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Rising Star Vincent Egunlae recognised at Black British Business Awards

Vincent Egunlae, an Assistant Manager in the Corporate Finance Team at Grant Thornton UK LLP, has been announced as the winner of the Professional Services Rising Star category at the Black British Business Awards.  

The category acknowledges black professionals with exceptional performance in their business, a leader amongst their peers who is contributing to cultural change.  The award recognises Vincent’s contributions as co-founder of Grant Thornton’s Ethnicity Network and his work to improve ethnic minority representation at all levels and reduce the firm’s Ethnicity Pay Gap. His role in Grant Thornton’s commission of an independent study into race within the workplace (to assess whether there were differences in career experiences for minority ethnic colleagues) was pivotal in the creation of the firm’s Ethnicity Action Plan.

As a member of the firm’s Inclusion Advisory Board, and during his secondment to the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT), Vincent helps to provide robust, structured support and challenge to the firm’s SLT, helping to ensure that the decisions they make are informed by a diverse range of views. Vincent also co-founded The Open Private School charity and is a NED at Capital City College Group.

Vincent says:

“It truly felt like an immense honour to win this award, but it was a bigger honour to be able to share it with my fantastic colleagues and friends, all of whom have contributed to our body of work which nourishes talent of all descriptions – which the firm has in increasing numbers.”

Also shortlisted for the Senior Leader category, was Grant Thornton UK LLP Partner, Amaechi Nsofor. The category recognises black senior executives who are role models and game changers, seen by industry observers as experts in their field and an inspiration to others. Amaechi leads Grant Thornton UK LLP’s Africa Business Group, providing specialist advice to clients connected to the continent. He also sits on the board of the UK’s Institute of Directors, the influential membership community for directors.

Perry Burton, head of people, culture and brand at Grant Thornton UK LLP, says:

“Amaechi and Vincent being shortlisted is a huge credit to them, and they should be very proud of their nominations against very tough competition. They are both inspirational figures and positive forces for change within our firm as well as being excellent role models.”

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