Gamal Turawa

12th August 2022

2022 Shortlisted Nominee

Positive Role Model Award: Gender


Having overcome an early life filled with adversity, and trauma, Gamal Turawa has a rich background that includes fostering, child abuse and homelessness. His personal story is one of resilience and hope that has seen him break down many barriers. Serving for London’s Metropolitan Police for over 26 years, Gamal became the first openly gay black police officer. As the protagonist of the 2022 BAFTA winning Best British Short film, ‘The Black Cop’ Gamal shares his story of overcoming early social conditioning which led to internalised racism and homophobia. Retiring as an officer in 2018, Gamal is the founder and lead facilitator for PurpleFrog Connections, a Diversity, Dignity, and Inclusion Consultancy. A visible voice of unity this extraordinary leader uses his experiences to facilitate workshops internationally around belonging, diversity and inclusion within both the public and private sectors.