be considered by our judging panel at the judging session in September. Please note that the shortlist and winners are decided solely by our panel and do not come down to a public vote or number of nominations received.

The shortlist will be listed in The Herald and on this website in mid-September.

The winners will be announced at our glittering awards ceremony on Thursday 13th October in Glasgow. More information on the event and tickets can be found in the ‘The Awards Ceremony’ section.

We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have regarding the entry process or event. Please contact Events Manager, Linsey Hunter on 0141 302 6019 or with all enquires.

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Nina Holmes

Head of Events


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