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Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Westlife's Mark Feehily win big at the 2022 British Diversity Awards


Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Mark Feehily were among the big winners at the Burberry British Diversity Awards held at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms on Thursday night.

The Little Mix singer, 30, beat off stiff competition to be awarded the Media Champion prize for her groundbreaking documentary Race, Pop and Power, which focused on her experience as a black woman in the music industry. 

Meanwhile, Westlife’s Mark, 41, was awarded the Global Recognition Award for Diversity thanks to being a vocal campaigner for surrogacy rights for LGBT+ families.

Congratulations: Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Mark Feehily were among the big winners at the Burberry British Diversity Awards held at London's Grand Connaught Rooms on Thursday night

Congratulations: Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Mark Feehily were among the big winners at the Burberry British Diversity Awards held at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms on Thursday night

The popstars were among a whole of celebrities and business leaders recognised for their work in championing equality and diversity at the glitzy event hosted by presenter June Sarpong, 44. 

Leigh-Anne just edged out footballer Marcus Rashford, 24 – who was highly commended –  to bag her award following her powerful documentary in which got emotional as she shared her experience with racism and how she has been ‘treated differently’ to her Little Mix bandmates.

The Black Magic hitmaker was a fellow recipient of the Media Champion In The Public Eye Award, with sports presenter and former footballer Jamie Carragher, 44, also winning the prize due to his work with social mobility charities. 

Winner! Westlife's Mark, 41, was awarded the Global Recognition Award for Diversity thanks to being a vocal campaigner for surrogacy rights for LGBT+ families

Winner! Westlife’s Mark, 41, was awarded the Global Recognition Award for Diversity thanks to being a vocal campaigner for surrogacy rights for LGBT+ families

The ex Liverpool FC defender was praised after setting up Football For Change – a social mobility movement aimed at helping disadvantaged young people from socially and economically challenged communities into education employment. 

Other nominees in the category also included Denise Welch, Cerrie Burnell, John Bishop, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Tom Daley. 

Following his recognition for his campaigning against surrogacy laws, singer Mark, who welcomed daughter Layla in 2019 with fiancé Cailean O’Neill, told how this prize was an ‘honour’.

Documentary: The Little Mix singer, 30, beat off stiff competition to be awarded the Media Champion prize for her groundbreaking documentary Race, Pop and Power, which focused on her experience as a black woman in the music industry

Documentary: The Little Mix singer, 30, beat off stiff competition to be awarded the Media Champion prize for her groundbreaking documentary Race, Pop and Power, which focused on her experience as a black woman in the music industry

Her story: Leigh-Anne just edged out footballer Marcus Rashford, 24, to bag her award following her powerful documentary in which got emotional as she shared her experience with racism and how she has been 'treated differently' to her Little Mix bandmates

Her story: Leigh-Anne just edged out footballer Marcus Rashford, 24, to bag her award following her powerful documentary in which got emotional as she shared her experience with racism and how she has been ‘treated differently’ to her Little Mix bandmates

He said of his win: ‘This is an incredible honour and the most meaningful award I have collected in my career. I mean, I’ve won awards for my music and awards with Westlife but this is something very special. 

‘I am proud and I hope it goes some way towards highlighting the issues still faced by LGBT+ families who want to start families of their own. 

‘There is still a lot to do and our work will not stop until we have achieved full equality.’

Elsewhere on the night, Ian Donaldson, CEO of Manchester-based Ardonagh Retail, was crowned Diversity Champion of the Year. 

While banking giant Natwest was awarded a prize for their supplier diversity programme, with retailer Boots scooping Company of the Year.

Nice one: The Black Magic hitmaker was a fellow recipient of the Media Champion Award, with sports presenter and former footballer Jamie Carragher, 44, also winning the prize due to his work with social mobility charities

Nice one: The Black Magic hitmaker was a fellow recipient of the Media Champion Award, with sports presenter and former footballer Jamie Carragher, 44, also winning the prize due to his work with social mobility charities

ITV & Scopes Invisible Disabilities campaign won the Marketing Campaign of the Year, whereas LGBT+ anti abuse charity Galop won the Charity of the Year accolade, narrowly beating the likes of Black Minds Matter and Stonewall Housing Association. 

Meanwhile, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was deservedly recognised for his tireless work campaigning for LGBT+ rights over the last 20 years. 

He scooped the special Lifetime Achievement Award thanks to his dedication to the cause including campaigning against Section 28 throughout the 1980s and staging a one-man protest against Russia’s treatment of LGBT+ people during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Amazing: Following his recognition for his campaigning against surrogacy laws, singer Mark, who welcomed daughter Layla in 2019 with fiancé Cailean O’Neill, told how this prize was an ‘honour’

He said of his win: 'This is an incredible honour and the most meaningful award I have collected in my career. I mean, I've won awards for my music and awards with Westlife but this is something very special'

He said of his win: ‘This is an incredible honour and the most meaningful award I have collected in my career. I mean, I’ve won awards for my music and awards with Westlife but this is something very special’

Other winners on the night included Danyelle Holmes-Lewis who won the HR champion of the year, London Black Women’s Project who were awarded the community project of the year and Pips Bunce who bagged the inspirational role model prize. 

Linda Riley, British Diversity Awards, said in a statement: ‘I’d like to congratulate all of the deserving winners at this year’s Burberry British Diversity Awards.

‘The awards shine a light on the individuals, organisations, charities and unsung heroes who help to make the world and workplaces a better place for others across all strands of diversity.

‘In a world where hate and division is being sown in some quarters, we believe that by continuing to celebrate Equality, Diversity and Inclusion we can help make the UK and indeed the universe a better place to live and work for everyone.’

Well deserved: Meanwhile, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was deservedly recognised for his tireless work campaigning for LGBT+ rights over the last 20 years

Well deserved: Meanwhile, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was deservedly recognised for his tireless work campaigning for LGBT+ rights over the last 20 years

British Diversity Awards 2022 – WINNERS

CAMPAIGNER – sponsored by DAM Health

Sophia Moreau

SUPPLIER DIVERSITY PROGRAMME – sponsored by Cultural Intelligence Centre

NatWest

HR CHAMPION OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Ruebik

Danyelle Holmes-Lewis

SOCIAL MOBILITY INITIATIVE – sponsored by Imperial Brands

Browne Jacobson

DIVERSITY TEAM – sponsored by GSK

Springer Nature

CHARITY – sponsored by Burberry

Galop

MARKETING CAMPAIGN – sponsored by Playtech

ITV & Scope – Invisible Disabilities Campaign

COMMUNITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Veolia

London Black Women’s Project (LBWP)

OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE NETWORK – sponsored by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

WPP – Unite

GLOBAL RECOGNITION AWARD FOR DIVERSITY

Mark Feehily

HERO – sponsored by Boots

Jacquie McKenzie

INSPIRATIONAL ROLE MODEL – sponsored by Lockton LLP

Pips Bunce

INSPIRATIONAL ROLE MODEL – sponsored by Lockton LLP

I. Stephanie Boyce

HEAD OF DIVERSITY – sponsored by 10x Banking

Zaheer Ahmad

DIVERSITY IN TECH – sponsored by DeNovo Legal Services

10x Banking

DIVERSITY CHAMPION – sponsored by National Grid

Ian Donaldson

COMPANY – sponsored by Barratt Developments Plc

Boots

MEDIA CHAMPION IN THE PUBLIC EYE – sponsored by Sedulo

Leigh-Anne Pinnock

MEDIA CHAMPION IN THE PUBLIC EYE – sponsored by Sedulo

Jamie Carragher

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – sponsored by Attest

Peter Tatchell

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