Welcome to the Advancing Race Equality Awards for 2024!


are now OPEN!

The Advancing Race Equality Awards recognise individuals, teams, groups or networks that have been leading action, removing barriers and enhancing the inclusion of and engagement with ethnic minority people across Northern Ireland – from the workplace to the delivery of services.

The North West Migrants Forums Advancing Race Equality Awards – launched in 2021 – are the only awards in Northern Ireland that recognise and reward individuals and organisations for promoting racial justice, equality, and inclusion.

This year’s awards take place on March 6 2025.

Read about last year’s awards and winners HERE

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Awards Timeline

22nd June 2024
Nominations Open

The public is invited to tell us about an individual, organisation, school or other body they feel merits an award.

30th November 2024
Nominations close:

We gather in all entries before turning them over to our independent panel of judges.

7th December 2024
Final evidence submitted:

The judges make sure they have everything they need before starting the arduous task of whittling down the entries.

7th - 10th January 2025
Judging the nominees:

The judges have four days to trawl through all the evidence presented to them.

27th January 2025
Shortlist Announced

We announce to the waiting world who has made the all-important final cut.

6th March 2025
Winners Announced

Time to get all glammed up - It's Awards Night!

Meet Our Judging Panel

For The Advancing Race Equality Awards 2024

Dr Raymond Russell

With over 25 years of research and policy involvement, Raymond Russell's career spans from community research to his present role as a Researcher in the Northern Ireland Assembly. His extensive travels cultivated an appreciation for diverse cultures, foreseeing the enrichment of Northern Ireland's traditions with the arrival of new communities in the early 2000s.

Beverly Simpson

Beverly, a devoted mother and nurse from Guyana, South America, has been involved in Northern Ireland's care sector since 2005. Her passionate activism extends to collaborating with the Equality Commission NI to combat workplace racism, serving as a trade union steward, and holding various roles within NWMF. Beverly also holds a Level Three qualification in counselling and drug misuse and has recently joined the board of NI Women European Platform.

Eliza Browning

Eliza Browning serves as the Senior Policy Officer at the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), contributing to advancing human rights in Northern Ireland. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, she holds a Juris Doctor and previously worked as a family law litigator and legal advocate for children in foster care. She remains dedicated to promoting justice in Northern Ireland.

Dr Mukesh Chugh

A dedicated anaesthetist with a wealth of experience, Dr Mukesh Chugh works in both paediatric and adult anaesthesia and perioperative care. Elected as Honorary Secretary of the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association, he also launched the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin in Northern Ireland and was elected as its chairperson. Both these organisations are committed to equality and diversity in the NHS. Dr Mukesh was awarded the Points of Light Award by the UK Government in 2023 in recognition of his exceptional service promoting and celebrating Indian heritage. He is also the most recent winner of the Advancing Race Equality Award Anti-Racism Leader prize.

Donna Namukasa

Donna Namukasa is a Belfast-based social worker and Ugandan musician. Using her singing and dancing talents, she informs and educates on black and history and culture. Donna has worked in community social work practice for over seven years. She has been a Board Member of the Lower Ormeau Road Residents Action Group (LORAG) for a number of years and is Founder and Director of Nalongo Folk Music and Dance. Through her work with Beyond Skin and her focus on good relations, Donna has met many of the great people who make her adopted city thrive. The uplifting nature of community resources such as LORAG in South Belfast is the perfect exemplifier of this strong community bond.

Goretti Horgan

Goretti Horgan is a lecturer in social policy at Ulster University. Before joining the University in 2003, Goretti was a Senior Research Officer with the National Children’s Bureau and then Save the Children. She is also a director and former chair of the Northern Ireland Anti-Poverty Network. She researches and writes about child and family poverty, as well as children’s and women’s rights generally. She is currently the Principal Investigator on ESRC funded study ‘Buying Abortion Through The Internet - Exploring the social harm of criminalising abortion in Northern Ireland and the UK’. The study hopes to cast new light on existing policy around abortion in the UK, especially Northern Ireland.

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