BCA’s Miranda Brawn features in top 100 business leaders list

Miranda Brawn with Suki Sandhu
Miranda Brawn (left) with Suki Sandhu, chief executive of Audeliss at the UPstanding Leaders’ List event

The vice chair of Brixton’s Black Cultural Archives, Miranda Brawn, has been included in the FT’s 2016 UPstanding Leaders’ List in recognition of her business achievement, writes David Child.

The List highlights and ranks 100 executives in both the US and the UK who have risen to senior roles in business and industry, while also promoting ethnic diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and amongst wider society. Decided by a panel of eight judges, the UPstanding leaders were ranked using four criteria; “actions and impact of minority ethnic initiatives in the workplace; actions and impact of minority ethnic initiatives outside of work; achievements as a business leader; and influence, seniority and visibility within the workplace.”

Other names on the list included Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of the Coca-Cola Company and Minouche Shafik, Deputy Governor for markets and banking at the Bank of England.

The announcement marks the latest high-point in a period of continued success and recognition for Brawn. Just a matter of weeks ago, she was the recipient of the “Awesome You” inspirational role model award from Women on the Crossroads, a social enterprise network, as reported in the Brixton Blog.

Her contribution to the local community and work on diversity is well documented. In January, her foundation launched the Miranda Brawn diversity leadership scholarship, which aims to help develop young people aged from 14 to 21 into future black and minority ethnic leaders. The scholarship combines work experience, funding and mentoring and is sponsored by a range of major companies alongside Brawn’s own funding.

She is also the co-founder of Colorintech, a charitable body seeking to increase diversity in the UK technology sector by connecting students with the nation’s top tech companies and start-ups.