Shortlist of progressive organisations and individuals announced across 11 categories for the UK Social Mobility Awards.

The 2018 Awards Gala

The third iteration of the UK Social Mobility Awards have received an incredible response with the recently announced shortlist containing 57 unique organisations chosen from 115 submitting organisations. The Awards celebrate and recognise the forward-thinking organisations developing initiatives to promote social mobility, either within their own workforce’s or by influencing the debate from beyond their own walls. By raising awareness and celebrating the people and organisations that are committed to bringing about change, together we can advance the practical implementation of social mobility in this country.

The Awards, which are in association with Capita, received an impressive array of entries. The shortlist represents a range of sectors and industries that have demonstrated excellence in their social mobility initiatives. Our independent judging panel will determine the winners, to be announced at an awards gala on 10th October 2019.

Jon Lewis, CEO, Capita

Jon Lewis, CEO of Capita, the Headline Sponsor for the Awards, praised the impact of the Awards:

“Low social mobility is one of the biggest challenges we face here in British society today. The separation between the haves and the have-nots has become more acute, not less acute. Essentially, social mobility must be an integral and conscious part of how we lead businesses in the UK. These Awards are leading that movement.”

Tunde Banjoko OBE – Chief Executive and Founder of the UK Social Mobility Awards and Making The Leap, the charity that runs the Awards, said:

“We are delighted to have shortlisted our third cohort of finalists for the UK Social Mobility Awards, having received entries from many fantastic organisations and individuals. The Awards were created to encourage organisations across the UK to see social mobility as a business imperative and embed core strategies to advance it. While we celebrate the finalists, we are clear that this is a conversation and a movement for everybody.”

The shortlist for the 2019 UK Social Mobility Awards is as follows:

Organisation Categories

Organisation of the Year
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Ministry of Justice
Grant Thornton UK
Willmott Dixon
Civil Service Fast Stream and Early Talent

Rothschild & Co
Bauer Media

Leadership of the Year
BPP University
Sheffield Hallam University
Stafford Long
Ministry of Justice

Recruitment Programme of the Year
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Office of the Public Guardian
Ashurst LLP
Mayer Brown International LLP
Greene King

Progression Programme of the Year
Google UK
Rexel UK Limited
HM Revenue and Customs
United Utilities
WM Morrisons Supermarkets PLC

Community Programme of the Year
Nissan Motor Manufacturing
Simmons & Simmons
HM Revenue and Customs
Reed Smith

School/College of the Year
Harris Westminster Sixth Form
Southmoor Academy
Latymer Upper School
Reigate Grammar School
Christ’s Hospital
Bodmin College

University of the Year
Kingston University
Middlesex University
University of Worcester
The Open University
Nottingham Trent University
Newcastle University

Individual Categories

Champion of the Year
Malcolm Gomersall – Grant Thornton UK LLP
Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE – Glasgow Caledonian University
Will Richardson – PwC
David Bates – Marks & Spencer
Tia Castagno – Vizeum
Sandra Wallace – DLA Piper

Mentor of the Year
Franklin Asante – Coutts
Lerato Marema – Deloitte
Geraldine Clement – Cabinet Office
Claire Preston – ENGIE
Julie Lindsay – Office of the Public Guardian
Meryem Ertac – PwC

Rising Star
Leticia Nascimento – KPMG UK
Milambo Makani – FreshfieldsBruckhaus Deringer
Matthew Campling – Linklaters LLP
Nadia Mensah – PwC
Louisa Burden-Garabedian – Penguin Random House UK
Ashley Daniells – RPC

The UK Social Mobility Awards is organised by leading social mobility charity Making The Leap, who have supported over 50,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds since 1993.

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