The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation

What are the aims of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation (MBDL Foundation) ? 

This is an award winning non-profit organisation launched by Miranda Brawn, one of the UK’s leading diversity champions, to help Black, Asian and Minority Ethnics (BAME) future leaders become a success while increasing all forms of diversity & equality (including race) in Britain and beyond.

The UK Prime Minister has personally praised and presented an award for making UK history by launching the first diversity lecture aimed at schoolchildren and the next generation via The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation. The Foundation has also been personally praised by The Prince of Wales.

Why is The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation’s work important?

Our workplaces are lacking in diversity with an absence of BAME, gender, age, disability, LGBT and social mobility representation which has an impact at all levels of the organisation. With a particular focus on race diversity, it is necessary to develop a pipeline of BAME talent in the 21st century.

– 1 in 8 of the working population is from a BAME background. Yet only 1 in 10 are in the workplace.

– Only 1 in 16 top management positions are held by an ethnic minority person.

– Ethnic diversity in British boardrooms lags almost two decades behind female representation at the top level with less than 2% of British directors from a BAME background.


Our Patrons (in alphabetical order):

Our Patrons have pioneers within the diversity space for several decades.

Dame Fiona Woolf DBE

Dame Fiona Woolf DBE is a British corporate lawyer.  Woolf qualified as a solicitor in 1973 and worked as an assistant at Clifford Chance until 1978. She then moved to CMS Cameron McKenna where she became the firm’s first female partner[3] in 1981.

She served as the Lord Mayor of London (2013-14), acting as global ambassador for UK-based financial and business services. Woolf served as president of the Law Society of England and Wales for 2006–07. She has held and still holds many other significant positions in the City of London. She is the Chancellor of the University of Law.

Dame Jocelyn Barrow DBE 

Dame Jocelyn Barrow DBE is the Director for UK Development at Focus Consultancy Ltd. She was the first black woman to be a governor of the BBC and was founder and Deputy Chair of the Broadcasting Standards Council.

Barrow was a founding member and General Secretary of Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (CARD)  which is the organisation responsible for the Race Relations Act of 1968.  She was instrumental in the establishment of the North Atlantic Slavery Gallery and the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool. She was a Trustee of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside and a Governor of the British Film Institute.


Our work includes:

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship

Annual Scholarships are awarded providing funding, guidance and work experience for our next generation of young Black Asian Minority Ethnics (BAME) leaders to successfully pursue their education and careers.

Through these scholarships, the following will be awarded to student(s) between the ages of 14-21 years old, from an Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background:

– An amount up to £1,000.00.
– One-to-One Mentoring sessions.
– CV advice and work experience.
– VIP access to “The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture”.

What is the Eligibility Criteria for The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship?

To be eligible for the “Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship” a student must:
– Be attending school, college or university in the UK on a full-time basis.
– Proven academic excellence.
– Submit a fully completed application form (with an optional CV) and 100 words on the following theme: “What does Diversity mean to Me.” This is an opportunity to share your experience and/or ideas on diversity.
– Have an Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background aged between 14-21 years.

What is the Scholarship application process?

– Recipients of the Scholarships will be chosen annually based on their exemplary academic performance and demonstrable interest in diversity.

– The Application Form must be completed in full in order to be considered as per the instructions at the back of the form.

– Applications are submitted via email.

– The Judging Panel selects the winners of the scholarships.

– Successful applications will be informed on the day of the lecture.

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture is held during the month of October. The aims are to raise the awareness of diversity and equality with the next generation of future leaders followed by The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship award ceremony. The Sponsor and Host for the 2016 and 2017 Lecture are The University of Law.

It will celebrate some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of our next generation of BAME leaders from across the UK. Britain’s best BAME future talent will come together for an inspiring event while learning more about the creation of a more diverse and inclusive workplace to enable future success.

Mentoring & Coaching Programmes

This is a service where resources, experiences and advice are shared to speed up the success process for the next generation.

Access to top diverse talent

We have access to a wide network of diverse talent especially from a BAME background which can assist organisations and individuals seeking to adopt competitive recruitment strategies.

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship & Annual Lecture Timeline:

– 29th March – Applications open

– 29th June – Applications close at midnight

– 7th August – Judging finalised

– 21st October – Winners announced at The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture

Judging Panel 2017

The esteemed judging panel are leaders at the top of their profession across a range of industries who are passionate about increasing diversity and supporting our work (in alphabetical order):

– Afua Hirsch (Barrister, Journalist and TV Presenter)

– Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, FRAM, FTCL (Founder, Artistic & Executive Director Chineke)

– Darren Allaway (Managing Director at UBS Wealth Management)

– Heather Melville (Director at Royal Bank of Scotland plc)

– Cllr Jacqui Dwyer MBE (Local Councillor in Lambeth)

– James De Sausmarez (Director and Head of Investment Trusts at Henderson Global Investors and Common Councilman for Candlewick Ward, City of London)

– Jo Sidhu QC (Barrister at  25 Bedford Row)

– Katherine Galliano (Director, People and Culture at Vision Fund International)

– Dr Mohammed Hashi (Founder of  Brixton Soup Kitchen, chair at Pan-London Stop and Search Community Monitoring Network)

– Mohan Yogendran (Director at Rockpools)

– Nicholas Cheffings (Global Chair at Hogan Lovells)

– Pauline Miller (Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Lloyd’s of London)

– Paul Sesay (Founder of National Diversity Awards)

– Patrick Vernon OBE (Founder of Every Generation Media and Chair of The Labour Party’s Race Equality Advisory Group)-

– Sarah Blomfield (Managing Director at Rothschilds)

– Simon Dowson-Collins (General Counsel at Harper Collins)

– Suki Sandhu (CEO of Outstanding)


Judging Panel 2016

– Andrew Palmer (CEO of Aston Martin)

– Catherine McGregor (Editor-in-Chief of General Counsel Publishing at The Legal 500)

– Darren Allaway (Managing Director of UBS Wealth Management)

– Dawn Hill (Chair of the Black Cultural Archives)

– Gavin Prentice (Board Director at Levmet Holdings Ltd)

– Jessica Huie MBE (Founder of Color Blind Cards and JH Public Relations)

– Julie Chakraverty (Non-Executive Director for Aberdeen Asset Management)

– Kim Hollis QC (Director of Public Prosecutions of the British Virgin Islands and 25 Bedford Row)

– Lauren Riley (Founder & CEO of The Link App and Ex-BBC Apprentice 2015)

– Liz Rivers (Women’s Leadership Coach, Mediator and former City lawyer)

– Michael Parkinson (Group CFO & Head of Compliance for DC Advisory)

– Dr Michael Togobo (Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Airedale General Hospital)

– Nicholas Cheffings (Global Chair of Hogan Lovells)

– Tolu Osinibi (Head of FCMB Capital Markets Limited)

– Vanessa Valley (Managing Director of We Are The City).


Media links relating to our work:

A handful of media links highlighting the work of the Foundation.

Support the work of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation

You can make donations and gifts to the Foundation to the following bank account.

The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation
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We have several sponsorship opportunities where organisations and individuals can help the work of the Foundation.

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