Home Secretary Javid also tops this year’s GG2 Power List, profiling the 101 most influential Asians in Britain
The landmark 20th anniversary GG2 Leadership Awards saw a double triumph for Sajid Javid MP. The Home Secretary was honoured with the Hammer Award, an accolade presented to a high achieving individual who has shattered the proverbial glass ceiling. The GG2 Leadership Awards showcase ethnic achievement, talent and leadership in the UK.
On receiving the Hammer Award, Britain’s first Asian Home Secretary Javid said:
“It is an incredible honour to be the first Asian Home Secretary in our country’s history – and I’m immensely proud to get an award in acknowledgement of breaking the glass ceiling.
I want to pay tribute to all the nominees and winners. They are inspirational role models who represent their communities and epitomise ethnic achievement, talent and leadership in Britain.”
Sajid Javid also topped this year’s GG2 Power List, a glossy annual publication which is revealed every year on the night of the GG2 Leadership Awards and profiles the 101 most influential Asians in Britain.
New entries this year include TV personality Jameela Jamil, comedian Romesh Ranganathan and BBC presenter Anita Rani. Notable climbers from last year’s GG2 Power List include Brexit campaigner Gina Miller, who rises to no.10 this year, veteran TV couple Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal (14) and Sir Rabinder Singh (4), a Court of Appeal Judge.
On a glittering evening hosted by British TV and radio presenter June Sarpong at London’s Park Plaza Westminster, some of the UK’s most prominent community leaders and achievers were celebrated.
Winners of the GG2 Leadership Awards include –
Man of the Year Neil Basu, assistant commissioner of specialist operations for the Metropolitan Police, who also features as a new entry at no.3 on the GG2 Power List. Basu took up this position earlier this year and is responsible for leading counter-terrorism policing nationally, widely regarded as the toughest job in British policing.
Woman of the Year award winner Professor Neena Modi, Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College London;
Pride of Britain Award winner Dame Pratibha Gai, Professor and Chair of Electron Microscopy at the University of York.
Established by Britain’s biggest Asian publishing house, the Asian Media Group (AMG), the GG2 Leadership Awards brought together an array of luminaries, celebrities and distinguished guests on a night of celebration and recognition.
TV personalities Richard Blackwood and Hardeep Singh Kohli, chart-topping producer Naughty Boy, reality TV stars Jasmin Walia and Talulah Eve all attended the black-tie ceremony.
Shailesh Solanki, Executive Editor, Asian Media Group added: “This year’s winners are an exceptional group of individuals who have excelled in their relevant sectors and have become successful and inspirational role models for their
communities and wider communities around the UK. The GG2 Leadership Awards, now celebrating its 20th year, remain an important event which celebrates diversity
in the UK. Our nominees and winners have shown tremendous
achievements which have made a positive impact on the country.
“Sajid Javid is an incredible role model to young people all over the country and has been a fantastic Home Secretary. He is indeed a very worthy winner of our top honour, the GG2 Hammer Award. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of this year’s awards and to all who have established themselves in this year’s GG2 Power List.”
This year’s nominees and winners come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and professionals from in the fields of business, politics, creative arts, media, medicine and law were celebrated.
The GG2 Leadership Awards and the reveal of the GG2 Power List were a culmination of a day in which the GG2 Diversity Conference also took place and saw both corporate and community leaders come together to discuss the importance of diversity, inclusion and representation in the UK on a variety of panels.
GG2 Leadership Awards 2018 – The Full list of awards and nominees:
- GG2 Spirit in the Community Award supported by Royal Navy
Awarded to an individual or organisation for outstanding work in the community.
Mouhssin Ismail, Principal, Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre
- GG2 Young Journalist of the Year supported by The Daily Mail
Awarded for outstanding work in the media.
Ellena Cruse, Reporter, Ilford Recorder
- GG2 Media & Creative Arts Award supported by Hearst
Awarded for exemplary achievement in the creative industries.
Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, Artistic Director, Young Vic Theatre
- GG2 Inspire Award supported by The British Army
Presented to an individual or organisation for outstanding work in the community, which has served to inspire young people.
Naheed Afzal, Co-Founder and Director, Contracts IT
- GG2 Achievement through Adversity
Awarded to an individual who has achieved a high level of success despite difficult
Muzoon Almellehan, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Dr Tirej Brimo, Junior Doctor, University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust
Allan Hennessy, Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard Law School and Future Pupil Barrister at Brick Court Chambers (Joint winners)
- GG2 Young Achiever Award supported by Royal Air Force
Presented to a young person aged 35 or under who has demonstrated outstanding
leadership, brings about change and who is an inspiration to communities.
Dr Priyanka Joshi, Research Fellow, Downing College, University of Cambridge
- GG2 Outstanding Achievement in Medicine supported by Newby Teas
Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of medicine.
Professor Jaspal Kooner, Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Cardiology, Northwest London NHS Trust and Imperial College London
- GG2 Outstanding Achievement in Law
Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the legal profession.
Imran Khan QC, Partner, Imran Khan & Partners
- GG2 Pride of Britain Award supported by Sun Mark Limited
Awarded to an individual for outstanding contribution to society.
Dame Professor Pratibha Gai, Professor and Chair of Electron Microscopy, University of York
- Eastern Eye Editor’s Award supported by Eastern Eye
Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to multicultural Britain. This award is presented by the editors of Eastern Eye newspaper.
Harris Bokhari OBE, Founder, Patchwork Foundation
- GG2 Editor’s Award supported by Asian Media Group
Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to multicultural Britain. This award is presented by the editors of Asian Media Group.
Rt Hon David Lammy MP, MP for Tottenham
- GG2 Woman of the Year supported by Edwardian Hotels London
Awarded to an individual for consistent high achievement.
Professor Neena Modi, Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London
- GG2 Man of the Year supported by Sun and Sand
Awarded to an individual for consistent high achievement.
Neil Basu, Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service
- GG2 Hammer Award supported by Asian Media Group
Awarded to an individual who has broken through the glass ceiling.
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Home Secretary
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