Society Treble Winners at National Diversity Awards

Yorkshire Building Society has been crowned winners in three categories at the National Centre for Diversity Grand Awards 2019.

The Bradford based Society, which was shortlisted in five categories, won the awards in the UK Employee of the Year 2019, Chief Executive of the Year and Diversity Steering Group of the Year categories.

Diversity champions

Craig Downing collected the award for UK Employee of the Year for his exceptional work as a diversity champion within the Society and Mike Regnier picked up the Chief Executive of the Year Award for his commitment to pursuing a diversity and inclusion agenda in the workplace.

The other shortlisted categories were UK’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Lead of the Year 2019 and Large Business of the Year 2019. The Society also received its Investors in Diversity accreditation on the night.

The judges acknowledged the winners’ passion, dedication and commitment in creating an inclusive workplace at Yorkshire Building Society for its colleagues and customers.

Mike Regnier, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Building Society, said:

It was a real honour to win these awards, and shows how far we have come in embracing diversity and inclusion within our organisation and our commitment to continued improvement. This external recognition of our diversity and inclusion programme is down to the hard work and dedication of a large number of our colleagues and I would like to thank everyone involved as it wouldn’t have been possible without them. It was a great night and we were thrilled to be shortlisted, so to come home with three awards was the icing on the cake.

Solat Chaudhry, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Diversity, who hosted the awards, said:

Congratulations and well done for the hard work Yorkshire Building Society has put into their diversity journey so far. What better way than to be recognised by peers and those travelling in the same direction towards the common goal of fairness in the workplace. It is hugely motivational.

Annual diversity index

The Society also moved up 39 places in the UK Top 100 to 57 in the annual index.

The annual Index covers the UK’s private, public and third sectors, employing thousands of people across the country, celebrates the contributions of the most committed people and organisations which promote Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement.

Now in its fourth year, the Top 100 Index listing is put together as a result of a company survey sent to all employees from companies that work towards the NCFD’s Investors in Diversity or Leaders in Diversity accreditations.


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