Harris Westminster shortlisted for UK Social Mobility Awards

HWSF has been shortlisted for School/College of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards 2019

The third iteration of the UK Social Mobility Awards have received an incredible response with the recently announced shortlist containing 57 unique organisations chosen from 115 submitting organisations. The Awards celebrate and recognise the forward-thinking organisations developing initiatives to promote social mobility, either within their own workforces or by influencing the debate from beyond their own walls. By raising awareness and celebrating the people and organisations that are committed to bringing about change, together we can advance the practical implementation of social mobility in this country.

The Awards, which are in association with Capita, received an impressive array of entries. The shortlist represents a range of sectors and industries that have demonstrated excellence in their social mobility initiatives.

The judging panel includes prominent figures from business, charity, politics and the public sector and is chaired by HM Lord Lieutenant of London, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE. They will determine the winners, who will be announced at an awards gala on 10th October 2019.

Tunde Banjoko OBE - Chief Executive and Founder of the UK Social Mobility Awards and Making The Leap, the charity that runs the Awards, said:

“We are delighted to have shortlisted our third cohort of finalists for the UK Social Mobility Awards, having received entries from many fantastic organisations and individuals. The Awards were created to encourage organisations across the UK to see social mobility as a business imperative and embed core strategies to advance it. While we celebrate the finalists, we are clear that this is a conversation and a movement for everybody.”

The shortlist for the 2019 UK Social Mobility Awards is as follows:

Organisation of the Year             

  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Grant Thornton UK
  • Willmott Dixon
  • Civil Service Fast Stream and Early Talent


  • Rothschild & Co
  • Accenture
  • Siemens
  • Fremantle
  • Bauer Media
  • Kier

Leadership of the Year                 

  • Buildforce
  • BPP University
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Stafford Long
  • DWP
  • Ministry of Justice

Recruitment Programme of the Year

  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Office of the Public Guardian
  • Aon
  • Ashurst LLP
  • Mayer Brown International LLP
  • Greene King

Progression Programme of the Year

  • Google UK
  • Rexel UK Limited
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • United Utilities
  • WM Morrisons Supermarkets PLC

Community Programme of the Year

  • Nissan Motor Manufacturing
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • Sweco
  • HM Revenue and Customs
  • Reed Smith

School/College of the Year

  • Harris Westminster Sixth Form
  • Southmoor Academy
  • Latymer Upper School
  • Reigate Grammar School
  • Christ's Hospital
  • Bodmin College

University of the Year

  • Kingston University
  • Middlesex University
  • University of Worcester
  • The Open University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Newcastle University

Individual Categories

Champion of the Year                   

  • Malcolm Gomersall - Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE - Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Will Richardson - PwC
  • David Bates - Marks & Spencer
  • Tia Castagno - Vizeum
  • Sandra Wallace - DLA Piper

Mentor of the Year                        

  • Franklin Asante - Coutts
  • Lerato Marema - Deloitte
  • Geraldine Clement - Cabinet Office
  • Claire Preston - ENGIE
  • Julie Lindsay - Office of the Public Guardian
  • Meryem Ertac - PwC

Rising Star                                          

  • Leticia Nascimento - KPMG UK
  • Milambo Makani – FreshfieldsBruckhaus Deringer
  • Matthew Campling - Linklaters LLP
  • Nadia Mensah - PwC
  • Louisa Burden-Garabedian - Penguin Random House UK
  • Ashley Daniells - RPC

The UK Social Mobility Awards is organised by leading Social Mobility charity Making The Leap, who have supported over 50,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds since 1993.

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