enei Inclusivity Excellence Awards 2023 Shortlist Announced

We are delighted to announce the shortlist of finalists for this year’s Inclusivity Excellence Awards 2023. The awards celebrate individuals and organisations that are making a significant contribution to promoting inclusivity and diversity in their companies and industries.

The shortlisted finalists are:

Innovative Approach to DEI – Sponsored by McLean Public.
  • Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
  • North East Ambulance Service
  • NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit
  • Secure Trust Bank Group
Inclusive Culture – Sponsored by SCC.
  • Business Growth Fund
  • Burness Paull
  • Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
Progressive Agile & Flexible Working Practices – Sponsored by EMBED.
  • Local Partnerships LLP
  • MacRoberts LLP
  • National Highways
Driving Social Mobility & Social Inclusion in the Workplace – Sponsored by AWE.
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • The Wheatley Group
Enhancing Wellbeing & Belonging at Work – Sponsored by HeX.
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Buckinghamshire Council
  • NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit
Leveraging Data to Advance Workplace DEI – Sponsored by NHS Employers.
  • Asahi UK
  • Business Growth Fund
  • Financial Reporting Council
  • Medical Protection Society
Employee Network Group of the Year Sponsored by Institute of Physics
  • BP
  • Business Growth Fund
  • North East Ambulance Service
DEI Influencer of the Year – Sponsored by NHS Employers.
  • Rachel Billington, Head of EDI, Europe & India – AECOM
  • Nina Elliot, ED&I Champion – Secure Bank Trust Group
  • Dan Harris, CEO – Neurodiversity in Business
  • Nader Kamel, Ombudsman Leader – The Financial Ombudsman

About our sponsors


AWE’s mission is to support the defence and security of the United Kingdom (UK). It does this through developing, manufacturing and maintaining the warheads for the UK’s nuclear deterrent, as well as providing our unique skills and expertise to support nuclear threat reduction.

It has an extraordinary team of people at AWE, trusted to deliver one of the nation’s most critical missions – on time, safely, and sustainably. And there has never been a more exciting time to join the business; it is transforming AWE to meet its mission for the long term, making significant investments into its programmes and infrastructure.

The organisation needs brilliant, motivated and talented people, who are passionate about what it does. It has an amazing opportunity to cement AWE at the forefront of nuclear science, technology and construction, while maintaining its unique capabilities to support the defence of the country. 


EMBED was founded in 2018 to share affordable, bespoke best practice support on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We help our clients to create a working world where everyone feels included and valued. Building an inclusive culture doesn’t have to be difficult or uncomfortable. Our constructive and creative critical friend approach to auditing, coaching, and learning, respects any sensitivities and challenges our clients may need to address as they take a different approach to EDI.


The Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland. It seeks to raise public awareness and understanding of physics, inspire people to develop their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of physics and support the development of a diverse and inclusive physics community. As a charity, it has a mission to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.

McLean Public

McLean Public was set up from a very straight forward belief that there is no single executive recruitment company specifically dedicated to shifting the dial for diversity across government, public enterprise and publicly funded commercial enterprises. Our bold and simple aspiration is to put that right. Committed and passionate about the sectors we work in, our vision is to not only turn the dial for senior level appointments across the UK, but also offer an inclusive candidate experience that ensures the playing field is truly equal. As part of the broader McLean family, McLean Public offers access to unrivalled diverse talent – both permanent and interim – across the commercial, public and Third Sectors combined with a unique bespoke partnership approach with our clients. We have established an enviable reputation in the technology and innovation space, where public and commercially funded organisations work alongside others to deliver transformational change and economic and social impact – with diversity at the heart of everything we do.

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NHS Employers

NHS Employers is the employers’ organisation for the NHS in England. We support workforce leaders and represent employers to develop a sustainable workforce and be the best employers they can be. We also manage the relationships with NHS trade unions on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. We are part of the NHS Confederation.


SCC simplifies the complex of IT solutions for global businesses as Europe’s largest independent IT group. It helps clients succeed through IT transformation and exceptional customer experiences.

Operating out of 65+ locations in the UK, France, Romania, Spain, and Vietnam, SCC delivers limitless IT solutions in partnership with the world’s best technology vendors.

SCC provides multi-award-winning cloud services, digital workplace and cyber security solutions to customers in a broad range of public and private industry sectors. It aspires to be the most customer and employee centric IT systems integrator.

SCC is trusted to discover, design, supply, implement, manage, and optimise IT that supports European economies through enduring partnership, driven by curiosity and inspired by innovation.

About the enei Inclusivity Excellence Awards

The enei Inclusivity Excellence Awards are a platform for organisations to showcase and share their achievements in promoting and progressing workplace diversity, equality, inclusion, and belonging.

The awards are open to all organisations, regardless of size, sector, or location. The awards are judged by a panel of experts in the field of diversity and inclusion, and the winners are announced at a gala event each year.

The enei Annual Inclusivity Excellence awards are a valuable opportunity for organisations to be recognised for their work in promoting inclusivity and diversity. The awards also provide a platform for organisations to learn from each other and share best practices.