winners 2019


Award Sponsored by Music: Leeds

Awarded in the Arts and Culture Category: Born and educated in Leeds "Graft's" first passion was football. He progressed to music where he produces and delivers his own unique brand of music. Always representing his home city of Leeds, he has won Black Music Festival, #Unsigned and went on to win MOBO’s 2018 Unsung. A promising artist and one to definitely watch.

Mary Adeturinmo

Award sponsored by One Medical Health Group.

Awarded in the Health category: Living with Sickle Cell Mary is active in raising awareness of this disease. Previously winning the Baroness Floella Benjamin Award, Singing with the X-Factor finalist choir B Positive, Host of Sickle Cell Podcast and much more. Mary has worked selflessly and been featured on Clear Channel UK billboards, the BBC, presented on Bluebirdbio Company to encourage blood donations from diverse communities


Award sponsored by ITV Calendar.

Awarded in the Media Category: Having a B.Sc in Communications and Media Studies from Loughborough University, this Leeds born entrepreneur came up with the idea of Urban Soul and Arts, an Entertainment platform that provides a space for music, poetry, dance and talk from individuals from the North to enable them to showcase their talent. Olivia developed a podcast called UpTheM1. Olivia works full time as the Digital Coordinator for UK Local TV which is home to 8 local stations.

yona wisdom

Awarded sponsored by Leeds Rhinos.

Awarded in the Sports Category: Born in Leeds 1995, Yona became very much involved in sports. His passion was diving. Yona competed in the Pan American Games in 2015. In 2016 he became an Olympic diver, World Cup Silver Medalist as well as becoming a Graduate at Leeds Beckett. Yona continues to link the UK with his international accomplishments, now diving for the Jamaican Team but never forgets his roots, which are firmly planted in his city of Leeds.

mick pease

Award sponsored by Needle & Partners Solicitors.

Awarded in the International Impact Category: From Leeds City Council Child Protection to advisor for UNICEF in India, Zimbabwe and Uganda amongst other countries. Mick now has his own charity which he established in 2002.

Tiseanna Hussain

Award sponsored by Black Health Initiative (BHI)

Awarded in the Young Achiever Category: Championing the issue around homelessness. Tiseanna has also fundraised on an annual basis and donated toys to children who are homeless/living in poverty.

Black Health Initiative

Award sponsored by Leeds City Councils Community Department.

Awarded in the Community Impact: Recognised for the local, regional and national work both strategic impact and operational impact. Addressing inequalities and inequities in Education, Health and Social Care.

Geraldine connor

Awarded posthumously in the Outstanding Contribution Category: Received by David Lascelles 8th Earl of Harewood and presented by Judith Blake CBE.

Geraldine was a phenomenal woman whose legacy is huge as an activist and artist. Providing Leeds with Carnival Messiah amongst many other productions.

Rashick Parmar mbe

Awarded in the Business Category

Awarded in the Business Category: Schooled at City of Leeds. Over 35 vast years of experience in technology. Awarded his MBE in 2016 in recognition of his work in Innovation and Business.