We have been busy counting up the votes and we’re pleased to announce your BAME Digital Leaders.
Just before Christmas, we asked for nominations of outstanding BAME individuals in the charity sector working hard to achieve digital progress. We received over 5,000 votes for our BAME Digital Leader campaign.
Our readers responded in droves. We received nominations for over 25 amazing individuals, including Volunteers, Comms Officers, Managers, CEOs and even a Trustee or two!
Our inspiring candidates have championed digital progress in both large and small charities. They work in charities ranging from health, environmental causes, the arts, and community projects. Some have served for a long time and their exemplary commitment is matched by the energy of the younger candidates.
Currently, the charity sector could be a bit more diverse. Census figures show that 14% of the population is non-white and fewer than 9% of staff across the charity sector are from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds.
Many BAME individuals are working hard to transform charities behind the scenes. Last year, the #CharitySoWhite hashtag blew up on Twitter in response to the Citizens Advice Bureau’s training material titled “Barriers we find in BAME communities”, a document full of stereotypes. We reported on the instances of racism faced by BAME people in the sector.
This hashtag brought increased prominence to an issue that affects the entire charity sector. By hosting this campaign we hoped to highlight the exceptional digital leadership of BAME individuals within the sector, and promote the importance and value of a more inclusive charity community. We’ve also continued the discussion in more detail throughout a series of podcasts.
Changing the status quo
We were delighted by the enormous and enthusiastic support for each candidate. We received thousands of votes and saw a great response on social media.
It has been a great privilege to highlight the fine work and outstanding achievement of all the BAME Digital Leader nominees. It is heartening to see such support for a more inclusive and diverse third sector.
The groundswell of votes and enthusiasm for each candidate, and this campaign as a whole, highlights the passion for driving progress across the sector. As talented and hardworking individuals are recognised for their abilities and achievements, we can fortify the charity sector as a whole. By ensuring that we attract and reward the most talented individuals, the charity sector can champion progress in achieving its mission and serving the needs of our users.
Without further ado, here are your amazing BAME Digital Leaders:
Mitesh Gandhi - Digital Manager, Crohn’s & Colitis UK
Monica Shafaq - CEO, The Kaleidoscope Plus Group
Rachel Xavier - Service Designer, Cancer Research UK
Donna White - Senior Head of Digital Marketing, The Prince’s Trust
Carol Akiwumi - CEO, Money4Youth
Kirsty Johnson - Social Media Volunteer, Bristol Refugee Rights
Shirin Zaid - Digital Communications Manager, Young Minds
Abul Hussain - Senior Digital Marketing Manager, the Royal British Legion
Rhia Patel - Digital Communication Officer, Sense
Emmanuel Ayoola - Director, Generating Genius
We’re excited to be working with a number of these exceptional BAME Digital leaders on a range of content throughout the next few months. This will include podcasts, panels and a number of speaker slots at our #BeMoreDigital 2020 Conference.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling each of these digital leaders in more detail, sharing the important work and exemplary digital leadership that has led to their nominations.
Finally, we would like to thank everyone who voted, shared and got involved for making this campaign such a success.