European honour for Brixton diversity champion

Miranda Brawn vice chair of BCAMiranda Brawn, vice chair of Brixton’s Black Cultural Archives, has been named as one of the 100 most influential women in European Finance in the Financial News’ tenth anniversary list.

Brawn, an investment banker and barrister, was recognised for her work within the financial services industry as well as for the work of her foundation in supporting young leaders through scholarships.

The Financial News 100 Most Influential Women in European Finance 2016 list recognises the contribution of the most influential female executives working in financial services within Europe. The listing also recognised her work in setting up the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation which aims to increase race and gender diversity in the UK workforce.

The foundation recently launched the UK’s first diversity lecture aimed at school children, particularly 14-21 year old young leaders with a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) heritage. Seven young  future leaders were awarded scholarships from the Foundation. Each will receive £1,000, mentoring and work experience.

Miranda Brawn (centre) with young people awarded scholarships
Miranda Brawn (centre) with young people awarded scholarships

Brawn said:  “Diversity is important, not just because it is the right and moral thing to do, but because it makes a good business sense. Companies that champion and promote diversity, in every sense of the word within their organisation, reap very real rewards from their efforts, such as enhanced business performance, reputational strength, a more innovative and collaborative culture and the ability to attract the best talent in the market.”

More information  here.