Celebrating the stars of
We are delighted to announce that we are hosting our 7th Annual Grand Awards on Thursday 9th June 2022, at Aston Villa Football Club, Birmingham.
6.30pm until Midnight.
Celebrating the stars of
FREDIE: Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement
We are pleased to announce our 7th Annual Awards to champion and celebrate individuals and organisations who are going above and beyond in their commitment to Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement.
“We live in arguably the most challenging times in the post World War II era. The last two years have been tough – first the Pandemic and then the crises in Ukraine and in the wider world. As we think of or pray for those in the most harrowing, terrifying situations we can show our support for them by holding onto and celebrating the values that our country holds.
The FREDIE Awards honour those that make the difference.”
Solat Chaudhry – Chief Executive, National Centre for Diversity
We are delighted to announce that we have some inspirational speakers including Ian Reid, CEO and Donna Fraser of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, alongside other diverse and engaging individuals from other sectors who will be sharing their own fascinating stories.
Nominations are open, so if you know anyone who has gone over and above for the cause of FREDIE within the workplace, now is the time to shine the spotlight and acknowledge their efforts.
The FREDIE Awards Dinner promises to be a fun-filled evening as ever, and a great excuse to dust off your glad rags!
Tickets are available for purchase so grab yours now!
Get involved beforehand with the event hashtags #FREDIE2022, #haveyounominatedafredie and #frediechampions
The FREDIE Awards are always a fun night out. This year our live entertainment on the night will be provided by Bloomfield Avenue.
Bloomfield Avenue are one of the UK’s best Party Bands, covering a large variety of genres and eras of music including Motown, 70’s Disco, Funk, modern Brit rock, Pop and more, their repertoire consists of thousands of songs spanning decades; something to suit absolutely everyone!
We are very lucky this year to have four very talented and interesting speakers from sports, education and business backgrounds.
Hollie Cregan (she/her) MInstLM
Head of Equality, Diversity & FIR | Civil Engineering GRAHAM
Hollie started her career in the rail industry in 2004 and progressed into a commercial role as a Quantity Surveyor before moving into a project management role delivering rail signalling projects.
She often wondered why she was the only female PM, only female in meetings, no female engineers etc. so she started volunteering through an organisation in schools to challenge stereotypes and try to influence young people about the varied careers in the industry.
Fast forward a few years and she was growing more and more frustrated about the lack of diversity in the sector and wanted to help be the change she wanted to see.
She approached the senior team and asked to lead on equality, diversity and inclusion for the business, this role did not exist. She was offered an initial 12 month secondment across the group (not just the business she worked for) and three years later she had successfully implemented an EDI strategy, achieved an external accreditation (and gone through re- accreditation) and won various awards.
She recently moved to GRAHAM for a new challenge and to join a proactive company who want to drive their EDI agenda forward.
Donna Fraser OBE
Head of Inclusion & Engagement Birmingham 2022
Donna has become a leader in equality diversity and inclusion with over 10 years of corporate experience within business, sport, leadership, well-being and PMA for both start-ups and established companies. In 2021 she was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and has served as a Trustee, advisor and Board member for multiple organisations, such as the London Marathon Charitable Trust, Women’s Sports Trust, British Athletes Commission, International Women’s Group and Her Spirit to name a few.
Donna Fraser is a 4x Olympian and former 400m sprinter for Great Britain, with a successful athletics career which spanned over 20 years and has a host of European, Commonwealth and World medals. Donna, unfortunately, retired in 2009 due to being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She was recognised with the Freedom of the Borough of Croydon in 2018 for services to sport and continues to be enthused to help inspire a generation through education by ‘giving back’ and sharing her knowledge and experience with young people aspiring to achieve their goals.
From the athletics track to the Boardroom, Donna has created a career synonymous with all the characteristics that you’d attribute to one of Britain’s greats. To characterise by her sporting achievements alone is to do a great disservice to the inspiring woman that she is today as an international speaker, strategist, and charity ambassador. She dedicates much of her time to working in Business, Sport, and the charity sector to inspire and embed inclusive and diverse cultures.
Chief Executive, Association of Colleges
David Hughes became Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges in September 2016. Before that he was CEO at Learning and Work Institute, a leading think tank, research and policy organisation.
From 2000 to 2011, David worked at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) leading the funding and improvement relationships with colleges and providers and successfully taking on trouble-
shooting roles to rescue crises in capital funding and Educational Maintenance Allowances.
Prior to that, David worked in the voluntary sector across a wide range of roles and organisations in the UK and Australia, in social housing, co-operatives, welfare, regeneration and community development.
David holds a number of Board positions including with the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics and the Bell Foundation. He was Vice-Chair of the East Midlands Regional Assembly in the 1990s, founding Chair of the Education and Training Foundation in 2013 and helped set-up several third sector organisations.
Chief Executive Officer – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee
Ian is the Chief Executive Officer for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and for the last 3 years has been overseeing the establishment of the Organising Committee and early stages of planning and delivery of the city and the region’s largest-ever cultural and sporting event.
He brings a wealth of Games, finance and commercial experience to this role, having served as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games from 2009 to 2015, leading the Corporate Services and Support Functions including finance, legal, procurement, HR, programme management and office management. The event procured almost £250m of goods and services, recruited 1,500 staff and exceeded attendance and commercial targets.
Ian’s previous roles include Head of Commercial Finance for AG Barr plc and sat on the Board of Funkin Cocktails Limited.