FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE BLACK BRITISH BUSINESS AWARDS 2016
Ground-breaking elite Awards celebrating world-class black British business leaders
The thirty-seven finalists of the Black British Business Awards have been announced today.
This list recognises the trailblazers and rising stars that represent the very best talent in UK plc.
The BBBAwards launched in 2014 as the only premium awards programme which recognises and celebrates the exceptional performance and outstanding achievements of black entrepreneurs and professionals throughout Britain.
The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London on 6 October 2016. This year’s ceremony promises to eclipse the enormous success generated over the previous two years.
This year’s finalists are an impressive mix of accomplished individuals, ranging from the exceptional musical innovation of Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, Dragons Den winner Chika Russell, world-class Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Miss Samantha Tross and pioneer Managing Director Carol Lake of JP Morgan.
Major sponsors for this year include Baker & McKenzie, Barclays, Bloomberg, Microsoft and Thomson Reuters.
The eighteen-strong judging panel chaired by BBBAwards Co-founder Sophie Chandauka (Executive Director and Chief Operation’s Officer of Morgan Stanley’s Legal and Compliance Division in EMEA), is comprised of business leaders across a wide range of industries and include; Tunji Akintokun (Director, Cisco), Jo Barnett (Director of Social Enterprise, Virgin Money), Tim Campbell MBE (Head of Client Services and Emerging Talent, Alexander Mann Solutions), Vinay Kapoor (UK Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BNP Paribas UK), Vanessa Kingori (Publisher of GQ Magazine Portfolio, Conde Nast UK)and Kenneth Tharp (Chief Executive, The Place),
Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-founder of the BBBAwards commented:
I am delighted to be celebrating another year of incredible BBBAwards finalists. The programme has grown rapidly since its inception and we are honoured to be working with all of our supporters and sponsors to identify and accelerate exceptional BAME talent in the UK workforce. This year we received an unprecedented number of nominations, evidence of the strength of the BAME pipeline and the wealth of talent contributing substantially to the UK’s economy. All of the 2016 finalists are exceptionally talented role models and ambassadors across all of the business sectors, and represent the very best of British industry.
Karen Blackett, Chairwoman, MediaCom and Judge of the Black British Business Awards 2016 commented:
Events like the Black British Business Awards allow people to showcase their talent. They enable people to prove that, no matter where one starts off in life, it is possible to contribute to society in terms of its economic prosperity and achieve personal commercial success. I really hope that the BBBAwards continue for years to come because they themselves represent a significant achievement. Long may I be involved in them as well!
Mark Chamberlain, Director, Diversity & Inclusion of Barclays commented:
Barclays is delighted to sponsor the Black British Business Awards and recognise the significant achievements of talented black men and women on their way to the top. At Barclays we have a range of programmes to develop and support black talent, and our management proudly encourages the building of diverse teams and maximising the skills of all our talent, thus enabling all our colleagues to be their authentic selves and unleash their full potential.
Black British Business Awards 2016 Finalists
Financial Services Leader of the Year
- Ade Adebajo, Head, sub-Saharan Africa (ex-SA), Corporate Client Solutions, UBS.
- Clarence Dixon, COO and Global Head of Loan Services, CBRE.
- Carol Lake, Managing Director, International Markets, Corporate Responsibility, J.P. Morgan.
Financial Services Rising Star
- Rodney Appiah, Senior Investment Manager, Forsight Group.
- Charlene Brown, Legal Counsel, Bank of New York Mellon.
- Chinedum Nzelu, Global Head of Currencies and Emerging Automated Trading, J.P. Morgan.
Media& The Arts Leader of the Year
- Chi-chi Nwanoku, Founder and Artistic Director, Chineke! Foundation.
- Hannah Azieb Pool, Senior Programmer, Contemporary Culture, Southbank Centre.
- Misan Sagay, Screen Writer.
Media, Entertainment & The Arts Rising Star
- Timothy Armoo, CEO, Fanbytes.
- Louise Chandler, Director, Soundbite Media.
- Kojo Marfo, Creative Entrepreneur, My Runway Group.
Professional Services Leader of the Year
- Mduduzi Mswabuki, Partner, Ernst and Young LLP.
- Gavin Stephenson, Managing Director, Accenture Analytics, Accenture UK Ltd.
- Walter H. White Jr, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP.
Professional Services Rising Star
- Claudine Adeyemi, Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP.
- Winnie Annan-Forson, HR Business Partner, Barclays.
- Abeyna Jones, Co-Founder and Medical Director, Medic Footprints.
Consumer & Luxury leader of the Year
- Marcus East, Group Digital Director, Marks and Spencer Plc.
- Saskia Nelson, Founder & Director, Hey Saturday
- Najoh Tita-Reid, VP and Country Division Head at Bayer Consumer Health for UK & Ireland, Bayer plc.
Consumer & Luxury Rising Star
- Ellenor McIntosh, Director of Operations, ACE: Twipes.
- Antony Pink, Co-Founder and COO, Laundrapp.
- Chika Russell, CEO, Chika’s Food Ltd.
- Alicya Sinclair, Founder & Director, Sinclair London.
Entrepreneur Leader of the Year
- Jenny Garrett, Executive Coach, Author, Speaker and Director, Reflexion Associates Limited.
- Damian Melville, Director, Melville & Daughters Funeral Directors.
- Carole Montana, Principle/Owner, Monty’s Montessori School.
Entrepreneur Rising Star
- Mike Anderson, Co-Founder, ClinicJot.
- Ade Hassan, Founder & Director, Nubian Skin.
- Dumi Oburota, Founding Director, Disturbing London Records Limited.
STEM Leader of the Year
- Marcia Boakye-Keating, Oncology Team Leader, Roche Products Limited.
- Ruth Oshikanlu, Managing Director, Pregnancy and New Mum Coach, Goal Mind Limited.
- Leila Thomas, Senior Implementation Project Manager, Thomson Reuters.
- (Dr) Miss Samantha Zoisa Tross, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Jointreplacementsurgery.co.uk
STEM Rising Star
- Patrice Baptice, Doctor, DreamSmartTutors.
- Jonathan Lule, Energy Project Manager, EDF Energy.
- Keisha Ann-marie Smith, Principal Engineer, CGL.
For further information about the Awards, please see: www.thebbbawards.com
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The Black British Business Awards Sponsors for this year include a range of companies representing diverse industries:
Baker & McKenzie
Creative Industries Federation
The judging panel was made up of established entrepreneurs and celebrated senior members of the business community and chaired by Sophie Chandauka, Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer of Morgan Stanley’s Legal and Compliance Division in EMEA.
The panellists are
- Tunji Akintokun, Director, Cisco
- Jonathan Akwue, Chief Executive, UK Lost Boys
- Jo Barnett, Director of Social Enterprise and Virgin Money Giving, Virgin Money
- Karen Blackett OBE, Chairwoman, MediaCom
- Tim Campbell MBE, Head of Client Services, Alexander Mann
- Fiona Darroch, Barrister, 1 Essex Court
- Robert Friend, Global Head of FICC and Foundational Applications, Bloomberg
- Sarah Gregory, Inclusion and Diversity Partner, Baker & Mckenzie
- Donna Herdsman, Business Transformation Executive
- Vinay Kapoor, UK Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BNP Paribas UK
- Vanessa Kingori- Publisher of GQ Magazine Portfolio, Conde Nast UK
- Al Kitchen, IT Director Microsoft
- Oba Nsugbe, QC SAN, Pump Court Chambers
- Dr Sandie Okoro, Global General Counsel, HSBC Global Asset Management HSBC
- David C. Peters, Advisory Board Director, Board Intelligence Ltd
- Ratidzo Starkey, Head of Stakeholder Relations Group, Bank of England
- Daniel Taylor, Managing Director, Metro Design Consultants
- Kenneth Tharp, Chief Executive, The Place