The Event

Nominated by anyone from friends and family to teachers and community leaders, The Baton Awards 2019 nominees will be gathered from the BAME female community (in the U.K and globally) and reflect achievements in every area. Nominees will be judged by an experienced panel and not based upon votes which we feel distracts from some of our communities most important ‘unsung heroes’.

They, and their achievements, will demonstrate how minorities can achieve the most extraordinary things despite obstacles and challenges. Our judging panels will choose the winners who will be announced and honoured at a glittering awards ceremony in London on November 28th at The House of Lords.

The Categories

  • Third Sector of the Year 
  • Entrepreneur of the Year 
  • Creative Industry Award
  • Sportswoman of The Year 
  • Political Figure Award 
  • STEM Trailblazer Award 
  • Excellence in Media Award
  • Thought Leader Award
  • International BAME Woman Award
  • Services to Education Award
  • Campaigner Award
  • Professional Services Award
  • Lord Hastings Integrity Award

The Event Hosts

The Founder

Dr DiahanneRhineyBCAe is an award-winning global empowerment ambassador and Diversity Marketing pioneer who has made an immeasurable impact. She steadfastly established a global reputation in PR as the first to specialise in diversity marketing and race relations almost 30-years ago. Diahanne is a respected agent of change with a clear and driven purpose to promote self-esteem as a tool for empowerment. Her experience in psychology and self-esteem centred healing is based firmly on identity, empowerment, inclusion and the inner-self. Having travelled the world in her mission to empower women all over the globe, studied extensively, and consistently implemented her method for female empowerment; Dr Rhiney founded The Baton Awards to honour BAME women.

The NatWest Every Woman Award winner and TEDX speaker has been awarded a British Citizen Award for her positive contribution to empowering young people.

The Judging Process

The Baton Awards judging process is an in-depth 3-stage ‘blind’ judging process where each nominee is judged fairly and based on achievement, not popularity or votes.

Stage 1 – Selection of candidates

Following the closing date, completed Application Forms are sent to the Judging Panel who have identified the candidates to go forward to the next judging stage.

Stage 2 – Selection of shortlisted candidates

The Adjudication Panel will select the shortlisted candidates going forward to the Main Judging panel.

Stage 3 – Final selection of the Finalists

 Last year, winners were chosen by more than 30 pioneering judges (which included Vanessa Vallely OBE and former athlete Michelle Moore) to decide on the winners of each category. Our carefully selected judging panels have been chosen to help us ensure that our rigorous 3-part judging process is balanced, fair and just for the thousands of BAME nominees hoping to be honoured at The Baton Awards.

To join us for the second annual Baton Awards 2019, book your ticket here

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It’s the year of the woman and it’s time to make a change. Join us.


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Key Dates

October – Black History Month

12th October – Adjudication Panel select shortlisted candidates
25th October – Launch and Shortlist Event, Houses of Parliament
29th November – The Baton Awards Ceremony