This year’s South Asian Heritage Month, organised by our employee-led Multicultural Network, has drawn to a close with a celebration of our colleagues’ contributions. Our inaugural South Asian Heritage Awards shone a light on the people who have made a positive difference to creating an open, inclusive and purpose-led organisation.
Jasvinder Devgon, Director, Commercial and Corporate Banking won the Outstanding Service to Diversity and Inclusion award.
Jasvinder was recognised for being a change maker and a role model, including coordinating the delivery of diversity & inclusion training and leading discussions with senior leadership teams and challenging them to use their position to implement change.
Bhinder Dhothar, Senior Personal Banker was awarded Outstanding Contribution to a purpose-led bank for her exceptional commitment, dedication, care and empathy towards others. Bhinder has worked tirelessly in collaborating with colleagues at all levels across the Group to champion diversity and inclusion, organising listening events, developing podcasts and educating others on how they can become allies to Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic employees.
The Outstanding Inclusive Leadership Award was awarded to Jason Coles, Regional Director, Premier Banking for championing employees of South Asian origin to reach their full potential and excel in their careers. During the pandemic and following the Black Lives Matter movement, Jason has brought together colleagues to hold open and honest conversations around personal experiences of being a minority within the workplace, as well as providing mentorship and support to colleagues.
A huge congratulations our winners and finalists. Our inaugural awards ceremony concluded a month of celebrations for South Asian Heritage Month, which ran from 18 July to 17 August.