Leeds will play host to a national awards ceremony which celebrates the rich tapestry of our nation, and some of its most inspiring individuals and groups.
The National Diversity Awards 2013 is a celebration of the achievements of positive role models and community organisations from across the UK.
The 2013 ceremony, to be held at the Queen’s Hotel in September, will honour individuals and groups from grass roots communities who have contributed to creating a more diverse and inclusive society. The event will be presented by reality-TV star turned presenter Brian Dowling. He will be joined by CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell.
The ceremony is expected to include a celebrity guestlist. This year’s event has already gained backing from star names including Stephen Fry, Beverley Knight and Ade Adepitan.
“I am privileged to be hosting the National Diversity Awards and to be given the chance to witness so many positive role models and charities across the nation being rewarded for their efforts,” Brian Dowling said.
“I feel honoured to be representing an awards ceremony that is recognising diversity at so many levels.
“It is very exciting to be involved with such an event and to think what prospects the awards will bring to the UK”.
Paul Sesay, chief executive of the National Diversity Awards and a Loiner himself, said: “I grew up in Leeds, so this is a great opportunity for me to be able to bring the awards back to my roots.
“We are excited to take the Awards to the city, I know another fantastic array of role models will be delivered and recognised’.
Shortlisted nominees will announced after nominations close on July 19.