10th Annual Precious Awards: meet the winners

“I would like to congratulate all the finalists in the PRECIOUS Awards. It is so important that we celebrate the talent and achievement in our community. Black and Asian women are contributing more and more to the British economy particularly in business. I wish you all well.” Theresa May, PM

The winners of the 10 th PRECIOUS Awards 2016

The PRECIOUS Entrepreneur of the Year

Heidy Rehman, Founder & Managing Director, Rose & Willard

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Winners! Florence Adepoju – Founder, MDMflow

Runners up

Alexis Oladipo – Director, Gym Bites

Simone Robinson – Founder, outcast29

Social Enterprise of the Year

Winner! Nicola Dady – Chair and Founder of Don’t Forget the Kids Charity

Runners up

Phinnah Chichi Ikeji – Founder, Inspiring Ten2Teens C.I.C

Nadine Denneth – Founder & Director, N.ableD

Outstanding woman in professional services

Winner! Dr Nicola Rollock – Deputy Director, Centre for Research in Race & Education, University of Birmingham

Runners up

Ruth Oshikanlu – Executive Director, Goal Mind Limited

Sandra Pollock, CEO – Open Mind Training & Development Ltd

Start Up Business of the Year

Winners! Precious Jason – Etie’no Skincare Ltd

Runners up

Cynthia V Davis – BAME Recruitment Ltd

Sandra Brown-Pinnock – Xsandy’s Hair & Beauty

Outstanding Woman in Banking and Finance

Winner! Bukola Adisa – Global Head of Financial Crime Assurance at RBS


Khalia Newell – Risk and Control Global Middle Office, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Abi Agidee-Adekunle – Business Director, London Academy of Excellence

Rupal Kantaria – Social Impact Program Manager, Oliver Wyman

The PRECIOUS Leadership Award.

Winner! Trishna Bharadia – Multiple Sclerosis and Disability Awareness Advocate

Winner! Natascha Jesuvant – Store Manager, Hemel Hempstead, Tesco

Runners up

Jade Coles – Events Program Manager & Cultural Producer, Soho House

Dr Sharleene Bibbings – Policy and Development Manager, Lambeth Council

Outstanding woman in sport

Winner! Michelle Moore – Moore Development Consultancy

Runners up

Diane Modahl – former Olympian and founder and CEO of the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation

Manisha Tailor – Founder, Swaggarlicious

Creative Industries Business of the Year

Winner! Rose & Willard

Lunga Yeni, Artistic Director and writer, Break-Thru Productions

Sade Salami, Founder/Director, Fresh Strawberry

Outstanding woman in STEM

Winner! Dr Nora S Vyas, Associate Professor TEL Faculty Champion, Kingston University London


Dr. Patrice Baptiste, Founder of DreamSmartTutors

Marcia Boakye, Oncology Team Lead (Pharma Development, Biometrics, Clinical Data Management), Roche Products Limited

Dr Safia Barikzai, Senior Lecturer and Enterprise Champion, London South Bank University

Outstanding Woman in the Public Sector

Winner! Diane Ashiru-Oredope, Pharmacist Lead, AMR Programme, Public Health England

Runners up

Maxine Albert, Deputy Head of Diversity and Inclusion, House of Commons

Karlene Akindele, Project Lead – Career development programme for female and BME staff, Barts

Frances Morounke Byron , Senior HR Business Partner, Barnet & Southgate College

Outstanding Woman in Retail

Bukky Bird- Executive Director to Group CEO, Tesco plc

Runners – up

Lisa Maynard Atem – Social Media Manager, Harrods

Fumbi Chima – Chief Information Officer, Burberry

The PRECIOUS Man of the Year

Winner! Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

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