Home Secretary Sajid Javid wins at GG2 Leadership Awards

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The landmark 20th anniversary GG2 Leadership Awards saw a double triumph for Sajid Javid MP. The Home Secretary was honoured with the Hammer Award, an accolade presented to a high achieving individual who has shattered the proverbial glass ceiling. The GG2 Leadership Awards showcase ethnic achievement, talent and leadership in the UK.

On receiving the Hammer Award, Britain’s first Asian Home Secretary Javid said: “It is an incredible honour to be the first Asian Home Secretary in our country’s history – and I’m immensely proud to get an award in acknowledgement of breaking the glass ceiling.

I want to pay tribute to all the nominees and winners. They are inspirational role models who represent their communities and epitomise ethnic achievement, talent and leadership in Britain.”

Sajid Javid also topped this year’s GG2 Power List, a glossy annual publication which is revealed every year on the night of the GG2 Leadership Awards and profiles the 101 most influential Asians in Britain.

New entries this year include TV personality Jameela Jamil, comedian Romesh Ranganathan and BBC presenter Anita Rani. Notable climbers from last year’s GG2 Power List include Brexit campaigner Gina Miller, who rises to no.10 this year, veteran TV couple Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal (14) and Sir Rabinder Singh (4), a Court of Appeal Judge.

On a glittering evening hosted by British TV and radio presenter June Sarpong at London’s Park Plaza Westminster, some of the UK’s most prominent community leaders and achievers were celebrated.

GG2 Leadership Awards 2018 – The Full list of awards and nominees:

GG2 Spirit in the Community Award supported by Royal Navy
Awarded to an individual or organisation for outstanding work in the community.
Mouhssin Ismail, Principal, Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre

GG2 Young Journalist of the Year supported by The Daily Mail
Awarded for outstanding work in the media.
Ellena Cruse, Reporter, Ilford Recorder

GG2 Media & Creative Arts Award supported by Hearst
Awarded for exemplary achievement in the creative industries.
Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, Artistic Director, Young Vic Theatre

GG2 Inspire Award supported by The British Army
Presented to an individual or organisation for outstanding work in the community, which has served to inspire young people.
Naheed Afzal, Co-Founder and Director, Contracts IT

GG2 Achievement through Adversity
Awarded to an individual who has achieved a high level of success despite difficult
circumstances.
Muzoon Almellehan, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Dr Tirej Brimo, Junior Doctor, University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust
Allan Hennessy, Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard Law School and Future Pupil Barrister at Brick Court Chambers (Joint winners)

GG2 Young Achiever Award supported by Royal Air Force
Presented to a young person aged 35 or under who has demonstrated outstanding
leadership, brings about change and who is an inspiration to communities.
Dr Priyanka Joshi, Research Fellow, Downing College, University of Cambridge

GG2 Outstanding Achievement in Medicine supported by Newby Teas
Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of medicine.
Professor Jaspal Kooner, Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Cardiology, Northwest London NHS Trust and Imperial College London

GG2 Outstanding Achievement in Law
Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the legal profession.
Imran Khan QC, Partner, Imran Khan & Partners

GG2 Pride of Britain Award supported by Sun Mark Limited
Awarded to an individual for outstanding contribution to society.
Dame Professor Pratibha Gai, Professor and Chair of Electron Microscopy, University of York

Eastern Eye Editor’s Award supported by Eastern Eye
Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to multicultural Britain. This award is presented by the editors of Eastern Eye newspaper.
Harris Bokhari OBE, Founder, Patchwork Foundation

GG2 Editor’s Award supported by Asian Media Group
Awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to multicultural Britain. This award is presented by the editors of Asian Media Group.
Rt Hon David Lammy MP, MP for Tottenham

GG2 Woman of the Year supported by Edwardian Hotels London
Awarded to an individual for consistent high achievement.
Professor Neena Modi, Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London

GG2 Man of the Year supported by Sun and Sand
Awarded to an individual for consistent high achievement.
Neil Basu, Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service

GG2 Hammer Award supported by Asian Media Group
Awarded to an individual who has broken through the glass ceiling.
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Home Secretary

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