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    Postmasters win Spirit of Community honour at GG2 Leadership Awards

    The sub-postmasters caught up in the Post Office Horizon scandal collected the GG2 Spirit in the Community Award for the courage they showed to clear their names after they were wrongly accused of theft and fraud.

    Four of them – Seema Misra, Vijay Parekh, Vipin Patel and Hasmukh Shingadia – were honoured at the annual GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards, held at London’s Westminster Park Plaza hotel on Tuesday (5).

    Lord Jitesh Gadhia, chairman of the British Asian Trust, was recognised for over three decades of public and community service with the top award – GG2 Hammer Award – at the event.

    After coming to Britain as a refugee from Uganda at the age of two, Lord Gadhia has gone on to lead King Charles’s charitable foundation’s projects in south Asia. He has also been a confidant to prime ministers, cabinet ministers and some of the most senior people in the country.

    Postmasters win Spirit of Community honour at GG2 Leadership Awards
    Lord Jitesh Gadhia with the GG2 Hammer Award at the annual GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards

    Lord Gadhia collected his award in front of the chief guest of the evening, prime minister Rishi Sunak, who said, “there is so much for us to celebrate. I’m proud of our diversity as a nation”.

    The event also saw the unveiling of the GG2 Power List, which profiles the country’s 101 most influential and powerful south Asians in Britain, with Sunak topping the rankings for a third year in a row.

    “I love the GG2 awards – and what an honour it is to be at the top of this phenomenal list,” the prime minster told those in attendance.

    Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards celebrate the achievements of Britain’s ethnic minorities. They are hosted by the Asian Media Group, publishers of Garavi Gujarat and Eastern Eye news weeklies, as well as Asian Trader and Pharmacy Business magazines.

    Postmasters win Spirit of Community honour at GG2 Leadership Awards
    Kalpesh Solanki, group managing editor of Asian Media Group, speaks at the event

    AMG group managing editor, Kalpesh Solanki, said: “These awards were created in 1999 to celebrate and recognise achievements of all ethnic talent, especially those who have broken through glass ceilings and succeeded through adversity.

    “These awards are a show case of the diverse talent in modern Britain and how with hard work and sincere endeavour we can achieve great success.

    “Diversity is critical as it leads to better outcomes. It helps us learn about others and helps us inform and shape our outlook. But more importantly diversity is essential in creating a just and equitable society.”

    In all, there were 24 awards presented on the evening.

    Cadbury and Oreo maker Mondelez International has won the GG2 ED&I Initiative Award, while Bestway Group has been recognised as GG2 Diverse Employer of the Year.

    Emma Locke, Change & Communications Lead, Europe – PEAK, Perfetti Van Melle UK took home the GG2 Diversity Champion of the Year award.

    The GG2 Ram Solanki Beacon Award in honour of the late founder and editor-in-chief of the Asian Media Group was presented to an inspiring individual for their exceptional contribution to Britain and ethnic communities.

    The award’s recipient, Lord Navnit Dholakia, in nearly three decades in the Upper House, has been one of the most active peers, selflessly working for his community and those most in need by participating in all areas of policy.

    With International Women’s Day on Friday (8), it was fitting that a number of remarkable women were recognised for their achievements.

    Sabah Choudhry of Sky News who has led the news agenda on major news stories, including the tragic death of ten-year-old Sara Sharif in August last year, with other outlets following her interviews and analysis, took home the GG2 Young Journalist of the Year Award.

    The GG2 Inspire Award went to Jaswant Kaur Narwal, a chief prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), who was recognised for keeping diversity and inclusion on the agenda and making a positive impact through her work – an inspiring role model for other young, ambitious, and diverse lawyers everywhere.

    Postmasters win Spirit of Community honour at GG2 Leadership Awards
    Nureen Glaves collects the GG2 Achievement Through Adversity Award

    Nureen Glaves shared her incredible personal journey of not letting being partially blind and deaf hold her back in creating Food Me Good, which provides communities with healthy, nutritious and delicious food.

    Glaves set up Food Me Good to improve the health of marginalised communities through nutrition and wellbeing, especially young people and those in the community who struggle with feeding themselves properly. With some help from the Prince’s Trust and through training, Glaves has blazed a trail helping the nation to get healthy alongside raising her own family and overcoming her physical disadvantages.

    She received a huge ovation as she collected the GG2 Achievement Through Adversity Award.

    The winner of the GG2 CEO of the Year Award went to Tharshiny Pankaj, CEO and Academic Registrar of Regent College, London.

    Pankaj, and her husband, Selva, have transformed lives through their “Thinking into Character” concept which guides their approach to education and was first developed as the two charted their way out of employment towards financial independence.

    The Sri Lankan-born executives literally put their ideas about transformative, lifelong and dedicated learning into practice – translating it into structured learning for others – and the results have been spectacular. Regent Group is one of the fastest growing educational bodies in the UK, and the plan is now to take their concept abroad.

    Kamila Hawthorne, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Council was named the GG2 Woman of the Year.

    Hawthorne has been a practitioner and also training young GPs for almost 35 years and has led pioneering research projects looking at health inequalities, diabetes and heart disease, while twice being named GP of the year for her work with minority ethnic communities.

    The GG2 Man of the Year Award went to professor Kiran Patel, group chief medical officer, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

    Despite being a consultant and a much-in-demand cardiologist, Patel also possesses a wealth of experience in managerial roles. He is a recognised leader who has done much work on health inequalities, and back in 2020 he prescribed the very first covid-19 vaccine.

    Postmasters win Spirit of Community honour at GG2 Leadership Awards
    The winners of GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards 2024

    WINNERS LIST

    COMPANY AWARDS:

    GG2 ED&I Initiative Award

    WINNER: Mondelez

    GG2 Advertising Agency of the Year

    WINNER: OMG Unite

    GG2 Marketing Campaign of the Year

    WINNER: Media Reach

    GG2 Diversity Champion of the Year

    WINNER: Emma Locke, Change & Communications Lead, Europe – PEAK, Perfetti Van Melle UK

    GG2 Diverse Employer of the Year

    WINNER: Bestway

    GG2 ED&I Excellence in Law

    WINNER: DWF

    GG2 Police Force of the Year

    WINNER: Thames Valley Police

    GG2 NHS Trust of the Year

    WINNER: North West London University Healthcare Trust

    GG2 Bank of the Year

    WINNER: State Bank of India

    GG2 Ram Solanki Beacon Award

    WINNER: The Rt Hon. the Lord Dholakia OBE DL

    GG2 Spirit in the Community Award supported by Royal Navy

    WINNERS: Sub Postmasters – Seema Misra, Vijay Parekh, Vipin Patel, Hasmukh Shingadia

    GG2 Young Journalist of the Year supported by Daily Mail

    WINNER: Sabah Choudhry, Sky News correspondent, Sky News

    GG2 Business in the Community Award

    WINNER: Vraj, Kamal and Sunil Pankhania, Westcombe Group

    GG2 Inspire Award supported by Bestway

    WINNNER: Jaswant Kaur Narwal, Chief Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service

    GG2 Achievement Through Adversity Award

    WINNER: Nureen Glaves, CEO & Founder, Feed Me Good

    GG2 Young Achiever Award supported by the Royal Air Force

    WINNER: Nahjae Nunes, Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC)

    GG2 Social Entrepreneur of the Year

    WINNER: Koolesh Shah, Founder, Koolesh Shah Foundation

    GG2 Outstanding Achievement in Medicine Award supported by RandalSun Capital

    WINNER: Dr Hadi Manji MA MD FRCP, Consultant Neurologist and Associate Professor, University College London

    GG2 CEO of the Year

    WINNER: Tharshiny Pankaj, Co-founder and CEO of Regent Group

    GG2 Blossom Award supported by RHS

    WINNER: Bixley Fields Allotments

    GG2 Embrace Award supported by National Trust

    WINNER: Jaffer Kapasi OBE, Managing Director & Consul General of the Republic of Uganda, J.A.Kapasi & Co. Ltd

    GG2 Woman of the Year supported by Westcombe Group

    WINNER: Professor Kamila Hawthorne MBE, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners

    GG2 Man of the Year supported by The Fairview Hotel Collection

    WINNER: Professor Kiran Patel, Group Chief Medical Officer, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

    GG2 Hammer Award in association with pladis

    WINNER: Lord Jitesh Gadhia

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