Inspiring Leadership Trust Gala 2017
We had such a wonderful ILT gala evening at the May Fair hotel in London on the 9th November. 200 inspirational leaders from a variety of organisations attended and thanks to their generosity we raised just over £18k on the night.
The purpose of the gala was three-fold:
1. To celebrate inspirational leadership with an awards ceremony.
We certainly did this, with a wide range of amazing finalists and award winners, including:
Alice Liveing – Personal Trainer, Author and Social Influencer. In a time of social and work/life pressures, where mental health and issues of body dysmorphia are on the rise, Alice has been a role model and positive influencer to thousands, encouraging personal confidence, health and wellbeing. Alice deservedly picked up the Inspiring Public Figure Award.
Dr John Sentamu – The Right Honourable Archbishop of York collected a Lifetime Achievement Award. A courageous leader who through his lifetime has spoken out against dictators and exploitation, right through to influencing social and political agendas to achieve greater equality and social mobility.
Kenny and Marina Dalglish – a powerful and yet humble couple, who have inspired millions through their work and philanthropy. ‘King Kenny’ has become a lifelong sports hero and demonstrated compassion and commitment to social justice for those affected by the Hillsborough disaster. Having established the Marina Dalglish Foundation, Marina has raised millions for those affected by cancer, helping to provide essential equipment and support.
Sara Thornton CBE QPM – as Head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and passionate about ensuring that policing delivers for the public. She is a systemic disturber, with a very clear sense of integrity and moral compass. Sara is adapting infrastructure and support services to protect the most vulnerable in society and is embedding a culture of transparency and learning across the police.
Watch this space to learn more about our winners…
2. Inspire leaders to get involved in the work of the Trust
The evening helped to promote the work of the ILT, where leaders can get involved and volunteer to become mentors to vulnerable women and girls, become part of our Workstreams to help define, shape and execute on our strategy, or even to fundraise. As a charity we believe everyone should gain from being involved. By becoming volunteers, individuals and teams get the opportunity to learn and grow, developing their own leadership skills and CVs whilst making a difference to the lives of others.
3. Raise funds to support our projects
All of the funds raised on the night are directed specifically at projects that are helping vulnerable women and girls. Thanks to our last gala where we raised £25k, we were able to successfully implement projects in the UK , South Africa and Kenya. This gala we raised £18k which will allow us to focus on our UK Starfish Programme, which is a holistic development programme aimed at ensuring our girls have the confidence and skills ready for employment. The programme provides mentoring, work experience, masterclasses and a new on-line learning platform and support centre.
Planning has already started to make our Gala in 2018 even bigger and better. So watch this space for further news…