SThree's Gary Elden honoured at Black British Business Awards
The fifteen judges have announced that the Black British Business Person of 2015 is Gary Elden, Chief Executive of SThree.
Tom Lawal, a barrister at Birmingham’s St Ives Chambers won the prestigious Leader of the Year award in Professional Services and Nneka Orji, Chief of Staff Office of the Chairman at Deloitte, won the Rising Star Award in Professional Services. Both awards were sponsored by KPMG.
The Black British Business Awards, founded by Melanie Eusebe and Sophie Chandauka, celebrate and promote the significant contribution by black professionals in business in the United Kingdom. In its second year, the awards recognises both established leaders and rising stars in finance, science, technology, engineering, professional services, consumer & retail and individual entrepreneurs.
Tom Lawal, a Birmingham based Barrister was called to the Bar in 2008 and joined Chambers in 2009 where he has sat on the Equality and Diversity Committees since 2011. Tom has been a visiting lecturer in law at the University of Law since 2012. In 2014, he was elected by his fellow members of Chambers to sit on the Pupillage and Tenancy committee.
As Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chairman at Deloitte Nneka Orjiis heavily involved in supporting career advancement of ethnic minorities and women within Deloitte. Aside from her official responsibilities she informally mentors four junior colleagues, is a school Governor and works a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women - having supported female entrepreneurs in Israel and Nigeria. In addition, Nneka is a Social Mobility Foundation mentor and regular contributor to women's magazine 'Women Mean Business'.
Sir Trevor McDonald was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his ground breaking career in journalism. Sir Trevor remains one on the UK’s most popular journalists having inspired many other journalists who have come after him.