The 2014 finalists have been announced for the prestigious BBBAwards, which celebrate the outstanding contributions and achievements of black businesses and their people operating within the UK.
Co-founded in 2012 by Melanie Eusebe and Sophie Chandauka to recognise and promote the admirable progress of individual Black British business people, the 2014 BBBAwards ceremony will be held October 2nd at Grange City Hotel, Tower Hill.
Nominations took place earlier in the year for seven award categories. Within each category an award will be presented to one Leader ('Outstanding manager of significant projects or budget(s) or strategy or people, an inspiration') and to one Rising Star ('a Black Briton aged under 28 who is excelling in their business career, the one to watch'). A single overall award for Entrepreneur of the Year will also be given to 'a Black British Entrepreneur operating their own business for over 18 months.' The 2014 finalists are as follows:
Leader Diane Greenidge, Deputy Chief Administration Officer – Europe, BNY Mellon Pamela Hutchinson, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer EMEA and APAC, Northern Trust Trevor Williams, Chief Economist, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking
Jennifer Mensah, Analyst, Goldman Sachs International Funke Omisore, Sponsor Supervision Associate, UK Listing Authority Lorraine Wright, Director, UBS
Fast-Moving Consumer Goods
Constance Jackson, General Manager – Europe, Fashion Fair Beauty Products Ltd Wilfred Emmanuel Jones, Founder, The Black Farmer Tumi Soyinka, Senior Product Manager, L’Oréal
Fioye Akinsola, Head of Operations/Director, Virgos Lounge Limited
Timi Dorgu, Regional Sales Manager, London, L’Oréal Ike Sikuade, Founder, Showerella
Infrastructure and Manufacturing
Myrtle Dawes, Director of Projects, Centrica E&P (UK and Netherlands) Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, Chief Executive, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) David Waboso CBE, Capital Programmes Director, London Underground Ltd
Tobi Lawal, Business Development Manager, BP
Jim Lenga-Kroma, Human Resources Graduate, RWE npower Naomi Williams-Taylor, Business Development Associate, Metro Design Consultants
Media and the Arts
Darcus Beese, President, Island Records Arit Eminue, Director, DiVA Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp OBE, Chief Executive, The Place (Contemporary Dance Trust)
Joanna Abeyie, Founder and Director, Shine Media Ltd Barbara Njau, Editor, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, fDi Magazine, The Financial Times Sebastian Thiel, Film Director/Founder, Upshot Entertainment
Margaret Casely-Hayford, Chairman, Action Aid UK Trevor James, London Office Managing Partner, Morrison and Foerster (UK) LLP Tom Shropshire, Partner, Linklaters LLP
Chike Eduputa, Consultant Analyst, PA Consulting Group Alieu Fofanah, Africa Business Group Lead, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and CEO, Go-Getters Melba Mwanje, Founder and Trustee, SE1 United
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Space Scientist and Science Communicator, UCL and Science Innovation Ltd Tunji Akintokun, Director, Middle East, Africa, Russia and CIS, Cisco Rashada Harry, Director, Your Future, Your Ambition Dr Uchenna Okoye, Clinical Director, London Smiling Dental Group
Anne-Marie Imafidon, Head Stemette, Stemettes Sonny Kombo, Graduate Civil Engineer, Transport for London Amie Samba, Fitness Mentor, Run Fun Starz
Michael Barrington-Hibbert, Managing Partner, Barrington Hibbert Associates Piers Linney, Co-CEO, Outsourcery PLC Andrew Osayemi, Managing Director, MTA Productions Ltd
Stefan Knight, Managing Director, JSJ Electrical Contractors Linda Mutunga, Founder, Syo Kai Philip Poku, Founder/Director, Young Graduates Day Nursery
Congratulations to all of the finalists!