Our colleagues shortlisted for five prizes at the G15 Ethnicity in Housing Awards

The hard work and commitment of our colleagues has been celebrated in five categories at the inaugural G15 Ethnicity in Housing Awards.
G15 EDI Awards 2022
We were delighted to receive 22 nominations from across the business, showing that this is a subject we really do care about.
The event took place at the Museum of London Docklands on Wednesday May 11 and celebrated the contribution of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic People in Housing.

A2Dominion’s operational department put forward several extraordinary people who had shown real initiative and drive around improving diversity in the sector.

We were delighted to receive 22 nominations from across the business, showing that this is a subject we really do care about.

The 22 were shortlisted down to five finalists by our Equality Diversity and Inclusion steering board.

The finalists attended the ceremony on Wednesday evening, along with representatives from our Equality Diversity and Inclusion Network.

The shortlisted nominees narrowly missed out on claiming an award, but we remain extremely proud of their contributions to this important subject. Here is what they have achieved:

Category: Resident hero
Our nominee: Errol Grant (resident)

Errol has set up sports coaching and mentoring sessions for children in his community. When this had to go on hold because of Covid, he switched to distributing food to support his community during this difficult time. He has also helped customers access things such as laptops for home schooling.

Category: Lifetime achievement
Our nominee: Coretta Scott (resident and member of Customer Services Committee)

Coretta was one of the winners of our enterprise programme in 2017 and has launched her own business. She now supports other customers who are on the programme.

Category: Future leader
Our nominee: Sonam Lotay - Financial Compliance Business Partner

Sonam has developed her skills and experience in her current role and has taken on additional responsibilities. One key project she worked on was to develop an improved system for equity mortgages and leaseholder loans.

Category: Supportive colleague
Our nominee: Valentina Stone - 1st Line Service Desk Team Leader

Valentina is a worthy nominee. She was the founder member of DIAG (which has become Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network), as well as a driving force for the energy and engagement that the group has achieved. Highlights include carrying out a survey to shape the new ED&I strategy.

Category: Staff racial equality action group
Our nominee: Residential services working group on access to opportunities programme: Jacqueline McLeod, Alma Kaca, Crystal Teixeira, Marj Johnson, Jennifer Nwaigwe

The group carried out a number of focus groups and workshops to understand and address concerns around inequality of access to opportunities across the department, through focus groups and workshops. They then developed a new programme as a result of their research which included career development, secondment opportunities and a leadership programme.

Well done to all our entries and nominees, and keep up the good work.