Naga Kandiah from MTC & Co. Solicitors, London has been short-listed for “The Positive Role Model Award for Race, Faith, & Religion” at the National Diversity Awards 2019. Naga Kandiah was born and grew up in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
Over 28,000 people nominated this year alone and the results are finally in for the National Diversity Awards (NDA), with an astonishing 124 nominees being recognized for their various achievements nationwide.
Community organizations and role models from across the UK will head to the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 20th September to witness the countries 2019 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.
Amongst those being honoured are a reformed gangster, a Junior Bake Off Star and a host of campaigners and activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways.
Naga Kandiah, short-listed for the Positive Role Model Award for Race, Faith, & Religion said;
“At the End of The Day, Wealth Is Not Success But Helping Others and Being Remembered for Your Duty of Care Will Only Lead to More Success”
As a public law and human rights solicitor, Naga provides advice and representation in all areas of immigration, asylum and human rights law. A British Tamil migrant himself, Naga specialises in working with vulnerable clients and excels in handling complex cases ranging from war crime witnesses to victims of domestic violence. His commitment to improve the lives of others and make a positive difference has meant that he has increasingly become the voice of people from all backgrounds. He has acted in numerous high-profile cases on a pro-bono basis, including representing one of the first victims of the ‘Windrush Scandal’ and a vulnerable adult on Manus Island. His dedication has been recognised amongst MPs with reference to statements including, being ‘fortunate to have good and committed lawyers’ and by judges commending the extra efforts to validate documentation and conduct due diligence.
HSBC, Direct Line Group & MI5 have recently been announced as sponsors of the pioneering awards that have paid tribute to over 700 grass root charities and diversity champions since its inception. Joining the likes of Auto Trader UK & Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure, ITV News are also listed amongst a host of companies showcasing their support to recognising diverse talent.
A spokesperson for MI5 said; “It is MI5’s mission to keep the country safe, and it’s vital that we represent the diverse society we seek to protect. We are at our strongest when we have the richest mix of the best talent, working together in an environment that allows people to thrive. Put simply, our diverse workforce is crucial to our operational successes. We are pleased to be able to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to inclusion through our continued support for these awards. They are an important way of recognising and celebrating the good work being done across the country to promote inclusivity, diversity and provide opportunity for all.”
Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s continue to gain endorsements from high profile figures such as Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Graham Norton.
Actress and comedian Sally Phillips will take centre stage on 20th September as the official host of this year’s ceremony.
Reflecting on the forthcoming celebrations, Sally said; “I am delighted to be hosting the 2019 National Diversity Awards. Acknowledging and celebrating the hard work and stand out achievements of role models and community groups throughout the UK is a genuine honour for me. Having attended the Awards back in 2016, I experienced this fabulous ceremony first hand and I cannot wait to be back this year celebrating the dedication and commitment of some of the UK’s most luminous and exceptional people.”
Previous winners include actor Warwick Davis, footballs equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out and freedom fighter Abbey Kiwanuka.
Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards added “A record amount of nominations and votes were received this year, the most we have ever received. I know our judging panel had an incredibly difficult task of whittling down the nominees to create an outstanding shortlist.
“So many heartfelt testimonies really showcased how these people and organisations are having a profound impact on the lives of others, and I applaud them for their dedication to each specific cause. Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees, it is a privilege to recognise your bravery, resilience and courage and I am honoured to share this with the nation. I look forward to congratulating you in person in September”.