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RAF Wins Diversity Award

RAF diversity champions are celebrating after winning a top honour at the European Diversity Awards.

The RAF prides itself on the work of its 700 voluntary advisors who tackle discrimination and bias across its ranks. The Diversity team overcame competition from European corporate giants DIAGEO, BNP Paribas and Coca-Cola to secure the accolade.

Following the award of the Diversity Team of the Year Award at a ceremony held at the Natural History Museum, the RAF’s Diversity and Inclusion Team leader, Wing Commander Sarah Maskell said:

“We are thrilled that our sustained efforts have been recognised by this award that acknowledges the very best of Diversity and Inclusion practice in Europe.”

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The delivery of global Diversity and Inclusion activity depends on an extensive network of Equality and Diversity advisors and assistants, inclusive leaders and engaged personnel to support 40,000 personnel and civil servants.

Air Vice Marshal Chris Elliot, the RAF’s Chief of Staff for Personnel, said:

“This prestigious award reflects not only the outstanding work of all those involved in Diversity and Inclusion activities within the RAF, but also the real significance that the Service places on the critical contribution made by everyone across the Whole Force, whether Regular, Reserve, Civil Service, contractors, veterans and Service families.”

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It follows hard on the heels of successes in previous years which saw the team shortlisted for the same title last year and the RAF win the Company of the Year title in 2014.

Editor: Simon Mander

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