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Creative Diversity Network’s Executive Director receives New Year Honours OBE


Amanda Ariss, Executive Director of the Creative Diversity receives an OBE in recognition of her services to equality and human rights, in the New Year’s Honours List 2016.
“I am delighted by this recognition and it is testimony to the work and continued efforts of all the people and organisations I have worked with, to try and create a landscape of true equality and diversity in the UK,” said Ariss.
Commenting on the announcement, Marie Staunton CBE, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF), said: “Amanda is the diplomatic presence behind the scenes in so many struggles for equality convincing us all that we have more to gain from building on what we have in common than letting difference tear us apart.”
Ariss joined the Creative Diversity Network in May 2015 from the EDF where she was Chief Executive since 2008. She is a recognised national executive leader in equality and human rights in the UK. Amongst other achievements, she helped to secure the 2010 Equality Act. She has previously been Head of Policy and Research at the Equal Opportunities Commission, Associate Director at the Audit Commission, and is currently a trustee of Guide Dogs.
John McVay, Chief Executive of Pact and Chair of CDN, said: “I am delighted that Amanda’s commitment to equality and diversity has been recognised in this way. “
Ali Harris, Chief Executive of EDF said: “This is a truly well-deserved honour. Amanda’s leadership of the Equality and Diversity Forum was characterised by sound judgement, integrity and commitment. This enabled so many people and organisations to come together to find common ground and advance equality – benefiting us all, as individuals and as a society.”