A unique programme, backed by NFRS, aimed at making leadership in Nottingham more diverse and representative has been recognised at the National Diversity Awards - beating off competition from 24,584 nominations to make it through to the shortlist of just 124.
The Future Leaders of Nottingham programme which is led by the Renewal Trust, alongside NFRS and other partner agencies, was shortlisted for its contribution to equality, diversity and inclusion in the UK.
It was set up to make leadership in the city more diverse and representative, across the private, public and voluntary sectors, by discovering and developing future leaders from identified under-represented groups, including race, ethnicity, disability and sexuality.
The awards were held this year at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on Friday September 14 and they were attended by Jazz Hayer (pictured at the event), Watch Manager in the Prevention Team at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.
He said: “I was honoured to attend the ceremony this year and represent NFRS as I was on the very first programme which ran three years ago.
“For the Renewal Trust to be shortlisted is a real honour and a testament to the amazing work they do.”
The Future Leaders programme identifies and develops individuals with leadership potential, rather than simply managerial experience.
It’s free for individuals, as places are paid for by the participants’ employers, so there’s no financial barrier to taking part.
Through the programme, Nottingham’s Future Leaders get the chance to experience leadership at the highest level, while gaining the knowledge and skills to become a transformational leader, through masterclasses, mentoring, coaching and peer networks.
Cherry Underwood, CEO at The Renewal Trust said: “By creating a stronger, more representative group of leaders across Nottingham’s private, public and voluntary sectors, who have grown by working and collaborating with each other, we’ll help to enhance Nottingham’s standing as an influential 21st century city in the UK.
“It’s great that the programme has stood out among thousands of nominations to make the final of the UK’s biggest diversity awards and we’re humbled to be considered alongside an inspiring shortlist of individuals and community organisations, working hard to combat injustice and discrimination across the UK, from freedom fighters and domestic violence campaigners to trans rights activists.”
To view the full shortlist, click here.
To find out more about the Future Leaders of Nottingham programme click here.
To find out more about the National Diversity Awards click here.