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Richard Shakespeare Nominated for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Richard Shakespeare, Managing Director of Workplace Diversity Solutions based in Coalville, has been nominated for a Positive Role Model award at The National Diversity Awards 2018.

The breathtaking setting of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral is the venue for this year’s awards, to be held on 14th September. Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from grassroots communities.

The prestigious black-tie event recognises nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

Richard Shakespeare is the Managing Director of Workplace Diversity Solutions, a specialist company providing diversity and inclusion learning solutions to some of the country’s largest businesses.

During 2009 Richard was made redundant from the financial services sector. Over the following 12 months, Richard would complete almost 2,000 job applications in a tireless effort to secure employment. Richard's main goal was to give something to society and make his family proud.

After spending over £1,000 on stamps and attending hundreds of interviews, Richard decided to become self-employed and work towards building a more inclusive society.

Having lived with a disability since birth, Richard is able to offer a unique insight into the challenges faced by consumers with a disability.

Microsoft and Direct Line were 2017 headline sponsors of the UK’s largest diversity awards, attracting a growing list of supporters including Sir Lenny Henry, Graham Norton and Katie Piper.

Olympic diver Tom Daley said:

“The National Diversity Awards is a true celebration. A celebration of role models and community organisations who are having a huge impact on people lives. Everybody who has been nominated and shortlisted is striving towards making society better for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, faith, religion, sexual orientation or disability. I would like to wish all nominees the very best of luck at this year’s National Diversity Awards.”

The Last Leg star Adam Hills and Child Prodigy Joshua Beckford received accolades at the last event.

The National Diversity Awards receives over 20,000 nominations and votes annually. Founder & CEO Paul Sesay said:

“After an eye-opening year we look to those who represent progress, spirit and resilience. As we enter our 7th awards season, the game changers and peace makers who remain unheard will shine under the spotlight and reach every section of society with their passion and positivity. I look forward to learning about this year’s nominees and witnessing their spectacular journeys.”

Nominations are now open and close on June 1st 2018 - so don’t miss out on your chance to get involved!You can vote for Richard here: https://nominate.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/Nominate/endorse/32487


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