The Director of Diversity & Inclusive Leadership at Ernst & Young has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year Honours.
Fleur Bothwick, an askGrapevine HR advisory board member, received the award for services to inclusion and diversity in the workplace.
The award, which Bothwick will receive at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, recognises the achievements and service of people right across the United Kingdom.
It reflects a track record of leading and developing integrated diversity frameworks across large organisations – including the global services firm Lehman Brothers, Ernst & Young in the UK and, most recently, Ernst & Young across EMEIA.
Fleur says: "I first heard I'd been nominated in November, but it wasn’t confirmed until the honours list was published in late December – I am extremely honoured and excited."
Fleur's successes at Ernst & Young include developing one of the UK's first black and minority ethnic leadership programmes, introducing a Sponsors for Educational Opportunities programme to the professional services sector and a pilot summer graduate scheme for disabled interns.
Whilst delighted to be recognised, Fleur is quick to stress that her role is a catalyst for change, and she has "worked closely with talented colleagues on a variety of projects", and feels the award reflects "how committed our leaders are to D&I."
Meanwhile, Jean Tomlin, Director of HR, Workforce and Accreditation at LOCOG was awarded an OBE for services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Paul Noon, General Secretary of trade union Prospect, was given an OBE for services to employment relations and sustainable development.