Meet Our New Judges

We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome four previous shortlisted nominees and award winners onto this year’s Judging Panel!!! Funke Abimbola (Senior Lawyer & Diversity Leader) Jake Graf (Director, Writer & Actor) Tunji Akintokun (Director, Cisco) and Simon Green (Disability Activist) will join our panel of esteemed judges to undertake the difficult task of deciding this year’s shortlisted nominees and winners.

Funke Abimbola, Winner of the positive role model award for gender 2015 said “These awards are vital as they celebrate and encourage those unsung diversity heroes working tirelessly to level the playing field within our communities.

Others can then learn from and be inspired by their example. Never has this been more important than now in our post-truth & post-BREXIT era. I am proud to be judging the National Diversity Awards this year and look forward to showcasing our deserving diversity heroes”.

Also expressing his delight in joining the panel was Positive Role Model for Age winner Tunji Akintokun, “I am delighted to be a judge for these prestigious awards recognising and celebrating the wide spectrum of unsung Diversity Champions contributing to their communities and workplaces with such positive impact.

The National Diversity Awards play an important role in elevating these achievements in order to encourage and inspire many more people”.

London based actor Jake Graf will also play an important role on this year’s panel. An active and visible member of the transgender community, Jake speaks internationally on trans issues, and has been making great change through the medium of film.

Brace, his second screenplay, deals with issues of homophobia, gang violence, gender identity and self-acceptance. Both Brace and his first film XWHY have been used as educational tools in universities, media events, and hospitals UK wide.

Disability Activist and twice shortlisted nominee Simon Green will be replacing Long-serving judge Mark Shrimpton on the panel.  Chair of Bridgend Coalition of Disabled People, Simon is at the forefront of fighting hate crime against disabled people.

Well known in the disability movement, Simon’s work on combating disability hate crime in Wales has contributed to several national initiatives tackling this vitally important issue.

The National Diversity Award are honoured to be working alongside such incredible role models, and can’t wait to share our nominations with them.


to view the 2017 NDA Judges Profiles